Fans of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS have already been treated to special artwork in the series by industry heavy-hitters Walter Simonson and Jerry Ordway. In issue #4, Sam Kieth (SANDMAN, ARKHAM ASYLUM: MADNESS) joins the ranks of these guest artists by contributing a stunning five-page sequence, previewed exclusively below. “It was weird to draw part of a story someone will finish because I haven’t seen their parts,” Kieth exclusively told THE SOURCE. “With any luck, [series artist] Wes Craig can repair the damage I’ve done in my first part.” So what is this sequence that Kieth illustrated? We asked series editor Wil Moss to shed some light. Take it away, Wil! “The man who created the devices that give the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents their powers, Professor Emil Jennings, has been dead since the ‘60s — but as readers found out last month in T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS #3, he’s actually alive and well, and has been working for the Subterraneans all this time!” teased Moss. “T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS #4 opens with a scene explaining how and why that’s possible, and to draw this sequence, we brought in guest artist Sam Kieth, whose one-of-a-kind art style serves as a clear indicator to readers that what they’re seeing in this sequence is basically an alternate view of how things went down; that what readers thought they knew was in fact wrong. So enjoy this preview of Sam’s art, then pick up the full issue (on sale today), written by Nick Spencer with art by regular series artist Wes Craig, as the battle between T.H.U.N.D.E.R. and the Subterraneans reaches a boiling point, costing one Agent their life ...” [gallery link="file" order="DESC" columns="2"]
Coming in May, DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 “Second Wave” will literally expand the world-building efforts of the comprehensive publishing initiative. With the addition of a parallel Earth that features prominently into both EARTH 2 and WORLDS’ FINEST, the developing narrative will encompass new heroes from distinctly different backgrounds, building on the shared universe in some surprising ways. “Due the events that open the saga of EARTH 2, Wonder Woman is already the last Amazon of this world and she is determined to avenge her sisters...at whatever cost,” said EARTH 2 writer James Robinson. "How did Wonder Woman come to be the last of the Amazons?" asks EARTH 2 editor Pat McCallum. "It's one of the mysteries we'll be getting into with the series. While there will be recognizable faces and settings on EARTH 2, don't for a moment think you're on familiar ground. Do that, and you let your guard down...and then you'll end up like the rest of the Amazons." Here’s a first look at the Wonder Woman of EARTH 2, designed by Jim Lee.
Finding lost treasure can be quite the difficult task—it’s driven pirates and other relic hunters crazy for centuries. But DC Digital Comics is helping make the impossible simple with the Hidden Gems Sale! The sale includes storylines and titles from throughout past and present digital releases, putting them all in one convenient place at an incredibly low price. There's over 160 issues—all for only 99 cents each! Stalk the streets of Gotham City alongside Dick Grayson while he takes on the mantle of the Bat in Scott Snyder's critically acclaimed DETECTIVE COMICS run "The Black Mirror." Witness the original Batman's time-hopping journey back to the present in Grant Morrison's BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE limited series. Experience the pulse-pounding excitement as the Superman family takes on the unstoppable monster that once killed the Man of Steel himself in the "Reign of Doomsday." Take the to skies to battle killer robots, brain-changing apes, evil clones and more with POWER GIRL, featuring art by fan-favorite Amanda Connor and current VOODOO artist Sami Basri! All these titles and many more can be found in the sale, but act while you can before these Hidden Gems go back into hiding. The 3-Day sale begins 2/29/12!
Showcasing the uncertain early days of Superman’s heroic career, ACTION COMICS #1 will be going back to press for a fifth printing. The series is written by superstar Grant Morrison and features art by critically acclaimed illustrator Rags Morales. Issue #1 introduces a younger and brasher Superman to the citizens of Metropolis – who aren’t yet sure what to make of their new Kryptonian protector. The fifth printing of ACTION COMICS #1 will be available in comic book stores on March 28, 2012.
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #1 has also sold out again, and will be going back to press for its third printing. Written by David Finch and Paul Jenkins and featuring art by Finch, the story kicks off a series of confrontations with some of Batman’s greatest rogues as the Dark Knight follows a mysterious White Rabbit from foe to foe. Also, BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #6 was released just last week, and is already going back to press for its second printing. The issue explores Batman’s greatest fears, after the Dark Knight has been injected with a hallucinogenic toxin. But his drug-induced phobias are nothing next to the true mastermind behind the plot: Bane. The third printing of BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #1 and the second printing of BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #6 will be available in comic book stores on March 28, 2012.
