Who’s Editing #11: Heeeeere’s Johnny!

Fire and Water Presents: Who’s Editing Episode 11! Siskoid invites comics pro David Gallaher to play with Who’s Who #11 and pitching for all the heroic characters and teams on offer. There sure are a lot of people called Johnny in the issue. How are they gonna solve this one?

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Theme: “Révolution” by Les Sherpas.

Bonus clips: “Ulysses-31 Theme (French version)” by Lionel Leroy, Pascal Auriat, Haïm Saban and Shuki Levy; “Truly Outrageous” by Britta Phillips, from “Jem and the Holograms”; “The Shining” by Stanley Kubrick, starring Jack Nicholson; and Frank Miller interview on Entertainment Weekly: The Show.

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  1. 21st CENTURY COSMIC BOY #6
    Written by ROBBIE THOMPSON
    art by POP MHAN
    cover by TRESSINA BOWLING
    Stranded on 21st Century Earth, Querl Dox and Nura Nal offer wildly conflicting accounts of the far futures they respectively claim to hail from. Brainiac 5 is still obsessed with taking down Darkseid, which Steve Dayton is all-in for, while Rick Quinn is more concerned with helping Dream Girl return home… or at least making a positive impression in the attempt. Even with the rejection of Cyborg, and counting Omen, there’s at least enough members present to claim to be a quartet. However, said team is promptly detained by Homeland Security’s Project Meta-Marines, led by Major Nicholson and including Metamerican, Tripwire, Gunner, & Wideload. With XS and Kid Flash considered fugitives, the Meta-Marines expect that they might make contact with Dayton. XS’s cousin Impulse had the same idea, and has brought current Teen Titans Naomi, Sideways, Red Arrow, Roundhouse, and Jinny Hex in tow. The already volatile assemblage will explode as more parties show up unexpectedly…
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    AMAZING-MAN #10
    written by NAIF AL-MUTAWA
    art & cover by F. DAVILA SERGIO
    CONQUEST OF THE BARON EARTH TIE-IN! Thomas Blake flees Turkey as Mustafa Aman and Doktor Simya execute a bloody coup, backed by The Cybernetic. Catman cannot condone the destruction wrought by her agent Michael Taylor, whose strategic metahuman bombings have leveled Ankara. Regime change has always been among Amazing-Man’s goals, but the violent uprising may be the justification The Great Question needed to manipulate the weight of the the Chinese government against his sworn enemy.
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    ATOMIC #10
    written by TOM KING
    art & cover by RAGS MORALES
    Unaware of the details of their Vertisol poisoning, an undeclared open season pits intelligence agencies against one another. When word of Poison Ivy’s success against Vertisol reaches the intel community, myriad agents descend on Gotham. Making contact with “Mr. Delta,” formerly of G.E.O.R.G.E., Ralph Dibny and Eddie Fyers uncover further files on the A.S.A.’s secret metahuman team in the 1960s, codename “Watchmen.” Payback and Starlight spirit Ryan Choi and Aqualad to the Shadowspire. In San Francisco, private investigators Jacob Ashe and Cinder DuBois have been hired by local crime figure Chulo to look into the activities of Necrodyne Industries. Steve Trevor and Cyclotron deploy with Freedom’s Ring to the European theater, while First Strike pursues the Shadow Cabinet. Dr. Jonathan Osterman helps deliver the first human child born in space. Ray Palmer uncovers a secret that J’onn J’onzz would otherwise have taken to the grave. The reactivation of Hawkwoman’s wind elemental powers signals a global peril on the horizon. President Rickard honors William Martin in the wake of his post-term assassination. In Kahndaq, Atom Smasher is deeply concerned by Black Adam’s willingness to deploy the nuke he acquired from the Angle Man. Separated from the Masters of Disaster and now captive of the Symbolix Corporation, Damage is subjected to despicable human experimentation with ties dating back to Mengele.
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    BATWOMAN #109
    written by MARIKO TAMAKI
    art by TYLER BOSS
    cover by TOM DERENICK
    SOCIETY OF SHADOWS: THE PLAGUE TIE-IN Jacob Kane sees to the comfort of his ailing daughter, but Gotham City itself is in the hands of Knightfall. Having begged forgiveness for the Colony’s attack on Jean-Paul Valley that had once left him comatose, it was Kane’s resources that afforded the creation of new armor for the former Azrael to protect himself both from attack and Vertisol. United in their hatred of the League of Assassins, the pair must first address the anarchy being further inflamed by Kane’s estranged cohort Ulysses Hadrian Armstrong, who has arranged for the arrival of fallen Freedom Fighter Andy Franklin as a potential metahuman suicide bomber against Arcane’s Asylum.
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    BLACK CANARY #9
    written by KELLY SUE DeCONNICK
    art by PETER NGUYEN
    cover by JORGE JIMENEZ
    Despite being partly raised by Shiera Hall of the Justice Society and occasionally serving alongside Shayera Thal in the Justice League, Dinah had never met a Hawkgirl as impressive as Kendra Saunders. A tomb raider and one of the Wonders of the World, Kendra had brought the war to Darkseid to save the inhabitants of Earth 2. Opening up about her motivations in traversing dimensions to avenge her friends, Dinah is confronted by Kendra with horror stories of her own experiences in the Apokolips War. Having settled in so comfortably on Earth 2, with the prospect of a second chance relationship with an Oliver Queen not corrupted by personal loss, is Black Canary willing to abandon her perhaps hopeless quest for the Fourth World?
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    BREATHTAKER #8
    written by AKWAEKE EMEZI
    art by MICHAEL BORKOWSKI
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    The pretense of friendship has lifted with the death of Dr. Clint by Breathtaker’s own hand, but guided by the spirit of Paula Brooks Crock. Gentleman Jim Craddock was only after a vessel for possession by his fellow ghost and Injustice Society member, and Tynisha Hodges is horrified to once again have others dictating the function of her body. Breathtaker is now wanted for murder, and if Paula gets her way, the body count will soon rise to include the daughters of Bruce Wayne and Franco Bertinelli for daring to infringe on her identity. Will Breathtaker ever be able to lay claim her own?
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    CRISIS ACROSS INFINITE TIME #9
    written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
    art and cover by DAVID FINCH
    card stock variant cover by ROBERT ATKINS
    A few years ago, Dakota’s Heroes joined The Infinitors and the long lost Paladins in fending off the existential threat of the Reapers, but not without attracting concern from the Shadow Cabinet that will color the near future. In the year 2030, Salvo must locate Sheik Rattle Enroll in order to reach the aging Prince for questions about the Three Chains of Gold, or else the Linear Men will succeed in assassinating him fourteen years in the past. Rick Tyler and Jesse Chambers are drawn into the Timepoint by their son Johnny for a necessary assist in 2042’s World War IV. It’s 2446, and Landor tells Knodar of his misadventure with the Justice Society of America 500 years in the past. Brane Taylor has traveled back in time from 2862 with his nephew as Batman & Robin to assist Superwoman with a case.
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    THE INFINITORS Vol. I: WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY TPB (NEW PRINTING)
    Written by JAMES ROBINSON and DAVID GOYER
    Art by STEPHEN SADOWSKI and others
    Cover by TOM GRUMMETT
    The Justice Society of America were the first and finest team of super-heroes, defending the globe since World War II, before bequeathing the role to their successors, Infinity Incorporated. In recent years, both generations have seen an ungodly, unlikely body count. Beginning with the murder of Mr. Terrific by the Spirit King, the successive deaths climbed into the double digits, with few ever fully investigated or avenged. A mysterious client hires private detective Jonni Thunder to determine whether there’s more to the matter than tragic misfortune, and she’s soon partnered with the aging former heavyweight champion Ted “Wildcat” Grant, whether she likes it or not. The pair face increasingly hostile resistance from shady government figures and former friends like Sarge Steel and Director Bones. Falling down a rabbit hole of intrigue and conspiracy, they’re joined in their pursuit of hard-won answers by surviving legacies Jack “Starman” Knight, Mark “Manhunter” Shaw, Alejandro “Firebrand” Sanchez, Al “Nuklon” Rothstein, and Helena “The Fury” Kosmatos. What starts as a mystery develops into a case for the revival of the Justice Society in a startlingly different incarnation! Collects The Infinitors #1-5 and Infinitors Secret Files #1.
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    S.T.A.R. SQUADRON #10
    written by PETER J. TOMASI
    art by JORGE JIMENEZ
    cover by RICHARD COX
    THE LORDS OF ORDER & CHAOS TIE-IN! Beginning a 6-part crossover with CYBORG: THE LAST LEAGUER and AMETHYST OF GEMWORLD! Stranded on Earth, Amethyst and Lady Ingvie have monitored a magical quartz for breaches in the multiverse that could guide them home. Naturally drawn to Detroit and Vibe, they detect the arrival of Quell Mordeth and his band of resistors. Mordru had traversed dimensions and seduced Mistress Mordeth, who had taken possession of Rupture. With the forces of Piradell poised to invade Earth, Cyborg and ex-A.R.G.U.S. agent Dale Gunn are first on the scene for a view of the end of worlds. Can they get Breacher to S.T.A.R. Labs for a reunion with his daughter Gypsy, and what if Amethyst chooses to stop them for her own purposes?
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    STRIKEFORCE SUPERMAN #31
    written by ROBERT VENDITTI
    art by DAN MORA
    cover by RON FRENZ
    Fallen Angel variant cover by BRIAN STELFREEZE
    The murder of Michael Henderson triggers paranoia in a team rich with secrets. Both Apollo and Fallen Angel recognize the ritualistic characteristics of Shawna Starsomething’s sacrifice that resonate with their own sordid pasts. The Contessa becomes suspicious when her security team alerts her to The Superboy’s presence at Lexcorp. Phantom Lad’s knowledge of the Guardian’s “extended family” leaves him concerned for their safety. Hector Hammond of all people has reached out to John Henry Irons at the rival S.T.A.R. Labs, urging him to use their assets to develop a failsafe against a Superman-level threat. Separately, Hammond exploits information derived from his dealings with the Earth-0 Superman during the Psi-War as leverage against Superwoman and Cadmus.
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  2. This was a tremendous amount of fun! This episode was tough, no joke, but it was a brilliant thought experiment

