Exclusive Preview of BATMAN: ODYSSEY #3

In the first two issues of BATMAN: ODYSSEY vol. 2, Batman traveled to Gotham City’s underworld to save Talia al Ghul from the clutches of her kidnappers, The Sensei. Oh, and this secret underworld also just so happens to be where The League of Assassins has set up camp for years.

In issue #3, Robin is introduced to Deadman, who joins the fight against the flesh-hungry creatures that reside in the underworld. But will having a team of allies be enough to help Batman defeat The Sensei?

Pardon me while I gush over The Spirit for a moment

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I eagerly anticipate the next issues of Green Lantern, Action, Detective and Brightest Day each month as much as the next guy, but I'll take a few paragraphs here to talk about a book that's quietly snuck its way to the top of my read pile each week it's been released.

Got Variants?

Here's a couple of variant covers (and one non-variant) to end the day. We've got a double dose of BRIGHTEST DAY, with the covers to issues #17 and #18. Issue #17 is a non-variant by David Finch, and #18 is a variant by Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert. Next, Bill Sienkiewicz has an energetic, stylish cover for DCU: LEGACIES #9. And there's an awesome David Mack variant cover to JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #53.

Enjoy.

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Take a look at Mark Schultz’s THE SPIRIT #1 variant cover

Some things you probably know: The Spirit returns in a new ongoing series next month from writer Mark Schultz and artist Moritat. We showed off a page of the first SPIRIT: BLACK AND WHITE co-feature by Dennis O’Neil and Bill Sienkiewicz just last week.

Did you also know that Mark Schultz is not only writing the issue, but also contributing a variant cover? It’s possible. But I know it hasn’t been seen yet, so here it is:

Ethan Van Sciver tackles the Riddler

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This lovely piece of art is the cover to JOKER’S ASYLUM: THE RIDDLER #1, hitting in June as part of the month-long JOKER’S ASYLUM event. Nice, huh? And, while we have your attention thanks to the masterful Mr. Ethan Van Sciver, here’s a breakdown on the one-shots and the creators involved:

A first look at THE SPIRIT: BLACK AND WHITE co-feature

Starting with the first issue of the new SPIRIT ongoing series, each issue will feature a SPIRIT: BLACK AND WHITE co-feature from the top talents around the industry. And what better way to kick things off than by having living legend Dennis O’Neil pair with artist Bill Sienkiewicz for a tale of Will Eisner’s creation? We were psyched when this piece of artwork found its way into our inbox, as we’ll sure you’ll be when you click on it.

THE SPIRIT #1 hits in April.

FIRST WAVE editor Joey Cavalieri's ever-growing To-Do list...

Just got off the phone with Brian. He’s gotta make a few simple adjustments on the next FIRST WAVE script.

• Gotta call Rags Morales. Let him know everybody in the office is slapping me on the back for the looks of the first issue, as if I drew it. Might as well ring him up and share the, er, credit.

• Gotta call Nei Ruffino, same reason.

• Pardon my sharing my “to-do” list like this, but it’s the only way I can remember it all.

• Gotta call Howard Porter, make sure we’re getting more DOC SAVAGE pages like the one here.

The FIRST WAVE expands in April

Did you think we’d run out of news after two weeks of DCU in 2010?

No such luck, Source crew. In fact, we’ve got two new ongoing books to unveil, both hitting in April.

You’re all familiar with FIRST WAVE, right? The pulp-y, neo-noir epic from writer Brian Azzarello and artist Rags Morales hits in March and brings readers into a world where the Batman, Doc Savage, the Spirit and many more hard-boiled heroes stand side by side.

Expand the RED CIRCLE with THE WEB #1

Last week, we showed off some of the pages from the first issue of THE SHIELD, and now we have a look at THE WEB #1, featuring the main WEB feature, written by Angela Robinson with art by Roger Robinson and Hilary Barta. The issue also has a HANGMAN co-feature, from writer John Rozum and the REIGN IN HELL art team of Tom Derenick and Bill Sienkiewicz.

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