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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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Wayne is nowhere to be found since the deaths of Lex Luthor & Dick Grayson/ Joker, and all of Batman’s allies have withdrawn from the never-ending battle against evil and injustice…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 a universe where good battles evil on a daily basis, there exists a villain so horrifying that it takes a superhero team-up of epic proportions to confront him. The Batman Who Laughs (BWL) is the newest big bad to hit the DCU, and he’s terrorizing everyone he encounters. In Batman/Superman, DC’s new monthly title finds the duo tracking down the six heroes turned into BWL’s psychotic horsemen. These corrupted heroes, known as the Secret Six, include the likes of Shazam!, Hawkman, Supergirl, Blue Beetle, Donna Troy, & Jim Gordon. The reality of having to take down some of their closest friends and allies will test the relationship between Bruce and Clark like never before. Can they trust each other? Can they save their fellow heroes from the grasp of the BWL?
Written by Joshua Williamson, with a main cover drawn by David Marquez and a main variant cover by Leinil Yu, Batman/Superman is a must read for fans of the Caped Crusader and the Dark Knight. If you’re in it for the artwork, there will be retailer variant covers featuring the artwork of Warren Louw, Ben Oliver, Clayton Crain, Greg Horn, John Giang, Kaare Andrews, Ryan Kincaid, Rodolfo Migliari, Lucio Parrillo, & Francesco Mattina.
What happens when the entire DC universe is bombarded with a horrible Techno Virus that transforms its infected into monsters of extreme violence? And what if all of Earth's superheroes are caught off guard by this horrible and destructive plague? Coming this May, fans of the DC universe will find out EXACTLY what happens. NY Times Bestseller Tom Taylor (Injustice, X-Men Red) along with illustrators Trevor Hairsine, James Harren, Stefano Gaudiano present this six-part series arriving in May. DCeased will leave the entire DC universe in shambles. How will Earth's greatest heroes save the day? Be sure to pick up your copy to find out!