  3. johny dc is genius
    but I DO WANT joker series I want the same plots as the 70s series in the same issuse but with enough continity to plug the plot holes
    1. Joker meets a guy who looks just like him but with normal colors NOBODY MENTIONS IT
    2 Joker meets BULLETMAN’S MAIN FOE. nobody mentions bulletman
    3 Joker knows the CREEPER SECET ID AND meet a billy batson that’s not capt Marvel is this another earth?
    4 JOKER DIES NO REAlLy
    5 HE’S FINE AND KILLS THE royal flush gang!
    6. HE FIGHTS sherlock holmes
    7 nothing too strange but it’s kinda interesting that Joker and Luthor genuinely like each other.
    8. joker and Scarecrow both seem to be in metroplis but no sign of superman WHY?!

  4. 21st CENTURY COSMIC BOY #7
    Written by ROBBIE THOMPSON
    art by POP MHAN
    cover by MARK TEXEIRA
    Following the trail of her wayward sister, Starfire returns from her space odyssey in the Ghost Sector with her Titanic cohorts Minion and Hot Spot. The trio had been worshiped as gods there, but it all turned out to be an Apokolipsian plot to cement a bleak alternate future under the reign of Grail. With the help of Green Lantern Jessica Cruz, Red Lantern Dex-Starr and others, a divergent path was forming, but Blackstar needed to be a part of the effort. However, an entirely unexpected family reunion takes place, as the post-apocalyptic Hex arrived in the nick of time to save his descendant Jinny from Task Force X. This Suicide Squad had been deployed to finish the task started when the assassination attempt on Steve Dayton was thwarted by Cosmic Boy. Sarge Steel couldn’t have anticipated multiple teams worth of resistance, and from this encounter, Dayton’s dream of a replacement Justice League may finally see fruition…
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    AMBUSH BUG #11
    written by KEITH GIFFEN & J.M. DEMATTEIS
    art by ALLAN WHINCUP
    cover by ADAM HUGHES
    Sales are on the bubble, so this may or may not be the penultimate issue of a series that really should have done Harley Quinn numbers, given that we have the same basic shtick. Jamming in a bunch of resolution would be a good time to reflect on why we couldn’t even pull in a Lobo audience (and I’m talking skinny jeans boy band Lobo.) Tyson Aikens’ surplus of omnidimensional energy has opened a wormhole between the already temporally compromised Dinosaur Island and the Earth-18 Justice Riders, who are looking to recover their missing Firehair. Isn’t that what that guy Paris was hanging with once call Lindsey? Anyway, Sarge Steel still has Joe Rock (the Scott Caan of action heroes,) Clock King (not that one,) Ventriloquist (the one with boobs, sorta,) Bolt (not an over-caffeinated soda,) Savant (is Mary Poppins, ya’ll,) the trunk of Captain Storm (’tis merely a flesh wound,) and whatever over-easy company is left still trying to locate Monarch (Nathaniel Adam flavor.) Oh, but see Dumb Bunny has been looking into the whereabouts of her missing ex-husband Irwin Schwab (Task Force X never confirmed his death) and against all odds managed to track down Ambush Bug with her pals in the Inferior 5. Yeah, I can see how this book would fail. Is it too late to tease a queer relationship with Midnighter for clicks? Does Keith still have his number? Tyson is officially coming out as bi-monthly curious, if DC’s interested!
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    AMETHYST OF GEMWORLD #11
    written by MARGUERITE BENNETT
    art & cover by CHRIS BATISTA
    THE LORDS OF ORDER & CHAOS TIE-IN! Concluding the 6-part crossover with CYBORG: THE LAST LEAGUER and S.T.A.R. SQUADRON! In Detroit, the agent of Chaos Arcaana’s team of Holocaust, Cooler, Reprise, Chain Lightning, Helmut, and Bubbasaur are on the verge of overwhelming local heroes Cyborg, Zatanna, Vibe, Gypsy, Elasti-Girl, Deep Blue, and El Garro. As Breacher and Rupture engage in mortal combat, can Amethyst hold out against Mordru while protecting Vic’s young charges Rocket and Static from the marauding Cadre? Are the whispered suggestions from an unseen figure the key to containing the Lord of Chaos’ ambitions on Earth, or will this influence seal their doom?
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    AQUAGIRL #11
    Written by ANNA OBROPTA and LOUISE SIMONSON
    art by JAIRO
    cover by DAVE GROTE JR
    THE LORDS OF ORDER & CHAOS TIE-IN! The Arcadian order has been a secret cabal of powerful elites guiding the fate of America since its foundation, and one member is Judge Irwin Hall. Charles Lane’s father was a former Arcadian, murdered when he tried to escape the association. As the Jester, he’ll take double pleasure in killing Hall, both for his membership, and for Judge Hall having sentenced him to death row. Can the Hawks and the Doves resolve their differences long enough to save Hank & Don’s dad? Further complicating matters is the return of Koryak, the bastard son of Aquaman and Lorena’s dynastic “sibling.” During ATLANTIS, Koryak was held captive and tormented by Nuliajuk, the Mother of Monsters. After being driven by starvation and madness to eat his own hand, Koryak has now taken up his father’s former identity, complete with a hook for a hand. Will he join Aquagirl on the side of Order, or be lost to Chaos forever?
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    ARAK #11
    written by RICHARD VAN CAMP
    art by MARCO CASTIELLO and DANNY MIKI
    cover by RUDY NEBRES
    CRISIS ACROSS INFINITE TIME TIE-IN! Now a tempus fugitive, Arak and his detoxing son Wind-Walker seek refuge in the Old West. Unfortunately, Helix has followed them, doing untold damage to the timestream, and alerting the Linear Men. Traveling on foot, the wounded warriors cross paths with Johnny Thunder and Matt Savage, but will they be sheltered or shot full of lead by these historical gunslingers?
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    ATARI FORCE: SWORDQUEST SPECIAL #1
    written by ROY THOMAS, GERRY CONWAY, CHAD BOWERS, CHRIS SIMS, & SCOTT SNYDER
    art by GEORGE PÉREZ, SCOTT KOWALCHUK, GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION
    cover by GEORGE PÉREZ
    card stock foil cover by GEORGE PÉREZ
    1:25 variant cover by ANGEL GABRIELE
    1:100 black and white variant cover by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION
    A DC Comics/Dynamite Entertainment co-production! Comics legend George Peréz comes out of retirement to complete his final unfinished work, years in the making! Twice orphaned twins Tarra and Torr seek vengeance for their loss and to fulfill the prophesy that has overshadowed their entire lives– the overthrow of King Tyrannus. On Airworld, the twins seek the Sword of Ultimate Sorcery, with its previously unrevealed ties to the DC Universe. Besides the many challenges that await them in this pursuit, they must contend with rival thief Herminus, and Tyrannus himself intends to spring an ambush. Plus, the untold story of Konjuro’s journey to “Realworld,” where he’ll face questions from young gamer girl Amy Winston. Finally, Auron comes upon the emaciated and nude form of Infinitus floating in the depths of space, foreshadowing the greatest event in DC or Dynamite history!
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    THE INFINITORS Vol. XII: INFINITE VENGEANCE TPB (NEW PRINTING)
    Written by GEOFF JOHNS
    Art by DON KRAMER and KEITH CHAMPAGNE
    Cover by ALEX ROSS
    Since the Day of Judgment, Alexandra DeWitt had served as the divine’s Spirit of Redemption. Having confronted Major Force with his crimes and guided the souls of fellow victims to eternal peace, Alex was finally content to leave her role and join them in The Presence. The Spectre, without a human host, is now running rampant, meting out a brutal form of justice encouraged by the new Eclipso! Dr. Fate, Power Girl, Mister Terrific, Red Tornado, Wildcat, Jesse Quick, Hourman, Stargirl, Dr. Mid-Nite, Sand, Vigilante, Jakeem Thunder, and Air Wave must guide the way to a new host for their mad former compatriot, and not everyone will survive the experience. In the aftermath, the fate of Atom Smasher is decided, the OMACs attack, and the team mourns the death of Jade in the RANN-THANAGAR WAR. Collects The Infinitors #82-87.
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    JADE: LEGACY OF THE LANTERN #1
    written by STEPHANIE PHILLIPS
    art by JEREMY DALE
    cover by MICHAEL STA. MARIA
    Spinning from the pages of THE LORDS OF ORDER & CHAOS! Jennifer-Lynn Hayden grew up believing herself to be at best an average girl, though she still dared to dream that she may one day become a star. In her more depressive moments, she thought that the green-tinged birthmark on her palm might be some form of cancer or other birth defect. Her way out of those darker moments was always through, spinning the oddity as a tattoo to sell her schoolmates on whatever street credibility that could be won within the affluent Milwaukee suburb of Franklin. It wasn’t until after graduation that she learned the eight-pointed mark would define the rest of her life… that it would begin to take a conscious effort to prevent her skin from turning lime green… that she had been adopted… that she had a twin brother… that she was the daughter of Green Lantern Alan Scott and his villainess Thorn… or rather her dissociative alternate identity of Rose Canton. Her birth mother’s psychological struggles were so severe that she abandoned her children to strangers, and took her own life for fear of murdering them herself.

    Her long lost brother, Todd Rice, has had his own difficulties. As open as she’s been to him in her life, she keeps Todd far from her adoptive parents for fear that he could harm them, as he had others and himself. And the birth father that she embraced, in part to offer the more reluctant Todd an alternative to his abusive upbringing, had never truly been emotionally available enough for either of their wants or needs. These would be issues for any young woman, but all three of these people had given over part of their being to the Starheart, a mystical alien power source defined by its connections to Chaos and overwhelming manifestations of will manifested through energy constructs and other, more obscure presentations. Obsidian– Todd– can tap into The Shadowlands, a realm of ebon forces that can threaten all mankind. Dr. Fate– the former Green Lantern– Alan– whose forsaking of the Starheart for the Helm of Nabu doomed him. The Starheart manifested its own humanoid form, the Faustian identity of Neron, and has been developing the full realization of the Age of Chaos that will overtake all of creation.

    But the Starheart also lives within Jenny Hayden– Jade– the one being who can still exert control over this cosmic force. Her flighty exterior conceals more troubled depths, including her own bubbling neurodiversions, but one of her greatest abilities is to center herself within a maelstrom. In a universe on the brink of absolute pandemonium, she may be the thin emerald line standing between Order and Chaos…
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  5. I love these episodes because they give me a peek into the creative minds of the guests (and Frank). So many interesting pitches this time.

    Had I been on this episode, I would have pitched and Ironwolf book by Howard Chaykin with nothing different about the character. It is perfect as it is.

