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.
In the solicitations released today, DC has resolicited Batman Giant 3 and Crisis Giant 2, as well as adding Flash, Wonder Woman, and Swamp Thing Giant 3 to the list.
So here's the new coming attractions. Cancelations struck through, titles pushed back in bold.
ETA: Birds of Prey Giant 1, discovered in Previews on 11/20.
Nov 27: Batman 2, Swamp Thing 2
Dec 4: World's Finest (Batwoman/Supergirl) 1
Dec 11: Flash 2, DC War 1
Dec 18: Wonder Woman 2
Jan 1: Superman 1
Jan 8: Aquaman 2
Jan 15: Crisis on Infinite Earths 1, Teen Titans Go 2
Jan 22: DC Superhero Girls 2, Birds of Prey 1
Jan 29: nothing!
Feb 5: Batman 3
Feb 12: Flash 3
Feb 19: Wonder Woman 3
Feb 26: Swamp Thing 3, Crisis 2
Next month's Giants are available at participating Walmarts now: Batman, Swamp Thing, Wonder Woman, Flash, and World's Finest.
Looking over World's Finest, it looks that all the reprints (pretty much) stand alone, and there are a couple of blurbs that say "You can read more in _______ [comic or TBP]." So it seems like it's a stand-alone book...which gives us one TV tie-in each month, with the next two being the Crisis books.
Also, FYI, I'll still be mentioning the DC Superhero Girls Giants here, but I doubt I'll be picking them up. The reprints, at least, are written at a pretty young level and unlike kid-friendly books like Scooby-Doo and Teen Titans Go!, they don't have a lot to offer to older readers. (The new stories in the front of the book are better in that regard, so maybe there's a change coming.)
It's tough to figure out what kind of schedule is being planned here. However, I've read a post from a Walmart employee that says that the company itself will be taking over distribution of the books in the fall, rather than the third-party distributors that do it now. So, assuming that's accurate, we'll probably see an expansion then, as well as more widespread distribution across Walmart stores.
The cover to the new Superman Giant #1 has been released. Looks like it'll have a full-length (24 pages) opening story, with 3 reprints -- one of which is part one of the Dinosaur Island story from the Tomasi Superman Rebirth run. Also, there's a Supergirl reprint in which she faces Bizarrogirl, which I also suspect is from the Rebirth era. It's unclear what the other story is, but it's probably from the Superman family, as there aren't really any other characters featured on the cover.
Also: PreviewsWorld has a Birds of Prey Giant scheduled for January 22. That's new, as far as I can tell.
OK, Bleeding Cool has the lowdown on the contents of Superman Giant 1. A 24-page lead story by Robert Venditti, Paul Pelletier, and Andrew Hennessy. It's followed by two Superman reprints, one from Rebirth (the first of the two-part Dinosaur Island story with Superboy), and one from pre-Flashpoint (part one of the Johns/Frank Braniac storyline). Then there's a pre-Flashpoint Supergirl reprint, the first part of a 4-part Bizarrogirl storyline by Sterling Gates and Jamal Igle. I've heard a lot of good things about their run, and am looking forward to catching up with it. (Their run ran through issue 59 -- so if we start at 54, there are 6 issues left. But the particular Supergirl title ran through 67, with a stretch written by James Peatty followed by a 3-parter written by Kelly Sue DeConnick.)
It'll be interesting to see whether they continue the reprints from those same titles after the initial stories end, or whether they'll pick and choose which stories to reprint. I guess we'll find out when Superman Giant 3 comes out.
For what it's worth the second issues of Wonder Woman, Flash, Batman, and Swamp Thing, along with the World's Finest special have made it to my local Walmart, but I am totally surprised that there appears to be no Christmas/holiday special this year.
All the #2's do indicate there will be a next issue, just not exactly when to expect it. Yet while WF does not come right out and say there won't be a second issue, it does leave the possibility open, especially at the end of the new Batwoman/Supergirl team up.
Was listening to the Phil Hester interview on Word Balloon. He writes the 8-page Swamp Thing stories in the giants (the 16-pagers are written by Mark Russell), and mentioned that he's also written a Captain Marvel story for an upcoming giant (presumably a Shazam one -- although we don't know what the contents of the Crisis books will be). It's the first I've heard of it.
He also mentioned he has a story he couldn't talk about for a Giant that hadn't been announced yet. (He said this before mentioning the Shazam story a couple minutes later; it's possible they're one and the same, but I doubt it.)
Bleeding Cool has the details on Aquaman Giant 2 -- the new stories are a 16-page teamup with the Sea Devils written by Michael Grey with art by Aaron Lopresti and Matt Ryan, and an 8-page Aqualad story written by Dave Wielgosz with art by Jose Luis and Adriano di Benedetto, where he fights the Electrocutioner.
The reprints are continuing from issue 1, Throne of Atlantis (a 7-part Aquaman/Justice League crossover; this is a JL issue); Mera: Queen of Atlantis (part 2 of her 6-issue limited series), and Teen Titans: Rise of Aqualad (part 2 of the 5-issue storyline. This one's issue 7, but there was a detour for another crossover in issue 8, so expect the next issue reprinted to be 9).
Bleeding Cool also mentions some changes to the schedule, but they're things I've already mentioned here.
We've got news of Birds of Prey Giant 1 -- which looks like it's meant to be a one-shot to tie in with the movie -- coming to comic shops Jan 22.
Gail Simone is returning to the Birds to write the lead story, with art by Inaki Miranda. The 8-page backup is by Robert Vendetti and Isaac Goodheart. Looks like the Birds in this case are Dinah, Helena, and Harley.
The reprints are from Batgirl & the Birds of Prey 14 (a Rebirth title), Black Canary 9 (from the DC You days), and the first issue of New Talent Showcase. I suspect all are done-in-ones, which is why I don't think this one is scheduled to be an ongoing at the moment.
There's no official word on the Crisis on Infinite Earths Giant 1, which is scheduled to appear a week before this one. Final Order cutoff is fast approaching, and I bet we'll see details soon. There have been hints -- The Beat found that Amazon has released details of a trade paperbackthat looks to collect some new Crisis-set stories (one written by Marv Wolfman), as well as excerpts from the original Crisis series. It's probably compiled from the two Crisis giants, but we can't be sure yet.
Also, there's no word on DC Superhero Girls Giant 2, scheduled to hit stores the same day as Birds of Prey.
The Crisis Giants are a legitimate tie-in to the TV crossover, co-written by Marv Wolfman and Mark Guggenheim. The Hollywood Reporter has the details. Which is kind of insane, but that's the world we live in now.
Anyway, no wonder they held off on the details of this Giant yesterday, with this story in the works.
Also noted in the story -- issue 1 will be in Walmart on Dec. 15. That's probably also the case for Superman 1, Aquaman 2, DC Superhero Girls 2, and Birds of Prey 1.