DC PUBWATCH: July 2021 and Comic-Con@Home Edition

DC Pubwatch - October

Happy July! It’s my birth month, and as a present, DC gave me the second dreadful issue of the series currently starring my favorite character. Joy! But also The Nice House on the Lake #2, which is a much nicer present.

The News

COmic-Con@Home happened last weekend and with it four DC panels. One was for their new horror books, while the other three were dedicated to each of DC’s big 3 heroes. While none of these panels really gave us any big announcements, they were all very informative on the directions we’re going to see Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and all the new horror books of the DC line take over the rest of the year.

Highlights

The Nice House on the Lake #2
Andworld Design (letters), Jordie Bellaire (colors), Álvaro Martínez Bueno (art and cover), James Tynion IV (writer)

A man sits in a bath tub by a window with people trying to get in on the cover of Nice House on the Lake #2.

I can’t stress enough how bold and beautiful this book is after only two issues. I hesitate to say too much about the plot of the book because I truly don’t want to give anything away, but really just read this book. This book is what I think is going to secure James Tynion IV a repeat on his Best Writer Eisner next year.

Grade: A+

The Other History of the DC Universe #5
Giuseppe Camuncoli (layouts and cover), Andrea Cucchi (finishes), Marco Mastrazzo (cover), John Ridley (story), José Villarrubia (colors), Steve Wands (letters)

Thunder discharging electricy on the cover of The Other History of the DC Universe #5This issue bookends the series by focusing on Black Lightning’s daughter Anissa Pierce after the first issue focused on him. The whole series has taken a hard look at how the events of the DC Universe have impacted marginalized communities within the universe, and this issue is no exception. Anissa’s life is the intersection of queer and Black, and the issue takes the time and effort to focus on how both of these things worked to shape her career as a hero. This is a series that I look forward to buying in a hardcover format and spend the time to read it more closely.

Grade: A

Action Comics #1033
Phillip Kennedy Johnson (writer), Adriano Lucas (colors), Daniel Sampere (art and cover), Dave Sharpe (letters)

Superman looking imposing in front of Lois holding a rifle

This book is stunningly gorgeous. Daniel Sampere is putting out career-defining work on this series, and it’s only amplified by Adriano Lucas’s amazing colors. There’s a full-page splash in this issue of the Superfamily that I was very sad to learn that it was the only page of this run that Sampere did with traditional pencils and inks rather than digitally and thus is $2000 more than any other page in the run that’s for sale. I’ll probably try to settle for the page with Lois wielding a laser rifle and looking like a million bucks. Also, Johnson is doing a fantastic job with the voices of the characters, including writing a better Supergirl in minimal panels than some other (see below) writers do in books that feature her much more.

Grade: A

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #2
Clayton Cowles (letters), Bilquis Evely (art and cover), Tom King (writer), Mat Lopes (colors and cover)

Supergirl and Ruthye at a bus stopSIGH. No, this is still not a good book. No, it’s still not a Supergirl book. Yeah her name is on the cover, but she is in no way the main character of the book. This issue is less almost plagiarism than the previous issue, but then again, I haven’t read or watched a whole lot of westerns so maybe it is. Ruthye is still the main character of the story, it’s still narrated by her. Supergirl herself is still wildly out of character. She is still very vulgar. She is still not the beacon of hope and compassion that she should be. She was cruel and vindictive, going so far as to step on a downed opponent for no reason other than malice. Oh and this time she does drugs. Such a fantastic role model for young women that Tom King is writing in this book. Sigh. At least it’s still really pretty. Please just give me unlettered artist pages of this book DC.

Grade: F

Grades

A+

The Nice House on the Lake #2

A

Action Comics #1033
Action Comics 2021 Annual #1
Batman #110
Batman: Urban Legends #5
Catwoman #33
DC Horror Presents: The Conjuring: The Lover #2
Icon & Rocket (Season One) #1
Infinite Frontier #2-3
Nightwing #82
Static (Season One) #2
Superman: Red & Blue #5
Superman: Son of Kal-El #1
The Other History of the DC Universe #5
The Swamp Thing #5

B

Batman Secret Files: Huntress #1
Batman: The Detective #4
Batman/Superman #20
Crime Syndicate #5
Crush & Lobo #2
Detective Comics #1040
Future State: Gotham #3
Harley Quinn #5
Robin #4
Rorschach #10
Shazam! #1
Suicide Squad #5
Superman and the Authority #1
The Flash #772
The Flash 2021 Annual #1
The Joker #5
Wonder Girl #2
Wonder Woman #775-776
Wonder Woman: Black & Gold #2

C

Batman Secret Files: The Signal #1
Batman: Reptilian #2
Checkmate #2
Detective Comics #1039
Justice League #65
Justice League Infinity #1
Justice League: Last Ride #3
Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom #3

D

Blue & Gold #1
Green Lantern #4
Justice League #64
Strange Adventures #11
Teen Titans Academy #5

F

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #2

Solicitation Situation

Batman #115

  • Written by JAMES TYNION IV
  • Pencils and inks by JORGE JIMÉNEZ
  • Back-up written by BECKY CLOONAN and MICHAEL W. CONRAD
  • Back-up pencils and inks by JORGE CORONA
  • Cover by JORGE JIMÉNEZ
  • $4.99 US | 40 PAGES
  • Variant by JORGE MOLINA
  • 1:25 Ratio Variant by ARIST DEYN
  • US $5.99 (Both Covers Card Stock)
  • ON SALE 10/19/21
  • Batman and Miracle Molly are all that stands between Gotham City and absolute insanity! But an unhinged Simon Saint brings all the resources of the Magistrate to bear on the Dark Knight…is victory at hand for the Scarecrow?
  • Back-Up: Batgirls Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown have each other’s backs no matter what—even if it means punching some Magistrate soldier butt, and putting an even bigger target on their backs. Meanwhile, a mysterious Anti-Oracle character finally makes contact directly with Babs and has a few things to say about the unethical nature of Oracle’s powers, and what they think should be done about it.

Batman fighting Peacekeeper-01 with Miracle Molly in the background

Another Batgirls backup story, when are you gonna give us the series DC?!? Please, I ache for it!

Icon and Rocket: Season One #4

  • Writers: REGINALD HUDLIN and LEON CHILLS
  • Artists: DOUG BRAITHWAITE and ANDREW CURRIE
  • Cover: TAURIN CLARKE
  • Variant Cover: DOUG BRAITHWAITE
  • $3.99 US | 32 PGS | 4 of 6 | $4.99 US VARIANT (Card Stock)
  • ON SALE 10/26/21
  • At this point, it feels like there’s nobody on Earth who isn’t hunting for Icon and Rocket—and as powerful as they may be, there’s always a way to get to someone’s friends or family. Does Icon even have the strength to put the forces they’ve unleashed back in the bottle? And more crucially, does he want to?

 

Wanted poster of Icon looking apathetic and Rocket delivering a double bird

Man, this is just a bomb ass cover. It perfectly captures Rocket’s personality, and really does a great job to pull the reader in. Also the first issue of the series was GREAT so excited to read more.

Will the Nice House fall in August, or will The Nice House on the Lake #3 continue to astonish like The Nice House on the Lake #2 did?

Cori McCreery

Cori McCreery

Cori is a life long comic nerd residing in Northern California. A life long Supergirl and DC Comics fan, she is the DC Comics Beat Reporter for Women Write About Comics.

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