Spaceman #1 (of 9) Written by Brian Azzarello
Pencils by Eduardo Risso
Colors by Patricia Mulvihill and Giulia Brusco
Letters by Clem Robins
Cover by Dave Johnson DC/Vertigo
Release date: October 26, 2011
Cover Price: $1.00
Brian Azzarello. Eduardo Risso. These are two comic creators whose names create instant excitement when attached to a new project, especially when they are on the same book, as they are with their new series from DC/Vertigo, which launches this week with Spaceman #1. Azzarello and Risso are the team that brought us a landmark run with their series 100 Bullets. They were also the team for possibly the best thing to come out of DC’s Flashpoint event, with their Batman: Knight of Vengeance mini-series. So, when they start a new project, it’s easy to get me and many other comics fans excited. It’s a good thing then that Spaceman is very good, because you do not want to see a bunch of fanboys get pissed off when things don’t live up to their expectations.
As most of you may know by now, DC Comics is relaunching their entire line of comics this Fall alongside a day and date digital comics initiative. What you might not know, however, is that it all starts this week with the releases of the last issue of DC’s summer event Flashpoint, and the beginning of the new universe with Justice League #1. There’s a lot of books to look forward to in these upcoming weeks, as well as plenty that you’ll probably want to stay away from for varying reasons. So, in the order of kindness and assignments from my editor, I will be breaking down each title with their creators, what they’re about, and what you can expect from each of the new books. And, guess what? I’m not in love with a lot of the decisions that they’ve made, so this should be fun!
Every Tuesday through the end of September, I will be writing another installment so you know when you can get yourself to the store, or to your mobile app, and purchase your new #1 from DC Comics! Also, it’s worth noting, dear reader, that since you’re coming to the game a little late, you can’t be guaranteed an issue at the comic book store, so call ahead to see if they have it. Or if you go the store and they don’t have any copies left of these DC books, you could always buy an indie comic like Invincible, Locke and Key, The Sixth Gun, and Skullkickers, which all come out this week, coincidentally. There’s more to comics than just superheroes from DC and Marvel, you know?
But that’s probably why you’re here, and now that I’ve gotten the indie comics alternative plug out of the way, let’s talk about the universe that I’d rather live in, the DC Universe!
Flash Fact #2: You, my gentle reader, are a person.
Therefore, you love cheap comics.
Okay, I’m prepared to accept that some of you may be robots or talking gorillas or even mad geniuses from the future, but you should still be excited because starting at midnight EST when it turns Saturday, August 13 and running through 11pm EST on August 14, DC is putting over 100 digital issues of The Flash and Flash-related comics on sale.
See below for the list of digital comics included in the sale.
So, if you have an iPad or you like reading comics on your computer, be sure to snag some of these issues. You don’t even have to run out to get them. You could probably stand to go for a run though. It’ll make The Flash happy.
At DC’s Flashpoint panel on Thursday at the San Diego Comic-Con 2011, DC Entertainment’s Executive Editor Eddie Berganza gave a hint as to what expect for DC’s September relaunch.
When FLASHPOINT started, we said “˜everything you know will change in a flash! Look through FLASHPOINT as well as the various mini-series and you start to get a hint at what that change means with DC Comics-The New 52! And with FLASHPOINT #5, you will clearly see how it all comes about “¦ and we give you other things to ponder as the DC Comics-The New 52 start to come out. August 31st is just the beginning!
Each and every week “The Hench” and “The Fac3” read a lot of comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of comics. Maybe too many comics. I mean, it is possible. They look forward to some more than others, I mean, who doesn’t? So, let’s take a look into the depths of their pull list, grab some issues, and we’ll let YOU know what the top books to look forward to are for the week of July 20, 2011. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.
On this week’s The GoD List, “THE HENCH” goes crazy over the newly revamped Daredevil, The Rocketeer, and One Soul, while “THE FAC3” gets excited by Retro DC, a Flashpoint tie-in, and a lot of collections. The common threads between this demented duo? Adam West and horror comics. Stay tuned, folks, you’re in for a bumpy ride.