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The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1 Gets a New Variant Cover, 1:25 Incentive

The latest chapter in the Sandman Universe arrives in August with The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1! Writer G. Willow Wilson and artists Nick Robles and Mat Lopes team up for this new series, featuring Dream’s latest creation: Ruin, the nightmare of catastrophic failure—who lives up to his name a little too well.

In advance of the new series, DC presents a new open-to-order variant cover for The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1, by Sandman Universe veterans Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn. This cover replaces the previously solicited The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1 variant cover by Bill Sienkiewicz.

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1 variant by Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn

Additionally, The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1 will arrive with a 1:25 incentive variant cover, featuring Robles’ design work for the series’ breakout new character, Ruin. This cover follows the format of similar 1:25 incentive covers for recent issues of Batman.

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1 1:25 incentive variant cover

One of Dream’s heaviest responsibilities is the creation of nightmares—the beings that haunt our sleep and turn our thoughts toward darkness. In the form of Ruin, the nightmare of catastrophic failure, Dream was certain he’d built his next masterpiece…but Ruin can’t help but live up to his name, sending every situation into a spiral of unexpected consequences. Unfortunately, Shakespearean scholar (and exhausted new mother) Lindy has dreamed of Ruin…and in the process, she’s delivered him unto the waking world!

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1 hits shelves on August 4.

Dynamite Does Homage Covers to Rob Liefeld in September

This September Dynamite and artist Brent Peeples show respect to one of the industry’s most influential figures with a 5-piece set of variant covers homaging Rob Liefeld‘s famous covers!

Artist Brent Peeples brings maximum effort to these covers that mirror some of the most recognizable covers of all time. Brent and Rob have worked together on the smash-hit Major X and other projects together, so there is respect and admiration in these pieces.  

All six of these covers grace Dynamite’s top titles. The Princess of Mars has green martians in her sights, as Dejah Thoris #8 calls back to New Mutants #87Rob’s second issue on the title. Arguably even more iconic is the 98th issue of that series, which Killing Red Sonja #5‘s cast stepping in for a merc with a mouth. Bettie Page #3 reenacts the pivotal next issue that moved toward a huge shift in Liefeld’s career and the industry as a whole. Vampirella/Red Sonja #11 places those two Women of Dynamite into the iconic image of X-Force #1. The blockbuster second and third issues of that record-breaking series are spotlighted with Red Sonja #19 and Vampirella #14.

Dynamite Celebrates Independence Day with 3 Special Variants

This summer season, Dynamite is bringing the heat with a trio of collectible variant covers celebrating July 4th and American Independence. A diverse international set of creators pay tribute to the American-born medium and characters they love.

Joined by a fun background of apple pies, Bettie Page is herself an American icon of that caliber. Her work in pinup art and as a symbol of beauty and feminity has influenced countless artists within her home nation and around the world. Italian Vincenzo Federici, interior artist for the title, pencils, inks, and colors this fun and flirty cover for the second issue of Karla Pacheco‘s upcoming yarn.

Bettie Page #2 variant

Fellow Italian Alessandro Miracolo portrays the She-Devil With a Sword celebrating the holiday in the shadow of the Washington Monument and dangerously standing atop a stack of fireworks with blade and flag in hand. Don’t try this at home, kids. Irish colorist and series regular Ellie Wright makes sure the red, white and blue pop. It can be argued that the Hyrkanian heroine’s backstory is firmly tied to America, with her creation by Robert E. Howard in stories originally serialized in pulp magazines native to the States. Then expanded by Roy Thomas, who was a student of history and followed in the footsteps of comic and pulp innovators before him. Though always with an international flair, with renowned artists such as Esteban Maroto, Lucio Parrillo, Carlos Gomez, and more.

Red Sonja #18 variant

American artist Justin Mason has Vampirella in an even more dangerous position, straddling a giant explosive with lit sparklers. Though the sweet Uncle Sam style hat makes up for that and we’ll pretend she’s following proper safety precautions. The colors by Kike J. Diaz really bring the background fireworks to life. Similar to Sonja, the Daughter of Drakulon’s creation has a bit of American flavor. James Warren’s black and white magazines were able to dodge the censorship that plagued the comics industry for years. Do you think Drakulon has an independence day?

Vampirella #13 variant

Batman: Three Jokers Gets Premium Variants

It’s one of the most anticipated comic book stories of the decade: Batman: Three Jokers by Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok! Debuting in August, this series delivers the payoff to the years-long mystery of why—and how—there are three Jokers, and what that revelation means to the eternal conflict between Batman, his allies, and the Clown Prince of Crime.

