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Evil Superman Rumored For Justice League Comic-Con Trailer – Cosmic Book News

From bad to worse to worst?

I can’t imagine WB going this route for Superman myself – especially following the huge success of Wonder Woman, which was basically a Superman movie – but it’s being rumored that when Henry Cavill returns as Superman in the Justice League movie–he returns as evil (cue Dr. Evil pinky)!

Snyder and WB already ticked off fans in Man of Steel and then even more in Batman Vs. Superman with Superman’s portrayal, so will the trend continue with an evil Justice League Superman? I suppose anything is possible, and it could have been Snyder’s plan all along.

The rumor comes from Reddit where a user claims a Twitter source or two filled him in that a soon to be released Justice League trailer – presumably at Comic-Con – will feature Henry Cavill in the black Superman costume apparently evil.

The rumored Justice League trailer is described as:

• The trailer starts off with Batman recruiting The Flash, with the new DC logos then shown.

• The trailer uses the music of ACDC’s “Thunderstruck.” 

• A montage of the team is shown:

– Bruce talking to Diana at a museum.

– Cyborg looks depressed as he walks through the halls of his high school using some sort of holographic projection to look normal, with Victor stating, “I never asked for this. I didn’t want to be some thing.”

– Aquaman is in Atlantis, said to resemble a castle in ruins, talking with Willem Dafoe’s Vulko about his destiny.

– A Motherbox is being guarded by Atlantean soldiers–when Steppenwolf and his forces attack. Steppenwolf takes the Motherbox, with Aquaman in pursuit swimming after him. Steppenwolf throns his axe at Aquaman, and in slow-motion, Aquaman dodges it (under water).

• The Justice League trailer cuts to Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Cyborg who are under heavy attack by the Parademons in some kind of tunnel. They are being overwhelmed, and then the tunnel floods with Aquaman showing up to save the team. Aquaman says, “Dressed like a bat. I dig it.” Aquaman then asks Batman for help.     

• Cut to the Justice League entering the Batcave where Flash geeks out. Batman talks about the Parademons kidnapping scientists (calls them “creatures). Wonder Woman asks what’s the plan. The Flash asks Alfred for some room service, with Alfred walking off.

• Another montage of action is shown including:

– A slow-motion shot of Wonder Woman falling trying to reach her sword as The Flash tips it with his finger so she can grab it.

– Cyborg punches Aquaman, as Aquaman throws Cyborg against the wall.

– Shots transition to Aquaman throwing Bruce against a wall.

– A scene shows Aquaman, Wonder Woman and The Flash guarding what appears to be the scout ship.

– Batman gliding into a Parademon.

– Steppenwolf stepping on Wonder Woman’s chest.

– Cyborg standing on a football field.

– The Flash then is shown making a joke about Cyborg looking like the Tin Man.

• The Justice League title card is then shown, with next scene described to be the “money shot”:

– Batman is in the Batmobile is driving toward some kind of ship when a black costumed Superman with a beard and longer hair lands right between Batman and the ship. Superman has red eyes and an evil smirk (fire is said to be in the background, raining ash… “it’s a great visual shot”) while Batman has a look of “oh shit” on his face, and the trailer ends. 

• More on Superman:

– The black Superman suit is said to be amazing with no cape.

– The chest symbol is bigger than usual and said to resemble the “Kingdom Come” Superman chest symbol.

– It has more of a dark grey than silver.

– There is also some kind of long grey thin line in the middle of the suit going from the symbol to the waist.

– “The design of the suit itself looks like molten lava (with glowing lines of red under the suit, too).”

From: http://www.cosmicbooknews.com/evil-superman-rumored-justice-league-comic-con-trailer

Does Superman #25 Turn a Major DC Character Into A Cow?

With the end of the “Black Dawn” storyline this week in Superman #25, the creative team of Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, and Doug Mahnke pitted Superman against Manchester Black, one of the most formidable villains created for him in the last 20 years — and the end result was nothing short of shocking.

After “shorting out” Manchester Black’s mental powers with psychic feedback, Superman took the villain’s body — seemingly braindead — away, presumably to a hospital or STAR Labs/ARGUS/The Fortress of Solitude.