DETECTIVE COMICS #1 by writer/artist Tony S. Daniel has sold out again, and will be going back to press for its sixth printing. Of the first issues from DC COMICS-THE NEW 52, only JUSTICE LEAGUE #1, with seven printings, has gone back for more printings. The sixth printing of DETECTIVE COMICS #1 will be available in comic book stores on March 28, 2012.
BATMAN #1 will be going back to press for its fourth printing. From the critically acclaimed creative team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, the launch issue pits Batman against some of his most iconic rogues during a massive Arkham Asylum breakout - all before setting the caped crusader up for a mystery that will involve his millionaire alter ego, Bruce Wayne. Also, the second printing of BATMAN #4 went on sale last week and sold out immediately. The issue will be going back to press again for a third printing. The fourth printing of BATMAN #1 and the third printing of BATMAN #4 will be on sale in comic book stores on March 28, 2012.
In the latest chapter of his globe-trotting adventures, The Shade ends up in the European city of Barcelona. While there, he crosses paths with a vampire named La Sangre, named after the Spanish word for “blood.” But what do La Sangre’s origins reveal about The Shade’s? Why does she insist on calling him “father”? And will he be able to help her take down her archenemy, The Inquisitor, before it’s too late? Written by James Robinson and illustrated by Javier Pulido, THE SHADE #5 hits stores tomorrow. [gallery link="file" order="DESC" columns="2"]
Coming in May, DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 “Second Wave” will literally expand the world-building efforts of the comprehensive publishing initiative. With the addition of a parallel Earth that features prominently into both EARTH 2 and WORLDS’ FINEST, the developing narrative will encompass new heroes from distinctly different backgrounds, building on the shared universe in some surprising ways. “Helena Wayne has been taught how to be the perfect Robin,” said James Robinson, writer of EARTH 2. “Assured as a detective, fighter, scientist, pilot and all around crime-fighter she's been groomed by Batman to be the perfect caped manhunter (or should we say manHuntress) when she grows up.” “Before coming to the main DCU Earth and taking up the mantle of Huntress, Helena Wayne fought crime alongside her father as the Robin to his Batman on Earth-2!” said WORLDS’ FINEST editor Wil Moss. “But how did she come to be on this Earth? And why did she decide to become Huntress? You’ll get some clues in next week’s HUNTRESS #6, but for the real scoop, pick up WORLDS’ FINEST #1!” Here’s a first look at the Robin of Earth 2, designed by Kevin Maguire.
Out this week, JUSTICE LEAGUE #6 gives us the climatic battle we’ve all been waiting for: Darkseid versus the World’s Great Super Heroes. And USA TODAY gives us an exclusive first glimpse at the battle royale – the tide of which does not favor the would-be super team. USA TODAY spoke with DC Comics’ own creative super team – New York Times bestselling writer Geoff Johns and legendary artist Jim Lee – about these disparate heroes, and what it will take for them to unite against a foe more powerful than anything they’ve encountered before. "You really see Batman's superpower is elevating the others around him,” said Johns. “Other than being a great tactician and a great fighter, he does know how to motivate people in the right way and crack into them like a safe." Adds Lee: "Every character steps up and does something important in taking down Darkseid and saving the day. That's the trick to any team book facing one ultimate bad guy is how do you get every character doing something meaningful, and the story delivers on that." JUSTICE LEAGUE #6 lands in comic book stores this Wednesday.
As BATMAN: ODYSSEY nears its climactic conclusion, Batman’s path though the Underworld continues to twist and turn while the Dark Knight marshals his unlikely forces for the battle to come. From writer and artist Neal Adams, BATMAN: ODYSSEY #5 lands in stores this Wednesday. [gallery link="file" order="DESC"]
Coming in May, DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 “Second Wave” will literally expand the world-building efforts of the comprehensive publishing initiative. With the addition of a parallel Earth that features prominently into both EARTH 2 and WORLDS’ FINEST, the developing narrative will encompass new heroes from distinctly different backgrounds, building on the shared universe in some surprising ways. “Who will Batman kill to save his own daughter?” asks EARTH 2 editor Pat McCallum. “Right out of the gate that should tell you we’re dealing with a different kind of Dark Knight here. More ruthless, dangerous...the costume is familiar and yeah, there is a Wayne under the mask, but we’re looking at a man desperate to save the only family he has left. EARTH 2 is about to become a very bad place to be a bad guy.” Here’s a first look at the Batman of EARTH 2, designed by Jim Lee.