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 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!


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 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 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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Yeah, that's my impression, too, Lee. But it's a new display box -- just one to work with the old one, not replace it. (And I'm disappointed that it doesn't have the divider, too.)

Just found a Walmart with the latest books. Picked them all up -- even their last copy of Batman Giant, which looks like it had some sort of hard candy melted onto the cover. All part of the Walmart experience!

I flipped through them all, and read Gail Simone & Clayton Henry's Flash story that leads off Flash Giant. They're starting at a point where Barry & Iris first meet, and Barry's still pretty young (he mentions he's the youngest CSI lead in Central City history, and he makes a couple inexperienced blunders). The first story is a fight with Mirror Master, orchestrated by a mysterious figure behind the scenes, who'll probably be pitting Barry against one rogue after another for a while. (My guess, judging from a couple artistic and lettering clues, is that the mastermind is Amazo...but we'll see.) It's fun, and I'm happy to see Barry a little less intense than he is in the regular series these days.

Anyway, the reprints are Flash, Adam Strange, and the first two Shazam installments from Justice League. 

It'll be interesting to see how DC breaks up the Shazam story in the next few issues of the Flash Giant. This issue reprinted the first two chapters from Justice League 7 and 8, for 23 pages total. The next two chapters, from 9 and 10, are also 23 pages total. Chapter 5 (from issue 11) is 10 pages. The next chapter is from the 0 issue, and is 23 pages on its own. So Chapter 5 will either have to double up in Flash Giant issue 2 (for a 33-page segment) or in issue 3 (for a 33-page segment). Or, I suppose, they can find a place to break up chapter 6 so that the second half of it shows up in Flash Giant #4.

Further down the road:
Chapter 7 is 14 pages (from Justice League 14)
Chapter 8 is 12 pages (from JL 15)
Chapter 9 is 10 pages (from JL 16)
Chapter 10 is 10 pages (from JL 18)
Chapter 11 is 8 pages (from JL 19)
Chapter 12 is 8 pages (from JL 20)
Chapter 13 is 30 pages (from JL 21)

And after that, I think we jump directly to the series that debuted a few months ago -- and already has a few backups, whose inclusion might cause reprinting problems as well.

Bleeding Cool is reporting that DC will be wrapping up the Walmart exclusives, and replacing them with 100-page Giants available everywhere (I assume this means both comic shops and Walmart, but maybe other places too?), that will be half new material and the rest reprints. More as it develops (and as it gets confirmed by a more reputable source), I'm sure.

Okay, here are the tweets the Bleeding Cool was referencing, from California retailer Ryan Higgins.

Official DC news from ComicsPro that we've been given the go-ahead to talk about. - DC's cut of 10-15% has already happened. I'm assuming it was the New Age line along with a few other recent cancellations. No other books are getting cut, at least for now.

  • - The Walmart longer arcs will be reprinted as graphic novels that comic stores will be getting, later this year. Shorter stories will be reprinted in some upcoming 100 page specials.
  • - The Walmart line is ending and replaced with 100 page specials available EVERYWHERE...48 pages of new material, with the rest being classic material. No price given. - There will be a reduction of collected editions. No other info given.
  • -Oh, an important note I missed. The 10-15% cut to the line was to make room for the all-ages/YA graphic novels and new 100 giant series, so DC is publishing mosty the same level of content, just in different formats.

I totally agree Rob about waiting for someone else to confirm this, especially since DC just revamped the line with Flash, Swamp Thing, Wonder Woman, and Titans.

I can't picture any company doing one thing and then turning around and doing the other.

I will be really interested to see which direction DC goes with Swamp Thing in the near future. I've seen that they are reprinting Brian Azzarello's story from Wal-Mart along with Tom King's Winter Special from a winter or two ago.

The old "100-Page Super-Spectaculars" were influencial to me growing up. I applaud the return of that format. then again, I applauded Marvel's "Megazine" format in the '90s.

Dan Didio clarified a bit about this on Facebook, accompanied by a picture of the Walmart Giants:

Successful and continuing. For those fans of the DC Giants at Walmart, have to clear up some misinformation making the rounds. Just want to let you know these books are doing well, so well that we are looking to expand the number of original pages in each book and include distribution to the direct market. Look for these and new titles later this year. The promise is to keep it one of the best values and reading experiences in the market. Best, DD

What's interesting to me about this development is that the number of original pages mentioned -- 48 -- makes me think that we're just as likely to see four 12-page stories in each issue as two longer stories. And that means -- or *could* mean -- that some characters that might not be viable as headliners of their own title might get featured. This could be something like the resurgence of the Dollar Comics DC published in the early 80s... although for considerably more than a dollar. But who knows? Maybe we'll get an Atom feature in Wonder Woman Giant, or Firestorm in Flash Giant. This could be the resurgence of the DC anthology -- which haven't done well in comics stores, historically, but maybe if they're backed up by strong Walmart sales, they can.

I'm looking forward to seeing how this shakes out. And I have to admit... I'm also pretty excited about these books showing up in Previews, so we can see what's coming ahead of time!

Another reprint issue coming soon for these books is in the Super-Sons feature in Titans Giant. It's currently reprinting issue 8. Next up comes 9, 10, and possibly Annual 1 (which mostly features Krypto and Ace, so it's probably skippable for continuity reasons, but I sure want to read it!). Annual 1 is 42 pages long, so it'll probably take two issues to tell if it's included.

But then we get to issues 11 and 12, which are parts 2 & 5 of a five-part crossover with Superman and Teen Titans. I wonder what the plan will be. Taking 5 months to run the whole story seems unlikely; printing just the Super-Sons chapters seems wrong, too. Maybe run the Super-Sons parts, but include a few illustrated recap pages (similar to how the Wonder Woman Giant recapped the first 5 chapters of her current serial, from Justice League Giant)? Offer discount codes for the other chapters on Comixology? Skip the crossover entirely? Time will tell. 

I remember reading that. It wasn't bad. It seems like it came out just a few months ago. There are pet characters that I had never seen, including Plastic Man's bird.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Another reprint issue coming soon for these books is in the Super-Sons feature in Titans Giant. It's currently reprinting issue 8. Next up comes 9, 10, and possibly Annual 1 (which mostly features Krypto and Ace, so it's probably skippable for continuity reasons, but I sure want to read it!). Annual 1 is 42 pages long, so it'll probably take two issues to tell if it's included.

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