    And now my one pitch, Infinity Man (sort of like Siskoid’s). Can I crack the ‘ugh the Forever People’? (You might recall I pitched a Beautiful Dreamer book way back in episode 2).

    Infinity Man
    Written by Tom King
    Drawn by Darick Robertson

    The Infinity Man was a cosmically powerful being, a tranquil philosopher who was apathetic to the 4th World wars. Worried he might enter the war on the New Genesis side, he was cursed by Darkseid to be tied to a near infinite number of groups, being able to be summoned and compelled to help them (the Forever People being one such group). After untold years of living under the yoke of the desires of different people’s desires, the Infinity Man cracks. He decides the best way to get back to who he was is to kill Darkseid. He begins to travel to Apokolips but is often summoned, breaking his mission. Sometimes he helps the people who summoned him. Sometimes he kills them so they cannot interfere with his ultimate goal again. But who will the Infinity Man be once he makes it to Apokolips? The peaceful being he was? Or some twisted murderer, at home on Darkseid’s dark world?

    1. I like the pitch, Anj!

      And I will continue to advocate for the Forever People. The Kirby book was a lot of fun, and the fact no one’s been able to do anything good with them since is no strike against them, but against the creative teams who have made the attempt since. All the FP-related pitches on the show have been, on the whole, more interesting than what we’ve gotten in real life.

          1. But yeah, it’s interesting to take a look back and see what characters I (or a guest) was precious about, and which ones I felt I could (or should!) throw out with the bath water. Outsiders didn’t do well almost as a joke, though Katana being such a pure concept, she might do okay in the next episode. Despite my general ambivalence about the Infinitors, the link to the the JSA kept them fairly on track. We’ve only have a few New Titans with mixed results.

            But those characters aren’t tied to the team necessarily. They could easily appear by themselves or teaming up with Batman or something. Omega Men, Atari Force, Forever People and because of their era, to some extent the Legion are not designed as solo stars, so guest and I have tended to reimagine them regardless of our love or lack of it. Me, I like to work on the Forever People, while the Omega Men are usually a bit of a puzzle because I don’t care about them in any way.

          2. On her own, Siskoid, Katana is a great idea! In fact, most of the Outsiders would be interesting solo characters (MOST). But as a team…we’ll, we share an opinion.

            Are you genuinely unsure if Infinity Man is merging of the FP or if he swaps places with them? Because now I’m wondering….

  6. I steadfastly avoid commenting on anyone else’s pitches, since even my compliments tend to come out caustic, but I do consume all things Who’s Editing. If you’d put a gun to my head and asked me which property Anj would pitch, I’d have come out just fine. I think reverse-columbos are still illegal in Georgia.

      1. Or… ORRRR… you’re the guy who devoted write-ups on a spare group blog that never took off to weird short-lived obscure science fantasy characters by notable creators from the 1970s which you still periodically plug via social media a decade on. You have a type. “Oh Anj– he likes them with long dark hair, firm thighs, broadswords, and a hint of The Studio.”

