Sensational Comics for February, 2013



Wonder Woman
YOUNG ROMANCE: A NEW 52 VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL #1
Written by ANDY DIGGLE, ANN NOCENTI, CECIL CASTELLUCCI, PETER MILLIGAN and others
Art by GENE HA, EMANUELLA LUPPICHINNO, BECKY CLOONAN, PHIL JIMENEZ, SANFORD GREEN and others
Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
On sale FEBRUARY 6 • 64 pg, FC, $7.99 US • RATED T

• Romance is in the air in this very special Special!
• Wonder Woman consults Eros himself about her feelings for The Man of Steel.
• Barbara Gordon has always been too busy for romance, but could her role as Batgirl bring her back to the first guy she ever kissed?
• Following the events of “Death in the Family,” how can Catwoman ease Batman’s troubled soul?
• Aquaman makes waves as he treats his wife like a queen for a day.
• From the pages of STORMWATCH, Apollo and Midnighter celebrate Valentine’s Day separately but with each other in mind. Who—or what—stands between them?
• Dick Grayson and the daughter of Lucious Fox meet-cute!
• Plus: Perforated Valentine’s Day cards featuring the stars of these stories!
Not to slut shame, but that's kind of a whore-y pose, and I hate how the suddenly prominent blue makes Wonder Woman seem more complimentary as Superman's squeeze. Hate hate hate this development. Bitching aside, I love the premise of a super-hero valentine special, and it would be hot for Dick Grayson to get his interracial groove on. Then again, it reminds of that story about how Morgan Freeman was schtupping his granddaughter, which dumps a pale of ice water on that.
WONDER WOMAN #17
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by TONY AKINS and DAN GREEN
Cover by CLIFF CHIANG
1:25 B&W Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANG
On sale FEBRUARY 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

• Wonder Woman, War and Orion must join forces to save Zola’s baby from Hermes!
• Orion’s reasons for helping Wonder Woman lead to a disastrous betrayal!
• Plus: The truth about the dreaded First Born is revealed! Woe to the world...

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. The variant cover will feature the standard edition cover in a wraparound format.
I hope the simplicity of Orion's silhouette is misleading? With all the armored up heroes in the New 52, Orion is one of the few that such treatment would be appropriate and beneficial. His suit was always a tad too basic.
BATWOMAN #16
Written by J.H. WILLIAMS III and W. HADEN BLACKMAN
Art and cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
1:25 B&W Variant cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
On sale FEBRUARY 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

• It’s the massive conclusion to the current storyline as Batwoman and Wonder Woman struggle to defeat Medusa and a horde of villains!
• Don’t miss the start of a surprising new status quo for Batwoman!

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. The variant cover will feature the standard edition cover in a wraparound format.
Boy, that was a long guest spot.
JUSTICE LEAGUE #17
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
Variant cover by STEVE SKROCE
1:100 B&W Variant cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
On sale FEBRUARY 20 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

• The epic, full-length conclusion to “THRONE OF ATLANTIS” hits as Aquaman and the League make a sinister discovery that changes both the outcome of the war and the future of the Justice League!
• What is THE GRID—and what does it mean to expanding the Justice League? This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

Retailers: This issue will ship with four covers. Please see the order form for more information.
Whole lotta meh for the Aquaman creative team wrapping their run on one title by launching it in another. Talking out an inevitable-to-be-revealed DarkseidBot MacGuffin in no way ameliorates the JLA getting roughed up in turns by Cheetah, Ocean Master, and the late Peter Graves of Mission: Impossible fame. Nice to hear Steve Skroce is working in the mainstream again, though. I thought the Wachowski siblings had him bound in vinyl in their dungeon.

AQUAMAN #17
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by PAUL PELLETIER and ART THIBERT
1:25 B&W Variant cover by PAUL PELLETIER and ART THIBERT
On sale FEBRUARY 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

• A startling epilogue to “THRONE OF ATLANTIS”!
• With the secrets of Atlantis revealed, Aquaman is confronted by a horrible myth from Atlantis’s past that’s connected to his own. Plus: Mera confronts a longtime enemy.

