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 just saw news of this on Jimmy Palmiotti's twitter, and came here to update the thread! You beat me to the punch!

I'm glad to see a full-length story reprinted here...and also thrilled to see some Darwyn Cooke work, as well. That's always a treat!

I noted that the press release says "participating Walmart stores." This probably explains why we all can't find them.

I saw a notification that Batman & Superman Giant issue 5s were out... but when I went to Walmart, I saw all the #5s were there. Snapped 'em up!

The Bendis/Derrington Batman story gets better and better. When this gets collected, I highly recommend picking it up. 

I'm flipped through them, and they still have all the reprints they started with...some of these stories are ending (The Mob Rule Flash story ends with JLA #5, the first Aquaman story ended with JLA #4), but the next issue blurbs indicate that we're continuing to reprint the same runs. The one I'm really looking out for is Superman Giant 6, which will be the last part of that initial Superman/Batman story...will they continue on with the next one, or move on to another title altogether? And after that, JLA Giant #7 will have the last of a Flash two-parter...and will be released just before the new Flash Giant. Will the Flash reprints continue? Will they move over to the Flash Giant, and be replaced by something else in JLA? Time will tell.

(And further down the line, Sideways is being cancelled...so while there's still more than half a year of stories left, the Titans Giant should start looking for a replacement.)

I am really liking the Bendis/Derington Batman story as well, Rob.

The Superman story by King and Kubert, though, is really moving at a glacial pace. If you have only 12 pages for each segment, I think they should accomplish more per issue.

The glacial pace is probably due to writing for a future TPB, as is often the case these days.

"These days" as in the last 20 years? Haha! True, but the Batman story is speeding along nicely, which really points out the slow Superman story.

Richard Willis said:

The glacial pace is probably due to writing for a future TPB, as is often the case these days.

I agree, Sensei -- it feels a lot slower. I'm not sure that it *is*, though -- I think Bendis & Derrington are giving us a lot of scenes per issue, throwing a whole bunch of stuff at us with each installment. King is having Superman make a similar amount of progress on his case, I'd say (from Earth to Rann to the Space-Boxing Ring), but instead of giving us a step-by-step approach, King & Kubert are glossing over a lot of steps to expand and focus on the ones he finds interesting -- the Rannian device, the extended boxing sequence). I like Bendis's approach better, and it certainly feels peppier, but I'm enjoying King's too -- even if they feel more like single-issue stories rather than part of one big one. 

I thought the Flash story in the Christmas issue was a lot of fun. I know a lot of people have been bagging on Scott Lobdell lately, and after some of his Nu52 work, there is good reason. That said, I've been impressed with him on Nightwing and now this. I might have to check out his Red Hood and the Outlaws, especially because the other half of that equation is Pete Woods, whose artwork I always love.

I've been saving that one. I try to confine the Christmas holidays to a 2-week period.

I seriously have to agree with Rob Staeger about Christmas from the perspective of it being over commercialized and hyper promoted.

But I have yet to enjoy any of the recently discussed books because my local Walmart is maintaining its previously mentioned bad stocking rep and has yet to have the Christmas special or any of the fifth issues on their shelves. :P

Is the release schedule still Superman and the Justice League at the beginning of the month with Batman and the Teen Titans towards the end?

Or did that change after the mess with the back cover problem of the line's fourth issues?

It looks like that changed with the 4th issue. Not to say it won't change back, but all the 5th issues went on sale at the same time at my local Walmart. Of course, management of that section varies from store to store. I was surprised to find them where I did, as I usually have to wait to go to the store closer to my LCS, rather than the one around the corner from my house. In the past, they've shown up later there.

Lee and Rob, I have to admit that once Thanksgiving week arrives, I pull out the stops on Christmas! I have too many Christmas books to read during that time to contain them into two weeks. I have a box specifically for special Christmas-related books (yeah, I'm a nerd), and two weeks is definitely not enough time to read my way through the best of those and try to read everything else at the same time. I have well-worn copies of a couple of Christmas With the Super-Heroes from DC from the late 80's and some Marvel Holiday specials from the early 90's.

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