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Preview: Superman: Red & Blue #4

Superman: Red & Blue #4

Written by: Michael Conrad, Robert Venditti, Francis Manapul, Mark Waid
Art by: Audrey Mok, Cully Hamner, Francis Manapul, Alitha Martinez

This month our cover star Bizarro leaves the Red & Blue family by not being in a story all about his very own birthday. Which of course means we definitely have a story in here about Bizarro’s birthday, as well as four more about the Man of Steel himself, including one about a social media star who inspires a very dangerous trend in Metropolis that nearly runs Superman ragged. Also, learn the story of how Jimmy Olsen was able to take what became his very favorite picture of Superman. These fantastic tales feature some of the best writers and artists in the business, only using Superman’s special colors to make them come alive!

Superman: Red & Blue #4

DC Celebrates Aquaman’s 80th Anniversary With a 100-Page Super Spectacular!

Since his first appearance in November 1941’s More Fun Comics #73, Arthur Curry, a.k.a. Aquaman, has defended the Seven Seas and the DC Universe itself from all manner of threats. On August 31, DC and Aqua-fans alike can celebrate the legacy of the Atlantean Sea King, with the release of the Aquaman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular.

Some of the greatest names in comics will contribute their storytelling firepower to this 100-page collector’s item – writers Dan Jurgens, Geoff Johns, Brandon Thomas, Chuck Brown, Stephanie Phillips, Michael Moreci, Marguerite Bennett, Dan Watters, Jeff Parker, Becky Cloonan, and Francis Manapul. They’ll be joined by some of the most prolific artists in comics, including Steve Epting, Paul Pelletier, Valentine de Landro, Hendry Prasetya, Pop Mhan, Trungles, Miguel Mendonça, Evan “Doc” Shaner, and more.

In addition to a stunning cover by the iconic team of Ivan Reis and Joe Prado, the Aquaman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular will feature eight “decade” themed card stock variant covers, portraying the marine monarch throughout the years:

  • 1940’s variant cover by Michael Cho
  • 1950’s variant cover by Ramona Fradon
  • 1960’s variant cover by Walt Simonson
  • 1970’s variant cover by José Luis García-López
  • 1980’s variant cover by Chuck Patton and Kevin Nowlan
  • 1990’s variant cover by Yvel Guichet
  • 2000’s variant cover by Becky Cloonan
  • 2010’s variant cover by Robson Rocha

This all-star-filled anthology spans across the ocean king’s legacy, not just celebrating his own triumphs but also those of his greatest allies and enemies. The main cover version of this 100-page blockbuster is priced at $9.99, with each card stock variant priced at $10.99.

Aquaman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular

From Unlimited to Infinity, Justice League is Back in Comics

The animated world of Justice League Unlimited is coming to comics in an all-new DC Digital First Series, Justice League Infinity. The new series launches in May.

This seven-issue limited series is co-written by Justice League Unlimited producer James Tucker and series writer J.M. DeMatteis with art by Ethen Beavers. This new series stars all of the fan-favorite characters from the revered series – Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern John Stewart, Hawkgirl, and Martian Manhunter – banding together to face new dangers that not only threaten Earth but the multiverse itself. These new stories will also give Tucker, DeMatteis, and Beavers the chance to incorporate a host of new characters from across the DC Multiverse when bringing these animated heroes and villains to comics.

In this debut issue, there is a being wandering the universe searching for its true purpose, but what it finds out on the farthest edges of the cosmos will change not just our universe, but many! Meanwhile, the war for the throne of Apokolips arrives on Earth, and the true ruler will only be decided one way: Who can destroy the Justice League?

The first digital chapter of this series arrives on participating digital platforms on Thursday, May 13, 2021, priced at $1.99. The 20-page print issue hits comic book stores on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. The Justice League Infinity #1 main cover is provided by Francis Manapul with a card stock variant cover created by Scott Hepburn.  Each 20-page issue sells for $3.99, with the card stock variant cover selling for $4.99 (variant covers for issue #1 only, check with your local comic book store for availability).

DC Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration

This May, grab your favorite boba, pull a chair up to the dim sum table, and celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration, DC’s newest comic book anthology debuting May 11, 2021.

