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.
On a lark I went to Walmart's web site and typed "100 page giants" into their search box.
The results were a large selection of adult coloring books.
When I typed in "DC 100 page giants", among the coloring books were a bunch of old(?) trades featuring the classic Marvel (Shazam) family.
Never saw those before in my life. The covers look like original CC Beck drawings and not anything from the 1970s revival.
Otherwise, couldn't find any info about the status/future of the giant program.
Bleeding Cool is now reporting on rumors of an EXPANSION of DC's Walmart program -- but gives no details on what that might entail -- whether it's more giants, whether the regular DC output will be at Walmart, or what.
Considering any expansion of Walmart business will be something retailers will hate, maybe it'll be announced tomorrow. (Or not.)
OK, well I guess that's it then.
On the other hand, I now don't have to fret about whether or not to buy the Digital Firsts, or wait until they show up in the Giants. If they haven't yet, they won't.
Okay. If that happens, I'm out, but does this mean Rob's projected list of the next issues isn't going to ship after all?
And what about the comic book stores who were on delayed receipt of the giants to begin with? Will they be getting the late ones?
I think the ones that have shipped are the last ones. So Superman ends at 3, Titans at 2, Aquaman and Wonder Woman at 4, Flash, Swamp Thing, and Batman at 5. Will there be specials? Possibly. But I wouldn't count on them. That's it.
As for what shows up at comic shops, I know there were some recent cancellations. I wouldn't expect anything in the coming weeks, to be honest.
Bleeding Cool lists what's in the first five four-packs.
I doubt I'll be following this too closely. But I'll be interested to see if, next month, the next issues of the same titles show up, or whether they're just going to foist off a random hodge-podge of comics on Walmart readers, and they'll wind up with a lot of Chapter 4s with no way to continue.
What I can't help wondering is if the pandemic affected the giants program as much as it's disrupted everything else in life or if DC and Walmart realized they were attempting to do too much by expanding the line so large. After all, even on a rotating bi-monthly schedule, trying to maintain 10 different regular titles as well as at least one special issue every month seemed a bit much to me.
I personally liked the initial release schedule to the whole program better with just 4 monthly titles and an occasional special whenever the situation actually warranted it.
Meanwhile, I fail to see where this new bag program is going to be any better for either company.
Do the math. A regular title is at least $3.99 cover price. 4 in a bag brings the value to $15.96 before sales tax and Walmart will be selling them for $8.98?
Even if you cheat and count the illustrated backing board as a "comic", that's still $11.97 plus tax for three comics.
Besides, where is DC getting the comics to put in the bags anyway? I thought everything shipped to the regular comic book stores was non-returnable. Print over runs can't account for everything, even if DC and/or Walmart guarantees the same titles in each specific package this month, what about next time?
Makes you wonder how long it will be before the next big to do from the two comes along.
In any event, I'll miss the giants.
NOTE: For some reason, Rob's post above mine wasn't visible when I originally wrote what I did. Thankfully I was able to come back and amend it in time. But still, even with the "branding" and everything, I do think I asked some valid questions. Thoughts?
I think the way to make the numbers worked on the bagged comics plan are planned print over-runs, not just comics that happen to have overruns. One thing to remember is that printing 500,000 of something doesn't cost 5x more than printing 100,000 of something. Once those presses are rolling, its a lot cheaper to keep them rolling than to print something else. So by printing more, every unit get a lot cheaper to produce, whether it's going to the direct market or Walmart.
I liked the smaller, more manageable numbers of Giants too -- but am super-grateful that the Flash was among them. The Simone/Henry stories are some of my favorite Flash stories since Waid left Wally's book.
I totally agree with you about the Gail Simone Flash stories Rob. Then again, I can think of several talented people right off the top of my head who are still with us but apparently can't get any comic book work because the industry no longer considers them "hot".
Meanwhile, is it just me or has anyone else noticed how short a turnaround time there's been between the announcement and the implementation of the new DC/Walmart program of switching the giants for pre-packed comics? It seems like they were already planning this from the start but had to wait for a break in the pandemic pause to initiate it.
Even if you're correct in your math about the numbers game Rob, what does DC do for the next round of packages and the months beyond? Even the illustrated backing boards will need to be changed to something else eventually.
And if the giants program is over, what's going to happen to all the unpublished material, including those new Harley Quinn stories that were allegedly in production and the titles that were in the middle of a multi-part adventure that are now (presumably) unfinished?
The new unpublished stuff will undoubtedly show up online as DC Digital Firsts. A few of those Harley stories already have. And all of the Digital Firsts now have burned through the Giants stories, aside from certain titles like Titans or specials like Crisis or Ghosts.
I doubt it takes a whole lot of advance planning to do this -- maybe some foresight in order to overprint those comics, which are all pretty recent. I think they just held off the announcement for as long as possible. It might have taken Walmart a little time to agree to it, since it's a new plan, and there might need to be a change in their contract.
For what it's worth, I went grocery shopping hunting today and saw that the giants were totally gone from my local Walmart, including the display box.
Now it's only a thin, one column width box to hold the packages but either because of the rush to roll out the program, my local store's idea of "stocking" or something else, there wasn't even one of everything within it. Only three period, and two of them were the same Batman assortment.
The shrink wrapped packs are compressed to such a thinness that the container looked like it could hold at least six of the five assortments each, or 30 units total. Maybe as time progresses there will be more in it, but I'm not interested in buying any of the initial offerings myself.