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Graphic Policy Radio: X-Men and the MLK Legacy Roundtable

One of our most listened to episodes of Graphic Policy Radio discussed the X-Men and their use as an allegory of the civil rights, it covered the series throughout its many incarnations and writers. The discussion also veered into the depiction of minorities in “comic” entertainment and Marvel’s continuity. In honor of MLK Day, we present that podcast discussion.

Guests joining in on the conversation were:

  • Steve Attewell – A political & union activist, Steve holds a PhD in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the founder and writer of Race for the Iron Throne as well as The Realignment Project
  • David Brothers – David works for a comics publisher, blogs about stuff at 4thletter.net, & tweets about everything at @hermanos. Find his life story at iamdavidbrothers.com.
  • Gene Demby – Gene Demby is an American writer and journalist & the lead blogger for NPR’s Code Switch team.
  • Emma Houxbois – Emma is a queer blogger for hire out of Vancouver, BC most recently attached to Girls Read Comics. Follow her @emmahouxbois
  • Kendra James – a blogger who writes on race, comics, television & more for Racialicious, follow her @wriglied

You can listen to the archive above or go here and download it for on the go.

Review: Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story

Martin Luther King and The Montgomery Story

One of the best releases of the last decade of comics is Top Shelf‘s March trilogy which details the life of Congressman John Lewis. Lewis was an instrumental individual in the Civil Rights movement. That successful graphic novel lead Top Shelf to partner with the Fellowship of Reconciliation to publish a new edition of the Martin Luther King and The Montgomery Story. The comic is an amazing piece of history that has been used to promote peaceful, non-violent protests around the world, being translated into numerous languages.

The 16-page comic is a wonderful summary of the Civil Rights movement taking individuals through the methods and thought process used to protest Montgomery’s policy that African Americans were to ride in the back of the bus. The narration is from an individual named “Jones” and his experience through the protest. After the story wraps up, there’s a step-by-step checklist that breaks down the exact methodology used and also how it’s been used throughout the world, in particular, to win India’s independence.

Top Shelf focused not just on reprinting the comic in modern standards, they used similar paper and coloring from the time that it originally was printed. This looks like a copy you might have held decades ago. A fantastic recreation of an important piece of comic and civil rights history.

Everyone should check this out, to learn about United States history, but also how comics have been used to create change and in political movements. Comics have been political since their formation over 100 years ago and have been a tool to fight for political change ever since.

While it’s difficult to get a print copy, there are a few options to at least read it digitally.

Story: Alfred Hassler, Benton Resnik Art: Sy Barry
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy


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SPX 2021 Faces an Unknown Future Due to COVID

SPX

At this point, the planning process for this year’s Small Press Expo would be well underway. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, that planning has led to continued uncertainty over the event.

In an update to the community, the SPX team has let it be known that the “only certainty we have for SPX 2021 is uncertainty”.

The convention is in a difficult position as large-scale in person events are booked years in advance which means there were already contractual obligations for 2020 and 2021 before everything went to shit.

Due to those contracts, SPX can’t unliaterly and preemptively cancel their 2021 event. They would experience penalties they’d have to pay the hotel and it’d jeopardize the future of the show.

So, that puts the convention in the hands of the Montgomery County, MD government. If the county says events such as SPX still cannnot happen, it makes it easier for the show to back out of their contract. So, the convention needs to wait to see what decisions the county makes before making a final determination on the status of the 2021 event. Last year, that decision was made in June.

SPX has vowed to do the following:

  • Stay in contact with MontCo’s Department of Health and other agencies to monitor them so SPX can see how they are reacting, or not, to allowing events like SPX to happen.
  • SPX will hold off the exhibitor processes of the lottery and invites until at least April. Sometime in late March, they will update the community on whether they will start the Exhibitor processes or not.
  • Room block information for reserving hotel rooms will not go out until SPX decides whether to move forward with the Exhibitor processes.
  • SPX will work with publishers on a slate of Special Guests with the understanding that they might not attend an in-person event but would be invited to participate in virtual programming.

The next update will happen in late March when we all will have a better idea as far as how vaccination programs are going and what the infection rates are.

Criticism and Fandom Duel it Out in Phonogram: The Singles Club #6

Phonogram: The Singles Club #6

From what we’ve seen in Phonogram: The Singles Club so far, Lloyd is more concerned with telling various phonomancers about his “plan” to show pop music’s dark, hypocritical subtext by combining new public domain melodies with “hyper-lewd post-spank-rock sex lyrics”. He’s more critic than an artist or even fan (Except for the Dexys Midnight Runners.) in those five issues. So it’s fitting that Phonogram: The Singles Club #6, Lloyd’s comic, is in zine form and takes place after the revelries are over in his bedroom where he writes about them in his grimoire, er, zine.

In the past, Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and Matthew Wilson show that Lloyd is all about theory, not praxis as evidenced by his awkwardness around dancing and wanting to fanboy over David Kohl instead of having drinking and having a good time at the club. Now we get to see these events from his POV, and it shows that he definitely is all about analysis calling music “sublimated emotion” and his grimoire “sublimated thought”. Lloyd has all these ideas about music, bands, and even people, and he uses writing to basically exorcise them and get them out in the open from his thoughts on David Kohl’s mortality (Their chat was chat was apparently an “interview”) to an essay on why Dexys Midnight Runners means so much to him and finally a poem about Penny on the dance floor.

The Dexys essay really brings out that push and pull between fandom and criticism as Lloyd puts on their single “Plan B” to help him calm down after a very emotional car ride. McKelvie does a fantastic job of showing his pain on the first place as he wrinkles his eyes and puts his fist on the door before throwing a vase of flowers, a classic symbol of love and devotion. However, once Lloyd gets to his room he’s all business, putting on a record, and then pulling out his typewriter and getting to work on his grimoire. I can definitely connect to him finding comfort through putting his thoughts about a certain topic in order, and it’s something I have done myself after a tough breakup or a tough emotional bit. Like, I’m taking a break from that part of my brain and going to use the other one.

I get that kind of analytical vibe from Lloyd as he basically reports on events of Phonogram: The Singles Club usually mainly prose, but also collage and even a really fun comic to illustrate his “master plan”, which honestly works more effectively than the multiple times he told folks about it. It’s also interesting that the three people in the band look like stick figure versions of him, Penny, and Laura Heaven. And Lloyd totally still wants Penny to be the frontwoman as he does an extra little ritual before writing out her response to his plan as well as the aforementioned poem. Gillen captures Lloyd’s eloquence in describing how Penny dances to “Pull Shapes” with some killer lines like “My mocking words are turned to chalk and dust by her every step…” It’s the perfect verbal companion to the splash page at the end of The Singles Club #1, and it’s nice that Lloyd got to enjoy that moment too. In theory, never in practice although that will change by the end of this issue.

Phonogram: The Singles Club #6

On the other end of the spectrum is Lloyd’s relationship with Laura Heaven. (And, no, we haven’t seen the last of it.) Gillen and McKelvie truly understand the tragedy of a missed emotional and intellectual connection with someone as Lloyd waxes poetic about he and Laura are on on the same page about his plan, but then she leaves the cab, and then he starts ripping up the zine page. They have a kind of chemistry, and it’s all dashed to pieces as Lloyd falls on the band surrounded by sigils with McKelvie giving him an aimless stare. Wilson keeps the color palette a neutral sepia because it’s a little bit of a flashback as Lloyd is thinking back to last night, but mostly, he’s not feeling super magical.

But the magic returns in the final four pages of Phonogram: The Singles Club #6 as Gillen, McKelvie, and Wilson capture the euphoric feeling of listening to a song by a new band for the first time. (A band that you will probably fall in love with.) They kick it off with a tight, six-panel flashback of David Kohl basically nudging Lloyd to expand his horizons beyond Dexys and suggesting Los Campesinos!, who had just started during the events of this story, released two albums before the publication of The Singles Clubs, and are considered indie legends today. Instead of overanalyzing his personality, Kohl and Lloyd have a nice chat about music, and it leads to Lloyd going on MySpace (So much nostalgia!) and streaming “We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives”.

