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The Joker Celebrates 80 Years with a 100-PAge Spectacular in April 2020

Since his first appearance in April 1940, The Joker has become one of the most iconic and compelling characters in comic books and all of popular culture. Time and time again, his drive to sow discord and chaos has made him more than a match for Batman and his mission to protect the citizens of Gotham City.

As The Joker enters his eighth decade of criminal madness, fans can celebrate with a one-of-a-kind collectible tribute comic book. The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 is a Prestige format one-shot homage to The Joker featuring an original lineup of tales by comics’ most celebrated storytellers, including Brian Azzarello, Lee Bermejo, Paul Dini, Denny O’Neil, Scott Snyder, Tom Taylor, Jock, José Luis García-López, Mikel Janín, James Tynion IV, Riley Rossmo, and more. The stories run the gamut from terror to humor to outright anarchy, showing how The Joker has left his indelible mark on Gotham City, from the gates of Arkham Asylum to the Gotham City PD, from the local underworld to Batman and his allies.

Artists from across comic books are stepping up to pay their respects to The Joker through a series of variant covers depicting Batman’s arch-nemesis:

  • 1940s variant cover by Arthur Adams
  • 1950s variant cover by David Finch
  • 1960s variant cover by Francesco Mattina
  • 1970s variant cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams
  • 1980s variant cover by Bill Sienkiewicz
  • 1990s variant cover by Gabriele Dell’Otto
  • 2000s variant cover by Lee Bermejo
  • 2010s variant cover by Jock

The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 is a 100-page, Prestige format one-shot comic book available at comic book retailers and participating digital retailers on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 for $9.99.

The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1

Catwoman Celebrates 80 Years with a 100-Page Super Spectacular in April

DC’s feline fatale celebrates an 80th anniversary this year, and that calls for a grand soiree, invite only, attended by some of comics’ top creators! Stock up on both catnip and champagne! 

Since the character first appeared alongside Batman in 1940’s Batman #1, Catwoman has become an icon to millions of comic book fans. The undeniable magnetism between Batman and Catwoman has been one of comics’ most reliable constants: wherever Catwoman goes, Batman is sure to follow, if only to take her down. As deadly as she is beautiful, infamous cat burglar Selina Kyle uses her nine lives to walk the razor’s edge between light and darkness in Gotham City.

On April 15, 2020, DC will celebrate Catwoman’s 80th anniversary with a landmark one-shot, Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1. Featuring a cover by series writer/artist Joëlle Jones, this must-have tribute comic includes stories by Ed Brubaker, Cameron Stewart, Paul Dini, Ann Nocenti, Adam Hughes, Tom King, Mikel Janín, Mindy Newell, Will Pfeifer, and Emanuela Lupacchino, as well as pinups by Steve Rude, Tula Lotay, Jim Balent, and others.

In a story that expands their monumental run, writer Ed Brubaker and artist Cameron Stewart will reprise their Catwoman collaboration with a new 12-page story, “The Art of Picking a Lock,” that takes place near end of their original dynamic story line that started with iconic storyteller Darwyn Cooke. And no stranger himself to writing dangerous antiheroes, Harley Quinn co-creator Paul Dini debuts a new character for Selina Kyle’s anniversary in a story about an exotic cat taxidermist who intends to add Catwoman to their collection!

Cameron Stewart has teased a bit of his contribution with Ed Brubaker.

In addition to Jones’s dynamic cover, fans and collectors can also look forward to eight variant covers spotlighting Catwoman throughout the decades, drawn by some of comics’ premier artists:

  • 1940s variant cover by Adam Hughes 
  • 1950s variant cover by Travis Charest 
  • 1960s variant cover by J. Scott Campbell 
  • 1970s variant cover by Frank Cho
  • 1980s variant cover by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau
  • 1990s variant cover by Gabriele Dell’Otto 
  • 2000s variant cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams 
  • 2010s variant cover by Jeehyung Lee

The Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 is a prestige format comic book retailing for $9.99 and available at local comics retailers and digital retailers on April 15, 2020.

Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1

DC Celebrates 750 Issues of ‘The Flash’ in February 2020

To celebrate a milestone in the Scarlet Speedster’s comic book run, in February 2020 DC is publishing a momentous 750th issue of The Flash with a cover by series artist Howard Porter and packed with all-new stories from across the generations and multiverses of super-speedsters. The 80-page prestige format issue debuts February 26, 2020, featuring an all-star array of top writers and artists in the Flash’s recent history.

