Boy oh boy, I can only imagine what kind of a reading year this is going to be with the great stack of DC Comics first go rounds that are hitting the racks this month. We’ve already digested the Marvel Comics stuff so now let’s see what is happening on the DC Comics side of the fence. As always the copy and any images come from official provisions, and I’ll return with some editorial opinion. Here we go.
SIDEWAYS #1: During the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, high school junior Derek James accidentally fell through a rift into the dark matter dimension! Now, as Sideways, he can create rifts in midair to leap through dimensions at will! But with that much power comes great liability—and cracks are starting to form in the fabric of the space-time continuum…
Written by DAN DiDIO and JUSTIN JORDAN; Art and cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
THE TERRIFICS #1: Bound together by fate, united by the spirit of exploration and hope for tomorrow, the Terrifics are bound from the Dark Multiverse of Metal! When Mr. Terrific, Metamorpho, Plastic Man and Phantom Girl find themselves literally bound together by a tragic accident, our team of unlikely allies must rely on one another to make their way back home. But a startling revelation on their return trip brings them face to face with a new mystery: Where in the universe is Tom Strong?
Written by JEFF LEMIRE; Art by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO; Cover by IVAN REIS
SWAMP THING WINTER SPECIAL #1: Tom King and Jason Fabok pay tribute to the legendary creators of Swamp Thing, writer Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson, as they join forces for an earth-shattering Swamp Thing passion project! In this new, squarebound one-shot, Swamp Thing is out of his element as he shepherds a lost boy through a blinding blizzard and other hazards of a strange, frozen tundra. In this touching and harrowing tale of survival, the pair must navigate countless threats throughout a bewildering terrain—with a bloodthirsty snow monster hot on their heels. But how long can they rely on each other? Separated from the Green and stripped of his powers in this dead world, Swamp Thing struggles to fight for their lives and deliver the boy to safety. Disoriented and decaying, Swamp Thing’s fading understanding of his surroundings forces the duo to confront their desperation and uncover the true identity of the snow monster that hunts them.
In addition, this special features the final Swamp Thing story from the monster’s co-creator, Len Wein. Originally intended as the start of a new series, it is presented here both in its original script form and with art by Kelley Jones.
Written by TOM KING; Art and cover by JASON FABOK; Bonus story written by LEN WEIN; Bonus story art by KELLEY JONES
BATMAN AND THE SIGNAL #1: Batman may own the night, but with new villains emerging during the day, he needs an ally to defend the city when he can’t. Only one teen is up to the challenge; Duke Thomas. After months of training, he’s ready to step out of the shadow of the Bat to become his own kind of hero. Meet Gotham City’s newest protector: the Signal! Spinning out of adventures in ALL-STAR BATMAN and WE ARE ROBIN, comics superstar Scott Snyder and newcomer Tony Patrick take our young hero to new heights in this exciting miniseries with artwork by Cully Hamner.
Written by SCOTT SNYDER and TONY PATRICK; Art and cover by CULLY HAMNER
RAVEN: DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS #1: In this all-new miniseries, Raven faces a new, otherworldly menace that is all too grounded in reality. Plus, Raven’s personal life is in an uproar as her mother and aunt struggle for the soul of a Titan! It’s up to Baron Winters of the Night Force to intercede on her behalf as she embarks on the adventure called “The Girls With the Anime Eyes”!
Written by MARV WOLFMAN; Art by POP MHAN; Cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
EXIT STAGE LEFT: THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES #1: It’s 1953. While the United States is locked in a nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union, the gay Southern playwright known as Snagglepuss is the toast of Broadway. But success has made him a target. As he plans for his next hit play, Snagglepuss becomes the focus of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. And when powerful forces align to purge show business of its most subversive voices, no one is safe! Drama! Humor! Tragedy! It all starts in Exit Stage LEFT: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1, a new miniseries from the writer who brought you the Flintstones.
Written by MARK RUSSELL; Art by MIKE FEEHAN; Cover by BEN CALDWELL
DEATHSTROKE ANNUAL #1: “An Innocent Man”! Team Defiance is pushed to the edge of oblivion when one of their own ends up dead—and Deathstroke is to blame! Is this the end of Slade Wilson’s hero turn? It’s all been building to this—don’t miss the finale of “Defiance,” the events of which will lead Deathstroke down a shocking new path!
Written by CHRISTOPHER PRIEST; Art by DENYS COWAN and BILL SIENKIEWICZ; Cover by RYAN SOOK
DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #1: “Clay”! Here it is: the shocking, heartbreaking origin of Clayface, including his first conflict with Batman! Actor Basil Karlo was on the cusp of fame and fortune…the kind he had dreamed of through his painful childhood…until a accident robbed him of the good looks that took him to the top. But scars don’t make you a monster—only the darkness in your heart can do that—and in the wake of the accident, Karlo’s darkness is revealed!
Written by JAMES TYNION IV; Art and cover by EDDY BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA
THE FLASH ANNUAL #1: “FLASH WAR” prelude! The biggest Flash story of 2018 starts here, with a special story starring the classic Wally West, who’s conflicted over whether to let Iris West know he is alive—and he’ll need the help of the Flash to figure out what to do! But when Magenta, Wally’s old love, needs his help, the Flash returns home to Keystone City where he is confronted with violent memories of an unknown world…A major turning point for the Flash family that sets the path for earth shattering stories in 2018!
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON; Art by CHRISTIAN DUCE; Cover by HOWARD PORTER
MOTHERLANDS #1: In a crazed future where unhinged technologies and interconnected parallel Earths have given rise to a spectacular class of super-criminal, the most beloved celebrities aren’t actors or rock stars, but the bounty hunters who traverse an exotic multiverse in search of impossible prey! But when the spotlight-shunning, strait-laced tracer known as Tab finds herself in an ultra-violent race for her greatest prize yet, she’s forced to work with her greatest enemy, the only person capable of IDing him: her own elderly, overbearing and hypercritical mother, who was once the most fabulous and celebrated bounty hunter of them all. A sci-fi action comedy blacker than dragon s***, MOTHERLANDS is the dimension-hopping, criminal-blasting story of two extraordinary women written by Si Spurrier (SUICIDE SQUAD, The Spire) with art by Rachael Stott (Star Trek/Planet of the Apes, Sex Criminals).
Written by SI SPURRIER; Art by RACHAEL STOTT; Cover by ERIC CANETE
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’m going to have to put in a little overtime to make sure that I can secure all of these for the collection, well, at least the ones I am for sure that I want. As a big first-issue keeper, the annuals are a sure thing and having enjoyed all of the Hanna Barbera offerings so far, I think that I will be getting Snagglepuss. Of the first three titles, right off the bat “The Terrifics” strikes me but the other couple I want to peruse a little first. Fortunately my local retailer allows a casual browsing but like most ask that you respect the copy so it keeps intact for the person who wants to snag it straight away. Lately, if a title is the beginning of a mini-series, I’ve been waiting for the collected edition. Otherwise its just too difficult to maintain and find the space for as opposed to just adding it as a single tome to your bookshelf. Remember that once its there it qualifies as a “book” and can be loaded as a completed item in your Good Reads account. You are using Good Reads right? Right? If not, let’s get a move on, but I digress – what excites you on this months list of January titles? Chime in below.
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