After the fight, the story got some wrap-up with Superman, Lois, and his son Jon — but then it cut back to Hamilton County, the farming community where the Kent family had been living in relative quiet during their time away from Metropolis since Jon was born.

A cow (presumably one from the neighbor’s dairy farm, which served as a staging ground for Manchester Black’s attack on Superman’s family) approaches a group of kids and reveals himself to either be Manchester Black, or at least be a current vessel that Black is using to house his powers while his body is out of reach.

The seemingly-obvious next move would be to pit the Manchester Black cow against Bat-Cow, Damien Wayne’s pet from Batman and Robin, in a “Batcow v. Supercow: Dawn of Buttermilk” kind of way.

Ruining Superman’s life has been a bit of a recurring motif for Black, who first appeared in Action Comics #775, widely regarded as one of the best Superman stories in recent decades. The tale, written by Joe Kelly and featuring art by Mahnke, centered on Black and his Team The Elite, who were proxies for popular, ultra-violent English superhero characters popular at the time in books like The Authority. They believed that superheroes who refused to kill villains were ignoring a moral imperative to make the world safer and, in turn, were just as bad as those they fought — and they wanted Superman to get violent, or get out of the way. When Superman appealed to their decency, it didn’t work — so ultimately he used his powers and guile to defeat them, but spared their lives.

The story, titled “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?,” is one of a handful of stories we recently noticed were apparently rendered canonical when Superman’s timeline was laid out in Action Comics last month. It was later adapted into an animated feature film, titled Superman vs. The Elite. While it was the kind of story that seemed destined to be a single-issue, strand-alone parable, the popularity of the story (and, inevitably, of Black and his contemptible teammates) led to numerous follow-ups, with Black briefly leading the Suicide Squad and an Elite-driven story in JLA. The team was featured in a spinoff, Justice League Elite, written by “What’s So Funny…?” author Joe Kelly.

A New 52 take on Black saw him as a mysterious and scheming S.T.A.R. Labs employee, although given the restoration of much of Superman’s history post-Rebirth, it seems likely that take on the character will be as forgotten as the Hank Henshaw briefly mentioned in the post-Flashpoint world but later replaced with one thate more closely resembled his pre-Flashpoint counterpart.

From: http://comicbook.com/dc/2017/06/23/does-superman-25-turn-a-major-dc-character-into-a-cow-/

Aquaman’s Hollywood-inspired comic book makeover also comes with a blockbuster story

  • Aquaman no. 25 cover art by Stjepan Sejic. Photo: DC Entertainment. / The Washington Post



NOTE: Spoilers for “Aquaman” no. 25.

The comic book Aquaman is ready for his Hollywood close-up.

When a comic book character has a movie coming out, the live-action and comic book styles will mirror each other as much as they can.

In the pages of DC Comics, Superman and Batman are now trunkless, just like Henry Cavil’s Man of Steel and Ben Affleck’s Batman. Wonder Woman’s comic book look has recently received an armored suit with a leather skirt that takes inspiration from Gal Gadot’s look in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Wonder Woman” and this fall’s “Justice League.”

Until now, the Aquaman in the comics hasn’t looked anything like the planned on-screen version despite actor Jason Momoa making his debut as the character in 2016’s “Batman v Superman.”

When Momoa was cast as Arthur Curry and the first image of him as Aquaman was revealed in 2015, fans took note that Momoa refused to cut his long grungy locks and beard that he made famous in his role as Khal Drogo in “Game of Thrones.”

There may have been some sun-drenched yellow streaks of hair, but Momoa was channeling an Aquaman style that hasn’t been seen since Peter David’s run writing “Aquaman” comics in the 90s.

Even DC’s recent companywide reboot of its comic books, “Rebirth,” featured the standard short-hair, blond and beardless Aquaman.

All that changed Wednesday when the 25th issue of “Aquaman” hit newsstands in print and digitally.

The cover, illustrated by artist Stjepan Sejic (who also illustrates the interior pages of “Aquaman” no. 25), shows an Aquaman in transition.

On the cover, in the dark edges of the deep sea, a light is shone on Aquaman. The classic orange, green and gold Atlantean armor is there, a symbol of Arthur Curry’s time as the king of Atlantis, but his face is covered in a beard and long hair that would make Aquaman unrecognizable if he were not wearing his famous suit, and that is the point.