  7. BEAST BOY & CHANGELING #8
    Written By BRIAN LYNCH
    art by PEDRO DELGADO / ALEX GARCIA
    main cover by REILLY BROWN
    flip cover by BUDDY PRINCE
    Twenty years into the future, Beast Man and Rose Wilson are attempting to train the raw next generation Titans Red, Blur, Stonehenge, and Irony. Superman’s Son, the boy Kon-El was supposedly cloned from, had slain most of Earth’s remaining heroes a year prior. Following the murder of Tyroc, Tau has chosen to work with Justice Lost: reformed Ravagers Omen & Ridge, and the decades stranded former Legionnaires Chameleon Girl, Tellus & Wildfire. Gar & Rose Logan’s plot to send Jonathan Lane Kent back to the past with the Teen Titans had worked, but their timeline had not changed. Now Jericho, one of the greatest traitors the Titans have ever known, has arrived in a time sphere to warn Justice Lost that the true cause of their circumstances still walks among them. The person responsible for the deaths of Tim, Cassie, Kon– and Garfield Logan? Who can be trusted when Jericho is the one making these accusations?
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    THE BLUE BEETLE #9
    written by RAVEN GREGORY
    art by FERNANDO DAGNINO
    cover by RAMON VILLALOBOS
    The Reyes’ phone line in El Paso was tapped, and the family is now being held captive by the Sons of Liberty, a militant far-right group with secret ties to top members of the former presidential administration. Jaime can’t just rush in with his borrowed Blue Beetle costume in tatters, and he won’t drag his friends into a probable government trap. Tapping into his heritage, Jaime pulls together a lucadore outfit and a plan to get his family to safety. Back in Chicago, Maxwell Lord has arrived with his stripped-down Checkmate squad of Thomas Tresser, Veronica Lopez, Maribel, and Little Knipper to bolster the efforts of The Gang. It’s perfect timing, as The Council has caught up with their betrayers, and the former Nemesis has a particular interest in the expanded activities of his old foes. Booster Gold would surely object to Lord’s presence, but he’s tied up dodging… another Captain Atom? None of them realize that the Reach are now in upper Earth atmosphere, joined by the forces of The Insect Queen. All this, plus “Ted Kord” is still missing with their Beetle exo-suit…
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    BLUE DEVIL #9
    written by ELLIOTT SERRANO
    art by KEVIN SHARPE
    cover by JOE PRADO
    THE LORDS OF ORDER & CHAOS & CONQUEST OF THE BARON EARTH TIE-IN! As it turns out, Baron Winters was fighting two wars simultaneously, the corporeal Baronry Conflict in Europe, and an ethereal one between the Lords of Order and Chaos. Having run afoul of Shivering Jemmy of the Shallow Brigade, his war is now over. Meanwhile, the so-called “weirdness magnet” instilled into the Blue Devil suit was actually the previously disembodied essence of Vandaemeon, displaced from the nihil-verse by Kent Nelson. The former Brimstone, Annabeth Chamberlain, has succumbed to Vertisol while having absconded wearing the Blue Devil skin suit. The hospitalized Cinnamon has reached out to an A.R.G.U.S. associate, Johnny Peril, in hopes of recovering the suit before Neron can use it to release the Lord of Chaos. Captain Cold doesn’t want to be anywhere near this scene, but Sarge Steel has leveraged him into service. The Flayed Devil, Daniel Cassidy, must form a new Shadowpact around Enchantress, Heat Wave, Captain Cold, and the Prideful Ghost, while the highly reluctant Santi’s biggest concern is still cutting around a strung-out Wayne Tarrant. However, escaping a supernatural inferno with his own skin and a work print are still fairly high priorities. This looks like a job for… Open-Window Man?
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    BRONZE TIGER #9
    written by BRYAN HILL
    art by DEXTER SOY
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    SOCIETY OF SHADOWS: THE PLAGUE TIE-IN Although most of the Group for Extermination of Organizations of Revenge, Greed, and Evil has been cut down by the Cult of the Monkey Fist, they succeed at getting Ben Turner, Essence, Harry Stein/Deadman and Maya Ducard to Monument Point. The Thunderbolt should be able to help mass distribute the Vertisol cure, but standing between Bronze Tiger and Jakeem Thunder are Nick Necro and Silver Monkey. Will Boston Brand sacrifice his afterlife for the greater good?
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    CATWOMAN: QUEEN OF GOTHAM #32
    written by ERICA SCHULTZ
    art by CHARLES P WILSON III
    cover by GENE GONZALES
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    SOCIETY OF SHADOWS: THE PLAGUE TIE-IN Following his painful breakup with Amazing-Man, Catman has returned to Gotham, and Oracle guides him toward joining the burgeoning Catwoman Family alongside Tigress and Stephanie Brown , the new Catgirl. Babs has good reason to distrust the precarious alliance of Donna Selina with Two-Face and especially The Joker. However, the Architect has offered to guide a team into Arkham, and with the Geek Speaker and Doctor Phosphorus already having taking their shots at the Queen, Kyle will need any help that she can get. The revived Birds of Prey may be on call, but when a betrayal from within threatens everything, Gordon may need to resort to using Simon Ecks’ technology…
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    THE CLUB #7
    written by HOWARD CHAYKIN
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    Alan Armstrong and Tex Thomson enlist the aid of speedster Johnny Chambers in hopes of sabotaging the Soviets’ “Joe 4” nuke. Having had his fill of the U.S.S.R. for the time being, King Faraday and Hank Heywood fly to Japan to determine if the massive death tolls from landslides and flooding have supernatural cause. Nelson Gardner inquires of General Zebulon McCandless about reviving the mystery men, but dodges a bullet when Saul Baxter takes offense to his careless and misdirected antisemitic slur.
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    CREEPER #7
    written by CHRISTOPHER SEBELA
    art by MARCIO TAKARA
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    Jack Ryder had been trying to keep a low profile since the authorities began asking questions about “The Qreeper’s” involvement in a peaceful protest at the Capitol earlier this year, but his recent tussle with that feminazi Pagan attracted unwanted attention. Worse, his good (only) friend Reggie Long could not be dissuaded from continuing to pursue their investigation into The Ninth Circle, triggering an attack from The Longbow Hunters. Without help, they’re not long for this world, but John Diggle isn’t exactly feeling charitable after getting dragged into Ryder’s mess with the Sons of Odin. The new (?) Rorschach is also keeping the still-catatonic “fugitive” Ira Quimby, mentally hobbled as one of the last acts of Prometheus. It could be their good (collateral) fortune that the Brotherhood of Quetzalcoatl have dispatched Aztek the Ultimate Woman to dampen their muckraking. The Shadow Cabinet has also come looking, but when Merlyn plants a shaft between their archer’s eyes, the situation only looks to escalate.
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    DART & THE GRIFTER #6
    written by AMRUTA PATIL
    art by DAVID LAFUENTE
    cover by CLEMENT SAUVE
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    THE LORDS OF ORDER & CHAOS TIE-IN! With the cretinous J.E.B. Stuart fully exorcised and the original Haunted Tank completely destroyed, a more modern model will have to be brought to bear against Basilisk. Previously, A.R.G.U.S.’ Steve Trevor had deployed a S.T.A.R. Labs Cyber-Command Assault Vehicle as a family affair, controlled by Lieutenant Jennifer “Jen” Stuart with her brother Sgt. Scott Stuart and cousin Sgt. Jamal Stuart. Guided by the ghost of their grandfather, the crew seek to retrieve the commander crystal Dragoneer delivered to Regulus. Luckily, Grifter has access to a “dragon” of his own, though it’s through the bounty hunter Hex, and she happens to be seeking to collect a reward on him. With Nyi’tarla and Eclipso at his beckoning, Dean Higgins could usurp Jason Burr as Naja Naja ahead of the Kali Yuga. However, having access to the power of a Lord of Chaos and maintaining control of one are far separate claims. Plus, Agents Orange and Wax’s SPB abilities coerce Dart into using her lover Grifter with intent toward aiding their pursuit of Voodoo.
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    THE INFINITORS Vol. II: FATE OF DARKNESS TPB (NEW PRINTING)
    Written by DAVID GOYER and GEOFF JOHNS
    Art by STEPHEN SADOWSKI and others
    Cover by MIKE GUSTOVICH
    A team made up of heroes from the present and legends from the past, the Infinitors finds themselves fighting their history and their future. Following the twists and betrayals upon their reunion, more original Infinity Incorporated members return to confront their darkness-consumed friend Obsidian, son of Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern and current Sentinel. Just as Starman, The Fury, Wildcat, Nuklon, Northwind, and Iron Munro begin to recover from this emotional and physical battle, they find themselves pitted against their old foes, the Injustice Society. Rising stakes require revived alliances, as the Infinitors are joined by Fate, the Huntress, Hourman, Doctor Mid-Nite, and a modern girl with her own edgy “genie” in the form of Anima. Even still, the Infinitors are pushed to the limit, as an assault from Injustice Unlimited comes hard and fast from many places at once in the epic ‘Injustice be Done’. Collects The Infinitors #6-15.
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  8. This is the first time I’ve listened to an episode of this show. What an interesting experiment/exercise of imagination! You’ve inspired me to red the New 52 version of “I…Vampire.”

