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DC Comics Goes Medieval with This Week’s New Comic Releases

Jump into the DC Universe on Tuesday with dark knights (literally), human targets and more, as we take you through this week’s DC Comics releases!

DC Comics releases new issues this week that are out of this world–and even out of this timeline.

On November 2, brand new series and titles will launch. Writer Tom Taylor (Superman: Son of Kal-ElNightwing) and artist Yasmine Putri (Siege) kick off their brand new series Dark Knights of Steel, which reimagines the DC Universe and sets it during the Medieval Ages, when a character like Batman literally becomes a Dark Knight. Moving away from kings and queens though, also coming out is writer Tom King (Batman/CatwomanSupergirl: Woman of Tomorrow) and artist Greg Smallwood’s Human Target, which will feature the attempted murder of Christopher Chance, a crime that can only be solved by… well, Christopher Chance. Both Human Target and Dark Knights of Steel are expected to stretch across only 12 issues as limited series.


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Then, the penultimate chapter of Batman from this Fall’s “Fear State” event arrives with Batman #116, the event set to conclude with Batman #117 on Nov. 16 and the fallout explored in Batman: Fear State: Omega #1 at the end of the month. Speaking of wrapping, Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom concludes with its sixth issue while this year’s Superman and the Authority penned by Grant Morrison and Mikel Janin gets a special where the Man of Steel’s new team reunites to help Batman with “one unorthodox, off-the-books mission.” The special issue will be written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson with art by Trevor Hairsine, Jonathan Glapion and Ben Templesmith.

Other books releasing this week include Crush and Lobo #6, Superman ’78 #3, The Swamp Thing #9, Teen Titans Academy #7 and more. The solicitations for this week’s issues are listed below in alphabetical order.

ARKHAM CITY: THE ORDER OF THE WORLD #2

  • Written by DAN WATTERS
  • Art by DANI
  • Cover by SAM WOLFE CONNELLY
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES | 2 of 6
  • Variant by YASMINE PUTRI
  • $4.99 US (Card stock)
  • ON SALE 11/2/21
  • Dr. Jacosta Joy, Arkham’s last living psychiatrist, continues her descent into the Ten-Eyed Man’s world of delusion. But are his claims of ghosts and ritual purely figments of his imagination, or is there a method to his madness? Meanwhile, Dr. Double X, a man with the ability to project his soul outside of his own body, has been taken prisoner by a very friendly couple who have discovered that his powers of astral projection can be used on others…and they are addictive. But when Azrael appears in this den of sin, will anyone be safe from his cleansing fire?
  • Join us on our second trip into the darkest corners of Gotham City and bear witness to the foul creatures, Arkhamite and Gothamite alike, that call them home.

BATMAN #116

  • Written by JAMES TYNION IV
  • Art and cover by JORGE JIMENEZ
  • Backup written by BECKY CLOONAN
  • and MICHAEL W. CONRAD
  • Backup art by JORGE CORONA
  • $4.99 US | 40 PAGES
  • Variant by JORGE MOLINA
  • 1:25 “retro gamer” variant cover by ANN MAULINA
  • $5.99 US US (Card stock)
  • ON SALE 11/2/21
  • The only thing standing between an insane, heavily armed Peacekeeper-01 and a high body count in Gotham City is Batman. Their first bout didn’t go well for the Dark Knight, but the city is on the line and he can’t let the Scarecrow’s master plan come to fruition…and whose side is Miracle Molly truly on? The penultimate chapter of “Fear State”!
  • Backup: With the Bat comms unreliable, Oracle has instructed the Batgirls to stay in the Clock Tower while she and Nightwing investigate who’s behind the Oracle Network hacks. But with the Magistrate’s forces instructed to attack the Clock Tower, will the Batgirls make it out before it’s too late?

BATMAN/SUPERMAN: AUTHORITY SPECIAL #1

  • Written by PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON
  • Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE, JONATHAN GLAPION,
  • and BEN TEMPLESMITH
  • Cover by RODOLFO MIGLIARI
  • $5.99 US | 48 PAGES
  • Variant cover by JEEHYUNG LEE
  • $6.99 US (Card stock)
  • ON SALE 11/2/21
  • Following Mongul’s brazen attack on Earth, Superman’s world has been turned upside down: conflict between Atlantis and the surface world, the discovery of an immensely powerful new element, dead refugees with mysterious ties to Krypton, and expulsion from the Justice League! When Superman re-forms the experimental, antiestablishment Authority to join him in liberating Warworld, Batman comes to them with a request: join him for one unorthodox, off-the-books mission first, one he could never ask the Justice League to be a part of…and one he doesn’t expect everyone to come back from.