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. The variant cover will feature the standard edition cover in a wraparound format.
I like Pelletier as much as the next guy, but following Ivan Reis is like Cockrum following Byrne on X-Men.

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US #2
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art and cover by JHEREMY RAAPACK
On sale FEBRUARY 27 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

• Based on the upcoming DC fighting game from NetherRealm Studios, the creators of Mortal Kombat.
• A new world order seizes the reins of power, forcing heroes to face each other in a fight to save humanity
• It’s hero versus hero in thunderous battles that decimate the world around them
How do you write the onomatopoeia sound Snoopy makes when he does not approve? "Bleah?"
THE ALL-NEW BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD — SMALL MIRACLES TP
Written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art by ROBERT POPE, SCOTT McRAE, RICK BURCHETT, STEWART McKENNY and DAN DAVIS Cover by RICK BURCHETT and DAN DAVIS
On sale MARCH 13 • 128 pg, FC, $12.99 US

• This all-ages title guest-stars DC Super Heroes including Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Martian Manhunter and more!
• Collects BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #15, 17 and THE ALL NEW BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #13-16.
I bought but don't recall having read a couple of these issues. Shame on me.
THE JACK KIRBY OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC
Written by JACK KIRBY, JOE SIMON, MICHAEL FLEISCHER, JOEY CAVALIERI and others
Art by JACK KIRBY, JOE SIMON, MIKE ROYER, WALLACE WOOD and others
Cover by JACK KIRBY
On sale APRIL 17 • 624 pg, FC, $39.99 US

• Collecting more of Jack Kirby’s epic tales from the 1970s and 1980s starring The Sandman, The Justice League, Atlas and many more.
• Collects BLACK MAGIC #1-9, 1ST ISSUE SPECIAL #1, 5 and 6, KUNG FU FIGHTER #3, THE SANDMAN #1-6, DC COMICS PRESENTS #84, SUPER POWERS VOL.1 #1-5 and SUPER POWERS VOL. 2 #1-6, and KOBRA #1.
Or more honestly, Kirby's Saddlestitched Brick O' Turd. Here is a master at his lowest ebb, generating misfires, filler, and licensing pap.
DAY OF JUDGMENT TP
Written by GEOFF JOHNS and SCOTT BEATTY
Art by MATT SMITH, STEVE MITCHELL, CHRISTOPHER JONES, JOHN McCREA and ANDREW CHIU Cover by MATT SMITH and STEVE MITCHELL
On sale MARCH 20 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US

• For the first time, DC collects DAY OF JUDGMENT, one of the first epics from superstar writer Geoff Johns, originally published in 1999! In the depths of Hell, the greatest supernatural power to challenge the JLA — the fallen angel Azmodel, suffers under imprisonment by Neron. But then, the Demon Etrigan offers Azmodel his freedom — and more! As humanity faces the ultimate threat and people’s long-lost loves and hates return from the dead to torment them amid demonic hellfire, DC’s greatest heroes must wage a war on three fronts!
• Collects Collects DAY OF JUDGMENT #1-5 and DAY OF JUDGMENT SECRET FILES.
You know why it took thirteen years to collect this? Because nobody liked it, since it wasn't very good.
THE DC UNIVERSE BY ALAN MOORE TP
Written by ALAN MOORE
Art by JIM APARO, PARIS CULLINS, GEORGE FREEMAN, DAVE GIBBONS, KLAUS JANSON, KEVIN O’NEILL, JOE ORLANDO, GEORGE PEREZ, KURT SCHAFFENBERGER, CURT SWAN, RICK VEITCH, AL WILLIAMSON, BILL WILLINGHAM, JIM BAIKIE, MICHAEL LOPEZ, AL RIO, TREVOR SCOTT and more
Cover by FRAZER IRVING
On sale MARCH 27 • 464 pg, FC, $24.99 US

