Our top 10 picks from DC’s August solicitations

DC is putting a fair number of titles to rest in August, including “Batwoman,” “Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps” and three of the Young Animal books. But it’s also resurrecting “Supergirl,” introducing Brian Michael Bendis’ Jinxworld books and teaming up some classic villains with its Looney Tunes characters. Here are some of the comics we’re excited about.

Cover by Ben Oliver

written by MARK RUSSELL
backup story written by JIM FANNING
backup story art by JOHN LOTER
cover by BEN OLIVER
variant cover by MAC REY
Facing financial and personal ruin, a desperate Porky Pig applies for and gets and entry-level position with LexCorp. Grateful to his new benefactor, Porky becomes Luthor’s most loyal employee and defender. But when a major scandal breaks in the news and Lex is called before a Congressional Committee, guess who is about to be offered up as the sacrificial pig?
ON SALE 08.29.18
$4.99 US | 48 PAGES

Read about the other new DC/Looney Tunes books

written by JAMES TYNION IV
art and cover by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
variant cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
Lex Luthor’s back in the present just trying to live his best life after seeing what the future could have held for him. Luthor’s new mantra? “Embrace Your Doom!” So now he’s rounding up a new Legion of Doom to go on a cosmic wilding and establish himself as the biggest baddie in the DCU. In full recruiting mode, Luthor approaches both Sinestro and Gorilla Grodd to join his new team, and he doesn’t exactly have to twist any arms. (They’ve got a matching 401K plan and great bennies, after all!)
ON SALE 08.01.18
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES

written by TOM KING
variant cover by MITCH GERADS
If there’s one thing popular fiction has taught us by now, it’s: never make a deal with the devil! And yet Mister Miracle is still listening when Darkseid approaches him with just such a devilish proposition—if Scott sends his newborn son to Apokolips, there will be peace on New Genesis. Since when has Darkseid been famous for his honesty?! It’ll be a miracle if this doesn’t blow up in Scott’s face.
ON SALE 08.08.18
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | 11 of 12

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written by GAIL SIMONE
backup story written by SHEA FONTANA
backup story art by WALTER CARZON
variant cover by SANDY JARRELL
In his relentless pursuit of Tweety, Sylvester suddenly finds himself with a new, human ally—Catwoman. Tweety then realizes that he’s going to need some help too, and recruits a super-hero of his own. It isn’t long before the scale of the conflict begins to get out of control and suddenly theres’s a full scale war between cats and birds that threatens to take over all of Gotham.
ON SALE 08.29.18
$4.99 US | 48 PAGES

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Cover by Jae Lee

story by NEIL GAIMAN
cover by JAE LEE
variant covers by
blank variant cover available
From the mind of New York Times #1 bestselling author Neil Gaiman comes a new world filled with dreams, nightmares and wonderful characters living together in a shared universe for a new story unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.
A rift between worlds has opened, revealing a space beyond the Dreaming. Meanwhile, a book from Lucien’s library is discovered by a group of children in the waking world where it should not exist. Lucien calls for Matthew the Raven to seek out their master, Daniel, Lord of Dreams.
As Matthew flies across the Waking World and others, he finds a young boy named Timothy Hunter who, in his dreams, has become the world’s most powerful magician—but in his nightmares he is the world’s greatest villain. A new House has appeared in the realm of the Dreaming: the House of Whispers, with its proprietor, a fortune-teller called Erzulie. And elsewhere, Lucifer has fallen again, only this time he might be trapped in a Hell of his own design.
Spiraling out of this special issue will be four all-new series set in the Sandman Universe. It all starts here!
ON SALE 8.08.18
$4.99 US | 48 PAGES