The 96-page one-shot issue will commemorate DC’s rich roster of Asian and Asian American characters, presenting new tales by some of the most lauded storytellers in comics. Ram V— the current Catwoman series writer—will at last unveil the long-seeded mystery behind Shoes in an action-packed tale that follows the character as she becomes Catwoman’s protégé, revealing her real name, secret origin, and who her mother is. Eisner Award-winning author Mariko Tamaki will continue her work on the Batman mythos and present an original Cassandra Cain story, marking the author’s first time taking on DC’s iconic Asian Batgirl. Joining these stories, Minh —the acclaimed writer behind the smash-hit middle-grade graphic novel Green Lantern: Legacy—will team with artist Trung Le Nguyen (author and artist of The Magic Fish) for an all-new story featuring Vietnamese American Tai Pham, DC’s newest Green Lantern co-created by Lê and Green Lantern: Legacy artist Andie Tong. This anthology marks Nguyen’s first work with DC.

For the main event, New York Times bestselling author Gene Luen Yang (Superman Smashes the Klan) and artist Bernard Chang will collaborate on a very special story fit for this celebratory month. Stay tuned for more details!

Additional stories and portraits will star iconic DC characters Katana, Lady Shiva, the Atom, and New Super-Man, among others, and will be written and drawn by fan-favorite writers and artists such as Francis Manapul, Greg Pak, Alyssa Wong, Marcio Takara, Sumit Kumar, Amy Chu, Dustin Nguyen, Cliff Chiang, Jen Bartel, Gurihiru and many more.

See below for the official description and full list of collaborators announced today and above for cover art by Jim Lee with Alex Sinclair. DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration hits stores and online retailers everywhere comics are sold on May 11, 2021.

DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration

Written by Gene Luen Yang, Mariko Tamaki, Minh Lê, Ram V, Greg Pak, Dustin Nguyen, Amy Chu, Alyssa Wong, and friends!
Drawn by Bernard Chang, Marcio Takara, Dustin Nguyen, Trung Le Nguyen, Francis Manapul, Marcus To, Sean Chen, Sumit Kumar, and others!
Portraits by Chiff Chiang, Jim Cheung, Jae Lee, Jen Bartel, Kevin Wada, Philip Tan, Gurihiru, and more!
Cover by Jim Lee with Alex Sinclair
Variant Cover by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau
On Sale 5/11/21
MSRP: $9.99

Grab your favorite boba and pull a chair up to the dim sum table as we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with all your favorite Asian DC characters, old and new! Join Cassandra Cain, Katana, Green Lantern Tai Pham, the Atom, Dana Tan (a.k.a. Batman Beyond), Red Arrow, Lady Shiva, Damian Wayne and the al Ghul clan, New Super-Man, and more as we present new tales of these characters from their thrilling history! Plus, Cheshire Cat’s relationship to Cheshire is revealed as Shoes asks Selina Kyle to take her under her wing as Catgirl. And that’s just the start!

DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration

Preview: Dark Nights: Death Metal The Last Stories of the DC Universe #1

Dark Nights: Death Metal The Last Stories of the DC Universe #1

Written by: Joshua Williamson, Gail Simone, Christopher Sebela, James Tynion IV, Cecil Castellucci, Mariko Tamaki, Jeff Lemire, Mark Waid, Scott Snyder
Art by: Francis Manapul, Christopher Mooneyham, Daniel Sampere, Meghan Hetrick, Mirka Andolfo, Travis G. Moore, Rafael Albuquerque

The last battle against the Batman Who Laughs is at hand…the final fight for everything in the universe. And while the night is usually darkest just before the dawn, what would be the last thing you’d do if you weren’t sure the dawn would ever arrive? Join our heroes in their waning hours as we show their journeys through what could be their final moments…heroes that have fought a million times before, but are keenly aware this could be their endgame. These are the stolen moments detailing the last stories of the DC Universe.

Dark Nights: Death Metal The Last Stories of the DC Universe #1

The Justice League Faces An “Endless Winter” This December!

This December, the Justice League learns firsthand the meaning of “Revenge is a dish best served cold,” in Justice League: Endless Winter, a nine-issue event taking place throughout the month of December.

1000 years ago, a disparate group of heroes – Hippolyta, Black Adam, Swamp Thing and the Viking Prince – banded together to prevent the world from freezing at the hands of the Frost King, an exiled Norse god with the ability to control entire ecosystems. The heroes triumphed, but victory came at a terrible price, one that has been kept secret until now.

