Check out some of the sell-outs and new printings that were announced this past week!
Black Mask Studios
A fun crime caper about children! 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #1 has sold out and is going to a second printing. The comic from Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss arrives in stores May 25th.
In the month of April the epic saga “The Final Days of Superman” began with Superman #51. This eight-issue story arc spanning four different titles sets the stage for the DC Universe: Rebirth launch beginning May 25.
And now DC Entertainment is proud to announce that coming May 11th, all stories will be available with the new “Final Days of Superman” trade dress!
A second printing of the April titles including the sold out Superman #51, Batman/Superman #31, Action Comics #51, and Superman/Wonder Woman #28 will land in stores on May 11th, featuring a proclamation of their part in the monumental story.
Invincible #127 by writer/co-creator Robert Kirkman and artist/co-creator Cory Walker is being fast-tracked to a second printing by Image/Skybound Entertainment in order to keep up with customer demand. The issue marked original series artist Walker’s long-awaited return and first full story arc since Ryan Ottley took up art for the book in 2004. Invincible #127, 2nd printing will arrive in stores on Wednesday, May 25.
The second story arc of the bestselling Nowhere Men by writer and Publisher at Image Comics, Eric Stephenson, new series artist Dave Taylor, Eisner-award winning colorist Jordie Bellaire, and Fonografiks is flying off the shelves. In order to keep up with customer demand, Nowhere Men #8 is being rushed to a second printing. The 2nd printing will arive in stores Wednesday, May 25.
The world famous attraction returns to haunt comic shops once more! Marvel has announced that Haunted Mansion #2has sold out at the distributor level (though copies may still be available at retail) and will immediately return for a second printing! The newest series in the Disney Kingdoms line brings the 999 happy haunts of the Haunted Mansion to (after)life like never before. Rising star creators Joshua Williamson and Jorge Coelho throw open the doors of the mansion and take you, dear reader, on a spine-tingling tour you won’t want to miss. The second printing arrives May 25. Plus – don’t miss out on an exclusive Disney Parks variant covers to Haunted Mansion #1 and Haunted Mansion #2 – available at Disneyland’s Pieces of Eight and Memento Mori in Walt Disney World!
Titan Comics’ debut issue of Dark Souls – the official comic set in the visceral world of the best-selling BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment /FromSoftware video-game series – has completely sold out on its first day of release.
The comic series, penned by best-selling writer George Mann and illustrated by Alan Quah, has sold out, with a second print featuring a brand-new cover by Alan Quah scheduled to drop on May 18th.
The devastating effects of Apokolips’ fire pits in Justice League: Darkseid War, the A.R.G.U.S. Kryptonite chamber from “Savage Dawn” in Superman, and his battle with the would-be god Rao in Justice League of America all combine in a perfect storm of death for the Man of Steel. Determined to protect humanity, despite his impending death, Superman embarks on a quest to seek heroes from across the DC Universe to continue his role as humanity’s protector.
It’s all leading up to “The Final Days of Superman.” Writer Peter J. Tomasi architects this epic saga, encompassing all four Super-titles in April and May.
SUPERMAN #51 AND #52
(Art by Mikel Janin)
BATMAN/SUPERMAN #31 AND #32
(Issue #31 art by Doug Mahnke and Jaime Mendoza issue #32 art by Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza & Christian Alamy)
ACTION COMICS #51 AND #52
(Issue #51 art by Paul Pelletier, issue #52 art by Scot Eaton and Dale Eaglesham)
SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #28 AND #29
(Art by Jorge Jimenez)
Superman #51 debuts Part One of the eight-part epic, “This Mortal Coil.” Superman seeks out his closest friends, including Lana Lang and Lois Lane, to let them know his end is drawing near. Meanwhile, at a secret installation in China’s Shanxi Province, the mysterious Dr. Omen performs strange experiments in order to create China’s very own Super-Man. While in Metropolis, an on-the-run parolee falls victim to a strange accident giving him incredible powers, and now he’s calling himself Superman! Check out the debut of this incredible story at your local comics retailer now!
Part Two continues in Batman/Superman #31’s “Dark Discovery,” available now. Superman invades Gotham City to inform Batman that he’s dying—and to enlist the help of the World’s Greatest Detective in locating his cousin Supergirl, who’s mysteriously gone missing. In the process, the World’s Finest heroes must defeat the monsters of the Chinese Zodiac.