Phonogram: The Singles Club #6

What follows is a love story in motion as Lloyd dances all around his bedroom to the track, only moving to headphones when he gets a noise complaint, and his new grimoire is inspired by them. McKelvie shows the progression of his interest in the artist as he clicks on the song, starts moving his hands around and makes a comment about the lyrics, and then finally goes into full dance mode. In a single panel, Lloyd demonstrates more vigor and physical energy than in the previous five issues, and it’s redemptive for him as he’s genuinely a fan of good indie and pop music and not just a critic stuck in a niche, or worse, a rut. He had a rough night, but now he has some new tunes and a new lease on life and his grimoires/zines. As a comics critic, it’s the equivalent of stepping outside of your usual beat and creators and enjoying some new kind of work.

Phonogram: The Singles Club #6 is all about how a new artist and/or song can be quite refreshing, especially if you’re prone to overanalysis like poor Lloyd. (I was probably a little too hard on him last article.) Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and Matthew Wilson also craft a homage to fanzines and the power of putting passion into words and images like Lloyd does in this issue before burning it all down to be consumed by a new song. And the dancing at the end is really a nice transition to the final and arguably best issue of Phonogram The Singles Club even though Lloyd and Kid-with-Knife are polar opposites.

DC Comics in April 2021. Check Out What’s Coming Out Soon!

DC has released their solicitations for April 2021. Check out below what’s coming up for the publisher and get your pre-orders in!

GREEN LANTERN #1

written by GEOFFREY THORNE
art by DEXTER SOY
cover by BERNARD CHANG
card stock variant cover by BRYAN HITCH
1:25 card stock variant cover by ALEX MALEEV
ON SALE 4/6/21
$4.99 US | 40 PAGES | FC | DC
CARD STOCK VARIANT COVERS $5.99 US

As this new Green Lantern series begins, the newly formed United Planets and the Guardians of the Universe hold an intergalactic summit to decide who can best serve and protect the cosmos from danger. With the majority of Green Lanterns called back to Oa, John Stewart arrives alongside Teen Lantern Keli Quintela, whose powerful gauntlet could be one of the most powerful and unstable weapons in the universe. With the entire landscape of the universe in flux, is this the end of the Green Lantern Corps…or a new beginning?

GREEN LANTERN #1

ROBIN #1

written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art and cover by GLEB MELNIKOV
wraparound variant cover by GLEB MELNIKOV
team card stock variant cover by ANDY KUBERT (minimum order 250 copies)
1:25 variant cover by RICCARDO FEDERICI
ON SALE 4/27/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC
CARD STOCK VARIANT COVERS $4.99 US

After learning of the deadly League of Lazarus tournament, Damian Wayne has a new mission: winning the tournament and prove he is the greatest fighter in the DC Universe! But first he must find the secret island where it’s all going down! This brand-new solo Robin series will force Damian Wayne to find his own path away from both sides of his family! New mysteries! New supporting cast! First appearances of new characters! And lots of fights!

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #1

written by TOM TAYLOR
art and cover by ANDY KUBERT
card stock variant cover by ANDY KUBERT
1:25 card stock variant cover by RICCARDO FEDERICI
blank card stock variant cover
ON SALE 4/13/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | 1 OF 6 | FC | DC
CARD STOCK VARIANT COVERS $4.99 US

An epic tale begins that will take Batman on a harrowing, action-packed European adventure in a new miniseries by superstar creators Tom Taylor and Andy Kubert!

A horrific tragedy in the United Kingdom sends a very personal and deadly message to the Dark Knight—one that will draw Batman out of Gotham City to investigate! From the moment he lands in Europe, Batman will face a difficult investigation and unheard-of adversaries and find the assistance of a partner once more—all in the hunt for the villain known as Equilibrium!

New villains! New allies! A thrilling overseas adventure begins for the Dark Knight, starting with an extra-sized 26-page debut story!

THE NEXT BATMAN: SECOND SON #1

written by JOHN RIDLEY
art by TONY AKINS, TRAVEL FOREMAN, and MARK MORALES
cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
card stock variant cover by KEN LASHLEY
ON SALE 4/6/21
$4.99 US | 40 PAGES | 1 OF 4 | FC | DC
CARD STOCK VARIANT COVER $4.99 US
DIGITAL FIRST

A new miniseries by Academy Award-winning writer John Ridley and artists Tony Akins and Travel Foreman begins!
Readers now know that after the events of Future State, Tim Fox is the next Batman…but what’s his origin story? Why has he been estranged from Lucius Fox and his family for so long? Connected to the dramatic events of March’s Infinite Frontier #1, these questions and many more will be explored in this thrilling new digital first miniseries!

THE NEXT BATMAN: SECOND SON #1

THE BATMAN & SCOOBY-DOO MYSTERIES #1

written by IVAN COHEN
art and cover by DARIO BRIZUELA
ON SALE 4/13/21
$2.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC

It’s an all-new, all-ages series that teams the Dark Knight with Scooby-Doo and the sleuths of Mystery Inc.! When Batman discovers his original purple gloves have gone missing, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby-Doo travel back in time to Batman’s Year One era to solve the case! Will this “Glove Story” have a happy ending?

THE BATMAN & SCOOBY-DOO MYSTERIES #1

CHALLENGE OF THE SUPER SONS #1

written by PETER J. TOMASI
art by MAX RAYNOR
cover by JORGE JIMENEZ
variant cover by SIMONE DI MEO
ON SALE 4/13/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | 1 OF 7 | FC | DC

The boys are back! Picking up where the sensational Adventures of the Super Sons left off, the sons of Batman and Superman are back in the spotlight and ready to give evil a good spanking. But are Robin and Superboy in over their heads this time? A mysterious woman from beyond time has appeared to the DCU’s favorite sons, and her arrival heralds certain doom (that’s a hint, everyone) of things to come! In fact…it seems she’s sent the boys on a bogus journey that they’ve already…returned from? Huh? What did the boys learn when they were whisked away? Why on earth do they have to save the Flash from instant death? Tune in for the first chapter in the most epic odyssey Robin and Superboy have ever been on!

HARLEY QUINN BLACK + WHITE + RED TP

stories and art by various
cover by JORGE JIMENEZ
ON SALE 5/11/21
$19.99 US | $25.99 CAN | 224 PAGES | FC | DC
ISBN: 978-1-77950-995-6

For the first time in print, 19 short tales of Gotham City’s craziest clown princess are presented in nothing but black, white, and bold splashes of red. See how Harley’s story unfolds in worlds beyond the DC Universe, in the alternate timelines of Batman: White Knight, Harleen, and the Harley Quinn animated series! Witness her darkest hours and her happiest moments! Behold a—wait a second, did she just…win an underground rap battle?!
An incredible array of talent from across the comics industry have put their reputations in jeopardy to bring you these stories. So show a little gratitude, will ya?

This volume collects Harley Quinn Black + White + Red Digital Chapters #1-17 in print for the first time—along with two all-new, never-before seen stories by writer David Mandel (Veep) and artist Adam Hughes; and Harley’s co-creator, writer Paul Dini, with legendary Batman: The Animated Series artist Kevin Altieri!

HARLEY QUINN BLACK + WHITE + RED TP

RWBY/JUSTICE LEAGUE #1

written by MARGUERITE BENNETT
art by ANEKE
cover by MIRKA ANDOLFO
card stock variant cover by TBD
ON SALE 4/27/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | 1 OF 7 | FC | DC
CARD STOCK VARIANT COVER $4.99 US

The DC Universe and the world of RWBY collide in this new miniseries! Discover the Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent, and Diana Prince of Remnant as Team RWBY comes face to face with new versions of DC’s paragons of justice. A new Grimm is running rampant around the island of Patch, and Ruby and Yang must team up with a young farm boy to stop it! Meanwhile, Blake meets a mysterious woman who’s appeared on Menagerie, but what is her purpose? And why does she act like she hasn’t been around modern society?

