(W) Ryan Cady (A) Michele Bandini, Stephen Byrne (CA) Chris Sprouse Rated T+ In Shops: May 12, 2021 SRP: $4.99
The teenage Hyperion’s cosmic quests with his Shi’ar friends near their end, but none of the young heroes are ready to say farewell. A quick mission in the Negative Zone sounds like the perfect coda to a storied fellowship…but what awaits Hyperion, Gladiator and the rest is horror and agony beyond their wildest nightmares!
Also included in this issue: a special preview of the new spinoff series, THE STARJAMMERS!
Star Wars Pride Variant Covers coming to your local comic shop this June! Created by an all-star lineup of LGBTQ+ comic talent, this collection of incredible artwork will grace the covers of Marvel’s monthly Star Wars series throughout Pride Month. Featuring stunning depictions of popular LGBTQ+ characters from throughout the Star Wars galaxy, these eye-catching covers will also come complete with special rainbow-powered versions of each series’ title along with the official Star Wars Pride logo.
Fans can see Doctor Aphra, Sana Starros, Rae Sloan, Yrica Quell, Terec and Ceret, and Lando Calrissian all brought to life in spectacular artwork by Jan Bazaldua, Javier Garrón, Babs Tarr, Jacopo Camagni, JJ Kirby, and Stephen Byrne!
STAR WARS: WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS #1 PRIDE VARIANT COVER by BABS TARR (APR210950)
STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS #13 PRIDE VARIANT COVER by JACOPO CAMAGNI (APR210962)
STAR WARS #14 PRIDE VARIANT COVER by STEPHEN BYRNE (APR210954)
STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #13 PRIDE VARIANT COVER by JJ KIRBY (APR210965)
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #11 PRIDE VARIANT COVER by JAN BAZALDUA with colors by RACHELLE ROSENBERG (APR210960)
STAR WARS: THE HIGH REPUBLIC #6 PRIDE VARIANT COVER by JAVIER GARRON (APR210944)
In addition to an all-new series of covers by Phil Jimenez starring Marvel’s most popular LGBTQ+ heroes, Marvel Comics will also be honoring Pride Month with Star Wars Pride Covers. Throughout June, outstanding depictions of LGBTQ+ characters from the Star Wars galaxy will adorn the covers of Marvel’s monthly Star Wars titles. Fans can see Doctor Aphra, Sana Starros, Rae Sloan, Yrica Quell, Terec and Ceret, and Lando Calrissian all brought to life in spectacular artwork by an incredible lineup of LGBTQ+ talent. These eye-catching covers will also feature exclusive new Pride versions of each title’s logo.
Check out the first cover below, a stunning portrait of Sana Starros by artist Jan Bazaldua and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg. And stay tuned for more reveals in the coming weeks featuring artwork by Javier Garron, Babs Tarr, Jacopo Camagni, JJ Kirby, and Stephen Byrne!
STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS #13 PRIDE VARIANT COVER by JACOPO CAMAGNI
STAR WARS #14 PRIDE VARIANT COVER by STEPHEN BYRNE
STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #13 PRIDE VARIANT COVER by JJ KIRBY
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #11 PRIDE VARIANT COVER by JAN BAZALDUA with colors by RACHELLE ROSENBERG
STAR WARS: THE HIGH REPUBLIC #6 PRIDE VARIANT COVER by JAVIER GARRON
DC has announced new releases coming to store shelves in June.DC Pride is an 80-page anthology comic featuring LGBTQIA+ characters from across the DC Universe. Crush & Lobo is a new eight-issue miniseries written by Mariko Tamaki with art by Amancay Nahuelpan. Crush & Lobo will launch on June 1 and DC Pride will publish on June 8. DC will also publish a series of nine Pride-themed variant covers in June, showcasing DC’s top characters as realized by the comic book industry’s leading artists.