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art and cover by MICHAEL GAYDOS
variant cover by ALEX MALEEV
blank variant cover available
From the Peabody Award-winning creators of Jessica Jones comes a brand-new creation. PEARL is the story of an exceptional tattoo artist and accidental assassin for one of the modern-day San Francisco Yakuza.
She was born into one life, but another is calling to her. When Pearl accidentally meets one of her peers, her doppelgänger from another clan, she starts to dream of a better life. But Pearl has a very special ability that keeps pulling her back into the violent world she is desperate to escape.
PEARL is a major series launch from writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos that features their first brand-new original character since Jessica Jones. Fans of the Jessica Jones comic and TV show will be thrilled and delighted by this bold new direction the creative team has taken.
ON SALE 08.15.18
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | 1 of 6

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written by TOM KING
art and cover by LEE WEEKS
variant cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
“Cold Days” continues! The jury in the Mr. Freeze trial is hopelessly deadlocked because one man won’t vote guilty—and that man is Bruce Wayne. Freeze’s defense is that Batman used excessive force, making his arrest illegal, and Bruce is the one man who actually knows for sure what went down between Batman and his ice-cold nemesis. And if Bruce is right, that means everything he’s devoted himself to as the Caped Crusader is a lie; he is hurting more than helping. With Dick Grayson putting the Batsuit back on to keep Gotham City safe while Bruce is sequestered, could this be the out Bruce needs to discard the cape and cowl forever?
The Eisner Award-nominated team of Tom King and Lee Weeks reexamine the relationship between hero and foe, as Batman relives not just that one violent night when he took down the King of Cold, but every time the two have come to blows.
ON SALE 08.01.18
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES

written by GAIL SIMONE
cover by ALEX ROSS
Eel went looking for a kid, but he found a Man-Bat instead, who brought him not only to the kid but also to the lair of the secret society that needs Plastic Man to stop asking inconvenient questions. Yes, it counts as comically good fortune if you squint your eyes and look around the corner (which he can totally do without even breaking a sweat. Or, you know, his neck).
ON SALE 08.08.18
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | 3 of 6 | RATED T+

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written by MARC ANDREYKO
variant cover by AMANDA CONNER
blank variant cover available
Mourning the loss of the Kryptonians wiped out by Rogol Zaar, Supergirl decides to play detective and sets off into deep space to learn more about the would-be usurper. Using whatever tech she can scrounge, Supergirl builds a star cruiser, and after intel from Green Lantern, she blasts off into the cosmos with Rogol Zaar’s deadly axe to solve the mystery—along with a traveling companion you won’t believe!
ON SALE 08.08.18
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES

written by JACOB LAMBERT
art and cover by TOM RICHMOND
Mad Magazine knows there are more important vehicles to protect in this 100% Unauthorized parody of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus!
While Batman is busy fighting crime on the mean streets of Gotham City, it’s up to us to keep an eye on the Batmobile. The only problem? The Penguin really, really wants to drive it! Should we let him?
In this all-new story from the Usual Gang of Idiots at MAD Magazine, the best-selling children’s book Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus is parodied with the heroes and villains from the world of Batman!
ON SALE 10.10.18
$14.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | 9” x 9”

Preview BOOM’s ‘Coda’ #2, out June 13

The following is solicit text from BOOM Studios:

A dangerous person from Hum’s past has returned. Now he’s bound, blindfolded and sent into exile on the back of Nag, his loyal Pentacorn. Things don’t seem like they can get worse for Hum…until they get much worse.

“If you liked the craziness that Si and Matias cooked up in the first issue of CODA, you’re gonna love where they take the story next – though Hum might think otherwise,” said Eric Harburn, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “It’s exciting to see readers, retailers, and press all embrace the exciting new world created within the pages of this series, and it’s the team’s goal to make every issue more surprising than the last.”

Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Matías Bergara
Main Cover A: Matías Bergara
Intermix Cover B: Lee Garbett
Incentive Cover C: Chris Wildgoose

See what else BOOM has cooking in June.

Preview Archie’s ‘Betty and Veronica: Vixens’ #7, out June 13

The following is solicit text from Archie Comics:

“Hunted,” Pt 2: The Vixens encounter a rival gang—but are these formidable foes or potential new members?  Meanwhile, the girls struggle with trusting their new behind-the-scenes leader.

