Have you managed to recover from the multiple issue craziness that was Convergence”? Well, as you might have surmised the DC Comics Universe was left a drastically changed one as a result. The New 52 as we knew it seems to be half in place with some titles returning to publishing while others are gone and have been replaced with a host of other new titles. Whew its enough to make you scream aloud as you scramble to calculate just how much your comics purchasing bill will be. As usual I am sharing provided press and cover artwork and will close out with my own views on these titles. They are the full month of June titles and some have already hit the stands and as I just did for my Marvel solicits I have listed them alphabetically. There are a lot of titles so let’s get to work.
Bat-Mite #1: Bat-Mite is here to fix the DC Universe – one hero at a time! Convinced that he’s the imp that put Batman on the map, he’s spreading his expertise all over the DC Universe, eager to boost the careers of heroes he thinks need his “help.” Don’t miss the start of this six-issue all-ages miniseries!
Written by DAN JURGENS, Art and cover by CORIN HOWELL
Batman Beyond #1: At last, Batman Beyond gets his own ongoing series in THE definitive future of the DCU! But this isn’t the Beyond you think you know! With the Justice League missing and without Bruce to guide him, this new Batman will need to explore this bizarre world on his own while fighting to raise humanity from an opponent that’s already won.
The heroes Batman knew have failed, the world he knew has been turned on its head, and every step he takes will lead him either toward finding home – or further down the road of disaster!
Written by DAN JURGENS, Art and cover by BERNARD CHANG
Bizarro #1: “Hate HARLEY QUINN? Then you will super hate BIZARRO! Bizarro star of worstest comic ever! Go ahead and miss it! If there’s one thing this issue not have it these two things: Jimmy Olsen and Chupacabras!” Don’t miss the start of this six-issue all-ages miniseries!
Written by HEATH CORSON, Art and cover by GUSTAVO DUARTE
Black Canary #1: Dinah Lance hits the road! After years as a soldier and vigilante, the LAST place Dinah saw herself is on stage…but she’s quickly learning she’d die to protect the gang of misfits she’s fallen into. And she just might have to – for some reason, the newly rechristened band Black Canary seems to be a magnet for trouble…and Dinah’s not gonna believe it when she finds out the reason why! Martial arts, super-spies, and rock ‘n’ roll combine, from Brenden Fletcher (BATGIRL) and Annie Wu (Hawkeye)!
Written by BRENDEN FLETCHER, Art and cover by ANNIE WU
Constantine: The Hellblazer #1: The dark adventures of DC’s foremost occult detective continue in an all-new series as he investigates the cruelest case he’s ever come across – his own dark history!
Written by MING DOYLE, Art and cover by RILEY ROSSMO
Doomed #1: In this startling new series, a Metropolis U student gains the power to transform into the monstrously powerful Doomsday! The power may be the key to fixing his life, but every time he transforms he risks getting stuck forever as Superman’s most heinous adversary! How far can he go before he’s doomed?
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL, Art and cover by JAVIER FERNANDEZ
Dr. Fate #1: You thought global warming was bad? Anubis, the Egyptian Lord of Dead, is preparing the flood to wash the world away. Standing in his way? An overwhelmed Brooklyn med student who’s been handed the helmet of Fate, without an instruction manual.
Written by PAUL LEVITZ, Art and cover by SONNY LIEW
Earth 2: Society #1: The survivors of Earth-2’s war with Apokolips find themselves on a new world, but can Green Lantern, Power Girl, a new Batman and the other heroes of Earth-2 create a new world that’s better than the last, or will their interference and good intentions doom this world, just like the old one?
Written by DANIEL WILSON, Art and cover by JORGE JIMENEZ
Green Lantern: The Lost Army #1: Imagine waking up in a strange place where you didn’t recognize anything, and everyone you knew and loved was nowhere to be found. Now imagine that you are a Green Lantern. The rest of the Corps is missing, you don’t know where you are and there’s not a Power Battery to be found for as far as your ring can scan. Where are you? How did you get here? Those are just two of the many questions facing our heroes.
Starring John Stewart, Two-Six, Kilowog and Arisia, and featuring a surprise guest-star we promise you’ll never predict, LOST ARMY is an incredible journey of discovery, survival, morality and heartbreak. Never has the Corps been challenged in this way – and not everyone is going to make it home!
Written by CULLEN BUNN, Art and cover by JESUS SAIZ
Harley Quinn and Power Girl #1: Hey, remember the panel gutter between panels 3 and 4 of page 20 of HARLEY QUINN #12? What? You DON’T? It’s only, like, the most memorable panel gutter of the twenty-first century. Well, either way, have we got the miniseries for you, in which the full tale of that momentous and momentary pause can be told!
It’s a cosmic adventure beyond your wildest imaginings: Power Girl and Harley Quinn, stranded in a forgotten dimension, on the homeworld of the amorous warlord Vartox! They’ll sacrifice anything they have to in order to get home…except their dignity! Kidding! That’ll be the first thing to go.
Written by AMANDA CONNER, JIMMY PALMIOTTI and JUSTIN GRAY, Art by STEPHANE ROUX
Justice League Of America #1: It’s massive widescreen JUSTICE LEAGUE action and adventure from superstar writer/artist Bryan Hitch! In this extra-sized debut issue, the League comes up against an armada of aliens heading for Earth that claims to be a peaceful religious tribe. But something sinister is lurking in their ranks…something with ties to ancient Krypton!
