Sensational Comics for December, 2012



There are softcover trade paperbacks of the first issues of New 52 Justice League and Wonder Woman offered this month, but I couldn't be bothered to cut and paste.

Wonder Woman
WONDER WOMAN #15
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art and cover by CLIFF CHIANG
1:25 Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANG

On sale DECEMBER 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Who is Orion — and what are the New Gods?!
• Massive changes are coming for Wonder Woman and the entire DC Universe!
• Get ready for round 1 of Wonder Woman vs. Orion!

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. The variant cover will feature the standard edition cover in a wraparound format.
This was a good month to remind me that I'll never get to write certain comics. Since the first Bush administration, my pet pitch for a Captain America relaunch has been to make him a freedom fighter in another dimension where being an American was a whole 'nother thang, and Rick Remender seems to be tapping that vein for his relaunch. Meanwhile, I've wanted to see the clash between the Greek pantheon and the Fourth World elaborated upon since John Byrne's hamfisted attempts, and now Kirby's properties are being revived under the Amazonian aegis. By extention, it stands to reason that I'll just unfavorably compare my pure wants for the executions with whatever other people pull together, and who needs that frustration? For instance, did the New 52 really need Superman, Captain Marvel, and Orion to all be white males again, while re-offering Cyborg and Vibe as their premier heroes of color? Would Captain Atom be in any way diminished as a woman, or using the Post-Crisis template of a parent separated from their children by decades, would it actually have made the property much stronger and more relevant to modern audiences? Meet the new business, same as the old business.
BATWOMAN #15
Written by J.H. WILLIAMS III and W. HADEN BLACKMAN
Art by TREVOR McCARTHY
Cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
1:25 Variant cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
On sale DECEMBER 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. The variant cover will feature the standard edition cover in a wraparound format.

• The Batwoman/Wonder Woman team-up continues!
• The action is out of control as Bones, Chase, the DEO, Abbot and the Religion of Crime all descend on Gotham City to take part in the fight against Medusa!
• And then at the end of the issue the all-new…ah…we can’t tell you but it’s awesome!
JUSTICE LEAGUE #15
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
Backup story art by GARY FRANK
Variant cover by BILLY TUCCI
1:25 “Throne of Atlantis” Variant cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
1:100 B&W Variant cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
On sale DECEMBER 26 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

• Part 1 of “THRONE OF ATLANTIS,” crossing over with AQUAMAN!
• Don’t miss the debut of IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO (AQUAMAN) as the new JUSTICE LEAGUE art team!
• Can the Justice League band together to battle the forces of Atlantis?
• And in the backup feature, Shazam comes face to face with Black Adam, and Billy makes a decision that will shock his friends!

This issue’s 1:25 “Throne of Atlantis” Variant cover connects with the AQUAMAN #15 1:25 “Throne of Atlantis” Variant cover to form a single image. This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.This issue will ship with five covers. Please see the order form for more information.
I grew out of Jim Lee a long time ago, and very much prefer Ivan Reis, but not so much as to tolerate Geoff Johns' threadbare writing. It is nice to see Aquaman get so much TLC and Ocean Master treated as a world class threat (just as Cheetah seems inclined toward in the Tony Daniel two-parter,) but I can't overcome my not giving a crap. How many variant covers does a book need to hit #1, anyway?

TEAM 7 #3
Written by JUSTIN JORDAN
Art by JESUS MERINO
Cover by TYLER KIRKHAM and BATT
1:25 Variant cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
On sale DECEMBER 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.

• From the pages of RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS, the mysterious Essence joins the team’s battle against the Heart of Darkness known as the Black Diamond!
• Before he was Deathstroke The Terminator, Slade Wilson was possessed by Eclipso! Is this the secret origin of a super villain?
• The secret history of the superhuman cold war is here!
AQUAMAN #15
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by ARDIAN SYAF
Cover by EDDIE BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA
1:25 B&W Variant cover by EDDIE BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA
1:25 “Throne of Atlantis” Variant cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
“We Can Be Heroes” Blank variant cover available
On sale DECEMBER 26 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T


• Crossover with JUSTICE LEAGUE!
• Part 2 of “THRONE OF ATLANTIS!”
• Atlantis invades the surface world!

Retailers: This issue will ship with four covers. The variant cover will feature the standard edition cover in a wraparound format. This issue’s 1:25 “Throne of Atlantis” Variant cover connects with the JUSTICE LEAGUE #15 1:25 “Throne of Atlantis” Variant cover to form a single image.
No one will ever replace Ivan Reis on this book, but I do like Barrows, and kind of wish I'd given his Nightwing a chance. Syaf is a more specialized taste, and not really what I had in mind for Aquaman, though he can probably woo fans.
JLA VOL. 3 TP
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art by HOWARD PORTER, JOHN DELL, MARK PAJARILLO and WALDEN WONG
Cover by HOWARD PORTER and JOHN DELL
On sale JANUARY 16 • 344 pg, FC, $24.99 US

• Collecting tales from JLA #22-26, 28-31 and 1,000,000!
• The JLA’s very first foe, Starro the Conqueror, returns in this title now in trade paperback!
SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA VOL. 6 TP
Written by LEN WEIN, DENNIS O’NEIL, CARY BATES and others Art by DICK DILLIN and others Cover by NICK CARDY On sale JANUARY 23 • 528 pg, B&W, $19.99 US • In this new, value-priced collection of stories from the 1970s, the JLA faces foes including Felix Faust, the Shaggy Man, Eclipso, Amazo, the Injustice Society and more. • Collects JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #107-132.

Wonder Girl
TEEN TITANS #15
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
1:25 B&W Variant cover by BRETT BOOTH and MARK IRWIN
On sale JANUARY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.

• A “DEATH OF THE FAMILY” tie-in!
• Red Hood and Red Robin team up against The Joker!
• Will Arsenal take over the Titans?
• Guest-starring Batgirl!
THE CULLING: RISE OF THE RAVAGERS TP
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL and TOM DeFALCO
Art by R.B. SILVA, PETE WOODS, BRETT BOOTH, IG GUARA and others
Cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
On sale JANUARY 23 • 176 pg, FC, $16.99 US

• The Teen Titans and the teen heroes from LEGION LOST are trapped in a deadly arena where young teen metahumans must fight each other to the death for survival! Can they defeat the teen death squad known as The Ravagers?
• Collects LEGION LOST #8-9, SUPERBOY #8-9, TEEN TITANS #8-9 and TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #15
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art by TIMOTHY GREEN II
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
On sale DECEMBER 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

• A “DEATH OF THE FAMILY” tie-in!
• Red Hood and Red Robin team up against The Joker!
• Teen Titans vs. The Outlaws!