(W) Jody Houser (A) Rachael Stott (CA) Kevin Maguire In Shops: Mar 25, 2020 SRP: $3.99
Supergirl is out of control! Having fully succumbed to the Batman Who Laughs’ deadly infection, she has left her boundaries behind and is flexing her power to the world. Is even Wonder Woman a match for a Kryptonian fully unleashed? The hope is that the true Kara Zor-El is still inside this rampaging monster, and that she’ll come to her senses. But even if she does, will she ever be the same? The consequences of the Dark Multiverse infection could change Supergirl forever…and not for the better! Don’t miss this do-or-die conclusion to the “The Infected”!
Now that he’s revealed his secret identity to the world, there’s no way things slow down for the Man of Steel! Heading into the Summer it looks like award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis and a host of all-star artistic talent have every intention of keeping the heat on Entertainment Weekly’s “Superhero of the Year” all summer long!
In the pages of Superman #24 (on sale June 10), Kevin Maguire joins Bendis to tell a tale of Superman’s legendary susceptibility to magic, and how a new villain is about to use that to turn Big Blue’s life inside out and upside down. This mysterious character has come into Superman’s world to pit him against the most powerful sorcerer and agent for the Lords of Order: Doctor Fate!
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS Art by KEVIN MAGUIRE Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO Variant cover by BRYAN HITCH Wonder Woman 1984 variant cover by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO ON SALE 06.10.20 | $3.99 US | 32 PAGES FC | DC
Action Comics #1024
Next, in the pages of June 24th’s Action Comics #1024, the fallout from Superman: Villains continues as Clark Kent steps out into the world as a reporter for the first time! Metropolis has been rocked by Lex Luthor’s latest attack and the drama surrounding Superman’s truth, and that gives the invisible mafia a new foothold to change the City of Tomorrow forever. Meanwhile, the Daily Planet is under siege!
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS Art and cover by JOHN ROMITA JR. and KLAUS JANSON Variant cover by LUCIO PARRILLO Wonder Woman 1984 variant cover by FRANK CHO ON SALE 06.24.20 $3.99 US | 32 PAGES FC | DC
Event Leviathan: Checkmate #3
Also, on sale June 24, the Man of Steel makes a guest appearance in this next surprising chapter in DC’s saga of high-stakes espionage! Green Arrow’s team of super-spies—including the Question, Manhunter, Lois Lane, and Talia al Ghul—has infiltrated Leviathan! Along the way, they learn that one of their own is a secret Leviathan agent who plans to betray the new Checkmate from the start!
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS Art and cover by ALEX MALEEV Variant cover by MATT TAYLOR ON SALE 06.24.20 $3.99 US | 3 OF 6 |32 PAGES FC | DC
Legion of Super-Heroes #8
And just to show dear old Dad that the heat is on in the 31st Century too, Superboy makes a discovery about the future that will change everything he knows when he discovers a new Krypton! This new story arc also begins with the United Planets in a war that threatens to divide the League into separate camps, as Ultra Boy’s homeworld of Rimbor and Chameleon Boy’s homeworld of Durla declare interplanetary war!
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS Art and cover by RYAN SOOK Variant cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN ON SALE 06.03.20 $3.99 US | 32 PAGES FC | DC
I’m totally okay with Brian Michael Bendis finally allowing Superman to reveal his secret identity as Clark Kent. It seems like a sales gimmick or one that will be walked back in a couple years. It’s remarkably in-character and makes up for the half-assed “mystery” that was Event Leviathan. Superman: Heroes #1 shows the reactions to the big reveal. It does so from a variety of perspectives from Lois Lane to the Justice League. Drawn by the fantastic Kevin Maguire! to Clark Kent’s high school chemistry teacher in a sweet story by Matt Fraction and Scott Godlewski. Fraction also pens Jimmy Olsen’s reaction to his “pal” losing the secret identity. That features slick, emotive art from his Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen collaborator Steve Lieber.
