Available July 1, Monthly Anthology Titles Combine All-New Stories by Top DC Writers with Classic Tales from DC’s Deep History

Original Stories Featuring Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Dan Jurgens and Tim Seeley

12-Part Superman Story by Tom King and 12-Part Batman Story by Brian Michael Bendis to Follow in September

 (June 22, 2018 – Burbank, CA, and Bentonville, AR) – This summer, Walmart shoppers will receive a personal invitation to discover the lore behind their favorite DC experiences as DC Entertainment announced today that a series of “giant” monthly comics will be sold exclusively in more than 3,000 participating Walmart stores around the country.

Available for $4.99, each 100-page anthology features all-new stories written exclusively for these books by some of DC’s top creative talents, including Tom King (BATMAN, MISTER MIRACLE, HEROES IN CRISIS), Dan Jurgens (ACTION COMICS, BATMAN BEYOND), Brian Michael Bendis (SUPERMAN, ACTION COMICS, THE MAN OF STEEL), Andy Kubert (NEW CHALLENGERS) and others. Each title will also include additional story arcs drawn from fan-favorite DC eras such as the New 52, Rebirth and the New Age of DC Heroes.

Each of the four titles – SUPERMAN GIANT, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA GIANT, BATMAN GIANT and TEEN TITANS GIANT – will arrive in stores by July 1. Beginning in August, the Superman and Justice League of America titles will arrive in week one of each month, with the second pair, Batman and Teen Titans, arriving approximately two weeks later.

 “We are extraordinarily excited about working with Walmart to expand the reach of our books,” said DC Publisher Dan DiDio.  “These new monthly books combine new and accessible stories with reprints of classic comic series. It’s a great way for new readers to get into comics and follow the characters they’ve grown to love in TV and film.”

The debut title lineup includes:

SUPERMAN GIANT #1

SUPERMAN GIANT #1 features chapter one of the two-part “Endurance,” an original story written by Jimmy Palmiotti (HARLEY QUINN, ACTION COMICS) with art by Tom Derenick (HARLEY QUINN, CYBORG, BATMAN/SUPERMAN). The Daily Planet sends Clark Kent to Tornado Alley to do a story on the area, but when the storm hits, it turns out that this mild-mannered reporter is more helpful as Superman.

The issue also includes:

THE TERRIFICS #1­ (2018) – From this year’s New Age of Heroes and born of the events of DC’s hit series DARK NIGHTS: METAL. Mr. Terrific, Metamorpho, Plastic Man and Phantom Girl are a team of heroes bound together by fate and united by the spirit of exploration and discovery. Together these heroes plumb the depths of the fantastic to learn what it means to become family.

GREEN LANTERN #1 (2005) – Written by best-selling writer Geoff Johns with art by Ethan Van Sciver and Carlos Pacheco, this first chapter launches the fan-favorite three-part story “No Fear,” in which Hal Jordan makes his return to the DC Universe as the Green Lantern, casting the light of justice on the darkest corners of Space Sector 2814.

SUPERMAN/BATMAN #1 (2003) – The iconic fan-favorite story arc, “Public Enemies,” returns, courtesy of writer Jeph Loeb, with artists Ed McGuinness and Tim Sale. Batman and Superman unite when President Lex Luthor accuses the Man of Steel of a crime against humanity and assembles a top-secret team of powerhouse heroes to bring Superman in by any means necessary.

September’s SUPERMAN GIANT #3 features Eisner Award-winning writer Tom King’s first return to the Man of Steel since his poignant and heartfelt tribute story, “For Tomorrow,” in the pages of ACTION COMICS #1000. Together with DC Master Class artist Andy Kubert, this powerhouse team will take readers on a new 12-part adventure titled “Up in the Sky!” When a little girl is kidnapped and taken from Earth, Superman embarks on a galaxy-spanning mission to find the perpetrators…but has to decide what lengths he will go to in order to save one life!

TEEN TITANS GIANT #1

In this original six-part Teen Titans story by Dan Jurgens with art by Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher and Jim Charalampidis, the Teen Titans’ pizza dinner is interrupted by the introduction of a new villain, the Disruptor. Teaming up with the Fearsome Five and working as an agent of H.I.V.E., he had one mission: kill the Teen Titans! The battle spills onto the streets of San Francisco, putting its citizens at risk, while H.I.V.E. uses this distraction to begin their plan for world conquest!

Additional issue #1 stories include:

SUPER SONS #1 (2017) – From DC’s smash-hit Rebirth event, writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Jorge Jimenez reintroduce the sons of Superman and Batman, Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne, in part one of “When I Grow Up.” As Robin, Damian’s more than ready to take his place at the heroes’ table and has zero plans to wait his turn. And he’s dragging Superman’s son along for the trip, whether Jon likes it or not!

SIDEWAYS #1 (2018) – Also from the New Age of Heroes, this story written by Dan DiDio with art by Kenneth Rocafort introduces fans to high schooler Derek James who, during the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, has acquired powers from the Dark Multiverse and stepped into the role of superhero! But when cracks begin to appear in the space-time continuum, he soon learns that with that much power comes even greater liability!