This amazing kick-off issue is available with seven different open-to-order variant covers by Bryan Hitch, each spotlighting one of seven core members of the JLA, plus an incredible 1: 100 seven-panel foldout variant cover that presents all seven open-to-order covers together!
Written by BRYAN HITCH, Art by BRYAN HITCH and WADE VON GRAWBADGER, Cover by BRYAN HITCH
Justice League 3001 #1: Travel even deeper into the future than before with the all-new JUSTICE LEAGUE 3001! They’ve managed to become the World’s Greatest Heroes of the 30th century, but with legions of foes gunning for them, can they stay alive long enough to see the year 3002?
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and J.M. DeMATTEIS, Art and cover by HOWARD PORTER
Martian Manhunter #1: Shape-shifting Martians are invading Earth – so where is J’onn J’onzz to stop them? Trust no one as the Martian Manhunter tries to stop these ruthless alien terrorists from destroying everything!
Written by ROB WILLIAMS, Art and cover by EDDY BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA
Midnighter #1: Spinning out of GRAYSON comes a solo series starring the man who can predict your every move… but no one will be able to predict what he’ll do next! A theft at the God Garden has unleashed a wave of dangerous biotech weapons on the world, and Midnighter intends to put that genie back in the bottle by any means necessary. But something else was stolen from the Garden as well…the secret history of Lucas Trent, the man Midnighter once was!
Written by STEVE ORLANDO, Art and cover by ACO
The Omega Men #1: The Omega Men are back in an all-new series! They’ve murdered White Lantern Kyle Rayner and now, the universe wants them to pay! Who are these intergalactic criminals – and is there more to their actions than meets the eye?
Written by TOM KING, Art by ALEC MORGAN, Cover by TREVOR HUTCHISON
Prez #1: Meet Beth Ross, the first teenaged President of the United States. In a nation where corporations can run for office, the poor are used as human billboards, and tacos are delivered by drone, our only hope is this nineteen-year-old Twitter sensation. But the real question isn’t whether she’s ready for politics – it’s whether politics is ready for her. Don’t miss the start of this new, 12-issue miniseries!
Written by MARK RUSSELL, Art and cover by BEN CALDWELL
Red Hood/Arsenal #1: These brothers in arms face off against incredible odds while burning their way through the underbelly of the DC Universe – and it’s only a matter of time until they get gunned down in return!
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL, Art by DENIS MEDRI, Cover by HOWARD PORTER
Robin: Son Of Batman #1: The son of a Bat and a Demon, Damian al Ghul has set out to forge his own destiny – and atone for the shameful Year of Blood! Will he be aided or hindered by the behemoth Goliath? And what mysterious legacy trails behind him? Join writer/artist Patrick Gleason as he chronicles the globe-hopping adventures of ROBIN: SON OF BATMAN!
Written by PATRICK GLEASON, Art by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY, Cover by PATRICK GLEASON
Section 8 #1: The greatest super heroes of all time, unseen since the end of the hit series HITMAN, have returned for the greatest super hero story ever told! Befuddled hero Sixpack returns to Gotham City, desperate to rebuild the all-star team known as Section Eight in the face of a deadly threat. He gathers old friends Bueno Excellente, Baytor and the seemingly reborn Dogwelder, along with some new faces – but he still needs that elusive eighth member. And that’s when the Dark Knight Detective gets an offer he can’t refuse in part one of this unforgettable six-issue miniseries.
Written by GARTH ENNIS, Art by JOHN McCREA, Cover by AMANDA CONNER
Starfire #1: From the writers of the outrageous smash hit HARLEY QUINN comes former Outlaw Starfire in her all-new ongoing series! She’s an alien warrior princess trying to find peace on Earth, and she’ll fight anyone and anything to get it!
Written by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI, Art by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO, Cover by AMANDA CONNER
We Are…Robin #1: Spinning out of the pages of BATMAN! The teenagers of Gotham City have adopted the “R” and made it their own. A new Robin? No, HUNDREDS of new Robins! Don’t miss the start of this new series from rising star writer Lee Bermejo (JOKER, SUICIDERS), who also provides the covers!
Written by LEE BERMEJO, Art by ROB HAYNES and KHARY RANDOLPH, Cover by LEE BERMEJO
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Now before I opine my thoughts please remember that this is the whole batch of new first-issues for June and they’ve been set up alphabetically for ease of mental digestion. Some of these have already come out this past Wednesday and the rest will follow suit across the month. So what do I think of these new offerings? Well, for starters there are a few titles that are interesting to me and those fall to the two “Justice League” titles of “JLoA” and JL3K” along with “Batman Beyond”, “Dr. Fate” and the “Harly Quinn and Power Girl” title. I am not too sure how I view a teen transforming into Doomsday in “Doomed”. It makes me think of the old cartoon that had its youthful character yelling “thing ring do your thing” but that was a Marvel Comics property anyway. “Bat-Mite” and “Bizarro” were always fun story enhancers for me but can they carry their own title even if they are only mini-series? Who knows. Its nice to see “Starfire” used a little more seriously than we found her in “Red Hood and The Outlaws” over the recent years. I think that “Black Canary” and “Constantine” could be hits based on their recent televised adventures but I don’t feel the same for “Prez” and “We Are Robin”. What do you readers think? Will you be picking up any of these issues or are you bypassing them. Let me know what you think in the comments.
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