DC has announced the release date for Batman: Earth One Vol. 3. The graphic novel will be released on June 8, 2021. Geoff Johns returns to the standalone graphic novel series and joining him is Gary Frank, Jon Sibal, and Brad Anderson. In the third volume of the series, a mysteriously well-armed gang of thieves thrusts Gotham City into a state of fear. The criminals are highly organized and locked and loaded with the latest in military-grade weapons: flame-throwers, grenade-launchers, and even tanks.
And this gang claims it is funded by none other than former district attorney Harvey Dent. But Harvey Dent is dead…isn’t he?
Balancing his two lives, Bruce Wayne must find the truth with the help of his growing network of agents, including Alfred, Jim Gordon, Waylon “Killer Croc” Jones, and the savvy new Catwoman. However, Bruce finds himself distracted by the seemingly impossible return of another figure believed dead—his grandfather, Adrian Arkham. He must also comfort his longtime friend, Gotham City Mayor Jessica Dent, who is scarred both physically and mentally from her experience with the Riddler which resulted in the gruesome death of her brother.
But Harvey seems to be back, plotting revenge on a city he proclaims to be guilty. And when Batman discovers the truth to these many mysteries, his entire world starts to unravel…
On this episode of Comics Deserve Better, Brian and Logan geek out about the darkly comedic, crime comic 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank by Matthew Rosenberg, Tyler Boss, and Thomas Mauer.
They break down the cast of annoying, yet endearing middle-school-aged characters, their favorite sequences, and the connections that this Black Mask Studios masterpiece has to other works of pop culture. Brian and Logan also discuss the latest indie comics news, including Graham Coxon‘s comic Superstate from Z2, the announcement of Vault‘s queer monster love story Hollow Heart and Geoff Johns and Gary Frank‘s creator-owned series Geiger, and a new ordering format from Scout Comics. They also talk about the upcoming Black Hammer: Visions and their dream creators on the miniseries. Other comics mentioned on the show are We Only Find Them When They’re Dead, Getting It Together, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and 12 Reasons to Die. (Episode art by Tyler Boss)
Geoff Johns and Gary Frank of DC’s Doomsday Clock reteam for a brand new series in 2021, Geiger. The new series will take local comic shops by storm in April from Image Comics.
Who are the scavengers of a dying earth? Geiger is set in the years since a nuclear war ravaged the planet, desperate outlaws battle for survival in a world of radioactive chaos. Out past the poisoned wasteland lives a man even the Nightcrawlers and Organ People fear. Some name him Joe Glow, others call him The Meltdown Man. But his name… is Geiger.
Geiger #1 will be available at comic book shops in April 2021.
ComiXology has eight new digital comics available for purchase right now. There’s a mix of what you can get including new digital comics from Marvel, Harlequin, and graphic novel from SelfMadeHero. Check out all of the releases here or the individual releases below.
Captain America And The Falcon: The Swine
Written by Jack Kirby Art by Jack Kirby Cover by Jack Kirby Purchase
Collects Captain America #206-214 and Annual #3-4.
The King keeps Cap’s quests coming with menaces from deep in space and deeper in the human soul! Even the evil of the Red Skull might pale before the fearsome Bio-Fanatic! Plus: Magneto and a rarely seen batch of evil mutants! Featuring the Falcon and Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D.!
Written by Garth Ennis Art by Darick Robertson Cover by Gary Frank Purchase
Collects Fury: Peacemaker #1-6.
Before he presided over S.H.I.E.L.D., before he ran with the Howling Commandos, Sgt. Nick Fury fought on the blood-stained sands of the Tunisian desert. It was there that he came face-to-face with the incomparable might of the 21st Panzer Division and its skilled warrior commander, General Stephen Barkhorn, and barely lived to tell about it. And it was there that he got a second chance at life – and revenge. In this gripping tale, Garth Ennis (GHOST RIDER, PUNISHER) and Darick Robertson (PUNISHER: BORN) offer a never-before-seen glimpse into the soul of a warrior you only think you know.
The Guardian’s Dilemma: The Steepwood Scandal
Written by Gail Whitiker Art by Chieko Hara Purchase
Schoolteacher Helen starts sweating the moment she sees Oliver, the guardian of a new student. She wonders if he remembers saving her all those years ago from her aristocratic employer’s wandering hands. Oliver remembers, all right, and can hardly believe an aristocrat’s prostitute could become a teacher! Does he dare leave his young stepsister in the care of this lewd woman?
The Maid Of Lorne
Written by Terri Brisbin Art by Kaishi Sakuya Purchase
During a revolt by the Scottish army against the king, Lara and her siblings are captured along with their father, the leader of their clan. By order of the king, Lara is forced to marry Sebastien, the king’s loyal subordinate. If she refuses, she and her family will be killed. On the verge of despair, she makes up her mind to fulfill her duty as the daughter of a clan leader. On their wedding night, Lara is terrified, but Sebastien treats her gently. She is surprised at first but ultimately follows his lead. But there is a secret behind his gentle demeanor…
Written by Steve Englehart, Justin Gray, Karl Kesel, Joe R. Lansdale, Jim McCann, Jimmy Palmiotti, Jeff Parker, Dan Slott, Fred Van Lente Art by Homs, Eduardo Barreto, Tomm Coker, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Rafa Garres, Federica Manfredi, Jimmy Palmiotti, Marshall Rogers, David Williams Cover by Eric Powell, Marshall Rogers Purchase
Collects Marvel Westerns: The Two-Gun Kid, Marvel Westerns: Western Legends, Marvel Westerns: Kid Colt And The Arizona Girl, Marvel Westerns: Strange Westerns Starring The Black Rider, And The Marvel Westerns: Outlaw Files Handbook.