To commemorate this landmark series, DC will offer to participating retailers nine Premium Variant Covers for Batman: Three Jokers, each illustrated by series artist Jason Fabok. Along with the main cover and regular variant cover, each issue of Batman: Three Jokers will have three Premium Variant Covers, showcasing Fabok’s interpretation of a different face of The Joker’s madness throughout DC history. All nine of the Premium Variant Covers mirror Fabok’s main covers for the three-issue series, giving a close-up look at even more of The Joker’s terrifying incarnations.

The Premium Variant covers for issue #1, on sale August 25, are as follows:

  • Red Hood (Variant A)
  • Joker Fish (Variant B)
  • Joker Bomb (Variant C)

For issue #2, on sale September 29:

  • Joker Behind Bars (Variant D)
  • Death in the Family/Top Hat & Monocle (Variant E)
  • Joker Applying Makeup (Variant F)

And for the final issue #3, on sale October 27:

  • Batman: The Killing Joke Hawaiian shirt and camera (Variant G)
  • Stand-Up Comedian (Variant H)
  • “Endgame” Mohawk (Variant I)

Participating retailers ordering all nine premium variant covers will also receive one free Batman: Three Jokers #3 “compilation” premium variant cover, collecting all nine of Fabok’s variants, plus the three main covers from the series.

Batman: Three Jokers by Geoff Johns, Fabok and colorist Brad Anderson debuts at open and operating comic book stores and digital retailers on Tuesday, August 26, with issue #2 on sale September 30 and the series conclusion on October 28, just in time for Halloween. Each issue is priced at $6.99, and will carry DC’s “Black Label” content descriptor, identifying the content as appropriate for readers 17+.

Legion of Super-Heroes #6 Goes Back to Print! The Gold Lantern Shines on Legion of Super-Heroes #7

Gold Lantern has been promised since the start of Brian Michael Bendis and Ryan Sook‘s run on Legion of Super-Heroes, and made a brief but impactful appearance in the sold-out issue #6 this week, with more of this new character to come in subsequent issues!

To cement his status as the future’s newest galactic hero, Gold Lantern will be featured in a 1:25 variant cover for Legion of Super-Heroes #7 on July 28, highlighting the design work of series artist Ryan Sook. The Legion of Super-Heroes #7 1:25 variant is a card stock cover with a cover price of $4.99.

Additionally, DC is rushing back to press for a second printing of Legion of Super-Heroes #6 to arrive on July 7! Gold Lantern—the 31st century’s exciting addition to the Green Lantern mythos—flew into action in this week’s sold-out Legion of Super-Heroes #6 by Brian Michael Bendis and Ryan Sook!

Jorge Jiménez’s 1:25 Covers for Batman Shows Off Characters New and Old

James Tynion IV, Jorge Jiménez, and Guillem March‘s Batman run has introduced novel new characters to the Batman mythos, and one of the most anticipated moments lands today in Batman #92, as Punchline comes face to face with Harley Quinn!

With “The Joker War” approaching, fans will meet even more new characters created by Tynion IV and Jiménez. Punchline, the Designer, the Underbroker, Clownhunter, and more—new characters created for “The Joker War” by James Tynion IV and Jorge Jiménez—join Batman’s most famous friends and foes on 1:25 card stock variant covers of every issue from Batman #92 through #100! Each cover features Jiménez’s design work, showing off his process of crafting Gotham’s newest residents, or his distinct interpretations of its familiar faces. 

The 1:25 covers feature Jiménez’s illustrations of the following characters:

  • Batman #92—Punchline  
  • Batman #93—the Designer
  • Batman #94—the Underbroker
  • Batman #95—The Joker
  • Batman #96—Clownhunter
  • Batman #97—Harley Quinn
  • Batman #98—Catwoman
  • Batman #99—Nightwing
  • Batman #100—to be revealed!

Each cover is available to comic book retailers who order at least 25 copies of Batman #92 through #100, the climactic final issue of “The Joker War.” Batman #92 is on sale now, and “The Joker War” starts in July’s Batman #95.

BOOM! Studios Announces Surprise Faithless II #1 Day One Variant For Retailers

BOOM! Studios has announced the Faithless II #1 Day One Variant, a special advance edition of the hotly anticipated erotic thriller sequel from superstars Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet. The limited-edition Faithless II #1 Day One Variant features new cover art from Eisner Award-winning artist Paul Pope. Moreover, this one-per-store edition arrives at qualifying comic shop retailers on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, one full week in advance of the series debut on June 10, 2020. 