Script: Jamie Lee Rotante
Art: Jen Vaughn, Elaina Unger, Rachel Deering
Cover: Jen Vaughn
Variant Covers: Sanya Anwar, Audrey Mok
On Sale Date: 6/13
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

WMQ&A Episode 15: Will Nevin vs. Damian Wayne

Comics journalist Will Nevin returns to the podcast to talk about the 100th edition of his Wednesday Warriors column, the strange saga of the “Jawbreakers” comic, why Damian Wayne is worse than diarrhea, and why “Rock Candy Mountain” was a great read.

As always, you can listen to WMQ&A on iTunes, Soundcloud and at wmqcomics.com, where new episodes move Monday mornings. Be sure to subscribe, rate and review!

19 ways Brian Michael Bendis changed the Marvel Universe

Cover by Chris Sprouse

With the release this Wednesday of “Invincible Iron Man” #600, writer Brian Michael Bendis marks the end of his time at Marvel.

Bendis left an indelible mark on the House of Ideas. Over the past 18 years, he masterminded a number of linewide events, introduced new characters who have made their way into other media, and took many of the company’s top-tier heroes through yearslong arcs, all while maintaining a commitment to character and snappy banter.

To honor the man and his work, we present the many ways Bendis changed the Marvel Universe, one year at a time.

2000: Bendis and Mark Bagley’s “Ultimate Spider-Man” helps launch the Ultimate Universe, a reimagining of Marvel continuity running parallel to the 616. Bendis oversees this younger version of Peter Parker through the character’s death in 2011. But there will be another.

2001: Bendis and Michael Gaydos launch “Alias,” Marvel’s first MAX mature-readers title, which introduced readers to Jessica Jones, a superhero turned private investigator. Jones will go on to marry and have a child with Luke Cage, join the Avengers and the Defenders, and get her own series on Netflix.

2002: As part of his run on “Daredevil” with Alex Maleev, the character’s secret identity is leaked to the feds and to the press, with repercussions that last into the run of Bendis’ successor, Ed Brubaker. It also goes on to inspire the “I’m not Daredevil” sweater created in Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera’s run.

2003: Bendis fills in after Mark Millar leaves “Ultimate X-Men” to do Mark Millar-y things. He writes two arcs alongside artist David Finch, and introduces the Ultimate versions of Havok, Polaris, Karma and Dazzler.

2004: Bendis moves into Avengers Mansion and immediately tears apart the team, killing Jack-of-Hearts, Ant-Man, Vision and Hawkeye in rapid succession, all courtesy of an unhinged Scarlet Witch. The chaos leads Marvel’s premier superteam to disassemble …

2005: … Only to reassemble them as the New Avengers, with a new lineup featuring characters such as Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Spider-Woman and Luke Cage. Issue #1 debuts atop the Diamond rankings for that month, and Bendis remains the guiding hand of the Avengers through 2012.

2006: Bendis and Jim Cheung explore a hidden history of the Marvel Universe via the Illuminati, a secret cabal of superheroes – Reed Richards, Tony Stark, Doctor Strange, Namor, Charles Xavier and the Inhuman King Black Bolt – that had been manipulating events since the Kree-Skrull War, well-intended machinations that would lead to our 2008 entry.

2007: “New Avengers” #26 is a flashback issue that shows Hawkeye searching for the Scarlet Witch upon his resurrection post-“House of M.” He finds her in the European village of Transia, and they end up sleeping together. Oh, except it is later revealed that was a Doombot made to look like Wanda Maximoff. Bendis isn’t behind that later reveal – credit there goes to Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung – but still, he gets the assist. So, basically, Bendis is the Scottie Pippen of superhero-robot sex.

