Look ahead to Spring 2011

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

TO-DO TOMORROW: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

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.

Ryan Sook's LAST STAND OF NEW KRYPTON #3 cover

The WAR OF THE SUPERMEN is almost here, but before the battle begins, the LAST STAND OF NEW KRYPTON has to happen. When? Today, of course. Courtesy of writers James Robinson and Sterling Gates and artist Pete Woods. As if you needed any more enticement to add the issue to your pull list, we’ve got a look at the very talented Ryan Sook’s work on the issue’s cover, including his sketch, pencils, inks and color. Enjoy!

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Take a look at the variant covers to BATMAN AND ROBIN #12 and WAR OF THE SUPERMEN #1

Still recovering from that Cassaday image? Understandable. So are we. But we've got two more images that'll help get you to Tuesday with a smile on your face. Specifically, Andy Clarke's variant to BATMAN AND ROBIN #12 and Aaron Lopresti's WAR OF THE SUPERMEN #1 cover.

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LAST STAND OF NEW KRYPTON continues in SUPERMAN #698

Writer James Robinson and artists Javier Pina and Bernard Chang present the third part of the battle between New Krypton and Brainiac, with Superman trapped on Brainiac’s ship while New Krypton burns. Can Mon-El call upon all the skills he’s gained in the past years to save the Man of Steel? What secret will our heroes learn about Brainiac to turn the tide of battle? No spoilers here, folks. But I do come bearing preview pages.

SUPERMAN #698 hits 3/24.

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THE LAST STAND OF NEW KRYPTON CONTINUES IN SUPERGIRL #51

Amidst Brainiac's assault on New Krypton, General Zod has brandished the Legion of Super-Heroes terrorists and imprisoned them. Superboy will do his best to free them, but he'll have to go through Supergirl first -- wait, what? You read right, folks. It's the Super-brawl you weren't expecting, courtesy of writer Sterling Gates and artist Jamal Igle.

SUPERGIRL #51 hits 3/17.

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The LAST STAND OF NEW KRYPTON starts here

It's New Krypton's worst nightmare as Brainiac attacks the planet, determined to recapture the city of Kandor. But General Zod has been waiting for this moment since Brainiac first attacked Old Krypton – he has a plan to save his people, but at the cost of Earth, which doesn't really bode well with a certain Man of Steel. So it's up to Superman, Supergirl, Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes to stop the two madmen before they destroy everything in their path.

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