These are our DC Previews for October 2019. You can still check out our previous round-up for releases in September by clicking these words.
DC Previews for October 2019: Scary Stories & The Year of the Villain
Joe Hill — you know, Locke and Key, that sort of thing — has five new titles coming to DC starting in Halloween month. Under his expert eye, look for Basketful of Heads, with art by Leomacs. In consecutive months, further titles will be launched: The Dollhouse Family by Mike Carey in November, The Low Low Woods by Carmen Maria Machado in December, Daphne Byrne by Laura Marks in January, and Plunge, again by Hill, in February. More news on this as it appears.
Year Of The Villain trundles on through the DC line of heroes with October’s offering being Doom Rising. You can follow the plot through most of the ongoings, and you can spot them with “Fallen Icon” covers. There are also a couple of one-shot tie ins; look for Black Adam Year of the Villain #1, and perhaps the most surprising The Joker Year of the Villain #1, which is co-written by none other than John Carpenter — yeah, the movie guy. Weird or what? Oh yeah, hot off the press, in November there will be a run of special acetate covers for this crossover event, for no extra cover price. Get ’em ordered now.
DC Previews for October 2019: Batman and Beyond
Well, Batman gets a new maxi-series by none other than Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch, and Kevin Nowlan. Issue one of The Batman’s Grave sees Batman trying to inhabit the mind of a murder victim to solve a case, and you can expect 12 issues of that. Birds of Prey issue #1 also launches with Black Canary, Harley Quinn, and Huntress written by Brian Azzarello. There is another Batman facsimile edition out too, a real classic by Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams. Batman issue #251 is the story that relaunched The Joker as the loon ball he is today — highly recommended you pick this up. Another maxi-series launches with Joker/Harley, Criminal Sanity #1 of 9, by Kami Garcia. This looks like a CSI approach to the lunatics of Gotham and is marked for mature readers. The Joker gets another mini-series too with The Joker: Killer Smile #1 of 3, you would think there was a new movie coming out or something. Meanwhile, Batman #80 and #81 by Tom King and John Romita Jnr have Batman and Catwoman taking on Bane, but who stands in their … sorry, I drifted off there. Batman Annual #4, also by King, has Batman heading out to space to find a rare element, because that is where Batman is at his best, in outer space. Curse of the White Knight #4 continues a nice run by Sean Murphy, Batman and The Outsiders #6 is on the shelves, look for a DCeased variant, and they also have an annual too. Batman Beyond hits #37, Batman: Creature of the Night concludes with issue #4 of 4, Batman/Superman #3 arrives, Who Are The Secret Six anyway? Batman/TMNT concludes with issue #6, Neal Adams continues the Ras Al Ghul mini-series with issue #3 of 6, Catwoman #16 also gets a DCeased variant, and Peter Tomasi brings us Detective Comics #1013 and #1014, with Mr. Freeze front and center.
October has a bunch of 100-page issues that were previously only in certain American outlets, but here they are reprinted with some new material and available everywhere. Look out for Scooby-Doo 50th anniversary, The Flash, Batman, DC Villains, Wonder Woman, Swamp Thing, Aquaman, DC Ghosts, Teen Titans Go and DC Superhero Girls, all giants.
DC Previews for October 2019: DCeased & Dollar Comics
DCeased #5 of 6 by Tom Taylor continues mankind’s fight for survival against the zombie-like infection, and issue #6 will be right behind it wrapping this thing up in an extra-sized issue with variants, card stock covers, etc. The Mystery of Event Leviathan hits issue #5 of 6 by Bendis, Flash Forward issue #2 of 6 with Wally West, the most confused hero ever up against the Multiverse, Freedom Fighters hits issue #10 of 12, Harleen makes it to the second of 3 issues as we discover more about the relationship with The Joker, meanwhile you can also find her in issue #2 of 6 of the imaginatively titled Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. Inferior Five reboot by Keith Giffen hits issue #2 of 12, Lois Lane makes it a third of the way through her maxi-series by Greg Rucka, Martian Manhunter hits #9 of 12, is anyone reading this? Jimmy Olson also makes issue #4 of 12 and Superman Year One issue #3 should be out too. Metal Men get a new 12-issue run by Dan The Man Didio and John Constantine gets a one-shot, relaunching him into the DCU. They should never have canceled that title in the first place if you ask me.
All your regular DC stuff will be available. Look out for Action Comics #1016 with The Daily Planet under siege, Flash #80 starts a new story, “The Hunter and the Hunted” by Joshua Williamson, Green Lantern marks the first year of Morrison’s run with threads from the past issues all converging and dark times ahead for The Corps, JLA #33 and #34 continues The Justice Doom War by Snyder, Shazam hits issue #11 and the penultimate chapter of the Seven Magic Lands story, Superman #16 sees the return of the super sons, Teen Titans #35 reveals the traitor in their midst, The Sandman Universe fumbles on with Books Of Magic #13, The Dreaming #14, House Of Whispers #14 and Lucifer #13.
There are a few Dollar reprints from DC, but boy you should get these ones: Swamp Thing #1, Watchmen #1 and Batman #497. All great reads.
My recommendations would be Basketful of Heads #1 and The Batman’s Grave #1. Should be good reads.
Louie Fecou reviews films, tv shows and comics for Ready Steady Cut, HC Movie Reviews and We Have A Hulk. He currently runs his own business in between watching films.