DC Pride #1 will feature LGBTQIA+ characters from all corners of DC’s ever-expanding Universe, including cameos by fan favorites Batwoman, Renee Montoya, Alan Scott, Midnighter, Apollo, Extraño, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Constantine, and more. The DCPride creative teams, and the characters they’re developing stories for, are:
Batwoman (Kate Kane) by James Tynion IV & Trung Le Nguyen
Flash of Earth-11 (Jess Chambers) by Danny Lore & Lisa Sterle
Green Lantern (Alan Scott) & Obsidian by Sam Johns & Klaus Janson
Aqualad (Jackson Hyde) by Andrew Wheeler & Luciano Vecchio
Dreamer by Nicole Maines & Rachel Stott
Renee Montoya by Vita Ayala and Skylar Patridge
Pied Piper by Sina Grace, Ro Stein & Ted Brandt
Additionally, DC Pride #1 will include full-page profiles of DCTV’s LGBTQIA+ characters and the actors who play them, and fans of The CW’s Supergirl will be thrilled to see the first comic book appearance of Dreamer, a trans woman superhero, in a story written by actor Nicole Maines, who plays Nia Nal/Dreamer on Supergirl.
Rounding out the DC Pride anthology is a forward by Marc Andreyko (Love is Love), single-page pin-ups by artists Kris Anka, Sophie Campbell, Mildred Louis, Travis Moore, Nick Robles, and Kevin Wada, with more surprises to come! The DC Pride #1 cover is by Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Tamra Bonvillain.
DC will also release a series of Pride themed variant covers showcasing DC’s leading characters through the month of June, giving fans the opportunity to purchase comics featuring covers with Batman, Harley, Ivy, Superman, Wonder Woman, and more, all by cutting-edge comic book artists!
Batman #109 Pride variant cover by Jen Bartel
Crush & Lobo #1 Pride variant cover by Yoshi Yoshitani
DC Pride #1 Pride variant cover by Jen Bartel
Harley Quinn #4 Pride variant cover by Kris Anka
Nightwing #81 Pride variant cover by Travis G. Moore
Superman #32 Pride variant cover by David Talaski
Teen Titans Academy #4 Pride variant cover by Stephen Byrne
Wonder Girl #2 Pride variant cover by Kevin Wada
Wonder Woman #774 Pride variant cover by Paulina Ganucheau
Crush & Lobo spins out of the pages of Teen Titans Academy, and will debut with a cover by Kris Anka, a Pride variant cover by Yoshi Yoshitani, a 1:25 ratio variant by Christian Ward, plus an exclusive Dan Hipp team variant for participating retailers. In this new eight-issue miniseries publishing between June 2021 and January 2022, Crush, daughter of the Czarnian bounty hunter Lobo, is in full-on self-destruct mode! After rage-quitting the Teen Titans and blowing up her relationship with her girlfriend Katie, Crush decides it’s time to finally confront her father in space jail and get her baggage sorted before she wrecks everything. Like father, like daughter?
DC will also publish GLAAD Media Award-nominated Suicide Squad: Bad Blood by Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondoon April 27, DC’s gothic LGBTQIA+ romance Poison Ivy: Thornsby Kody Keplinger and Sara Kipin on June 1, and Mariko Tamaki and Yoshi Yoshitani’s highly anticipated YA graphic novel,I Am Not Starfire, will publish on July 27 as part of the publisher’s overall Pride plans in 2021.Lois Lane by Greg Rucka and Mike Perkins, Far Sectorby N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell andYou Brought Me The Ocean by Alex Sánchez and Julie Maroh have also been nominated for GLAAD Media Awards in 2021!
Dark Knights: Death Metal is over and we’ve seen a possible future timeline in “Future State”. Now, DC begins to chart its path with the first crumbs teased in Infinite Frontier #0. The issue serves as a guide as to the various series and status-quo that awaits them. With a new omniverse to explore, anything is possible and the comic does its job to remind us of that.
The comic’s story is delivered in a narrative driven by two characters as our guide. It’s a spin on the classic Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life. Wonder Woman believes a threat is looming and wants to witness the state of things before making a major decision about her role in the DC Universe.
With Wonder Woman and Spectre as our guide, we’re taken on a tour of the characters highlighting the comics to come. The Justice League, Batman, Wonder Girl, Alan Scott, Teen Titans Academy, Superman, Green Arrow and Black Canary, Star Girl, Green Lanterns, and the Flash all get a moment to show off where things stand. All of it is good and interesting though few of what’s presented really excites. It feels like an extended teaser and preview. It takes its concept as a guidebook almost too seriously. The comic feels a bit more like the extension of the ending of Dark Knights: Death Metal where we saw many of these ideas initially teased.