TEEN TITANS #1 (2003) – Written by best-selling author Geoff Johns with art by Mike McKone. Cyborg, Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy welcome in a new roster of young heroes to train to defend humanity—Wonder Girl, Impulse and a Superboy who’s been cloned from Superman’s DNA!

BATMAN GIANT #1

Batman is on the case of a missing girl in “One More Chance,” an all-new story by writer Jimmy Palmiotti and artist Patrick “Patch” Zircher. Batman is the world’s greatest detective, but what happens when the trail in his newest case leads him back to a place from his past that he never expected to revisit?

BATMAN GIANT #1 also includes:

BATMAN #608 (2002) – Written by Jeph Loeb with art by comics icon Jim Lee, issue #608 kicks off “Batman: Hush,” one of the most popular storylines in the Dark Knight’s fabled history. When Batman sets out to unmask the mystery character wreaking havoc in his life, he teams up with an unexpected ally (Catwoman) and finds himself facing off against not only his deadliest foes, but some of the toughest characters in the DC Universe, including Poison Ivy, Killer Croc and even Superman!

NIGHTWING #1 (2011) – From DC’s New 52, this story by writer Kyle Higgins and artist Eddy Barrows debuted a new look for Dick Grayson as he dives into a tale of murder, mystery and superhuman evil against the backdrop of Haley’s Circus, the place that started him on his path from acrobat to orphan to sidekick and ultimately superhero!

HARLEY QUINN #1 (2011) – Also from the New 52, writer Jimmy Palmiotti and artist Amanda Conner break Harley Quinn out of The Joker’s shadow with all the force of a giant mallet!

Beginning with BATMAN GIANT #3 in September, superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis makes his DC debut on the Dark Knight with a 12-part story, “Universe.” Batman’s run-in with the Riddler leads the Caped Crusader into a mystery that spans the globe!

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA GIANT #1

Justice League member Wonder Woman is spotlighted in “The Conversion,” an all-new story from NIGHTWING writer Tim Seeley and artists Rick Leonardi and Steve Buccellato. In this single-issue story, Wonder Woman comes face to face with Ares, god of war—who sees her as a promising new recruit!

JUSTICE LEAGUE GIANT #1 also includes:

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 (2011) – From the incomparable team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee comes this version of the League from the New 52. In this alternative spin on the union of Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg, superheroes are a strange and new phenomenon. The mysterious Batman discovers a dark evil that requires him to unite these reluctant heroes to protect Earth from a cosmic-level threat!

THE FLASH #1 (2011) – In this New 52 version of the Fastest Man Alive, writer Brian Buccellato and artist Francis Manapul introduce Barry Allen to a villain who not only can be everywhere at once, but is also a close friend of the Scarlet Speedster!

AQUAMAN #1 (2011) – Award-winning writer Geoff Johns and dynamic artist Ivan Reis team up on this story from the New 52! Aquaman has given up the throne of Atlantis, but the sea still has plans for Arthur Curry as a broken race of undersea creatures, the Trench, emerges from the ocean depths, bent on destroying the surface world!

In issue #2, Seeley teams up with artists Felipe Watanabe and Chris Sotomayor on “Mother’s Day,” a stand-alone story where Wonder Woman returns to Paradise Island for the first time since her exile, only to find that the Amazons – and Queen Hippolyta – have been abducted by Echidna, the mythological Mother of Monsters, with a brood of unstoppable beasts as children!

Issue #3 begins another original 12-part Wonder Woman story by HARLEY QUINN co-writers Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti called “Come Back to Me.” When Steve Trevor’s plane crashes on an island outside of time itself, it’s up to Wonder Woman to rescue him from this mysterious land, full of monsters, dinosaurs and some very surprising citizens.

 

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I think I remember seeing those two issues announced. The cover for issue 2 says there are 5 stories, with just two new ones... so maybe issue 11 is included too? There's a cover blurb for the Spectre, and he's huge on the cover of 11.

So far, the Crisis 100-Page Giant is the only issue I have bought. I wouldn't mind seeing issues #11-12 (my personal two favorites) reprinted. Because the original Crisis on Infinite Earths is kind of its own thing, here's a comic they might consider for inclusion in a future editiion.

Here are a couple of others...

Earth-D turned up again recently in the CoIE TV tie-in comic.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

So far, the Crisis 100-Page Giant is the only issue I have bought. I wouldn't mind seeing issues #11-12 (my personal two favorites) reprinted. Because the original Crisis on Infinite Earths is kind of its own thing, here's a comic they might consider for inclusion in a future editiion.

"Earth-D turned up again recently in the CoIE TV tie-in comic."

There was a CoIE TV tie-in comic? Other than the 100-Page Giant? I'll have to seek it out.

No, I think the 100-Page giant is what I'm talking about, unless I'm completely wrong.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

"Earth-D turned up again recently in the CoIE TV tie-in comic."

There was a CoIE TV tie-in comic? Other than the 100-Page Giant? I'll have to seek it out.

