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DC’s Year of the Villain Delivers Battle-Damaged Logo Covers in August

In 2019 it’s good to be bad for the villains of the DC Universe. “Dark Gifts” is the featured theme for August, as the vilest villains in the DC Universe take up Lex Luthor’s offer to be the ultimate versions of themselves, destroying their arch-foes—DC’s greatest heroes—in the process. 
Fans will see immediate evidence of just how much trouble DC’s heroes are in with a series of covers featuring “battle-damaged” versions of their logos.

From Action Comics to Wonder Woman, these covers, combined with the distinctive “Year of the Villain” cover banner, provide a significant visual cue to the epic struggles within each issue, struggles that the heroes may not be able to overcome. As the Year of the Villain continues to escalate throughout September and beyond, the cover logos will sustain increased damage, leading to a line-wide villain takeover in November. Fans should be sure to check out the following titles when they hit shelves in August: 

  • ACTION COMICS #1014 – Cover by Brandon Peterson (on sale August 28)
  • AQUAMAN #51 – Cover by Robson Rocha and Jason Paz (on sale August 21)
  • BATGIRL #38 – Cover by Carmine Di Giandomenico (on sale August 28)
  • BATMAN #76 – Cover by Tony S. Daniel (on sale August 7)
  • BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #4 – Cover by Tyler Kirkham (on sale August 14)
  • CATWOMAN #14 – Cover by Joëlle Jones (on sale August 14)
  • DEATHSTROKE #46 – Cover by Carlo Pagulayan and Norm Rapmund (on sale August 7)
  • DETECTIVE COMICS #1009 – Cover by Doug Mahnke (on sale August 14)
  • THE FLASH #76 – Cover by Rafa Sandoval and Jordi Tarragona (on sale August 14)
  • HARLEY QUINN #64 – Cover by Guillem March (on sale August 7)
  • HAWKMAN #15 – Cover by Pat Olliffe and Tom Palmer (on sale August 14)
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE #29 – Cover by Francis Manapul (on sale August 7)
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #14 – Cover by Guillem March (on sale August 28) 
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSEY #12 – Cover by Will Conrad (on sale August 14)
  • NIGHTWING #63 – Cover by Bruno Redondo (on sale August 21)
  • RED HOOD: OUTLAW #37 – Cover by Kenneth Rocafort (on sale August 28)
  • SUPERGIRL #33 – Cover by Eduardo Pansica (on sale August 14)
  • SUPERMAN #14 – Cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado (on sale August 14)
  • TEEN TITANS #33 – Cover by Bernard Chang (on sale August 21)
  • THE TERRIFICS #19 – Cover by Dan Mora (on sale August 28)
  • WONDER WOMAN #76 – Cover by Jesus Merino (on sale August 14) 

Continuing from July, August will also feature more of the card stock variant covers. These variants are priced at one dollar more than their battle-damaged standard counterparts and feature artwork by some of comics’ top cover artists, including Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, Joshua Middleton, Gabriele Dell’Otto, Yasmine Putri, and others.

Preview: Nightwing #59

Nightwing #59

(W) Dan Jurgens (A/CA) Chris Mooneyham
In Shops: Apr 17, 2019
SRP: $3.99

There’s a new team in town who will have to learn the hard way that fighting injustice doesn’t mean you’re cut out to be a superhero. As the newly formed Nightwings are forced to deal with a fiery threat they never saw coming, reluctant recruit Ric Grayson has to make the choice between a carefree life without capes or answering the call that’s been ringing his entire life-the call to be a hero. Join Ric Grayson and the Nightwings as they learn what it takes to be a team-and what happens when you fight who you truly are.

Nightwing #59

Preview: Nightwing #58

Nightwing #58

(W) Scott Lobdell, Zack Kaplan (A/CA) Chris Mooneyham
In Shops: Mar 20, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The Joker’s Daughter is back! Or is she? While she wasn’t shot in the head like Nightwing, Duela Dent might be facing an identity crisis even more traumatic than Ric Grayson’s. Fortunately the new Nightwings are doing their best to protect Blüdhaven-learning as they go-allowing Ric to try to help steer Duela away from the life of a homicidal zealot of the crazy Clown Prince of Crime!

