Comic shops were among the first to get the news that a new ongoing team is taking on DC’s flagship title, beginning in July.
Following Joshua Williamson’s six issue run, writer Chip Zdarsky (“Batman: The Knight”) joins returning artist Jorge Jimenez as the new team on “Batman,” beginning with an oversized issue 125, on sale July 5.
Along with Tomeu Morey on colors, “Failsafe” is the team’s six-issue debut story arc. Bruce Wayne is having nightmares of a future he can’t stop. But he may not make it to that future, as a startling enemy from Batman’s past has one relentless goal. To end Batman, no matter what it takes.
“To say that this is a dream job is an understatement,” said Zdarsky. “Writing Batman, carving out his terrifying future has been so much fun, and getting to do it with Jorge, the perfect modern Batman artist, is almost overwhelming!” “Failsafe is just the beginning; Jorge and I are taking Bruce Wayne to some really wild places and we hope everyone enjoys the ride!”
During his tenure on the title, artist Jimenez has quickly cemented his place as one of the great Batman artists of all time, and a true fan-favorite, eager to return with new and exciting takes on the Caped Crusader. “Returning to Batman is something really special for me,” says Jimenez. “Doing this with Chip, one of the best writers in comics, is simply the best possible scenario at this point in my career.” “Chip’s writing is inspiring me to create a new narrative and aesthetic, and I can’t wait to show Batman fans something different from my previous run.”
In addition to interiors from their debut issue, retailers were treated to an early look at incredible cover art, featuring a main wraparound cover by Jimenez, with variant covers by InHyuk Lee and Simone Di Meo.
‘Aquaman & The Flash: Voidsong’
They descend suddenly from the stars, in monumental ships like floating cathedrals. They are touched by a dark and terrible force from beyond our reality, silent but for the one note they emit that freezes all motion. Their mission: to drain the Earth of all its kinetic energy and leave it a lifeless husk! “Aquaman & The Flash: Voidsong” by Collin Kelley and Jackson Lanzing (“Green Arrow,” “Batman Beyond: Neo-Year”), Vasco Georgiev (“Batman: Urban Legends”) and Rain Beredo will be published as a three-issue mini-series in June, July and August before being collected in paperback in October!
In the 56-page debut issue, they never expected anyone could escape their song—but the Flash was in the Speed Force when they struck, and Aquaman was in the deepest ravine far below the ocean’s floor. These heroes have little in common. They’ve rarely even fought side by side without their fellow Justice League members. Now they must find a way to work together against impossible odds to save the world and the people they love!
New three-issue mini-series “Aquaman & The Flash: Voidsong” by Collin Kelley, Jackson Lanzing, Vasco Georgiev and Rain Beredo, with covers by Jay Anacleto (main) and Georgiev (open to order variant), launches on June 21.
As announced in IGN, DC is launching DC Mech, an incredible melding of the DC Universe and mecha anime.
At the end of World War II, Earth was invaded by giant mechanized Parademons from a planet called APOKOLIPS. The planet’s protectors, the Justice Society of America, were devastated and with them, the age of Super Heroes came to an end, and the era of the Mech began.
In the ensuing years, the world has stockpiled colossal battle suits piloted by elite warriors, waiting for the day Apokolips returns. But when Kal-El, the last son of a dying world, crash lands in Metropolis with his own warsuit, he’ll face down two of earth’s greatest Mech fighters, The Flash and Batman.
The dawn of a brave new mechanized DCU is here from the rising star creative team of Kenny Porter (“Flash: The Fastest Man Alive,” “Fearless”) and Baldemar Rivas (“Robins,” “Batman: Urban Legends”). Issue no.1 (of 6) is on sale July 26.
Diana and Nubia: Princesses of the Amazons
And on November 8th writers Shannon and Dean Hale and artist Victoria Ying return to Themyscira with a new middle grade story — “Diana and Nubia: Princesses of the Amazons.”
The follow up to hit “Diana, Princess of the Amazons” introduces Princess Nubia. Nubia loves her mothers, their home on Themyscira, and all of her Amazon aunties. But she’s still lonely sometimes. It’s hard being the only kid on an island full of adults. She just wishes that things could be different.
And then, one morning, things are different. There’s a stranger sharing her bedroom… and the interloper Diana insists that it’s her room! And their parents think they’re both just being pests, they’ve always shared a room.