RWBY/JUSTICE LEAGUE #1

ACTION COMICS #1030

written by PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON
art by DANIEL SAMPERE
backup story written by BECKY CLOONAN and MICHAEL W. CONRAD
backup story art by MICHAEL AVON OEMING
cover by MIKEL JANÍN
card stock variant cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
ON SALE 4/27/21
$4.99 US | 40 PAGES | FC | DC
CARD STOCK VARIANT COVER $5.99 US

“Warworld Rising” starts here! A new chapter in Superman’s life begins as the challenges of Dark Nights: Death Metal are causing Clark Kent to feel…a change in his powers. Is it possible the Metropolis Marvel could be losing a step? His struggles in taking down the creatures from the Breach would suggest as much! If he’s going to continue to protect the people of Earth, he’ll have to adapt—especially with threats like Mongul out there waiting to launch their biggest attacks on the Earth yet. That’s right, those are Warworld battleships just outside our orbit, and they are heading straight for us!

Meanwhile, in the Midnighter backup story, the bad boy of the Authority has to figure out what Andrej Trojan is up to in the present if he ever wants to get back to Future State and swap places with the Midnighter of 2021, whom he left stranded on Warworld.

SUPERMAN #30

written by PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON
art by SCOTT GODLEWSKI
backup story written by SEAN LEWIS
backup story art by SAMI BASRI
cover by JOHN TIMMS
card stock variant cover by INHYUK LEE
ON SALE 4/13/21
$4.99 US | 40 PAGES | FC | DC
CARD STOCK VARIANT COVER $5.99 US

Superman has received a signal from distant space. An old friend is in deep trouble, and only the Man of Steel can help him. By the time Superman and his son get there, though, the alien who sent the signal is nowhere to be found, and his people appear to be enthralled by a shamanistic storyteller who warns of an ancient grudge with the malevolent Shadowbreed. This leaves Clark and Jonathan Kent to ponder just who sent them the distress message, but before they can find the answer, they’ll discover that an ancient grudge still has very current consequences. Kicking off a new story line, this issue pairs Phillip Kennedy Johnson with his Future State: Superman: House of El collaborator, artist Scott Godlewski!

Meanwhile, in the “Tales of Metropolis” backup story it’s…the return of Ambush Bug? Say it ain’t so!

AMERICAN VAMPIRE 1976 #7

written by SCOTT SNYDER
art by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA, TULA LOTAY, and RICARDO LOPEZ ORTIZ
cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
variant cover by JORGE FORNÉS
ON SALE 4/13/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | 7 OF 10 | FC
DC BLACK LABEL | AGES 17+

Before Skinner and Pearl reunited and the Beast returned—before 1976—the fight to protect humanity persisted.
This special anthology issue presents new stories from the unseen era between American Vampire: Second Cycle and American Vampire 1976, bridging the VMS’ turbulent past with a nation’s uncertain future.

Jim Book and Pearl will test their new partnership on a mission to uncover new DNA technology in the fight against the Beast, Travis, and Gus enjoy a rare carefree moment in exile, and a deathbed vision reveals the truth about George Washington’s pact with the Council of Firsts and America’s role as a haven for persecuted monsters.

AMERICAN VAMPIRE 1976 #7

BATMAN #107

written by JAMES TYNION IV
art and cover by JORGE JIMENEZ
backup story art by RICARDO LOPEZ ORTIZ
card stock variant cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA
1:25 card stock variant cover by RICCARDO FEDERICI
ON SALE 4/6/21
$4.99 US | 40 PAGES | FC | DC
CARD STOCK VARIANT COVER $5.99 US

Tensions are sky-high in Gotham City following the events at Arkham Asylum, and public opinion and unrest are starting to boil over. The Dark Knight has his hands full juggling the investigation of the reappearance of an old enemy and the rise of a new gang in Gotham called the Unsanity Collective…Gotham City is getting more dangerous by the minute!

Plus, in part one of “Legend of the Ghost-Maker,” James Tynion IV and Ricardo Lopez Ortiz tell the most insane tale of action and adventure featuring Batman’s frenemy Ghost-Maker! This one is not to be missed!

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE #5

written by JORGE JIMENEZ, MARIKO TAMAKI, JAMAL CAMPBELL, KIERON GILLEN, and LEE WEEKS
art by JORGE JIMENEZ, EMANUELA LUPACCHINO, JAMAL CAMPBELL, JAMIE McKELVIE, and LEE WEEKS
cover by LEE WEEKS
variant cover by JENNY FRISON
The Riddler variant cover by GARY FRANK
PRESTIGE FORMAT | ON SALE 4/27/21
$5.99 US | 48 PAGES | 5 OF 6 | FC | DC

The penultimate issue of the acclaimed return to Batman Black & White is here with a look at some of Gotham City’s most twisted and compelling souls.

Superstar Batman artist Jorge Jimenez writes and illustrates a story starring Bruce and Damian Wayne as they try to prepare for a sting operation as Batman and Robin, with Damian questioning Bruce’s methods every step of the way.

Multiple Eisner Award-winning writer of Detective Comics Mariko Tamaki and fan-favorite artist Emanuela Luppachino show what’s become of Gilda Dent, former bride of Two-Face and current scourge of super- villains.

Jamal Campbell, acclaimed co-creator of Naomi and Green Lantern Jo Mullein from Far Sector, tells a story that spans the full history of Nightwing.

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, the celebrated team behind Phonogram, Young Avengers, and The Wicked + the Devine, make their DC debut with a story that pits Batman against the Riddler in a way you’ve never seen before!

And finally, legendary comics artist Lee Weeks writes and draws a story that has the ghosts of Jim Gordon’s past coming back to haunt him!

BATMAN: URBAN LEGENDS #2

written by CHIP ZDARSKY, MATTHEW ROSENBERG, BRANDON THOMAS, and CECIL CASTELLUCCI
art by EDDY BARROWS, RYAN BENJAMIN, MAX DUNBAR, and MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
cover by HICHAM HABCHI
variant cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA
variant cover by DERRICK CHEW
PRESTIGE FORMAT | ON SALE 4/13/21
$7.99 US | 64 PAGES | FC | DC

The new Batman anthology series continues! In part two of Chip Zdarsky and Eddy Barrows’s epic Batman/Red Hood story, Jason Todd has taken a man’s life, and now his mission is to keep the dead man’s young son safe. But Batman plans to take down Jason before he can make another mistake.

Then, in chapter two of Matthew Rosenberg and Ryan Benjamin’s senses-shattering tale, Cole Cash earns his pay as personal bodyguard to billionaire Lucius Fox, but what led him to Gotham in the first place? How does the mysterious HALO Corporation play into it all? And which Bat-Family character does he have an unfortunate meeting within this chapter?

And in part two of Brandon Thomas and Max Dunbar’s epic Outsiders story, see Katana’s perspective on what brought the Outsiders to Japan, who wants her dead, and what her ultimate punishment will be for no longer having her husband’s spirit in the Soultaker sword.

Plus, Barbara Gordon has identified a citywide system hack from a foe she faced before as Batgirl…but this time around, Babs may have found a way to defeat her for good as Oracle!

BATMAN/SUPERMAN #17

written by GENE LUEN YANG
art and cover by IVAN REIS and DANNY MIKI
card stock variant cover by RODOLFO MIGLIARI
ON SALE 4/27/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC
CARD STOCK VARIANT COVER $4.99 US

In a world where Superman’s rocket never reached Earth, the Dark Knight and his sidekick discover a startling rift between dimensions. On the other side? A world where Martha Wayne survived, and Bruce never grew up to be Batman! Not only that, but a strange alien has emerged from the rift who’s faster than a locomotive and can leap tall buildings in a single bound…the Superman of Metropolis! When these worlds collide, the architects of this alternate history are revealed, and the only ones who can thwart their deadly experiments are the Batman and Superman of Earth-0! It’s a dynamic dual-world adventure!

