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 look at the DCU in Summer 2011

It’s that time again – where we peer ahead to the not-so-distant future and get a sense of some of the collected editions that’ll be hitting shelves. This time around, we’ve got an advance look at what next summer’s going to look like. Well, aside from the usual seasonal changes. Click below for a look at the list, which includes titles like BRIGHTEST DAY, THE FLASH and GREEN LANTERN. BRIGHTEST DAY VOL. 2 HC Writers: Fabian Nicieza and David Hine Artists: Ramon Bachs, Jeremy Haun and John Stanisci Collects: AZRAEL #7-13 $29.99 US, 240 pages

The Keres strikes in WONDER WOMAN #603

J. Michael Straczynski and artist Don Kramer continue to unravel the truth behind Wonder Woman’s new, startling status quo (with a snazzy J.H. Williams III variant, no less), as Diana discovers that the men out to killer are just the tip of the iceberg. But how can Wonder Woman survive a battle with the mysterious creature known only as the Keres? Find out Wednesday. Until then, here’s a teaser of what’s to come. [gallery link="file"]

On-sale today: WONDER WOMAN #602

Got another reason for you to head to the comic shop today, folks – WONDER WOMAN #602, the latest chapter in writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Don Kramer’s epic take on the Amazon Princess. In this issue, Diana takes the battle for her heritage to the enemy and discovers that the war may be over before it’s even started. Oh, and she’s not on the winning side. Look over a few pages below. WONDER WOMAN #602 hits today. [gallery link="file"]

IGN spotlights the best of the DCU

Before we dive into the week (or, at least, I do), we wanted to steer your attention to a notable bit of press – namely, IGN’s feature on the “best of” the DC Universe. The profile looks at 10 key DCU books and points out why they’re essential reading. We’re not going to spoil the top book, because that’s for IGN to decide and you all to read, but swing over and give the top 10 a look.

A few variant covers for Friday

I’m on vacation, but still – what better way to head into the weekend than by posting some nice images to click through? What’ve we got? Don Kramer’s cover to WONDER WOMAN #602, Kevin Maguire’s JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST #9, John Cassaday on DOC SAVAGE #6, Ryan Sook’s BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #5 and a lovely Kevin Nowlan BATMAN #703 piece. Have a great weekend! [gallery link="file"]

Sony Online Entertainment reveals latest DC Universe Online trailer

Just in time for Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, our friends at Sony Online Entertainment have raised the curtain on another new trailer for DC Universe Online. The video is a doozy, and reveals some of the over-the-top combat and customized characters, as well as the powers and movement sets that players can choose from when creating their own addition to the DCU. Are you as eager to play this game as I am?

A few variant covers for Wednesday

Want to see Ivan Reis draw a Superman/Flash race? Mike Allred take on the Teen Titans? Two Wonder Woman covers? Well, you’re in luck, as we have all that and more. Specifically, we’ve got a first look at Ivan Reis’ amazing ACTION COMICS #892 DC 75th variant, Mike Allred’s TEEN TITANS #86, Gary Frank on SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN #6, Frazer Irving’s BATMAN AND ROBIN #14 variant and Don Kramer and Alex Garner’s cover and variant to WONDER WOMAN #602. Enjoy! [gallery link="file"]

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