Justice League: Endless Winter spans a total of nine titles, all co-written by Ron Marz and Andy Lanning.

The title lineup for Justice League: Endless Winter includes:

Justice League: Endless Winter #1 (on sale December 1) with art by Howard Porter and Marco Santucci and cover by Mikel Janin

Justice League: Endless Winter #1

The Flash #767 (on sale December 8) with art from Clayton Henry and Marco Santucci and cover by Clayton Henry

The Flash #767

Superman: Endless Winter Special #1 (on sale December 8), art by Phil HesterAnde Parks, and Marco Santucci and cover by Francis Manapul

Superman: Endless Winter Special #1

Aquaman #66 (on sale December 15), with art by Miguel Mendonça and Marco Santucci and cover by Mike McKone

Aquaman #66

Justice League #58 (on December 15), art by Xermanico and Marco Santucci, with cover by Francis Manapul

Justice League #58

Teen Titans: Endless Winter Special #1 (on sale December 15), featuring art by Jesus Merino and Marco Santucci, and cover by Bernard Chang

Teen Titans: Endless Winter Special #1

Justice League Dark #29 (on sale December 22), art by Amancay Nahuelpan and Marco Santucci, cover by Kyle Hotz

Justice League Dark #29

Black Adam: Endless Winter Special #1 (December 22), art by Brandon Peterson and Marco Santucci, featuring cover by Dale Eaglesham

Black Adam: Endless Winter Special #1

Justice League: Endless Winter Special #2 (December 29), with art by Howard Porter, Carmine Di Giandomenico and Marco Santucci, and cover by Mikel Janin

Justice League: Endless Winter Special #2

The action all begins on December 1 with Justice League: Endless Winter #1.

Review: Dark Nights: Death Metal Trinity Crisis #1

DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL TRINITY CRISIS #1

As a whole, I’ve been a bit mixed on Dark Nights: Death Metal. The comic tonally has been all over with gonzo ideas that don’t match its “metal pitch.” The comic also is clearly the latest “Crisis” to hit the DC Universe forgoing the classic title. Dark Nights: Death Metal Trinity Crisis #1 feels like it cements this event’s place in the ongoing “Crisis” of the DC Universe and is a key issue of the event. It’s enough of a key issue one has to scratch their head and wonder why it wasn’t?

Dark Nights: Death Metal Trinity Crisis #1 picks up as the heroes of the DC Universe are freed and the plan is laid out as to what to do next. The stakes are laid out and it’s clear that a multi-pronged plan is the way to go with various teams focused on specific objectives. Wonder Woman is calling the shots this time pivoting away from Superman and Batman, who are clearly hiding something from here and predictably whatever it is will be revealed at a pivotal moment to make victory difficult or prevent an easy initial win.

Scott Snyder handles the story of this tie-in that mainly focuses on Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, and their team that includes Jarro, Swamp Thing, Jonah Hex, and Harley Quinn. Their mission is to harness to “Crisis energy” of the Dark Multiverse to be used later to help spring forth a multiverse DC’s heroes will create and direct. Dark Nights: Death Metal Trinity Crisis #1 is so far the strongest of all of the issues released for the event. It’s an interesting launching point for the next chapter and direction of the story that will drive DC’s future into whatever comes next.

And that’s part of the frustrating aspect of Dark Nights: Death Metal as a whole. It’s a bridge to yet another “reboot.” When Dark Nights: Metal launched, I felt that it should have been the bridge between the dark and gloomy “New 52” and the more hopeful “Rebirth.” Dark Nights: Death Metal feels like it emphasizes exactly that and is a missed opportunity to really bridge the two eras in tone and in a more coherent and clean transition.

Snyder lays out what’s at stake and the issue well. It feels like a vital chapter that should have just been a part of the main series. There’s a tenseness about it all that builds and builds well, even if the latter aspects of the comic are foreshadowed a bit too much. It’s still an intriguing chapter that really makes you wonder what’s to come in this wild ride of an event.

Francis Manapul handles the art. With colors by Ian Herring and lettering by Tom Napolitano, the comic has an energy about it that Manapul is known for. Dark Nights: Death Metal Trinity Crisis #1 delivers visuals that are both tense and have you jumping with enthusiasm like a good popcorn flick. There’s also a lot going on. The details at time are a little packed in but the team does a solid job of fitting a lot into the issue. There’s a great balance of use of panels and page layouts to also emphasize the chaotic nature of what’s going on delivering an almost claustrophobic feel for a while before exploding into the latter half.