And wait, that not’s all. After being terse in the Maguire 12 panel grid sequences, Batman gets to open up to Wonder Woman about his true feelings in regards to Superman’s reveal. It’s a powerful story written by Greg Rucka and drawn in atmospheric shadows by Mike Perkins. However, there’s room for comedy too. Booster Gold finally gets to shout that Superman is Clark Kent after keeping it in for so long because he’s from the future. This comic is a true marriage of different tones. Art and writing styles from Bendis and Maguire set up a running Plastic man gag to Batman coming up with legit, devil’s advocate style arguments for why Superman revealing his secret identity to the world is a terrible idea.
Bendis, Fraction, Rucka, Maguire, Perkins, Lieber, Mike Norton, and Godlewski use Superman: Heroes to show how important Superman is to the both the community of heroes in the DC Universe and the superhero genre as a whole. They also show his roots in Smallville, connections to Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen, and the consequences of his actions. The best parts of this comic are connected to Smallville. The opening scene features a great conversation between Ma and Pa Kent and young Clark about feeling different or weird and having a greater responsibility to the world because of his abilities.
The Fraction/Godlewski Superman and his chemistry teacher scene is really Eisner-worthy. From Godlewski’s clean line and the vivid colors to the underlying theme that it’s been Clark’s work ethic and moral compass that made him a great hero and man and not his superpowers. I also love how he draws Superman’s smile. Even if this means he got a C- in molecular chemistry. Clark Kent is the kid at the end of the bench who hustles for every loose ball, or the student that stays up late and goes to extra tutoring sessions that just happens to have the power of a god. Matt Fraction demonstrates his understanding of Superman’s moral character that pervades the “Truth” storyline as well as his, Rucka, and Bendis’ take on the Metropolis side of the DC Universe.
As evidenced by the “King Superman” plotline brewing over in Superman, Bendis isn’t afraid to look at the negative consequences of Superman revealing his secret identity. That extends to the moral dilemma he’s in as the Daily Planet is owned by Marisol Leone. However, that will be covered in later stories. Maybe Action Comics once the “Year of the Villain” shenanigans are over.
As I’ve mentioned a few times, Rucka and Perkins dig into it immediately in the form of the other 2/3 of the Trinity have a spirited conversation where neither Bruce or Diana is in the right. I really love the panels at the end of scene where Perkins’ heavy shadows lighten, and Diana tells Bruce that maybe he’s jealous that Superman can live his life out in the open and whole. The specters of Tom King’s botched Bat-marriage hang in the shadows of this one. Rucka’s dialogue gets to the core of Batman’s identity issues that have pervaded his best stories. He can’t retire or be a public-facing, but must strike fear into criminals as an archetype of fear.
Superman: Heroes #1 is a high note for Brian Michael Bendis’ current run on the Superman titles. It also features insightful writing from Matt Fraction as well as Greg Rucka reminding readers that he’s one of the greatest Batman and Wonder Woman writers. On the visual side, Mike Perkins shows a conversation can have just as much power as a good fight scene. Kevin Maguire is still the master of the superhero group shot. Steve Lieber’s comedic timing and use of beats works for friends being open and vulnerable together. Even if you aren’t current on Bendis’ Superman comics, Superman: Heroes #1 is worth picking up and dropping $5.99 on. It’s an intelligent and heartwarming take on the first superhero.
Story: Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Greg Rucka Art: Kevin Maguire, Mike Perkins, Steve Lieber Art: Mike Norton, Scott GodlewskiColors:Paul Mounts, Gabe Eltaeb Colors: Andy Troy, Nathan Fairbairn Letters: Clayton Cowles, Troy Peteri, Simon Bowland Story: 9.5 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy
(W) Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Jody Houser, Greg Rucka (A) Kevin Maguire, Steve Lieber, Mike Perkins, Others (CA) Bryan Hitch In Shops: Feb 12, 2020 SRP: $5.99
Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, the staff of the Daily Planet, even the Justice League-their lives all changed when Superman revealed his secret identity to the world! This unique Superman experience explores what the identity of Clark Kent meant to those close to him-and what their relationship to Superman will be in the future. All the rules are about to change-and it all starts here.