Aquaman’s new look, which at first glance could be assumed to be nothing more than syncing up the comic book and movie looks before the character’s big role in “Justice League,” actually plays a vital part in the new Aquaman comic story line “Underworld,” written by Dan Abnett.

In “Underworld,” Aquaman has been usurped as king of Atlantis by Corum Rath, who feels Arthur’s half-breed status (Arthur’s father is human, his mother is from Atlantis) gives Arthur no right to the throne because of his connection to the “surface world.”

Arthur Curry is presumed dead at the orders of Corum Rath. But as the cover to Aquaman no. 25 shows, he’s hiding instead.

Arthur now swims in plain sight in the Ninth Tride of Atlantis – a section of the water world where the Hadalin (a slur given to the people of the Ninth Tride) are assumed to be the lowest of the low Atlantis has to offer.

Refusing to always hide in the shadows, Arthur, inspired by what he knows about fellow Justice League member Batman, takes on a vigilante role in the Ninth Tride to protect its citizens. The locals, convinced he is their old king, back from the dead, begin calling him by his “surface” name, Aquaman.

Word spreads of Aquaman’s presence and both Atlantis’ new King and former queen Mera (who will also appear in “Justice League” and the “Aquaman” movies, played by Amber Heard) eventually find out that Arthur could still be alive.

Corum Rath demands Aquaman be dealt with, wanting no challengers to his new throne, while Mera rushes back to the sea, looking to get the love of her life back. Neither task will be easy as Aquaman is prepared for a fight and meets a potential new love interest. If you’re excited about Momoa’s Aquaman and have been looking for a reason to dive into Aquaman comics, now is the time.

As DC Comics “Rebirth” era continues to produce hits and make everyone forget about the New 52, “Aquaman” is a series at the top of the list of best reads “Rebirth” has to offer.

Just in time for Aquaman’s upcoming pop culture resurgence.

Read more:

‘Aquaman’ is shaping up to be the most intriguing film on the DC Comics slate

‘Wonder Woman’ marks DC’s triumphant return to great storytelling

From: http://www.lmtonline.com/entertainment/article/Aquaman-s-Hollywood-inspired-comic-book-makeover-11242955.php

Superman #25 review – Batman

Art by Jorge Jimenez and Alejandro Sanchez

Art by Jorge Jimenez and Alejandro Sanchez

Superboy is under the control of Manchester Black! With the mastermind (and master plan) revealed, Superman and friends must stop Black and restore Jon’s will before things escalate further. But can they? Find out in an extra-sized Superman #25!

A little muddled early on

The first half of our story deals with the inevitable battle set up last issue. Devoting that much real estate to fisticuffs is tough, because there’s only so much entertainment to be had in the physical conflict itself. Tomasi, Mahnke, and Gleason do alright, adding some nice Frankenstein and Batman moments along the way, but Black’s cocky talk annoys me more than it interests me, and I can’t help but wonder if this is where pages were added to fill out the “anniversary” format. Most of the scene is alright, but it does feel longer than it needs to be, and it looks and feels a bit messy.

But strong where—and when—it counts

That said, the team shines bright throughout most of the book, giving us the humor, heart, and hope that have made this my top book for a year now. While it’s easy to miss amidst the chaos, Black has actually latched onto the perfect angle for exploiting Jon. Sure, he’s literally controlling him, but offering Jon something that his parents have been denying him—unrestrained access to and development of Jon’s own power—makes the hold an especially strong one, because there’s a part of Jon that wants what Black is offering. Jon’s recognition that he has been deceived makes him all the more relatable, and his parents’ open arms in spite of his “betrayal” is the sort of emotional comfort that we all long for when we find ourselves in similar situations. My heart can’t help but be warmed.

There are several delightfully funny moments, too. Whether it’s Clark saying “listen to Batman, son”, the predictable-yet-hilarious interactions between Frank and his bride, or a very kooky epilogue, there’s plenty of the trademark Tomasi wit that I’ve been enjoying since Batman and Robin.

