Happy Monday, Source readers. Why not start off the week with some major DCU news?
You've all seen a smattering of pages from next month's WEDNESDAY COMICS, the newspaper-format weekly series spearheaded by DC Comics Art Director Mark Chiarello. The collection of talent, characters and format is a first on many levels, and just from looking at the first few pieces, it's not an understatement to say the highly-talented creators participating are pouring their best into their respective projects. When the list of talent working on the book includes Neil Gaiman, Dave Gibbons, Brian Azzarello and many more taking on the likes of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and every corner of the DC Universe, you’re entering new territory.
But the history-making doesn't stop there.
Starting Wednesday July 8, when the first issue of WEDNESDAY COMICS hits stands, USA TODAY will be syndicating writer John Arcudi and artist Lee Bermejo's SUPERMAN strip every week over the course of the 12-week series. The first strip will appear in print on July 8, and subsequent strips will appear each Wednesday on USATODAY.COM, day-and-date with the respective issue. Additionally, each online preview will be promoted weekly in USA TODAY's print edition. USA TODAY announced the news this morning.
It just makes sense, no? A weekly series created to remind readers of the joys of standalone comics and the newspaper strips many of us grew up on debuting in the pages of one of the most well-known and widely-read newspapers ever.
The first issue of WEDNESDAY COMICS, and the debut of the SUPERMAN strip in USA TODAY, hits on 7/8.
Missed out on nabbing a copy of BATMAN AND ROBIN #1? There's still hope, dear Source readers. After selling out in just a week, BATMAN AND ROBIN #1 is going back to press for a new second printing.
Set to arrive in stores on July 8, this issue features a recolored version of the original cover by Frank Quitely. And if you have a copy already, well, here's a great reason to buy one more, no?
June is a pretty Bat-centric month, so why not tailor one of these handy link-blog posts to the Dark Knight?
• In addition to picking up The Source's very own GOTHAM CITY SIRENS and STREETS OF GOTHAM previews, IGN also debuted paged from the first issue of Chris Yost and Ramon Bach's RED ROBIN and Judd Winick and Ed Benes' BATTLE FOR THE COWL epilogue in BATMAN #687. That'll eat up a chunk of time today, huh?
• And, in case you missed it, Chip Kidd announced plans for an upcoming Batman project. We'll have more details on the project as we get closer to launch.
Earlier today, we gave you a look at the first issue of BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM #1. Nice, huh? But did you know Paul Dini's writing two monthly books featuring Batman and his world? Well, he is. And GOTHAM CITY SIRENS features Dini's work on some of the most striking femme fatales in Gotham, namely Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Click below to check out some of lovely Guillem March artwork from the first issue, which hits 6/24.
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There's a new Batman patrolling the streets of Gotham City -- how do the police, criminals and Joe Citizen react? How do the denizens of Gotham City feel about the new vigilante? Can he control the criminal element as effectively as Bruce Wayne?
The acclaimed DETECTIVE COMICS team of Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen reunite to tell Batman tales from another perspective, as we see Dick Grayson learn the ropes and how the people around him deal with it. Also, because we're all about giving you tons of story with each issue, this also kicks off the MANHUNTER c0-feature, written by Marc Andreyko with art by Georges Jeanty. Click below for a first look.
BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM #1 hits 6/17.
Over at AOL/Asylum's COMICS ALLIANCE site, our own Dan DiDio takes a moment to chat with CA's Laura Hudson about how the Batman universe will be shaping up post-BATTLE FOR THE COWL.
ComicsAlliance: What's been the reaction to the recent revelation that Dick Grayson, the original Robin, is now the new Batman?
Dan DiDio: We had a lot of speculation about who was going to be the new Batman, and one of the things that I found most surprising was that most people were trying to guess in a different direction. But from our standpoint, we were always pretty locked in on the fact that Dick Grayson was going to be the new Batman... the legacy aspect plays into everything that makes DC great, where we have so many characters that have moved from one generation to another. People have become very invested in [Dick Grayson] character over the years, and interested to see how he accepts the mantle.
• THE NASHUA TELEGRAPH had kind words for the FINAL CRISIS hardcover.
• Speaking of Grant Morrison and Batman, the writer talks to NEWSARAMA's Zack Smith about BATMAN AND ROBIN and his plans for the Caped Crusader.
• And, speaking of BATMAN AND ROBIN, IGN has a nice review of the first issue, where they call the book "an outrageously fun start for this new series. "
Try not to get mad at us, folks, but we decided it'd be a nice kick-off to the weekend to throw you another cool BATMAN AND ROBIN image.
This morning, you saw the cover to BATMAN AND ROBIN #4, by Frank Quitely, And, as some of you know, Philip Tan will be stepping in for a three-issue arc on the series, pairing him with writer Grant Morrison. Imagine how pleased I was to get a note from BATMAN Group Editor Michael Marts letting me know he'd just gotten the pencils for Tan's variant cover to #4. It's almost like we planned it this way.
So, not only will you be getting Quitely cover goodness for the series, but Tan will be creating stunning variants for his time on interiors. But enough of my mutterings. Here's the image.
Bruce Wayne is trapped in the past. The Caped Crusader is missing.
As Earth's heroes and the citizens of Gotham City struggle to face a world without a Batman, Dick Grayson -- the first Robin -- dons his mentor's cowl to try and stem the tide of crime threatening to drown the city Bruce Wayne spent years protecting.
Today, THE NEW YORK TIMES bestselling team of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely will launch BATMAN AND ROBIN, a new ongoing series.
Morrison crafts an energetic, fast paced and punchy issue that brings to mind the lost elements of the Dark Knight's past while injecting the characters with new, energetic twists. And what more can you really say about Quitely's amazing artwork?
But that's not all. Wondering what's coming up in the book in the next year? Click below and see for yourself.
Batman and Martian Manhunter are gone. But these aren't the first heroes to fall prey to the villains populating the DCU. And, not surprisingly, some heroes are tired of reacting, and instead want to take the battle to the bad guys themselves. The new team of Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Supergirl, Atom, Shazam, Congorilla and Starman unite in JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRY FOR JUSTICE, a six-issue mini-series from writer James Robinson and rising star artist Mauro Cascioli.
You've seen the covers and a few sneak peeks at the interiors, but here we have a full, five-page preview to whet your appetite. JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRY FOR JUSTICE #1 hits 7/1.