Tuesday, April 15, 2008

DC's July Solicits

Yes, it's that time again, when DC puts out their solicitations for the month of July. I'm going to highlight a couple things that I'm jazzed about.

First off...

ABSOLUTE RONIN HC
Written by Frank Miller
Art and cover by Frank Miller
RONIN, the acclaimed epic by Frank Miller, visionary writer/artist of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, 300 and Sin City and director of the upcoming movie adaptation of The Spirit, is collected for the first time in hardcover in DC’s oversized, slipcased Absolute format! In this tale, the legendary warrior known only as the Ronin — a disgraced 13th century samurai, is given a second chance to avenge his master’s death and regain his honor. Reborn in a futuristic and corrupt 21st century New York City, the Ronin must defeat the reincarnation of his master’s killer, the ancient demon Agat.
This breathtaking Absolute Edition includes rarely seen promotional art, fold-out pages and more special features.
Advance-solicited; on sale September 24 • 328 pg, 8.25” x 12.5”, FC, $99.00 US

Yeah. I really want this. I have the trade of Ronin, but this series is in dire need of a re-colouring and remastering. The larger size paper will also let me ingest the sheer size of the city that Miller draws.


BATMAN: THE BLACK GLOVE HC
Written by Grant Morrison
Cover by Williams
Art by J.H. Williams III, Tony Daniel & Jonathan Glapion
Writer Grant Morrison (ALL STAR SUPERMAN, FINAL CRISIS) brings Batman and a group of global heroes to a mysterious island to face a killer in this volume collecting BATMAN #667-669 and 672-675. Then, Batman relives a defining adventure in the life of young Bruce Wayne: the hunt for his parents’ killer.
Advance-solicited; on September 3 • 176 pg, FC, $24.99 US

Finally Morrison's run on Batman gets another hardcover. I've been waiting and waiting and waiting. This one features the gorgeous art of J. H. Williams on the Club of Batmans story, in which he draws heroes in the style of their pretend origin (such as a Howard Chaykin hero). I haven't been blown away by Morrison's Batman, but we'll see what happens for the end.


That's really it for July. There's Final Crisis, of course, but that's not even up for debate that I will be buying it. Soon, Marvel's July solicits will be up and hopefully something awesome will be there. I'll post something about it.

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