Writing thirty-five issues of a series is a considerable undertaking for anyone, but when they’re thirty-five of the most critically acclaimed, character-defining issues in modern super hero comics, that’s something worthy of celebration and maybe a little awe. So it is with Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s Wonder Woman, which wraps up this week after over three years of phenomenal, intelligent storytelling with WONDER WOMAN #35.
Sometimes when the stakes are this huge and the scale this massive, twenty pages just isn’t enough. It’s fortunate, then, that we have our extra-sized Annuals. This week sees the release of four of them, some kicking off exciting new storylines, others offering explosive finales.
Batman and Superman are known for large-scale adventure, but those adventures are still often limited to what can fit in a single 20-page comic book. However, once a year, we give the talent behind Batman, Superman and many of our other popular super heroes a chance to dream big and come up with an extra-sized story that takes our characters to places you might not see in their ongoing monthly title. Sometimes you’ll see them tangling with a favorite villain, or exploring a thread from their currently storyline.
What better way to celebrate the summer than with a brand new set of special, oversized Annual issues of some of your favorite comics? This July, ANIMAL MAN, BATMAN, DETECTIVE COMICS, THE FLASH, and SUPERMAN will be releasing their second Annual issues, and we’ve got your first looks at their solicitation info and covers right here on THE SOURCE!
ANIMAL MAN ANNUAL #2
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art and cover by TRAVEL FOREMAN
On sale JULY 31 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T+
When you think of October 31st, you most likely get excited to dress up in a scary costume, go trick-or-treating, or curl up on your couch with a horror movie marathon. Well, now you have one more reason to look forward to Halloween this year: it’s the day that the next batch of Annual issues will be hitting stores!
Below, take an exclusive first look at the covers and solicit information for ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #1, BATGIRL ANNUAL #1, JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ANNUAL #1 and SWAMP THING ANNUAL #1.