Marvel’s masked men ride again in all-new tales by a posse of today’s most talented creators! It’s the raucous return of Two-Gun Kid, Hurricane, Red Wolf, the Man From Fort Rango, Kid Colt, Arizona Annie, the Black Rider, Gunhawk and more! And introducing the Philadelphia Filly and Spender! Plus: re-presenting the origin of Rawhide Kid by Jack “King” Kirby and other classic Marvel Western tales.
Punisher: Very Special Holidays
Written by Andy Diggle, Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti Art by Paul Gulacy, Kyle Hotz, Mark Texeira Cover by Mark Texeira Purchase
Collects Punisher: Red X-Mas, Punisher: Bloody Valentine And Punisher: Silent Night.
Spend the holidays with the Punisher! In RED X-MAS, ’tis the season – for revenge. Following an eight-casket funeral, a group of vengeful mob widows go holiday shopping for the perfect assassin to take down the man responsible – and enlist the services of the lovely and lethal Sicilian assassin known as Suspiria! In BLOODY VALENTINE, something sparks the little black pit in Frank Castle’s chest – the one that used to be a heart! Suspiria’s back, and she wants to kiss and make up. It seems the murderous pair have a mutual enemy, an arch-villain whose pursuit will take them to Suspiria’s home turf of Rome. Can Frank withstand his partner’s charms? Does he want to? And finally, are you ready for a little holiday cheer? No? Neither is Frank Castle. In SILENT NIGHT, he’s more interested in tracking down a mob rat in the witness protection program and punishing him. But to do that, he’ll have to face his greatest foe. Hint: He’s fat, dresses in red and sports a white beard!
Shanna, The She-Devil
Written by Frank Cho Art by Frank Cho Cover by Frank Cho Purchase
Collects Shanna The She-Devil #1-7.
She’s bold, she’s beautiful, and she’s your best hope of escaping the raptors nipping at your heels. She’s Shanna, the She-Devil! Award-winning creator Frank Cho brings you Marvel’s bodacious jungle girl as you’ve never seen her before: Reborn from Nazi science gone mad to battle her genetic destiny on an island full of prehistoric horrors. Trust us, Shanna has never looked this good…or acted this bad.
Emil Zátopek is arguably the greatest Olympic champion of all time. The Czech runner’s three gold medals at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Olympics, for the 5,000 meter, 10,000 meter, and marathon is an achievement that has never been matched. His success as a runner made him a national hero, but as a public figure, outspoken and unafraid to take a stand, he was equally impressive. Even before the Helsinki Games, Zátopek had scored a remarkable victory, successfully pressuring the Communist regime to allow his colleague Stanislav Jungwirth, who until then had been excluded on political grounds, to compete. In Zátopek, Jan Novák and Jaromír 99 trace the extraordinary life and times of the great Olympian, from his first meeting with Dana, the love of his life, to the victories that would ensure his lasting legacy.
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(W) Robert Venditti (A) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira (CA) Gary Frank In Shops: Jun 24, 2020 SRP: $3.99
“Vengeance Is Thine” conclusion! The Justice League battles through the dreaded Pit of Tartarus, mythological prison to the most wretched creatures imaginable. Batman, Superman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman must resolve their long-held grudges while they still can-and before the world burns. Yet even if they succeed, they must still defeat the monster that lives and rules at the dark base of Tartarus.
(W) Robert Venditti (A) Xermanico (CA) Gary Frank In Shops: Jun 10, 2020 SRP: $3.99
“Vengeance Is Thine” part three! On Themyscira, peace hangs in the balance when the Justice League is caught trespassing on the island of the Amazons! As the Spectre’s wave of vengeance sweeps across the world, the island is now twisted with rage. In order to quell mass retribution, the team must enter the Pit of Tartarus and find Jim Corrigan, but first they will have to fight their way into it-among each other and with their not-so-gracious Amazonian hosts!
DC is expanding its digital releases with DC’s Digital Firstpublishing program, home of bestselling titles Injustice: Gods Among Us, DC Comics: Bombshells, the new Batman: The Adventures Continue, and many more fan-favorite comics. Under the robust new program, comic book readers will have more variety of content and immediate access to stories that have never been available on digital platforms.
The first week of DC Digital First titles include:
These series are new to DC Digital First, having previously been exclusive to DC Giants.
While regularly scheduled and solicited print comics, traditionally available on Wednesdays, will continue to be available day-and-date digitally on Tuesdays moving forward, DC Digital First comics will be released seven days a week.
