How does the world's smartest man spend Valentine's Day?

You might have noticed it's Valentine's Day. Maybe you have big plans for tonight or maybe you're avoiding the holiday and wish I hadn't brought it up.

The DC Universe is full of interesting couples: Clark Kent and Lois Lane, Aquaman and Mera, Barry Allen and Iris West, the Hawks. Hey, Catman and Huntress have a big date coming up, so we'll see where that leads...

But what about the world's smartest man? I e-mailed Paul Cornell to ask him how Lex Luthor might me spending the day. Here's what he had to say:

Two great villains in a meeting of minds...

We've shown a tiny bit of Action Comics #897's Lex Luthor / Joker match-up, but the issue's just too good not to share more of it in advance. That Paul Cornell and Pete Woods are able to capture everything we love about these two deranged villains so well in a single scene really speaks wonders about just how great they've been on this book.

ACTION COMICS #897 is on sale Wednesday. (You can place your guesses at the answers to The Joker's riddles in the comments below.)

DCU in 2011: David Finch and special guests contribute to ACTION COMICS' 900th issue

Action Comics hits a big milestone issue this year, and it only seems appropriate it gets a top-notch cover from a top-notch artist.

Without further ado, David Finch's cover to ACTION COMICS #900:

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Superman versus (I'll argue) his greatest villain. How much more apropos can you get for a landmark cover to Action Comics?

Lex Luthor makes Scandal Savage an offer she can't refuse

Why are the Secret Six helping Lex Luthor? Lex doesn't want to take Vandal

Savage on by himself, so he hires Scandal and her teammates to lend him a

hand against the immortal villain.

But why would they agree to help him? What does Lex Luthor offer that would

convince the Secret Six to help out the most notorious man in Metropolis?

ACTION COMICS #896 is the first of a two-part crossover with Secret Six #29,

and hits stores on Wednesday.

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DC Comics and Vertigo take home seven of IGN's Best of 2010 Awards

Seven, they say, is a magic number. And this morning, we can't disagree.

Because DC and Vertigo have put on an impressive showing, combining to win seven, yes seven of IGN's thirteen awards for the Best of 2010.

Here's the rundown...

Best New Series: Vertigo's AMERICAN VAMPIRE

Vandal Savage is swinging for Lex Luthor in ACTION COMICS #895

Lex Luthor has had an incredibly difficult time of it lately, what with fighting master assassin Deathstroke, avoiding being eaten by Gorilla Grodd, and meeting Death herself. Finally back at his office in Metropolis, Lex has about five minutes to relax before Vandal Savage shows up to make Lex's quest even more complicated. (To be fair, no one ever said being an evil genius was easy job.) Paul Cornell writes while Pete Woods handles art duties in this centuries-spanning tale.

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