ACTION COMICS #900 PREVIEW

DC is offering this sneak peek at this week’s ACTION COMICS #900. It’s…dare I say…Action packed! Plus, it’s one of this week’s InvestComics HOT PICKS.

ACTION COMICS #900

 

Written by PAUL CORNELL, RICHARD DONNER, DAVID GOYER, DAMON LINDELOF and more; Art by PETE WOODS, JESUS MERINO and more; Cover by DAVID FINCH; 1:5 Variant cover A by ADAM HUGHES; 1:5 Variant cover B by ALEX ROSS

Superman returns to ACTION COMICS just in time for the title’s historic 900th issue, which clocks in at 100 pages! Everything Paul Cornell and Pete Woods have been building to over the last year culminates here in the ultimate Superman vs. Lex Luthor battle! But that’s not all – this story will lay the grounds for an insanely epic story coming out this summer in the pages of ACTION!

Plus, an incredible roster of guest talent help us celebrate this landmark issue, including the screenwriter of The Dark Knight, David Goyer; famed Superman: The Movie director Richard Donner; the co-creator of Lost, Damon Lindelof; and the creative team behind the hit DC UNIVERSE ONLINE game!

HAL JORDAN OF EARTH, YOU ARE CAPABLE OF INSTILLING GREAT FEAR! GL #65 PREVIEW

Hal Jordan in the Sinestro Corps.? Yeah, I TOTALLY called that when they first showed this cover with the blacked out figure up front.  While I think that it’s a bit odd that in order to NOT be taken over by Parallax through the GL rings, Hal would instead use the ring that’s actually RUN by Parallax’s power, I still think this should be pretty cool.

Here’s the Preview:
GREEN LANTERN #65

Written by GEOFF JOHNS; Art by DOUG MAHNKE and KEITH CHAMPAGNE; Cover by IVAN REIS and OCLAIR ALBERT

The “War of the Green Lanterns” takes a shocking turn! With the entire Green Lantern Corps against them, the four Earthborn GLs make a choice that will rank among the most memorable in GL history. But not all of them agree on what has to be done and what lines are to be crossed. Plus, the countdown to the live-action film continues with another exclusive look at the upcoming GREEN LANTERN movie!

Download the checklist and collect all of the issues in the “War of the Green Lanterns” story!

  • DC Universe
  • 32pg.
  • Color
  • $2.99 US

On Sale April 20, 2011

SUPERBOY #6 PREVIEW

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s SUPERBOY #6, the latest chapter in THE REIGN OF DOOMSDAY.

SUPERBOY #6 Written by JEFF LEMIRE; Art by MARCO RUDY; Cover by EDDY BARROWS & J.P. MAYER

The epic “Reign of Doomsday” crossover hits SUPERBOY! How will the Kid of Steel defeat the monster that managed to kill the Man of Steel? And what is Doomsday’s ultimate goal in attacking all these members of the Super-family? The mysteries deepen as Act I of this story rockets towards its conclusion!

  • Superman
  • 32pg.
  • Color
  • $2.99 US

On Sale April 13, 2011

Kneel, son of Jor-El. Kneel before Michael Shannon.

MICHAEL SHANNON TO STAR AS GENERAL ZOD IN “MAN OF STEEL”

FROM WARNER BROS. PICTURES AND LEGENDARY PICTURES

BURBANK, CA, April 10, 2011 – Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today that Michael Shannon will star in the role of General Zod in director Zack Snyder’s new Superman film, titled “Man of Steel.”

Snyder stated, “Zod is not only one of Superman’s most formidable enemies, but one of the most significant because he has insights into Superman that others don’t.  Michael is a powerful actor who can project both the intelligence and the malice of the character, making him perfect for the role.”

As General Zod, Shannon will go toe-to-toe with Henry Cavill, who plays the new Clark Kent/Superman in the film.  The main cast also includes Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Martha and Jonathan Kent.

Michael Shannon was honored with an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Sam Mendes’ “Revolutionary Road,” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.  Shannon was most recently seen in the award-winning HBO drama series “Boardwalk Empire,” from executive producer Martin Scorsese.  He will next be seen in Sony Pictures Classics’, “Take Shelter,” from director/writer Jeff Nichols.

Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder are the producers of the film.  The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan.  Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers.

“Man of Steel” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

FLASH POINT FRIDAY UPDATES

 DC is posting covers and creators for the second issues of the FLASHPOINT books, out in July.  Enjoy!

WHY IS TRACI 13 THE MOST IMPORTANT GIRL IN THE WORLD?

