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.
Nice! I hope they include it... maybe they'll just cut down on the ads to fit the whole thing in! The GCD says the story itself is 38 pages. Add that to 20 for Sideways and 22 for Teen Titans, plus 12 for the new story... and that's 92 pages. That's too much for the 100-page mag, considering we lose 4 pages to the cover, and 7 pages to recap/next pages. That's 103 pages, without any ads but the back cover (and maybe interior back).
Maybe there's a shorter Teen Titans story that could be reprinted from another era? Or the Sideways Annual had two stories in it -- the 29-page lead feature, and an 8-page wrapup of some of the side characters. Maybe the shorter of the two could be held and reprinted alongside the Super-Sons Annual? Or just give Sideways a break for a month?
I think I have to confess, you guys: I *love* publishing logistics.
"I think I have to confess, you guys: I *love* publishing logistics."
No, really? :)
I tried to keep it hidden, but EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS WRONG!
I just picked up the 10th issue / 3rd issue of the Walmart Giants. (I missed out on Superman 9 last month -- it was sold out at my store.) On quick glance, a couple of things to note in my above page count speculation:
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)?
2) Titans Giant 3 has a blurb for the next issue of Super-Sons, and it looks like they’re skipping the annual, but running the first chapter of the Super-Sons/Teen Titans/Superman crossover. It says it’ll be the first chapter, which was actually Superman #37.
3) Also, it looks like the Sideways Annual reprint leaves off the last 8 pages of the Dark Universe Jimmy Olsens finding their place or whatever. Honestly, unless they come back in a later story, the book is better off without it. Those pages were deadly dull, dragging down the overall quality of the book.
As with the Harley Quinn story in Batman Giant 6. it looks like DC has been making art changes to Michael Turner's Superman/Batman work in the recent Superman Giants.
DC is going to re-tool this line. Up until now, each issue has featured 12 pages of new content and has not been available in comic shops. Soon, pages of new content will be increased to 24, and will be available in comics shops. The new material from the earlier issues will be available in a series of mini-series which will also be available in comic shops.
Look for Superman: Up in the Sky #1 on July 3, Batman Universe #1 on July 10, and Wonder Woman: Come Back to Me #1 on July 17.
Thanks, Jeff! I'd head that too -- actually, I'd heard that the new material would be expanded to 48 pages, which seems crazy to me -- but haven't heard anything about it since then. I imagine the changes will happen after issue 14 (or 7 of the new titles), since that's when the 12-parters are ending. It might be sooner, though... the 24 or 48 pages of new material might be more than one story; I really hope they keep the 12-page format, in fact, and give us multiple new features instead of just making the new stories longer.
Also, I should note that Wonder Woman Giant is reprinting the Allan Heinberg/Terry & Rachel Dodson "Who Is Wonder Woman?" story. Right now we're on chapter 3, and next issue should be chapter 4. Giant #5 should reprint Wonder Woman Annual #1, which originally appeared in November 2007, nine months after chapter 4. Let's hope DC doesn't make us wait that long this time.
And after that, will we get the J. Torres fill-in for issue 5? Will we skip right to Jodi Picoult's story? Heaven help us, I hope that when the time comes, we at least skip the Amazons Attack tie-in issues and jump straight into the Gail Simone run. From there on, it's smooth sailing.
If they are considering ending the Walmart exclusives, I hope they include a page telling people how to find comic shops.
There's a Comic Shop Locator ad in every issue.
Richard Willis said:
If they are considering ending the Walmart exclusives, I hope they include a page telling people how to find comic shops.
As previously stated in past posts here, my local Walmart is seriously going down hill as it is. I won't bore everyone with details about how I have to find the things that store no longer carries elsewhere and pay more in the process, but it just NOW got all the April issues, and today is May 2 as I post this!
I am all for more new material and going to a wider anthology-style presentation in the process. But I do hope DC doesn't cancel the Giant program outright. I just want more bang for the present cost of an issue, with NO price increases!