Oh, okay. That one kind of confused me as it didn't exactly fit TV continuity. I thought maybe there was another TV tie-in comic it was more closely tied to that I had missed. Nothing to see here...move along...

I might be wrong about issue 11 being in Crisis Giant 2. It may very well be one of those issues of DC Legacies. I forgot all about that series... I should look around for it!

DC Giants Reprint Clock:

Here’s where the current reprint storylines end, and a new feature (or new story) may take over.

Superman Giant:
Superman (Rebirth): 1 more issue of the Escape from Dinosaur Island story. Then will we get more Tomasi/Gleason Superman? We might get the next issue, something further down the line, or something else entirely.
Action Comics: 4 more issues of the Johns/Frank Brainiac story. Immediately afterward, the title goes into the sprawling New Krypton crossover, which I think the Giant will avoid.
Supergirl: There’s 3 more issues of the Bizarro Supergirl storyline, and then 2 more issues of the Gates/Igle run after that. (There’s also some issues from before the Bizarro story, as well, but I doubt they’ll backtrack.)

Flash Giant:
Flash (New 52): With Giant issue 3, we’re at issue 15 of the Manapul/Bucellato New 52 run. Manapul stays on till issue 25 (with some fill-ins), and I think this run will continue till then. Not sure if it’ll do the special villain-centric issues the New 52 did in its second year, especially since it’d eat up three issues.
Green Arrow: Benjamin Percy’s time as Green Arrow writer lasted for 38 issues. We’ve probably got a long time before a change here, but the current storyline ends with issue 5.
Blue Beetle: The initial storyline (begun by Keith Giffen, John Rogers, and Cully Hamner) lasts through issue 25, and the title continues through issue 36 under new writers.

Aquaman Giant:
Throne of Atlantis: We’re 2 issues in to a 7-part crossover storyline. I expect this feature to continue with the Aquaman run after that.
Mera: We’re 2 issues in to a 6-part mini. So we’ll get something new in four issues
Titans, Rise of Aqualad: We’re not likely to continue with the Titans after this 5-part storyline, since they’ll have their own Giant, starting in February.

Wonder Woman Giant:
Wonder Woman Year One: There’s 3 more issues of the initial year one story, but Rucka, Nicola Scott, and Bilquis Evely continue that story for another 6 issues… and then the title can go back to the odd-numbered issues of his run, with Liam Sharp.
Green Lantern, Secret Origin: There’s 4 more issues of this 7-parter. Then more GL, probably… but what?
Amethyst: Sword of Sorcery only ran to issue 8 (with a 0 issue), so there’s 6 more issues to go.

Batman Giant:
Batman: Scott Snyder’s run lasted forever, and there’s no reason to deviate from it. Even the Death of the Family crossover can probably be read on its own.
Batwoman: The initial Batwoman run in Detective Comics lasted 10 issues, from 854-863. So we’ve got 7 more, and then maybe we’ll move into the New 52 version.
Nightwing: The Better Than Batman storyline lasted until issue 4. After that, we’ll probably skip Rise of the Monster Men (Nightwing participated for 2 issues in the crossover) and go straight to Rise of the Raptor.   

Swamp Thing Giant:
Swamp Thing: The Wein/ Jones miniseries ran for 6 issues. We’ll need a new Swampy story in issue 7.
Hellblazer: This story, The Poison Truth, runs to issue 6. The Rebirth Hellblazer as a whole ran for 24 issues.
Zatanna: The series ran through issue 16, although writer Paul Dini left after issue 13. We’ll probably get all 16 if the Giants go that long.

Titans Giant:
Who knows?

And for Crisis Giant 2, I've just read that the reprinted stories are:

“A Flash of the Lightning,” from Crisis on Infinite Earths #8 (1985)
“Aftershock,” from Crisis on Infinite Earths #11 (1986)
“Aftermath,” from DC Universe: Legacies #6 (2010)

Never read or even knew about the Crisis themed DC Legends issue before now, for the LCS I frequented back then wasn't one of the better ones in the world.

Wonder Woman and Flash are the only giants I'm getting since the relaunch, but I have picked up various specials (Crisis and Harley Quinn/Birds of Prey for myself; Scooby Doo and DC Superhero Girls as Christmas presents for my nephew and niece, and the forthcoming From Beyond the Unknown one shot for me, provided it is still science fiction based like the original series).

The previous line of 6 monthlies at roughly $5 each was manageable. But even on a bi-monthly rotation, all the regular titles alone are just too much logi$tically.

Still have to cover rent, food, utilities, etc. Ah, the "joys" of being an adult.

But when/if is DC supposed to start expanding reprint access to more than just the occasional story from the 1970s?

“Aftershock,” from Crisis on Infinite Earths #11 (1986)
“Aftermath,” from DC Universe: Legacies #6 (2010)

That's an interesting pairing. I recent;ly re-read Legacies #5-6, but it will be interesting to see how "part one" of one story meshes with "part two" of another.

I have read Crisis on Infinite Eatths #11-12 far more frequently than I have #1-10 (or the entire series itself). I consisdered re-reading those two issues yet again when I re-read Legacies #5-6,  but I'm still considering re-rerading all of CoIE.

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