BATMAN VS. RA’S AL GHUL #6

written by NEAL ADAMS
art and cover by NEAL ADAMS
ON SALE 4/20/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | 6 OF 6 | FC | DC

It all comes down to this…the final meeting of the Batmen! Ra’s al Ghul’s plan to dominate Gotham crashes against the will of Bruce Wayne and Matches Malone, as the city’s power grid faces the wave of the future!

BATMAN VS. RA’S AL GHUL #6

BATMAN/CATWOMAN #5

written by TOM KING
art and cover by CLAY MANN
variant cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
variant cover by TRAVIS CHAREST
ON SALE 4/20/21
$4.99 US | 32 PAGES | 5 OF 12 | FC
CARD STOCK COVERS
DC BLACK LABEL | AGES 17+

Batman’s two loves collide, and the smash-up could be dangerous not just for the Caped Crusader, but for The Joker as well. In order to prove her mission is righteous, Phantasm takes Catwoman out on a hit against one of the men responsible for the disappearance of her son. Unfortunately for Selina Kyle, this isn’t the first time she’s gone behind Batman’s back to try to do the right thing, so she’s far too aware of how bad a turn this whole affair could take. Also, in the future, it’s Harley Quinn, ready to avenge Mistah J!

BATMAN/CATWOMAN #5

CATWOMAN #30

written by RAM V
art by FERNANDO BLANCO
cover by JOËLLE JONES
card stock variant cover by JENNY FRISON
ON SALE 4/20/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC
CARD STOCK VARIANT COVER $4.99 US

The Riddler revealed that he knows details about Poison Ivy’s whereabouts. Now, after the Riddler has been gravely wounded, Catwoman brings him to be patched up by Alleytown’s less-than-scrupulous medics. Now on the mend, Riddler points Selina in Ivy’s direction—but is he telling the truth, or wrapping her up in another one of his riddles? Meanwhile, the Penguin’s come to realize that enlisting Father Valley to take out Catwoman may have been a mistake and finds himself asking whether he hired a hit man…or inked a deal with the devil himself.

CRIME SYNDICATE #2

written by ANDY SCHMIDT
art by KIERAN McKEOWN
backup story art by BRYAN HITCH
cover by JIM CHEUNG
variant cover by TYLER KIRKHAM
ON SALE 4/6/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | 2 OF 6 | FC | DC

With Starro ravaging the planet and controlling superheroes and villains alike, the fate of the world rests in the hands of Ultraman, Superia, and Owlman—in other words, win or lose, humanity is doomed!

Question of the month: What famous Gotham foes are held in Owlman’s cave?

Plus, in the backup story, witness the origin of Owlman in a tale illustrated by superstar artist Bryan Hitch!

DETECTIVE COMICS #1035

written by MARIKO TAMAKI
art and cover by DAN MORA
backup story art by CLAYTON HENRY
card stock variant cover by LEE BERMEJO
ON SALE 4/27/21
$4.99 US | 40 PAGES | FC | DC
CARD STOCK VARIANT COVER $5.99 US

Introducing Mr. Worth! When his daughter is killed during the brutal crime wave gripping Gotham City, eight-foot-tall stack of muscle and money Roland Worth sets out on a path of revenge toward the prime suspect in the crime: Batman! The Dark Knight has been framed for murder, and to make matters worse, this grisly deed seems to be connected to yet another emerging villainous force on the horizon. It’s a rogues gallery explosions and this time there’s no mansion on the hill for Bruce Wayne to mount his counterattack!

Plus, part one of “Huntress and the Hunted!” This two-part story zeroes in on Gotham’s own Violet Vengeance! In this chapter, her world is rocked by the gruesome murder of a dear friend…but there’s more to this sinister scene than meets the eye!

THE DREAMING: WAKING HOURS #9

written by G. WILLOW WILSON
art and cover by NICK ROBLES
ON SALE 4/6/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC
DC BLACK LABEL | AGES 17+

Seduced by the sensual wiles of the realm of Faerie, Ruin and Heather After have not only been separated from the angel Jophiel, they’ve completely forgotten why they even set foot in this delightful place. But Faerie’s charms (literally) are lost on Jophiel, and he remains firmly on a mission…unfortunately for him, the king of Faerie has his own ideas on just what Jophiel’s power can do for him!

THE DREAMING: WAKING HOURS #9

FAR SECTOR #11

written by N.K. JEMISIN
art and cover by JAMAL CAMPBELL
variant cover by MIRKA ANDOLFO
ON SALE 4/6/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | 11 OF 12 | FC
DC BLACK LABEL | AGES 17+

Everything is coming to a boil as we lay the groundwork for the Far Sector finale in this, our penultimate issue! Riots are breaking out across the City Enduring as its citizens realize that there are political shenanigans disrupting their way of life and subverting the will of the people. To quell this unrest, @BlazeofGlory is threatening to unleash a terrible weapon upon her own people. Jo has to race against the ticking clock of a Green Lantern ring that is rapidly losing power to bypass the city’s entire defense forces and stop this attack from above.

THE FLASH #769

written by JEREMY ADAMS
art by DAVID LaFUENTE and BRANDON PETERSON
cover by BRANDON PETERSON
card stock variant cover by ZI XU
ON SALE 4/20/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC
CARD STOCK VARIANT COVER $4.99 US

After an accident pushes Wally West into the time stream, the former Kid Flash lands in the body of his onetime partner, Impulse. Now sprinting through the 30th century side by side with the mysterious (and, yeah, ridiculous) Gold Beetle, Wally must uncover what’s causing the destructive explosions that keep propelling him through time and the bodies of other speedsters.

HARLEY QUINN #2

written by STEPHANIE PHILLIPS
art and cover by RILEY ROSSMO
card stock variant cover by DERRICK CHEW
ON SALE 4/27/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC
CARD STOCK VARIANT COVER $4.99 US

Ya sure you wanna double down on this gimmick? Awright already—I’ll do it! Harley Quinn back again to tell ya that my mission to help heal Gotham City has already hit some bumps in the road. The awful Hugo Strange—psychiatrist, fitness freak, and expert on tiny glasses—is trying to deal with Gotham City’s clown problem, and get this! The city is endorsing him while everyone keeps giving me grief! The only person who believes in me is my new sidekick, Kevin. You’re going to find out some real dark stuff about him in this issue, too! We’re both going to have to keep our guard up, ’cuz Hugo has an army of creepy orderlies he’s about to send after us.

THE JOKER #2

written by JAMES TYNION IV
art and cover by GUILLEM MARCH
backup story written by JAMES TYNION IV and SAM JOHNS
backup story art by MIRKA ANDOLFO
variant cover by LEE BERMEJO
variant cover by BRIAN STELFREEZE
1:25 variant cover by RICCARDO FEDERICI
ON SALE 4/13/21
$4.99 US | 40 PAGES | FC | DC
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As the dust settles on Arkham Asylum and tragic recent events, The Joker is the most wanted man in the world—and powerful forces are lining up around the globe to hunt him…but where exactly is the Clown Price of Crime? Jim Gordon, facing his twilight years haunted by the madman, knows where to start the hunt, and he’s been given the go-ahead to pursue him…but will he be willing to pay the price? And what shocking revelation will Gordon stun Batman with before he departs?

And in the backup story, within the walls of Blackgate Penitentiary, Punchline has become the target of the Queen of Spades from the Royal Flush Gang. It’ll take everything Punchline has just to survive, while on the outside, Bluebird digs deeper into Punchline’s horrific past!

JUSTICE LEAGUE #60

written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
art and cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
backup story written by RAM V
backup story art by XERMANICO
card stock variant cover by KAEL NGU
ON SALE 4/20/21
$4.99 US | 40 PAGES | FC | DC
CARD STOCK VARIANT COVER $5.99 US

Superman, Batman, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Aquaman, and Hawkgirl join forces with Black Adam to fight an all-new world conqueror! But how do they stop the unstoppable power known as Brutus? Enter new mega-power sensation Naomi, who comes face to face with the League and brings along Queen Hippolyta of the Amazons for a blockbuster battle for the ages—with a last-page cliffhanger that will leave everyone guessing what’s next!

