A few variants for Friday

Well, more like a slew. A slew of goodness.

Where to begin? Well, let’s cut to the chase so you can close out the week with a bunch of pretty pictures that’ll ease you into the weekend. First up we have a bunch of Batman covers, including Carlo Barberi’s cover to BATMAN: ORPHANS #2, Guillem March and Gene Ha’s respective BATMAN AND ROBIN #18 covers, J.H. Williams III’s takes on BATMAN INCORPORATED #2 and #3, a lovely Felipe Massafera variant for GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS #5 and Sami Basri’s variant for SUPERMAN #706. Enjoy!

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G. Willow Wilson picks up SUPERMAN #706

Hey, Source readers -- got some news to close the week with. Writer G. Willow Wilson will return to SUPERMAN with a new “Grounded” tale in issue #706, illustrated by artist Amilcar Pinna.

Superman’s walk across the country ends up having unexpected – and dangerous – repercussions for Perry White and the staff of The Daily Planet. Can Superman help The Planet overcome its latest hurdle?

SUPERMAN #706 hits stores in December. The previously-announced team will pick up again with #707 in January.

Superman's new foe isn't from outer space

The "Grounded" storyline continues right here as Superman visits Mt. Prospect - a suburb just southeast of Chicago. In this issue, Superman discovers that there is a darkness even more immense than outer space... One buried deep inside the human heart.

The first of the "Grounded" letter write-in destinations, this town was suggested by Annette Kowalczyk of Mt. Prospect, Illinois. Annette has lived in Mt. Prospect for 43 years, raising her three children (and now seven grandchildren) in the area. Thanks for being a Superman fan all these years!

DCU in 2011: The Reign of Doomsday

Doomsday is coming back.

A few of you drew this conclusion from last week's tease, and we'll confirm here that the Kryptonian killing machine will return to Earth early next year - and you don't need me to tell you that's never a good sign for the heroes of the DCU.

Doomsday will first make his presence known this January in STEEL #1 - but I can promise you, he won't be the only hero facing Doomsday's wrath for long. The story will continue with:

Renowned boxing writer Bert Sugar talks to CBR about SUPERMAN vs. MUHAMMAD ALI

Comic Book Resources posted a really cool Superman feature today. In the piece, interviewer Jeffrey Renaud picks renowned boxing expert Bert Randolph Sugar’s brain to analyze the matchup between Superman and the great Muhammad Ali.

Boxing fanatics won’t need this introduction, but for those of you who don’t follow the sport: Bert Sugar is one of THE premier writers on boxing. He has written almost 80 books of analysis and history of the sport both in and outside of the ring.

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