Check out this sneak preview of Action Comics #51 featuring “Dazed and Confused,” the third chapter in this explosive arc, available Wednesday, April 20. With Batman’s help, Superman is on his cousin’s trail—but he can’t believe where it’s led him or who she’s teamed with in the Man of Steel’s absence! Dr. Omen reveals more secrets of her experiments as she receives a crucial component—Superman’s blood!
Back in December, DC Entertainment announced that their ongoing monthly themed variant cover program for March would showcase variants for ten of DC Comics’ most popular Batman and Superman titles. The variants are to be polybagged with a Batman v Superman theme, concealing stunning cover artwork by the comic industry’s most talented artists!
March’s Batman v Superman polybagged comics will follow a format similar to December’s Harley’s Little Black Book variant program, where three different versions of each variant were printed in equal quantity. All ten upcoming Batman v Superman comics will also have three versions printed in equal quantity, but this time they’ll be published in full color, fade and character spotlight.
What’s that look like? Two more of these top-secret images are now ready—Chris Daughtry and Jim Lee’s variant covers for Batman #50 and Charlie Adlard’s variant covers for Superman/Wonder Woman #27!
March can’t come soon enough!
For the full list of comic books that will feature these fun and collectible covers, please see below:
3/2: Detective Comics #50 (variant by Rafael Grampa)
3/9: Action Comics #50 (variant by Martin Ansin)
3/9: Batman/Superman #30 (variant by Kevin Maguire)
3/16: Robin Son of Batman #10 (variant by Ryan Ottley)
3/16: Superman #50 (variant by Kaare Andrews)
3/23: Batman #50 (variant by Chris Daughtry and Jim Lee)
3/23: Grayson #18 (variant by Stephen Platt)
3/23: Superman/Wonder Woman #27 (variant by Charlie Adlard)
3/23: Wonder Woman #50 (variant by Massimo Carnevale)
3/30: Batgirl #50 (variant by Kevin Nowlan)
Last month DC Comics revealed that Peter J. Tomasi would pen eight issues of “Super League,” spanning Superman, Batman/Superman, Superman/Wonder Woman and Action Comics over April and May of 2016. They’ve showed some incredible cover artwork by Yanick Paquette, John Romita, Jr. and Klaus Janson, and Karl Kerschl, but they didn’t reveal how huge this story would be.
It’s going to be epic!
Did anyone notice that Mikel Janin is on art for Superman #51? With the upcoming solicitation of Superman #52 DC thought it was time to give an early look at his interior pages for Superman #51 so you can see for yourself just how awesome this experience is going to be.
And here’s your recap of all upcoming “Super League” issues, including selections from May’s top-secret solicitations:
SUPERMAN #51, written by Peter J. Tomasi, art by Mikel Janin, cover by John Romita, Jr. and Klaus Janson, is on sale APRIL 6.
It’s the start of a new chapter in the Man of Steel’s life that will change everything you know as the epic eight-part “Super League,” all written by Peter J. Tomasi, spans SUPERMAN, BATMAN/SUPERMAN, SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN and ACTION COMICS in April and May!
BATMAN/SUPERMAN #31, written by Peter J. Tomasi, art by Doug Mahnke and Jaime Mendoza, cover by Yanick Paquette, is on sale APRIL 13.
In part two of “Super League,” Superman enlists Batman’s aid in seeking out people that can help form his new super-league…
ACTION COMICS #51, written by Peter J. Tomasi, art by Fernando Pasarin, cover by Karl Kerschl, is on sale APRIL 20.
Superman is shocked to learn that Kara has been missing for some time as part three of “Super League” begins!
SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #28, written by Peter J. TomasI, art by Ed Benes, cover by Paul Renaud, is on sale APRIL 27.
In part four of “Super League,” Wonder Woman and Superman encounter the being that was discovered in BATMAN/SUPERMAN #31.
BATMAN/SUPERMAN #32, written by Peter J. Tomasi, art by Tyler Kirkham, cover by Yanick Paquette, is on sale MAY 4.
“Super League” continues this month as Kal-El’s bid to strengthen his forces brings him, Batman and Wonder Woman into China and into conflict with the might of that nation’s greatest heroes: the Great 10!
