A few variant covers for Tuesday

We’ve got another batch of nice variant cover art to unveil, including Lee Garbett’s gritty BATMAN: RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #6 cover, Gary Frank’s masterful take on GREEN ARROW #5, another lovely Cliff Chiang JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST cover, Gene Ha’s take on SUPERMAN #704 and the latest from regular WONDER WOMAN and ZATANNA variant cover artists Alex Garner and Brian Bolland, respectively.

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A look inside the LUTHOR HC with Lee Bermejo

They say you you can't go back, the past is the past. It isn't always true. When Azzarello and I found out we had the opportunity to add some additional material to our Lex Luthor story, it was like someone gave us the keys to the DeLorean. Although I think we can both look back at Luthor with some pride, there's also a bit of unfinished business there. That is, until now.

DC NATION: Spotlight on SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE

Greetings, DC Nation! It is my pleasure to let you know that it's time for another amazing entry in the DCU animated original movie library.

“Superman/Batman: Apocalypse” is an all-new feature based on the classic Supergirl storyline written by Jeph Loeb and featuring artwork by the great Michael Turner. It’s available on Blu-Ray Combo Pack, movie and for download on 9/28/10.

Here's a brief rundown of the plot:

Lex learns the meaning of “Do not mess with Grodd”

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.

SUPERMAN #204’s “Grounded” interlude

Writer G. Willow Wilson (AIR) and newcomer Leandro Oliveira provide a “Grounded” interlude in October’s SUPERMAN #704, detailing a visit Lois Lane makes to the town where she went to college in anticipation of Superman’s arrival. When she runs into an old boyfriend and sees the nice, normal family he has, Lois is can't help but examine the choices she made and wonder if they were the correct ones.

Not only does the issue feature another instant classic John Cassaday cover, but will also sport a variant by artist Gene Ha. You can see the Cassaday image below.

Dick Grayson’s first challenge as Batman – is Superman?

Writer Judd Winick and artist Marco Rudy kick off a new arc on SUPERMAN/BATMAN by jumping back to the days following FINAL CRISIS. In the shadow of the “Return of Bruce Wayne,” Superman remembers the fall of The Dark Knight, as Dick Grayson takes on the mantle of the Bat. But as a threat both alien and mystical erupts in Gotham, does the new World’s Finest team stand a chance?

SUPERMAN/BATMAN #76 hits 9/22.

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Sean Chen steps in on ACTION #893

In ACTION COMICS #893, Lex Luthor will be dealing with not just one guest star, but two. First up we have Gorilla Grodd, the menacing giant and the latest villain to cross paths with Lex during his quest for power. The next? None other than veteran artist Sean Chen.

Stepping in to give regular artist Pete Woods a breather, Chen brings his versatile hand to the Superman books in a few short weeks, as Lex crosses paths with the maniacal Grodd. We’ve got a few images to show off, below. But be warned – it’s not for the squeamish.

ACTION COMICS #893 hits 9/29.

A few links of note for Thursday

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The long weekend is almost upon us, and minds tend to wander this close to the end of the work day. So, how about I provide you with a handful of links to click through and get through the day a bit faster?

Welcome to SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE

This October, writer J. Michael Straczynski (Superman, Wonder Woman, Babylon 5, “Changeling”) and artist Shane Davis (Green Lantern, Superman/Batman) will take readers on a journey both familiar and new – a story of a last son looking for meaning amidst the skyscrapers and teeming crowds of a great metropolis.

This is a Superman for the 21st century.

With SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE, Straczynski and Davis inject the folk tale and legend that is Superman’s origin with a modern, vital and forward-looking energy that makes for a refreshing, epic and challenging super-hero adventure.

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