BATMAN: REPTILIAN #5

  • Writer: GARTH ENNIS
  • Artist: LIAM SHARP
  • Cover: LIAM SHARP
  • Variant Cover: CULLY HAMNER
  • 1:25 Variant: FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
  • $4.99 US | 32 PGS | 5 of 6 | VARIANT (Card Stock)
  • 17+
  • ON SALE 11/2/21
  • After following a trail of carnage, Batman has finally come face-to-face with the reptilian that’s been menacing Gotham’s underworld. And this horrific creature only wants one thing: its mother. But who is its mother? Pick up this penultimate chapter to find out the impossible answer to that question!

BATMAN: THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE SEASON TWO #6

  • Written by ALAN BURNETT and PAUL DINI
  • Art by RICK BURCHETT
  • Cover by JORGE FORNES
  • Variant cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
  • $3.99 US | 32 PGS | 6 of 7 | $4.99 US Variant (Card stock)
  • ON SALE 11/2/21
  • Former Mayor Mayfield’s influence over Gotham grows as the campaign picks up speed. As Batman and his team investigate where Mayfield has been, Batgirl decides to infiltrate the campaign herself. How is Mayfield charming his way around Gotham, and why are clues pointing to Arkham Asylum?

CRUSH & LOBO #6

  • Written by MARIKO TAMAKI
  • Art by AMANCAY NAHUELPAN
  • Cover by NICK ROBLES
  • Variant cover by NICOLE GOUX
  • $3.99 US | 32 PGS | 6 of 8 | $4.99 US Variant (Card stock)
  • ON SALE 11/2/21
  • A madcap bounty hunt across the galaxy is nothing without a little ROMANCE! Crush’s search for Lobo is getting pretty demoralizing, so when a sad alien girl mistakes Crush for her blind date…why NOT go along with it? And relive every bad relationship choice Crush has ever made? And still find Lobo before her prison monitor blows her to bits?

 

DARK KNIGHTS OF STEEL #1

  • Written by Tom Taylor
  • Art by Yasmine Putri
  • Cover by Yasmine Putri
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES | 1 of 12
  • Variant by JOSHUA MIDDLETON
  • 1:25 variant by YASMINE PUTRI
  • Retailer team variant cover by WAYNE REYNOLDS
  • $4.99 US (Both covers card stock)
  • ON SALE 11/2/21
  • An entire medieval world will be forever changed when a spaceship crash-lands from a doomed planet. Monarchs will die, kingdoms will rise, and what seemed the end of the world for many…was only the beginning! An epic high-fantasy story set in a DC Universe where nothing is what it seems…
  • From worldwide bestselling writer Tom Taylor (DCeased, Superman: Son of Kal-El) and acclaimed artist Yasmine Putri comes a generational tale of good and evil within a brand-new DCU!

HUMAN TARGET #1

  • Story by TOM KING
  • Pencils and inks by GREG SMALLWOOD
  • Cover by GREG SMALLWOOD
  • $4.99 US | 32 PAGES | 1 of 12 | Card Stock
  • Variants by TREVOR HAIRSINE
  • and DANNY MIKI
  • 1:25 Ratio by JENNY FRISON
  • ON SALE 11/2/21
  • Christopher Chance has made a living out of being a human target—a man hired to disguise himself as his client to invite would-be assassins to attempt his murder. He’s had a remarkable career until his latest case protecting Lex Luthor when things go sideways. An assassination attempt Chance didn’t see coming leaves him vulnerable and left trying to solve his own murder…as he has 12 days to discover just who in the DCU hated Luthor enough to want him dead.
  • Human Target is a hard-boiled, gritty story in the vein of classic detective noirs told by bestselling and critically acclaimed creators Tom King and Greg Smallwood!