ACTION COMICS #52, written by Peter J. Tomasi, art by Fernando Pasarin, cover by John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson, is on sale MAY 11.
“Super League” continues—as two Supermen meet at last: pre-New 52 Superman meets the current Clark.
SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #29, written by Peter J. Tomasi, art by Doug Mahnke and Jaime Mendoza, cover by Karl Kerschl, is on sale MAY 18
It’s the penultimate chapter of “Super League”! When all the Supermen have fallen, it’s Supergirl to the rescue!
SUPERMAN #52, written by Peter J. Tomasi, art and cover by Mikel Janin, is on sale MAY 25.
The “Super League” epic concludes in one explosive fight as the new master villain uses Superman’s own solar super flare power against everyone.
Do you love DC Trinity artwork? Kim Jung Gi designed a triptych variant cover spanning Wonder Woman #49, Superman/Wonder Woman #26 and Justice League: Darkseid War Special #1. Take a look at Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman in action.
These three covers arrive at your local comic book shop in February!
Have you ever sat and thought about what you’re reading this on?
You’re reading an article on the internet on a machine, whether a smart phone, tablet or a computer, through which you can harness almost all of the knowledge that humanity has ever learned with the click of a button. Or a Google search.
So, with that in mind, take a minute and tell me what language is spoken in Pakistan?
That wasn’t too tough, was it? Unfortunately, it was a bit difficult for somebody (an “editor”) at DC Comics when putting together Superman/Wonder Woman Annual #2 which hit shelves December 30, 2015.
Part of the issue takes place in Shimshal, Pakistan, a village located in the northern region of the country. In the issue the dialogue appears in English with an * to denote an editor note where it says the language being spoken is “Pakistanian.” The actual language used in that area (according to Wikipedia) is Wakhi. The country’s national language is Urdu and over sixty languages are spoken including Punjabi, Pashto, Sindhi, Balochi, Kashmiri, Brahui, Shina, Balti, Khowar, Burushaski Yidgha, Dameli, Kalasha, Gawar-Bati, Domaak. Missing from that list, Pakistanian.
It may seem a simple thing to you and I, adding two letters to a word that’s used to describe a native of a country and then assume that’s the language. But think about what it shows to those who are impacted by that lack of research. Speaking to Fusion.net, Khaver Siddiqi said that “Think of it this way, for some people who read this comic this may or may not be their only exposure to Pakistan. It is offensive (to me) to think that you can’t respect a culture or nation not to do some basic research about its people or language when you are about to use it in your story.”
When Buzzfeed reached out to Siddiqi, he also said that “it makes it all the more funny that they decided to set the scene in a place even I, as a Pakistani, had to look up on Google. But they couldn’t perform a simple Google search for the language. I’m not offended at being called Pakistanian — I’m just offended that nobody had the time to do one Google search. That’s all. Spoiled the story for me.”
The solution is, in this case, extremely simple – either spending the thirty or forty seconds to hit up Google, or talking to an actual Pakistani person – Twitter is a great resource for this.
Performing due diligence and research for a story you are writing, or drawing, is always important. When a brief look at Wikipedia can answer a question, especially when you’re not fully certain of the answer, then you avoid a situation where you’re being called out for a simple two letter mistake that can quite easily cause more offense than you ever dreamed.
Move aside, Harley Quinn! The Dark Knight and The Man of Steel are taking over! Batman and Superman are gearing up to dominate DC Comics this March! And part of that is a new variant cover theme featuring DC’s two titans.
DC Entertainment has announced a month of variants with a theme of Batman/Superman, with a second round of opaque black polybags concealing stunning cover artwork by the comic industry’s most talented artists!
DC Entertainment’s ongoing monthly themed variant cover program will showcase variants for ten of DC Comics’ most popular Batman and Superman titles. All ten comics will have three black polybagged variants of equal quantity of pencils, inks and colored covers.
Batman #50 – Polybagged variant cover by Jim Lee Detective Comics #50 – Polybagged variant cover by Rafael Grampa Batgirl #50 – Polybagged variant cover by Kevin Nowlan Grayson #18 – Polybagged variant cover by Stephen Platt Robin: Son of Batman #10 – Polybagged variant cover by Ryan Ottley Batman/Superman #30 – Polybagged variant cover by Tony Moore Superman #50 – Polybagged variant cover by Kaare Andrews Action Comics #50 – Polybagged variant cover by Martin Ansin Superman/Wonder Woman #27 – Polybagged variant cover by Charlie Adlard Wonder Woman #50 – Polybagged variant cover by Massimo Carnevale
The epic “Truth” arc hits close to the heart as dark secrets come to light, forcing Superman and Wonder Woman to question whether their relationship can work in this new world of identities revealed and questionable actions.
