Each week, DC Comics will be releasing a free—that's right, FREE—digital comic book issue featuring a sample chapter from one of our 25 Essential Graphic Novels as well as sample pages from the 2014 Essentials catalog. This week: Final Crisis #1!
All week long we’ve been celebrating The Multiversity, Grant Morrison’s new series set within the DC Multiverse. While it’s possible to enjoy the comic without being familiar with the Multiverse, it can’t hurt to at least know where the idea comes from, and some of the pre-existing comics that have close ties to The Multiversity.
However, before we even get into where the Multiverse comes from, we suppose we should first explain what it is for anyone out there who may be new to the concept.
FLASHPOINT: SECRET SEVEN #1 comes to us from a distinguished creative team indeed. Peter Milligan is the writer of many acclaimed titles, notably SHADE THE CHANGING MAN, the cult classic published by Vertigo in the ‘90s.
Bruce Wayne is back – but how did the world’s greatest detective overcome Darkseid’s Omega Effect and return to his proper place in time and in Gotham? Writer Grant Morrison – in tandem with versatile artist Lee Garbett – presents a turning point in his ongoing and intricate Batman saga with BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #6, which, like BATMAN AND ROBIN #16, sets the stage for this month’s epic Batman launches and new direction.
Check out a few pages from the issue below, which hits this Wednesday.
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.
Grant Morrison and Tony Daniel continue their captivating untold tale of Bruce Wayne and his adventures between BATMAN R.I.P. and FINAL CRISIS. Discover the shocking secrets that point toward THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE that we couldn't show you until now.
BATMAN #702 hits 8/25.
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Before we get into the tidal wave of news hitting this week, let’s take a moment and look at a comic hitting shops this week.
Writer Grant Morrison teams with artist Tony Daniel to tell an exciting, two-part untold tale of Bruce Wayne and his adventures between BATMAN R.I.P. and FINAL CRISIS. What happened to the Dark Knight and Dr. Hurt after the end of R.I.P.? How does it all tie in with THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE? Click on the pages below for an idea and pick up BATMAN #701 Wednesday!
It’s all been building to this, folks. Bruce Wayne – Batman – has been lost in time and believed dead by his closest allies. His former sidekick has taken the cowl. Gotham remains under constant assault. But the question remains: where – or when – is Batman?
BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #1 launches a special, six-issue event that chronicles the return of the original Dark Knight, springing from the mind of writer Grant Morrison. With each issue spanning a different era of time and featuring the dynamic artwork of a different, A-list comic book artist.
For Thomas Andrew Tresser, aka Nemesis, the world of metahuman espionage is never what it seems. After his recent "reeducation" at the hands of the Global Peace Agency, Nemesis finds himself thrust back into the real world with enemies seemingly around every corner. Tasked with uncovering the truth about his mission and the true identities of those hoping to unleash a great evil on the world, Nemesis is forced to confront the fact that he may not be able to trust anybody in the universe – including himself.
The Super Young Team dives into action as the team rallies for a stand against a villain they have no hope of beating. And, even if they manage to eke out a win, they're on the verge of learning an even harder lesson about the price of fame. Tune in for the final issue of the mini-series, from writer Joe Casey and artist ChrisCross, which hits 10/21.