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

Get a double dose of Lex Luthor in ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #13

While present-day Lex Luthor is busy fighting an array of the DCU's most vile foes over in ACTION COMICS, this year's ACTION COMICS ANNUAL takes a look back at two formative encounters Luthor had before he became the bald mad genius we know and love today.

Paul Cornell gives us two great stories in this double-sized volume. In the first, Marco Rudy illustrates a story of young Lex and Darkseid, while in the second we've got Ed Benes tackling a tale starring Luthor and Batman villain Ra's al Ghul.

ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #13 hits stores on December 2nd.

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.

Death arrives in the pages of ACTION COMICS

This is it. Paul Cornell continues his engaging and surprise-laden run on ACTION COMICS with a knockout punch – Death, one of the Endless from the pages of Vertigo’s SANDMAN by Neil Gaiman, appears to take a peek inside the mind of the DCU’s deadliest mastermind, and sheds some light on what death really means in the DC Universe.

In addition to Cornell’s spot-on script, artist Pete Woods brings all his skills to bear on this one, making for a lovely piece of work. Do yourself a favor – reserve a copy.

ACTION COMICS #894 hits 10/27.

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THIS JUST HAPPENED: Arrow in the city, Grodd gone wild and more

First, let me get the obvious out of the way: There’s a ton of exciting stuff happening in the DCU.

Whether it’s Bruce Wayne returning, BRIGHTEST DAY’s ongoing mysteries and reveals or the edgy adventures of the SECRET SIX, nearly every title has its share of surprises and “Wow” pages and moments. And those pages include some great art. So why not put the spotlight on a few of those moments?

That’s the conceit behind “This Just Happened.” Simple, right? So, let’s grab this week’s stack and check out some of the cool moments or shots from the latest week of DCU books.

A few variant covers for Tuesday

We’ve got an especially awesome collection of variants for you this week, so make sure you’ve got the time to change your desktop pattern before you leave today. Where to begin? Well, how about BRIGHTEST DAY #12, by superstar artist Ivan Reis? If that’s not enough, we’ve got two JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #50 variants, one by our very own Co-Publisher Jim Lee and another by artist Mark Bagley. Not enough? How about George Perez’s two DC UNIVERSE: LEGACIES covers, for #5 and #6 as one image? And rounding out the whole batch is a lovely piece of P.

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.

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