Keeping up with the monthly new first issues from the comic book side here are the latest offerings out from DC Comics. As usual the art and press copy originates from their provisions and while there are NUMEROUS titles concurrently running we are only showcasing the brand new title launches and some special editions that I wanted to direct you to. Please be aware that all of these titles have several different variant covers if those interest you but I didn’t have the artwork to share. Here we go.
Batman ’66 Meets The Man From U.N.C.L.E. #1: Two 1960s television icons cross paths for a groovy, globe-spanning adventure in this one-of-a-kind miniseries. The deadly organization known as T.H.R.U.S.H. has a new twist in their plans for world conquest—they’re recruiting some of Gotham City’s most infamous villains! Agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin bring this information to the one man who knows everything about these new enemies: Batman. Before you can say “Open channel D,” the Dynamic Duo and the Men from U.N.C.L.E. are jetting off to Europe to thwart the schemes of this deadly criminal cartel.
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1: DC Comics and IDW team up for the crossover you never saw coming as two of the greatest entertainment icons meet for the first time! In Gotham City, a series of deadly raids leads Batman to believe he’s up against a group of highly trained ninjas known as the Foot Clan! Somehow, they’ve crossed over to another dimension and are determined to take advantage of the situation while looking to get back home. But they haven’t come alone: Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo are hot on their trail. Get ready for excitement as heroes and villains from both worlds clash and team up in an epic battle that threatens the very fabric of reality!
Written by James Tynion IV; Art and cover by Freddie E. Williams II; 1:50 Variant cover by Kevin Eastman
Harley’s Little Black Book #1: It’s the sensational debut of a bimonthly, overstuffed, oversized team-up series in which Harley meets (and almost certainly annoys) the greatest heroes and villains of the DC Universe! First up? The incredible Wonder Woman! There’s a plot to assassinate Wondy, and Harley is convinced that only she could possibly stop it! (Hey, you want to tell her about all the other options? We tried.)
Written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti; Art by Amanda Conner and a bunch of people who owe her favors
Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Four – Annual #1: Tom Taylor (EARTH 2, Superior Iron Man) returns to the series he launched for this one time special event that kicks off the story you’ll see in the upcoming INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US: YEAR 5. In his efforts to maintain world peace and wipe out crime, Superman has locked up all of Earth’s villains, as well as his enemies (including the Green Lantern Corps), in an undisclosed, impenetrable facility. Now, a surprising new prisoner may have discovered how to free himself and everyone else from this previously inescapable location
Written by Tom Taylor; Art and cover by Bruno Redondo
Robin War #1: The Robins Face The Court Of Owls! In part 1 of this new epic, it’s Robins vs. cops! Robins vs. Robins! Robins vs. Batman! And Robins vs. the Court of Owls?! Damian Wayne returns to Gotham City, and he is not happy. There are kids all over the city calling themselves Robin, Bruce Wayne is no longer Batman and the GCPD, led by the new, armored-up Batman, is cracking down on anybody wearing the “R.” And things only get worse when Red Hood, Red Robin and Grayson all come back to Gotham City…
Written by Tom King; Art and cover by Khary Randolph
DC Comics Presents: Robin War 100-Page Super Spectacular #1: It’s Robin vs. Robin vs. Robin in these stories from Teen Titans #29, Batman #657, Nightwing #139 and Batman: Battle For The Cowl #3.
Written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Tony S. Daniel and Fabian Nicieza
Art by Andy Kubert, Tony S. Daniel and others
DC Comics Presents: Darkseid War 100-Page Super Spectacular #1: Darkseid has been making trouble for a long time now—and here are some of his earliest epics, from the pages of Mister Miracle #1, New Gods #1 and 7, And The Forever People #1!
Written by Jack Kirby; Art by Jack Kirby, Vince Colletta and Mike Royer
Last Gang In Town #1: Forget what you know of England, of the “Land of Hope and Glory.” Instead, try damp and depressing, and embrace this miserable island for what it is. Our story kicks off in 1976: the country coming apart at its flared corduroy seams, a decade after the Great Train Robbery, when British crime has gone decidedly soft in the middle.
Time for a new generation of criminals to rise: a band of snotty-nosed heroes driven by destiny and cheap cider, who will strike fear back into the establishment, put art back into crime and crime back into art, and pull off what will become known as the heist of the century.
This new series from Simon Oliver (FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS) and Rufus Dayglo (Tank Girl), spans three decades, from the punk rock ’70s to the decadent ’80s and beyond, charting the rise, fall and redemption of a group of bandits that changed the face of the criminal underworld and closed the door on a legacy.
Written by Simon Oliver; Art by Rufus Dayglo; Cover by Rob Davis
Lucifer #1: The anti-hero who made his debut in THE SANDMAN and starred in his own hit series is back in a new series by best-selling writer Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles) and artist Lee Garbett (Loki)!
As this series begins, God is dead—and Gabriel has accused Lucifer of His murder. Lucifer had motive and opportunity, but claims he can prove his innocence. If Gabriel finds the killer and takes the culprit into custody, his sins will be forgotten, and he’ll be welcomed back to Silver City. So, despite the fact that Lucifer just opened a nightclub on Earth and is hiding a mysterious wound, the two brothers set off to solve their Father’s murder. Their investigation will span Heaven, Hell, Earth and beyond in this antagonistic buddy-cop noir with an angelic flair.
Written by Holly Black; Art by Lee Garbett; Cover by Dave Johnson
New Romancer #1: Fired from a cushy job in Silicon Valley, Lexy becomes a coder for New Romancer, an Internet-dating app that’s seen better days. To create fake profiles, she plunders characteristics from history’s most notorious lovers. Using little-known writings by Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, Lexy pushes the boundaries of coding and accidentally unleashes history’s greatest lover: Lord Byron. Online dating meets courtly love in this paranormal rom-com by Vertigo veteran writer Peter Milligan and rising art-star Brett Parson (Tank Girl).
Written by Peter Milligan; Art and cover by Brett Parson
The Sheriff Of Babylon #1: Baghdad, 2003. Florida Police officer-turned-military contractor, Chris Henry is tasked with training a new Iraqi police force. When one of his trainees ends up dead, Chris is forced to team up with Nassir, the last remaining cop in Baghdad. Pulling the strings to bring them together is the mysterious Sofia, an American-educated Iraqi who has returned to take control of the city’s criminal underworld. This miniseries is a thrilling wartime crime drama told amid one of the most tumultuous times in modern history. The Sheriff Of Babylon is a new eight-issue miniseries pulled from GRAYSON cowriter Tom King’s real-life experience as a CIA operations officer and is illustrated by Mitch Gerads, cocreator of The Activity.
Written by Tom King; Art by Mitch Gerads; Cover by John Paul Leon
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Whew. I have to say that there are only a few titles that I will not be snagging this month but the money is already being prepped for those Batman titles and the Harley special edition and a couple of others. Some interesting reading for sure is to be had in those 100 Page Spectaculars and I hope more new readers are grabbing these and then digging deeper into other collected editions. I should add that the “Batman ‘66” title will be ending this month and I’m sad to see it go since it was a fun ride that reminded me of the show. At least that program finally made its way to Blu-ray and DVD. Okay so what do you readers think of this month’s DC Comics offerings? Let me know in the comments and I will be back tomorrow with the Marvel stuff.
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