Joining series writer Joshua Williamson for this must-have collector’s item are Geoff Johns, Marv Wolfman, Francis Manapul, Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Stephen Segovia, David Marquez, Bryan Hitch, Riley Rossmo, Scott Kolins, and Michael MoreciThe Flash #750 also features a variant cover for each decade the character has been published, including art from José Luis García-López, Jim Lee and Scott Williams and Gary Frank.

  • 1940s variant cover by Nicola Scott
  • 1950s variant cover by Gary Frank
  • 1960s variant cover by Nick Derington
  • 1970s variant cover by José Luis García-López
  • 1980s variant cover by Gabriele Dell’Otto
  • 1990s variant cover by Francesco Mattina
  • 2000s variant cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams
  • 2010s variant cover by Francis Manapul

This landmark issue of The Flash is highlighted by an original story, “The Flash Age,” that kicks off a new arc for series writer Joshua Williamson and artists Rafa Sandoval and Jordi Tarragona. Barry Allen’s life is being torn apart by a supercharged Speed Force as the story Williamson’s been building toward since issue #50 comes to a head when a new threat appears on the horizon: the deadly Paradox. Destined to destroy the Flash’s legacy, Paradox sends his herald, Godspeed, to trap the Flash family!

The Flash #750, an 80-page prestige format issue, will be available at comics retailers and digitally on February 26, 2020, for $7.99.

The Flash #750

Preview: Batman #76

Batman #76

(W) Tom King (A) Mikel Janin (CA) Gabriele Dell’Otto
In Shops: Aug 07, 2019
SRP: $4.99

“City of Bane” continues! Bane has taken over Gotham City, and Batman is nowhere to be found. At least, not a Batman anyone recognizes. Flashpoint Batman is now patrolling the city, dispensing a violent brand of justice and taking out rogue villains who haven’t yet signed on with Bane. It’s all building to a rebellion among the bad guys who don’t want to play along- and distrust in those who do! Meanwhile, a surprising ally has come to Bruce Wayne’s aid, nursing him back to health so that he can get back to his city.

Batman #76

Curt Pires and Antonio Fuso Get Wyrd at Dark Horse

There are some cases that are simply too weird for law enforcement to solve. Enter Pitor Wyrd, an un-aging, invincible detective with a penchant for the strange who steps in to assist…for a fee. Between a botched attempt at recreating a certain US supersolider, a monster roaming the countryside, and a trail of bodies, there is no case too big, too small, or too weird.

Writer Curt Pires oins forces with artist Antonio Fuso for Wyrd, a four-issue comics series that’s James Bond meets The X Files. The series is colored by Stefano Simeone and features variant covers by Jeff Lemire, Rafael Albuquerque, Gabriele Dell’Otto, and Danijel Zezelj.

Wyrd #1 (of four) goes on sale January 30, 2019.

America, X-Men Prime, and Captain America: Steve Rogers Go Back to Print

Three of the hottest titles on the stands. Three sold out comics. Marvel has announced that X-Men Prime #1, America #2 and Captain America: Steve Rogers #15 have all sold out at the distributor level (though copies may still be available at retail) and will immediately return for new printings! These three books are lighting up the industry, and now is your chance to get in on all the excitement!

First up, she’s the leader of the Ultimates. She punches so hard she can shatter the barriers between dimensions. And fans everywhere can’t stop talking about her new series! After a lightning-quick sell out of issue #1, America #2 is headed back for a new printing! What are you waiting for? Don’t miss the series that has fans buzzing!

Then, the RessurXion begins as Marvel’s Merry Mutants kick off a new beginning in X-Men Prime #1. It’s back to basics as Kitty Pryde returns to reclaim her rightful place alongside the X-Men. In the wake of their war with the Inhumans, the stage is set for a bright new beginning! Featuring lead-in stories for the highly anticipated X-Men Gold, X-Men Blue and Weapon X – this is not one to miss!

Finally, the road to the upcoming Secret Empire rolls on in Captain America #15! As Hydra’s tentacles slowly work their way across the Marvel Universe, the final seeds of Captain America’s master plan are laid here. There’s only one thing standing in his way – his arch-nemesis the Red Skull! Locked in combat once again, Captain America is done playing games and looks to put an end to the Skull once and for all!

Don’t miss these epic titles when they return to comic shops in the month of May!

AMERICA #2 SECOND PRINTING
Written by GABBY RIVERA
Art by JOE QUINONES & MING DOYLE
Cover by JOE QUINONES

 

X-MEN PRIME #1 SECOND PRINTING
Written by MARC GUGGENHEIM, CULLEN BUNN & GREG PAK
Art by KEN LASHLEY, LEONARD KIRK & IBRAIM ROBERSON
Cover by KEN LASHLEY

 

CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #15 SECOND PRINTING
Written by NICK SPENCER
Art by JAVIER PINA & ANDRES GUINALDO
Cover by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO

Preview: Captain America: Steve Rogers #15

Captain America: Steve Rogers #15

(W) Nick Spencer (A) Javier Pina (CA) Gabriele Dell’Otto
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 05, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Only one man can lead Hydra into a new age of dominance and superiority! The Red Skull believes that he is that man! But Captain America thinks otherwise… It’s a no-holds-barred final throwdown that you will not believe!

