Hello again my comic book reading folks of the readership of this here website; It’s time to continue the delivery of what is happening on the illustrated pages and this post covers what is coming from DC Comics side of the fence. I’m going to keep my introduction brief since it’s been an exhausting few days for me here at the PiercingMetal Media Command HQ but before you worry, please don’t as nothing bad is going on. There is just a sense of hyper-productivity going on and there are a lot of items to call to your attention from the last few days. That being said let’s take a look at the first issues and special editions hitting the racks from DC this month.
JUSTICE LEAGUE/AQUAMAN: DROWNED EARTH #1: “Drowned Earth” part one! The Ocean Lords—ancient sea gods with a grudge against Aquaman and Wonder Woman—invade the Earth with an alien army and flood the globe. As Batman, Superman and the Flash race to stop the waters from rising and turning everyone into aquatic monsters, Mera seeks the advice of an old enemy, and Arthur must face down Black Manta…or lose his connection to the ocean forever!
written by JAMES TYNION IV; art and cover by HOWARD PORTER
AQUAMAN/JUSTICE LEAGUE: DROWNED EARTH #1: “DROWNED EARTH” finale! Aquaman faces the truth behind Atlantis’ past and must find a way to reclaim the power of his birthright or watch the floodwaters drown everything he has ever loved! With the world at stake and the Justice League on their last sea legs in their battle against the Ocean Lords, Arthur makes the ultimate sacrifice to return balance to land and sea!
written by SCOTT SNYDER; art by FRANCIS MANAPUL and HOWARD PORTER; cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
AMERICAN CARNAGE #1: A new, thrilling crime saga from the writer of WILDSTORM: MICHAEL CRAY and the artist of The Old Guard! Disgraced FBI agent Richard Wright is offered a chance for redemption when his old mentor sends him undercover to infiltrate a white supremacist group believed to be responsible for the death of a fellow agent.
written by BRYAN HILL; art by LEANDRO FERNANDEZ; cover by BEN OLIVER
DC NUCLEAR WINTER SPECIAL #1: The holidays are tough enough as it is, but when you’re living in a post-apocalyptic wasteland (or, you know, 2018) the world can seem bleaker than ever. So do yourself a favor this holiday season, break out your best eggnog and enjoy 10 all-new stories featuring the World’s Greatest Heroes, including looks at the futures of Batman, Superman and the Flash, as well as many more denizens of the DC Universe. PRESTIGE FORMAT
written by PAUL DINI, STEVE ORLANDO, PHIL HESTER, MARK RUSSELL, MAIRGHREAD SCOTT and others. art by CULLY HAMNER, PHIL HESTER, GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI, YASMINE PUTRI and others. cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
ELECTRIC WARRIORS #1: A new tale of the future DC Universe, set in a previously unexplored timeline—the Cosmic Dark Age! Years after the Great Disaster, the Earth has started to rebuild and rejoin the universal coalition. In order to prevent a galactic war, different worlds throughout the known cosmos have created a new system of competitive combat to give each participating planet their own voice in the intergalactic struggle. Each world has one diplomatic gladiator, chosen to possess the Electric Seed and fight for their homeland as the Electric Warrior! Each fighter forsakes their personal life in the name of peace. So what happens when Earth can’t choose a single combatant and sends two instead? The bruiser War Cry represents the humans of Earth, while Deep Dweller, a shape-shifter from the Octopus Tribe, represents the animal kingdom. Can they maintain one common goal, or will they tear Earth’s tenuous coexistence to shreds and destroy the rest of the universe with it? Oh, and War Cry also has a powerful relic from Earth’s past: Superman’s cape!
written by STEVE ORLANDO; art and cover by TRAVEL FOREMAN
THE GREEN LANTERN #1: Superstar writer Grant Morrison (Batman, All-Star Superman) returns to DC alongside red-hot artist Liam Sharp (The Brave AND the Bold, Wonder Woman) to launch a new, ongoing series: THE GREEN LANTERN! In this debut issue, when Earth’s space cop, Hal Jordan, encounters an alien hiding in plain sight, it sets off a chain of events that rocks the Green Lantern Corps—and quite possibly the Multiverse at large—to its very core. There’s an inter-galactic conspiracy afoot, as well as a traitor in the GL Corps’ ranks, so strap in for more mind-bending adventures in this masterpiece in the making.
written by GRANT MORRISON; art and cover by LIAM SHARP; variant cover by FRANK QUITELY
SHAZAM! #1: The superstar team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Dale Eaglesham reunite to launch the first all-new SHAZAM! monthly title set in the DC Universe in almost 20 years! (What took you guys so long?!) Teenager turned super-hero Billy Batson struggles to balance school and superheroics! (Guess which one is more fun?) But when Shazam unlocks a shocking secret deep within the Rock of Eternity, it challenges everything he knows about the worlds of magic and his family’s future as its champions! Also, witness the bizarre team-up of Dr. Sivana and Mr. Mind as they set off to build a society all their own! Don’t miss the start of an epic run in the making as “Shazam and the Seven Realms” begins!
written by GEOFF JOHNS; art and cover by DALE EAGLESHAM; backup story art by SEN
SUICIDE SQUAD BLACK FILES #1: Two members of Task Force X are back in these all-new adventures! First up: “REVENGE OF KOBRA” by writer Mike W. Barr and artist Philippe Briones. To oppose the terrorist Kobra is to earn his un-dying hatred, and that’s what the samurai Katana did when she killed his beloved Eve. Now Kobra stalks Katana beyond the bounds of the Earth itself, to a supernatural world where he will steal from her everything that she has—including her very soul! And in “SUICIDE SQUAD BLACK,” by writer Jai Nitz and artist Scot Eaton, Sebastian Faust, the U.S. government’s top arcane operative, has gone rogue! To track down America’s most dangerous magician, Amanda Waller assembles a special-ops team unlike any other: an expendable coven of dark-arts experts including El Diablo, Enchantress and Gentleman Ghost. They are Suicide Squad Black, and they will take you to places where even the dead can die!
written by MIKE W. BARR and JAI NITZ; art by PHILIPPE BRIONES and SCOT EATON; cover by FRAZER IRVING
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: From this list I immediately see “3” that I will be adding to the collection and that is the last three that you see on the list right up above. The Aquaman movie is coming out in December as well so I expect us to find a lot of special editions and issues featuring the Lord Of Atlantis hitting the racks. This one with the Justice League strikes me as something that will be combined in the coming months as a single higher priced volume, so I am going to wait. I don’t read much Vertigo stuff outside of the recent Sandman Universe stuff these days but will peruse that one on the shelves. What about you? Doesn’t anything on this list strike your fancy as a collector of these types of things? Chime in down below and know that all topical comments will be approved. See you next time.
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