This is our first (of what we hope to be a weekly column) recap of the week in DC Comics news. Some of the highlights this week include previews of the retailer variant covers for THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1, a preview of BATMAN BEYOND #26 (now out) which sees the return of the Joker, and more.
Kicking off the recap is the news that in December, DC will release a total of 16 retailer variant covers for the debut issue of THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1.
The issue which will be released on December 12th will have variants from a number of notable artists including Mike Mayhem, Greg Horn, Jock, Bill Sienkiewicz, and more.
Next up is the return of the Joker to the pages of Batman Beyond. In issue #26 of the series from the team of Dan Jurgens, Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund and Andrew Dalhouse the Joker returns to Neo Gotham to take on Barbara Gordon.
You can see a preview of the issue here courtesy of DC Comics.
Lastly this week is a preview of the cover for next Summer’s DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE graphic novel from writer Michael Northrop and artist Gustavo Duarte. The story will see some of the Justice League members answering questions from their young fans.
The graphic novel is part of the new DC Zoom graphic novel line for middle-grade readers and will be released on August 6th, 2019 for $9.99 USD.
Full press releases below. All artwork courtesy of DC.
EXCLUSIVE RETAILER VARIANT COVERS FOR THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1
It’s roundup time! Here are the exclusive retailer variant covers for the debut issue of THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS!
According to best-selling writer Scott Snyder, “The Batman Who Laughs is a Batman who always wins.”
The character made famous by Snyder in DARK NIGHTS: METAL is getting his own six-issue miniseries, and when the series debuts on December 12 participating comic book retailers are raising the excitement level with a series of exclusive variant covers for the premier issue written by Snyder, with art by frequent collaborator Jock (BATMAN: THE BLACK MIRROR, ALL-STAR BATMAN).
These exclusive covers are available while supplies last and feature dynamic art by some of comics’ most talented artists. Many of the covers are available with the trade dress removed, allowing these chilling yet beautiful images to be shown in all their villainous glory. If that’s not enough, some of these exclusive variants will feature the Batman Who Laughs’ ruthless cohort, the all-new Grim Knight.
Here’s the list of participating retailers and the artists providing their exclusive cover(s). Some shops will even carry variant versions of their exclusive cover, so make sure and contact these stores to see what they have!
Bulletproof Comics, Gabriele Dell’Otto
BuyMeToys.com, Rodolfo Migliari
Comic Market Street, Natali Sanders
Comic Mint, Mike Mayhew
ComicXposure, Greg Horn
Comic Sketch Art, Jock
Frankie’s Comics, Francesco Mattina
KRS Comics, Tyler Kirkham
KRS Comics, Warren Louw
Midtown Comics, Bill Sienkiewicz
One Stop Comic Shop, Johnny Desjardins
Scorpion Comics, Lucio Parrillo
Scorpion Comics, Clayton Crain
Torpedo Comics, Tony Daniel
Unknown Comics, Mico Suayan
Yesteryear Comics, Jason Fabok
First Look: The Joker Returns to Neo Gotham
Rumors of the Joker’s demise seem greatly exaggerated as Batman’s most infamous baddie returns in this sneak peek at BATMAN BEYOND #26.
It was supposed to be a tribute to Bruce Wayne and his family legacy, but instead the dedication of the new, cutting edge Wayne Building turned into a nightmare as a rigged train derailed and exploded, destroying the building as well as other nearby structures. That’s pretty typical for Gotham—even Neo Gotham, the upgraded version of the city in which Terry McGuinness, the Batman of the future operates. Even more terrifying, the whole thing seems to be orchestrated by the Joker. Unfortunately, that’s pretty typical for Gotham, as well.
Terry, Bruce and everyone else who fights crime in Neo Gotham believed the Joker was dead. Last month, we learned that he isn’t, and in this week’s BATMAN BEYOND #26, we get our first glimpse of his nefarious plans. They start with a merciless attack on Barbara Gordon, the current commissioner of the GCPD. Of course, Babs and the Joker share a dark history—an incident that also began with the grinning psychopath pointing a gun at her. But a lot has changed since those days, and as we see in this exclusive preview of the issue, Barbara’s not about to go down without a fight. In fact, she’s not planning on going down at all…
Cover Reveal: ‘Dear Justice League’ by Michael Northrop and Gustavo Duarte
This spring, DC is launching an all-new middle grade graphic novel line, DC Zoom, that will star Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and many more of young fans’ favorite DC Super Heroes.
One of the first titles to debut under DC Zoom is Dear Justice League by New York Times bestselling author Michael Northrop (TombQuest) with art by Gustavo Duarte. This is Northrop’s first graphic novel and today, he and Duarte shared a first-look at the cover.
“In Dear Justice League, I wanted to explore who these DC Super Heroes are behind the masks and answer the kinds of questions kids would have for these larger than life figures,” explained Northrop. “On a personal note, comics helped me become a better reader, a better storyteller and helped me fit in as a kid. Writing about these same characters is a dream come true and feels like coming full circle to where things began for me as a reader. I hope kids enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing it and I hope it helps young fans see that everyone is going through something. Even when it seems like someone is perfect or has it made, they’re probably trying to figure it out just like the rest of us.”
“I remember discovering DC characters when I was a kid, watching the Super Friends TV show and reading the comics that my dad used to buy me on Sundays,” recalled Duarte. “To know that a new generation will discover these Super Heroes and Super-Villains with our book, makes me really happy and proud.”
In Dear Justice League, the greatest heroes in the DC universe, the Justice League, find time in between saving the world to answer mail from their biggest fans—kids! Hot button questions like, “Does Superman ever make mistakes?” “What was Wonder Woman’s eleventh birthday like?” “Does Aquaman smell like fish?” will be answered, giving readers the inside scoop into everyday heroics. The Justice League’s honest and humorous answers will surprise and delight fans of any age, as it turns out that being a superhero is not too different from being a kid.
Dear Justice League is now available for pre-order and will hit stores everywhere books are sold on August 6, 2019.