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It’s the “Dawn of DC” starting in January 2023

Dawn of DC” is kicking off in January 2023. It’s a year long storytelling initiative from DC Comics. The initiative picks up on the Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths and DC Universe: Lazarus Planet events. The world’s superheroes have emerged from the biggest, most devastating battles of their lives and are reinvigorated in their fights against evil. Readers can expect “epic new storylines,” over 20 exciting new titles, superstar creative teams, and villains that will push the heroes beyond their limits in bold adventures, this line-wide, multievent narrative initiative kicks off with January’s Action Comics #1051.

All year long, DC will be celebrating the classic characters while also embracing the next generation of new heroes, as everyone will be needed to help fight against the darkness. Dawn of DC will shine the spotlight on a number of fan-favorite superheroes and super-villains that haven’t been front and center for some time. 

Dawn of DC is an easy entry point for both lifelong readers and those picking up a comic for the first time to dive into the new stories. Over 20 new comic titles will be launching throughout 2023 as part of Dawn of DC, featuring Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Shazam, the Doom Patrol, Green Arrow, Cyborg, the Penguin, and more.

Kicking off in January with the previously announced Action Comics #1051, Dawn of DC features an exciting new era for the Man of Steel. Action Comics #1051 is the start of a format change that will see three new stories included in each issue from writers Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Dan Jurgens, and Leah Williams. In Superman #1 out in February, from writer Joshua Williamson and artist Jamal Campbell, Clark Kent is settling back into his life on Earth while iconic and new enemies erupt from the shadows to take him on. Jon Kent will also get to forge his own path and will take on the man responsible for his kidnap and torture, Ultraman, in Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #1 by Tom Taylor and Clayton Henry available at local comic shops in March.

Spinning directly out of Lazarus Planet, the world’s strangest superheroes are saving the world by saving its monsters! In the team’s first main line series in over a decade, the Doom Patrol returns in Unstoppable Doom Patrol by Dennis Culver and Chris Burnham, available in March.

Clark and Jon won’t be the only Kent family members with their own series. Superboy: The Man of Tomorrow by Kenny Porter and Jahnoy Lindsay will launch in April. Determined to find his place in a strange universe, Conner Kent/Superboy leaves Earth behind. But his journey of self-discovery brings him face-to-face with a group of freedom fighters who challenge not just everything Conner stands for but what it means to bear the Superman crest.

Green Lantern fans will have their pick of Green Lanterns in 2023 when both Green Lantern: Hal Jordan and Green Lantern: John Stewart fly into comic book shops! Green Lantern: Hal Jordan by Mariko Tamaki and an artist yet to be announced will be available in April. Fan favorite Hal Jordan returns to Earth and to his blockbuster superhero action storytelling roots. Spinning out of that series and launching later in the year, Green Lantern: John Stewart is by writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson and an artist to be announced at a later date. The beloved John Stewart gets back to basics as the military-trained, gritty, but heroic Green Lantern.

Oliver Queen has been lost since Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths, and his family is determined to find him—but there are dangerous forces just as determined to keep them apart at any cost. Green Arrow by writer Joshua Williamson and artist Sean Izaakse, which launches in April, is an action-packed adventure across the DC Universe that sets the stage for major stories in 2023.

A classic title returns with tales of the Dark Knight and core stories building out Dawn of DC! Coming in May, Batman: The Brave and the Bold features top writers and artists, including Tom King, Mitch Gerads, Guillem March, Gabriel Hardman, Dan Mora, Rob Williams and more.

Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths forever changed Victor Stone, and now, as Dawn of DC rises, he might just hold the secret to Earth’s future! He gets his own series, Cyborg, in May from a talent team that will be revealed at a later date.

The creative team behind the smash-hit Batman/Superman: World’s Finest, writer Mark Waid and artist Dan Mora, is reunited once again on Shazam!, available in June. Billy Batson is back as the champion in the action-comedy comic about a boy with powers that rival Superman’s and a whole lot of growing up left to do. We’ll see Shazam hanging out at the Rock of Eternity, his secret clubhouse that can travel through space and time, as well as punching dinosaurs in the face, seeing how long he can hold his breath on the moon, and getting into wild and fun adventures with his tiger, Tawky Tawny, by his side.

After escaping Gotham City and his criminal past to happily retire to Metropolis, the Penguin is forced back into organized crime by the U.S. government! The feathered felon, and Gotham City, will never be the same. Spinning out of the pages of BatmanThe Penguin (working title) will be available in June from writer Tom King and artist Stefano Gaudiano.

Just in time for his 30th anniversary, John Henry Irons must bring Metropolis into the future while trusting his niece Natasha to carry the mantle of Steel. Steelworks will be available in June from a talent team that will be revealed at a later date.

