Hey there readers and before we get into this chapter please know we are a little more than 24 hours away from this years NY Comic Con and I am going to repeat myself for those just learning about us with this post, that I am once again attending this massive event. There are a lot of interesting items hitting the racks from DC Comics this month and if you peruse the list you can surely find something that will interest you. Let’s take a look shall we?
BATMAN SECRET FILES #1: Delve into Batman’s case histories and discover brand-new stories by some of comics’ most exciting talents. The BATMAN team of Tom King and Mikel Janin provides a framing sequence, setting up our hand-picked teams of creators to take a look at Bat-mysteries past and present. Featuring a bevy of Batman villains, including a look at how the Scarecrow’s fear toxin affects the common man, and a special story written by Tom Taylor with art by Brad Walker that teams the Dark Knight Detective with Detective Chimp. ONE SHOT
written by TOM KING, JORDIE BELLAIRE, RAM V., CHERYL LYNN EATON and TOM TAYLOER; art by MIKEL JANIN, JORGE FORNES, ELENA CASAGRANDE, BRAD WALKER and others; enhanced foil cover by MIKEL JANIN
CURSED COMICS CAVALCADE #1: Horror! Death! Uh…Face-punching! Witness ten all-new stories that promise to be the most terrifying, most shocking and most horrific comic that DC Comics has ever published! (Hyperbole much?) Batman, Wonder Woman, Guy Gardner, Swamp Thing, Zatanna and more of your favorite heroes face unspeakable horrors from the streets of Gotham City to the darkest sectors of the universe.
written by JAMES TYNION IV, BECKY CLOONAN, BRYAN HILL, TIM SEELEY, RILEY ROSSMO GARY DAUBERMAN and others; art by MARK BUCKINGHAM, BECKY CLOONAN, RILEY ROSSMO, RICCARDO FEDERICI and others; cover by DOUG MAHNKE
BATMAN BLANK COMIC #1: Celebrate “24-Hour Comics Day” with the BATMAN BLANK COMIC! You can write and draw your very own adventure of the Dark Knight in this 16-page comic, which features uncoated 80-pound paper (the same stock used on DC’s blank variant covers) that’s ideal for drawing on!
SUPERMAN BLANK COMIC #1: Celebrate “24-Hour Comics Day” with the SUPERMAN BLANK COMIC! You can write and draw your very own adventure of the Man of Steel in this 16-page comic, which features uncoated 80-pound paper (the same stock used on DC’s blank variant covers) that’s ideal for drawing on!
WONDER WOMAN BLANK COMIC #1: Celebrate “24-Hour Comics Day” with the WONDER WOMAN BLANK COMIC! You can write and draw your very own adventure of the Amazon Warrior in this 16-page comic, which features uncoated 80-pound paper (the same stock used on DC’s blank variant covers) that’s ideal for drawing on!
THE BOOKS OF MAGIC #1: From the SANDMAN UNIVERSE #1, it’s the return of Neil Gaiman’s magical morality fable in an all-new series written by Kat Howard (Roses and Rot, An Unkindness of Magicians) and drawn by Tom Fowler (DOOM PATROL)! Timothy Hunter may be destined tobecome the most powerful magician in the universe, but he’s still a London teenager, and having magical abilities complicates things more than it helps. It’s not like he can use magic to pass his exams, stop being bullied or convince his cute friend to date him. And while Tim’s trying to live his life, there are cultists who want to kill him, believing his power will eventually corrupt him into becoming a merciless mage. Oh, and those are the good guys. Luckily, his new substitute teacher is more than she appears, and may be able to help Tim discover the mystery behind the Books of Magic…
written by KAT HOWARD; art by TOM FOWLER; cover by KAI CARPENTER
LUCIFER #1: Lucifer is missing. Having embarked on a dangerous journey to find the mother of his abandoned son, the Prince of Lies finds himself imprisoned and crippled by mysterious forces who seek to torment him for their own terrible ends. Meanwhile: a car is crashed, two witches blind themselves, a tumor speaks its first words, and a perfectly good bowl of oatmeal is left to go cold.
written by DAN WATTERS; art by MAX FIUMARA and SEBASTIAN FIUMARA; cover by GONI MONTES
WONDER WOMAN AND JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK: THE WITCHING HOUR #1: Just in time for Halloween, it’s “The Witching Hour,” a five-part weekly event that will rewrite the future of DC’s magical heroes! Hecate, the witch-goddess of magic, always knew a day would come when the monsters she stole her magic from would return. Now she must activate the Witchmarked, humans within whom she secreted vast stores of power. And the most powerful of the Witchmarked? Wonder Woman!
