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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There’s oddness in the Giants section of DC’s solicitations again this month, although I guess we should be thankful that there IS a Giants section at all.

Anyway, it lists Aquaman Giant 4, Superman Giant 3, and Titans Giant 2... but that’s it. And it also labels Superman Giant 3 a “one-shot” -- which is a pretty neat trick for a third issue.

My guess is, there’s something else that’s a one-shot, but it fell out of the listings, either accidentally or intentionally. We’ll find out soon enough. (Or soon enough, at least, for everyone who’s not OCD about this, which is apparently not me.)

For what it's worth, the first issue of the new Titans series was at my local Walmart today.

That makes two continuous weeks (with Crisis #2 last week) of single new issues.

Makes one wonder what (if anything) is going on.

My personal guess: maybe Walmart isn't happy that the giants are no longer exclusive to just their stores.

Your guess is...?

My understanding is that while DC's deal is with Walmart, the comics are supplied via a third-party distributor (or distributors)  that handles their Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, sports cards, etc -- basically, all the things you find on the shelf with the comics. Which might be a reason why some Walmarts handle the books differently than others, and why some stores don't have them at all. 

I've seen a Walmart employee mention that that system would be changing in the fa, with Walmart handling things directly. What that will mean from the consumer angle, I don't know. I also don't know if the poster I saw legitimately had insider knowledge, and of course, plans could change in the interim. So we should leave our chickens uncounted for the time being.

But yeah -- it looks like this weekend is New Giants Weekend at Walmart. I'll check to see which ones my local store has, probably on Monday. 

Lee, I went to Walmart yesterday and found all of this month's issues there: From Beyond the Unknown, Titans 1, Superman 2, and Aquaman 3.

Also: The reprints in Unknown are entirely pre-crisis. There's the Superman Adam Strange teamup from DCCP, a Batman/Metal Men teamup from Brave & Bold, and an Alan Moore/Bill Willingham GLC story in which Katma Tui inducts the F-Sharp Bell.

WOW! Thanks Rob.

DC has a lot more sci-fi based features in its long history. While I can understand them going for the more commercial properties in the special, hopefully this is the start of a new revival for the genre.

Given the recent trend in giants (Ghosts, World's Finest, From Beyond the Unknown, Our Army at War) at some point there has to be at least a Mystery In Space one shot, if not a(n Adam) Strange Adventures as well for DC to renew their title trademarks.

Yet I'm surprised they haven't done an Adventure Comics special.

In any event, I would still love to see the sci-fi anthology genre revived on a more regular basis.

I'd love to see more of them too, Lee.

As for Strange Adventures, that's one title that won't need a copyright renewal -- there's a new 12-issue series starring Adam Strange and Mr. Terrific coming out this month.

Does selling items digitally renew copyright? Or does it have to be a physical items?

I'm not a lawyer, but I think digitally would do it. But I don't know for sure.

Also, with those titles, we're actually talking about trademark, not copyright. Mystery In Space is a trademarked title, but the stories that appear inside would be copyrighted. 

Just to add to the Reprint Clock:

Titans Giant:
Teen Titans: The 1977 Bob Rozakis/Don Heck Titans East/West teamup lasted 3 issues, from issue 50-52. Then the series wrapped up with a secret origin of the team in 53. So we're likely four and done here, before moving on to newer (or older?) reprints.
Starfire: The Palmiotti/Conner/Luppacchino (and eventually Charretier) Starfire solo series lasted 12 issues. It's a frothy superhero sitcom, but more of a rom-com than the wackiness of Harley Quinn. (Closer in tone to the Palmiotti/Conner Power Girl). No reason not to do all 12.
Adventures of the Super-Sons: This revival series (by Peter Tomasi and Carlo Barberi, published during the Bendis era, but set before it) lasted 12 issues. It's a really fun series, if you haven't seen it. No reason not to do all 12. This one's very episodic, but also one big story.

Also: Superman Giant has a chance to change its reprints up after the end of Dinosaur Island story in issue 2-- but there's a blurb that says "Next: Batman and Robin" -- which could be an artifact of the original issue, but is more likely an indication that Giant 3 will reprint Superman 10.

An update of the schedule for Giants, now that the May solicitations have come out:

The March books are all already in Walmarts. The April books should arrive in Walmart stores in the next week or so (I'm guessing Sunday the 15th).

There's nothing announced for the last week in May -- most months have had a one-shot of one kind or another, but May looks like it's just going to have these three books. With Dan Didio gone from DC, we'll see what the future brings for these Giants -- but supposedly they're a success and will keep going.

March 4: Superman 2
March 11: Aquaman 3
March 18: Titans 1
March 25: From Beyond the Unknown 1

April 1: Batman 4
April 8: Flash 4
April 15: Wonder Woman 4
April 22: Swamp Thing 4
April 29: Our Fighting Forces 1

May 6: Superman 3
May 13: Aquaman 4
May 20: Titans 2
May 27: NOTHING ANNOUNCED

Also, here are the new covers and story listings for Wonder Woman Giant 4 and Swamp Thing Giant 4.


* "Hope Springs Eternal," a 16-page story written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner with art by Daniel Sampere and Juan Albarran.  Wonder Woman visits an old friend on her last day, but afterward, Diana's day turns into a nightmare. Meanwhile, the Penguin gathers a group of villains to enact a new plan against their heroic enemies!

* "Gundra the Great," an 8-page story written by Jeff Parker with art by Aneke. Wonder Woman responds to a distress call in a tiny village and discovers a displaced Valkyrie from Asgard, but is she friend...or foe?

Plus the next chapters in reprints of Amethyst, Green Lantern: Secret Origin, and Wonder Woman Year One.

  
* "Strategic Outcomes," a 16-page story written by Mark Russell with art by Marco Santucci. At Sunderland's request, the U.S. military is testing ways to annihilate the monstrous threat known as the Swamp Thing. From swamp to city they'll hunt him, and while their target tries to keep the innocent from becoming collateral damage, the same can't be said of his pursuers.
  
* "Toys on Parade," an 8-page story story written by Phil Hester with art by Tom Mandrake. Deep in the bayou, Swamp Thing continues to follow the fifolet, despite not knowing the mysterious spirit's ultimate destination. On his way he encounters a strange and powerful girl locked away in the swamp, with magical friends and a monster at her door.  

Plus continuing reprints of the Wein/Jones Swamp Thing mini from 2016, Rebirth Hellblazer, and Zatanna. 

...Has anyone here ever seen the DC Giants on sale at any non-DM outlet other than Wal-Mart? Target or anywhere else? Has it ever been stated that they're those two chains-exclusive?

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