Nightwing #58

Preview: Nightwing #57

Nightwing #57

(W) Scott Lobdell, Zack Kaplan (A) Travis Moore (CA) Chris Mooneyham
RATED T
In Shops: Feb 20, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Destiny…fate…predetermined inevitability… these are all things that Ric Grayson has struggled to reconcile now that he has been given a second chance at life. A life recently unburdened with years of trauma, defeat and struggle when the hero known as Nightwing was shot in the head. Now, Ric must come to terms with who he is, and what kind of hero he wants to be…if he wants to be one at all. And while Ric is content to walk away from the mantle, one woman has been hiding in the shadows, waiting to solidify an identity of her own…an identity tied for all eternity to the clown price of crime…enter The Joker’s Daughter!

Nightwing #57

Preview: Nightwing #56

Nightwing #56

(W) Scott Lobdell, Fabian Nicieza (A) Garry Brown (CA) Chris Mooneyham
In Shops: Jan 09, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The Nightwings have been picking up the slack Dick Grayson left behind, making a dent in petty crime and cleaning up the streets of Blüdhaven. But as Scarecrow’s plan comes to fruition, it looks like they may have bitten off more than they can chew…putting Grayson in a position he was not prepared for. One where he may be forced to become a hero once more…

Nightwing #56

Eric Esquivel is Now Off Nightwing and Tweets a New Statement Addressing Accusations of Abuse

In early December, comic creator Eric M. Esquivel was accused of abuse, both physical and mental, by a former co-worker. Since then numerous other accusations have surfaced, his series Border Town was cancelled, and he was dropped by SBI Press. Now, he’s off DC ComicsNightwing.

DC Comics has informed retailers that Esquivel will no longer be co-writing Nightwing #58 which is to come out in March. He hadn’t yet been announced on the issue, as March’s solicitations are just being released. While his name will appear in the January DC Previews, he will no longer be involved. DC hasn’t update the credits though, so it’s unknown as to who will be taking over. The issue was thought to be a try-out for Esquivel on the series which he would then take over. That is likely not happening either.

While DC didn’t say why they made it’s change, it’s the latest fallout surrounding the accusations. Accusations that Esquivel addressed again December 19 after releasing an initial statement on December 14.

You can read his new statement from Twitter below:

Well-meaning entities in my life have discouraged me from saying anything in public. I’ve been told that the best strategy right now is to “hold tight, until this all blows over”…But I don’t want this to “blow over”. Either in my own life, or in Culture-at-large.

What I want, is to apologize. To serve as a cautionary tale to others. And to change.

Hearing my past behavior described to me this week has been the most surreal experience of my life. My perception of events, relationships, and personal dynamics are so far removed from the way they’ve been recounted, my knee-jerk reaction is to deny them outright…

…Both publicly, and to myself.

But the sources of these accusations are women who I not only respect, but who I genuinely love.

These are people whose presence in my life has changed me for the better, and who I am infinitely grateful to have known. People who I’ve kept in intimate contact with since the years we’ve been apart.

So it doesn’t make sense that they’d simply be making things up. They have nothing to gain, and everything to lose.

The odds suggest that I have a problem. Or, rather, that I AM a problem.

And, honestly, that’s something I’ve been at least peripherally aware of for some time. Everything I’ve ever written has been about a young man, operating at a deficit because he grew up without a father, trying his damndest to figure out what it means to be a “man”.

And that’s because I was pulling from my own experience. I grew up without any male role models. So I looked to Pop Culture for instructions. A lot of what I learned was useful: the sobriety I reverse-engineered from Batman, the compassion for animals that I aped from Aquaman,etc

But the stuff I learned about male sexuality– from James Bond, Arthur Fonzarelli, Gene Simmons, etc– were completely inappropriate.

(To be clear: I’m not blaming Pop Culture for my actions. If I didn’t grow up behind a library, I would’ve found other archetypes to emulate. Possibly even shittier ones)

I was, and continue to be, insecure in my masculinity.