Dark Nights: Death Metal Trinity Crisis #1 feels like the issue where this event just admits it’s the latest “Crisis” storyline for the DC Universe. It does a solid job of both diving into DC history while also leaving it open enough for new readers to enjoy. But, again, there’s a fault of the issue for not being part of the main series. It’s an odd choice. Still, this is the second recent release for Dark Nights: Death Metal that acts as a jumping on point or an explanation of what’s happening. If you’ve been following the event, it’s a must get. If you’re intrigued by what’s going on, this isn’t a bad place to start to begin the latter half.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Francis Manapul
Color: Ian Herring Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.65 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Dark Nights: Death Metal Trinity Crisis #1

Dark Nights: Death Metal Trinity Crisis #1

Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Francis Manapul
In Shops: Sep 08, 2020
SRP: $5.99

With Superman freed from his New Apokolips prison, the classic Trinity lineup is reunited and ready to rock! Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman amp up their power to launch an assault on Castle Bat, and that’s just the warm-up act! Three walking nightmares are hidden deep inside the fortress-but these Dark Multiverse versions of the Anti-Monitor, Superboy Prime, and Darkseid hold the key to humanity’s survival. The Justice League have to face down their old nemeses, but will round two be the end for our heroes?

Dark Nights: Death Metal Trinity Crisis #1

Dark Nights: Death Metal Expands with Dark Nights: Death Metal: Trinity Crisis, Dark Nights: Death Metal: Speed Metal and Dark Nights: Death Metal: Multiverse’s End

Dark Nights: Death Metal kicks off next week when Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, the legendary team behind Dark Nights: Metal and Batman: Last Knight on Earth, launch their newest seven-issue mini-series! And then in September after the events of Dark Nights: Death Metal #3, they’ll clear the stage to help spotlight DC’s darkest knights when DC publishes three one-shots—Dark Nights: Death Metal: Trinity Crisis, Dark Nights: Death Metal: Speed Metal and Dark Nights: Death Metal: Multiverse’s End!

Dark Nights: Death Metal: Trinity Crisis #1, written by Scott Snyder with art and cover by Francis Manapul, hits shelves 9/8.

With Superman freed from his New Apokolips prison, the classic Trinity lineup is back together and ready to rock their next gig. Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman amp up their power to launch an assault on Castle Bat, and that’s just the warm-up act! Three walking nightmares are hidden deep inside the fortress—but these Dark Multiverse versions of the Anti-Monitor, Superboy Prime, and Darkseid hold the key to humanity’s survival. The Justice League have to face down their old nemeses, but will round two be the end for our heroes?

Dark Nights: Death Metal Speed Metal #1, written by Joshua Williamson with art by Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira and a cover by Howard Porter, hits shelves on 9/22.

It’s the drag race from hell! Taking place after the events of Dark Nights: Death Metal #3, the Darkest Knight is after Wally West and his Dr. Manhattan powers. Thankfully, Wally has back-up in the form of Barry Allen, Jay Garrick, and Wallace West! It’s a knockdown, drag-out race through the Wastelands as the Flash Family tries to stay steps ahead of the Darkest Knight and his Lightning Knights!

Death Metal: Death Metal: Multiverse’s End #1written by James Tynion IV with art by Juan Gedeon and a cover by Michael Golden, hits shelves 9/29.

Perpetua, mother of all existence, has culled all life and creation in the Multiverse, condensing all beings to one planet: Earth Prime. In her quest for power and dominance, she rules absolutely and in totality, using her children—the Monitors and Anti-Monitors—as her heralds and destructors. But a group of heroes has banded together across multiple worlds in a last-ditch effort to stop her from destroying all of existence: Owlman, President Superman, Iris West, Captain Carrot, Guy Gardner and others choose to make their final stand in a battle they’re destined to lose!

September introduces the Dark Multiverse’s versions of the Justice League’s biggest threats, the Darkest Knight’s Lightning Knights and a wild ride through DC’s Multiverse with Dark Nights: Death Metal Trinity Crisis #1 on 9/8, Dark Nights: Death Metal: Speed Metal #1 on 9/22 and Dark Nights: Death Metal: Multiverse’s End on 9/29!

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