Comes August, comes the tail end of Winter.  Something to look forward to given we’re just starting to cop the start of the coldest part of the year.  But fear not, I have other, more wonderous news of ‘stuff’ for you to look forward to as well.

Flashpoint will be in full swing (first issue arrives this week), the Reign of Doomsdays (yep, plural) will be winding up and DC revisits the 80s and 90s with many of their A-list characters.  Interesting times as always.

You can check out pictures and the full Previews blurbs for each issue here at CBR.

DC RETROACTIVE: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA – THE ‘90S #1Keith Giffen did some pretty crazy stuff with the Justice League (whether the America or International teams) and DC is asking him to do it again in this one-shot.

Giffen lines up against the JLA, the Injustice Gang in an all new story, with a reprint of his rounding out the issue.

DC RETROACTIVE: SUPERMAN – THE ‘80S #1 – DC states this is a true ‘lost’ tale, obviously buried away for some time.  Usually that means they were deemed unworthy of printing for either editorial reasons (or perhaps office-political reasoning) but I’d wager that a Marv Wolfman story is almost always worth a look.  What will make this attractive to many with an interest in the 80s style of storytelling is this is meant to strongly link to Crisis on Infinite Earths, one of the most famous ‘event’ series in comic history.  Also comes with a reprinted Wolfman story.

DC RETROACTIVE: GREEN LANTERN – THE ‘90S #1 – I’ve got a soft spot for Kyle Rayner as Green Lantern.  I read a lot of GL in the 90s and Rayner’s character was both likeable and a nice change (I didn’t say better!) from Hal Jordan’s.  His inexperience as GL had a charm to it and they wove in his abilities as a graphic artist to nice effect as he began his path to mastering the use of the ring.   Cue this ‘lost’ tale from Ron Marz, where Rayner is tested while on duty in the watch tower (he was a member of Grant Morrion’s JLA – some of the best super hero fare from the 90s).

SUPERMAN BEYOND #0 – DC has done a nice job with Batman Beyond.  It could’ve remained a tv-only property.  However, DC having done the obligatory comic series in the same vein as the animated series, also saw the potential of a new series but linking BB to the ‘real’ DC universe.  And so we come to Superman Beyond, born out of BB.  I’ll be interested where they go over the long-term with these future versions of Superman, and other heroes they’ve touched on.   This is a one-shot.   Perhaps if demand is good, a series may follow.

HOW TO UNDERSTAND ISRAEL IN 60 DAYS OR LESS TP – Switching gears for a moment, a book based in the ‘real’ world.  This might well interest those who following ge-politics, specifically middle eastern issues.  This is a real life account of the author’s trip to Israel and how her visit challenged her beliefs and preconceptions of this country and its people.  I suspect this will find its way into many libraries and become recommended reading for students and the general public alike.

GEARS OF WAR #19 – To be honest, I have overlooked this series was still going.  What will get some attention is that starting with this issue, and for the follow five, the storyline gets back to that of the games.

Picking up from the end of Gears of War 2, this looks at what happens to Marcus, Dom and the crew no doubt setting up for GoW3.

All these and more will be available to order from the June Previews due out in a couple of weeks.  In the meantime, don’t forget to get your orders in from the May previews, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century #2 1969, Dollshouse, Duke Nukem, and all new Captain America and Daredevil.