52 Facts About DC, By The Numbers: August Week Five 2017

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Or However Many I Feel Like, And They Might Not All Be Facts

Welcome back to By The Numbers, the column where I count things in this week’s new comics from DC! This column will contain spoilers, but I’ll keep them as vague as possible while still amusing myself.

Today is the mythic Fifth Wednesday, also known as a Blue Moon, the rare and special night when wishes come true, anything is possible, and comics production cycles are completely out of whack. Hooray! Thus, we have fewer titles than usual, but several of them are annuals! Yay! One or more guest artists, maybe a guest writer, filling in the dead spot in the calendar with some stuff that’s not particularly relevant to anything else. Awesome. Awesome.

Only, they are pretty great this time. Supergirl Annual is strong (and gay!). Red Hood Annual featuring comics’ favorite butt. TWO Kirby 100 specials just in time for the King’s birthday! And best of all, the dawn of “Book Two” of DC Bombshells: Bombshells United!

Let’s count things!

Main Ongoing Titles

All-Star Batman #13: written by Scott Snyder, art by Sebastian Fiumara and Rafael Albuquerque

All-Star Batman #13: written by Scott Snyder, art by Sebastian Fiumara and Rafael Albuquerque

All-Star Batman #13

Number of problematic father figures: 4

Number of books solely about Alfred I would buy: at least 4

Justice League of America #13

Number of Microverse stories I’ve enjoyed: 0 (I don’t know why, really. I tell myself it’s because it’s ridiculously bad science and every story winds up involving “get smaller” as a weird, pointless “powering up” plot device. While that’s true, I’ve enjoyed things with much flimsier premises.)

Red Hood and the Outlaws Annual #1

Number of times The Beast is going to have to explain that he’s not The KGBeast any more, he quit that job, please stop calling him that, it makes him want to murder you more than the already very high level of desire he had to murder you: 1,000,000

Supergirl Annual #1: written by Steve Orlando, art by Steve Pugh, colors by Michael Atiyeh, letters by Steve Wands

Supergirl Annual #1: written by Steve Orlando, art by Steve Pugh, colors by Michael Atiyeh, letters by Steve Wands

Supergirl Annual #1

Number of wlw who jump onto a desk and brandish a switchblade in the face of a supervillain in this issue: 1 (We love you, Director Chase!)

Wonder Woman #29

Number of villains defeated by Diana and Etta before Steve’s dumb ass even shows up: 5

Other Titles

Bombshells United #1

Number of angry teenage girls you shouldn’t bet against: A bunch

Number of pages into this issue that it starts getting real about serious contemporary issues: like 4 (It had to recap the whole previous series and establish a very specific point in history.)

Jack Kirby: The Black Racer and Shilo Norman #1: written by Reginald Hudlin, pencils by Denys Cowan and Ryan Benjamin, inks by Bill Sienkiewicz and Richard Friend, colors by Jeromy Cox, letters by Janice Chiang

Jack Kirby: The Black Racer and Shilo Norman #1: written by Reginald Hudlin, pencils by Denys Cowan and Ryan Benjamin, inks by Bill Sienkiewicz and Richard Friend, colors by Jeromy Cox, letters by Janice Chiang

Jack Kirby: The Black Racer and Shilo Norman #1

Number of dollars an orange rich guy tries to steal from a charity for orphans: 1,000,000,000 or maybe 1,000,000

Jack Kirby 100: Darkseid #1

Number of escapees on the run: 3

Number of years Darkseid’s forces have been chasing them: 3

Number of Female Furies it takes to get the job done: 3

Number of these books I enjoyed reading this week: 7

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