Do you realize that this is, effectively, the last week of the DC Universe as we know it?
Next week the only two DC books shipping are going to be the final issue of Flashpoint and the first issue of Justice League, kicking off The New 52.
That's... that's kind of crazy.
It still feels like just yesterday that the news was dropping about this huge initiative and all the titles were being announced and cover images popping up everywhere and Robb and I going off on our 6 Hour Ken Burns rant about the new titles and changes and speculation.
And now here we are. It's the end of the DC Universe as we know it.
And I feel fine.
ACTION COMICS #904
GASP! It is the final issue of Action Comics volume 1, the longest running comic book in American history! Alas and alack. Would be nice to see this go out with a bang but, while I feel like this Reign of the Doomsdays story has improved over my original feelings of the story, it would have to try REALLY hard to elevate itself to anything worthy enough of capping off the title. So perhaps it is best not to try and simply go quietly in the night while we wait to see just what exactly Grant Morrison has up his sleeve, next month.
ASTONISHING X-MEN #41
The conclusion of X-Men Versus Giant Kirby Monsters or "Monstrous" as I believe it is actually called. While it's unfortunate the Jason Pearson couldn't draw the entire storyline, we do get to cap it off with Nick Bradshaw and his Art Adams-esque linework. Which is pretty darn suited to Giant Kirby Monsters.
BATMAN GATES OF GOTHAM #5 (OF 5)
Conclusion! And perhaps the biggest road paver as far as where we will find Batman and the Bat Family in "The New 52."
CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY #621
Oh, y'know, just Chris Samnee brilliantly depicting World War II Captain America and Bucky. Gotta give it up to Marvel, this Cap & Bucky retooling as well as the new Captain America series make for pretty perfect jumping on points for anyone who found themselves a fan of the Star Spangled Avenger after the movie. Really great stuff to jump into.
DC RETROACTIVE GREEN LANTERN THE 90S #1
Ron Marz and Daryl Banks return to Kyle Rayner and that costume we love! God bless the 90's.
DC RETROACTIVE JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA THE 90S #1
HEY look! We get one last trip with the "Bwah Ha Ha" JLI from Giffen, DeMatteis, and Maguire! Thank you, DC Retroactive, for rocking it like so.
DC RETROACTIVE SUPERMAN THE 90S #1
Louise Simonson--who loves Superman more than you--returns with Jon Bogdanove! I DARE you not to like that.
FEAR ITSELF YOUTH IN REVOLT FEAR #4 (OF 6)
Gravity kicks some ass!!
We return to the First Family and the War of Four Cities and the Anti-Reed club that Valeria helped put together.
FLASHPOINT KID FLASH LOST #3 (OF 3)
It was nice to get a Bart Allen that felt a bit like Bart Allen, in this series.
FLASHPOINT LOIS LANE AND THE RESISTANCE #3 (OF 3)
Oh Lois Lane, I wish that you had your own series in The New 52 and that you weren't dating some douchebag but HEY there is still hope down the line, I'm sure.
FLASHPOINT PROJECT SUPERMAN #3 (OF 3)
Gall dang, that last issue was great. Can't wait to see how this wraps up for Emaciated Superman.
GREEN LANTERN EMERALD WARRIORS #13
I know I've been all rar rar rar about how Phoning Innie the GL books have been, as time counts down to The New 52, but darnit if this issue doesn't feature Guy Gardner teaming up with Batman. That is always a thing I want to see.
Sometimes I feel like I run out of things to say about these Waid/Boom titles because they're so consistently good. Though I feel like Incorruptible has become my favorite of the two. But maybe that's just because I want to cheer for the guy who's trying to figure out how to do the right thing. Even if he's terrible at it.
NEW MUTANTS #30
More David LaFuente! The New Mutants in Hell! A Fear Itself tie-in that actually gets referenced in Uncanny X-Men. It's nice to see that kind of interconnectivity and to make it look like Scott's decisions are consistent.
TEEN TITANS #100
Final issue of Teen Titans! Big ol' throwdown! Nicola Scott returns! Sweet pin-ups! The last we'll see of Superboy Prime? Hm.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1
I'm pretty excited about this, though I'm up in the air whether I want to wait for the trade or not. Especially when it debuts on a week where DC has my attention with three of their pricey Retroactive books. But it's Kevin Eastman's return to the Turtles and it's got some pretty slick looking art. And I have trouble fighting the allure of the TMNT.
THE PUNISHER #2
Issue #1 was just about exactly what I'd want from a Greg Rucka Punisher book. It was like Punisher with a little bit of Gotham Central thrown in. Just about as street-level as street-level can be. Though I understand he's to be going up against The Vulture. Will be interesting to see how that's handled.
ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #1
Ultimate Comics Reborn starts here! (well, it started in Fallout but, formally, it starts here) Jonathan Hickman takes on The Ultimates with the Uncanny X-Force art team of Essad Ribic and Dean White. I'm excited to see what these gentlemen do with a team that's lost its luster over the years.
UNCANNY X-FORCE #13
SPEAKING OF Uncanny X-Force, we continue this jolly romp in the Age of Apocalypse (okay so it's not that jolly) with some pretty sweet 616 Wolverine/AoA Jean Grey action and HEY it sounds like X-Force might be taking somebody home with them in a couple months.