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  • Writer's pictureTrusty Henchman

New & Upcoming Comics Spotlight: DC

This batch features the return of Kendra Saunders, a BW&R anthology for Harley Quinn, Mark Waid on classic teen Titans, and a bundle of odd and entertaining new manga projects.

 

HAWKGIRL #1

Written by JADZIA AXELROD Art and cover by AMANCAY NAHUELPAN


$3.99 US | 32 pages | 1 of 6 |

ON SALE 7/18/23


Kendra Saunders, the winged warrior better known as Hawkgirl, has been one of the DCU’s greatest heroes for a long time, serving as a member of both the Justice League and the Justice Society. But with the Justice League disbanded, Kendra decides she needs a fresh start and heads to Metropolis to begin a new life. That life is quickly interrupted by a mysterious villain with a powerful connection to the Nth metal that makes up Hawkgirl’s wings and weapons. A brand-new adventure with sky-high action, adventure, and intrigue begins here by Jadzia Axelrod (Galaxy: The Prettiest Star) and Amancay Nahuelpan (Wonder Woman, Detective Comics, The Flash).


Why this caught my eye:

That was a long wait for my favorite Hawkgirl to A) return and B) get her own title again even though it's just a mini. Nahuelpan's artwork is looking pretty solid as well.

 

HARLEY QUINN: BLACK + WHITE + REDDER #1

Written by CHIP ZDARSKY, LEAH WILLIAMS, PAUL SCHEER, and NICK GIOVANNETTI Art by KEVIN MAGUIRE, NATACHA BUSTOS, and TOM REILLY


$4.99 US | 40 pages | 1 of 6 |

ON SALE 7/18/23


The bloody brilliance of 2020’s Harvey-nominated Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red deserved an encore—this time in print periodical! In this all-new miniseries, 18 short tales of Gotham’s most unpredictable antihero unspool in black, white, and red ink (because she’s never seen the world in just black and white).


In this issue: Comedic legends (they made us say that) Chip Zdarsky and Kevin Maguire team up to send Harley and Ivy deep into the heart of the Fortress of Solitude! Leah Williams and Natacha Bustos reveal Harley’s teenage past as a high-flying gymnast with vengeance on her mind! And actor Paul Scheer joins co-writer Nick Giovannetti and artist Tom Reilly to send former Joker sidekicks Harley and Gaggy Gagsworthy on a heist that’s worth the risk…but can the pair walk out on their vendetta in 30 seconds flat when they feel the heat around the corner?


Why this caught my eye:

I'm a sucker of BW style anthologies and getting a collab between Zdarsky and Kevvin Maguire sounds kind of perfect.

 

WORLD’S FINEST: TEEN TITANS #1

Written by MARK WAID Art by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO


$3.99 US | 32 pages | 1 of 6 |

ON SALE 7/11/23


Spinning out of the pages of the runaway hit Batman/Superman: World’s Finest comes a modern retelling of the early adventures of the original Teen Titans!

Led by Robin, the Boy Wonder, a new super-team has burst onto the scene—meet the Teen Titans, DC’s grooviest group filled with super-teens with super-problems. When they’re not fighting alongside their Justice League mentors, they’re managing their image and cultivating the rabid fan base that helps them save the world…as, all the while, a danger from the shadows intends to tear these friends apart before they ever reach the big time.


Before they were the Titans of the DCU, they were the Teen Titans, and you won’t want to miss this fresh take on their origins from the legendary talents of Mark Waid and Emanuela Lupacchino!


Why this caught my eye:

Lupacchino's artwork is giving off some nice Yanick Paquette vibes, and combined with Waid just getting to have fun these days this sounds like a great read.

 

BATMAN: JUSTICE BUSTER VOL. 1

Written and drawn by EIICHI SHIMIZU and TOMOHIRO SHIMOGUCHI


$9.99 US | 160 pages | Softcover | 5" x 7.5" |

ON SALE 9/5/23


Gotham City has been under the protection of Batman for only a short amount of time, but since the vigilante’s appearance, crime has changed. It’s gotten more bold, more destructive. As Batman tries to rise up to meet these new threats, he develops a computer system, ROBIN, to help him analyze and subdue the rising criminal tide and hopefully one day put an end to crime in Gotham. But will its solution be one Batman can execute?


JOKER: ONE OPERATION JOKER VOL. 1

Written by SATOSHI MIYAGAWA Art and cover by KEISUKE GOTOU


$9.99 US | 160 pages | Softcover | 5" x 7.5" |

ON SALE 9/5/23


The Joker like you’ve never seen him before…as a single father?! After a fateful encounter with Batman that results in the Dark Knight de-aging to a baby, Joker takes it upon himself to raise the child into the crusader of justice! But does the Clown Prince of Crime really understand what it means to be Batman—or, more importantly, what it means to raise a baby all by yourself? Everyone needs a babysitter who makes them laugh, right?



SUPERMAN VS. MESHI VOL. 1

Written by SATOSHI MIYAGAWA Art and cover by KAI KITAGO


$9.99 US | 160 pages | Softcover | 5" x 7.5" |

ON SALE 9/5/23


It’s hungry work being a Superman! That’s why every day for lunch, Superman takes a quick stop over in Japan to try a new chain restaurant. Whether it’s a hearty bowl of curry or conveyor belt sushi, the Man of Steel loves to indulge in the delectable delicacies the country has to offer. So pull up a seat, and dig in as Superman does battle with lunch!


Why this caught my eye:

I'm very much down with DC doing weird little self contained manga series, and I am most definitely down with a food centric Superman story. That's just a very oddly specific jam for me.

 

That's it for this batch, we'll check out some indy superheroes on the next round!

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