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Preview: Superman #7

Superman #7

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Brandon Peterson (A/CA) Joe Prado, Ivan Reis
In Shops: Jan 16, 2019
SRP: $3.99

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for: the shocking return of the son of Superman! A year spent traveling the stars changed Jon Kent. Are parents Clark and Lois ready for the all-new, all-different Superboy? Secrets are revealed, a new look debuts and Superman’s world is changed forever!

Superman #7

Preview: Superman: Silver Age Sundays HC Vol. 1

Superman: Silver Age Sundays HC Vol. 1

(W) Jerry Siegel (A) Wayne Boring (CA) Peter Poplaski
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $49.99

A comprehensive series that remedies a gap in comics history, bringing back all the Superman Sunday strips-among the character’s rarest collectibles-as co-creator Jerry Siegel returns to writing duties. In these 18 classic adventures from October 18, 1959, to January 20, 1963, the Man of Steel meets “The Kryptonite Girl” and his “Mermaid Sweetheart.” Also featured are Superman’s “Greatest Feats,” “The Super Powers of Perry White,” “The Invasion of the Super-Ants,” and “The Creature of 1,000 Disguises,” among other early ’60s tales drawn by Wayne Boring.

Preview: Superman #5

Superman #5

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Joe Prado, Ivan Reis
In Shops: Nov 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

What could tempt Kryptonian criminal General Zod to reenter the Phantom Zone after years of imprisonment? As Superman tries to free himself from the Kryptonian jail and fight off the monster who destroyed Krypton, Zod returns to face Rogol Zaar and get vengeance for his dead world and its lost potential.

Review: Superman/Top Cat Special #1

It’s a fifth week and the heroes of the DC universe are teaming up with the characters of Hanna-Barbera. In Superman/Top Cat Special #1, Superman and Top Cat must take on alien kale! Plus, a bonus story of Secret Squirrel.

Superman/Top Cat Special #1 is by Dan DiDio, Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki, Dean White, J. Nanjan, Hi-Fi, Travis Lanham, J.M. DeMatteis, and Tom Mandrake.

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Preview: Superman/Top Cat Special #1

Superman/Top Cat Special #1

(W) Dan DiDio, J.M DeMatteis (A) Tom Mandrake (A/CA) Shane Davis
In Shops: Oct 31, 2018
SRP: $4.99

It’s Superman versus super food with Top Cat caught in the middle. While searching for his missing friend Bennie, TC uncovers a dietary danger that threatens the healthier portions of mankind, and it’s up to the Man of Steel to stop the probiotic menace of Kalien! In the salad bar, no one can hear you scream. Plus, part four of a Secret Squirrel backup story written by J.M. DeMatteis.

Superman Dons a Very Different Suit for Elseworlds

This year’s crossover between Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl is dubbed “Elseworlds” and will introduce Ruby Rose’s Batwoman. But, it also sees the return of Tyler Hoechlin as Superman. But, it looks like he’ll be wearing a spin on the traditional suit with a more black and white color palette.

Arrow’s Stephen Amell tweeted out the below picture featuring himself, Hoechlin in the new suit, and Grant Gustin on set.

While some will say this reminds them of Superman’s black suit from the 90s, it also has a tinge of George Reeve’s classic Superman suit with the colors inverted.

Preview: Superman #4

Superman #4

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Joe Prado, Ivan Reis
In Shops: Oct 10, 2018
SRP: $3.99

As Superman fights to protect the world from Rogol Zaar and the Kryptonian convicts trapped inside the Phantom Zone, the greatest minds on Earth devise a risky plan to return the planet from the deadly prison. With the Earth continuing to crack and crumble and its greatest heroes fall, can the Man of Steel hold the line and give his adopted world a chance to escape?

Around the DC Universe: Week 2 – A Superman Focused Week

Welcome to Around the DC Universe, your weekly guide to the best comics and shows featured on DC Entertainment’s exclusive new streaming service.

Technical Issues

I begin this week with technical issues because after almost two weeks of playing with the app I have finally figured out how DC Universe deals with the release of new comics.

Most of the titles are part of the curated library, a selection of 2500 or so issues that will swap out quarterly (though I imagine that a few key issues like Action Comics #1 and Detective Comics #27 will remain in perpetuity). Special features will be added weekly for shorter runs usually of a week or two.

