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Review: Detective Comics #42

dc042In a sense, Detective Comics is DC Comics.  DC owes its name to one of its flagship series, and although the series has gone through tough times before, it has always persisted.  In the 1970s during the DC Implosion, the title was almost lost in favor of the Batman Family comics, but Detective Comics was too important, and became Detective Comics featuring the Batman Family.  Except for the brief period just before the new 52 when the series featured Batwoman, the series has also always had Batman, be that Bruce Wayne, Jean-Paul Valley or Dick Grayson.  That is to say that DC is Detective Comics, and Detective Comics is Batman, which is an easy way to identify one of DC’s main two heroes.

The recent story arc in the Batman titles deals with the fallout of the Endgame story arc in the main Batman series.  With Bruce Wayne gone, there needs to be someone to fill in the gap as the Batman, and it has fallen to the unlikely choice of Jim Gordon to fill the suit.  It is not just any suit though, rather an Iron-Man like mockup, but with a few kinks.  This series has also put some focus on the renewed partnership of Montoya and Bullock, and the story here finds itself somewhere in between.  Jim is still trying to figure out what it takes to be Batman, especially as some criminals have figured out how to weaken the suit, and Harvey and Renee are trying hard to make work what was once a great partnership.

If DC needs Batman, and specifically Detective Comics, then it is hard to see how this fits in.  The idea of Jim Gordon as Batman is one which breaks certain base assumptions about the group of characters.  Though both defined by a moral code, Batman is not Jim Gordon, nor can Jim Gordon be Batman.  Others that have taken up the title have done so in the spirit of Bruce Wayne, but this new version is a bit bizarre, asking the reader to forget key parts of the publication history of the characters, so that an unconventional story can be told.  Unconventional stories can be great, as any work of fiction should try to push the boundaries of what is the expected, but in this case it still doesn’t quite feel right, as Detective Comics still feels like it is missing its Batman, even when it ostensibly has one.

Story: Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellatto Art: Fernando Blanco
Story: 6.8 Art: 6.8 Overall: 6.8 Recommendation: Pass

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

We Stand on GuardWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Brett

We Stand on Guard #1 (Image Comics) – Brian K Vaughn is taking on giant robots and Canada. Sign me up. I’ve been awaiting this one since it was announced at Image Expo.

The Bunker #12 (Oni Press) – Josh Fialkov’s time travel comic has been amazing with each issue and the fact is, I have no idea what will happen. It’s just beyond amazing and one of my favorite comics.

Red Skull #1 (Marvel) – If there’s one character that can mess up Doom’s new world, I’m convinced it’s the Red Skull. Maybe we’ll get the first hints as to how Doom will fall here?

Secret Wars #4 (Marvel) – The first three issues were solid in the best Marvel event in quite some time. It’s interesting to see where it all goes, and I’m along for the ride.

The Wicked + The Divine #12 (Image Comics) – Did you read the last issue? That alone is the reason I’m looking for this one. I seriously have no idea what’s happening next.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Will Eisner’s The Spirit #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – I’m a sucker for anything set in the 40’s, and the Spirit is no exception. I’ve been looking forward to this ever since I heard the comic was being released. I even though the movie was pretty decent. Did I just lose my nerd-cred?

Detective Comics #42 (DC Comics) – I’ve always been a closet Harvey Bullock fan, so to have at least a two-part story focused exclusively on him? There is no way I couldn’t pick this up.

We Stand On Guard #1 (Image Comics)A military comic that features giant robots and is written by Brian K Vaughn? What’s not to love?

 

Elana

Top Pick (tie) The Wicked + The Divine #12 (Image Comics) – Ack! My heart! It’s been smashed somewhere on the floor! It’s listening to “People Who Died” and “Rock and Roll Suicide” on repeat.

But Don’t You Cry Tonight (Gillen/McKelvie still love you, baby). There’s an underworld bellow us (BAYBAAHH) and Persephone is the goddess who comes back from the dead every spring.

This month’s issue is a flashback to Inanna’s origins. So put on Purple Rain and pretend you don’t know what’s to come.

Top Pick (tie) The Humans #6 (Image Comics) – It’s been reported that this issue is going to start giving us some more material about the women in The Humans and Johnny’s long lost former girlfriend. I’ve always appreciated how even in this male-centered story all of the female characters are easily identifiable and unique. This issue could make good on that promise.