As more months go by in DC’s relaunch of Superman, it’s becoming clearer that there’s WAY more to the story than first read, and that initial reactions to the changes made should be rethought when this epic arc ends. Through Superman, Action Comics, and Superman/Wonder Woman, we’re getting different pieces of the same puzzle.
Big news out of the New 52 was that there was a new power couple, Superman and Wonder Woman, who got their own series. With the new direction, that relationship is showing a lot of fractures, and that’s not a bad thing, as the relationship stopped being interesting rather quickly.
Superman/Wonder Woman #21 picks up right after the confrontation between Superman and the President, with the Man of Steel heading off to free his friends. Wonder Woman is already at the location of those folks, and her actions play out interestingly. By the end, it’s clear someone(s) is behind the scenes and the next arc of books look to give us some more details on exactly who/why.
To see this big story arc play out over three different series is actually pretty interesting, and kind of cool. But, for me, the Superman/Wonder Woman relationship is just stale at this point. We’re at least getting some conflict here. Writer Peter J. Tomasi is changing things up just enough and making enough conflict at the right amount that the shift doesn’t feel sudden, but a natural next step.
The art by Jaime Mendoza and Doug Mahnke is solid as expected. The art for the series is really nice to look at, and all the Superman related comics feel like they belong in the same family when it comes to their style. It’s solid work around.
Tomasi (as well as the rest of the Superman team) are shaking things up, and it looks like we’re finally seeing the end of DC’s power couple. That’s not a bad thing at all.
Story: Peter J. Tomasi Art: Jaime Mendoza, Doug Mahnke Story: 7.25 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read
DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!
We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.
Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.
Nanjing: The Burning City HC (Dark Horse) – This is one of those weeks where I could have easily chosen 20 different comics to put on my picks. Narrowing it down to five was very difficult, but this book is absolutely on top. A graphic novel taking place in Nanjing during the Chinese occupation/attack during the second Chinese/Japanese war. The atrocities committed are staggering, and this graphic novel is a nice introduction that will hopefully get people more interested in this genocide and destruction.
Hip Hop Family Tree #1 (Fantagraphics) – If you missed it, the praised Fantagraphics graphic novel series is being released as monthly comics with extra material, so perfect for new readers and old readers like. The series is an amazing recounting of the rise of hip hop music.
Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare #1 (Comix Tribe) – I love Comix Tribe’s releases, though their release schedule can be a bit spotty at times. This new series, spinning out of The Red Ten, which is being released a week early, focuses on the supervillain the Oxymoron. Comix Tribe is a publisher that absolutely deserves more eyes on their releases.
Princeless: Raven, the Pirate Princess #2 (Action Lab Entertainment) – Jeremy Whitley’s Princeless has been both entertaining and destroying comic tropes and stereotypes at the same time. This new series, which spun out of the last volume, focuses on Raven as she builds a pirate crew to take on her brothers. This issue is amazing, and there’s one sequence in particular that’ll get you laughing and thinking.
Young Terrorists #1 (Black Mask Studios) – A fascinating read that I’m still digesting. It gets Black Mask Studios back to its political roots, taking on corporations, governments, really, society as a whole.
Top Pick: Justice League #43 (DC Comics) – The ending to the previous issue, with Batman taking on the role of Metron, is one of the big type of developments that Geoff Johns loves in his storytelling. Where this story arc goes from here is anyone’s guess, but it is going to be something big.
Manifest Destiny #16 (Image Comics) – This series continues with the unexplained mysteries of America’s interior, as was seen by a different Lewis and Clark. The revelations of the previous issue seem like they will have a big impact going forward.
Secret Wars: Secret Love #1 (Marvel) – Romance comics are an important part of the history of the medium of comics. It is nice to see a romance inspired tie-in to Secret Wars, though it will be interesting to see exactly where they take it.