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FLASH QUESTION: Why is Traci 13 the most important girl in the world? Does she have the strength to do what must be done?

FLASHPOINT: THE WORLD OF FLASHPOINT #2
Written by REX OGLE
Art by EDUARDO FRANCISCO
Cover by BRETT BOOTH
On sale JULY 6 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

HOW MANY MUST DIE TO AVENGE QUEEN HIPPOLYTA’S DEATH AND SATIATE DIANA’S FURY?

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FLASH QUESTION: How many must die to avenge Queen Hippolyta’s death and satiate Diana’s fury?

FLASHPOINT: WONDER WOMAN AND THE FURIES #2
Written by DAN ABNETT and ANDY LANNING
Art by SCOTT CLARK and DAVID BEATY
Cover by ED BENES
On sale JULY 20 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WHO KILLED THE FIRST SEVEN?

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FLASH QUESTION: Who killed the first Seven? And can Amethyst stop them from killing the new Secret Seven?

FLASHPOINT: SECRET SEVEN #2
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by GEORGE PEREZ and SCOTT KOBLISH
Cover by GEORGE PEREZ
On sale JULY 6 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WHO IS BEHIND PROJECT SUPERMAN?

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FLASH QUESTION: Who is behind Project Superman?

FLASHPOINT: PROJECT SUPERMAN #2
Plot by SCOTT SNYDER
Script by LOWELL FRANCIS
Art and cover by GENE HA
On sale JULY 27 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

 

IN A WORLD WHERE EVERYONE HATES THE OUTSIDER, WHO WANTS HIM DEAD?

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FLASH QUESTION: In a world where everyone hates The Outsider, who wants him dead? Will the ruler of Kahndaq have what it takes to finish the job?

FLASHPOINT: THE OUTSIDER #2
Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art by JAVI FERNANDEZ
Cover by KEVIN NOWLAN
On sale JULY 27 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

 

 

LOIS LANE MEETS THE MYSTERIOUS LEADER OF THE RESISTANCE — BUT WILL SHE SURVIVE?

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FLASH QUESTION: Lois Lane meets the mysterious leader of the Resistance – but will she survive?

FLASHPOINT: LOIS LANE AND THE RESISTANCE #2
Written by DAN ABNETT and ANDY LANNING
Art by EDDIE NUNEZ
Cover by EDDIE NUNEZ and SANDRA HOPE
On sale JULY 27 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

 

 

WILL THEY HAVE THEIR REVENGE AGAINST CYBORG?

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FLASH QUESTION: The villains have mounted a prison break! Now, one lone hero stands in the way. Will Animal Man be able to stop them, or will they have their revenge against Cyborg?

FLASHPOINT: LEGION OF DOOM #2
Written by ADAM GLASS
Art by RODNEY BUCHEMI and JOSE MARZAN, JR.
Cover by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA
On sale JULY 20 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
 

WHERE IS HE? AND WHEN?

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FLASH QUESTION: Where is he? And when? Can Hot Pursuit save him in time for Bart to help Barry?

FLASHPOINT: KID FLASH LOST #2
Written by STERLING GATES
Art by OLIVER NOME
Cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
On sale JULY 27 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WILL HE BE ABLE TO FLY FAST ENOUGH TO ESCAPE HIS FATE AND DEFEAT THE AMAZONS?

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FLASH QUESTION: Will he be able to fly fast enough to escape his fate and defeat the Amazons?

FLASHPOINT: HAL JORDAN #2
Written by ADAM SCHLAGMAN
Art by BEN OLIVER
Cover by FRANCIS PORTELA
On sale JULY 27 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

CAN OUR HEROES FIND THE CURE TO THEIR AFFLICTIONS?

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FLASH QUESTION: Can our heroes find the cure to their afflictions, or will the monster hunter Miranda Shrieve kill them before they get the chance

FLASHPOINT: FRANKENSTEIN AND THE CREATURES OF THE UNKNOWN #2
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by IBRAIM ROBERSON
Cover by DOUG MAHNKE
On sale JULY 13 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WILL HIS LOSS DESTROY THE WORLD?

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FLASH QUESTION: Will his loss destroy the world?

FLASHPOINT: EMPEROR AQUAMAN #2
Written by TONY BEDARD
Art and cover by ARDIAN SYAF and VICENTE CIFUENTES
On sale JULY 13 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WILL DEATHSTROKE BE ABLE TO FIND HIS TREASURE WITH AQUAMAN STANDING IN HIS WAY?

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FLASH QUESTION: Will Deathstroke be able to find his treasure with Aquaman standing in his way?

