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. [gallery link="file"]
I interrupt my usual DC Nation-ness to bring you, the DC Comics reader, a very important announcement: The comics shipping this month are freaking awesome! I know you're thinking "But Ian, the comics are awesome every month!" and you're totally right - they are - but this month features so many special items I wanted to make sure that you were perfectly clear on the degree of amazing we've got going on. Throughout October we are bringing you specials, new projects, new formats, new beginnings, and much more.
You’ve heard from Paul Cornell and K&S Editor Janelle Siegel. You’ve seen a few pages. But why not check out a few more from the first issue of writer Cornell and artist Jimmy Broxton’s mini-series, which hits tomorrow? Hop across the Atlantic and visit a city with its own duo of crime-fighters much like Batman and Robin – but not.
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.
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. The story’s already gotten some love from the folks at TV GUIDE and you’ll be able to download the first installment of the co-feature for free via the DC Comics and Comixology apps, too. How can you say no?
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. [gallery]
Gotham’s got the Dynamic Duo – but that’s not the only powerful pair of vigilantes protecting a major metropolis. London has Knight and Squire, the British heroes and frequent allies of Batman and Robin. And in a secret pub within the city where peace is kept magically, heroes and villains alike gather over a pint and talk about their day. But magic, as we all know, is a fickle thing – so what happens when the barriers are dropped and a building packed with heroes and villains confront each other at the same time?