2008: Bendis’ long-game story in “New Avengers” pays off in “Secret Invasion,” an event series drawn by Leinil Yu in which the Skrulls lead an all-out assault on Earth, having sewn themselves among the superhero population to prepare for this moment. The story plays off the wedge driven among the heroes by the previous year’s “Civil War” story, and reveals Skrull poseurs including Hank Pym, Spider-Woman, Jarvis, Elektra and Black Bolt. In the end, it’s not the Avengers who save the day, but …

2009: … Norman Osborn, who is rewarded for killing the Skrull empress by being put in charge of a replacement agency for SHIELD called HAMMER. Osborn spends the next year and change getting revenge on his enemies, hunting down everyone from Iron Man to the X-Men to Deadpool with his own handpicked teams of villains posing as heroes.

2010: Osborn’s “Dark Reign” comes crashing down in the event storyline “Siege,” in which Loki tricks him into getting greedy and going after Asgard, which at the time floated a few feet above Broxton, Oklahoma. “Siege” gives us a rad double-page spread of the  Sentry ripping Ares in half, but it also restores the classic Cap-Iron Man-Thor lineup of the Avengers, after a long period in which Bucky was Cap, Iron Man was an enemy of the team and the state, and Thor was dead.

2011: Bendis kills the Ultimate version of Peter Parker and introduces Miles Morales, a biracial Spider-Man inspired in part by Donald Glover’s campaign to play the webslinger on screen. Morales proved such a fan favorite that he survived the destruction of the Ultimate Universe in 2015, and will star in his own animated movie later this year.

2012: “Avengers vs. X-Men” pivots Bendis from Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to Marvel’s merry mutants. For his first act – besides inspiring sales of “Cyclops was right” T-shirts – he pulls younger versions of the original five X-Men forward in time, where they remain to this day (though maybe not for much longer).

2013: Just a few months after Bendis takes over the X-Men, he begins writing a new volume of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” using a version of the team that would become familiar to filmgoers the following year. Bendis et al’s team also features a regularly rotating guest-hero slot, filled by Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Venom, etc., for an extra dose of star power.

2014: And because Bendis was writing both the Guardians and the X-Men, it was only a matter of time before members of those teams began fraternizing. Cut to Kitty Pryde dating her third Peter in 30 years – Quill, Star-Lord – and getting engaged to him, though that is ultimately called off and she inevitably returns to the X-Men, and her original Peter.

2015: Bendis wraps his X-Men run with Cyclops calling a million-mutant march on Washington, D.C., just to show people mutants can come together without property being destroyed. It’s the last good time before nearly two years of mutant-Inhuman conflict. Also Maggott was there.

2016: The post-“Secret Wars” era finds Bendis leaving the X-Men and moving on to Iron Man, where he introduces Riri Williams, a teen prodigy who …

2017: … takes up the red and gold as Ironheart after “Civil War II” leaves Tony Stark in a Captain Marvel-induced coma. At this point in Marvel continuity, legacy heroes occupy each of the Big Three Avengers slots, with Sam Wilson standing in for Captain America, Riri Iron Man and Jane Foster Thor.

2018: Bendis leaves, wrapping arcs on “Defenders,” “Jessica Jones,” “Spider-Man” and “Invincible Iron Man” following a stint in the hospital. It’s no small thing that Marvel’s “fresh start” this past month begins at the same time Bendis’ name disappears from the books. It’s also no small thing that Marvel has gone creator-exclusive-happy of late, signing deals with Donny Cates, Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson and Chip Zdarsky. There is no better time for Marvel to be cultivating the next generation of superstar creators, especially with Bendis joining Tom King and Scott Snyder at DC for a triumvirate not seen in comics since the heyday of Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld. May we get good comics from both sides as a result.

