Believe it or not, we are heading toward the fifty second issue of many of the currently running DC Comics titles. Back in 2011, the company relaunched “52” of its core titles under the banner of “The New 52” and this press release and images will help us celebrate the momentous occasion. Read on down below.
The Press Release:
Celebrating 52 issues of incredible storytelling, DC Entertainment’s May 2016 variant cover theme will pay homage to the #1 issues of eleven comics that debuted in 2011 when DC Entertainment rebooted their superhero publishing line and revitalized the comics industry as a whole. It was a momentous occasion then, and is an anniversary to celebrate now!
Inspired by Cliff Chiang’s Wonder Woman #1, Rags Morales and Brad Anderson’s Action Comics #1, Adam Hughes’ Batgirl #1, and more, these brand-new “The New 52” variants will grace the covers of those same landmark titles that are hitting issue #52 in May. Illustrated by an all-star lineup of incredible talent, May’s lineup of variant covers are as remarkable as the industry-changing covers they’re based on. “The New 52” variants are the latest in a variety of monthly themes.
Action Comics #52 variant cover by Ben Oliver
Aquaman #52 variant cover by Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund
Batgirl #52 variant cover by Babs Tarr
Batman #52 variant cover by Rafael Albuquerque
Catwoman #52 variant cover by Inaki Miranda
Detective Comics #52 variant cover by Francis Manapul
The Flash #52 variant cover by Jesus Merino
Green Arrow #52 variant cover by Szymon Kudranski
Green Lantern #52 variant cover by Billy Tan
Superman #52 variant cover by Mikel Janin
Wonder Woman #52 variant cover by David Finch and Matt Banning
In case you wanted to refresh your memory of the original first issues that these are based on, I’ve added them down below along with the creative teams on each cover. Enjoy.
Action Comics #1 cover by Rags Morales and Brad Anderson
Aquaman #1 cover by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Rod Reis
Batgirl #1 cover by Adam Hughes
Batman #1 cover by Greg Capullo and Alex Sinclair
Catwoman #1 cover by Guillem March
Detective Comics #1 cover by Tony Daniel and Tomeu Morey
The Flash #1 cover by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato
Green Arrow #1 cover by Dave Wilkins
Green Lantern #1 cover by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Rod Reis
Superman #1 cover by George Perez and Brian Buccellato
Wonder Woman #1 cover by Cliff Chiang
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’ve not been religiously collecting all of the series that have been hitting the racks for “The New 52” initiative and the answer is simply because I like some of it but definitely not all of it. A few titles that I enjoyed have been cancelled and replaced by others and its getting a little tricky to keep up. What about you comic book diehards? Will you be adding these to your collection if you are still following this no longer new side of the DC Comics Multiverse? Chime in down below in the comments as we’d love to hear from you in terms of what you are still reading or what you liked that might have been cancelled as I spoke of up above.