Written by Mark Russell Pencils Marco Santucci Inks Marco Santucci Colored by John Kalisz On Sale: May 10, 2020 Purchase
Word has gotten out about the existence of Swamp Thing—and now tourists are swarming the swamp looking for a glimpse of the bigfoot of the bayou. The sudden popularity only accelerates Sunderland Corporation’s plans to destroy him, but Swamp Thing finds help from an unexpected quarter…whether he wants it or not.
In these uncertain times, new solutions are being found in the comic industry. That includes new distribution, new release schedules, and even new use of technology. DC has shifted their Digital Firsts program to now run seven days a week with a new release every day!
Check out what you can expect this upcoming week.
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #2
“Against the Odds” by Rob Venditti, Paul Pelletier, Drew Hennessy, Adriano Lucas, and Clayton Cowles Purchase: Kindle – comiXology
Someone is running bets on Superman’s exploits throughout Metropolis and putting ordinary citizens in harm’s way. Can Superman locate this villainous gambler in time or will the house take all?!
Batman: Gotham Nights #2
“Bad Actors” by Michael Grey, Ryan Benjamin, Richard Friend, Alex Sinclair, and Troy Peteri Purchase: Kindle – comiXology
It’s a mad dash as Batman races to stop a murderous plan—but when the villain is revealed to be in two places at once, and the victim turns out to be not so innocent, Batman must make the ultimate choice in a fight against Clayface.
Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #2
“The Curse of K2” by Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran, Hi-Fi, and Travis Lanham Purchase: Kindle – comiXology
Wonder Woman must rescue Lois Lane on an expedition to the treacherous mountain K2! Lois is hot on the trail of a missing group of female climbers who are hoping to conquer the peak. But what dangers lurk in k2’s snow-covered caverns—and can Princess Diana keep the Daily Planet’s intrepid reporter safe?
Aquaman: Deep Dives #2
“Sea Devils” by Michael Grey, Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan, Hi-Fi, and Wes Abbott Purchase: Kindle – comiXology
Aquaman and the Sea Devils team up to stop a group of polluters—and a radioactive creature from the deep!
Flash: Fastest Man Alive #2
“Run Like There’s No Tomorrow” by Gail Simone, Clayton Henry, Marcelo Maiolo, and Rob Leigh Purchase: Kindle – comiXology
A time-traveling soldier arrives in Central City and her mission is to kill the Fastest Man Alive! But what is it that the Flash did (or will do) to destroy her world—and is there a way he can prevent it without dying?
DC Super Hero Girls: Infinite Frenemies #2
“Panicked at the Disco” by Amanda Deibert, Erich Owen, and Gabriela Downie Purchase: Kindle – comiXology
It’s time for the greatest teenage tradition of them all: the school formal! But when Livewire attacks and sets everyone’s toes a-tapping, the girls will have to put on their dancing shoes to save the day!
Swamp Thing: New Roots #2
“Everything Eats, Everything Dies!” by Mark Russell, Marco Santucci, John Kalisz, and Dave Sharpe Purchase: Kindle – comiXology
Swamp Thing scours the bayou when an old friend goes missing, but all the while, an unexpected enemy is coming for Swamp Thing himself…
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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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(W) Geoff Johns (A) Marco Santucci (A/CA) Dale Eaglesham In Shops: Feb 26, 2020 SRP: $3.99
Billy and his family have seen so many marvelous things in their journey through the Magiclands, while facing tough opponents and even tougher questions about family, loyalty, and integrity. Now they’re about to face an onslaught of all their greatest foes! Will they have the wherewithal to triumph? Find out in the penultimate chapter of “Shazam and the Seven Magic Lands”!
(W) Geoff Johns (A) Marco Santucci (A/CA) Dale Eaglesham In Shops: Jan 22, 2020 SRP: $3.99
The magical superhero adventure continues as the seventh member of the Shazam Family is finally chosen-and it will change Billy Batson and his brothers and sisters forever! But can this new family come together to stop the deadly all-new Monster Society? Plus, Mary’s pet rabbit, Hoppy, makes a startling discovery…
(W) Geoff Johns (A) Dale Eaglesham, Marco Santucci, Scott Kolins (CA) Mark Buckingham In Shops: Dec 18, 2019 SRP: $3.99
After their terrifying adventure through the Darklands, Billy and the rest of the Shazam family find themselves going over the rainbow and through the looking glass into the upside-down, topsy-turvy world of the Wozenderlands! It’s a magical, multicolored metropolis where it’s always time for a cup of tea, a game of croquet or even a stroll down the Blue Brick Road-but it’s also ruled by the mysterious Wizard of Wozenderland, desperate for the power of the six champions!
“Shazam and the Seven Magiclands” continues as Billy Batson and the other foster kids are lost in the dangerous Wildlands! A realm where animals walk like humans…and where humans live in zoos! When Freddie and Darla are captured and paraded around like oddities, it’s up to Billy and the others to rescue them from the greedy Crocodile Men! Plus, the shocking ending to issue #1 could up end Billy’s new family…or make it stronger than ever.
The only reason I read Shazam #4 was to see how easy it would be to pick up the newest issue of the comic after having recently seen the movie (on an advanced screening, not through nefarious means). Having only read the back up stories in the New 52 Justice League series, my familiarity with the character relies primarily on the movie. And, having no intention of reading the first three issues in the series… I was curious how easy it would be for me (and by extension any other readers turned on to the comic from the movie) to dive right in.
Obviously, starting a story on the fourth issue with no recap beyond the first paragraph above isn’t ideal, but the comic was easy enough to follow, and more than enjoyable. Following Billy Batson and his siblings as they’re separated across various different lands, we get introduced to a handful of the seven Magiclands.
Geoff Johns crafts a tale in this issue that’s essentially a fish out of water situation featuring superheroes, which will assist any newcomers like myself. That the comic looks fantastic doesn’t hurt things either; the lightning effect is almost electrifying (though that may have been the static electricity that got me earlier).
Shazam #4 isn’t a must read comic, but it’s a damn fun one that serves as a decent introduction to the series for new readers.
Story: Geoff Johns Art: Dale Eaglesham & Marco Santucci Colors: Mike Atiyeh Letterer: Rob Leigh Story: 8.6 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy
DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.