And in the backup tale, the new Justice League meets the new Justice League Dark, and the demon Etrigan calls the team to action—but Batman has other plans. This team needs a leader, but what twisted secret prevents Zatanna from stepping forward? Plus, Ragman makes a startling discovery—one that may cost his life!

MAN-BAT #3

written by DAVE WIELGOSZ
art by SUMIT KUMAR
cover by KYLE HOTZ
ON SALE 4/6/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | 3 OF 5 | FC | DC

Kirk Langstrom’s mental state has been deteriorating for years, but in the wake of his violent altercation with the Suicide Squad, he’s found himself on the verge of a complete emotional collapse. Luckily (or unluckily) for Kirk, Dr. Harleen Quinzel is offering pro bono—and entirely unsolicited—psychological counseling. As Harley delves deep into his damaged mind, she uncovers tragic events that set the stage for his transformation into Man-Bat in the first place. Will her psychotic brand of psychology help Kirk make peace with his inner demons or leave his mind even more fractured than it was?

MAN-BAT #3

NIGHTWING #79

written by TOM TAYLOR
art and cover by BRUNO REDONDO
card stock variant cover by JAMAL CAMPBELL
ON SALE 4/20/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC
CARD STOCK VARIANT COVER $4.99 US

Dick Grayson has inherited Alfred’s fortune, a puppy, and a whole lot of questions. Who is Mayor Zucco, and what is her relation to the man who murdered Dick’s parents? What sinister plans does Blockbuster have for Blüdhaven? What kind of dog food is best for a three-legged puppy? To answer these questions, Dick’s going to need a little help from his friends—past and present.

NIGHTWING #79

RORSCHACH #7

written by TOM KING
art and cover by JORGE FORNÉS
variant cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
ON SALE 4/13/21
$4.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC
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DC BLACK LABEL | AGES 17+

Wil Myerson might have been the creator of Pontius Pirate, the most popular comic in history, before he put on the Rorschach mask and tried to kill a would-be president, but he’s not the only artist who worked on the character. Other artists fell under Wil’s influence, and now all these years later, his more renowned acolyte has fallen sway to Laura, the #1 Myerson superfan. Is it possible she influenced another comic book legend into playing vigilante? The key here is that tape the detective is trying to decipher, the one with the séance that has been haunting him since the very first issue! All this and a cameo by Dr. Manhattan to boot!

SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #109

written by DEREK FRIDOLFS
art by SCOTT JERALDS
cover by DEREK FRIDOLFS
ON SALE 4/20/21
$2.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC

Fred’s skills are well-known around town for creating many of the traps used to capture monsters. When he is invited to test out the new Coolsville Escape Room complex, the gang tags along to help out. But can Fred and his friends now escape being trapped by a creepy chimera haunting the halls? Or will it be game over for Mystery Inc.?

SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #109

SENSATIONAL WONDER WOMAN #2

written by ANDREA SHEA
art and cover by BRUNO REDONDO
variant cover by JOSHUA “SWAY” SWABY
ON SALE 4/6/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC
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Wonder Woman receives a distress call from Artemis…on Warworld! In order to escape Mongul’s clutches, the two Amazons will have to put aside their differences and find a way to work together.

SUICIDE SQUAD #2

written by ROBBIE THOMPSON
art and cover by EDUARDO PANSICA
card stock variant cover by GERALD PAREL
ON SALE 4/6/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC
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With the power of Superboy now under her control, Task Force X mastermind Amanda Waller sends the hero into Arkham Asylum to rescue Peacemaker and bring Talon—the famed Court of Owls assassin—back to join the new Suicide Squad. With lives hanging in the balance, the teen clone must decide if he’s going to assist Waller, even if it means getting his hands a little bloody along the way.

SUPERMAN RED AND BLUE #2

written by CHUCK BROWN, ROBERT VENDITTI, STEPHANIE PHILLIPS, DAN PANOSIAN, and JASON HOWARD
art by DENYS COWAN, ALITHA MARTINEZ, DAN PANOSIAN, JASON HOWARD, and others
cover by NICOLA SCOTT
variant cover by BRIAN BOLLAND
variant cover by DAVID CHOE
PRESTIGE FORMAT | ON SALE 4/20/21
$5.99 US | 48 PAGES | 2 OF 6 | FC | DC

Explore the world of Superman in a way you’ve never seen before. Five brand-new stories, a visual tour de force, with only the Man of Steel’s signature colors. There are tales starring Clark Kent, the original Superman, including a showdown with his most tenacious foe, Lex Luthor—but there is also a great space adventure with Val-Zod, the Superman of Earth-2, going up against an amped-up version of Prometheus. And then there is Cyborg Superman, a warped reflection of the real deal, with a mission as opposite to Superman’s as any could be. But no matter how out there the situation gets, it always comes back to the one man and the planet he loves and has sworn to protect—and the people he inspires, young and old.

THE SWAMP THING #2

written by RAM V
art and cover by MIKE PERKINS
card stock variant cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA
ON SALE 4/6/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC
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The trials of Levi Kamei, the new avatar of the Green, grow darker as the Pale Wanderer’s bloody spree leaves a trail of death across the Sonoran Desert. While his “lessons” begin to show Levi the true nature of what he is becoming, it is Jennifer Reece who’ll show Levi that he must contend with his past and his trauma in order to stop the murderous wraith. Will Levi Kamei grasp his newfound place in this world as the Swamp Thing? Or will his fears consume him before the new avatar can even take root? Find out as this eternal conflict of life and death comes to a head!

SWEET TOOTH: THE RETURN #6

written by JEFF LEMIRE
art and cover by JEFF LEMIRE
ON SALE 4/13/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | 6 OF 6 | FC
DC BLACK LABEL | AGES 17+

Once upon a time a young boy with antlers lived in a little house under the earth. He had a father and two nannies. They raised him to be good and to obey their every command. They said they loved the boy, and maybe some of them did, but Father? Well, he only loved himself. Father says the boy is a weapon against those who stand in opposition to humanity, while the rebellious Undersider dissidents believe the child to be the second coming of a mythological savior from the past. Haunted by dreamlike memories of a life he never lived and hunted by the man who created him, the boy must choose what and who he will be, and bring this chapter of his life to a close.

SWEET TOOTH: THE RETURN #6

TEEN TITANS ACADEMY #2

written by TIM SHERIDAN
art and cover by RAFA SANDOVAL
card stock variant cover by PHILIP TAN
ON SALE 4/27/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC
CARD STOCK VARIANT COVER $4.99 US

The questions mount around the new school formed by the original New Teen Titans: What’s going on with Billy Batson’s access to the powers of Shazam, what dark secret is Raven’s new pupil Dane hiding, and who’s masquerading as the new Red X?

TEEN TITANS ACADEMY #2

TRUTH & JUSTICE #3

written by DANNY LORE
art by RAY-ANTHONY HEIGHT
cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
variant cover by JOSHUA “SWAY” SWABY
ON SALE 4/20/21
$4.99 US | 40 PAGES | FC | DC

What kind of man is John Constantine? Mage, con man, and a few other choice descriptors not fit to print—but sometimes, he tries to be a good guy. When he tries to stop a young teenager from getting in deep with Papa Midnite, he is faced not just with the past as he’d like to remember it, but with exactly the kind of wizard he really is. Can John help, or is he going to drive someone else into the very shadows he wanted to save them from?