Good, mismatched artwork

In concept, Mahnke and Gleason make a great pairing on a book with multiple line artists. Their character faces have some distinct similarities, and I can recall my untrained eye not immediately noticing the occasional Mahnke fill-in back on Batman and Robin.

But you can really see the difference between the two when they’re side-by-side, and Superman #25 gives us such an opportunity. Mahnke and Gleason just about split this one in half, and the split is not a clean break, with the latter artist taking over in the middle of the climactic battle scene that begins the book. Immediately, I notice a big drop in the number of lines, as Gleason’s (preferable, I think) character aesthetics come into view on several facial close-ups.

Thankfully, each artist looks great on his own, though I would much rather see a simpler approach to the inks. I suspect Mahnke needs more time to turn in his lines, because it’s become very common to see multiple inkers going after him. While less common for Gleason, I perceive some of the same for him here. The credits list six (!) inkers, but not which pages they worked on, so it’s hard to say for sure who did what; but I will say that Mahnke seems to suffer the most from the variety. He tends to look his best when it’s just he and Mendoza. Still, as I said, his stuff works, even when it’s not working as well as it could be.

Simple joys for Superman fans

Manchester may be a bit much, and the artwork is a bit confused with all of the hands in it, but when you get down to it, this book hits the high points it needed to. It almost seems too simple and cute to say that people being kind, hugging each other, and reminding one another of their mutual love are sufficient for covering narrative drag and incongruities in the artwork, but they kind of are. Of course, this doesn’t hurt, either:


Recommended if…

  • You like Mahnke and Gleason, and you can get past a jarring shift between the two.
  • The purity, simplicity, and unembarassed optimism of this book have drawn you in from the start. Even contending with flaws, those core principles win the day here.
  • Cows. Trust me.


While this issue’s dose of Manchester Black may exceed recommended levels, Superman #25 delivers enough of what we’ve loved about this run to leave a very favorable impression. While the handoff between the two is a bit jarring, both Mahnke and Gleason continue their trend of big action and emotionally-effective character work. A year in, Superman remains the strongest fulfillment of Rebirth’s promises of purity and quality.

SCORE: 8/10

From: http://batman-news.com/2017/06/21/superman-25-review/

DC Comics Rebirth Spoilers & Review: Superman #25 Teases The …

DC Comics Rebirth Spoilers and Review for Superman #25 follows.

The below is one of the best comic book covers, let alone Superman covers, I’ve seen in years. Bravo Ryan Sook!

Superman #25 opens with Superboy, the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, being controlled by Manchester Black. So it is Superboy Black vs. Superman et al!

The Kent’s neighbor Katie explains what Manchester Black is doing; he’s controlling Superboy, but also amping up his powers.

Pretty cool scene with Batman vs. Superboy Black and with father and son to end the page.

Superman tells Batman that he knows this scenario, an out of control Superboy, was what he feared, but Batman says that he can tell that Superboy is open to listening to Superman if he gets him away from all the chaos.

Superboy is fighting Manchester Black’s control and he knows he’s strong; that is the cue for Superman giving his son some tough love.

Superman’s shove of son somehow causes them to see the future with Damian Wayne / Robin as Batman and some other future or other world with another Superman and an indigenous wife?

This look at different world or the future caps off Superboy’s internal struggle against Manchester Black with…

…the revelation that his mom’s leg was never violently lost. It was Manchester Black’s mind games to break Superboy.

With his neighbor Katie, an alien, Superboy and her take down Manchester Black with a blast of some kind.

Then one tidy pages sums up the battle outcome and this arc. Manchester Black is in a coma and Katie with her family of aliens seek forgiveness for spying in plain sight. They want to help rebuild the town. And, they do.

And, Superboy has a girlfriend now at the end of it all.


An entertaining issue written by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason. Lots of action, drama and sci-fi’ish elements I love in a Superman story. The art by Dough Mahnke and Patrick Gleason felt inconsistent in the issue. From flashes of dynamism to seemingly heavy handed and sloppy line work. However, both covers were strong on the art-side particularly Ryan Sook’s. That said, the story carries the day to an 8 out of 10.

