Welcome to your Wednesday edition of Comics Relief, comics fans one and all! As the year draws closer to the end, the first details of many early 2016 comics are starting to spill out from the publishers. Keep reading for all the details…
Superman and Green Lantern meet their pre-New 52 counterparts next March
With DC Comics’ March 2016 solicitations recently revealed, the publisher previewed many of the DC titles released under the New 52 banner in 2011 reaching their milestone 50th issues. And now DC has revealed something of a special event planned for two of the titles hitting the big five-oh. In Superman #50, the current Superman meets his pre-Flashpoint counterpart who survived the events of Convergence, and has been living on the new DC Earth in secret in the pages of Superman: Lois and Clark, all clad in black costume and sporting a beard.
Also meeting their pre-New 52 counterpart is Green Lantern Hal Jordan, when Parallax shows up to confront his younger/other self in Green Lantern #50. Will the DC Universe learn there have been doppelgangers of their biggest heroes just hanging out the DCU all along, just watching? We’ll find out next March. You can click on the following link for details on both comics. [Comic Book Resources]
Marvel reveals new X-Men: Apocalypse Wars Triptych variant covers
In last week’s edition of Comics Relief, we talked about the upcoming X-Men Apocalypse Wars crossover event coming next spring from Marvel Comics, running through the pages of All-New X-Men, Uncanny X-Men and Extraordinary X-Men. Now Marvel has released the first preview image of the interlocking triptych of variant covers by artist Ken Lashley, and it’s quite a beauty. You can check out a preview for the interlocking covers below: [Newsarama]
Great Deal Abound in Archie Comics’ Holiday Sale
Attention, all you Riverdale fans: Just in time for the holiday season, the Archie Comics website is having a Christmas sale where right now, you can get 40% off your entire order. The Archie Comics site is also offering Graphic Novel bundle packs, where you get to choose one 6 issue double digest subscription, one graphic novel, and then one free randomly selected book valued at regular price of $9.95 or higher. For more info on on Archie Comics holiday sale, be sure to check out their site right here. [Bleeding Cool]
Free Comic Book Day Gets A Pair Of Cool Commemorative T-Shirts for 2016
Next year marks the 15th anniversary of Free Comic Book Day, and Diamond Comic Distributors is celebrating by offering two unique commemorative T-shirts, featuring designs by Tiny Titans and Itty Bitty Hellboy artist Art Baltazar and Afterlife with Archie illustrator Francesco Francavilla. The shirts will be featured in the January issue of Previews and arrive in comic book stores in April 2016, just ahead of Free Comic Book Day. You can check out images of both shirts below: [Comics Alliance]
BOOM Studios Celebrates 10 Years with New Humble Bundle
BOOM! Studios is celebrating their ten year anniversary this year, and before the year closes out, they’re finishing the big celebration with a new BOOM! Humble Bundle. Customers can pay what they want for Irredeemable Vol. 1 – 2, Bee and Puppycat Vol. 1, Steed and Mrs. Peel: A Very Civil Armageddon Vol. 1, RoboCop Vol. 1, Sons of Anarchy Vol. 1, Bravest Warriors Vol. 1 + 2, Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return #1 – 6, Hacktivist Vol. 1, Lumberjanes Vol. 1, and Clive Barker’s Hellraiser Masterpieces Vol. 1.
Those who pay more than the average price will also receive Steed and Mrs. Peel: We’re Needed #1 – 3, Steed and Mrs. Peel Vol. 2 – 3, RoboCop Vol. 2 + 3, Sons of Anarchy Vol. 2 + 3, Bravest Warriors Vol. 3 – 5, Hacktivist Vol. 2, Clive Barker’s Hellraiser Masterpieces Vol. 2, Bee and Puppycat #5 – 9, RoboCop: Dead or Alive Vol. 1, and Lumberjanes Vol. 2. In addition, customers who pay $15 or more receive all of the above plus RoboCop: Dead or Alive #5 – 12, RoboCop: The Human Element, Sons of Anarchy #15 – 25, Irredeemable Vol. 3 – 7, Bravest Warriors #21 – 36, Lumberjanes #9 – 20, and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Omnibus (#1 – 24).
As with all things Humble Bundle, the customers gets to choose where the money goes, between BOOM!, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, or a second charity of your choice via the PayPal Giving Fund.
DC reveals details on new Supergirl digital first comic
After an Amazon.com leak revealed that a collection was coming next summer, DC Comics has formally announced Adventures of Supergirl, a Digital First comic set in the Supergirl TV series continuity. Former pre-New 52 Supergirl author Sterling Gates will be the series writer, and Bengal provides art for the first three chapters. He’s set to be followed by a rotating roster of artists, including Jonboy Meyers, Emanuela Lupacchino, and Emma Vieceli.
The book debuts January 25, 2016, and is scheduled to run for 13 chapters, which will be later collected in a full-length graphic novel. At least as of right now, there are no plans to print the series in single issue format, as has been the case with previous Digital First books like Sensation Comics and Batman ’66. Hopefully this means a new series featuring the main DCU version of the Girl of Steel isn’t too far behind? Make it happen, DC! [IGN]
Marvel Celebrates “Women of Power” month in March
Speaking of powerful women, the folks over at Marvel will be celebrating Women’s History Month in March 2016 with a series of themed covers, which they’re calling the “Women of Power” variant series. They’ve only released a series of four images so far, with covers featuring Spider-Gwen, Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. No doubt more will be revealed soon.
Luckily, a lot of the artists involved with this set of covers are also women, artists like Sara Pichelli, Annie Wu, and Erica Henderson, so there won’t likely be a repeat of that infamous Spider-Woman cover. You can check out the first four Women of Power variants in our gallery below, and for the complete list of covers and who will be illustrating them, click on the following link: [Comics Alliance]