Fans of STARMAN are familiar with the concept of a “Times Past” issue. In THE SHADE #4, in stores on Wednesday, writer James Robinson revisits this format to reveal an untold chapter of The Shade’s history. The year is 1944. The Shade’s criminal career has just kicked off and he must save an industrialist who is being targeted for assassination. But when he seeks help, The Shade learns that people are not always who they appear to be. And that includes physically.
In the fourth issue of MY GREATEST ADVENTURE, an anthology-style miniseries, the wild and various adventures of Robotman, Garbage Man and the alien Tanga continue. In “Uncanny Valley, Part 4” by Matt Kindt and Scott Kolins, Robotman’s origins are revealed as he attempts to survive a brutal attack that leaves him helpless and isolated.
BATMAN #8 will feature the first of a series of back-up stories exploring the dark history of the Court of Owls, the mysterious and malevolent secret society wreaking havoc upon Gotham City in the ongoing series. The back-ups will bring together the fan-favorite writer/artist pairing of Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque, whose ongoing collaboration on AMERICAN VAMPIRE has made the critically acclaimed title one of the iconic series of the Vertigo line. James Tynion IV will co-write with Snyder.
Are you one of those readers who likes to mix it up with both digital and print formats? If so we have great news - starting with the April 2012 issues, GREEN LANTERN and DETECTIVE COMICS will join the ranks of DC Comics' popular digital combo pack titles, including JUSTICE LEAGUE, BATMAN and ACTION COMICS. Now you can keep your print issues pristine and reread favorite issues over and over again on your phone, tablet or online - it's the best of both worlds.
Tony Akins is best known for his work on FABLES and JACK OF FABLES written by Bill Willingham. Now, he gives Cliff Chiang a breather as he takes over art duties for a two-part WONDER WOMAN story which begins on January 18th. I spoke to Tony about his art and getting the call to work on one of the most iconic superhero characters below.
One of the most critically acclaimed original graphic novels of the last few years, SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE will be getting a highly anticipated sequel in 2012. Considered by some to be “Superman for the TWILIGHT crowd,” the original was a standalone story which re-examined the early mythology of the classic character. SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE – VOLUME TWO continues the fresh take on the youthful struggles of Krypton’s superpowered survivor.
2012 will bring the highly anticipated release of BATMAN: EARTH ONE, an original graphic novel retelling the Batman legend in a contemporary setting. The collaboration between New York Times bestselling author Geoff Johns and critically acclaimed artist Gary Frank, BATMAN: EARTH ONE also marks the first original graphic novel for Johns – who is best known for his work on fan favorite ongoing series for DC Comics. Together, they will present a new vision of Batman – a flawed and fallible hero who isn’t yet the master of Gotham City’s shadows.
There’s still glitter on the streets. Fridges are filled with half-empty bottles of champagne and gyms are extra crowded due to people working on their resolutions. And while we celebrate the beginning of a new year, there’s no better way to ring in 2012 than to reflect on the successes of 2011. The DC offices were closed all of last week, but that doesn’t mean that press didn’t continue to roll in. Below, take a look at some of the year-end “best of” lists that ran.
In 2011, DC Entertainment made history with DC COMICS-THE NEW 52, an imprint-wide initiative of 52 first issues, chock full of new costumes, new villains and new attitudes. Additionally, DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 made all DC Comics issues available digitally on the same day that they were released in comic book shops. Fans, retailers, bloggers and the mainstream press all took notice.
Not only did we ring in a new year recently but we also hit an important milestone: Our Batman Facebook page crossed the 2 million Likes mark. More than 2 million people have signaled that they are fans of the Caped Crusader, a sentiment we whole-heartedly agree with.
Primed to be one of the most talked about original graphic novels of the year, BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN crafts a deft mystery around the architecture and design of Gotham City itself.