The dream team of writers Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Greg Rucka, and Jody Houser team up for this amazing special, with art anchored by DC legend Kevin Maguire, plus sequences focusing on each corner of the Superman universe by artists Steve Lieber (Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen) and Mike Perkins (Lois Lane). ONE-SHOT
(W) Jody Houser (A) Rachael Stott (CA) Kevin Maguire In Shops: Feb 12, 2020 SRP: $3.99
After the Lasso of Truth reveals something unexpected about Supergirl’s infection, Wonder Woman is quickly running out of ways to try to bring Kara back peacefully. Making matters worse, the government has sent robotic military backup to Smallville to deal with the possible atomic threat of Infected Supergirl-and neither Wonder Woman nor Supergirl is prepared for the innocent casualties this could mean for the town.
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Kevin Maguire, Sean Parsons (CA) Ivan Reis, Joe Prado In Shops: Nov 13, 2019 SRP: $3.99
Superman’s new Fortress of Solitude sits in the most remote corner of the Bermuda Triangle. Constructed using Kryptonian technology far beyond anything our world knows, filled with intergalactic, pan-dimensional secrets from all over the Multiverse…how could it possibly be missing?
(W) Marc Andreyko (A) Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira (CA) Kevin Maguire In Shops: Sep 04, 2019 SRP: $3.99
As the House of El is united, Superman, Supergirl, Superboy, and Jor El struggle to defeat the seemingly unstoppable Rogol Zaar, who is now teamed up with General Zod and Jax-Ur. New alliances are forged and betrayals are plenty, all leading to a shocking visit from some friends from the 31st century!
Join us on the epic finale to the Supergirl’s space opera adventure!
(W) Marc Andreyko (A) Kevin Maguire, Sean Parsons (CA) Kaare Andrews In Shops: Jul 10, 2019 SRP: $4.99
The conclusion to the SUPERMAN/SUPERGIRL team-up is here! As the House of El is united, Superman, Supergirl, Superboy and Jor-El struggle to defeat the seemingly unstoppable Rogol Zaar, who is now teamed up with General Zod, Jax-Ur and even Gandelo! New alliances are forged and betrayed, and Kara must fight battles on two fronts: alongside her cousins and inside herself, as she faces her own rage and the corrupting influence of Zaar’s axe! If she survives it all, who will be the Supergirl who emerges on the other side? Join us on the epic finale to Supergirl’s space-opera adventure! Also, if Brainiac is in the Hall of Doom, why is Lex Luthor upgrading an old Brainiac drone body? And why is the drone calling itself the true Brainiac?
(W) Marc Andreyko (A) Kevin Maguire, Sean Parsons (CA) Yanick Paquette RATED T In Shops: Jun 12, 2019 SRP: $3.99
The House of El is united in this SUPERMAN/SUPERGIRL crossover! The Superman Family must unite to banish Rogol Zaar once and for all! But little do Supergirl, Superman, Superboy and Jor-El know, Rogol Zaar has brought some friends of his own…from the Phantom Zone! Supergirl not only has to make sure that Rogol Zaar doesn’t unite with his ax at all costs, but also has to deal with how the 10-year-old Superboy is now her age! This is the start of an intergalactic war you don’t want to miss!
(W) Marc Andreyko (A) Kevin Maguire (CA) Yanick Paquette In Shops: May 08, 2019 SRP: $3.99
If you want to do something right, do it yourself-the crystalline Lord Gandelo is tired of sending others to kill Supergirl and has arrived to destroy the Girl of Steel herself! It’s an all-out fight as crystal battles steel-and Supergirl must choose between avenging Krypton and sparing a wicked life.