The temperature may be dropping outside, but things are sure heating up at your local comic shop, especially if you’re a DC Comics fan. This pre-Christmas week brings with it a whole bunch of holiday treats, including some highly anticipated installments from a few of our heavy hitters.
Holiday shopping getting you down? Is the thought of spending Christmas with your in-laws enough to make you consider moving to North Pole? Have you heard “Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer” so… many… GOSH… DARN… TIMES that you’re on the brink of running someone down yourself? Well, don’t do that (no, really, please don’t do that). Instead, grab a copy of this week’s HARLEY QUINN HOLIDAY SPECIAL #1. It’s 48 pages of merriment and mayhem guaranteed to make even the biggest Scrooge smile.
No, we haven’t cracked open the comic industry Multiverse and unleashed a flurry of alternate universe Scott Snyders, Jeff Lemires and Jim Lees into the world. We’re just referring to the two major reasons you may want to hit the comic shop tomorrow if you’re a DC Comics fan.
Today, America votes, but tomorrow, the entire world reads. That’s because Wednesday brings us the super-sized, action-packed, jaw-dropping spectacle that is the final issue of Scott Snyder and Jim Lee’s Superman Unchained. Launched last year in celebration of Superman’s 75th Anniversary, Unchained has been nothing short of epic, with imagery on a massive scale and a storyline that saw Superman’s ideals and beliefs being tested to the very core. Now, he’ll have to make an impossible choice.
Writing thirty-five issues of a series is a considerable undertaking for anyone, but when they’re thirty-five of the most critically acclaimed, character-defining issues in modern super hero comics, that’s something worthy of celebration and maybe a little awe. So it is with Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s Wonder Woman, which wraps up this week after over three years of phenomenal, intelligent storytelling with WONDER WOMAN #35.
It isn’t exactly a news flash around here to say that we love Barbara Gordon. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t missed Stephanie Brown. If you’re like us—and we know that there are many, many of you out there who are—you’re not going to want to miss Batman Eternal this week. In fact, if you’ve fallen behind in our weekly Bat-series, you may want to spend this afternoon getting caught up. Why?
Tomorrow may only be a day away, but when you hit your local comic shop on Wednesday, you’ll be transported five years into the future for the second week of our September event—Futures End.
Want to know what’s going on in your favorite comics this week?
ALL-STAR WESTERN #34 ends a 100+ issue run of Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray penning the scarred western hero, SUPERMAN #34 introduces a new threat (or two!) to the Man of Steel, BODIES #2 continues Vertigo’s genre-bending time-travelling dead body thriller, the Masked Superman is unmasked in THE NEW 52: FUTURES END #17, and BATMAN/SUPERMAN #13 starts a new chapter in Greg Pak and Jae Lee’s run on the world’s finest superteam.
We don’t need Diana’s lasso to admit that we’re uber-excited about the launch of Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, the brand new Wonder Woman anthology comic that made its digital debut last week and will premiere in print this Wednesday.
Usually finding yourself doomed twice in the same week would be a cause for serious concern rather than celebration. But then again, none of us are Superman. (No, not even that guy who keeps emailing us asking for an ongoing Beppo, the Super Monkey series and signing his emails Clark “Superman” Kent. Sorry to disappoint you, dude.)