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 that the 12th issues of the original Walmart books have hit (or, for the retitled ones, their equivalents), we're at the point where the books reprinting the New52 titles should be reprinting the 0 issues instead of issue 13. The features in question are Flash, Justice League, Aquaman, and Nightwing. Batgirl started late in Batman Giant, so she's behind; similarly, Swamp Thing and Animal Man got a late start in Swamp Thing Giant. 

So of those four, it seems like Nightwing is skipping the zero issue, at least for now; the next issue blurb highlight's issue 13's fight with Lady Shiva. Flash is likewise skipping the zero, but it might just be putting it off for a month, as Flash Annual 1 actually came out before Flash 0. Justice League is taken care of -- its zero issue was a Johns/Frank Shazam story, and it's already appeared. For Aquaman, the blurb in Wonder Woman Giant promises next issue will feature the conclusion to "The Others" -- which means we're skipping the zero issue and moving right to issue 13. In general, I think this is a good move... those issues were awkwardly placed in order to have an anniversary event, and killed the momentum of a lot of stories. 

Looking ahead, I wonder if we'll get Nightwing 15 & 16, or whether they'll be skipped, as they were "Death of the Family" crossover issues. Having not read the title at the time, I'm not sure how well they can stand alone, or how important they'll be to the series as a whole. My guess would be that DC will likely include them -- they probably stand alone well enough. 

Also: the original stories from these books are starting to appear in comic shops. Superman: Up in the Sky and Batman Universe have both appeared, and Wonder Woman: Come Back to Me is due next week.  I think the Titans story will be coming out, too. Of the bunch, Batman Universe is the one not to miss. It's an absolute GEM. 

I can understand why DC is reprinting the new material from the Giants in individual specials, but what gets me is that each special (reprinting the first two stories of each serial) are costing comic shop buyers $4.99 each.

The material has already been published once, so why not the standard $3.99 price tag?

(And I can remember when the standard price of a comic book was TWENTY CENTS! But I digress...)

Also, Walmart is offering shoppers a special grab bag of 10 DC Comics for $10, and the visible title in each one I saw was Justice League Giant #1.

The rest looked like regular issues to me, but the packaging keeps you from trying to determine the identity of the other 9.

They're not specials; they're six-issue mini-series at $4.99 a pop!

I agree; they're overpriced for the package. And yet that Batman story is so good, you might find it worth it. Or wait for the inevitable trade, which even at $25 would be more economical...and it might be priced at $20. Or eventually these books will be a buck apiece in a Comixology sale. Like everything in comics, you pay a premium to read things quick, but everything comes down in price eventually. 


So.... there's been word of how the 100-Page Giants are changing at DC. Starting in September, they'll be released (with new #1s, naturally) in comic shops as well as mass-market stores, but with different covers. (Seems like the covers will have repurposed art for the Walmart (and Target? possibly) covers, and new art for the comic-shop versions. 24 pages of new story inside, plus reprints. 

And more titles! A LOT more. Here's a photo of the slide where they explained this to retailers.

So we've got most of our existing titles continuing -- no word of Titans -- plus Aquaman, DC Superhero Girls, DC Villains, Ghosts, Scooby-Doo, Teen Titans Go!, and more. 

With Aquaman getting his own title, that'll free up some space in Wonder Woman. And will Teen Titans Go just continue with the Titans material (sans Sideways, which should wrap by September)? Who knows?

But GHOSTS, of all things? That's blowing my MIND.

I obviously would like more information that just a convention tease before making any decision(s), but I can tell you right now that, not being much of a horror fan, I personally have no interest in Ghosts.

The Teen Titans Go, Super Hero Girls, and Scooby-Doo titles are obviously aimed at younger readers, though I hope Go isn't going to be the only Titans offering.

I read Ghosts in the early 80s. It was a fun alternative to superhero comics.

Please don't misunderstand me Pete and company.

I'm not knocking the genre for those who do enjoy it.

I'm just not one of those people myself.

I didn't take it that you were knocking it. I thought it was a nice use of comics for a different genre.

I will be the first to concede that we need more diversity within the comics. Not just with the individual characters but in the genres as well.

At one point there were so many different varieties available. Now it seems anything outside of superheroes, popular licenses, and "kiddie" titles are rare.

I am hoping that if the proposed Shang-Chi movie does well at the box office, that Marvel will do a serious revival of the Master of Kung Fu title like it was in the 1970s, more of an independent entity than deeply connected to the rest of the Marvel Universe at large.

Maybe selling books in Walmart* and possibly Target is a way to diversify genres and gain new readers. Most comic book stores can't afford to invest in a lot of unreturnable comics that their regular customers won't buy. When we lost the newsstands we lost a diverse audience and we lost impulse buyers made curious by interesting covers. (Plus high prices deterring new readers)

* I haven't looked at multiple Walmarts, but the closest one to me is apparently not a "participating" store.

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