THE JOKER PRESENTS: A PUZZLEBOX #4

  • Written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG
  • Art by JESÚS MERINO, VANESA DEL REY, and RICARDO LÓPEZ ORTIZ
  • Cover by CHIP ZDARKSY
  • Variant cover by RYAN BROWN
  • $4.99 US | 40 pages | 4 of 7 | $5.99 US Variant (Card Stock)
  • ON SALE 11/2/21
  • The Riddler’s death has left more questions! But the Joker isn’t giving the police the answers they need. Instead he shares two more tales of the twisted treasure hunt for pieces of the puzzlebox. First, the Penguin enters a test of might and wits against Bane. Then, the Scarecrow must go toe-to-toe with Professor Pyg to find out what he’s really afraid of.

JUSTICE LEAGUE INFINITY #5

  • Written by J.M. DEMATTEIS and JAMES TUCKER
  • Art by ETHEN BEAVERS
  • Cover by MEGHAN HETRICK
  • $3.99 US | 32 PGS | 5 of 7
  • ON SALE 11/2/21
  • Superman, trapped on Earth-X, teams up with the Freedom Fighters to help them liberate the world from Vandal Savage’s control. Thanks to the added power of the newly arrived Superman-D, the Freedom Fighters might just have what it takes to break into Savage’s stronghold. But what secrets has the immortal tyrant hidden within its walls?

MISTER MIRACLE: THE SOURCE OF FREEDOM #6

  • Writer: BRANDON EASTON
  • Artist: FICO OSSIO
  • Cover: YANICK PAQUETTE
  • Variant Cover: VALENTINE DE LANDRO
  • $3.99 US | 32 PGS | 6 of 6 | $4.99 US VARIANT (Card Stock)
  • ON SALE 11/2/21
  • Final issue! Shilo’s Greatest Escape!
  • Shilo returns to where the story started—the future! With the help of Oberon, Shilo travels to the revolution that sparked N’Vir’s mission in the first place, hoping to end this conflict with N’Vir once and for all. But there is more to this revolution than Shilo realizes. Who really sparked the revolution for the Miracle mantle?!

DC HORROR PRESENTS: SOUL PLUMBER #2

  • Written by MARCUS PARKS, HENRY ZEBROWSKI, and BEN KISSEL
  • Art and cover by JOHN McCREA
  • Variant cover by KELLEY JONES
  • $3.99 US | 32 PGS | 2 of 6 | $4.99 US Variant (Card stock)
  • ON SALE 11/2/21
  • 17+
  • After stealing blueprints from the Soul Plumbers in an attempt to build an exorcism machine, Edgar Wiggins has instead opened a portal that has pulled a homicidal inter-dimensional being into our world that has not only left carnage in its wake, but has left Edgar questioning his faith.

SUPERMAN ‘78 #3

  • Writer: ROBERT VENDITTI
  • Artist: WILFREDO TORRES
  • Cover: AMY REEDER
  • Variant Cover: LEE WEEKS
  • $3.99 US | 32 PGS | 3 of 6| $4.99 US VARIANT (Card Stock)
  • ON SALE 11/2/21
  • In order to save Metropolis, Superman must surrender to Brainiac or watch his city burn to the ground! After being taken aboard Brainiac’s ship, Superman finds a shocking piece of his past that changes his entire future! Meanwhile, Lois Lane gets a cryptic message from a mysterious source claiming to have a way to save the Man of Steel!

THE SWAMP THING #9

  • Written by RAM V
  • Art by MIKE PERKINS
  • Cover by MIKE PERKINS
  • Variant cover by E.M. GIST
  • $3.99 US | 32 PGS | 9 of 10 | $4.99 US Variant (Card Stock)
  • ON SALE 11/2/21
  • With the secrets of his past revealed, Levi returns home despairing in the knowledge that his brother Jacob, now the villain Hedera, is the cause of the contagion within the green. But the brothers opposed are only a symptom of a greater rift within the Green itself. Does the world care for its human denizens or are they an infection to be purged?

TEEN TITANS ACADEMY #7

  • Writer: TIM SHERIDAN
  • Artist: RAFA SANDOVAL
  • Cover: RAFA SANDOVAL
  • Variant Cover: STEVE LIEBER
  • $3.99 US | 32 PGS | $4.99 US VARIANT (Card Stock)
  • ON SALE 11/2/21
  • Gorilla Grodd vs. Gorilla Gregg!
  • A fun, light outing to upstate New York for the students of Titans Academy becomes a nightmare when an entire town turns on them. But as Gorilla City expat Gorilla Gregg fights to save his friends, the young primate discovers, the threat leads him to his own uncle—Gorilla Grodd.

All of these issues go on sale Nov. 2 from DC Comics.

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Source: DC Comics

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