    1. I am about as far away as a fan can get from enjoying horror or vampire stuff. But the New 52 I…Vampire series. Siskoid was spot on. It was a great read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  9. THE INFINITORS Vol. IV: JUSTICE BE DONE TPB
    Written by DAVID GOYER and GEOFF JOHNS
    Art by RAGS MORALES and STEPHEN SADOWSKI
    Cover by VARIOUS
    At the funerals of Hawkgirl and Hawk, Jared Stevens arrives just in time to offer a third fallen hero for burial. Fallout from the demise of The Unity has set loose a Dark Lord upon the Infinitors, with a trail of magic users’ corpses in his wake. Wildcat, the Fury, Starman, Obsidian, the Flash, Huntress, Northwind, Nuklon, and Hourman face their greatest threat yet, as a classic hero returns in a new role, Infinitors depart, and new members Sand, the Star-Spangled Kid, Mister Terrific, El Garro, and Jakeem Thunder join our heroes at Stellar Studios! Collects The Infinitors #26-31 and a story from Infinitors Secret Files #2.
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    LYLA MICHAELS: THE HARBINGER #2
    written by MAGDALENE VISAGGIO
    art by EDUARDO PANSICA
    cover by BRETT BOOTH
    THE LORDS OF ORDER & CHAOS TIE-IN! Xenon the Imprisoned has made his way to Earth-2 in hopes of killing Power Girl. When the Lana Lang of that world is murdered, The Harbinger assumes that Xenon is the prime suspect. Unfortunately for her, the Agent of Chaos Fatalist has framed Lyla for the crime, and set her on a collision course with Val-Zod. Can she clear her name before they’re both attacked by Xenon, or the shadowy figures pulling at everyone’s strings?
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    NIGHTWING OVER METROPOLIS #81
    written by GEOFF JOHNS
    art by V KEN MARION
    cover by SEDAT OEZGEN
    variant cover by SCOTT HANNA
    Hawkfire’s long distance collaboration with vigilante-hating detective Jason Bard has indicated that Red Hood is the true father of Julienne Delgado. Unfortunately for Mirage, that likely means going through The Outlaws, Jason Todd’s enforcers, to confront the man himself. Neither Miri nor Bette are sure involving Dick is the best idea, especially as he continues to grapple with the Hyena situation. They do have an inside track on the Outlaws, thanks to their connection as former Titans to special guest star Arsenal.
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    S.T.A.R. SQUADRON #11
    written by PETER J. TOMASI
    art by JORGE JIMENEZ
    cover by CAT STAGGS
    Continuing the 6-part crossover with CYBORG: THE LAST LEAGUER and AMETHYST OF GEMWORLD!
    Tempest has watched the Squadron be whittled down to a skeleton crew through death, desertion, and disinterest. When Prince Jemm’s spaceship silently docks on the A.L.L.S.T.A.R. Satellite, he warns that his home world of Saturn has been all but destroyed by Overmaster and his forces. The scant few surviving Saturnians are hunting Jemm as a coward, while the burning husk of S.T.A.R. Labs Detroit below has seen the release of the Cadre members not previously liberated by the Masters of Disaster. The active All-Stars are still engaged in battle with Mordru, so Tempest must furiously call up reserves Firestorm, Green Arrow, Midnight Rider, Owlman, the Thrush, Dawn Manitou, Rubberband Man, and Red Tornado to address rising threats on multiple fronts.
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    STORMWATCH INTERCONTINENTAL #3
    written by IVAN BRANDON
    art by GERALDO BORGES
    Diva II cover A by SCOTT CLARK
    Hellstrike cover B by JIM TOWE
    Ice cover C by ADAM HUGHES
    Olympian cover D by PLANET AMS
    Sunburst cover E by CURTIS DRESSER
    Void cover F by DANIEL VALADEZ
    Wild Huntsman cover G by TIM SWITALSKI
    The Justice League of Europe (Crimson Fox, Fleur-de-Lis, The Hunchback, The Musketeer, Nightrunner, and Thief of Arts) have been brutalized by the Totalistic Trio of Armageddon, Bruno, and the Ubermench. Where France faltered, Germany seeks to wipe the stain of these Nazis from off the continent with the help of Stormwatch West. Of all the divisions, West has the strongest ties to legacy organizations like the Global Guardians, and are the most passionate about addressing the renewed hostilities of the Final Reich. Austria’s Frag especially wants his pound of flesh, but a fellow former Blaster, Spain’s Jolt, councils caution. However, when the Yugoslavian-born Scythe appears mortally wounded, will local super-villain Javelin halt his separate plot or carry on, sealing her fate? Meanwhile, O.G.R.E. is secretly active in Poseidonis, and the Organization for General Revenge and Enslavement are now deploying personal armored disaster-rescue systems designed by Waynetech to undermine Stormwatch North’s efforts…
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    STRIKEFORCE SUPERMAN #32
    written by ROBERT VENDITTI
    art and cover by NOVAL N. HERNAWAN
    Insect Queen variant cover by RAMONA FRADON
    Lana Lang and John Henry Irons are reunited as Cadmus and S.T.A.R. Labs join forces with Hector Hammond to revive The Eradicator. Using the preserved corpse of Zor-El, Steel plans to utilize the cybernetics of the former Cyborg Superman to resuscitate the body while Hammond composites their two minds. Aided by Natasha Irons, Superwoman’s armor can absorb the residual energy of the Eradicator, and mingle it with the dwindling power remaining from the energy surge that she absorbed during the passing of the Earth-0 Superman. The last act of Lana Lang as Superwoman has the unexpected side effect of being her first act as a restored Insect Queen, thanks again to Natasha’s armor having been secretly altered by Tharok. To what end would the Fatal Five seek to enable this change, and what does it suggest about Lana’s own deepest secrets?
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    WHITE CANARY #10
    written by ALEX de CAMPI
    art by PHIL CHO
    cover by DAVE BULLOCK