TRUTH & JUSTICE #3

WONDER WOMAN #771

written by BECKY CLOONAN and MICHAEL W. CONRAD
art and cover by TRAVIS MOORE
backup story written by JORDIE BELLAIRE
backup story art by PAULINA GANUCHEAU
card stock variant cover by JOSHUA MIDDLETON
ON SALE 4/13/21
$4.99 US | 40 PAGES | FC | DC
CARD STOCK VARIANT COVER $5.99 US

Wonder Woman’s adventures through the Sphere of the Gods continue as she embarks on a quest with the cunning Ratashok to search for answers. Something is changing the rules of the Norse afterlife, and it’s up to our hero to set things right. Now she must face warriors and beasts of mythic proportions, starting with the Nidhogg! Can our Amazon Princess survive this staggering serpent?

Meanwhile, in a seemingly simpler time in our hero’s life, a younger Diana continues her journey to uncover the secret behind the scriptures that hold the hidden history of Themyscira. Is she ready for the truth? Or will it change her perception of “paradise” forever?

WONDER WOMAN #771

BATMAN BY JOHN RIDLEY THE DELUXE EDITION HC

written by JOHN RIDLEY
art by NICK DERINGTON, LAURA BRAGA, OLIVIER COIPEL, and DUSTIN NGUYEN
cover by LADRÖNN
ON SALE 6/29/21
$17.99 US | $23.99 CAN | 128 PAGES | FC | DC
HARDCOVER | 7.0625″ x 10.875″
ISBN: 978-1-77951-126-3

Light the Bat-Signal! Legendary screenwriter John Ridley takes over Gotham City in a new way! Writing the world’s most popular superhero, Batman, Ridley brings his storytelling expertise to DC!

Whether his story is told in black and white or captured in brilliant colors, Batman’s adventures keep everyone guessing…even the World’s Greatest Detective. Follow the iconic tales of the Dark Knight in Batman by John Ridley The Deluxe Edition.

Collects Future State: The Next Batman #1-4, stories from Batman Black & White #1 and Batman: The Joker War Zone #1, and a brand-new story by John Ridley with art by Dustin Nguyen.

BATMAN BY JOHN RIDLEY THE DELUXE EDITION HC

DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL: WAR OF THE MULTIVERSES TP

written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, JOSHUA WILLIAMSON, MARK WAID, GAIL SIMONE, MARIKO TAMAKI, JEFF LEMIRE, CECIL CASTELLUCCI, CHRISTOPHER SEBELA, MAGDALENE VISAGGIO, KYLE HIGGINS, REGINE SAWYER, CHE GRAYSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT, MATTHEW ROSENBERG, and JUSTIN JORDAN
art by TRAVIS MOORE, FRANCIS MANAPUL, MEGHAN HETRICK, DANIEL SAMPERE, RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE, MIRKA ANDOLFO, CHRISTOPHER MOONEYHAM, DEXTER SOY, SCOTT KOBLISH, PAUL PELLETIER, ALEX MALEEV, SCOTT KOLINS, ALITHA MARTINEZ, BRUNO REDONDO, INAKI MIRANDA, ROB GUILLORY, and MIKE HENDERSON
cover by DAN MORA
ON SALE 5/18/21
$19.99 US | $25.99 CAN | 176 PAGES | FC | DC
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ISBN: 978-1-77951-006-8

As Earth has been taken over by the Dark Multiverse, the Justice League battles to survive! Stand with our heroes as they prepare for what may well be…the final fight of their lives.

What do the world’s mightiest heroes feel right before combat? As the Dark Multiverse envelops the Earth unveil how the heroes prepare for war in what could be their last stand…if the Justice League knows anything, it’s that heroes never go down without a fight!

Collects Dark Nights: Death Metal The Last 52: War of the Multiverses #1 and Dark Nights: Death Metal The Last Stories of the DC Universe #1.

DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL: WAR OF THE MULTIVERSES TP

THE AUTHORITY BOOK TWO TP

written by MARK MILLAR, DOSELLE YOUNG, TOM PEYER, JOE CASEY, and others
art by FRANK QUITELY, DUSTIN NGUYEN, ARTHUR ADAMS, and others
cover by FRANK QUITELY and TREVOR SCOTT
ON SALE 5/25/21
$39.99 US | $53.99 CAN | 504 PAGES | FC | DC
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ISBN: 978-1-77950-788-4

As the 21st century dawns, a battle-hardened Authority turns its attention to a previously unchallenged class of villains—the invisible power brokers who manipulate the world’s political figureheads to advance their own selfish interests. The powers that be, however, didn’t get where they are by playing nice. They’ve made plans for every contingency—including teams of insanely powerful superhumans with sentient, city-size, interdimensional spaceships. So when the Authority begins to seriously upset their hard-won networks of control, the backlash that results is as swift as it is devastating. But as bad as things get, these attacks are still comprehensible on a human scale. The same can’t be said for what is following in their wake.

This volume collects The Authority #13-29, The Authority Annual 2000 #1, and stories from WildStorm Summer Special #1, along with an introduction by Tim Miller, director of Deadpool.

THE AUTHORITY BOOK TWO TP

BATMAN: THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE TP

written by ALAN BURNETT and PAUL DINI
art by TY TEMPLETON and others
cover by DAVE JOHNSON
ON SALE 6/1/21
$19.99 US | $25.99 CAN | 208 PAGES | FC | DC
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ISBN: 978-1-77950-789-1

From Alan Burnett and Paul Dini, the visionary producers of Batman: The Animated Series, comes a collection of all-new stories and adventures that turn Batman’s world upside down!

Starting off with an attack on S.T.A.R. Labs in Gotham City by a giant robot that steals an entire room of the laboratory! Batman is going to have to stop it before it can cause more harm…and with Lex Luthor freshly back in Gotham, he knows where to start his search. Will Batman be able to topple the billionaire before he leaves Gotham?

Collects Batman: The Adventures Continue #1-8.

BATMAN: THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE TP

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT DETECTIVE VOL. 5 TP

written by ALAN GRANT and ARCHIE GOODWIN
art by NORM BREYFOGLE, STEVE MITCHELL, DAN JURGENS, and DICK GIORDANO
cover by NORM BREYFOGLE
ON SALE 5/25/21
$24.99 US | $33.99 CAN | 280 PAGES | FC | DC
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ISBN: 978-1-77950-965-9

In these 1990s stories, the Dark Knight Detective travels to Japan to honor a long-standing debt…one that will leave him facing off against the very master who trained him!

The Dark Knight will also have to deal with haunting memories from his past as he encounters the Street Demonz again, but now he’s older—now he’s ready to protect others.

And then there’s The Joker…

Collects Detective Comics #612-614 and #616-621, plus Detective Comics Annual #3.

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT DETECTIVE VOL. 5 TP

BATMAN: UNIVERSE TP

written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
art and cover by NICK DERINGTON
ON SALE 5/11/21
$17.99 US | $23.99 CAN | 176 PAGES | FC | DC
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ISBN: 978-1-77950-583-5

In this story written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Nick Derington, Batman is pushed to his limit as he sets off in search of an item with incredible destructive powers—and embarks on a journey across the DC Universe! It’s a race to the finish line as Batman chases the Riddler from Gotham to Gorilla City and beyond, with the fate of humanity in the balance. Guest stars include Vandal Savage, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Deathstroke, Jonah Hex, and more!

Collects Batman: Universe #1-6.

BATMAN: UNIVERSE TP

BIZARRO COMICS THE DELUXE EDITION HC

stories and art by various
cover by MATT GROENING
ON SALE 6/22/21
$49.99 US | $65.99 CAN | 432 PAGES
7.0625″ x 10.875″ | FC | DC
HARDCOVER
ISBN: 978-1-77951-012-9

Where else could the world’s greatest alternative cartoonists run rampant through the DC Universe in utterly unhinged stories? Bizarro, an imperfect duplicate of Superman who does everything backward, tries drawing comics, concocting stories in which Wonder Woman participates in a poetry slam, baby Superman torments his baby-sitter…and that’s just the start!