But that’s not what I read this comic for. That’s just my intellect talking. I read it because it’s in my guts. (Teaser of a thought piece I’m working on).

It’s safe to say this comic will continue to be some of the best crafted, most addictive, least office appropriate reading you’ll find.

A-Force #2 (Marvel) – All of everyone’s favorite female heroes on one team! I was a bit thrown off by this new issues’s summary page. It describes Sister Grimm and Ms. America as foster sisters. Brett and I had interpreted them as a romantic couple. But let’s see where this goes. Hopefully there will be girl kissing and sharks being punched. And more She-Hulk.

Airboy #2 (Image Comics) – Hey Kids! Airboy is appearing in a comic of the same name! But I’m not reading this for a WWII Boy Adventurer. I’m here for the gonzo struggles of the artist as a middle aged man. (Read my review of issue 1 to find out more.) Will this comic’s writer and artist– this story’s actual protagonists– despoil the golden lad of the Golden Age? Pretty sure all of the hangovers we’re ever had, all put together are less interesting then the hangover that this creative team is about to experience (and they invite us along for the ride).

I want to warn our readers that there is seriously transphobic content in issue 2. I did not have a review copy when I put this issue on my picks list and wrote my endorsement based on my having enjoyed issue 1. Now, having read this issue I am not endorsing it.  We will be discussing the problems with it soon. I’m really disappointed.

For more on this, you can read our post “Airboy Crashes and Burns With Transphobic Second Issue

Years of Future Past #2 (Marvel) – This Secret Wars title seems to have gone entirely under the radar. That’s a shame. It’s a Claremonterrific spin-off of the classic X-Men Future Dystopia, the one that birthed all those crazy X-Men continuities. The book’s got heavy handed but emotionally resonant political metaphor to spare. It also has Kitty Pryde married to Colossus (though he’s only the 2nd best member of the Rasputin family for her to be in love with) and they have a daughter! And she meets Logan’s mysterious son “Cameron”. Ooooo. Who’s he named for?

 

Mr. H

Top Pick: Secret Wars #4 (Marvel Comics) – Sheriff Strange, Lord Doom. Marvel’s version of Game of Thrones continues and it’s been epic! Unlike Convergence, part of me doesn’t want to see it end. If only Doom can win…

Action Comics #42 (DC Comics) – Truth continues and we see the “Man” without the “Steel” try to adapt and overcome everything put in his path. Last month was a joy and I’m waiting to see where this month takes us. Hopefully up, up and further!

Barb Wire #1 (Dark Horse Comics) The return of the bounty hunting Babe! Adam Hughes cover alone sold me on this one. If the inside is as good as the cover, I won’t need to keep the receipt.

Green Lantern #42 (DC Comics) – Everyone’s favorite renegade: Han.. er.. Hal Jordan continues his outlaw journey through the cosmos without the Corps by his side. Doesn’t mean it won’t be any less action packed!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #47 (IDW Publishing) – Evil Baxter Stockman, a horde of Mousers and half- shelled heroes. Is it 1984 again? That’s well and ok with me! Me thinks it’s Cowabunga time again!

 

Paul

Top Pick: A-Force #2 (Marvel) – All the women from the Marvel Universe on an island, fighting and protecting their island from outside threats…led by She-Hulk? YES PLEASE!  This is one of the few Secret Wars tie ins that I have really enjoyed, AND it has been reported this title will survive as an on-going title with the MU figures itself out.  I highly recommend getting on board with this one.

X-Tinction Agenda #2 (Marvel) – The second Secret Wars tie-in I really enjoyed, this title sees Havok and the mutants of Genosha dying from a virus running rampant, and their only hope is charging into X-City against Phoenix and taking the help they need to save their people.  Definitely a show down I look forward to seeing.

Years of Future Past #2 (Marvel) – Kate Pryde, along with her parents Shawdowcat and Colossus, have broken free from their prison, and with a handful of fellow mutants, have to race through their ruined city to try and save their surviving friends.  I’ve always enjoyed stories showing a bleaker future, and how the X-Men, no matter their numbers, band together to try and set things right.

 

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It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get? What have you liked so far?