    Sara takes a break from the troubles in Gotham City to attend the funeral of Johnny Thunder, which would conjure enough guilt on its own. Given her troubled past and the specific role Johnny played in it, all of the strength she’s found through training will be brought to bear against this emotional roller coaster. The only surviving original JSAers, Jay Garrick and Ted Grant, will have questions, and Sara has to decide whether she has the will and they have the right to hear the true story.
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    WONDER GIRL #776
    written by JOSIE CAMPBELL
    art & cover by CESAR GASPAR
    Jinx variant cover by BOBBEN KATZEN
    “ALL GODS CHILDREN” CONTINUES! Unable or unwilling to negotiate their differences through diplomacy, the future leadership of Themyscira will be decided via a Contest. Anticipating this circumstance, the Bana-Mighdall had hired a ringer in the form of the mercenary Jinx. When the probability sorceress is discovered on the island, the Banas frame their estranged sister Artemis in the plot. Forced to abandon her charge Cassie, Artemis faces eternal banishment from Paradise, and Jinx also leaves a parting curse that will awaken a ghost from Donna’s past…
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    WONDER GIRL #777
    written by JOSIE CAMPBELL
    art & cover by MATTHEW CLARK
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    “ALL GODS CHILDREN” CONTINUES! Fractured by internecine conflict and a compromised Contest, the Amazons are at a point of peak disharmony. The last thing they, and especially Donna Troy, needed was a delegation to arrive from the Lost World of Skartaris. Out of this savage land hidden within Earth’s core comes the sorceress Jennifer Morgan. Since the death of her father Travis Morgan, Jennifer’s brother Tinder had served as Warlord of Shamballah, until the land’s conquest by an outsider. Now, Morgan calls on Wonder Woman to help her liberate Skartaris from the brutal tyranny of her Lord Chaos, Donna’s long presumed dead son.
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  10. AMAZING-MAN #11
    written by NAIF AL-MUTAWA
    art and cover by RONN SUTTON
    CONQUEST OF THE BARON EARTH TIE-IN! Supposedly, Frank Rock assassinated Franz to secure nuclear secrets he’d planned to sell to the highest bidder after the fall of the Fourth Reich. This, despite the Iron Major rivaling Von Hammer in retaining his honor, as a rare example of Old German morals in the time of Nazis. Yet three-quarters of a century later, Aman is presented with evidence of “the Major” in a meeting with Michael Taylor, until recently of the Superhuman Homeland Security Force, working illegally in Markovia. The former Human Bomb has been vital in the overthrow of Turkey’s authoritarian government, but can he be trusted as someone with ties to the Nuclear Legion? Can Amazing-Man and Doktor Simya afford not to, as SKULL has sent Icicle, Dust Devil, Rocker Bonn, Slag, Monsoon, and The Lord of Fumes to claim their vulnerable home for the Masters of Disaster?
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    BREATHTAKER #9
    written by AKWAEKE EMEZI
    art by MICHAEL BORKOWSKI
    cover by JOE PRADO
    THE LORDS OF ORDER & CHAOS TIE-IN! Fate has been more or less successful in partitioning Earth-2 to protect it from the Chaos on Prime Earth through his splinter identity of Khalid Ben-Hassin. However, with the “death” of Khalid Nassour, the walls between worlds are rapidly weakening, and the Kali Yuga may spread across the Multiverse. The Paula Crock-possessed Breathtaker stands with the Injustice Society in seeking their world’s Doctor Fate, but an encounter with Jonni Thunder may be the break Ty needs to reassert her will over her body.
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    CRISIS ACROSS INFINITE TIME #10
    written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
    art and cover by DAVID FINCH
    card stock variant cover by MIKE MIGNOLA
    In Brazil, Casey Blue continues to collect fellow Counteraction teen operatives to avert a future of mind-slavery by aliens, but with her own brother among the Seeded, how can she hope to survive until the Hybrid can be stopped? In 2035, Angeline Thriller’s Seven Seconds averted a nuclear catastrophe, but can they do the same in 1986? After confiding his misgivings about Erika Klein-Hernandez to his brother Tyrone in their home on Illium, Lord Iron-Wolf sets off for Earth. En route, he is forced to rescue the Kadabra Family’s starcraft from members of the revived Night Tribes, bloodsucking pirates of the spaceways, putting him on edge ahead of his meeting with the vampire loving empress.
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    SUICIDE SQUAD #17
    Written by ROB WILLIAMS
    art by BRUNO REDONDO
    cover by MANNY MEDEROS
    The returned but hardly restored Libra seeks a Mother Box to commune with his god Darkseid, and has gathered a new Injustice Gang in this pursuit. Sarge Steel is having none of that, dispatching Genevieve Cray to lead Captain Boomerang, Joker’s Daughter, Deathwish, The Ferryman, Onslaught, and Blowfly to thwart the Gang in Perugia. There are, as ever, complications. Since her escape, Harley Quinn has been caught in Libra’s sway, offering inside information on Task Force X to Mirror Master, The Tattooed Man, The Top, Bette Noir, and The Panther. The Duke of Deception is also very keen on keeping any undesirables out of Italy…
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  11. BEAUTIFUL DREAMER #10
    written by GRACE ELLIS
    art by POP MHAN
    cover by ARIEL OLIVETTI
    The Final Day had come again, a holiday shared by New Genesis and Apokolips, commemorating the fall of Old Gods. After the seeming demise of his half-brother Drax within the Omega Realm, Izaya felt a duty to protect their youngest sibling Uxas from the wrath of their father. A war had secretly been instigated by Uxas, and the only path to restored peace came with the death of Yuga Khan at the hand of his youngest son. From out of this conflict came the time of the New Gods.