This is the first surprise monthly variant cover for comic shops as part of the groundbreaking Day One Retailer Support Services Program, an industry-first plan to immediately support comic shops and their communities worldwide. More details on the program can be found right here.

In Faithless II, Faith must travel to Turin, known as the epicenter of black magic – it’s also a place of high fashion, art, and literature. Now, Faith is in the center of it all and with that, her own power grows. 

But all power comes with a price. 

And Faith has only just begun to pay for hers.

Faithless II #1 will be available for sale on June 10, 2020.

Faithless II #1 Day One Variant

Check Out Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular’s Variant Covers

Since the first Green Lantern was introduced in All-American Comics #16 in May 1940 by artist Martin Nodell and writer Bill Finger, the Green Lanterns have been fan-favorite characters with millions of comic book fans. From that first ring-wielding Lantern to the latest, and every strong-willed Super Hero in-between, many have spoken the Green Lantern oath and pledged to defend their home sector from evils of every nature. Now, in 2020, this corps of extraterrestrial space police built up from all alien races and places are celebrating 80 years of keeping the DC universe safe!

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott, DC will be publishing Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 on June 23. Read tales of all of the universe’s most legendary Green Lanterns: Alan Scott, Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz, plus appearances from other cosmic favorites!

In addition to a dynamic cover by Liam Sharp, fans and collectors can also look forward to eight variant covers spotlighting Lanterns throughout the decades, drawn by some of comics’ premier artists:

  • 1940’s variant cover by Nicola Scott
  • 1950’s variant cover by Matt Taylor
  • 1960’s variant cover by Doug Mahnke
  • 1970’s variant cover by Neal Adams
  • 1980’s variant cover by David Finch
  • 1990’s variant cover by Philip Tan
  • 2000’s variant cover by Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert
  • 2010’s variant cover by Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex Sinclair

The legendary lineup of creators contributing their talents to Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular include Geoff Johns, Darryl Banks, Charlotte Fullerton McDuffie, Sina Grace, Mike Grell, Jeff Lemire, Ron Marz, Denny O’Neil, Fernando Pasarin, Ivan Reis, Rafa Sandoval, Mariko Tamaki, Peter J. Tomasi, James Tynion IV, Robert Venditti, and more—all with the goal to keep the galaxy glowing bright!

Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 is a prestige format comic book retailing for $9.99 and available at local comic retailers and digital retailers on June 23.

Jorge Jiménez Delivers Two New ‘Batman’ Covers for The Joker War!

The Joker War rages on after kicking off in July’s Batman #95, with newly revealed characters joining the fray! Jorge Jiménez is delivering two new covers for the resolicited Batman #96 and Batman #97, now scheduled for August. They feature Clownhunter and Harley Quinn!

In Batman #96, reeling from the effects of the worst Joker toxin attack ever, Batman is on the run through Gotham City, pursued by the dark shadows and voices that haunt his past and present! As The Joker’s plan materializes, the only person who can save Batman from the brink of true madness…is Harley Quinn?! Plus, who is the mysterious new figure known as Clownhunter?

Batman #96, written by James Tynion IV with art by Jorge Jiménez, a cover by Guillem March and a variant cover by Francesco Mattina, plus a new Clownhunter card stock variant cover by Jorge Jiménez, hits shelves August 4.

And then in Batman #97, The Joker’s army is growing hour by hour, with weapons beyond anything the Clown Prince of Crime has ever used before. Batman must hold his mind together so he can strike the final blow and take back his city—but how can he heal the rifts he’s created in his life to get the help he needs? And while all this is happening, the villains of Gotham City are waiting out the carnage Joker has unleashed—and Catwoman assembles an army of her own!

Batman #97, written by James Tynion IV with art by Jorge Jiménez, a cover by Guillem March and a variant cover by Francesco Mattina, plus a new Harley Quinn card stock variant cover by Jorge Jiménez, hits shelves August 18.

Art Thibert Celebrates Dual Anniversaries With Vampirella/Black & White!

Art Thibert and Dynamite have announced a special exclusive crossover cover variant for Vampirella #1

Live right now! Available only on Indiegogo for a limited time, the cover celebrates the 25th anniversary of Thibert’s independent creation Black & White as well as Vampi’s big 50th.

The Indiegogo campaign has a curated set of options for fans and collectors with different tastes. Both the standard dressed cover and logo-free “virgin” editions are set at the same price, allowing fans to pick their preference. For the art fans, the campaign offers a black and white (no pun intended!) inks-only version to marvel at Thibert’s famous abilities. Bundles for all three as well as all three signed are available. Plus, a limited number of one-of-a-kind sketches from Art of either Black & White or Vampirella will be offered.

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