This deluxe edition collects the two anthology titles Bizarro Comics and Bizarro World, with a cover by the legendary creator of The Simpsons, Matt Groening! Includes stories and art by acclaimed creators including Kyle Baker, Jeff Smith, Ivan Brunetti, Paul Pope, Hunt Emerson, Carol Lay, Roger Langridge, Mark Crilley, Dave Cooper, Eddie Campbell, Tony Millionaire, James Kochalka, Harvey Pekar, Peter Bagge, and many more!

BIZARRO COMICS THE DELUXE EDITION HC

FABLES COMPENDIUM TWO TP

written by BILL WILLINGHAM
art by MARK BUCKINGHAM, STEVE LEIALOHA, JIM FERN, SHAWN McMANUS, MICHAEL ALLRED, and others
new cover by MARK BUCKINGHAM
ON SALE 5/11/21
$59.99 US | $78.99 CAN | 1,064 PAGES FC
DC BLACK LABEL | AGES 17+
ISBN: 978-1-77950-944-4

Fables Compendium Two starts with the story “Arabian Nights (and Days),” when foreigners start showing up in Fabletown—much to the dismay of longtime residents–plunging Fabletown into a culture clash of dire proportions! Prince Charming is in over his head and must call on the help of a Fable character not seen in these pages for far too long…and this is one wish he can’t take back.

This collection takes on a life of its own, ending with the postwar story “The Dark Ages”—but if the Fables knew the consequences, they might not have gone to war at all.

Collects Fables #42-82.

FABLES COMPENDIUM TWO TP

THE FLASH VOL. 14: THE FLASH AGE TP

written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by RAFA SANDOVAL and STEPHEN SEGOVIA
cover by HOWARD PORTER
ON SALE 5/11/21
$19.99 US | $25.99 CAN | 216 PAGES | FC | DC
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ISBN: 978-1-77950-923-9

Meet Paradox: a new time-traveling villain with a tragic backstory who poses a big threat—and carries a big grudge against the Flash. With the Flash about to be erased from time and space, the only person who can help him defeat this foe…is Eobard Thawne, the Reverse-Flash? Can Barry Allen really trust his greatest enemy? And does he even have a choice?

As Paradox accomplishes his mission to make the world see the Flash as a monster, both the Flash and the Reverse-Flash are trapped in a 25th-century Central City that hates everything about the Flash legacy. Can Barry return to his own time and defeat Paradox? Or is too late to undo the damage that’s been done?

Collects The Flash #88, The Flash #751-755, The Flash Annual #3, and the lead story from issue #750!

THE FLASH VOL. 14: THE FLASH AGE TP

THE FLASH: THE DEATH OF IRIS WEST HC

written by CARY BATES
art by IRV NOVICK, RICH BUCKLER, ALEX SAVIUK, DON HECK, and others
cover by DICK GIORDANO
ON SALE 6/1/21
$39.99 US | $53.99 CAN | 280 PAGES | FC | DC
HARDCOVER
ISBN: 978-1-77950-967-3

Can the Fastest Man Alive outrun his worst nightmare?

The Flash can’t outrun the loss of his wife, but nothing will stop him from hunting down her killer. Follow along as Barry Allen races to find out who is responsible for the death of his wife, Iris…and hold them responsible.

This title collects stories from The Flash #270-284.

THE FLASH: THE DEATH OF IRIS WEST HC

FLASH/IMPULSE: RUNS IN THE FAMILY TP

written by MARK WAID and MARTIN PASKO
art by HUMBERTO RAMOS, OSCAR JIMENEZ, and others
cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS and WAYNE FAUCHER
ON SALE 5/25/21
$34.99 US | $45.99 CAN | 376 PAGES | FC | DC
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ISBN: 978-1-77950-948-2

Impulse, the Flash’s hyperactive descendant from the 30th century, has landed in the present and is ready to make a superhero name for himself!

Due to his hyper-accelerated metabolism, Bart Allen was aging fast—like, really fast—and was raised in a 30th-century virtual reality simulation. So when he winds up in our era, he sees the world as one big video game—and he’s got a lot to learn. Luckily, Bart has a mentor named Max Mercury, and if anyone’s up to the task, it’s the zen master of the Speed Force. In this collection, Bart adjusts to life in the 20th century, keeping the town of Manchester, Alabama, safe from threats like White Lightning and Gridlock. Also in this title, Savitar’s machinations in the Speed Force cause Impulse, the Flash, and other super-speedsters to lose their speed!

This volume collects Impulse #1-12 and The Flash #108-111.

FLASH/IMPULSE: RUNS IN THE FAMILY TP

HARLEY QUINN AND POISON IVY TP

written by JODY HOUSER
art by ADRIANA MELO and MARK MORALES
cover by MIKEL JANÍN
ON SALE 5/18/21
$16.99 US | $22.99 CAN | 152 PAGES | FC | DC
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ISBN: 978-1-77950-598-9

During the catastrophic events of Heroes in Crisis, Poison Ivy was killed, and Harley Quinn holds herself responsible. But when Ivy is resurrected, Harley decides to take care of her best friend, who has evolved into a creature as much flora as fauna. What, then, is Harley to do when Ivy reveals she’s had enough of the humans who not only killed her, but are destroying the environment day by day? Can Poison Ivy entice Harley to join her in the plant world, or will Harley have to prove herself by stopping whatever plot Ivy is cooking up?

Collects Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy #1-6.

HARLEY QUINN AND POISON IVY TP

JUSTICE LEAGUE: GALAXY OF TERRORS TP

written by SI SPURRIER and JEFF LOVENESS
art by AARON LOPRESTI, ROBSON ROCHA, and others
cover by DOUG MAHNKE
ON SALE 5/18/21
$16.99 US | $22.99 CAN | 128 PAGES | FC | DC
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ISBN: 978-1-77950-937-6

After answering a distress signal from distant space, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, and Green Lantern discover an abandoned cargo ship full of young aliens! When the League attempts to return the children to their home planet, they are met with awe, terror, and war! Thus begins a new story line that will take the League to an unknown and war-torn planet, overrun with new species, a perilous mystery, and an otherworldly adversary. As the team faces off with different uncertainties and battles rogue factions, can the League save a population that hates and fears them? Or will it threaten any hope the Justice League has of returning home?

This title collects Justice League #48-52.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: GALAXY OF TERRORS TP

JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NEW 52 OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC

written by GEOFF JOHNS, JEFF LEMIRE, and others
art by JIM LEE, SCOTT WILLIAMS, GENE HA, GARY FRANK, TONY S. DANIEL, IVAN REIS, JESUS SAIZ, PETE WOODS, PAUL PELLETIER, MIKEL JANÍN, DOUG MAHNKE, DAVID FINCH, DANIEL SAMPERE, PATCH ZIRCHER, and others
cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
ON SALE 6/22/21
$125.00 US | $163.00 CAN | 1,248 PAGES
FC | DC | 7.0625″ x 10.875″
HARDCOVER | ISBN: 978-1-77951-066-2

In a world where superheroes operate under a cloud of suspicion from the public, loner vigilante Batman has stumbled upon a dark evil that threatens to destroy the Earth as we know it. Now, faced with a threat far beyond anything he can handle on his own, the Dark Knight must trust an alien, a Scarlet Speedster, an accidental teenage hero, a space cop, an Amazon warrior, and an undersea monarch. Will Superman, the Flash, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman be able to put aside their differences and come together to save the world? Or will they destroy each other first?

This first of two omnibus editions collects Justice League #0-23; Aquaman #14-16; Justice League Dark #22-23; DC Comics — The New 52 FCBD Special Edition #1; Justice League of America #1-7; Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger #11; Constantine #5; and Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1-3.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NEW 52 OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC

KRYPTO THE SUPERDOG TP

written by JESSE LEON McCANN
art by MIN S. KU and JEFF ALBRECHT
cover by SCOTT JERALDS
ON SALE 6/1/21
$9.99 US | $13.50 CAN | 144 PAGES | FC | DC
TRADE PAPERBACK | 5.5″ x 8.5″
ISBN: 978-1-77950-927-7

Ruff, ruff, and away! Come along on the exciting, all-ages adventures of Krypto the Superdog!