    It was on this holiday’s last passing that Dreamer had betrayed her lover and the father of her child to Izaya. It was not intentional, merely a circumstance wherein Dreamer and the Highfather shared a vision of their deepest secrets… In her case, Big Bear’s long simmering plot to kill Izaya, which ultimately provoked the course of events leading to the New Gods’ current dire circumstances.

    Izaya had shared the location of The Source Shard, a rectangular obelisk representing the last standing structure of the Old Gods’ original Source Wall. It was here that Izaya had become Highfather, and inconceivably, where his lowliest subjects Beautiful Dreamer and Bug have found themselves. But they are not alone… terrified to find, after months of mystery as to his activities and whereabouts, Orion prostrating nude before this direct link to The Source itself. And within the Shard, visions of the captive Infinity Man, demanding the murder of the New Gods… hopefully not beginning with Dreamer?
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    GEN⁵² #5
    written by FRANK J. BARBIERE
    art by BEN CALDWELL
    cover by CHRIS STEVENS
    variant cover by ROBERTO FLORES
    The Sorority of the Creator had been engaged in a mission of mercy on Anting, only for their First Caregiver to slaughter the entire race with an illegal nova-bomb. After years as a fugitive, Sister Stoddard Crenn has been detected on the Sky Cap, sending Functionary Elite Command into high alert. Wouldn’t you know it, “Kono” had set the Sister up with a high stakes card game a mere chronost beforehand. That would explain the Functionary officers ready to pounce after Brita An’nanin also helps Andrew Nolan get Jericho to a time sphere with information that may change this future. Kono must have been brainfrayed to get involved with any of this lot, but it was all done at the urging of her secret benefactor, an Invisible Gentleman who has also secured the rescue services of one Jonni Ray…
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  12. Excellent episode as ever, David is such a good guest and Siskoid’s imaginative flourishes are apparently unending. I’d have bought several of these books. David’s idea about the multitude of Johnnies was fun, and yes, it would have allowed him to explore multiple John-res.

    I’ll get me coat…

  13. ADAM STRANGE #11
    written by TONY BEDARD
    art by KELLY WILLIAMS
    cover by NICK PITARRA
    Finally near to his family’s home, Adam’s various offenses catch up with him, as Chastity Hex pursues the Citadel’s bounty using Strange’s own abandoned Rannian equipment. Green Lantern Kilowog would also like a word, as the planet Rann is not at all how Adam left it…
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    ATOMIC #11
    written by TOM KING
    art & cover by RAGS MORALES
    Despite an enduring affection for one another, Al Pratt was a closeted homosexual, and was unable to fulfill every need of his spouse, Mary. Thanks to their exposure to supernatural energies in the 1940s, the Pratts’ aging was so retarded that Mary was able to conceive into the 1980s, a very long time to choose not to have a child. Motivated in part by the three million dead in New York City during a failed alien invasion, Pratt initiated an affair with a handsome military officer. Parties that helped orchestrate the affair murdered Mary and abduct her baby, listed as stillborn, during a separation from her estranged husband…

    Klaus Schimmel was the Third Reich’s greatest biogeneticist, responsible for the creation of Baron Blitzkrieg and Axis Amerika. In a prime example of irony, after escaping to America with the help of the O.S.S., he took on a new Jewish cover identity as Egrin Wahrman. Few would have recognized him as otherwise, but Terry Kurtzberger was among them…

    At Paris Island, Howell Rice, also known as Commando X, offers an impassioned plea to the Black citizens of Dakota City to escape with him to Manta’s undersea kingdom of Onyx. In San Francisco, Jonny Double offers Cinder & Ashe support against Nightlash, employed by Kobra to recover the psionic armor thought lost in the explosion at the original Combine headquarters. Freedom’s Ring’s races to Sweden, where the Iron Major leads the Nuclear Legion as part of a northward reach for the Final Reich.