Stay tuned as more from Dawn of DC, including the titles releasing in the second half of 2023, will be announced soon!

Preview: Samurai Sonja #5

Samurai Sonja #5

Writer: Jordan Clark
Artist: Pasquale Qualano
Covers: Clayton Henry (A), Lesley “Leirix” Li (B), Pasquale Qualano (C), Zulema Lavina (D), Cosplay / Gracie the Cosplay Lass (E)
32 pages | Sword and Sorcery | $3.99 | Teen+

Samurai Sonja reaches her full potential! Facing off at last against the horrid Doji, she puts her hard-earned abilities to the test to defeat her sworn enemy once and for all…

Samurai Sonja #5

Preview: Dark Crisis: Worlds Without a Justice League – Green Arrow #1

Dark Crisis: Worlds Without a Justice League – Green Arrow #1

(W) Stephanie Phillips, Dennis Culver (A) Nik Virella (A/CA) Clayton Henry
In Shops: Oct 11, 2022
SRP: $4.99

When Pariah and his forces of the Great Darkness laid waste to the most powerful superheroes of all time, all hope was lost…until now. To power his weapons of war, Pariah has captured each member of the Justice League and trapped them on worlds suited to their every dream and desire…while the planets themselves slowly eat away at their respective inhabitants. When the Justice League went toe-to-toe with Pariah’s Dark Army, Green Arrow was fatally wounded by Doomsday…so how did he wake up on a world tailored to his every desire? And what dark bargain has Black Canary made to will these worlds into existence? Where there’s life there’s hope, and with that hope comes a deeper unraveling of the tapestry of the DCU’s biggest event of 2022!

Dark Crisis: Worlds Without a Justice League - Green Arrow #1

NYCC 2022: It’s a new era for Superman in January

New York Comic Con was filled with reveals and news at DC‘s Superman panel. It featured an hour of discussion around the Last Son of Krypton and some big names in comics.

It was first revealed that Action Comics #1051 will have a new format, offering not one, not two, but three epic adventures of Superman and the entire Super-Family including stories by Dan Jurgens and Leah Williams!

Following the bombshell events of Action Comics #1050, the world’s relationship with Superman is forever changed, the upper limits of his supercharged powers have yet to be reached, and the House of El’s transformation of Metropolis, led by Steel, has begun. But Lex Luthor has found the perfect instrument with which to undo everything Superman is working to achieve: Metallo, whose hatred of Superman is matched only by his hatred for Luthor himself. 

The issue also features writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson and art by Rafa Sandoval evoking a story that’s reminiscent of the “Triangle Era” of Superman.

Then, in “Lois and Clark 2: Doom Rising,” Dan Jurgens and Lee Weeks return to tell the tale of young Jon Kent on the farm with his parents, learning about his abilities, coming of age… and battling the Doombreaker?! 

And the final story in Action Comics features Power Girl’s return in part one of a three-part story by Leah Williams and Marguerite Sauvage spinning out of Lazarus Planet. Action Comics #1051 will be available at local comic shops on January 24, 2023.

It was then announced that a brand-new Superman ongoing monthly series is launching in February 2023 from Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths writer Joshua Williamson and Naomi artist and co-creator Jamal Campbell. Superman has returned to Metropolis and his greatest enemy Lex Luthor is finally behind bars. The future of the Superman family has never been brighter! As Clark Kent settles back into his life, iconic and new enemies erupt from the shadows to strike down the Man of Steel!

Finally, it was announced that Superman: Son of Kal-El will end with issue #18, but fans of Jon Kent do not need to worry! Writer Tom Taylor and artist Clayton Henry will be telling new Jon Kent stories in Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent. Jon will finally get his chance to take on the man who is responsible for kidnapping and torturing him, Ultraman. The Superman of Earth-2, Val-Zod, will also play a major part in the 6-issue miniseries arriving in comic shops in early 2023.

Fans in attendance at the Superman panel also received first looks at Superman: Space Age #3, available March 2023, from Mark Russell and a preview of Alex Segura’s story in Superman: Kal-El Returns Special, hitting shelves on November 29. Everyone in attendance also received a copy of Superman: Warworld Apocalypse.

