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Week Two (Part 2): September 14th, 2011

Resurrection Man #1 (BUY)

Resurrection Man
Written by: Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, Art by: Fernando Dagnino


“It’s the return of Mitch Shelly – and he’s still dead. Resurrection Man can’t stay dead for long, though – and with each rebirth comes new and unexpected powers. But his many returns have not gone unnoticed, and forces are gathering to learn what’s so special about him – and to see which of them will finally stop Resurrection Man dead.”

Though I’m not all that familiar with Resurrection Man’s original book from the late '90s, I am familiar with the great writing team of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning – their Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the more enjoyable books to come out of Annihilation: Conquest. (It was so enjoyable, in fact, that Marvel is considering adapting it to the silver screen.)

Really, that’s all the information I need to know that this book deserves my money. It’s just icing on the cake that the concept’s pretty great, too.


Demon Knights #1 (BUY)

Demon Knights by Paul Cornell
Written by: Paul Cornell, Art by: Diogenes Neves and Oclair Albert


“Set in the Dark Ages of the DC Universe, a barbarian horde is massing to crush civilization. It’s fallen to Madame Xanadu and Jason Blood, the man with a monster inside him, to stand in their way – though the demon Etrigan has no interest in protecting anyone or anything other than himself! It’ll take more than their own power to stop an army fueled by bloodlust and dark sorcery, and some very surprising heroes – and villains – will have no choice but to join the fray!”

Paul Cornell writing a medieval/supernatural version of The Seven Samurai (or The Magnificent Seven, if you prefer) starring Jack Kirby’s the Demon Etrigan, Grant Morrison’s version of Shining Knight, and Madame Xanadau? Sign me up, please.

By which I mean: I’m going to buy this when it comes out.


Grifter #1 (BUY)

Grifter by Nathan Edmundson
Written by: Nathan Edmondson, Art by: Cafu


“The DCU’s most wanted man stars in his own series!Cole Cash is a charming grifter few can resist. And yet he’s about to be branded a serial killer when he begins hunting and exterminating inhuman creatures hidden in human form – creatures only he can see! Can the biggest sweet talker of all time talk his way out of this one when even his brother thinks he’s gone over the edge?”

I’m happy to see Grifter being properly integrated into the DCU with The New 52. In the right hands, he could be insanely popular. His “costume design” is fantastic (and fantastically low-key), he has guns – at least two - at all times and he’s a charming anti-hero type. (So basically, he's Wolverine meets The Punisher meets Han Solo.) Furthermore, the cover for this book is one of the best of The New 52, in my humble opinion.

The writer, Nathan Edmondson, is probably best known for Who Is Jake Ellis?, a popular, well-reviewed spy book from Image Comics. And the artist, Cafu – if that is his real name – showed the world how well he could draw with Nick Spencer’s superb Thunder Agents.

So, for me, this is a definite BUY. It could very well end up being completely underwhelming, but there’s enough up-and-coming talent here that I’m willing to give it a try.


Deathstroke #1 (BUY)

Deathstroke by Kyle Higgins
Written by: Kyle Higgins, Art by: Joe Bennett and Art Thibert


“’Friends die, family disappoints, but a legacy... That lives forever.’ Slade Wilson is the best mercenary in the DCU, and he’s been doing this a long time. Some might say too long. But they’ll learn: Never turn your back on Deathstroke the Terminator. He won’t quit, no matter how high the stakes. Kyle Higgins (BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM) and Joe Bennett (TEEN TITANS) team up to bring you the finest in mayhem and gore.”

I generally like Deathstroke. In the right hands, he can be a really effective villain or an anti-hero. In the wrong hands, he's an annoying Mary Sue. I'm a big fan of Joe Bennett's art on this, too, especially the image of Deathstroke cutting off a J. Jonah Jameson lookalike's head (click to enlarge):

Deathstroke Versus J. Jonah Jameson

Perhaps it's immature of me to BUY this book based solely upon the over-the-top violence as seen in the above picture. So be it.


Suicide Squad #1 (DO NOT BUY)

Written by: Adam Glass, Art by: Marco Rudy


“They’re a team of death-row super villains recruited by the government to take on missions so dangerous – they’re sheer suicide! Harley Quinn! Deadshot! King Shark! Defeated and imprisoned, they’re being interrogated about their mission – and about who’s pulling the strings behind this illegal operation. Who will be the first to crack under the pressure?”

A juggalo Harley Quinn. Enough said.


Legion Lost #1 (BUY)

Legion Lost
Written by: Fabien Nicieza, Art by: Pete Woods


“Seven heroes from the 31st century have traveled back to the present day. Their mission: Save their future from annihilation. But when the future tech they brought with them fails, they find themselves trapped in a nightmarish world that, for them, is the ultimate struggle to survive! Don’t miss the start of this all-new LEGION series illustrated by Pete Woods – fresh off his spectacular run on ACTION COMICS – who is joined by writer Fabian Nicieza (RED ROBIN)!”

This actually looks more interesting to me than the other Legion book, mostly because there seems to be a concept other than just, you know – Legion.

Fabian Nicieza’s Red Robin was one of the sleeper hits of 2009-2010, so I’m happy to see him getting work again at DC. Because he so dutifully provided me with entertaining stories vis-à-vis Red Robin, I’ll be providing him with my dollar bills in hopes that the cycle begins anew.

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