Frank Quitely and the Weekly Spotlight for 3/11/09


That’s right, loyal readers, Weekly Spotlight is back! But first… All-Star Superman fans like myself will be happy to hear that the artist pairing up with Grant Morrison when Batman and Robin begins in June is none other than Frank Quitely. Click below for some preview art featuring a Batmobile that does what few Batmobiles have ever done:

Here’s the cover, which kind of spoils who Robin is going to be (so don’t click if you want to be surprised):

Now onto business! This week we spotlight…

Action Comics #875 and a runner-up title!

Greg Rucka’s a great writer. He’s also one of the few writers who’s had the chance to work on the ongoing titles of all three of DC’s trinity: Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. His Adventures of Superman run, though overlooked by some, had the same strengths of Rucka’s other works: namely strong characterization (including my favorite take on Mr. Mxyzptlk ever) and compelling stories (the overarching story being, surprise, surprise, a mystery). Now Rucka returns to the Super-titles, only this time, he ain’t writing Superman: he’s writing two of his replacements, Nightwing and Flamebird. Ursa and Lois Lane are going to be playing huge roles in the comic as well, which is no surprise, given Rucka’s skill of writing females. We’ve even got a mystery in the first issue: who are Nightwing and Flamebird, anyway? Rucka says it’ll be revealed in his first issue, but whether you care who’s under the masks or not, give this issue a chance. It’s a great jumping-on point for new readers, has a strong writer onboard (artist Eddy Barrows ain’t bad, either) and if you’re not exactly a Superman, guess what? He’s not even in the series! Those who ARE fans, however, should pick this up to see what this new, interesting chapter in the Superman saga is going. Apparently the writers have got a big, master plan cooking, so when that plan finally culminates, you might regret not buying this series.

Now for our runner-up…

Justice League International Vol. 4 (hardcover)

Would you believe there was a time when DC Comics thought a comic featuring its big tier characters (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, etc.) wouldn’t sell? Well, Justice League International was why. Using mostly non A-list characters (although big guns like the Flash, Batman and J’onn were around too), Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis and a bevy of artists (notably Kevin Maguire, Ty Templeton and Bart Sears) proved that you didn’t need A-listers to make a compelling, action-packed and, let’s not forget, very funny comic. Obviously you want Vols. 1-3 first (Volume 1 JUST got reprinted last week) aaand the inevitable softcover will be cheaper, but the Giffen/DeMatteis JLI run is one of the all-time classics.

Now I’ve got actually important things to do. So I’m out. Until next time!


4 Responses to “Frank Quitely and the Weekly Spotlight for 3/11/09”

  1. spiffyithaca Says:

    Yay Weekly Spotlight!

    Good choice, and you do a very nice job of selling it. If I wasn’t in the midst of economic turmoil like this country, I’d be onboard, especially since there’s no Supes and there IS Greg Rucka. I hope people do join the bandwagon with you though, because it definitely sounds worthwhile.

    And also, JLI rules. ‘Nuff said.

    Finally: Quitely and Morrison on Batman and Robin?! No money or not, I will read that shit.

  2. gokitalo Says:

    Seconded. I don’t care how uneven Batman R.I.P. was: Morrison and Quitely are GOLD together.

  3. Lia Says:

    Ugliest picture of Robin I’ve ever seen.

  4. gokitalo Says:

    Quitely can be a *ahem* divisive artist…

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