In my twenties, I tried to combat that by doing everything I could to muster up external validation: getting into fistfights, pursuing the spotlight, and behaving extraordinarily promiscuously. Especially with other men’s wives and girlfriends.

It kills me that I have to say this, but: I never engaged with anyone who was unwilling. Not only is that downright evil, it wouldn’t have accomplished what I was trying to accomplish: which is to feel wanted and appreciated.

I became conscious of my own toxic behavior about two years ago, after a close female friend suggested that I examine myself from that perspective.

I’ve attempted to change the way I’ve lived since then. I’ve volunteered at various community-oriented charities, taught writing classes to formerly-incarcerated youth, used my platform in The Arts to amplify the voices of disadvantaged creators…

… but I never reached out to the women from my past, to make sure that I hadn’t unknowingly harmed them. Mostly because I am a coward, and feared hearing that the answer was “Yes, of course”.

I don’t know what to say about that. I don’t know how to make things okay. I don’t know how I can be of use to culture, going forward.

Is it by encouraging other men to examine themselves, and their behavior? Is it by documenting my recovery from sex addiction in public, to show that it’s possible? Is it by fucking off into the night forever, so nobody has to deal with me ever again?

Honestly, I hope it’s that last one. Because that’s the easy way out. &, as I’ve mentioned, I’m a coward.

…But I suspect that it’s not. I suspect that I’m not operating on a level of awareness that allows me to see the answer yet. But I’m going to try to get there. I promise.

Preview: Nightwing #55

Nightwing #55

(W) Scott Lobdell (A) Travis Moore (CA) Chris Mooneyham
In Shops: Dec 19, 2018
SRP: $3.99

The repercussions of the cataclysmic events of BATMAN #55 continue as a scarred Dick Grayson has given up his vigilante persona in favor a normal existence. A new job, new friends, new life-all are compromised when a safehouse full of old Nightwing gear falls into the wrong hands. Confronted with a past he’s worked so desperately to escape, will Dick Grayson answer the challenge by becoming Nightwing…or something else? The newest chapter in the evolution of Dick Grayson reaches its next level!

Nightwing #55

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d folks get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Central Jersey – Local Business Sends 400 comic books to troops and families – Fantastic to see things like this.

The Beat – Image’s Infidel Film Adaptation Secures its Director – Can’t wait for this!

 

Reviews

ICv2 – The Book of Ballads and Sagas

Mandatory – The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling

The Beat – Die #1

Comics Bulletin – Doomsday Clock #8

Talking Comics – Ironheart #1

The Outhousers – Nightwing Vol. 6

The Beat – Paradiso Vol. 2

The Beat – Punks Not Dead

The Outhousers – Transformers: Unicron #5

Preview: Nightwing #54

Nightwing #54

(W) Scott Lobdell (A/CA) Chris Mooneyham
In Shops: Dec 05, 2018
SRP: $3.99

The repercussions of the cataclysmic events of BATMAN #55 continue as a scarred Dick Grayson has given up his vigilante persona in favor a normal existence. A new job, new friends, new life-all are compromised when a safehouse full of old Nightwing gear falls into the wrong hands. Confronted with a past he’s worked so desperately to escape, will Dick Grayson answer the challenge by becoming Nightwing…or something else? The newest chapter in the evolution of Dick Grayson reaches its next level!

Preview: Nightwing #53

Nightwing #53

(W) Scott Lobdell, Fabian Nicieza (A) Travis Moore, Patrick Zircher (CA) Chris Mooneyham
In Shops: Nov 21, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Nightwing was shot in the head…and now, only Grayson remains, caught in the clutches of the Knight Terrors! As the group of vigilantes take on the persona and mantle of Nightwing, he is forced to ante up his hand when one of his close friends is murdered… Will he cast his lot with his old super hero friends to take down these rogues, or will he decide to embrace his “newfound” abilities and fight against those who have wronged him? The answer lies somewhere in the gray area, when an unexpected threat from Scarecrow changes the game.

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