written by JAMES TYNION IV; art and cover by JESUS MERINO
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK AND WONDER WOMAN: THE WITCHING HOUR #1: The deadly finale of “The Witching Hour” arrives as Zatanna battles for Wonder Woman’s soul—and the rest of the Justice League Dark battle for their lives! Hecate is more powerful than the Greek Gods…and no matter who wins, the Earth will lose its chance of surviving the war that’s coming! ONE SHOT
written by JAMES TYNION IV; art and cover by JESUS MERINO
HEX WIVES #1: “The women are too powerful. They must be tamed.” For hundreds of years a war has been waged between a coven of perpetually reincarnating witches and the all-male conspiracy known as the Architects. After the death of the lead Architect in 2005 it seemed the witches had finally defeated their foes. Now, 13 years later, waking up in a perfect cookie cutter home at the end of a cul-de-sac in a sunny corner of suburbia, Isadora has no recollection of her past life as the leader of a witch coven, nor her soulmate Nadiya, let alone the centuries-old war she has waged in defense of the soul of America…
written by BEN BLACKER; art by MIRKA ANDOLFO; cover by JOELLE JONES
OLD LADY HARLEY #1: After liberating New York City from her now-feral Gang of Harleys, poor Harley wants nothing more than to slip back into retirement in her coastal (and heavily guarded) paradise. But the Laughing Boys Gang has another idea—they’ll follow her to the ends of the Earth, to drag her back to their leader! It can’t actually be…him! Right?! He couldn’t possibly still be alive, could he? After all…Harley killed him herself with her bare hands! Should she turn to President Power Girl for help? Or flee to the 51st state, Atlantis? Step into an insane vision of a future DC Universe we all better hope we don’t live to see!
written by FRANK TIERI; art and cover by MAURICET
DEATHSTROKE/YOGI BEAR SPECIAL #1: In Yellowstone Park, legends speak of a spirit bear referred to as “the Yogi,” which few if any have actually encountered. Real or not, when a bear seems to have graduated from stealing picnic baskets to kidnapping actual campers, Ranger Smith decides it’s time to stop this menace—so he calls on the services of Slade Wilson—a.k.a. Deathstroke—to get the job done. Plus, part one of a Secret Squirrel backup story written by J.M. DeMatteis. ONE-SHOT
written by FRANK TIERI; art by MARK TEXEIRA; backup story written by J.M. DeMATTEIS; backup story art by TOM MANDRAKE; cover by TYLER KIRKHAM
GREEN LANTERN/HUCKLEBERRY HOUND SPECIAL #1: Set against the turbulent backdrop of the early 1970s, Green Lantern and Huckleberry Hound join forces to take a stand on the issues of that era. Returning from recent duty in Vietnam, veteran Marine John Stewart—now a member of the Green Lantern Corps—contemplates what, if anything, he should do about the issues tearing his country apart. Meanwhile, Huckleberry’s comments against the Vietnam war have left him a celebrity outcast, and a visit back home to Mississippi puts him face to face with the Civil Rights Movement. What can one man—and one hound—do? Plus, part two of a Secret Squirrel backup story written by J.M. DeMatteis. ONE-SHOT.
written by MARK RUSSELL; art by RICK LEONARDI; backup story written by J.M. DeMATTEIS; backup story art by TOM MANDRAKE; cover by SAMI BASRI
NIGHTWING/MAGILLA GORILLA SPECIAL #1: When a famous Hollywood talent agent is found brutally murdered, suspicion and evidence seem to point to his most famous client, Oscar winning actor Magilla Gorilla. Dick Grayson, already in Tinseltown to meet with said agent, senses something suspicious. Donning his Nightwing costume and joining forces with the simian suspect, he’s got one night to prove that this monkey doesn’t belong in a cage. Plus, part three of a Secret Squirrel backup story written by J.M. DeMatteis. ONE-SHOT.