Special Features

Right now you have three weeks to check out the original Death and Return of Superman  in Action Comics (1938-), Adventures of Superman, Superman: The Man of Steel and Superman (1986). This epic event stands at the crossroads between marketing gimmick and heartfelt storytelling. The writers and artists involved have a deep and abiding affection for the Man of Steel that shines through the hype as they take him as low as a person can go and then bring him back. Superman’s supporting cast, one of the best in the history of comics, really gets a chance to shine in the absence of the series’ main character and there are several moments that still move me to tears. Unfortunately, as of this writing DC Universe is missing several key issues including Superman (1986) #78 and 79 which introduce the infamous Cyborg Superman. It’s possible to enjoy the story despite this gap but it is disappointing that DC could not be bothered to correct their mistake despite several queries on the community forums and at least one query to their customer service department which received no response. Even if you have read the story before be sure and check out Newstime: The Life and Death of Superman (1993). Originally published as a facsimile of a tribute magazine, this is a great artifact from within the DC Universe that offers some interesting perspectives and more than a few easter eggs and has  never, to my knowledge, been reprinted.

Movies and TV

Those who don’t have time to wade through all those comics might find themselves tempted two different animated versions available on the video streaming portion of DC Universe. Sadly the older of the two (Superman: Doomsday) is an inferior adaptation. The original story took up almost a year’s worth of four monthly titles so trying to condense it into a mere hour and forty five minutes is impossible. A lot of questionable creative choices were also made, including a Superman who is perfectly willing to engage in intimate relations with Lois Lane without telling her his secret identity. The generally mean characterization of many of the characters involved robs the feature of all of its poignancy. A double feature of Batman v Superman and Justice League does the original material more credit and is infinitely more preferable to this waste of good talent. I’ve yet to watch this year’s The Death of Superman but it’s on my agenda for next week.

On the other side of the Superman coin I’m surprised by how much I enjoy watching George Reeves in the Adventures of Superman TV show. While it’s very much a product of its time, it’s still incredibly fun to watch in small doses. Reeves is inherently likable as both Superman and Clark Kent has the inherent likeability and the supporting cast is also top notch. There are some interesting wrinkles added to the legend. I particularly liked watching Pa Kent risking his life to save Baby Kal El from the blazing wreckage of his rocket after it crashes to work. The plots are much more down to Earth than we’re used to with Superman taking on smugglers and bank robbers instead of alien despots and mad scientists.  That’s not a bad thing however as it reminds us that Superman was once a much more relatable, down to Earth character, not so much in his power level but in his concerns. It’s fun to revisit that simpler time even if only for a couple of episodes.

Comics

The Legion of Superheroes is one  of my all time favorite teams. The long running drama of a club of teenage heroes in the far future is in turns both goofy and profound with a tangled continuity that makes the X-Men look simple by comparison. If you’ve never experienced the Legion many of their earliest stories are currently available in Adventure Comics. DC Universe has taken a greatest hits sort of approach with some of the best stories from the first few years of the Legion’s run, many of them by science fiction legend Ed Hamilton. Reading the stories as they’re presented does sacrifice the development of on a rich and compelling continuity but these high points, including the death of one of the major players in Legion history, is well worth your time if you’re a fan of DC’s silver age. Adventure Comics was an anthology title that also featured stories about of other heroes and they are included here as as well. Fans of Aquaman  should take note of superior stories in the first two issues with art by the great Ramona Fradon, one of the first women to draw a superhero comic. Available on DC Universe in Adventure Comics (1938-) #247, 267, 300, 304, 306, 310, 312, and 316.

DC Collectibles: Bring Home ‘Justice League’ Animated Action Figures on Batman Day

Straight from the screen to your shelves, DC Collectibles is gearing up to release an all-new 6-inch action figure line based on the acclaimed Justice League animated series that aired from 2001-2004. The new figures will be available exclusively for DC Universe members and can be purchased starting Batman Day, September 15, timed to the launch of the DC Universe subscription service.

The new line is an expansion of DC Collectibles’ bestselling animated action figure collection which also includes figures based on popular DC animated shows Batman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures and Superman: The Animated Series.

On September 15, DC Universe members can watch the entire Justice League animated series and then head over to the “Shop” tab on the DC Universe app to purchase Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman and more of their favorite characters from the show in 3D form. Here is the official release schedule:

  • Batman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl will be available to purchase at launch and ship in September
  • Aquaman and Wonder Woman will be available to pre-order at launch, to ship in October
  • The Flash and Superman will be available to pre-order at launch, to ship in November

All figures are priced at $28.00 each. For a limited time only, members who purchase all eight characters will receive the whole set in November at a discounted price of $194.00. This promotion will end on November 30, 2018.

So what are you waiting for? Order the service for the chance to get your hands on these figures!

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