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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That's all gonna change, Cap -- starting with the most recent issues, they're all going to be available in comic shops! 

Also, I think Target is carrying them in places where there aren't Walmarts. 

Emerkeith, I think it's only Targets where there aren't Walmarts, and in both cases, it's up to individual store participation. But they'll be in comics shops soon! (Scooby arrives 9/24, then Flash the next week, then Batman the next.)

Captain Comics said:

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.



Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

That's all gonna change, Cap -- starting with the most recent issues, they're all going to be available in comic shops! 

Also, I think Target is carrying them in places where there aren't Walmarts. 

Emerkeith, I think it's only Targets where there aren't Walmarts, and in both cases, it's up to individual store participation. But they'll be in comics shops soon! (Scooby arrives 9/24, then Flash the next week, then Batman the next.)

Captain Comics said:

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.

...Thete"a no Wal.s in Capitola/Santa Cruz. 20-plus miles away in San Jose's the closest.

...I am back right this no.e t in said Cal. Target - Again, no comics, and tbe.manager even said that, as a smaller Target, " they don't get some of the cool stuff ". The cards.aisle did have few print paper things - which were videogame mags, sticker scrapbooks. Thought they could be th' mags.

I happened to be by a Walmart that wasn't my usual one tonight, and found 6 of the new Giants: Flash, Batman, Ghosts, Swamp Thing, Villains, and Scooby-Doo. I'll go looking for the other 4 titles at my usual Walmart on Wednesday. 

They look good! There's much denser comic material; the "coming next month" pages are eliminated across the board, and in the case of the books with the shorter stories (Scooby, Ghosts, Villains), the intro pages are nixed as well. But there's a table of contents on the inside of each cover telling which stories are included, and noting which ones are new. No creator info on the TOC, though. That's all in the art for each story, like a regular comic.   

In almost all of these books, there's reprinted material I haven't read before: The Paul Dini Zatanna series, Rebirth-era Nightwing, a Darkseid story from New 52 Justice League. AL of the Scooby-Doo comic. (And it won't be long before Rebirth Hellblazer and Rebirth Green Arrow are new to me, too.) And with at least 24 pages of new material -- sometimes 32 -- the $5 price is an even better bargain; we're getting 20 pages for $4 these days.  

...And Ghosts consists of? And is Scooby Doo S-D material only? And any Scooby-Doo Team-Up material?

As of today, September 17, 7 out of the 9 expected have appeared at my local Walmart. Teen Titans Go and DC Super Hero Girls were missing.

If there was supposed to be a new display box for the roll out too, it's not here. The local vendor just threw everything into the DC box that was holding the "10 for $10" bundles.

Superman #15 has the same cover style as the other issues, but the interior is still presented in the old format, with "Previously..." and "Next issue..." pages between stories. The Man of Steel also looks like he will be getting at least one more issue in this manner to finish the current "Superman on Space Mission" serial.

Whether there will be an issue 17 or a new #1 after that remains to be seen.

But with previous comments concerning future store solicitation listings, does anyone know if the new version of the giants is monthly or bi-monthly?

If Aquaman was supposed to be out too, then my Walmart didn't have 3 out of the 10.

Superman will be getting a new #1 in January -- probably after 16 hits the stands. 

I think they're going to be monthly, but the early scheduling is tough to make heads or tales of. 

Emerkeith, Scooby looks like all Scooby-Doo material, no team-ups. (Although in one story, Shaggy finds the tiki idol that once plagued the Brady Bunch!)

As for Ghosts, there are a few new stories (Spectre, Constantine, Gentleman Ghost) along with reprints largely from DC's recent annual Halloween specials.

Picked up Superman and Wonder Woman at the Walmart near my LCS, so I'm just missing Aquaman, Teen Titans Go, and DC Superhero Girls!

I think Amethyst is going to meet a more receptive audience in the Wonder Woman Giant than she ever did in the New 52. It seems like a good fit for the book.



Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Picked up Superman and Wonder Woman at the Walmart near my LCS, so I'm just missing Aquaman, Teen Titans Go, and DC Superhero Girls!

I think Amethyst is going to meet a more receptive audience in the Wonder Woman Giant than she ever did in the New 52. It seems like a good fit for the book.

...Thank you! Some years back, there was an interesting story in the standard DC Scooby-Foo title, a multi-issue one.

  It involved the gang trying to stop someone from using a magic item that they thought would revive the skeletal remains of an ancient Chinese warlord and his army to conquer the world

. (SPOILER) Aaaaaand - though it ended with the object being recovered, and the windstorm that appeared to be the item starting to bring them back to life dying down, stated to be just a coincidental storm - The unspoken implication was that, this time, the S-D item may have had a genuine supernatural item show up - and had it not been stopped, said ancient warlord may have marched again! Implied, not stated.

Neat, Emerkeith! I prefer the Scooby gang to deal with non-supernatural mysteries, but it's interested when things play around with diverging from that.

Anyway, I've been gaming out how long the features in the current continued Giants could last. Here goes:

FLASH GIANT:
Flash: We're at issue 13; the Manapul/Buccellato run goes on through 25, and then Bucellato stays on through 29. If I were reprinting these, I'd cut over to Rebirth before the Vendetti/Booth run starts, and maybe sooner. (But the New52 run lasted till issue 52, so we could be in for a very long haul.)
Blue Beetle: This series lasted till issue 36. I was buying it, but I'd totally forgotten that it'd gone on so long.
Green Arrow: GA's Rebirth run lasted 50 issues. If we're just taking Ben Percy's run, it's till issue 38.

WONDER WOMAN GIANT:
Wonder Woman: If we're just tracking Diana's "Year One" track from Rebirth, it's 12 even-numbered issues, then 25. Then we could go back and track the odd-numbered issues, and the rest of 25.
Green Lantern: GL Secret Origin lasted 7 issues. Right after that, the title went into Rage of the Red Lanterns, which led to Larfleeze, which led into Blackest Night. So we could be 7 and out, or we could be in for a long haul. 
Amethyst: Amethyst appeared in 9 issues of Sword of Sorcery. So definitively, in issue 10, we'll be doing something new.  

BATMAN GIANT
Batman: There's got tons of Scott Snyder Batman to reprint, and no good reason not to. 
Nightwing: Nightwing's Rebirth series is in its 60s right now; there's tons of material to reprint.
Harley Quinn: Harley's the real wild card here. This story was a one-shot in Detective; it's tough to say what's happening next issue in this slot. Will it be more Harley, or something else? I'd bet on Harley... though Walmart already shied away from her racier stories. And she might be a better fit as a third feature for the upcoming Supergirl/Batwoman book. So who knows? (This would be a good place to reprint Silencer, IMO.)

SWAMP THING GIANT
Swamp Thing: The Len Wein/Kelly Jones miniseries runs for 6 issues. We'll need a new Swampy story with issue 7, although there's a silent story that Wein wrote but never scripted that can be used to cap things off. Then... maybe Charles Soule & Jesus Sais's New52 run?
Hellblazer: The Rebirth Hellblazer series lasted for 24 issues.
Zatanna: The Paul Dini/Stephane Roux series lasted 16 issues.

AQUAMAN GIANT
Aquaman: "Throne of Atlantis encompasses 3 issues of Aquaman and 3 issues of Justice League. After that, continue with the Aquaman New 52 series?
Mera: The Mera: Queen of Atlantis series was 6 issues long.
Teen Titans: The "Rise of Aqualad" story runs 5 issues (6, 7, 9-11). After that, will it continue, or will the book reprint another feature. (If it continues, I expect Titans will be skipping the Super Sons crossover that happened a few months later, already reprinted in Titans Giant.)

...Nobidy knows what this Scooby story was, then? It was obviously meant to be a TPB-suitable Scoobycomic saga!!

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