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From: http://insidepulse.com/2017/06/21/dc-comics-rebirth-spoilers-review-superman-25-teases-the-future-other-worlds-plus-superboy-black-lois-lanes-leg-amputation-explained/

DC Comics Rebirth Spoilers: Superman #25 & Batman #25 Mark …

Superman and Batman, DC Comics Rebirth’s World’s Finest and two thirds of DC’s Trinity with Wonder Woman, reach milestone issues this week with Superman #25 and Batman #25.

DC Comics Rebirth Spoilers for Superman #25 follows.

Manchester Black attacks using Super Son Jon Kent as a weapon against Superman, Batman et al!

        SUPERMAN #25
        Written by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
        Pencileded by Doug Mahnke and Patrick Gleason
        Inked by Jamie Mendoza, Mick Gray, Joe Prado, Ray McCarthy, Scott Hanna, and Matt Santorelli
        Colored by Will Quintana and John Kalisz
        Lettered by David Sharp

        “BLACK DAWN” part six! The extra-sized finale to “Black Dawn” reveals the villain tearing the Super-Family apart and destroying everything the Man of Steel holds dear!

      Art courtesy of Multiversity.

      DC Comics Rebirth Spoilers for Batman #25 follows.

      Joker vs. Riddler breaks out in the War of Jokes and Riddles!

            BATMAN #25
            Writer: Tom King
            Art: Mikel Janin
            Cover: Mikel Janin

            ‘The War of Jokes and Riddles’ part one! Don’t miss this extra-sized anniversary issue! In his own words, Bruce Wayne narrates a harrowing, never-before-told story of the Dark Knight’s greatest failure?and the horrors it unleashed! In the spirit of YEAR ONE and THE LONG HALLOWEEN, prepare to see a side of Batman you’ve never seen before-get in on the ground floor of a classic Batman epic in the making! RATED T

          Art courtesy of Nerdist.

          Once it is released we will update this piece and share.


          Do the teaser and preview pages that were released and the info we do know intrigue you enough to pick up these two milestone issues of Superman and Batman of the DC Rebirth era?

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          From: http://insidepulse.com/2017/06/20/dc-comics-rebirth-spoilers-superman-25-batman-25-mark-milestone-issues-with-war-of-jokes-riddles-joker-vs-riddler-plus-manchester-black-1-of-2-previews-mia/

          DC Comics Rebirth & September 2017 Solicitations Spoilers: Mr. Oz …

          DC Comics Rebirth and September 2017 Solicitations Spoilers follow.

          In addition to headlining a Detective Comics arc that sees Tim Drake / Red Robin seemingly escape Mr. Oz’s clutches (Batman solicitations spoilers here), Mr. Oz pulls double-duty and headlines a new Action Comics arc too starting in September 2017!

          Action Comics begins the Oz Effect arc. Mr. Oz’s identity will be revealed in an arc that will have lenticular covers that was an “extra” DC Comics did for the “Button” cross-over between the Flash and the Batman series.

          The Button saw the Watchmen narrative that begun in DC Universe Rebirth #1 with a major Dr. Manhattan revelation. It appears that this Action Comics will continue that as Doomsday Clock, the Superman vs. Dr. Manhattan / DC Rebirth vs. the Watchmen mini-series looms.

          Is Mr. Oz the Watchmen’s Ozymandias or someone more personal to the Man of Steel?

          Here are the solicitations for September 2017’s 2 issues of Action Comics featuring Superman and more!

              ACTION COMICS #987

              Written by DAN JURGENS
              Art by VIKTOR BOGDANOVIC
              Lenticular cover by NICK BRADSHAW
              Variant cover by MIKEL JANIN

              “THE OZ EFFECT” part one! The agents of the mysterious Mr. Oz begin to move as the Man of Steel works to stop the chaos they unleash in Metropolis and across the globe. But when Mr. Oz steps from the shadows his identity rocks the Last Son of Krypton to his core. The story that began in DC Universe: Rebirth #1 begins to end here!

              On sale SEPTEMBER 13 • Lenticular version $3.99 • Nonlenticular version $2.99 US • RATED T

              ACTION COMICS #988

              Written by DAN JURGENS
              Art by PATCH ZIRCHER
              Lenticular cover by NICK BRADSHAW
              Variant cover by MIKEL JANIN

              “THE OZ EFFECT” part two! As Superman struggles with the ramifications of Mr. Oz’s identity, the mysterious figure’s origins and the long road to Superman’s doorstep finally reveal themselves.

