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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Now realizing the Shazam reprints will map out this way:

Flash Giant 4: 26 pages Chapters 7 & 8 (from Justice League 14 & 15)
Flash Giant 5: 20 pages Chapters 9 & 10 (from Justice League 16 & 18)
Flash Giant 6: 16 pages Chapters 11 & 12 (from Justice League 19 & 20)
Flash Giant 7: 30 pages Chapter 13 (from Justice League 21)

Which means Shazam concludes a month before the 8-issue Adam Strange...assuming they don't want to reprint the current Shazam series so soon after its initial printing. (And considering how late that book tends to be, I think it's probably a good idea to wait until more inventory builds up.) 

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

1) Flash Giant 3 covers Shazam chapters 5 and 6 (from JL 0), meaning the segment runs 30+ pages. I wonder if the next one will be especially short (16 pages) or especially long (26 pages)?

Just picked up issue 11 of the various Giants. Superman Giant #11 has a fill-in story by Steve Orlando and Will Conrad, rather than the expected Tom King/Andy Kubert chapter of "Up in the Sky."

Some changes seem to be looming in the reprints. With next issue, Batman: Hush will conclude... it'll be interesting to see what Batman story gets reprinted in issue 13. Of course, "Hush" in the original comics was followed up by the 6-issue "Broken City" by Azzarello and Risso, so it's possible (maybe even probable) that the book will keep chugging along with that story. But it's also an opportunity to reprint "Year One" or another big story. 

We've also only got three more issues of Sideways left before something needs to replace that title in Titans Giant. And three issues' worth of Shazam before DC either starts reprinting the current series or decides to switch to a different feature in Flash Giant. (And the issue after that, Adam Strange ends, too.) There's just two more issues of the current Superman/Batman storyline in Superman Giant, but if they didn't balk at Michael Turner's creepy-waif Supergirl, I hope they continue with the upcoming time-travel story with Carlos Pacheco. We've also got one more issue of "Who Is Wonder Woman" before there's an opportunity for a change or a jump in that title. (I hope it jumps right to Gail Simone's run, as the title floundered for a bit under Jodi Picoult and other fill-ins.)

Oh, and Titans Giant did opt to print the Superman chapter of the "Super-Sons of Tomorrow" crossover in its entirety, so that book will have three extra issues in its timeline (bringing it to 19) before whatever follows it (most likely Adventures of the Super-Sons). 

Okay, here's what I'd do if I could at DC concerning the giants.

FLASH: Replace Shazam with Green Arrow, then move Green Lantern from Superman to Flash when Adam Strange ends to make room for Supergirl stories in her cousin's title. I thought about suggesting Black Lightning reprints, but none of his series barely made it into double digits, so it wouldn't be long before we'd be looking for another replacement.

TITANS: When Sideways ends, what about the Legion of Superheroes? At least sometime after all the Superman/Superboy post Crisises/Zero Hour, etc problems were resolved would still leave plenty of material to represent. Although knowing DC, they'd probably go for Damage, Blue Beetle, Static, or some other teen solo hero.

But will all of this be a moot point if DC does go through with their alleged plans to increase the new material versus reprints ratio in the giants? If that does happen, I hope it also doesn't include a price increase.

Are they canceling the Wal-Mart books? I saw that they are releasing the various books in comic books stores under different titles. Personally, I'm ready to read these in bigger chunks--the snippets of story weren't enough to keep me going back in.

Right now Wandering Sensei, your guess is as good as mine.

DC IS planning to release new material collections from the giants to comic book stores, but anything else is just Internet rumors to me at the moment.

I haven't heard anything more about them, either. There was an announcement that the Walmart books would eventually be available in comic shops as well, and that the new material in them would expand to 48 pages, but there's been no word on the timing of those things. Or their pricing. And it's possible that our understanding of what's going on is muddled -- from what I recall, all we know about the plans so far comes from a Dan DiDio facebook post clarifying that the Walmart books weren't being canceled. 

The 11th issues of these books (the first wave, that is) just shipped a week or so ago; if we're going to get radical changes, I think issue 15 (September) might be the time to implement them. Those will be the first issues after the 12-part serials that started in issue 3 of the Superman, Batman, and Justice League (now Wonder Woman) Giants. (This is complicated a little by the Superman Giant having a fill-in this month, but I'm sure an accommodation can be made.)

And wow... I just started reading Superman Giant 11, and I forgot what a horrible comic Superman/Batman was. I'm sure it's exacerbated by Michael Turner's artwork -- his figures are so elongated that the pages look like they were drawn to be squares, then stretched out to fit a rectangular comic page -- but Jeph Loeb's writing is pretty lousy all by itself. By this point in the run, I'd dropped the title, so I'm seeing the end of the Supergirl story for the first time. I hope the Carlos Pacheco story that follows will be better -- it was better received at the time, IIRC -- but reading Loeb's dueling caption boxes is bound to give me a headache either way.

Yeah. That series was awful. It had some great art, but I just did not really like it as much as I tried to convince myself I did at the time. With Loeb's dueling caption balloons, I kept expecting Batman and Superman to just break the bromantic tension and just start making out.

But then Batman would be cheating on the Joker.

Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man said:

Yeah. That series was awful. It had some great art, but I just did not really like it as much as I tried to convince myself I did at the time. With Loeb's dueling caption balloons, I kept expecting Batman and Superman to just break the bromantic tension and just start making out.

Batman cheats.

Ha, perfect!

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Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man said:

Batman cheats.

One other thing to think about, when pondering DC's reprint strategy with these books: The cover or Superman Giant 11 doesn't mention the Terrifics at all. Not in the frames in the bottom corners, and no cast members are pictured in the squares in the strip above the logo. That doesn't show a lot of confidence on DC's part. Could the feature be shunted out after Jeff Lemire leaves the title, with issue 14? That's only 3 issues from now... although there's an annual that hasn't been reprinted yet, either. 

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