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 wonder if a potential comic store customer would be shocked that this large package only costs $4.99, yet the average skinny comic costs $3.99. They wouldn't know from reprints.

Possibly. But they expect bulk bargains at Walmart, and the comic store staff can explain the reasons why to them if need be. 

The seventh issues are out. My Walmart, curiously, only had a few of them -- two issues each of the JLA and Teen Titans Giants, while still having plenty of the back issues available (back to issue 2, in some cases). I suspect the full complement of books hasn't reached the shelves in this case, and it's not a sudden, unexpected sellout. Tried another nearby Walmart, too, but they didn't have anything out yet.

The next-issue blurbs in both comics I bought were directing people to the new Titans and Wonder Woman Giants for the next chapters (except in the case of the Flash story, where it said the action continues in Flash's own book).  

“As we reported yesterday, DC Comics has received some complaints over a story included in “Superman 100-Page Giant #7”, available exclusively at Walmart. The story, written by Tom King, features twelve pages of Lois Lane being graphically murdered… imaginary scenarios that are part of Superman’s anxiety in the story.”

From CBR.

The Issue is selling from $10.00-$20.00+ on eBay.

I don't have the story yet, but "twelve pages of Lois Lane being graphically murdered" seems like a sentence written to drive speculation, rather than accurately describe the comic. I'm sure there's more to it than that. From what I understand, it's about Superman's anxieties getting the better of him while he's off-planet, about what *could* happen to Lois. But I'd be surprised if Andy Kubert didn't vary his approach from scenario to scenario -- 12 pages of gore seems very unlike him. 

Most likely: Some people complained, DC leaked the complaints to draw attention to the comic, and now speculators have swarmed in...and I won't get my Superman Giant 7 because of it. 

Thanks, Thomas!

I managed to pick both the Superman and Batman Giants up today -- though I haven't read either of them yet. But one surprising thing I noticed on my first flip-through is that this is the last issue Harley Quinn will appear in -- with Batman Giant 8, her slot will be taken over by Batgirl (and from the cover art, the Gail Simone-written New 52 stories). So this is the first change-up in reprints these books have undergone, aside from moving the Flash out of JLA (necessitated by him getting his own book).

And I think I might know why. 

The original story, from issue 7 of Harley's comic, is called "Nocturnal Omission." I could check that out on the preview pages available on Comixology. But in the Batman Giant reprint, it's called "Night Terrors." So there's some intentional bowdlerization for the Walmart audience. 

There's also one page of the reprint that looks like something's missing from it. It's only 2/3 of a page, centered vertically. I looked on the GCD, and it lists the story as 20 pages, no fractionals. (I seem to remember one month of DC comics doing some half-page ads, so I wondered if this could be that.) But even counting this page as a full page, the Harley story comes to just 19 pages. So something might have been cut. Anyone have the original issue that can check?

Anyhow, that's the latest on the Giants. My theory is that Harley's saucy humor isn't a good fit with Walmart, and started to cause production changes to deal with some of the more egregious jokes -- so they decided to shift gears. The Superman Giant seems to be continuing consecutively with Superman/Batman, Green Lantern, and The Terrifics. 

Also, I just read the Superman story, "The Thousand Deaths of Lois Lane." It's about Superman waiting to place a subspace phone call to Lois, and the things that go through his mind while he's waiting for her to pick up. The only rough part, IMO, is the bottom of the first page, the one with Lois looking at the reader, dead. It's powerful and a grabber, and I can seek why Kubert went for it -- it's a hell of an image to kick off a story. But it's rough to look at, no denying that. 


On the other hand, I think there's something really admirable about the story. One of the tropes that's gotten really tired in the last few decades has been the hero's significant other staying up, worrying about the hero's safety. You see it in comics, in movies, on cop shows (and fireman shows, etc.). And the idea that the hero is worried, all the time he's gone, is an interesting way to upend that convention, and make it fresh. And also to reinforce the idea that Lois is ALSO a hero whose significant other can worry about. So while I can see some merit in the qualms some people have in the execution of that first page, I also think this is a story worth telling, for those reasons. 

This is exactly why I don't follow the speculators. I'm not into it.

This week, my LCS manager asked me if I was a regular reader of Immortal Hulk, and I said no, because I was reading it in trade. He said a major new character was making his/her first appearance, and that he would let me buy one if I wanted it, but that he wanted to save it otherwise. I didn't even care. I don't buy comics because I think they will be worth something one day. And it surprises me that we still have people who rush into the comic book stores (or, evidently, Walmart) because they think they're going to be able to pay off their mortgages.

The whole "freakout and react as fast as possible" world we live in is just getting so old. It's a world for day-traders, tweeters, Instagramers, Snapchat-ers, and, well, idiots. I'm not even sure if it's just Millennials anymore. It's just society.

I used to pride myself on being patient, but now I don't take pride in it as much as I am sickened by the people who perpetuate stuff like this.

Honestly, I'm not sure whether it's the people who react to it or the companies, like DC in this scenario, who are so disgusting. We only get a tiny little sliver of a story in one of these issues, and they are treating the whole thing this way. Was this intentional on DC and/or Tom King's part? There is really no way of knowing, because neither of them would admit it if it was true.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Most likely: Some people complained, DC leaked the complaints to draw attention to the comic, and now speculators have swarmed in...and I won't get my Superman Giant 7 because of it. 

I'm not really upset with DC for this. I think my original thought of DC leaking a complaint is just a product of my old-fashioned 20th century thinking. I forgot for a moment how people lodge complaints these days -- on Twitter, for everyone to see. 

As for King, he just wrote a story. Kubert's the one who drew that page. I don't think either of them did it as a way to spark speculation -- just to generate interest in turning the page and reading the next one. Which is their job. I might've held back a little from what Kubert drew, but it's not gory, so much as haunting and disturbing. There's just a bit of blood, and Lois's lifeless eyes. The wound itself is off-panel. It's all implied action, and unseen. 

Which is a little like the argument William Gaines made about the EC cover with the axe-murder on it: "I don't think it's in poor taste -- what would be in poor taste would be if we moved the head up an inch or so on the page and you could see the severed neck." Which is an argument that didn't do him any favors with Congress, and probably isn't doing me any favors here. But I'll stand by it anyway. It could have been a LOT worse, and from the complaints, I would have thought it was. 

So what character debuted in Hulk?

In the past, Tom King has said that DC editorial is a lot more opportunistic than he is. For instance, he didn't want there to be a trade called "The Wedding Collection" for Batman, nor did he want the whole lead-up miniseries to the wedding, etc., because he knew how the story was going to play out. He thought the whole thing was misleading.

As for the new character in Immortal Hulk, from what I've been able to gather, the Hulk is actually possessed by some kind of Satan spirit? I really have no idea. The character on the last page looked like some kind of Joker-Hulk to me.

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