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.
Some initial impressions:
FLASH looks to be continuing the New 52 run in its reprints – the Gorilla Warfare story was up next. And we’ll be getting Rebirth Green Arrow (called it!) and what look to be Blue Beetle reprints (I think Guy Garner appeared in his original first issue).
DC VILLAINS has 6 stories. Anyone know where Deathstroke fought Jimmy Olsen? Looks like we’ll get Deathstroke and Harley reprints, but who knows?
That’s Nicola Scott art in the character heads on the rleft side of WONDER WOMAN, so we might be seeing the Year One Rucka/Scott story from Rebirth. Looks like we’re also getting New 52 Amethyst, and Green Lantern (which might be a reprint or a new story; there’s only 4 stories in this issue, the least of any of these books – but maybe Wonder Woman/Harley is a full-length tale).
BATMAN looks like it’s got Batwoman and Batman Inc reprints… and maybe a Harley reprint too, or maybe she’s a new feature.
AQUAMAN looks to have Aquaman and Mera lead features, with reprints of Aquaman and the Teen Titans: Rise of Aqualad story (a great choice!) There’s 5 stories promised, but judging from the cover, the fifth one is either Aquaman or Titans-related, or left off.
Five stories in SWAMP THING too – one Swamp Thing reprint, one from the Hellblazer Rebirth series, and one with Zatanna… the Paul Dini series? Also, it looks like Rima the Jungle Girl is READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!
GHOSTS has a lot of stories, so we’ll likely be getting shorter ones. Still, there’s a lot of DCU content – Deadman, Spectre, Zatanna, Gentleman Ghost – so who knows if we’ll see anything from the classic DC mystery books.
The cartoon-based books all look to stay on-brand, through and through. Which great for those audiences (and I haven’t read many of those stories, so they’re basically all new to me!). Still, it’d be neat to see at least one nod to another feature in the back, something to entice the reader to another title.
Apparently Harley's getting around more nowadays and I like the new, more streamlined trade dress for the covers, because I always thought the previous one was too "busy".
But nothing has appeared at my local Walmart yet.
I like the new covers, too.
This isn't the week they usually appear at Walmart -- I'd guess that either Sunday the 14th or the 21st will be when they show up. These, I believe, won't be the covers sold there -- these are the direct-market versions, from Previews.
In comic shops, Scooby is the first one to show up, on September 24, with Flash and then Batman on the following weeks.
It looks like, while I was on the money for a lot of my guesses, a few of my assumptions from looking at the covers were wrong. Bleeding Cool has a rundown of the contents of each issue.
For instance, the Lord Death Man story in Batman isn't a reprint of Batman Inc -- instead, that's the Batwoman story. Batwoman's not getting a reprint; the Batman reprints are a Harley story from Detective Comics, the first New 52 Batman/Court of Owls story, and Nightwing 1 from Rebirth. In Wonder Woman, the GL story IS a reprint, from the Green Lantern: Secret Origin series that ran in his own title, around a year or so after the previous round of reprints left off. And one of the Swamp Thing stories being reprinted is the recent Len Wein/Kelly Jones miniseries, which is a nice surprise. It looks like Aquaman will be reprinting the Aquaman/JLA Throne of Atlantis crossover, as well as a Mera minieries. And the Deathstroke vs Jimmy Olsen story in Villains is a new one.
I like this mix. While there are plenty of continued stories represented, there are also a fair bit of done-in-ones, so there's a chance to start in a new story with issue 2, as well. For me, in the ideal anthology, something should always start, something should always conclude, and there should always be a self-contained story.
Something else that's up in the air is the frequency of the giants. While all these issue 1s are listed on Previews World, the only #2s listed are for Batman, Wonder Woman, and Swamp Thing -- all for more than a month after the previous issue. (Swamp Thing goes from 10/23 to 12/18; Batman goes from 10/9 to 11/27; Wonder Woman goes from 10/16 to 12/11.) So although I've heard that most of these books are intended to be monthly, the exiting schedule that we're privy to says otherwise. DC Villains and DC Ghosts seem like they could be one-shots, but there's no sign of second issues for Flash, Aquaman, or the cartoon books.
I wonder if we'll see more listings for Giants in the next previews? I found two more listings on Previews World: DC War Giant (due 12/11) and DC Crisis on Infinite Earths Giant (due 12/18).
Some new Giants solicited in the December listings DC released. Wonder Woman, Flash, and two of the cartoon books get second issues (Scooby looks like an anniversary one-shot); Superman joins the fun; and so does World's Finest, featuring Supergirl and Batwoman! I'm glad to see this, as it looked like Batgirl was squeezed out of the Batman Giant (maybe we'll get her as well as Batwoman), and we hadn't seen whether Supergirl would be in the Superman Giant yet.
A lot of these seem to be advance-solicited for January. Also, there's news that Swamp Thing Giant 2 got pushed back 3 weeks, to 12/18.
Not surprised about no Scooby-Doo Giant, since that was previously listed as just a 50th anniversary special. But wouldn't it be a hoot to see a Looney Tunes based giant, or one reprinting some of the more viable Silver and Bronze Age Hanna-Barbera material?
The World's Finest Giant DOES surprise me.
Then again, even if it's just on a temporary basis, DC does like to revive certain titles when necessary so they can maintain the copyright and trademark.
Makes one wonder how long it will take for them to do something using the name Adventure Comics again.
I just check in on this thread now and then. It appears there are no Walmarts in Memphis that carry the books, so I can't contribute -- except to note that there are no Walmarts in Memphis that carry the books.