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.
...(At least a couple of years ago, according to the reviews in DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE - Of course, DVDs have somewhat declined in the market since then in favor of non-physical sales/rentals and streaming) In the U.K., episodes of the contemporary DOCTOR WHO were being issued in Britain immediately after their broadcast date as " vanilla ", apparently no or-at-least-very-few special features DVDs before eventually being reishes in a set of the entire season.
I haven't been following the Arrrowverse shows but this interests me. At 240 minutes, I presume the CRISIS is six commercial tv hours long? The first and last part two parts and the middle two an hour?
Issue 1 will hit comic shops on Jan 15. I've got a schedule of the comic shop ship dates a few posts above these (on the previous page, so I'm not surprised you didn't see them.)
Also, Crisis is 5 hours long (including commercials). The first three episodes aired one a night. The final two will air back to back on Jan 14.
Emerkeith Davyjack said:
My...A comics-shop on-sale date is given for Issue #2 of this but not #1! Hello?
FYI, I've seen a personal photo of the Crisis Giant 1, so this month's books are probably in Walmart now.
And by the way, Lee, thanks for the details on From Beyond the Unknown!
"And by the way, Lee, thanks for the details on From Beyond the Unknown!"–Rob Staeger.
You're welcome Rob.
While there are some science fiction elements within today's comics throughout the industry, the genre seemed to have its heyday under Julius Schwartz and company at DC with From Beyond the Unknown, Mystery In Space, and Strange Adventures.
A later DC anthology series, Time Warp, tried to recapture that feeling with some success, but the infamous DC Implosion ended it. The title started as a large Dollar Comic but finished regular size to use up its inventory.
I don't think there were regular sized issues of Time Warp, just the dollar ones. I liked that book, and I've gone back and tracked down the issues I've missed. There were just 5, as far as I can tell. (And a Vertigo revival issue decades later.)
One thing that might be the case is, 3 months after the last issue of Time Warp hit the stands, the first issue of the revived Mystery In Space (#111) was published. That's probably the title that got all the Time Warp inventory.
You may be right Rob.
Thought I was doing pretty good trying to remember decades old information just off the top of my head, but anyway...
I still wish the From Beyond The Unknown giant well. Could be the start of a whole new anthology series from DC.
After this, Ghosts, and the World's Finest one shots (although I'm hoping for future WFs with more of the Batwoman/Supergirl team), I wonder how long it will take DC to consider reviving Adventure Comics?
I wouldn't be surprised if it's in consideration. They do like to reuse titles, as you've noted.
I suspect this one will be a one-shot, too. Probably a continuing stream of one (or in Crisis's case, two) shots are part of the publishing plan. We've had Ghosts, Villains, World's Finest (definitely ripe for a pickup to regular), Birds of Prey (likewise, but less likely, I think), Crisis, and now From Beyond the Unknown (with War still waiting in the wings).
I wonder what we'll get from FBTU? I could see them reprinting some stories from the various Veritgo anthologies, mixed maybe with some DC ones. And maybe new stories from Adam Strange and Hawkman? Or the Challengers?
Adam Strange I could see in a From Beyond The Unknown special. Hawkman would be a good fit also, but he has his own title at the moment. Captain Comet? The Omega Men? The possibilities are many.
The one thing I hope DC DOESN'T do is go in the opposite direction with the giant by running horror features/stories instead of science fiction based tales like the original FBTU series did.
There is some confusion about when the 100-Page Crisis is coming out, but the press release was pretty clear. The second paragraph lists a Dec. 15 on-sale date for the first issue. That conflicts with Diamonds previewsworld.com, which says Jan. 15. It seems likely that Walmart has it on sale now, and comic shops will get it in January.
Yeah, the Crisis book should be out at Walmart by now. I'll check a different store on Thursday. The only one that was at the store I went to yesterday was Aquaman Giant 2 -- not just the only title, or the only new title, but the only single, solitary issue of ANY of the DC Giants. I think they underordered for Christmas-crowd impulse buys.
Here's the cover reveal for Batman Giant 3. Looks like we're getting two new stories -- one with Batman jailed by the Joker, and another with Two-Face -- plus continuations of the Nightwing, Batwoman, and Court of Owls stories. More details as I find them. Meanwhile, next week's reveal will be Flash Giant 3.
(Also, Superman Giant 1 appeared in comic shops yesterday. I picked one up, as my Walmart was sold out of it. Hopefully my LCS will get the Crisis and Birds of Prey giants too.)
Edited to add the details:
New stories: A Batman/Joker story by Mark Russell with art by Ryan Benjamin and Richard Friend (16 pages) and a Two-Face story by Frank Tieri with art by Scot Eaton and Wayne Faucher (8 pages).
And then we get the expected reprints:
Apparently there's a one-shot Batman: The Caped Crusader Giant available at Target. Similar format, but for $0 instead of $5. (I think there are more original pages, as there are only two reprints -- it depends on the length of the original stories.) There are two new stories -- a Batman & Robin story by Jeff Parker and Scott Kolins, and a Batman & Nightwing story (haven't seen a creative team for it yet). Plus, there are two stories from the animated-style book, Batman: Gotham Adventures, reprinted.