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Washington Post – Revenge of the nerds? ‘Magic: The Gathering’ thief caught in elaborate trap. – Awesome.

Kotaku – He-Man And G.I. Joe In One Game? Sold. – This sounds cool.

 

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Comic Vine – 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #1

Comic Vine – Batman #41

CBR – Batman #41

Comic Vine – Birthright #8

Comic Vine – Catwoman #41

Comic Vine – Constantine: The Hellblazer #1

Comic Vine – Detective Comics #41

ICv2 – Trinity Seven Vol. 1: The Seven Magicians

The Beat – Weirdworld #1

Talking Comics – Weirdworld #1

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It was new comic book day yesterday. What have you enjoyed so far?

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Tech Times – The Best Comic Books With Female Leads – Not sure why this is tech, but a good list.

CBR – Warner Bros. CEO Says Diversity Refutes Superhero Fatigue – Interesting.

 

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Talking Comics – All-New Hawkeye #1

Comic Vine – All-New Hawkeye #1

Comic Vine – Avengers #42

Comic Vine – Batman Eternal #48

Comic Vine – Big Man Plans #1

Outhousers – Big Man Plans #1

Comic Vine – Descender #1

Vox – Descender #1

Comic Vine – Detective Comics #40

Comic Vine – Green Lantern #40

Comic Vine – Hulk #12

Comic Vine – Imperium #2

CBR – Jem and the Holograms #1

Outhousers – Lady Killer #3

Comic Vine – Nailbiter/Hack/Slash #1

Outhousers – Neverboy #1

Comic Vine – Princess Leia #1

Comic Vine – Return of the Living Deadpool #2

Comic Vine – Spider-Woman #5

BlogCritics – Syllabus

Comic Vine – X-O Manowar #34

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Lots of new comics yesterday in the first week of new comics for the year. What did folks get? Anything good?

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Comic Vine – The Amazing Spider-Man #12

Comic Vine – Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #2

Bloody Disgusting – Ant-Man #1

Comics Alliance – Ant-Man #1

Comic Vine – Birthright #4

Comic Vine – Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #3

Comic Vine – Deadly Class #10

Comic Vine – Detective Comics #38

CBR – The Fade Out #4

The Beat – Feathers #1

Comic Vine – Green Arrow #38

Comic Vine – Green Lantern #38

Comic Vine – Hawkeye vs. Deadpool #4

Comic Vine – Hulk #10

Comic Vine – Lady Killer #1

Talking Comics – Operation S.I.N. #1

The Beat – Operation S.I.N. #1

Comic Vine – The Punisher #14

Comic Vine – Robocop #7

Comic Vine – Spider-Man 2099 #7

CBR – The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1

Comic Vine – Wolf Moon #2

Talking Comics – X-Men #23

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It was new comic day yesterday, with lots of first issues. What did folks get, and what have you enjoyed so far?

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The Spire – ‘Tooth & Claw’ Retitled as ‘The Autumnlands’ After Copyright Mix-Up – Doh!

Bleeding Cool – Concrete Park’s Last Two Issues Stealth-Cancelled, Will Appear In The Trade Paperback – That stinks.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Alias Omnibus

Comic Vine – Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1

Comic Vine – Batman Eternal #35

Comic Vine – Birthright #3

Comic Vine – Chew #45

Comic Vine – Deadpool #38

Comic Vine – Detective Comics #37

Comic Vine – Gotham Academy #3

CBR – Gotham Academy #3

Comic Vine – Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. #1

Comic Vine – Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #7

Comic Vine – Rai #5

Comic Vine – Robocop #6

Comic Vine – Secret Six #1

CBR – Secret Six #1

MoviePilot – Teen Titans: Earth One

Comic Vine – Thanos vs. Hulk #1

DC Wraps Up the Convergence News

DC Comics has released more details about what we can expect for Convergence, their two month event that mashes together various worlds, and version of the DCU.

Week three focuses on DC during the 80s, while week four looks at characters across the multiverse as it existed before Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Check out below for what you can expect with the creative teams, descriptions, and some images.

Week Three

BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS

Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artist: Carlos D’Anda
Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb

After a year under the dome, the Outsiders have gone their separate ways, but when OMAC attacks, Batman must find out if they have what it takes to still be a team.