FLASHPOINT: DEATHSTROKE AND THE CURSE OF THE RAVAGER #2
Written by JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art and cover by JOE BENNETT and JOHN DELL
On sale JULY 13 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WILL THE GRAYSON FAMILY BE ABLE TO HELP THE RESISTANCE?

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FLASH QUESTION: Trapped behind enemy lines, will the Grayson family be able to help the Resistance, or is this their final performance?

FLASHPOINT: DEADMAN AND THE FLYING GRAYSONS #2
Written by J.T. KRUL
Art by ALEJANDRO GIRALDO
Cover by CLIFF CHIANG
On sale JULY 20 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WILL CENTRAL CITY’S GREATEST HERO BE ABLE TO STAND AGAINST THE ROGUES?

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FLASH QUESTION: Will Central City’s greatest hero be able to stand against the Rogues?

FLASHPOINT: CITIZEN COLD #2
Written by SCOTT KOLINS
Art and cover by SCOTT KOLINS
On sale JULY 13 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WHO IS THE JOKER?

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FLASH QUESTION: Who is The Joker? And what is his dark connection to the Wayne family?

FLASHPOINT: BATMAN – KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE #2
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by EDUARDO RISSO
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
On sale JULY 6 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WILL SINESTRO SIDE WITH ABIN SUR AGAINST THE GUARDIANS OF OA?

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FLASH QUESTION: Will Sinestro side with Abin Sur against the Guardians of Oa, or is all hope lost?

FLASHPOINT: ABIN SUR – THE GREEN LANTERN #2
Written by ADAM SCHLAGMAN
Art and cover by FELIPE MASSAFERA
On sale JULY 6 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

 

WILL BOOSTER BE ABLE TO STOP DOOMSDAY AND HELP THE FLASH?

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FLASH QUESTION: Will Booster be able to stop Doomsday and help The Flash – or has his time come to an end?

BOOSTER GOLD #46

Written by DAN JURGENS
Art and cover by DAN JURGENS and NORM RAPMUND
On sale JULY 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WILL THE FLASH AND HIS NEW ALLIES BE ABLE TO FIX THE WORLD?

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FLASH QUESTION: Will The Flash and his new allies be able to fix the world?

FLASHPOINT #3
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by ANDY KUBERT and SANDRA HOPE
Cover by ANDY KUBERT and SANDRA HOPE
1:25 Black and white variant cover A by ANDY KUBERT
Variant cover B by IVAN REIS and GEORGE PEREZ
On sale JULY 6 • 3 of 5, 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS: AFTERMATH

Once again, that font of knowledge the DC SOURCE BLOG is teasing upcoming events. This time out, it’s the two parter, WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS: AFTERMATH.

The War of the Green Lanterns will forever change the lives of Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart and Kyle Rayner in ways that nobody could predict. In the first chapter of WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS: AFTERMATH, a two-part event, GREEN LANTERN CORPS writer Tony Bedard explores the shocking consequences the war had on the Corps and its central members. With art and a variant cover by Miguel Sepulveda, a cover by Dave Johnson, WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS: AFTERMATH #1 hits stores this July.

THE TITANS gear up for “THE METHUSELAH IMPERATIVE”

Over on DC’s THE SOURCE blog, TITANS writer Eric Wallace discussed the new storyline, THE METHUSELAH IMPERATIVE, that begins in TITANS ANNUAL #1 and heads to the main series as of issue 37.

According to WALLACE (and the covers) we’ll see the JLA, witness how ROY HARPER’s encounter with DICK GRAYSON helps or hurts his chances at redemption, and see a shift in OSIRIS and ISIS’ relationship as Osiris continues his quest to restore BLACK ADAM. Plus, we’ll see the story fans have been waiting for, as the original ATOM, Ray Palmer, finally catches up with the team that killed RYAN CHOI, the new, now late, Atom. Here’s some of what Wallace had to say:

First of all, this is our biggest story yet since Deathstroke took over the team. Some of the action in the TITANS ANNUAL (part one of “The Methuselah Imperative”) is pretty intense. Readers are going to love when they see what artist Cliff Richards has accomplished. The only way to describe it is “epic.” It’s exactly why we all love it when big superhero teams like the JLA meet up with a group of nasty villains like our current roster of Titans. You just know carnage will ensue.

For more, go to DC’s THE SOURCE blog.

TITANS ANNUAL #1

TITANS #37

BATMAN BEYOND #4 PREVIEW

Here’s a look at today’s BATMAN BEYOND #4, Courtesy of DC’s THE SOURCE.

