Review – Orchid Volume 1 Hardcover (TPB)

Script: Tom Morello
Art: Scott Hepburn
Colors: Dan Jackson
Cover Art: Massimo Carnevale
Published By: Dark Horse

This beautiful hardcover edition of Orchid Volume 1 collects issues 1-4. As an added bonus, Volume 1 also contains all of the codes needed to download the free songs by Tom Morello that originally came with each individual issue. Aside from getting one of the best new comics out there, there is a little piece written by Morello about his inspiration for creating Orchid and a few sketches of some of the main characters (a couple more pages of sketches would have been nice). This hardcover edition is a great way to catch up on this AMAZING series and it really allows you to dive right in and see what you’ve been missing. It was a treat to go back through and reread the story and rediscover Scott Hepburn’s phenomenal art. Whether you are a new or old fan of the series this book is definitely worth picking up!

Release Date: July 11th, 2012
Price: $17.99

Link: Pre-Order | Preview

  
Story:★★★★★ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★★ 
Extras:★★★½☆ 
Value:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★★ 

Beyond DC Comics – The New 52 Solicits for July 2012

Here’s the list of Beyond DC Comics the New 52 Solicits for July 2012, courtesy of DC Comics

THE JUDAS COIN HC
Written by WALTER SIMONSON
Art and cover by WALTER SIMONSON
On sale SEPTEMBER 12 • 96 pg, FC, $22.99 US
This centuries-spanning original graphic novel from legendary writer/artist WALTER SIMONSON shows how one of the silver coins Judas was paid to betray Jesus has had an impact on the DC Universe, with chapters starring THE GOLDEN GLADIATOR (73 A.D.), THE VIKING PRINCE (1000 A.D.), CAPTAIN FEAR (1720) and BAT LASH (1881). In the centerpiece of the book BATMAN faces TWO-FACE in an epic, present-day battle before the story blasts into the future for a final chapter set in the year 2087 starring MANHUNTER 2070!

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NATIONAL COMICS: ETERNITY #1
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art and cover by CULLY HAMNER
On sale JULY 25 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
• An exciting new series of stand-alone comics that feature unique takes on classic characters!
• JEFF LEMIRE (ANIMAL MAN) and CULLY HAMNER (RED) bring a contemporary approach to the hero we used to know as KID ETERNITY!
• Can introverted medical examiner Kid Eternity solve a deadly crime in just 24 hours?

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BATMAN: ARKHAM UNHINGED #4
Written by DEREK FRIDOLFS and PAUL DINI
Art by PETE WOODS, AL BARRIONUEVO and JIMBO SALGADO
Cover by BRANDON BADEAUX
On sale JULY 11 • 40 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Three stories!
• Are conflicting BATMAN sightings by ARKHAM inmates real – or imagined?
• HARLEY QUINN’S jealous over THE JOKER’S new best buddy!
• HUGO STRANGE has a deal for a desperate MR. FREEZE!

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BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #6
Written by ADAM BEECHEN, J.T. KRUL, DUSTIN NGUYEN and DEREK FRIDOLFS
Art by NORM BREYFOGLE, HOWARD PORTER and LIVESAY
Cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
On sale JULY 18 • 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
• The multi-part epic “10,000 CLOWNS” begins here!
• BATMAN scrambles to thwart simultaneous attacks by THE JOKER!
• Secrets are revealed on APOKOLIPS as the LEAGUE prepares for all-out war with KOBRA!

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SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 #3
Written by BRYAN Q. MILLER
Art by PERE PEREZ
Cover by RYAN BENJAMIN and SALEEM CRAWFORD
On sale JULY 4 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
• The SEASON PREMIERE EVENT continues!
• OLIVER and CHLOE are on a hunt in the heartland…or are they the hunted?
• LOIS is caught in the crossfire as SUPERMAN confronts LEX about last issue’s disastrous climax…
• HENSHAW’s condition takes a turn for the worse!

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NIGHT FORCE #5
Written by MARV WOLFMAN
Art by TOM MANDRAKE
Cover by LEONARDO MANCO
On sale JULY 4 • 32 pg, FC, 5 of 7, $2.99 US • RATED T
• BARON WINTERS is trapped in the past while his NIGHT FORCE agents fight alone!
• ZOE is captured!
• A terrifying ritual centers on a presidential candidate!

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THE SHADE #10
Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art by FRAZER IRVING
Cover by TONY HARRIS
1:10 Variant cover by FRAZER IRVING
On sale JULY 11 • 32 pg, FC, 10 of 12, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• The Shade learns the truth behind his family’s plot to kill him!
• His powers cancelled out, held captive by an ancient cult, the Shade must devise a way to escape and prevent a terrorist attack!

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Green Lantern Releases For July 2012

Here’s a list of upcoming Green Lantern titles you might want to check out coming in July!

Link: DC Comics Blog

Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by DOUG MAHNKE and CHRISTIAN ALAMY
1:25 B&W Variant cover by DOUG MAHNKE
On sale JULY 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Combo Pack Edition $3.99 US
• “The Revenge of Black Hand” starts now!
• This arc promises the most shocking conclusion of any of GEOFF JOHNS’S entire GREEN LANTERN run!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

 

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #11


Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by FERNANDO PASARIN and SCOTT HANNA
On sale JULY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• As “ALPHA WAR” concludes, The Green Lanterns learn that their troubles are just beginning!
• A new threat is coming for the Corps…and they might be powerless to save themselves!
 