But, what’s intriguing is what’s presented and doesn’t have a comic attached to them. Infinite Frontier #0 teases more than what’s already announced giving hope as to what we’ll see in July and beyond. There’s also teases through artwork of the various series DC teased at the recent ComicsPro. It’s interesting in that way that the stories feel less like the exciting first 15 minutes before the credits to get you pumped. Instead, the stories are a bit dry and more to lay out where things stand with the concepts thrown out being the hooks. The action isn’t the hook, the ideas are.
The art of the comic is solid. Each segment flows into the next and with a few exceptions, the styles work well together. There are some fantastic spreads with Wonder Woman as she talks to Spectre about what she’s witnessing. There’s a few panels and pages that’ll leave you lingering to stare at. The colors really pop on pages delivering a sense of energy that really fits the new status of the DC Universe.
Infinite Frontier #0 isn’t bad but it doesn’t quite excite. By the end of the issue I found myself more excited about concepts than the comics themselves. Very few of the segments left me wanting to immediately find out what happens next. Instead, it the comic feels like a short ashcan, teasing what’s to come with a few pages and back material to fill things out. It shows what’s to come but it never quite puts things over. Instead, it nails its role as a guide, a way to browse what DC has to offer.
Story: Brian Michael Bendis, James Tynion IV, Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad, Joëlle Jones, Tim Sheridan, Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Joshua Williamson, Geoff Johns, Geoffrey Thorne Art: David Marquez, Jorge Jimeez, Alitha Martinez, Mark Morales, Joëlle Jones, Stephen Byrne, Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Jamal Igle, Alex Maleev, Todd Nauck, Dexter Soy, Howard Porter, John Romita, Jr., Klaus Janson Color: Tamra Bonvillain, Tomeu Morey, Emilio Lopez, Jordie Bellaire, Stephen Byrne, Alejandro Sanchez, Hi-Fi, Alex Sinclair, Brad Anderson Letterer: Troy Peteri Story: 7.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read
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Written by: Michael Conrad, Brian Michael Bendis, Joshua Williamson, Scott Snyder, Tim Sheridan, Joëlle Jones, Becky Cloonan Art by: Jamal Igle, Rafa Sandoval, Stephen Byrne, Joëlle Jones, Alitha Martinez, Jorge Jimenez, David Marquez, John Timms
The next phase of the DC Universe begins here! Dark Knights: Death Metal presented the darkest threats of the Multiverse. DC Future State revealed what may lie ahead. Now it’s time to look into the Infinite Frontier of the current-day DC Universe. In Gotham City, The Joker jolts citizens awake with an attack even the Dark Knight never expected. In Brazil, a young woman discovers her destiny and her connection to the Amazons. In Belle Reve, Amanda Waller plots an invasion of Arkham Asylum. In the far reaches of space, Mongul dreams of galactic domination, while the Green Lantern Corps hosts a summit of its greatest enemies. At the Hall of Justice, the League joins forces with Black Adam. Beyond the mortal world, Wonder Woman settles into a new role in the godsphere. And somewhere in the DC Universe-it’s the return of Stargirl, in an all-new tale written by Geoff Johns! This oversized, all-star issue kicks off the next great era of storytelling and excitement as top writers and artists reveal what’s next for the World’s Greatest Heroes and opens the door to some of the greatest stories of 2021.
“Happy Thanksquinning”! It’s a holiday treat as Harley Quinn returns to DC Digital Firsts with Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #15. The issue kicks off a new round of digital comics, all with a holiday theme. While Thanksgiving has come and gone, the issue left me longing for Turkey and pie… I guess puddin really.
Written by Sam Humphries, it’s Thanksgiving at Arkham Asylum. Harley and a group of inmates are brought together to celebrate the holiday and recount what they’re thankful for. Of course, there’s a riot and breakout giving Harley an excuse to escape and enjoy the season on the outside.
Humphries nails the tone of the issue. It features a style and voice that would fit perfectly into Batman: The Animated Series. The digital chapter feels like an adaptation of an episode. Like so many episodes it mixes humor and action and a bit of fun. But, most importantly Humphries nails the heart. In an issue without Batman, the story is focused on Harley and her actions and Humphries makes us care for the sometimes criminal.
Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #15 delivers the “awe” as Harley isn’t greeted with open arms by the public when she gets to the outside. It’s a rejection many of us can feel and have felt, especially this year, as we’re forced to make different plans for our holiday season and Thanksgiving. Where we might have spent it with family in the past, this year had many spending it alone or with new “family” unable to travel. There’s a lot we can relate to in that. And Humphries kicking things off with a lot of humor adds to the emotional punch of the latter part of the issue.
Stephen Byrne delivers the art with Troy Peteri on lettering. The art too is reminiscent of Batman: The Animated Series. Combined with the story itself the issue has a “classic” feel to it. The art style breaks in some ways taking advantage of eagle-eyed views of Harley preparing for her escape during the riot chaos. There’s also a great use of the images by peppering in visual jokes throughout. Peteri helps as well giving many of the characters a “unique voice” through the lettering. The trio of creators together really evokes some nostalgia in a good way.
Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #15 is a welcome return of the digital comic series. To be able to get new chapters is a nice surprise and each looks to have a nice holiday theme to them. If this is an indication as to what’s to come, it’s a bright holiday season for Harley and our entertainment.
Story: Sam Humphries Art: Stephen Byrne Letterer: Troy Peteri Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
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ComiXology has you covered to start this Monday with four new releases including two new DC Digital Firsts! Go get them now or check out the individual issues below.
Challenge of the Super Sons (2020-) #2
Written by Peter J. Tomasi Pencils Max Raynor Inks Max Raynor Colored by Luis Guerrero Purchase
Wait a minute…weren’t the Super Sons just here? In OUR time? Blink and you missed Robin and Superboy’s mysterious trek to the outskirts of time, where the development of the deadly DOOM SCROLL spells disaster for these dudes! What did the boys learn when they were whisked away? Why on earth do they have to save THE FLASH from instant death?! Tune in for the next chapter in the most epic odyssey Robin and Superboy have ever been on!
Harley Quinn Black + White + Red (2020-) #15
Written by Sam Humphries Pencils Stephen Byrne Inks Stephen Byrne Colored by Stephen Byrne Purchase
“Happy Thanksquinning” Thanksgiving at Arkham Asylum is nothing to be thankful for – but a massive riot and breakout? As far as Harley is concerned, THAT’S the reason for the season!
A Kiss For Mr. Scrooge
Written by Lucy Gordon Art by Masako Ogimaru Purchase
Dawn, a veterinarian, always tries to keep busy when Christmas comes around. If she doesn’t, she’ll remember the terrible breakup she experienced eight years earlier. When she learns that a new owner has moved into the largest mansion in town, she’s ecstatic. Now she’ll be able to secure an event space for the party she’s throwing for the less fortunate. However, she freezes when she sees the mansion’s new owner. It’s Ben, the millionaire who abandoned her! And he’s changed so much that he seems like a different man…
Thief Of Hearts
Written by Natalie Fox Art by Rieko Hamada Purchase
Angel is astonished by a chance meeting at a lakeside hotel. What is Hugo, the con artist who stole her cousin’s heart and money, doing in a place like this? Angel follows him in her car but is soon stranded by a storm at his manor. She is flustered, but he kisses her and asks if she’s come to seduce him. Angel has always been a good girl, but she finds herself quickly changing under the spell of this sexy, cunning man!
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Running for four more chapters, the quartet all seem to have a theme of the holidays with a new round of creators. One focuses on Thanksgiving, another Christmas, another Hanukkah, and the last is New Years’. You can check out all of the listings below!
Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red was a DC Digital First release showing off where the publisher’s focus might be going in the future. The anthology series featured a new writer and artist for each issue as they put their own spin on the popular character. It’s one of the best digital releases of the year. A surprise release, the fourteen issues were released starting in June 2020 and ran through September 2020.
Check out what we might be getting soon! We’ve reached out to DC for comment about the releases.
“’Twas The Night Before Quinn-mas” Harley thought she was doing a good deed by busting up the ring of crooks that stole all of Coney Island’s Christmas presents – but when her Gang gets a little overzealous and the gifts all wind up roasting in an open fire, the task of replacing every single one lands in her distinctly un-Santa-like lap!
“Harley’s Seven” Las Vegas loves to ring in the New Year with an epic fight – unfortunately for Catwoman, the gamesmaster Roulette has decided that the title card will put her up against the deadly Cheetah, VERY much against her will! It’s down to Harley and the strangest gang of criminals ever assembled to break Selina out and bust up Roulette’s winning hand!