In addition, on Monday DC is launching DC Essential Reads, a free digital promotion providing first issues of some of the most iconic graphic novels and collected editions in the DC library. Available until June 8th on a variety of digital platforms, DC Essential Reads titles include Watchmen #1 by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons,Batman #608 by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex Sinclair, The Sandman #1 by Neil Gaiman and Sam Kieth, Dark Nights: Metal #1 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, Doomsday Clock #1 by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank,Crisis on Infinite Earths #1by Marv Wolfman and George Perez,Mister Miracle #1 by Tom King and Mitch Gerads, and more.
DC Digital First comics and DC Essential Readsfree issues will all be available from participating digital retailers, including ReadDC.com, Comixology, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and more.
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This May, DC’s history unfolds with Generation One: Age of Mysteries. It’s the first of five oversized prestige format one-shots. Each will detail a different age in DC’s superhero legacy. The line of comics kicks off on Free Comic Book Day with Generation Zero: Gods Among Us.
The one-shots will bring the DC timeline to life. Each will spotlight the universe’s 80-plus-year publishing history and chart the course for the future of it all. “Everything counts.”
Readers of Generation One: Age of Mysteries will witness firsthand major events from throughout the history of the DC universe as seen through the eyes of characters like Wonder Woman, Lucius Fox, Alfred Pennyworth, Green Lantern (Alan Scott), The Spectre (Jim Corrigan), Mister Terrific (Terry Sloane), and others. The series of one-shots will also expose secrets from DC’s history, such as:
What was the previously undocumented “big bang” of the Age of Mysteries?
Which character truly ushers in the dawn of Super Heroes, inspiring all the rest?
What was the real reason behind the Justice Society of America’s retirement?
Which Golden Age hero will become history’s greatest villain?
What contentious alliance kept the Wayne family dynasty alive after Thomas and Martha’s deaths?
Who are the new, never-seen-before wildcards that will be instrumental in fashioning DC’s push to the future?
The five books will have all the answers to these questions, setting up storylines while laying the groundwork for more eto come. The five Generation issues will feature a who’s who of creative talent, with an overarching story by Brian Michael Bendis, Dan Jurgens, Andy Schmidt, Robert Venditti, and Joshua Williamson, illustrated by artists including Doug Mahnke, Bryan Hitch, Mikel Janín, Ivan Reis, David Marquez, and more.
Generation One: Age of Mysteries is scripted by Andy Schmidt, with lead art by Doug Mahnke. Each of DC’s Generation one-shots will feature a cover by Jim Cheung and a variant cover by Gary Frank. Generation Two: Age of the Metahuman, Generation Three: Age of Crisis, Generation Four: Age of Rebirth and Generation Five: Age of Tomorrow will follow monthly after Generation One: Age of Mysteries.
Generation One: Age of Mysteries is a 48-page, Prestige format one-shot on sale at comic book stores and participating online retailers on May 27, 2020.
Written by Joe Hill Art by Stuart Immonen Colored by Dave Stewart Lettered by Deron Bennett Cover by Jeremy Wilson Variant cover by Gary Frank In shops February 19, 2020 Final orders due January 27, 2020 SRP: $3.99
Hill House Comics Brings New Terror from Beneath the Waves in Plunge!
What happens when you combine horror icon Joe Hill (Basketful of Heads, Locke & Key), the return of legendary artist Stuart Immonen (Superman: Secret Identity), covers by Jeremy Wilson, variant covers by Gary Frank, the tension of deep sea exploration, mysterious cargo and the innate fear of sharks, together in one package?
You get the next spine-tingling launch from DC’s Hill House Comics, Plunge!
In the aftermath of a devastating tsunami, an exploration vessel known as the Derleth begins sending an automated distress signal from a remote atoll in the Bering Strait. The only problem is that the Derleth has been missing for 40 years. Marine biologist Moriah Lamb joins the Carpenter Salvage team to recover the Derleth’s dead…only to find that in this remote part of the Arctic Circle the dead have plenty to say to the living…
Joe Hill, Stuart Immonen, Dave Stewart and Deron Bennett’s plunge into terror begins here, featuring covers by Jeremy Wilson and variant covers by Gary Frank!
On March 4th, the landmark The Flash #750 hits comic book stores and participating digital retailers, spotlighting the Scarlet Speedster and including incredible stories from Flash’s past, present and future. This oversized tribute to one of pop culture’s speediest heroes is guaranteed to become a collectors’ item when it hits stores!
This collectability will be further enhanced by some of comics’ most talented artists, honoring the Flash in a series of variant covers that celebrate The Fastest Man Alive throughout the decades:
1940 – Nicola Scott and Annette Kwok
1950 – Gary Frank and Brad Anderson
1960 – Nick Derington
1970 – José Luis García-López, and Alex Sinclair
1980 – Gabriele Dell’Otto
1990 – Francesco Mattina
2000 – Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex Sinclair
2010 – Francis Manapul
The Flash #750 is a 96-page prestige format one-shot comic book, debuting in comic book stores and participating online retailers on March 4, 2020, for $9.99.