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ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN

Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artists: Roberto Viacava and Andy Owens
Colorist: Sotocolor

Superman and Supergirl try to escape the city through the Phantom Zone, but they enter a portion they’ve never seen before and learn that Supergirl is destined to die if they return to their proper time and dimension. True story.

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WONDER WOMAN

Writer: Larry Hama
Art and Color: Josh Middleton

White-jumpsuit-clad Diana Prince is in the grips of a Domesday cult when her lover Steve Trevor leaps into the fray to save Etta Candy from vampires of Red Rain.

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THE FLASH

Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Federico Dallocchio
Colorist: Veronica Gandini

Trapped in Gotham, Barry Allen has nowhere to run. He fights on, seeking justice as well as a way to save the city. But he faces a Tangent Universe foe that thinks faster than the Flash could ever move.

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SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES

Writer: Stuart Moore
Artists: Gus Storms and Mark Farmer
Colorist: John Rauch

While Brainiac 5 struggles to break through the dome, Superboy tries to keep the Legion of Super-Heroes spirits up—but then the Atomic Knights ride into town.

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GREEN LANTERN CORPS

Writer: David Gallaher
Artists: Steve Ellis and Ande Parks
Colorist: Hi-Fi

Say the Oath, save the world! If only being the Green Lantern Corps was that easy. Hal has resigned, John is busy, and Guy is pissed. Together for the first time—they’ll save Gotham or die trying.

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SWAMP THING

Writer: Len Wein
Artist: Kelley Jones
Colorist: Michelle Madsen

Swamp Thing struggles to survive when the dome cuts off his contact with the Green.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA

Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Artist: ChrisCross
Colorist: Snakebite Cortez

With their heavy hitters sidelined, Elongated Man must lead the much-maligned “Detroit Justice League” against the overwhelming power of the heroes from the Tangent Universe!

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HAWKMAN

Writer: Jeff Parker
Artists: Tim Truman and Enrique Alcatena
Colorist: John Kalisz

Hawkman and Hawkgirl put their Shadow War on hold as they face the anthropomorphic might of rat-men and bat-men in the deadly land of Kamandi!

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NEW TEEN TITANS

Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artists: Nicola Scott and Marc Deering
Colorist: Jeromy Cox

Titans Together! Fighting against the might of the Tangent Universe’s Doom Patrol, we are reminded why this is the greatest Titans team of all.

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Week Four

PRE-CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, Earth 2

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA

Writer: Dan Abnett
Artists: Tom Derenick and Trevor Scott
Colorist: Monica Kubina

Older and in full retirement under the dome, members of the Justice Society get the chance to regain their youths to stave off forces from the Qward Universe. But the promise of youth comes with a deadly price.

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INFINITY INC.

Writer: Jerry Ordway
Artist: Ben Caldwell
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire

The young heroes of Infinity Inc. must choose between the path set for them by their parents or the one they’ve set for themselves as they face post-apocalyptic Jonah Hex.

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DETECTIVE COMICS

Writer: Len Wein
Artists: Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz
Colorist: Felix Serrano

Helena Wayne and Dick Grayson fight side by side in memory of Bruce Wayne as they decide who will become the next Batman.

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ACTION COMICS

Writer: Justin Gray
Artists: Claude St-Aubin and Sean Parsons
Colorist: Lovern Kindzierski

Superman teams up with Power Girl, but can they stop a nuclear strike from Lex Luthor and Stalin of Red Son Moscow?

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WORLD’S FINEST COMICS

Writer: Paul Levitz
Artists: Jim Fern and Joe Rubinstein with cartoons by Shannon Wheeler
Colorist: Paul Mounts

The Seven Soldiers of Victory regroup to defend their city against the Qward invasion, while cartoonist Scribbly Jibbet transcribes their adventures.

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PRE-CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS Earth 3

CRIME SYNDICATE

Writer: Brian Buccellato
Artist: Phil Winslade
Colorist: Lovern Kindzierski

The Crime Syndicate’s absolute control of their city is challenged when the dome comes down and changes everything. Now, Superwoman is on death row while the rest of the team fights One Million Universe’s Batman and Superman!

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PRE-CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, EARTH 4

BLUE BEETLE

Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Yishan Li
Colorist: Dave McCaig

Hub City is on the brink of collapse and anarchy! But its heroes—Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, and Question—find inspiration and strength from the most unlikely source.