Marvel Reveals Iron Fist #1 Retailer Exclusive Variants

This March, fists and feet will fly as Danny Rand is going solo and exploding back on to the scene in the highly-anticipated Iron Fist #1! Writer Ed Brisson and Mike Perkins are bringing epic kung-fu action to a new ongoing series – as the titular hero faces a gauntlet of mystical foes!

To celebrate the release of the upcoming new series, Marvel has partnered with valued retail partners to produce custom Iron Fist #1 variant covers from blockbuster artists! Participating retailers have the opportunity to showcase Marvel’s hard-hitting new series with covers exclusive to their stores!

  • Bill Sienkiewicz – Golden Apple WonderCon 2017
  • Gabriele Dell’Otto – Frankie’s Comics
  • J. Scott Campbell Venomized/Anti-Venomized – Midtown Comics
  • John Tyler Christopher – Fried Pie Variants
  • Mike McKone – Fan Expo Dallas
  • Ryan Stegman – The Hall of Comics/CBCS

Want to know more? Fans are encouraged to check with their local comic book retailers for more information and availability for these can’t-miss variant covers. Danny Rand’s trial of mythic proportions is about to begin. Feel the fury of the Iron Fist on March 22nd!

Review: Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy #5

clone_conspiracy__5The Jackal takes drastic measures that Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen and Scarlet Spider could never see coming. This is it, the end of Marvel’s big Spider-Man event that really did shake things up in so many ways.

Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy #5 wraps up (sort of) what’s been building and been played out for months delivering a finale that’s packed with action and lots of unanswered plot lines that sets up what’s to come next.

Writer Dan Slott has guided the world of Peter Parker and Spider-Man for years now and again makes his mark with this event that gives the character new life in a way by returning villains, classic villains, and characters in a way that works in the world of Spider-Man.

As we saw with last issue Peter was trying to figure out how to stop the Jackal and his signal which threatens to kill humanity by unleashing a virus from the decomposing clones. This issue dives right into that with a solution (not really a spoiler, I mean come on!) and an ending that leaves open way too many holes.

The story is an action one, and a reset in a way that has classic villains returned, it’s a goal of the series, clearly a goal of the series that’s focused on action. But what stands this issue apart from the previous is that Slott really focuses on that action aspect. Enough of the previous issues focused on the impact of seeing these characters again on Peter that there was heart to the story. But, with this final issues fast paced nature, those moments are lost in the punching, explosions, and clone dissolving. There’s a little heart missing.

But, the issue also doesn’t feel complete. The ending, which I’m not going to spoil, leaves open a lot of doors, the whole issue really does, with questions as to who survived, who died, and where do things go from here? It’s clear we’ll see a lot of these villains returning to their ways setting up years of battling originals for Spider-Man and the event feels like it’ll be used as a crutch in that way.

I think overall The Clone Conspiracy will be judged in what comes next. It sets up a lot and leaves a lot out there, and where Slott goes next will be key. On its own it’s a perfectly entertaining Spider-Man story playing off his long history (of events).

The art by Jim Cheung continues to be exciting giving us art that pops off of the page as the art enhances Slott’s intentions. Where some are made to be heroic, Cheung perfectly places them so they strike that heroic look and giving it a push from cool to epic. The art for the entire series has been top notch and things don’t disappoint at all here.

On its own, this finale leaves a bit too much out there for me and doesn’t quite feel like the conclusion I was hoping for, instead it acts as a set-up for what’s next. Still, the story overall is entertaining delivering a Spider-Man event that builds on some classics in new ways.

Story: Dan Slott Art: Jim Cheung Cover: Gabriele Dell’Otto
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Clone Conspiracy #5

The Clone Conspiracy #5

(W) Dan Slott (A) Jim Cheung (CA) Gabriele Dell’Otto
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 15, 2017
SRP: $3.99

THE SPIDER-EVENT OF THE YEAR CONCLUDES!

The Jackal takes drastic measures that Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen and Scarlet Spider could never see coming. Jackal’s coup de grâce not only sets a host of resurrected villains loose on the unsuspecting streets of San Francisco, but threatens the lives of everyone on Earth! After months of waiting, heartache and incredible surprises, THIS is the issue Spider-fans around the world will be talking about for years to come!

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