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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Review: Dark Ride #2

Dark Ride #2

I’m not a big horror fan. Slasher films or massively gory ones are generally not my thing. So, it’s interesting when I find a horror story I like. Comics have given me an opportunity to explore more and over the years I’ve gone from disliking the entire genre to subsets of it. The first issue of Dark Ride had me intrigued and Dark Ride #2 continues that and also hit me in the gut with what’s inside.

Co-created by writer Joshua Williamson and artist Andrei Bressan the series is about an amusement park whose founder made a deal with the devil for success. Now, with the park floundering his son, Sam, is attempting to right the ship. During that, he must deal with his sister Halloween who’s a celebrity/influencer and whose solutions seem to revolve around herself. There’s also a park employee who disappeared last issue and may have been murdered. Also, Sam’s daughter. It’s that last bit that’s a gut punch.

As a father, it’s interesting reading Dark Ride #2 and seeing Sam overwhelmed with everything. He’s trying to keep things afloat causing distractions and that includes neglecting his daughter. I can’t say this isn’t something I haven’t experienced. It happens and it not only makes Sam as a character more grounded, but also clearly one we should be cheering for. And as a father, it also makes the ending of the comic a rough one, not something I’ll spoil but be prepared.

Bressan’s art is fantastic as usual. With Adriano Lucas on color and Pat Brosseau on lettering, the comic has a great style about it. There’s a “comic” style about it with a tinge of horror. It balances things quite well delivering a slightly ominous vibe about it all but also keeping things light at times and adding a bit of humor here and there. It’d be easy to go over the top but instead the style of the comic straddles the line of the visual genre it depicts. It’ll be interesting if the gore increase how the style will reflect that but overall the comic does an excellent job of making all of that secondary. It delivers a tense vibe though that fits perfectly with the story.

Dark Ride #2 is a fantastic second issue. There’s a great mystery here but it also delivers levity and grounded situations we, the readers, can relate to. It could easily have gone all in on the horror aspect but it’s clear the creative team has something greater planned for us. This is a series to dive into before it’s too late!

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Andrei Bressan
Color: Adriano Lucas Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Dark Crisis #6 (of 7)

Dark Crisis #6 (of 7)

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Daniel Sampere, Alejandro Sanchez
In Shops: Nov 08, 2022
SRP: $4.99

War erupts as more heroes are taken at the hands of Pariah! The fate of the Multiverse depends on the young heroes of the DCU as they clash with Deathstroke and the Dark Army! Can the resurrected Justice League race home to Earth-Zero in time to join the fight…even if it could mean that not everyone gets to return?! And what dark powerhouse rises on the battlefield? Do not miss this incredible breakneck battle royale!

Dark Crisis #6 (of 7)

The ride continues in this first look of Dark Ride #2

Skybound has unveiled a first look at Dark Ride #2, the next issue of the smash-hit new horror comic book series from the iconic Birthright team of Joshua Williamson and Andrei Bressan that takes place at The Scariest Place on Earth. Dark Ride #2 will arrive in comic book shops November 9, 2022

After the unbelievable final page of the last issue, you aren’t prepared to learn more about The Scariest Place on Earth! Sam Dante and his sister Halloween will do anything to bring Danny D. Evil and Devil Land to audiences around the world…but is there any line they won’t cross to ensure their family’s legacy? 

Dark Ride #2 boasts a stacked variant cover lineup that will continue through the series’ first arc. In addition to the main cover by Bressan and series colorist Adriano Lucas, Dark Ride’s Cover B variant spotlights park mascot Danny D. Evil, with issue #2 cover by Werther Dell’Ederawhile Cover C showcases Devil Land’s resident femme fatale and horror aficionado, Halloween, with the first four issues’ cover art by Sweeney Boo.  

Additionally, superstar creator Tony Fleecs is art directing a classic homage poster variant program. The 1:25 incentives will span the Cover D slot of Dark Ride’s first four issues, bringing on a new guest artist for each cover. Agnes Garbowska is the artist at the helm for issue #2, with the Dark Ride world’s rendition of Beauty and the Demon. 

The full list of covers is below: 

  • Dark Ride #2 CVR A by Bressan & Lucas (Diamond Code SEP220252) 
  • Dark Ride #2 CVR B (Danny D. Evil Mascot Variant) by Dell’Edera (SEP220253) 
  • Dark Ride #2 CVR C (Halloween Character Spotlight Variant) by Boo (SEP220254)  
  • Dark Ride #2 CVR D 1:25 INCV (Classic Homage Poster Cover) by Garbowska & Fleecs (SEP220255) 
Dark Ride #2

Preview: Rogues #4 (of 4)

Rogues #4 (of 4)

(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Leomacs (CA) Sam Wolfe Connelly
In Shops: Oct 18, 2022
SRP: $6.99

Gorilla City blues! All the Rogues wanted was a better life for themselves. But that’s all over thanks to all their greed and backstabbing. Those still left alive are busted up with their backs against the wall, and Grodd’s forces are closing in. With no heroes racing to save them, they must make a deadly deal with Gorilla Grodd to survive.

