DC Comics Previews Round-Up | August 2019

May 30, 2019
Louie Fecou 0
Comic Reviews, Comics

This is our DC Previews Round-Up for August 2019. You can still check out our previous round-up for releases in June by clicking these words.

So The Batman Who Laughs has a surprise issue #7 in August. That seems weird, and then there’s a new Superman-Batman team-up book launching from that final issue. Written by Joshua Williamson and with art from David Marquez, this is a new ongoing series in the tradition of the old World’s Finest book.

Meanwhile, the Year Of The Villain continues, with the “Dark Gifts” storyline crossing into lots of regular titles. The good guys are under siege from upgraded villains, and to show the extent of the chaos, there’s a whole range of  Battle-damaged covers to collect. Essentially the logos are all a bit wonky, and DC promise there’s more of that kind of thing to come in the following months, so brace yourself. As well as wonky logo covers, you can pay an extra buck and get a card stock variant cover on titles such as Aquaman, Batgirl, Batman, Catwoman, Flash, Green Lantern, JL, Supergirl, and Young Justice, because comics aren’t expensive enough these days.

Neil Adams has managed to get another 6-issue Batman mini-series from DC this month, and August brings us Batman vs Ras Al Ghul #1 (of 6). If you have read any of Adams’ previous runs, you will know you are in for something really… well, you’re in for something.

Warren Ellis starts a new Wildcats series, after the events in the Wild Storm, and Frank Miller’s Superman Year One continues with issue #2, finding Clark in Atlantis. Event Leviathan from Bendis and Maleev continues with issue #3, as the whodunnit mystery brings new information, Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen are in issue #2 of their limited runs, and issue #12 of Pearl brings the run to a close, with a multimedia art presentation from Michael Gaydos. Shazam continues with the gang stuck in the Wozenderlands by Geoff Johns.

Grabbing a slice of the Marvel action, DC is releasing some facsimile issues of classic comics this month, so look for incredible reproductions, including adverts and letter pages etc. for House Of Secret #92, first Swamp Thing, and Batman #232, first Ras Al Ghul.

If you are looking for a present for a Batman fan, trust me they will love the 96-page Deluxe edition of The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. It collects the original story, plus some shorts from Batman Black and White and Countdown 31. Combined with lots of pin-ups and sketches, this is a nice coffee table book at $17.99.

My picks for DC will be Superman Year One issue #2 and Curse of the White Knight by Sean Murphy.