Out today: BATMAN #690 by Winick and Bagley

Writer Judd Winick and artist Mark Bagley kick off part three of their four-part BATMAN story with a bang, as Penguin ups the ante in his bid to become the top crook in Gotham and enlists a few of Arkham's finest to keep the Dark Knight occupied. Meanwhile, a new player enters the scene to help the Penguin -- or does he have more devious goals? All this while Two-Face gets closer to making a startling discovery about who Batman really is. BATMAN #690 hits today. [gallery link="file"]

Get a first look at THE SHIELD #1

Spinning out directly from last month's "Red Circle" event from superstar writer J. Michael Straczynski, we've got a first look at THE SHIELD #1, the debut issue of the new ongoing series chronicling the patriotic hero's exploits. Along for the ride is an INFERNO co-feature. The main story, written by Eric Trautmann with art by Marco Rudy takes Lt. Joe Higgins -- a.k.a. the Shield -- into the hot spots across the globe where civilians fear to tread. His first mission finds him in Bialya, the nation destroyed by Black Adam in the pages of 52.

Take another look at MAGOG #1

We unveiled a short preview of the first issue of MAGOG, from writer Keith Giffen and artist Howard Porter a while back, but it never hurts to gently remind you that it's in stores this week. We also thought it'd be nice to throw in a few extra pages, for good measure. Tired of the restraints that come with being a card-carrying member of the JSA, Magog decides to take justice into his own hands. But how does that synch up with Magog's own, apparently unavoidable destiny? We can't tell, but these pages should shed some light on the situation.

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