 

GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #11

Written by TONY BEDARD
Art and cover by TYLER KIRKHAM and BATT
1:25 B&W Variant cover by TYLER KIRKHAM
On sale JULY 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• LARFLEEZE versus the NEW GUARDIANS!
• It’s greed versus the entire spectrum as we finally learn the truth about who’s been orchestrating events since issue #1…and what trouble it means for the future of the DC UNIVERSE!

 

RED LANTERNS #11

Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA
Cover by ED BENES
On sale JULY 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• There’s going to be hell to pay as ATROCITUS continues his lone search for ABYSMUS and more poisoned members of his corps die!
• RED LANTERN BLEEZ vs. STAR SAPPHIRE FATALITY!
• With the entire corps poisoned, only a handful of RED LANTERNS are left alive

DC Announces Batman releases for July 2012

DC looks into the future and cranks out some titles to anticipate this summer for the caped crusader and related friends. Check out the list and the cover art in our mass post below and get to work on those advanced comic order lists before those releases sneak up on you.

Link: DC Comics Blog

BATMAN, INCORPORATED #3
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art and cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
Variant cover by JAY FABOK
1:100 B&W Variant cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
On sale JULY 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Combo Pack Edition: $3.99
• The DC COMIC – THE NEW 52 debut of…MATCHES MALONE??
• BATMAN is hot on the trail of whoever is trying to kill DAMIAN – and he’s not going to like what he finds!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

 

BATMAN #11
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Backup story written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV
Art by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION
Backup story art by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
Variant cover by ANDY CLARKE
1:100 B&W Variant cover by GREG CAPULLO
On sale JULY 11 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo Pack Edition: $4.99
• The stunning conclusion to “THE COURT OF OWLS” epic!
• All is revealed in “THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF WAYNE.”
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

 

DETECTIVE COMICS #11
Written by TONY S. DANIEL
Art by ED BENES and ROB HUNTER
Backup story art by SZYMON KUDRANSKI
Cover by TONY S. DANIEL
1:25 B&W Variant cover by TONY S. DANIEL
On sale JULY 4 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo Pack Edition: $4.99 US
• The connection between HYPNOTIC and the attacks on Wayne Enterprises is revealed!
• Plus, the latest chapter in the TWO-FACE backup story.
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

 

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #11
Written by GREGG HURWITZ
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
1:25 Variant cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
On sale JULY 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• SCARECROW makes a bold move against BATMAN, using COMMISSIONER GORDON as bait!
• The terrifying pasts of both SCARECROW and BATMAN come back to haunt them.

 

 

BATMAN AND ROBIN #11
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
On sale JULY 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• DAMIAN makes good on his decision to defeat each ROBIN, and in a brilliant show of arrogance, starts with RED HOOD!
• The army of BATFREAKS is dead set on avenging their plight starts with the people of Gotham City!

 

 

 

BATWOMAN #11
Written by J.H. WILLIAMS III and W. HADEN BLACKMAN
Art by TREVOR McCARTHY
Cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
1:25 B&W Variant cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
On sale JULY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• The conclusion of “TO DROWN THE WORLD”!
• BATWOMAN, CHASE, and the D.E.O. battle Gotham City’s URBAN LEGENDS in hope of finding the missing children.

 

 

BATWING #11
Written by JUDD WINICK
Art by MARCUS TO and RYAN WINN
Cover by MARCUS TO
On sale JULY 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• BATWING faces off against the deadly Beijing gangster dragon known as LONG!
• Guest-starring NIGHTWING!
• BATWING’S armor is equipped with a new array of Bat-gadgets!

 

 

BATGIRL #11
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by ARDIAN SYAF and VICENTE CIFUENTES
Cover by STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU
On sale JULY 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Part two-of the introduction of KNIGHTFALL – BATGIRL’S deadliest foe yet!
• BATGIRL takes on three new foes – the henchmen of GOTHAM CITY’S new super-villain, KNIGHTFALL!

 

 

 

BIRDS OF PREY #11
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art by TRAVEL FOREMAN and JEFF HUET
Cover by STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU
On sale JULY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• POISON IVY – savior of THE GREEN?
• The team is in the jungles of the Amazon and the boardrooms of Dubai, where the Birds must make a deal with the Devil!
• A shocking ending you can’t afford to miss!

 

 

CATWOMAN #11
Written by JUDD WINICK
Art and cover by GUILLEM MARCH
On sale JULY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• On the trail of DOLLHOUSE!
• CATWOMAN and her new partner, SPARK, take their relationship to a very intimate level!
• How will this affect Catwoman’s secret partnership with DETECTIVE ALVAREZ?

 

 

 

NIGHTWING #11
Written by KYLE HIGGINS
Art by EDDY BARROWS, RUY JOSE and EBER FERREIRA
Cover by EDDY BARROWS
On sale JULY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• “The Republic of Tomorrow, Today ” continues!
• NIGHTWING faces off against PARAGON, the leader of an anti-GOTHAM CITY group!

 

 

 

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #11
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art and cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
On sale JULY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• “DEAD SPACE” continues!
• STARFIRE is unleashed in an epic space battle!
• THE OUTLAWS take on BLACKFIRE and her new allies, THE BLIGHT!