It wouldn’t be a stretch to call Wednesday a historic day, what with our major digital news and the details surrounding writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Eddy Barrows’ upcoming Superman “Grounded” arc.
Today, USA TODAY broke the exciting news about writer J. Michael Straczynski’s epic “Grounded” storyline running in SUPERMAN, and we’ve got more details about how you, the fans, can participate in the Man of Steel’s trek across the United States.
Not long ago, we unveiled artist John Cassaday’s lovely reinterpretation of SUPERMAN #1, as part of our DC 75th anniversary celebration. Earlier still, we confirmed that John was going to be the regular cover artist on SUPERMAN, accompanying the work of writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Eddy Barrows. So, that implies we’ll have more SUPERMAN Cassaday artwork, right? Correct. Here’s his cover to #702, the second part of JMS’ “Grounded” story. Perfect image to follow Memorial Day weekend, don’t you think?
Every now and then we get the chance to give you a quick peek at what’s coming from DC beyond the next few months. This time, we have a chance to peel back the curtain for a bit to show you some of the more notable collections that’ll be hitting stores next Spring — including an interplanetary war and the return of a much-loved hero. DC Universe highlights for spring 2011 include: SUPERMAN: WAR OF THE SUPERMEN HC Writers: Sterling Gates and James Robinson Artists: Eddy Barrows, Aaron Lopresti, Jamal Igle, Eduardo Pansica, CAFU, Bernard Chang and others In stores: January
Got plans this weekend? No? Well, now you do. In case you didn't know, tomorrow is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, where comic book shops across the country open up their doors and give away a number of FREE COMICS to fans new and old from participating publishers. Yes, you read that right. Free. Comics. All day. Want to see what's going to be on display? Visit the FREE COMIC BOOK DAY site for info on participating stores and locations.
Let's go over our SUPERMAN checklist, shall we? Great writer? J. Michael Straczynski. Check. Great artist? Eddy Barrows. Check. Great cover artist? John Cassaday. Check. Wait, what? Yep -- you read that correctly. Starting with SUPERMAN #701, the artist behind the masterful PLANETARY and many more amazing projects will be lending his eye to detail and dynamic design work to SUPERMAN's covers. Neat, huh? But we wouldn't just announce something this big without an image, so here's a first look at John's #701 cover. Enjoy.
We hit the ground running with some major news not long ago — announcing that JMS was not only writing SUPERMAN, but WONDER WOMAN as well. And earlier today we talked a bit about SAMARITAN X, JMS’ newly announced OGN.