He might have just been a pup when he left Krypton, but Krypto the Superdog is all grown up and ready to protect his new family and his new home, Earth! Whether traveling through space, working with other superdogs, or making jokes about Streaky napping the day away, Krypto is ready for any adventure!

Collects Krypto the Superdog #1-6.

KRYPTO THE SUPERDOG TP

SHAZAM!: THE WORLD’S MIGHTIEST MORTAL VOL. 3 HC

written by E. NELSON BRIDWELL
art by DON NEWTON and others
cover by MICHAEL CHO
ON SALE 5/18/21
$49.99 US | $65.99 CAN | 336 PAGES | FC | DC
HARDCOVER
ISBN: 978-1-77950-946-8

In 1973 DC brought back one of the most beloved superheroes of all time: Shazam! With the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury, Shazam is one of humankind’s most powerful champions!

In these tales, the World’s Mightiest Mortal fights against villains including Satan! Plus, don’t miss the return of Captain Nazi, Kull, and everyone’s favorite talking tiger, Mr. Tawny!

Collects stories from World’s Finest Comics #253-270 and #272-282 and Adventure Comics #491 and #492

SHAZAM!: THE WORLD’S MIGHTIEST MORTAL VOL. 3 HC

SUPERMAN VOL. 4: MYTHOLOGICAL TP

written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
art by IVAN REIS, DANNY MIKI, KEVIN MAGUIRE, and JOHN TIMMS
cover by JOHN TIMMS
ON SALE 5/25/21
$19.99 US | $25.99 CAN | 248 PAGES | FC | DC
TRADE PAPERBACK
ISBN: 978-1-77950-572-9

Superman continues to aim for peace in the galaxy, and the United Planets could be the perfect solution. But an old enemy is about to return to force Superman to fight with everything he has in order to protect it! It’s the Man of Steel versus Mongul in this epic fight to save the United Planets and the peace it will ensure—and Superman is determined to win.

If Superman fails, it means the fall of the United Planets.

And old foes give way to new ones as Superman is confronted with deadly warriors from the real of magic and the furthest reaches of the cosmos. Introducing Xanadoth and Synmar!

Collects Superman #20-28.

SUPERMAN VOL. 4: MYTHOLOGICAL TP

SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS VOL. 4: METROPOLIS BURNING TP

written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
art and cover by JOHN ROMITA JR. and KLAUS JANSON
ON SALE 5/11/21
$16.99 US | $22.99 CAN | 144 PAGES | FC | DC
TRADE PAPERBACK
ISBN: 978-1-77950-698-6

Leviathan is making its move on Metropolis, and they’re looking to recruit Lex Luthor and his Legion of Doom to increase their power base! But will that be enough to take on Superman’s city? Because the Man of Steel has friends of his own…and it’s time to call on the Justice League and their teen counterparts, Young Justice, to take a stand against the forces of evil and stop Leviathan from reducing Metropolis to rubble!

Don’t miss this colossal story arc collected from Action Comics #1017-1021!

SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS VOL. 4: METROPOLIS BURNING TP

SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL VOL. 3 HC

written by JOHN BYRNE, JERRY ORDWAY, and JIM STARLIN
art by JOHN BYRNE, JERRY ORDWAY, CURT SWAN, DAN JURGENS, RON FRENZ, ARTHUR ADAMS, and others
cover by JOHN BYRNE
ON SALE 6/1/21
$49.99 US | $65.99 CAN | 464 PAGES | FC | DC
HARDCOVER
ISBN: 978-1-77950-966-6

John Byrne’s bold reinvention of the Superman mythos continues, in stories featuring Green Lantern, Brainiac, Booster Gold, Lex Luthor, and more!

In this hardcover collection, Byrne is joined by fellow acclaimed comic book veterans such as Arthur Adams and Jerry Ordway, in stories including the Man of Steel against Toyman, Superman teaming with Green Lantern, and a day at the circus that turns into an encounter with Brainiac! Plus, Byrne teams with legendary Superman artist Curt Swan for the galaxy-faring Superman: The Earth Stealers!

This volume collects Superman #12-15, Adventures of Superman #436-438, Action Comics #594-597, Superman: The Earth Stealers #1, Action Comics Annual #1, Superman Annual #1, Adventures of Superman Annual #1, and Booster Gold #23.

SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL VOL. 3 HC

YOUNG JUSTICE BOOK 2: GROWING UP TP

written by GREG WEISMAN and KEVIN HOPPS
art by CHRISTOPHER JONES and LUCIANO VECCHIO
cover by CHRISTOPHER JONES
ON SALE 5/18/21
$24.99 US | $33.99 CAN | 272 PAGES | FC | DC
TRADE PAPERBACK
ISBN: 978-1-77950-924-6

In these stories inspired by the hit animated TV series Young Justice, Superboy, Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Miss Martian, and Artemis make their way to Atlantis to foil Ocean-Master’s plan to purify the underwater city. Then, the team must fight off the menace known as Kobra, as well as defeat an army of warrior gorillas in the dangerous Gorilla City!

Plus, the Young Justice team adds to its ranks in an effort to battle the impending invasion by the Collector of Worlds, and one of the DC Universe’s favorite villains, Brainiac!

Collects Young Justice #14-25.

YOUNG JUSTICE BOOK 2: GROWING UP TP

Around the Tubes

It’ a new week and it’s MLK Day here at GP HQ. We have lots coming your way today though with our normal coverage as we take the day to reflect and maybe prepare a bit for the rest of the week.

Kotaku – The New York Times Is Worried Kids Are Playing Video Games Too Much During The Pandemic – We’d be more worried about the brainwashed parents taking up arms due to conspiracies.

Niagara This Week – Comic books worth thousands recovered after Niagara Falls theft – Glad these were found.

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Talking Comics – Future State: Justice League #1

Future State: Justice League #1

Preview: Power Rangers #3

Power Rangers #3

(W) Ryan Parrott (A) Francesco Mortarino (CA) Matteo Scalera
In Shops: Jan 20, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Two New Series. Two New Teams. The UNLIMITED POWER ERA continues as Drakkon is the key to the Power Rangers’ new mission.

But to defeat the new cosmic threat, the new Power Rangers team – Jason, Trini, Zack and new members – has put their faith in their greatest enemy.

And the only way they may be able to save the universe is by giving Drakkon exactly what he wants…

Power Rangers #3

Preview: The Expanse #2 (of 4)

The Expanse #2 (of 4)

(W) Corinna Bechko (A) Alejandro Aragon (CA) W. Scott Forbes
In Shops: Jan 20, 2021
SRP: $4.99

Avasarala is approached by the cabal behind the black market Martian weapons dealings, who offer to help her reclaim the thing she wants most – her former political power.

Trapped between a return to glory and a chance to do the right thing, Avasarala’s ultimate decision will lead to fatal consequences.

Meanwhile, Bobbie has made a breakthrough in her investigation – but every victory comes with a price…

The Expanse #2 (of 4)

Preview: Abbott 1973 #1 (of 5)

Abbott 1973 #1 (of 5)

(W) Saladin Ahmed (A) Sami Kivela (CA) Taj Tenfold
In Shops: Jan 20, 2021
SRP: $3.99

In a new series for fans of Something is Killing the Children and Bitter Root, Saladin Ahmed, the visionary writer behind Miles Morales: Spider-Man, and Sami Kivelä, the acclaimed artist behind Tommy Gun Wizards, reunite for this Must Read supernatural thriller.

Detroit’s hardest hitting journalist, Elena Abbott, is trying to make a fresh start at a new newspaper…but her deadly past isn’t ready to let go.

The city is days away from the historic election of a Black candidate as their new Mayor, but a vicious new group has emerged to destroy him, targeting anyone who supports his campaign or the change he represents.

That means Abbott, who discovers the group’s connection to a dangerous dark magic, has been targeted for certain death – unless she embraces her true power as the Lightbringer to save her city.

Abbott 1973 #1 (of 5)
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