    Ralph Dibny has read Hollis Mason’s book “Under The Hood,” and is shocked to find it corroborated by the A.S.A. files, despite no one seeming to remember the circumstances described. The American Security Agency and Shadowspire were supposed to be jokes… forgettable afterthoughts. Now Ralph is uncovering ties to the most high profile assassinations of the 1960s, and secret super-heroes that helped the United States triumph in the Vietnam War. More pressing, their ties to the international Ninth Circle syndicate, of which his tenuous partner Eddie Fyers is a gun-carrying member…

    Ray Palmer has put the pieces together– that Hareekarat Chawney is part of the very same Shadow Cabinet that formed the Demon Knights and Stormwatch– that his Shadowspire had armed drug dealers and housed wretches like Baron Blitzkrieg. With Hawkwoman seemingly vaporized, it’s up to Hawkman, Aqualad, the Atoms, and the Heroes of Dakota (Starlight, Donner, Blitzen, Iota, Payback and Gloria Mundi) to break through to reach Dharma, who is entertaining a very influential guest…
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    ATOMIC KNIGHTS #11
    written by CHUCK DIXON
    art by GRAHAM NOLAN
    cover by TOM FOWLER
    The Knights’ former ally Albert Michaels has been transformed into a horrifying vision by the international crime cabal SKULL, who have rallied much of the villainous forces formerly under the banner of the late Baron Bedlam to continue the European campaign. Michaels’ familiarity with the Knights’ tech has allowed SKULL to seize control of the unit, and even with S.T.A.R. Labs’ John Cloud and the Numbskulls having liberated Sgt. Grayle, the odds are far from favorable that the rest of the team can be freed. Lucky for them that reinforcements arrive in the form of The Veteran, Lt. Ilsa von Hammer, Sgt. Tommy “Tink” Tinker: the Clockwork Commando, and the Professor’s own cousin Captain Cloud! Still, they’ll have to contend with the Skeleton Crew, formerly of the Fearsmiths!

    Meanwhile, First Strike encounters a group they believe to be the Shadow Cabinent in Dakar, but Epiphany, Fusion, Manacle, Bent Nature, Ether, Jigsaw, Magnate, Munition, Professor Night, Red Dog, and Windshear are more than disposable– they’re bait…
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    CONQUEST OF THE BARON EARTH #10
    written by PETER J. TOMASI
    art by SERGIO DAVILA
    cover by BRETT BOOTH
    The return of Carnivore, the God of Vampires, precipitates a global call to bloodsucker mecca. The Blood Queen hopes to secure her reign over the Night Tribes and expand her power beyond Europe, but her ascent enrages Were Nation, who secretly ally with the Final Reich. Count Berlin assists in bringing The Mawzir into the royal court, and the demon slays the vast majority of the vampires in attendance. The mystical onslaught overwhelms S.H.A.D.E. and rips through Jackson Dane’s Wetworks guard. Among the dead are Lady Feign, Azzarene, Mary Seward, Emily “Looker” Briggs, Babe Tanaka, Pyra, Jonathan Romero, Proinsias Cassidy, Yuri Rashnikov, Deborah Dancer, Tig Rafelson, Marius Dimeter, Dr. Van Pyre, Splithair, Baron Nightblood, and Bigfoot. Andrew Bennett of all vampires ensures the Queen’s evacuation to safety, swearing revenge for his thrice lost lover. Meanwhile, Jack O’ Lantern’s exposure to the corpse of Die Fledermaus at Mizen Head infected him with Vertisol, which he inadvertently spread to Knights Inc. Colin Brandywine was particularly susceptible, and has passed. The Establishment has been called up to stand in defense of the U.K.
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    THE DOOMED #8
    written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
    art by HOWARD PORTER
    cover by RAGS MORALES
    Doom Patrol card stock variant cover by ERIC CANETA
    It had to happen! “The Chief Revenge Squad” vs. “The N̈ṳ̄-Patrol”! If only it were that simple. The figure Solstice mistook for her timelost love Kid Flash is actually Johnny Quick! Stranded when Kalki’s portal to Earth-3 was closed, the evil speedster has been pitting teams and armies against one another to gather information and sew chaos. Speaking of von Chaos, the Baron’s army is ready to stamp out both Doom Patrols, if The New Brotherhood of Evil don’t do it first. But it gets worse, because King Brion of Markovia wants to settle the remaining peripheral disputes amongst the Barony, and leads his Insiders (Metamorpho, Atlee, Halo, Geode, Scream Queen, Freight Train, Wylde, & Karma) with the intent to crush any metahuman threats to his reign!
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    FLASH XS #771
    written by N.K. JEMISIN
    art & cover by LEONARD KIRK
    While XS and Kid Flash lead the survivors of fallen Gorilla City to safety, things are not faring well in Central City. Forgotten dilettante super-heroine Doyle Christie has been killed while collaborating in a botched A.C.E. raid, and fascist crackdown in Central and Keystone are increasingly met by an aggressive response from local rogues. Pudgy stay-at-home dad Wally West thought that he’d learned his lesson on out-of-shape crime fighting, but when his grim future self Walter arrives warning of a dire threat to his family, the former Flash struggles to rise to the moment.
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    THE LANTERN CORPS #78
    written by JOHN RIDLEY
    art by TONY AKINS
    cover by BRIAN STELFREEZE
    Despite all corpsmen being retracted from Space Sector 2814, Green Lantern Simon Baz and Red Lantern Guy Gardner have straggled due to the extraterrestrial refugee crisis on their home planet. Unfortunately, one wants to liberate the aliens from internment camps to join Earth society, and the other wants to help dump them on an even less hospitable world on his way out of the solar system. The obliteration of Saturn will only worsen the situation, and while Lanterns clash, Hal Jordan’s old foe the Invisible Destroyer prepares to feast.
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    THE LORDS OF ORDER & CHAOS #6
    written by RAM V
    art & cover by AHMED RAAFAT
    cover by JIM BALENT
    Neron has claimed Molly Mayne, body and soul, for eternity. Khalid Ben-Hassin learns from The Incarnate that the House of Conquest has pledged to Chaos. This is what prompted Infinite Woman to kill her own brother, a no longer Immortal Man. Likewise, the Lords of Eternal Balance have been systematically wiped out, with Tsaritsa the Queen of Fables having claimed their final standing member, Mirand’r. Despite past protestations, Nabu assisted with this extermination in preparation for the final retreat to the Realm of Order. The entire Nelson family line has been eradicated, save for Khalid Nassour, spirited away by the Phantom Stranger. On Earth-2, Ben-Hassin had dedicated his life to training as a mystical Mamluk, pretending ignorance while working with Kendra Munoz-Saunders and the World Army to claim a Helm of Fate. Now the janissary mage must seek out the Tear of Extinction and access to the Death Force as one of the too few agents of Order choosing to make a final stand as the universe succumbs to the Kali Yuga…
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    MOURNINGSTAR #10
    written by DAVID BARNETT
    art by ANDREA SORRENTINO
    cover by MATTHEW CLARK
    With his 30th Century persona reasserting following his contact with Ryak, Ulu Vakk sneaks into H.I.V.E. in search of his former teammate Drura Sehpt. He instead finds the Uncanny Amazer Lonna Leing, who infiltrated H.I.V.E. to get close to Azrael. Meanwhile, Tommy Jagger has made his way from Tibet with the formulae to cure Vertisol, unnecessary in Zandia, but of enormous value to Lady Zand. However, Jagger has unspoken ties to the League of Assassins, and the Baronry Conflict is coming closer…
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