Let’s keep the comic book reveals for the month going and over to the DC Comics side of the fence. There are some interesting launches this month along with a few anniversary issues so let’s not dance anymore and just get down to the business. Here we go.
YOUNG JUSTICE #1: Superboy! Wonder Girl! Robin! Impulse! Amethyst! They’re all united in YOUNG JUSTICE #1, the debut issue of a brand-new series that also introduces new heroes Teen Lantern and Jinny Hex! When the nightmare dimension known as Gemworld invades Metropolis, these teen heroes reunite to deal with the situation—but they’re shocked to discover the battle may be the key to the return of Conner Kent, a.k.a. Superboy! This mix of fan favorites and new legacy heroes will be the center point for some of the biggest goings-on at DC! As if that weren’t enough, Bendis reunites with all-star artist Patrick Gleason (SUPERMAN, ACTION COMICS, GREEN LANTERN CORPS) to bring the new heroes of DC’s Wonder Comics to life!
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS; art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON
NAOMI #1: DC’s biggest, newest mystery starts here! When a fight between Superman and Mongul crashes into a small Northwestern town, Naomi (last name?) begins a quest to uncover the last time a super-powered person visited her home—and how that might tie into her own origins and adoption. Follow Naomi’s journey on a quest that will take her to the heart of the DC Universe and unfold a universe of ideas and stories that have never been seen before. Join writers Brian Michael Bendis, David Walker and breakout artist Jamal Campbell in Wonder Comics’ massively ambitious new series and star…NAOMI.
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS and DAVID F. WALKER; art and cover by JAMAL CAMPBELL
THE OTHER HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE #1: Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, Let It Fall) examines the mythology of the DC Universe in this compelling new miniseries that reframes iconic moments of DC history and charts a previously unexplored sociopolitical thread as seen through the prism of DC Super Heroes who come from traditionally disenfranchised groups. This unique new series presents its story as prose by Ridley married with beautifully realized color illustrations from a selection of exciting illustrators and comics artists. Alex Dos Diaz provides art for #1, which follows the story of Jefferson Pierce, the man who will one day become Black Lightning, as he makes his way from being a young track star to a teacher and, ultimately, to his role as a hero. Future issues focus on characters such as Karen and Mal Duncan, Tatsu Yamashiro and Renee Montoya. Extensively researched and masterfully executed, THE OTHER HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE promises to be an experience unlike any other. You may think you know the history of the DC Universe…but the truth is far more complex. THE OTHER HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE isn’t about saving the world—it’s about having the strength to simply be who you are.
written by JOHN RIDLEY; art and cover by ALEX DOS DIAZ
MYSTERIES OF LOVE IN SPACE #1: Sometimes love can make you feel like you’re from another planet…but what if you actually were? Join Superman, The New Gods, Green Lantern, Starro, Hawkgirl and even the Teen Titans’ new sensation Crush for eight tales of romance that will whisk you to the moon and back! ONE-SHOT | PRESTIGE FORMAT
written by JAMES TYNION IV, SALADIN AHMED, CECIL CASTELLUCCI, KYLE HIGGINS, JEFF LOVENESS and others; art by TOM GRUMMETT, KYLE HOTZ, ELENA CASAGRANDE, MAX DUNBAR and others; cover by JOELLE JONES
SUPERMAN 100-PAGE SUPER-SPECTACULAR #1: “This is the best Superman story I’ve ever written.” So says living legend Marv Wolfman, and when you’ve written hundreds of Superman stories as he has, it means a great deal. This gem of a tale—written and drawn from 2006-2009 for the SUPERMAN CONFIDENTIAL series—explodes from the DC archives as a triumphant tale of Clark Kent’s fateful first days in Metropolis, which were far from easy. His early failures almost ensured there would never be a hero called Superman. Powerful writing and stunning art combine to conjure an inspiring story that needed to be published, one you will never forget, from a pair of master storytellers. ONE-SHOT | PRESTIGE FORMAT
written by MARV WOLFMAN; art and cover by CLAUDIO CASTELLINI
THE CURSE OF BRIMSTONE ANNUAL #1: In this thrilling new annual, Brimstone and Annie are called to help prevent a cult from bringing their god to life via a sacrificial ritual…by none other than John Constantine! Then, explore the origins of Wandering Jack. Plus, witness some of the supernatural deals the Salesman has made throughout the ages. (When you bargain with the devil, prepare to be burned, people!)
art by MIKE PERKINS; backup art by DENYS COWAN and DON HUDSON; written by JUSTIN JORDAN; cover by PHILIP TAN
JUSTICE LEAGUE ANNUAL #1: The Source Wall has degraded too much, and the League must patch the hole right now or the whole Multiverse will collapse! Our heroes scramble for a solution and turn to the only thing that might work: the Omega Titans! The only problem? They killed the Entropy Titan back in JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE. Whoops…but never fear! Kyle Rayner, Miss Martian and Steel—from the non-planet-eating Titans team—guest-star with a plan to create a new Entropy Titan…one that’s so crazy it just might work.
written by JAMES TYNION IV and SCOTT SNYDER; art by DANIEL SAMPERE and JUAN ALBARRAN; cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
SUICIDE SQUAD #50: The infection in Temho Me4ta prison spreads, and cannot be allowed to reach the surface. The Suicide Squad is all that stands in the way of a global pandemic. It’s line-in-the-sand time: Will the Squad be forced to live up to its name? Don’t miss this extra-sized anniversary issue! Final issue.
written by ROB WILLIAMS; art by DIOGENES NEVES and SCOTT HANNA; cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1: Betrayed by the Red Hood, Damian hunts down Jason Todd and vows vengeance—or death! Meanwhile, Djinn and the rest of the Titans battle one of the Other’s closest allies—Joy Stick! (Making his DCU debut from the Teen Titans Go! universe.) But when Control Freak learns all of Djinn’s most dangerous secrets, Djinn will do anything to keep the Teen Titans from finding out the truth!
written by ADAM GLASS; art by RYAN BENJAMIN; cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI and CAM SMITH
PiercingMetal Thoughts: That’s some good stuff for sure but a few of them I will need to look at on the racks before purchasing based on the price of the individual issue. I’m surprised to see “Suicide Squad” going away but will not mourn it too long since I am sure it will return sooner or later. The annuals always interest me and its important to note that all of these issues come with a digital code for the issue which lets you claim it on the ComiXology service. What do you readers think of these issues? Will you be purchasing anything from this round? Chime in down below.
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