Check out covers for Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ #1, out May 23

The following is solicit text from Marvel:

A NEW DIRECTION FROM TA-NEHISI COATES & DANIEL ACUNA! A bold new direction for the Black Panther! For years, T’Challa has fought off invaders from his homeland, protecting Wakanda from everything from meddling governments to long-lost gods. Now, he will discover that Wakanda is much bigger than he ever dreamed… Across the vast Multiverse lies an empire founded in T’Challa’s name. Readers caught a glimpse of it in MARVEL LEGACY #1. Now find out the truth behind the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda! Ta-Nehisi Coates welcomes aboard fan-favorite artist Daniel Acuna for a Black Panther story unlike any other! Rated T

Celebrate 50 issues of BOOM’s ‘Lumberjanes’ on May 23

The following is solicit text from BOOM Studios:

In this oversized anniversary issue, April, Mal and Ripley make several very cool and also pretty gross discoveries deep in the tunnels beneath the Mess Hall. Up above in the civilized world Jo and Molly join Emily, Diane and the  Zodiac cabin for a fun and totally chill game of total world conquest! Contains a special short story illustrated by Brooklyn Allen. Oversized Anniversary Issue!

Writers: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Artist: Dozerdraws, Brooklyn Allen
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Kat Leyh
Subscription Cover: Veronica Fish
Connecting Variant Cover: Veronica Fish
Wraparound Foil Incentive Cover: Veronica Fish
Colorist: Maarta Laiho
Letterer: Aubrey Aiese
Price: $4.99

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Preview Valiant’s ‘Harbinger Wars 2’ #2, out June 27

The following is solicit text from Valiant:

From East to West, the nation has been cleaved down the middle as Livewire’s defensive attack on the U.S. power grid envelops America in darkness and sets the stage for the biggest clash of powers ever witnessed… On one side, Peter Stanchek’s ragtag team of Renegades – alongside their newly activated army of untrained and wildly unstable psiots – ready themselves for an unsparing firefight with H.A.R.D. Corps and the agents of Omen. On the other, Ninjak and Bloodshot prepare to enter Livewire’s domain inside blacked-out Los Angeles. But as the casualties pile up and the losses mount on both sides, none of them will be ready to confront the full fury of raw power personified, as X-O Manowar makes his long-awaited return after a year of self-imposed exile among the stars…and delivers a single concussive strike that will send shockwaves across the whole of the Valiant Universe!

On June 27th, the most powerful Valiant event attempted continues in full force with another seismic chapter as New York Times best-selling author Matt Kindt and superstar artist Tomás Giorello unleash X-O Manowar on a world he thought he’d left behind in HARBINGER WARS 2 #2…and fire off the next brutal volley in the coast-to-coast clash of comics icons that will leave no hero unscathed! Featuring covers by J.G. Jones (Final Crisis), Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN), Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA), Felipe Massafera (Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern), and Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT SALVATION)!

New DC/Looney Tunes mashups coming in August

Last year’s “Batman/Elmer Fudd” special was nominated for an Eisner for Best Humor Publication and gave writer Tom King a theme for autographing/augmenting covers at cons.

Capitalizing on that success, DC on Thursday announced a new quartet of DC/Looney Tunes one-shots. Each 48-page issue is scheduled to drop Aug. 29 and cost $4.99.

The lineup includes:


Written by GAIL SIMONE, with art by INAKI MIRANDA
Backup story written by SHEA FONTANA, with art by WALTER CARZON

In his relentless pursuit of Tweety, Sylvester suddenly finds himself with a new, human ally—Catwoman! Tweety then realizes that he’s going to need some help too, and recruits a super-hero of his own, Black Canary! It isn’t long before the scale of the conflict begins to get out of control and suddenly there’s a full-scale war between cats and birds that threatens to take over all of Gotham.


Backup story written by SHOLLY FISCH, with art by DAVE ALVAREZ

A violent storm leaves a large crate washed up on the beach at Coney Island. When Harley breaks it open to see what’s inside, she suddenly has a new playmate to add to her cast of friends—a large, furry, orange beast called Gossamer. It’s all fun and games until a giant robot attacks them. But who sent it? Harley immediately suspects only one man, but is it really The Joker behind this destructive rampage?


