Avvistamenti legionari: uscite di agosto 2009

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Dopo le vacche magre del mese scorso, agosto si preannuncia davvero come un mese caldo per gli amanti della Legione.
Non solo un giovane Mon-El è in prima fila tra i protagonisti degli albi legati all’Uomo d’Acciaio, coinvolti nel crossover “Codename: Patriot”, ma dopo una lunga attesa è finalmente in pista anche “Adventure Comics” (vol.III), neo collana ospite di una co-feature regolare sul più celebre team futuribile DC Comics.
La storia principale, incentrata sul personaggio di Superboy/Kon-El, è affidata alla coppia di Geoff Johns e Francis Manapul. L’artista filippino-canadese, già noto agli aficionados per il suo passato impegno su “Legion of Super-Heroes” (vol.V) al fianco di Jim Shooter, ha diffuso via blog le versioni in bianco e nero delle copertine del #1, che è possibile ammirare a questo link. La backup story, invece, è ad opera di Johns e Clayton Henry.
Da sottolineare, infine, che di questa serie è prevista l’uscita in due versioni con diversa numerazione, secondo il criterio spiegato in questo articolo.

Ad eccezione del solito “R.E.B.E.L.S.” (vol.II) di Bedard e Clarke, che provoca sempre più nel sottoscritto attacchi fulminanti di noia, tutti i titoli presenti della checklist sembrano degni di interesse. Si tratta di “Superman Secret Files 2009″ #1, di autori vari, e della triade curata dallo sceneggiatore James Robinson, ossia “Superman Annual” #14, “Superman” #691 e “Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen Special” #2, rispettivamente illustrati da Javier Pina, Renato Guedes e Matt Camp. In particolare, l’annual si propone di offrire per la prima volta uno spaccato sulla cultura di Daxam, pianeta d’origine del legionario Mon-El.
Confuso tra le uscite agostane, infine, è giunto anche l’annuncio del volume cartonato di “Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds”, di Johns e George Pérez, destinato però a raggiungere gli scaffali dei negozi solo nel mese di ottobre. Ordinatelo subito: meglio prevenire che…!

Per l’elenco completo delle solicitations, rimando ai siti Comic Book Resources e Newsarama. Nel resto di questo articolo, invece, seguono le informazioni dettagliate sui singoli albi appena descritti.

Adventure Comics (vol.III) #1

Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Francis Manapul, co-feature art by Clayton Henry
Covers by Francis Manapul

It’s the return of one of DC Comics’ longest running books and one of its greatest modern-day heroes – Conner Kent! In our first heroic issue, Superboy can’t wait to jump back into his life – but which life will it be? With a clarity he’s never had before, Conner makes a beeline for the greatest place on Earth…Smallville?
Plus, in the wake of FINAL CRISIS: LEGION OF THREE WORLDS, Starman heads off on an all-new mission in the present. And it’s one that will not only impact Superboy, but the future of the DC Universe itself. Fortunately, the off-kilter Legionnaire won’t be dong it alone! And in the upcoming months of ADVENTURE COMICS look for Lex Luthor! Brainiac! Lightning Lad! Superboy’s pal Simple Simon! Sun Boy and Polar Boy! Ultra, the Multi Alien! Wonder Girl! Black Lantern Alexander Luthor! And many, many more new and familiar faces!
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Francis Manapul), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Francis Manapul and renamed ADVENTURE COMICS #504). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.

DC Universe | 40pg. | Color | $3.99 US

On sale August 12, 2009

Superman Secret Files 2009 #1

Written by Sterling Gates, Geoff Johns, James Robinson and Greg Rucka
Art by Pete Woods, Jamal Igle, Renato Guedes, Julián López and various
Cover by Aaron Lopresti

There’s never been a better (or busier) time to be a Superman fan! With so many new characters and locations to keep track of, DC brings readers the definitive guide to the ever-expanding world of Superman. Here you will get profiles of characters like Nightwing and Flamebird, General Zod, Supergirl, Mon-El and more, plus maps of locations such as New Krypton’s Kandor and Metropolis.
Also included is a bittersweet story about the friendship of Supergirl and Flamebird, and a story revealing the dark legacy of Pete Ross’ brief time as President of the United States. Plus, a week in the life of Science Cops Billi Harper and Jonathan (Mon-El) Kent. This SECRET FILES issue serves as an excellent primer to this month’s “Codename: Patriot” crossover in the Superman titles, so don’t miss out!

Superman | 64pg. | Color | $4.99 US

On sale August 5, 2009

Superman Annual #14

Written by James Robinson
Art by Javier Pina
Cover by Renato Guedes

Since Superman freed him from the Phantom Zone, Mon-El has spent all his time learning about Earth and its diverse cultures. But how much does he really know about Daxam, the homeworld he fled years ago? A gift from the Legionnaire Tellus allows Mon-El to explore the ancient history of Daxam – from its founding as a Kryptonian colony to its connection to the Mayans of Earth to its bloody civil war. Join Mon-El as he discovers that the planet he always believed to be peaceful and dull is actually anything but.

Superman | 48pg. | Color | $3.99 US

On sale August 19, 2009

Superman #691

Written by James Robinson
Art by Renato Guedes & José Wilson Magalhães
Cover by Fernando Dagnino & Raúl Fernandez

It’s a slam-bang, knockdown epic fight in the sewers of Metropolis in this fourth and final chapter of “Codename: Patriot”! What are the stakes, and who are the players? Everything and everyone, Superfans! Except one key player is missing – Superman! He has to stop the shooter from taking yet another course of action that would cause the situation between Earth and New Krypton to grow exponentially worse. Which, of course, is just what General Lane wants…

Superman | 32pg. | Color | $2.99 US

On sale August 26, 2009

Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen Special #2

Written by James Robinson
Art by Matt Camp
Cover by Pere Pérez

Jimmy Olsen has put all the pieces together regarding the mysterious Project 7734, and it’s worse than he imagined. With The Man of Steel temporarily out of the picture, though, it’s all up to Superman’s Pal to take action. Thankfully he has the help of Mon-El and Steel’s niece Natasha Irons – but will they be enough to defeat Codename: Assassin?

Superman | 32pg. | Color | $3.99 US

On sale August 26, 2009

R.E.B.E.L.S. (vol.II) #7

R.E.B.E.L.S. #7
Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Andy Clarke
Cover by Kalman Andrasofzsky

As Vril Dox tries to rally resistance to the overpowering forces of Starro, Dox learns that allies are difficult to come by and that one planet holds the key to Starro’s further conquest. Unfortunately, that world suffers the consequences in brutal fashion!

DC Universe | 32pg. | Color | $2.99 US

On sale August 12, 2009

Final Crisis - Legion of 3 Worlds HC

Written by Geoff Johns
Art by George Pérez & Scott Koblish
Cover by George Pérez

Superstar writer Geoff Johns and legendary artist George Pérez deliver the Crisis of the 31st century as the Legion of Super-Heroes reaches out for help against a powerful foe they can’t beat alone. From the moment Superman landed on Earth until the end of time, the Time Trapper has sought to erase Superman’s impact on the universe. But the Legion of Super-Heroes have always been there to stop the relentless villain. Now, one Legion isn’t enough as the Time Trapper taps a twisted mirror image of The Boy of Steel from a parallel Earth long dead: Superboy-Prime! Who will answer the Legion’s call for help?
With ties to INFINITE CRISIS, FINAL CRISIS and the history of the DCU, this tremendous hardcover collects the entire 5-issue miniseries and is not to be missed!

DC Universe | 168pg | Color | Hardcover | $19.99 US

Advance-solicited; on sale October 21, 2009

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