• Alan Moore’s work on some of DC’s greatest characters is a benchmark for great stories with fresh approaches to iconic characters.
• Now available in trade paperback, this volume includes ACTION COMICS #583, BATMAN ANNUAL #11, DC COMICS PRESENTS #85, DETECTIVE COMICS #549-550, GREEN LANTERN #188, THE OMEGA MEN #26-27, SECRET ORIGINS #10, SUPERMAN #423, TALES OF THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS ANNUAL #2 & 3, SUPERMAN ANNUAL #11, VIGILANTE #17-18, VOODOO #1-4 and DEATHBLOW: BY BLOWS #1-3!
I was going to whine about yet another Moore anthology collection, but this one is a beast, and vindicated for the multitude of Wildstorm inclusions.
CRISIS ON MULTIPLE EARTHS VOL. 6 TP
Written by GERRY CONWAY and ROY THOMAS
Art by GEORGE PEREZ, KEITH POLLARD, DON HECK and others Cover by GEORGE PEREZ
On sale MARCH 20 • 208 pg, FC, $19.99 US

• The JLA meet the JSA in this new collection in which the teams face Gorilla Grodd and the Secret Society of Super-Villains and battle the Crime Syndicate and the the Crime Champions of Earth-1.
• Collects JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #195-197, 207-209 and 219-220.
Sweet Perez art on this one, plus the stories are neat.
Wonder Girl


TEEN TITANS #17
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art by EDDY BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA
Cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
1:25 B&W Variant cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
On sale FEBRUARY 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

• Welcome aboard the new art team of EDDY BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA! • The team is finally reunited in the wake of “DEATH OF THE FAMILY”—but something is very wrong with Red Robin! What did The Joker do?

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. The variant cover will feature the standard edition cover in a wraparound format.
They put Barrows on this tripe instead of Aquaman? Idiots.
THE FURY OF FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MAN #17
Written by DAN JURGENS
Art and cover by DAN JURGENS and RAY McCARTHY
On sale FEBRUARY 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

• Guest starring the TEEN TITANS!
• Are the Teen Titans here to help Firestorm—or will they use any means necessary to stop him from losing control of his powers?
Seeing a classicist like Jurgens draw the New 52 Titans costumes truly illustrates how dreadful they are. Helspont came off a lot better during his Superman run.
Steve Trevor

TEAM 7 #5
Written by JUSTIN JORDAN
Art by PASCAL ALIXE
Cover by GARY FRANK and CAM SMITH
On sale FEBRUARY 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

• The secret history of the DCU’s original Cyborg Program!
• Who is Spartan? And what is the threat of the Majestic Program?
• Slade Wilson takes his first steps down the path that will lead to his becoming Deathstroke!
Good to see the continued interweaving of DC and Wildstorm history. No idea how well it's being done, though.
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #17
Written by JEFF LEMIRE and RAY FAWKES
Art and by MIKEL JANIN
On sale FEBRUARY 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

• Constantine and the others are trapped on a world where magic has been outlawed, and Tim Hunter is king!
• Their only hope of returning home is in the hands of Colonel Steve Trevor—but will the A.R.G.U.S. chief decide to protect the Earth by leaving Team Dark where they are?
Donna Troy

THE NEW TEEN TITANS OMNIBUS VOL. 3 HC
Written by MARV WOLFMAN and GEORGE PEREZ
Art by GEORGE PEREZ, ROMEO TANGHAL, DAN JURGENS, MIKE DeCARLO, STEVE RUDE, AL GORDON, CARMINE INFANTINO, RICH BUCKLER, BOB SMITH, DICK GIORDANO, RON RANDALL, CHUCK PATTON and JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ
Cover by GEORGE PEREZ
On sale APRIL 3 • 792 pg, FC, $75.00 US

• In this third massive collection of the hit 1980s series from the acclaimed team of writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Perez, the Teen battle the villainy of H.I.V.E., face the evil Dr. Light, witness the trial of Deathstroke, and try to rescue the dark hero known as Raven from her own father, Trigon.
• Collects TALES OF THE TEEN TITANS #45- 61 and 66-67, NEW TEEN TITANS #38, NEW TEEN TITANS #1-6 and SECRET ORIGINS ANNUAL #3.
There are some strong stories here, especially Slade Wilson's time in the slammer with Gar plotting murder, and visual feast of Trigon's reign of terror.

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