              On sale SEPTEMBER 27 • Lenticular version $3.99 • Nonlenticular version $2.99 US • RATED T

            The pieces are coming to place for DC, but what does it mean?

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            From: http://insidepulse.com/2017/06/14/dc-comics-rebirth-september-2017-solicitations-spoilers-mr-oz-identity-revealed-in-action-comics-as-doomsday-clock-looms-with-superman-vs-dr-manhattan-of-the-watchmen/

            Eisner Watch 2017: get a look at the original pitch for SUPERMAN …

            In the week leading up to the 2017 Will Eisner Awards voting deadline this Friday, the Comics Beat will feature a series of “For Your Consideration” posts highlighting a number of the nominees as a celebration of their well-deserved acknowledgement. We’ll feature some never-before-seen behind the scenes content and some of the books’ gorgeous interiors. We encourage all of our readers to check these titles out and all of the eligible comics industry members to vote for the titles they think best exemplify what make comics great.

            When DC Comics announced Superman: American Alien, I had to admit that my first thought was: “another retelling of Superman’s origin?” But wow, was I won over. Written by Max Landis and illustrated by an all-star team of A-list creators including Nick Dragotta, Tommy Lee Edwards, Joelle Jones, Jae Lee, Francis Manapul, Jonathan Case, and JockSuperman: American Alien made a strong argument for the idea that there’s still resonant emotions and creative ideas to mine from Superman’s early days.

            In the Comics Beat’s roundup of the best comics of 2016, staff writer AJ Frost wrote a resounding endorsement for the series:

            If just for the cover art alone, Max Landis’ Superman: American Alien would be an instant classic. I didn’t discover this collection until several days after this year’s election and there was simply something about that cover image of a diverse set of people, men and women, all colors and shapes, flashing that iconic “S” symbol that filled me with a childlike sense that everything is going to be okay; Superman transcends petty partisan squabbles. (It also helped me psychologically that my dad, who passed away a year ago now, was a huge fan of Superman and would’ve probably enjoyed seeing that cover image). The stories contained in this volume, while nominally another rebooting of the Superman mythos, are more like a collection of self-contained snippets about a Clark Kent in his pre-Man of Steel persona. Landis presents Clark through a hyper-contemporary lens, lending an interesting perspective that works solidly throughout the comic. With seventy-five years of history, it’s difficult to get readers to entertain the notion of why we need yet another origin story for the Man of Steel, but this was a surprisingly emotional work and one that should get serious attention from Superman neophytes and experts alike.

            Check out this cover gallery featuring variants drawn by the series’ artists:


            DC kindly provided the Beat with Landis’ original pitch for Superman: American Alien. It was originally released in the back matter of the miniseries’ hardcover collection:

            Check out of all of our 2017 Eisner coverage.

            From: http://www.comicsbeat.com/eisner-watch-2017-get-a-look-at-the-original-pitch-for-superman-american-alien/

            Now British Comic Stores To Get DC Comics’ Aquaman #25, Superman #25 And Harley Quinn #22 Late

            This Wednesday will see the release of Batman #25. And, in Britain, Batman #24 – first and second prints, with complete Catwoman proposal, due to unexplained distribution delays.

            But it’s not just a one-off, it seems.

            British shops will also be getting a week delay on Aquaman #25, Superman #25 and Harley Quinn #22.

            Superman and Aquaman especially are anniversary issues for the titles, 40 pages long each and $3.99, culminations of major plotlines.

            But British readers will just have to wait a week.

            It’s a good day to be ComiXology UK, isn’t it?