written by HEATH CORSON; art by TOM GRUMMETT; backup story written by J.M. DeMATTEIS; backup story art by TOM MANDRAKE; cover by MARCUS TO
SUPERMAN/TOP CAT SPECIAL #1: It’s Superman versus super food with Top Cat caught in the middle. While searching for his missing friend Bennie, TC uncovers a dietary danger that threatens the healthier portions of mankind, and it’s up to the Man of Steel to stop the probiotic menace of Kalien! In the salad bar, no one can hear you scream. Plus, part four of a Secret Squirrel backup story written by J.M. DeMatteis. ONE-SHOT
written by DAN DiDIO; art and cover by SHANE DAVIS; backup story written by J.M. DeMATTEIS; backup story art by TOM MANDRAKE
VERTIGO: A CELEBRATION OF 25 YEARS HC: One of the most influential imprints in comics history celebrates its 25th anniversary in this lavish collection of art and interviews, VERTIGO: A CELEBRATION OF 25 YEARS! This deluxe hardcover revisits the history of the innovative imprint as told by the people who lived it. A luxurious hybrid of oral history and retrospective art book, VERTIGO: A CELEBRATION OF 25 YEARS features a comprehensive timeline of every Vertigo project ever released and insightful new interviews and behind-the-scenes intrigue with Vertigo writers, artists, editors, designers and publishers, while showcasing the magnificent Vertigo covers and interiors from some of comics’ greatest and most influential artists. Vertigo has long been renowned for some of the best graphic story-telling of all time, as it’s been home to such groundbreaking series as THE SANDMAN, SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING, THE INVISIBLES, DOOM PATROL, Y: THE LAST MAN, PREACHER, FABLES, 100 BULLETS—and that’s just to start. With Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Brian K. Vaughan, Scott Snyder, Garth Ennis, Brian Azzarello, Frank Quitely, Matt Wagner, Jeff Lemire and countless others among its illustrious alumni, Vertigo has been the place where iconic talent and story meet. VERTIGO: A CELEBRATION OF 25 YEARS is a dynamic look back at some of the greatest comics in industry history.
curated by SCOTT BRYAN WILSON; introduction by SCOTT SNYDER; afterword by MARK DOYLE – interviews with Garth Ennis, Glenn Fabry, Jamie Delano, Colleen Doran, Jeff Lemire, Jock, Lee Bermejo, Becky Cloonan, Mark Buckingham, Peter Milligan, Sean Murphy, Todd Klein, Ann Nocenti, Kurt Busiek, Paul Levitz, Devin Grayson, Rachel Pollack, Cliff Chiang, J.M. DeMatteis, Paul Jenkins, Mike Allred, Brian K. Vaughan and dozens of other Vertigo creators
design cover featuring art by CHRIS BACHALO.
SIDEWAYS ANNUAL #1: Sideways unleashes his “super” secret weapon against Perrus in an effort to free the oppressed people and escape to his home dimension. He’ll get some additional help from the newly discovered Seven Soldiers, but only if someone makes a heroic ultimate sacrifice. Plus, a bonus backup story in which Sideways meets the Unseen!!
written by DAN DiDIO and GRANT MORRISON; art by MAX RAYNOR; cover by ANDY KUBERT and SANDRA HOPE
THE TERRIFICS ANNUAL #1: It’s three startling Terrifics tales, kicking off with a deadly nightmare at Stagg Manor! When a plot to steal Plastic Man’s powers goes awry, the Terrifics’ new home and everyone in it are at the mercy of stealthy plastic monsters. Looks like Sapphire picked the wrong day to host a Halloween dance for her Stagg Industries internship program! Next up, discover the secret origin of Java the caveman, and the secret he’s keeping will shock you. Last but not least, we uncover Tom Strong’s hidden adventure in the Dark Multiverse—hold on to your holy socks!
written by GENE LUEN YANG, MARK RUSSELL and JAMES ASMUS; art by JOE BENNETT, EVAN “DOC” SHANER and VIKTOR BOGDANOVIC; cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
NIGHTWING #50: “Knight Terrors” begins here! The big issue #50 kicks off an epic four-part story that brings together critical moments of fear and doubt from the past and the present. A young Dick Grayson hopes to escape the shadow of the Bat and earn the title of Nightwing, while an older Dick Grayson must deal with a blow he did not see coming. A common enemy unites the timelines: the Scarecrow, as you’ve never seen him before! This story goes deep into the mythology and nightmarish development of Dr. Jonathan Crane.
written by BENJAMIN PERCY; art by CHRIS MOONEYHAM and TRAVIS MOORE; cover by MIKE PERKINS
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Right off the bat I will say that I will be picking up the special edition one-shots that feature the classic Hanna Barbera characters because I just find those so appealing to me. They are done quite well, and there have been quite a few of them at the point of this writing. I am not sure what to make of the blank editions but guess these are fantastic ways to bring out the artist in a person. I will know more when I see them on the shelves. With a lot to prepare for the con on my mind, I will close out now and ask you what items you find most interesting on this rundown. You can chime in down below in the comments and don’t forget to follow along with our socials while we are at the convention since my plan is a lot of posts and Instagrams.
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