CLEVELAND, Ohio — DC Comics has made an agreement with Walmart to produce a line of new $4.99 monthly comics featuring Superman, Batman, Teen Titans and the Justice League to be sold exclusively at Walmart beginning July 1.
The books will be 100 pages long each and include one new story and three reprints of old stories.
A typical DC comic features 22 pages of story and 10 pages of ads and sells for $3.99. The primary place to buy new comics in the country is in comic shops. It’s expected that comic shop owners won’t be happy with DC’s exclusive arrangement with Walmart.
The new stories for the 100-page books will be produced by by top writers like Tom King (Batman), Brian Michael Bendis (Superman), Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn) and Dan Jurgens (Superman).
Each of the four new titles, “Superman Giant,” “Justice League of America Giant,” “Batman Giant” and “Teen Titans Giant” arrive in Walmart stores July 1, with new issues arriving monthly.
“We are extraordinarily excited about working with Walmart to expand the reach of our books,” said DC Publisher Dan DiDio. “These new monthly books combine new and accessible stories with reprints of classic comic series. It’s a great way for new readers to get into comics and follow the characters they’ve grown to love in TV and film.”
According to the embargoed news release sent out last night, the debut title lineup includes:
SUPERMAN GIANT #1
SUPERMAN GIANT #1 features chapter one of the two-part “Endurance,” an original story written by Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Tom Derenick (“Harley Quinn”). “The Daily Planet sends Clark Kent to Tornado Alley to do a story on the area, but when the storm hits, it turns out that this mild-mannered reporter is more helpful as Superman,” the release said.
The issue also includes reprints of “The Terrifics” and “Superman/Batman” comics.
TEEN TITANS GIANT #1
Features the first chapter of a six-part Teen Titans story by Dan Jurgens with art by Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher and Jim Charalampidis. The Teen Titans’ are attacked by a new villain called the Disruptor and the Fearsome Five.
Additional reprint stories include “Super Sons”; “Sideways” and “Teen Titans” stories.
BATMAN GIANT #1
Batman searches for a missing girl in “One More Chance,” written by Palmiotti with art by Patrick “Patch” Zircher. Reprint stories include “Batman,” “Nightwing” and “Harley Quinn.”
“Beginning with BATMAN GIANT #3 in September, superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis makes his DC debut on the Dark Knight with a 12-part story, ‘Universe,’ ” the news release said. “Batman’s run-in with the Riddler leads the Caped Crusader into a mystery that spans the globe.”
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA GIANT #1
Wonder Woman faces off against Ares, the God of War in “The Conversion,” an original story by Tim Seely with art by Rick Leonardi and Steve Buccellato.
Reprint stories star the Justice League, the Flash and Aquaman.
Since the news release was embargoed it was not possible to seek comment from local comic shop owners that make a living selling different versions of the books starring the same characters.
The news release did not address the possibility of the new books glutting an already stuffed comic market or the impact it might have on comic shops.