That’s the big news on the DCU side of things, as DC twangs off a double-shot of the Emerald Archer. The first part of the current “Brightest Day” storyline (Green Arrow Vol. 5) is available for free, and the first three parts of Kevin Smith’s “Quiver” storyline arrive, getting a free opening chapter (listed as Green Arrow, Vol. 3.) Ollie’s relationship with the popular Green Lantern makes him a logical expansion of DC’s ever-greener digital line, though when I’ve been thinking about what they’d release next, his series never crossed my mind.
I doubt they’ll be continuing the current GA series here – it’s probably serving as a free intro to the print editions – but I think releasing it free is much classier than charging for the first part of the Batwoman story and never following up on that.
Other than that, the DC U offerings chug along at a new issue each for All-Star Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, JLA, Jonah Hex, Justice League: Generation Lost, and Superman/Batman. The free two-page origin this week is Green Arrow, naturally.
All-Star Superman is coming to a close in 2 weeks. Any guesses on what Superman story will replace it? My money’s on the recent Johns/Frank collaborations like “Superman & the Legion,” but something like Superman: Secret Identity could be a nice treat, too.
Wildstorm also has a major debut this week: All 7 issues of StarCraft, another video-game based series. The first one’s free. (According to GCD, there’s actually one more issue, released separately in 2010). There’s progression on all the Core Four (though Wildcats #8 remains skipped from last week; I emailed them about the glitch but never heard a response), along with Ex Machina, Planetary, and licensed titles Supernatural: Rising Son and The X-Files, which concludes. Now that The X-Files is over, maybe they’ll finish up Victorian Undead? Me, I’m hoping for a visit to Astro City.
Vertigo continues its four books – DMZ, Fables, Sandman and Y: The Last Man. Nothin’ to see here except some excellent comics work.
Zuda makes another free debut – The Hammer, a crime comic by Sam Little and Gabe Ostley that looks like Sin City starring a giant pink bunny – and continues Street Code, Safe Inside, and Bayou. According to the Zuda blog, not only is next week the first without a new title premiering, but also Night Owls will finally return. I’m gonna have to pick those up, I think.
The DC store has Green Arrow as its headlining banner, with buttons for StarCraft, The Hammer, and Y: The Last Man.