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SHAZAM

Writer: Jeff Parker
Artist: Evan “Doc” Shaner
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire

It’s Shazam versus Steampunk, as the world of Gotham By Gaslight takes on the Captain Marvel family and friends.

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PRE-CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, EARTH X

PLASTIC MAN AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS

Writer: Simon Oliver
Artist: John McCrea
Colorist: John Kalisz

Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters are on the gallows in a New York taken over by Nazis, when robot super-heroes attack from Futures End and enemies become allies.

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MULTIPLE EARTHS

BOOSTER GOLD

Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artists: Alvaro Martinez and Raul Fernandez
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor

Trapped with Rip Hunter and other time travelers, Booster and his future self must work together to get out of prison and off the planet.

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(via IGN, Nerdist, Entertainment Weekly, Newsarama)

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It was new comic book day yesterday! For those who have read some of the new comics, what have you enjoyed or disliked?

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Janelle Rambles – Some quick convention attendance math – Pretty close to the Facebook stats!

ICv2 – David Slade Directing ‘Powers’ – Can’t wait to see this show.

Kotaku – 11 Very Cool Takes On Wonder Woman – Some cool designs.

 

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Comic Vine – Armor Hunters #2

Comic Vine – Avengers Undercover #7

Comic Vine – Captain Marvel #5

Comic Vine – Daredevil #5

Comic Vine – Deadpool #31

Comic Vine – Death Vigil #1

Comic Vine – Detective Comics #33

Comic Vine – Fantastic Four #7

Comic Vine – Ghosted #11

Comic Vine – Grayson #1

Comic Vine – Green Lantern Corps #33

Talking Comics – The Life After #1

Comic Vine – New Suicide Squad #1

Comic Vine – 100th Anniversary Special: Spider-Man #1

Comic Vine – Rai #3

Comic Vine – The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #13

Comic Vine – Superman/Wonder Woman #10

Comic Vine – The United States of Murder Inc. #3

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ICv2 – ‘Astro Boy’ Gets New Treatment for TV – Nice!

Carter Law Firm – Intellectual Property in Comic Books – Some good advice.

The Beat – Rocket Raccoon #1′s Initial Orders Inflated By Single Source – Guess I know what I’m getting in a future Loot Crate.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – All-New X-Men #28

Talking Comics – Armor Hunters #1

CBR – Armor Hunters #1

Talking Comics – Avengers Undercover #5

Comic Vine – Deadpool #30

Comic Vine – Detective Comics #32

Talking Comics – Figment #1

Comic Vine – Green Lantern Corps #32

Comic Vine – Lumberjanes #3

Comic Vine – New Avengers #19

Comic Vine – Red City #1

Comic Vine – Star Wars #18

CBR – Tech Jacket #1

Talking Comics – That’s Because You’re a Robot

DC Comics Reveals July Variant Cover Theme Month

Batman75_logo_NEWThis July, select DC Comics titles will receive Batman 75 variant covers by some of the most notable artists in the business including Kevin Nowlan, Klaus Janson, Jim Steranko, Walt Simonson, Graham Nolan, Cliff Chiang, Sean Murphy, Dave Johnson, Dan Jurgens, Mike Kaluta and more!

The Batman 75 variants, are the latest in a variety of monthly themes. DC Comics kicked off the year with Scribblenauts in January, followed by steampunk in February, while March saw Robot Chicken covers based on the Adult Swim show, this month sees MAD themed covers in honor of Alfred E. Neuman’s Birthday, May brings a host of variants by artist Mike Allred done in the groovy style of Batman ’66, and June brings retro Bombshell covers based on the popular DC Collectibles line.

The full list of comics featuring the covers is:

Action Comics #33
Aquaman #33
Batgirl #33
Batmam #33
Batman and Robin #33
Batman/Superman #13
Batwoman #33
Detective Comics #33
Earth 2 #25
Grayson #1
Green Lantern #33
Green Lantern Corps #33
Harley Quinn #8
Justice League #33
Justice League Dark #33
Justice League United #3
Superman #33
Superman/Wonder Woman #10
Teen Titans #1
The Flash #33
Wonder Woman #33

Check out the Detective Comics #33 variant cover by the legendary Jim Steranko below!

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