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.
In the Jimmy Olsen co-feature by Nick Spencer and artists RB Silva and Denis Frietas, Superman's pal has to convince a bunch of bloodthirsty aliens that Earth is too boring and staid to host the universe's biggest (and most destructive) party. But how exactly is he going to do that?
ACTION COMICS #895 is in stores November 24th.
Paul Cornell and guest artist Sean Chen join forces to reveal the latest chapter in Lex Luthor’s ongoing quest for power. But when a raid on Gorilla Grodd’s home turf goes awry, only bad can follow.
Also, this issue marks the first installment of writer Nick Spencer and artist R.B. Silva’s JIMMY OLSEN co-feature, which includes the DCU debut of Smallville’s own Chloe Sullivan.
The story’s already gotten some love from the folks at TV GUIDE and you’ll be able to download the first installment of the co-feature for free via the DC Comics and Comixology apps, too. How can you say no?
ACTION COMICS #893 hits 9/29.
Wil Moss here, editor of the new JIMMY OLSEN co-feature that starts in next week’s ACTION COMICS #893. Lemme get something out of the way right off the bat -- in this co-feature, sometimes Jimmy is gonna be sporting a bowtie.
Now whether that fact elates or infuriates you (and based on the feedback I’ve gotten so far, there seems to be no in between), you’re definitely going to want to give this co-feature a read.
Why? ‘Cause writer Nick Spencer and artist RB Silva have cooked up an amazingly fun and fresh story not only about Jimmy Olsen, but also about the whole DCU. With Jimmy as your guide, you’ll see a side of Metropolis that’s similar to Washington, D.C., in a way – there, behind all these powerful political figures are young people getting their coffee, preparing their memos, basically covering the details so they can focus on the task at hand. And it’s no different in the DCU, and especially Metropolis, with super-heroes and super-villains.
One such behind-the-scenes-ster is Sebastien Mallory, a fast-rising young executive at LexCorp who naturally serves as Jimmy’s arch-nemesis. Another such character is someone you might have already heard of -- Chloe Sullivan, the SMALLVILLE fan-favorite who is making her comic book debut right here! How does she tie into Jimmy’s life and where does she go from here? Well, you’ll have to check out the comic to find out, but trust me, we’ve got big plans for her!
At the center of it all is, of course, James Bartholomew Olsen. This guy invented zany adventures. And while he’s not gonna be morphing into a giant turtle anytime soon, this comic nonetheless captures the spirit of those stories. You’ll see drunken alien invasions, parallel reality speed dating, the return of the Daily Planet’s Flying Newsroom, and the most important thing in any 20-something male’s life: video games!
Nick & RB were born to make JIMMY OLSEN comics. Nick practically is Jimmy Olsen (did you see him at Comic-Con International: San Diego wearing a bowtie?), and RB packs the pages with so many inventive layouts and clever designs, the next page of comic art you see will look dull as dirt in comparison. Superman doesn’t just pick anybody to be his pal, and these guys are going to show you why that pal is Jimmy.
DC is putting out a ton of killer comics right now (special shout-out to ZATANNA and JUSTICE LEAGE: GENERATION LOST!), but with ACTION COMIC’s gripping lead story starring Lex Luthor by Paul Cornell & Pete Woods and now the addition of this JIMMY OLSEN co-feature? Well, you just discovered your new favorite comic.
The best part is you can actually read this story for free right now via the DC Comics App and through Comixology.com. So check it out online now or in print next week (or hey, why not both?) -- just remember, this isn’t Mort Weisinger’s Jimmy Olsen. This isn’t Jack Kirby’s Jimmy Olsen. This isn’t Morrison & Quitely’s Jimmy Olsen. This is YOUR Jimmy Olsen.
And sometimes he rocks a bowtie.
- Wil Moss
As we announced a few months back in San Diego, Chloe Sullivan will be appearing in the pages of the JIMMY OLSEN co-feature in ACTION COMICS by writer Nick Spencer and artist R.B. Silva, starting next week.
Over at TV GUIDE, there’s a first look at artist Silva’s take on the character – but that’s not all. Fans will be able to download digital versions of the 10-page story from ACTION COMICS #893 for free via the DC Comics and Comixology apps. What more incentive do you need to give the story a try?
The guest creative team of writer John Ostrander and artist R.B. Silva give us a tale of men who choose to hunt the most dangerous game in the world: The Secret Six. The team are tricked into traveling to a secluded island where they’re trapped in a fight for their livies.
SECRET SIX #23 hits Thursday.
Superman's pal takes center stage when a new JIMMY OLSEN co-feature starts in September's ACTION COMICS #893! Written by rising star Nick Spencer (of such buzzed-about Image mini-series as EXISTENCE 2.0, FORGETLESS and the upcoming MORNING GLORIES) and drawn by R.B. Silva (who's drawing July's SECRET SIX #23), this co-feature promises to be a whole lotta fun. We'll let Nick tell you a little about his take on Jimmy:
"Jimmy works best as a character when you play up his fun side, when you embrace the insanity that is his life. He's a ridiculous guy living in a ridiculous world, and he's determined to make the most of it. He doesn't need to be 'matured' or made more 'serious.' And he's also not, as he sometimes seems to be portrayed, an 'Aw shucks!' naiveté -- Jimmy is clever, street-smart, and at times downright suave. And in this ACTION COMICS co-feature, he'll get a real chance to show off what can he do as he deals with threats that have a decidedly post-modern, pop culture inspired-bent."
So be there in September for the start of an exciting new story unlike any other in the DCU - bowties optional!
Thanks Wil (and Nick)! Stay tuned to The Source for a first-look at Silva’s take on Jimmy Olsen in the coming weeks.