Written by SCOTT LOBDELL, with art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
Backup story written by JOEY CAVALIERI, with art by LUCIANO VECCHIO

When Daffy Duck pays a call to the Acme corporate headquarters in Gotham City, he finds the company long gone and their abandoned building now occupied by The Joker. With a hit in progress, Daffy tries to sneak away, only to find himself in the clutches of the Clown Prince of Crime. But Joker decides that there’s some potential in this manic bird and forces Daffy to join his gang. Will he find a way to escape…or will he become The Joker’s new right-hand duck?


Backup story written by JIM FANNING, with art by JOHN LOTER

Facing financial and personal ruin, a desperate Porky Pig applies for and gets and entry-level position with LexCorp. Grateful to his new benefactor, Porky becomes Luthor’s most loyal employee and defender. But when a major scandal breaks in the news and Lex is called before a congressional committee, guess who is about to be offered up as the sacrificial pig?

6 reasons to be excited for Thompson & Caselli’s ‘West Coast Avengers’

In December, astute Marvel zombies scrolling through March’s solicitations learned a number of titles – “Hawkeye,” “The Unbelievable Gwenpool,” “America,” “Generation X,” etc. – were about to be canceled.

Well, guess what: They’re all Avengers now.

Marvel on Thursday announced a new volume of “West Coast Avengers” written by Kelly Thompson (“Rogue & Gambit,” Dynamite’s “Nancy Drew”) and drawn by Stefano Caselli (“Invincible Iron Man”).

Cover art by Caselli shows a team lineup composed of the two Hawkeyes, Clint Barton and Kate Bishop; Kate’s boyfriend, Johnny, aka Fuse; Gwenpool; America Chavez; and ex-Generation Xer Quentin Quire, aka Kid Omega.

Here are six reasons why you should be excited:

Cover by Stefano Caselli

THOMPSON JUST GETS THESE CHARACTERS: If you’ve read the most recent “Hawkeye” series, “Rogue & Gambit” or even Thompson’s story in this week’s “X-Men Wedding Special,” you know Thompson excels at character, which can be the difference between a good superhero comic and a great superhero comic. She’s already an old hand on at least four members of this team – the Hawkeyes, Fuse and Kate’s BFF, America – so watching those characters mix and mingle with Quire and Gwenpool is bound to be fun.

ADMIT IT, YOU MISSED THE WCA: The original “West Coast Avengers” ongoing (eventually renamed “Avengers West Coast”) ran for 102 issues from 1985 to 1994, after which the team was rebranded as Force Works. Past members include Hawkeye (Barton), Iron Man, Mockingbird, Tigra, Hank Pym, Moon Knight, Wonder Man, Vision, Scarlet Witch and Spider-Woman, and past creators include Roger Stern, John Byrne, Al Milgrom, Steve Engelhart and Roy Thomas. So there’s pedigree all over the place.

THOMPSON MAY STILL BE GETTING AN X-BOOK: Even with WCA and “Nancy Drew” coming down the pike, Thompson tweeted Thursday she has “three more announcements coming,” so fans of “Rogue & Gambit” may soon see her playing in the mutant sandbox again.

Someone should preemptively call 911 for ya then cause it could happen. I got three more announcements coming! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

TEAM #HAWKGUY FOREVER: Let’s face it, Hawkeye and Hawkeye have a level of platonic chemistry that makes for effortlessly good comics. Or have you not read Matt Fraction and David Aja’s “Hawkeye” series? Also, they have a dog that eats pizza.

AVENUE Q: Grant Morrison’s Marvel version of Damian Wayne, Quire, hasn’t gotten much play outside the X-books, save for an arc in Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman’s “The Mighty Thor.” It will be fun to see this obnoxious superprick rub his fellow heroes the wrong way and eventually soften on them. (Insert “phrasing” GIF from “Archer.”)

SO MUCH PINK AND PURPLE: Marvel didn’t announce who is coloring the book, but between the two Hawkeyes, Gwenpool and Quire’s hair, there hasn’t been this much pink and purple in a Marvel comic since the Hellions were a going concern.

Issue #1 is scheduled to drop Aug. 22.