Rogues #4 (of 4)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Preview: Dark Crisis: The Deadly Green #1

Dark Crisis: The Deadly Green #1

(W) Joshua Williamson, Various (A) Daniel Bayliss, Various (CA) Goni Montes
In Shops: Oct 04, 2022
SRP: $5.99

SUPERMAN AND SWAMP THING UNCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE GREAT DARKNESS!
During the original Crisis on Infinite Earths, Swamp Thing encountered and formed a truce with the Great Darkness, but this ancient force has been awakened by Pariah and now its influence is felt across the Multiverse. Now the Avatar of the Green must work together with new allies to investigate how far it’s spread and why it would work with Pariah. If they want to stop the Great Darkness from swallowing the Green, they need some extra help…ENTER: SUPER SWAMP THING.

Dark Crisis: The Deadly Green #1

Preview: Dark Crisis #5 (of 7)

Dark Crisis #5 (of 7)

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Daniel Sampere, Alejandro Sanchez
In Shops: Oct 04, 2022
SRP: $4.99

WAR AT THE HALL OF JUSTICE! After the shocking events of the last issue, Pariah has won. And now his Dark Army is poised for the invasion of our world. It’s up to the Titans to rally the remaining heroes to defeat Deathstroke’s ever-growing forces and avert total destruction! An epic war starts on the steps of the Hall of Justice, and only a miracle could help the heroes now. But all hope is not lost, as the worlds without a Justice League have begun to loosen their grip…but can the heroes return to Earth if it means one member of the Justice League could be lost forever?

Dark Crisis #5 (of 7)

Review: Dark Ride #1

Dark Ride #1

We got a bit of a tease of Dark Ride in Skybound’s Skybound X anthology. It was a glimpse of the horror themed park but not much beyond that. The visuals were great and there was a twisted sense to it. Dark Ride #1 officially kicks off the anticipated series co-created by Joshua Williamson and Andrei Bressan and delivers a perfect debut for the Halloween season.

Written by Williamson, Dark Ride #1 takes us to the scariest place on Earth after a brief tease of the concept. The story is smart focusing on a new hire whose first day delivers a tour of the park and introduction to the characters. It’s a park on the edge with declining revenue and needing something to excite attendees and fans. We eventually meet the trio of individuals at the head of the park, siblings who don’t get along and a recluse of a father and founder of it all. But, it’s that new hire that’s the interesting aspect.

Like a Tales from the Crypt or other horror anthology series, Williamson delivers a nice twist at the end of things that’ll take the series in a somewhat unexpected direction. It’s a nice move that creates so much potential for what’s to come and delivers a bit of fun to the horror of it all. There’s an underlying aspect that’ll keep readers guessing where it’s all going to go.

The art by Andrei Bressan is excellent. With color by Adriano Lucas and lettering by Pat Brosseau, Dark Ride #1 has a look that feels like it’d fit this sort of world in real life. There’s a scariness about the park but one that’s also a bit commercial. There’s a pop sense to it all and that’s enhanced by the bright colors (reds and yellows) and design of the characters. It’s horror barely on the surface, commercial and watered down in ways. A “horror” that’s easily digestible by the public but there’s a bit of dread underneath it all.

Dark Ride #1 is an interesting and intriguing debut. There’s a lot of directions it can go and with the way the first issue plays out, who knows what’s to come. There’s a fun ride to it all, one that horror fans and beyond will want to check out.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Andrei Bressan
Color: Adriano Lucas Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Dark Crisis: The Deadly Green #1

Dark Crisis: The Deadly Green #1

(W) Joshua Williamson, Various (A) Daniel Bayliss, Various (CA) Goni Montes
In Shops: Oct 04, 2022
SRP: $5.99

SUPERMAN AND SWAMP THING UNCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE GREAT DARKNESS!
During the original Crisis on Infinite Earths, Swamp Thing encountered and formed a truce with the Great Darkness, but this ancient force has been awakened by Pariah and now its influence is felt across the Multiverse. Now the Avatar of the Green must work together with new allies to investigate how far it’s spread and why it would work with Pariah. If they want to stop the Great Darkness from swallowing the Green, they need some extra help…ENTER: SUPER SWAMP THING.

Dark Crisis: The Deadly Green #1
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