Welcome back to our next comic book installment here on PiercingMetal.com and we are chit chatting about the first issue offerings from DC Comics this time around. A nice assortment of new titles, one shots and annuals are to be selected from and sure to keep your comic buying dollar in good use and your local retailers very happy. Here we go with the provided art and press copy and then I will close up as usual with some thoughts.
BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT #1: The Joker is dead. Arkham City is closed. As a new day begins, Bruce Wayne finds himself in devastating pain, recovering from his injuries and questioning whether his role as Batman is still necessary to the city’s survival. But as the sun rises in Gotham City, dangerous new threats emerge from the shadows…and the Arkham Knight is just beginning. Don’t miss this in-continuity prequel comic set prior to the events of the brand-new video game Batman: Arkham Knight!
Written by PETER J. TOMASI; Art by VIKTOR BOGDANOVIC and ART THIBERT; Cover by DAN PANOSIAN
CONVERGENCE #0: Where do worlds go when they die? The Earthquakes felt round the Multiverse, Superman’s lost days after “Doomed,” the World’s End – all these points will converge as the history of the DCU is spun from a new perspective, the perspective of a mad god and his arrogant child. The biggest story in DC history ties into literally every DC story ever told – and it all begins here. Kingdom Come, Red Son, Wild West Justice League, Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew – all the worlds you remember can still be found on Telos. Everything matters. Every story matters. Don’t miss the start of DC’s April/May 2015 event with this special issue!
Written by DAN JURGENS and JEFF KING; Art and cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
THE MULTIVERSITY: ULTRA COMICS #1: The penultimate chapter of the greatest adventure in DC’s history is here! The acclaimed FINAL CRISIS team of Grant Morrison and Doug Mahnke reunite for a story so big it could only take place in the real world – that’s right, Earth-33 is back! With the Multiverse under attack, a team of scientists create one final savior to take on the otherworldly threat…and its name is Ultra Comics! Literally held in your hands, one being will attempt to halt the annihilation of creation – and you, the reader, will have a front-row seat as you become an integral part of the resistance! It’s another exciting, experimental story told by two of today’s top creators! You won’t want to miss this exciting issue which acts as chapter eight of THE MULTIVERSITY storyline.
Written by GRANT MORRISON; Art by DOUG MAHNKE and CHRISTIAN ALAMY; Cover by DOUG MAHNKE
ARKHAM MANOR: ENDGAME #1: What do Batman’s villains do on the craziest night in Gotham City? And who will survive when the madness of Arkham Manor spills into the streets?
Written by FRANK TIERI; Art by FELIX RUIZ; Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
DETECTIVE COMICS: ENDGAME #1: The city is overrun by Jokerized victims, but a small band of teenagers unites to take a stand. Their secret knowledge of Gotham City’s streets helps them survive, but will Batman take help from this young group of upstarts? And what could it mean for the future of the young heroes in Gotham City?
Written by BRIAN BUCCELLATO; Art by ROGE ANTONIA; Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
BATGIRL: ENDGAME #1: There’s a mob of Jokerized madmen in Gotham City, and they’re determined to spread the virus into the world beyond… but they’re gonna have to get past Batgirl first! There are no words that can describe “The Battle For The Burnside Bridge”– you’ve got to see it to believe it!
Written by CAMERON STEWART and BRENDEN FLETCHER; Art by BENGAL
Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
GOTHAM ACADEMY: ENDGAME #1: Gotham City has been overrun by craziness, and the power is out at Gotham Academy! But don’t worry. The kids are safely locked up, huddled around candles and flashlights and telling the Gotham City version of ghost stories: Joker stories! Meanwhile, a mysterious figure connected to the Academy’s past is patrolling the grounds with a crossbow, but who is it?
Written by BECKY CLOONAN and BRENDEN FLETCHER; Art by KARL KERSCHL and others; Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
STRANGE SPORTS STORIES #1: Comics’ top talents, including some making their Vertigo debut, take on the classic DC Comics anthology title for four issues of strange, scary, sexy and sensational sports stories. Featuring stories and art by Brian Azzarello, CM Punk, Paul Pope, Gilbert Hernandez, Lauren Beukes, Ben McCool, Ivan Brandon, Monica Gallagher, Lee Loughridge, Nick Dragotta, Christopher Mitten, Darick Robertson, Mark Finn, John Lucas, Gabe Soria, Ronald Wimberly, Michael DiMotta, Tim Fish, Rael Lyra and many more!
Written by various; Art by various; Cover by PAUL POPE
SINESTRO ANNUAL #1: A traitor lurks among the Sinestro Corps, and only by delving into the never-before-revealed origins of the team can Sinestro learn the truth – before his head ends up on a platter!
Written by CULLEN BUNN; Art by MARTIN COCCOLO; Cover by DALE EAGLESHAM
TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1: The Titans deal with Superboy’s return to the team – and the trail of destruction that he’s left in his wake.
Written by WILL PFEIFER and TOM KING; Art by ALISSON BORGES; Cover by GUILLEM MARCH
WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1: A story so big we couldn’t contain it in the monthly title! Wonder Woman faces off with the foe destined to become her ultimate nemesis in a battle that will determine the fate of Paradise Island! And in a backup tale that will alter the course of the Amazon Queen, an old face returns, and we mean VERY old! You couldn’t ask for more from Wonder Woman’s very first annual!
Written by MEREDITH FINCH; Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and BATT; Backup story art by GORAN SUDZUKA
HARLEY QUINN VOL. 1: HOT IN THE CITY TP: The sensational series that gave Harley Quinn her own New 52 spotlight is collected from the star-studded #0 issue to issue #8! Don’t miss Harley’s big move to Coney Island as she becomes a roller derby queen – all while she carries on in her criminal career!
Written by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI;vArt by AMANDA CONNER, CHAD HARDIN, STEPHANE ROUX and others
Cover by AMANDA CONNER
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Some really cool stuff coming out this month for sure as I’ve noted and I am very curious about this whole “Convergence” series that will be coming down the line. It’s going to keep us all busy with a number of titles for sure so I might be passing on many of these offerings to save up the necessary funds for the coming month. Next month also will give us a sad historic point as the offices of DC Comics will be leaving New York City and heading to the West Coast. More on that news as we learn it. See you next time.