Silk #6 (Marvel) – There are still a few Marvel monthlies that are moving along somewhat unbothered by Secret Wars, and Silk is one of them. This fun series never got a good chance to gain a decent fan base but continues to impress.
Van Helsing Vs. Dracula #1 (Zenescope) – Dracula is probably the most widely used villain in comics, not in terms of appearances, but in terms of how many companies have published stories with him. Liesel Van Helsing is a steampunk heroine that has never made the connection with readers. Putting the two together seems like it might work though.
Top Pick: Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess #2 (Action Lab Entertainment) – Everyone loves Princeless, the feminist, funny, exciting all-ages fantasy comic staring women of color and a dragon. Raven the Pirate Princess is not just a spin-off series, it is the next step of maturation for the adventure/fantasy world Jeremy Whitley is building. While both series are all-ages this one is aimed at slightly older kids. It very effectively lampoons real world sexism in ways that I want to put on freaking flyers and hand out at conferences.
Just as important, it features young women flirting with each other. So you get pirate ships and also ‘shipping in one family-friendly, queer positive, comic book featuring mostly people of color.
Marvel, DC, take note.
Which brings us to….
Top Pick: Secret Wars: Secret Loves #1 (Marvel) – Jeremy Whitley, creator of the feminist all-ages fantasy comic dynamo that is Princeless is finally writing something for Marvel. It’s a romance story featuring Danny Rand and Misty Knight! If that wasn’t enough in this comic we get Kamalah Kahn and Robbie Reyes together. Marvel should probably publish a full time romance series again. Other then X-Men.
Black Canary #3 (DC Comics) – Last issue ended on a cliff hanger. Who’s Dinah’s ex in the covert-ops suit? And how does that mysterious kid play guitar like that? And when will someone buy me an Annie Wu commission? Her art here is killer.
Island #2 (Image Comics) – Bored of comics? Want something new? Buy this. All of the art is unlike any of the other comics art you have. Unless you read a lot of Brandon Graham stuff in which case the Brandon Graham stuff will be familiar. And by familiar I mean awesome.
Power-Up #2 (BOOM! Box/BOOM! Studios) – Magical girls for everyone! Magical girls for construction workers with beards! For Mom’s in station wagons with irritable teenagers! For tiny gold fish! And for under-employed retail workers. Cute and heartfelt. Read the review I wrote for issue 1.
Secret Six #5 (DC Comics) – Gail Simone’s original run on Secret Six is one of my favorite comics of all time. It’s taken a while to get this new volume up and running properly. But the last issue marked a major upswing in the series. It’s harkening back to the twisted humor, over the top violence and drama between members of a found family of fucked-up people that made readers fall in love with the original series.
Wolf #2 (Image Comics) – Urban fantasy is a dime a dozen right now but Ales Kott’s new series Wolf stands out. The story is completely unpredictable. This series has a David Lynchian vibe I haven’t felt in anything else I read. It’s reminiscent in tone Mulholland Drive in particular. The series is genuinely creepy and a little confusing. But I love Mulholland Drive for those very reasons. So consider that praise for this book too.
Top Pick: Justice League #43 (DC Comics) – Forget Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, this has been the cinematic adventure of the year for me! I love how Johns has taken the old cliché of “Bat-God” and turned it literal. Awesome stuff. His reinterpretation of Darkseid and his Apokolips horde is fantastic. I don’t see it slowing down. Waiting at the bus stop for the next Boom Tube!
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #4 (Marvel Comics) – Peter finally gets his daughter back and she fights by his side. I don’t think anything more needs to be said. Thwip this one up quick Webheads!
House of M #1 (Marvel Comics) – What’s better than one rule under Doom? Try Magneto. I am very glad they are revisiting this story. Was great when it was originally published. However what could Wanda wish away this time? How about hoping she utters the words “No More Reboots.”
Superman/ Wonder Woman #20 (DC Comics) – Continuing the Truth story, I’m eager to see what became of Lana Lang but if this month doesn’t turn it around, this might be it for me on this title. Big fan of Mahnke but not sure his art can save me on this. Hope I’m wrong.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #49 (IDW Publishing) – One more issue till the big one. This is where it hits the fan! Turtles, Shredder, Splinter, Bebop, Rocksteady, Metalhead, Karai. I am eagerly awaiting the showdown. Rumor is one of the Turtles may not survive..