Preview: Samurai Sonja #4

Samurai Sonja #4

Writer: Jordan Clark
Artist: Pasquale Qualano
Covers: Clayton Henry (A), Lesley “Leirix” Li (B), Pasquale Qualano (C), Zulema Lavina (D), Cosplay / Gracie the Cosplay Lass
32 pages | Sword and Sorcery | $3.99 | Teen+

IF SONJA IS TO SURVIVE, SHE MUST DISCOVER THE TRUE PATH TO VICTORY…
In this issue, Sonja finds herself in the midst of a war-torn battlefield, unable to flee, surrounded by monstrous samurai. No matter how hard she fights, the onslaught of her enemies will not cease. Sonja must discover the only path to victory: to truly confront her enemy by accepting what the legacy of her past and her family truly means. Don’t miss the latest blade-flashing chapter by writer Jordan Clark and artist Pasquale Qualano!

Samurai Sonja #4

DC announces Tales From Earth-6: A Celebration of Stan Lee!

This December, in honor of what would have been Stan Lee’s 100th birthday, DC is releasing Tales from Earth-6: A Celebration of Stan Lee, a commemorative one-shot anthology featuring new stories based on Lee’s (with film producer Michael Uslan) interpretations of core DC characters from his Just Imagine series of one-shots (2001-2002).

This 96-page Prestige format one-shot hits comic book stores and participating digital platforms on Tuesday, December 27; the anthology features 10 new stories spotlighting the Just Imagine characters from an incredible mix of celebrated comic book storytellers and new and emerging voices in comic books. In addition to a new story from Michael Uslan, this anthology includes stories written by Mark Waid, Jerry Ordway, Kenny Porter, Stephanie Williams, Michael W. Conrad and Becky Cloonan, Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing, Meghan Fitzmartin, Steve Orlando, and Zac Thompson.

Story art and variant covers will be delivered by some of the best artists in comics, including Lee Weeks, Kevin Maguire, Jerry Ordway, Karl Mostert, Juan Ferreyra, Anthony Marques, Pablo M. Collar, Belén Ortega, Max Dunbar, and Hayden Sherman. In addition to a wraparound main cover by Jim Cheung, this can’t-miss issue features variant covers by Steve Beach, Riley Rossmo, Jason Howard, Kelley Jones, Ariel Colon, Kyle Hotz, Christian Ward, Clayton Henry, Jorge Corona, Belén Ortega, and Dan Panosian, plus a 1-in-25 ratio variant cover by Cully Hamner.

Preview: Samurai Sonja #4

Samurai Sonja #4

Writer: Jordan Clark
Artist: Pasquale Qualano
Covers: Clayton Henry (A), Lesley “Leirix” Li (B), Pasquale Qualano (C), Zulema Lavina (D), Cosplay / Gracie the Cosplay Lass (E)
32 pages | Sword and Sorcery | $3.99 | Teen+

SAMURAI SONJA BATTLES THE DEADLY GUARDIAN OF A BRIDGE SHE MUST CROSS!
Sonja’s journey to a fortress of wonders brings her to a vast bridge, guarded by a terrible and humongous Oni. She must use her speed and precision against size and brute strength, for even a single blow from the three-eyed Oni would be fatal…

Samurai Sonja #4

Preview: Superman: Son of Kal El #14

Superman: Son of Kal El #14

(W) Tom Taylor, Nicole Maines (A) Clayton Henry
In Shops: Aug 09, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Henry Bendix has threatened and manipulated and killed without consequence. Now, after a shocking coordinated attack on Earth’s heroes, it’s time for Superman, Jay, and the Revolutionaries to strike back. But first, Jay Nakamura must embrace his powers and become the hero Jon knows he can be.

Superman: Son of Kal El #14

Preview: Samurai Sonja #2

Samurai Sonja #2

Writer: Jordan Clark
Artist: Pasquale Qualano
Covers: Clayton Henry (A), Lesley “Leirix” Li (B), Pasquale Qualano (C), Zulema Lavina (D), Cosplay / Gracie the Cosplay Lass (E)

32 pages | Sword and Sorcery | $3.99 | Teen+

Sonja travels to the stronghold of Shuten Doji, where she will face a deadly Satori creature — an imposing, ape-like creature that is in fact a crafty genius able to play upon people’s insecurities and fears. Now it’s time for Samurai Sonja to steel her body and her mind before both are over­whelmed…

Samurai Sonja’s blade flashes as this all-new epic by writer Jordan Clark and artist Pasquale Qualano continues!

Samurai Sonja #2

Preview: Superman: Son of Kal-El #13

Superman: Son of Kal-El #13

(W) Tom Taylor, Nicole Maines (A) Clayton Henry
In Shops: Jul 12, 2022
SRP: $3.99

It’s the dramatic DCU debut of Dreamer! When every hero on Earth is threatened by Henry Bendix’s machinations, it’s a race against time for Dreamer to warn Superman before it happens! But will this mysterious new ally’s premonition become a nightmare for Jonathan Kent?

Superman: Son of Kal-El #13
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