It was 1939, and the concept of a superhero in the sense of what we know today was still very new. Superman, the first costumed and superpowered comic hero, had just been introduced to the world in ’38 and the readers were hungry for more stories of the fantastic. Enter Bill Finger and Bob Kane, who co-created the Batman, and unleashed the Caped Crusader on the world in the landmark Detective Comics #27. To say that Batman’s first appearance is a key issue is one of the great understatements one could ever make about comic books. Easily the most commercially successful character to ever enter the comic pop culture lexicon, Batman has become a household name over these nearly 9 decades. As a member of comic book royalty there was no question that DC, and the various LCS’, would pull out all of the stops for the 1000th issue of Detective Comics as a Batman novella. In Detective Comics #1027, a 144-page giant-sized release, we’re going to be treated to over 50 variant covers by over a dozen of the best artists in the business, and stories written by some of the best writers to ever put pen to paper.
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House of X and Powers of X (Ten) are two parts of a major Marvel Universe crossover event leading up to the Dawn of X relaunch. In House of X, we’re introduced to a new version of Charles Xavier’s dream alongside Magneto, Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Wolverine. In Powers of X, we’re told the story of the entirety of Mutant history, all the way through to the future.
The titles will release on an alternating basis, sharing a series of pivotal events that take place over the course of a month. At the conclusion of House of X and Powers of X, we’re going to have to reevaluate how we understood all of the classic X-Men tales. These rotating mini-series are sure to create massive ripples for all of mutant kind.
Marauders #1 sets sail with an interesting spin on a new group of mutant superhero teams appearing in the Dawn of X story arc. In Marauders, we’re introduced to a team led by Captain Kate Pryde, featuring Storm, Pyro, Bishop and Iceman on a nautical adventure through the new Mutantscape. In an interesting twist, our heroes are funded by an unexpected benefactor… Emme Frost and the Hellfire Trading Company! With stories by Gerry Duggan, and artwork by Matteo Lolli, things are going to get wild on the high seas, for sure!
One of the most popular Mutant team spinoffs of the 1990’s, Rob Liefeld’s X-Force introduced a dynamic new spin to the Mutantverse. I remember when these characters made their first appearances in New Mutants, only to be spun off into its own title months later. In this post X world, where everything is being reimagined, the latest addition of the X-Force brings us a roster of Beast, Black Tom Cassidy, Domino, Jean Grey, Kid Omega, Sage, & everyone’s favorite cigar smoking mutant, Wolverine! In this iteration, team X-Force are going to act as the mutant world’s CIA. Given all of the fallout from the X story arcs, it looks like the X-Force has a lot of work cut out for them!
In the 1980’s, there was one name that came to mind when you thought of the X-Men and Marvel’s Mutantverse, and that was Chris Claremont. Having written some of the most famous stories to ever grace the pages of the original mutant superhero squad, Claremont branched out and formed a new team… The New Mutants, which went on to evolve into X-Force. In this latest iteration of the superhero team, in a post X world, the New Mutants consist of Sunspot, Wolfsbane, Mirage, Karma, Magik, Cypher, Chamber, & Mondo. With their trademark youthful exuberance, and a bit of dark edge, and a mission that takes them into outer space (alongside the Starjammers), New Mutants is sure to bring a cool spin to the landscape with some great stories by Ed Brisson & Jonathan Hickman, and beautiful cover/internal art by Rod Reis.
Following in the footsteps of fellow Justice Leaguers: Superman, Batman, & Wonder Woman, the Scarlet Speedster gets his own landmark release with Flash #750! The Flash always seems to be in the middle of any major DC story arcs, and he’s one of the “Mount Rushmore” super-heroes in the DC catalog. In Flash #750, we get the culmination of the 'Flash Age’ story arc that began in Flash #50. The Speed Force is wreaking havoc on Barry Allen, and a new villain, Paradox, is introduced to us along with his herald, Godspeed. Will Barry be able to overcome his latest nemesis? Check out Flash #750 to find out! Also in this issue, you’ll find Flash stories spanning the entire history of The Flash, written by Geoff Johns, Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato, Marv Wolfman, Scott Lobdell, & Joshua Williamson.
It is the Dawn of X and there is another team of mutants being introduced to us in this shakeup of the Mutantverse. In Fallen Angels #1, this latest incarnation of the superhuman group features Psylocke, Cable, & X-23 on a mission for vengeance laced with dark undertones. Focusing on lesser used characters, this series, written by Bryan Hill with art by Szymon Kudranski and a main cover by Ashley Witter, will flesh out the back stories of these three heroes. If you like your comics light and fluffy, look elsewhere! This book is sure to explore the darker side of the Mutantverse.
In Excalibur #1, we find that the reimagining of the Marvel Mutantverse extends across the pond to jolly old England. Captain Britain, in her quest to protect the Kingdom of Avalon from the war being waged in the Otherworld, leads a team featuring Rogue, Gambit, Rictor, Jubilee, and…. Apocalypse! Written by Tini Howard, with art by Marcus To, and a main cover by Mahmud A. Asrar, Excalibur is going to explore the new spin on the Mutantverse from a Eurocentric angle. Will Betsy Braddock live up to the mantle of Captain Britain? Will this team come together to protect Avalon? Pick up the new Excalibur volume to find out!
After the success of The Dark Knight Returns, and its sequel, The Dark Knight Strike Again… DC completes the trilogy with the epic 9-part Dark Knight III: Master Race.
Written by Frank Miller & Brian Azzarello, this mini-series explores the world of Batman 3 years after the events of DK:SA. Bruce Wayne is nowhere to be found since the deaths of Lex Luthor & Dick Grayson/ Joker, and all of Batman’s allies have withdrawn from the never-ending battle against evil and injustice…
That is, until Ray Palmer restores 1,000 Kandorians to their full-size and they begin to terrorize the Earth, with the intent of claiming the planet as their own. This “Master Race” proves to be such an incredible threat to mankind that it takes the combined powers of the World’s Mightiest Heroes to prevent them from completing their diabolical goal… but there’s only one man who can end this assault… and that one man is Batman. Can this mortal man, years past his prime, be humanity’s savior? Pick up Dark Knight III: Master Race to find out!
In the midst of DC’s “Year of the Villain” story arc, Harley Quinn’s Villain of the Year #1 will give fans a chance to vote for their favorite rogue, a call-back to the now 30-year old fan vote deciding the life of Jason Todd/Robin in Batman’s “A Death in the Family”. Billed as “Villainy’s Biggest Night”, we’re sure to get an entertaining story that will be full of the kind of debauchery that could only be created by combining the… talents… of DC’s baddest baddies! Voting categories include: Comeback Villain of the Year, Best Supporting Villain, and Villain of the Year to name a few. All of your favorites will be in this book, releasing on December 11th , so be sure to pick up a copy to find out which villain will take home the grand prize!