            SUPERMAN #25 $3.99
            (W) Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason (A) Doug Mahnke Various (CA) Ryan Sook
            “BLACK DAWN” part six! The extra-sized finale to “Black Dawn” reveals the villain tearing the Super-Family apart and destroying everything the Man of Steel holds dear!
            RATED T


            AQUAMAN #25 $3.99
            (W) Dan Abnett (A/CA) Stjepan Sejic
            “UNDERWORLD” part one! In this extra-sized anniversary issue, former terrorists have replaced the Atlantean police. Crime lords control huge swaths of the kingdom. And a deadly undersea arsenal is trained on the surface-dwellers. All is as King Rath commands-and yet whispers persist of a rebel in the slums of Atlantis: A hero with the potential to change the world. A whole new era of AQUAMAN begins as master storyteller Stjepan Sejic (Sunstone, Death Vigil) joins series writer Dan Abnett for Arthur’s boldest and most harrowing adventure yet!
            RATED T

            HARLEY QUINN #22 $2.99
            (W) Amanda Conner Various (A) John Timms Various (CA) Amanda Conner
            “Red Roses” part two! Poison Ivy’s back in town, and she’d like to patch up the friendship with Harley that she damaged in the Bahamas…but sadly for poor Mr. Tool, Ivy’s got some strong opinions on his courtship of Harley! And in “Harley Loves Joker” part six, Harley’s sure she’s got a foolproof plan to get back in Mistah J’s good graces, but when have Harley’s plans ever ended up the way she imagined?
            RATED T+

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            From: https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/06/16/now-british-comic-stores-to-get-dc-comics-aquaman-25-superman-25-and-harley-quinn-22-late/

            Comic books might hit the spot for Father’s Day

            With Father’s Day approaching, here are a few comic-book related suggestions for and about fathers.

            Of course, the most important gift you can give your dad, if you can, is a bit of your time.

            Have a great day, dads, and those of you who can, give your dad a call, a hug, a high-five or a kind word or thought this weekend.

            ‘Superman’ and ‘Action Comics’

            Superman’s role as a father has become more prominent in the comics released in the past year, following DC Comics’ “Rebirth” event. Clark Kent and his wife Lois Lane are raising their son, Jonathan Kent, who also exhibits super powers.

            “The new “Superman Rebirth” comic, (with) two graphic novels out: Son of Superman Trial of the Supersons, are among the best superhero comics out,” said Ralph Mathieu of Alternate Reality Comics in Las Vegas.

            Writer Dan Jurgens of “Action Comics” shared with The Oklahoman how Superman acts as a father in that ongoing comic-book series.

            “He was raised on a farm by Jonathan and Martha Kent, who went out of their way to teach him the value of life and instill in him a sound moral base,” Jurgens said in a previous interview with The Oklahoman. “Superman would approach his own son with the same sensibility, reinforced by Lois.”

            Jurgens said fans may be more hungry for Superman’s core values than they were in the 1990s, when Jurgens was part of the creative team behind the famous “Death of Superman” storyline.

            “I actually think fans are a bit more enthused about Superman and his legacy today than they were in the 1990s,” Jurgens said. “Back then, I think there was more of a desire for dark characters, stories and comics. To a certain extent, I think people were looking for a Superman that really drifted into that territory. … We’ve had 25 years of those stories now, not necessarily with Superman, but certainly with a lot of other characters. We’ve worked away from some of that and now appreciate the best that Superman has to offer.”

            Meanwhile, stories featuring Jon and Damian, the son of Batman, can be found in the ongoing series “Super Sons.”


            James Robinson’s 80-issue series “Starman” followed the adventures of Jack Knight as he tried to step into his retired father’s footsteps as the superhero Starman.

            During the course of the series, Jack grows from a self-centered junk dealer to a selfless hero and, eventually, into a father himself.

            ‘The Button’

            The recent Batman-Flash crossover “The Button” allowed Bruce Wayne to meet a version of his father, as he and the Flash crossed into an alternate universe. Their story is a follow-up of sorts to the tales in the crossover “Flashpoint” and the miniseries “Flashpoint: Batman.”

            “It deals with the relationship between Thomas Wayne and Bruce, (and is) very moving,” said Carr D’Angelo of Earth-2 Comics in Sherman Oaks, California.

            ‘You’ll Never Know’

            Mathieu also recommends the three-volume series ‘You’ll Never Know’ from Carol Tyler, which in 2015 was collected in one volume as “Soldier’s Heart: The Campaign to Understand My WWII Veteran Father — A Daughter’s Memoir.”

            “Carol Tyler’s autobiographical graphic novels, ‘You’ll Never Know,’ about her father’s (war) experiences, is a beautiful sad story about World War II and family,” Mathieu said.

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