BATMAN BEYOND #4
Written by ADAM BEECHEN; Art by EDUARDO PANSICA and EBER FERREIRA; Cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN

Having their secret identity exposed is the worst nightmare of any hero who wears a mask – and that nightmare is coming true for Dick Grayson! Bruce and Terry still think they can put this genie back in the bottle, but only with the help of Max, Terry’s closest confidant and computer wunderkind. But Max has problems of her own – the kind that Terry can’t ever find out about – and Dick has his own ideas about how to protect himself!

  • Batman
  • 32pg.
  • Color
  • $2.99 US

On Sale April 6, 2011

BRIGHTEST DAY #23 Preview

Here’s a peak at the penultimate issue of BRIGHTEST DAY, in stores today!

BRIGHTEST DAY #23
Written by GEOFF JOHNS and PETER J. TOMASI; Art by IVAN REIS, PAT GLEASON, ARDIAN SYAF, SCOTT CLARK and JOE PRADO; Cover by GARY FRANK; 1:10 Variant Covers by IVAN REIS

It’s the beginning of the end as we head toward the epic conclusion to BRIGHTEST DAY! The mystery of the heroes’ return and the secrets of the white forest are revealed! Plus, Captain Boomerang draws closer to completing his mission! And at last, it’s Firestorm vs. Deadman!

  • DC Universe
  • 32pg.
  • Color
  • $2.99 US

On Sale April 6, 2011

JONAH HEX PREVIEW PLUS

Take a peek at Fiona Staples’ pages to JONAH HEX #66 plus check out Jeff Lemire’s cover to JONAH HEX #69.
Here’s what Fiona Staples had to say about working on Jonah Hex over on DC’s THE SOURCE blog:

I love Westerns and this was my first time getting to draw one, so I really enjoyed tackling the scarred faces, period clothing and harsh environment. This particular story had a bit of a horror aspect too, so it was right up my alley! Of course, the best part of all was drawing Jonah’s famous messed-up face and contorting it into different expressions (mostly variations of “stoic” and “disgusted”) as he reacts to the weirdness going on around him.

JONAH HEX #66
Written by JUSTIN GRAY & JIMMY PALMIOTTI; Art and cover by FIONA STAPLES

The people of Casket Canyon seemed so excited to have Jonah Hex for dinner. That’s because he doesn’t suspect that he’s supposed to be the main course! With a horrific snowstorm brewing outside and hungry cannibals at the door, Jonah Hex finds himself with one foot in the grave and the other on the dining-room table. And if the cannibals don’t kill him, the cold will! Featuring the work of up and coming artist Fiona Staples (NORTH 40)!

  • DC Universe
  • 32pg.
  • Color
  • $2.99 US

On Sale April 6, 2011

And here’s Jeff Lemire’s cover to JONAH HEX #69

DC RETROACTIVE TITLES AND WRITERS

AT WONDERCON, DC announced that they would be doing a series of one-shots, set in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, called DC RETROACTIVE. Here are the titles and writers for each book.

Also, on FACEBOOK and TWITTER, fan-favorite (and MY personal favorite) artist KEVIN MAGUIRE confirmed that he WILL be handling the art for the 90’s JUSTICE LEAGUE with JLI writers Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis.

The 70’s

Superman: Martin Pasko

Wonder Woman: Dennis O’Neil

The Flash: Cary Bates

Justice League of America: Cary Bates

Green Lantern: Dennis O’Neil

Batman: Len Wein


The 80’s

Superman: Marv Wolfman

Wonder Woman: Roy Thomas

The Flash: William Messner-Loebs

Justice League of America: Gerry Conway

Green Lantern: Len Wein

Batman: Mike W. Barr


The 90’s

Superman: Louise Simonson

Wonder Woman: William Messner-Loebs

The Flash: Brian Augustyn

Justice League of America: Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis, with art by Kevin Maguire.

Green Lantern: Ron Marz

Batman: Alan Grant

Each title in the series will feature 26 new story pages with 20 pages of classic stories, running at $4.99 a piece. Keep checking back to THE SOURCE as we reveal full creative teams, artwork, and more details about RETRO-

ACTION COMICS #900 WILL BE PACKED WITH…ACTION!

DC’s THE SOURCE Blog is listing the goods on the oversized anniversary 900th issue of ACTION COMICS.  The issue finishes Cornell’s BLACK RINGS story, sets up next issue’s REIGN OF DOOMSDAY conclusion, and much much more. Plus features THREE covers, by Finch, Ross, and Hughes.  Here’s what The Source had to say:

The 51-page lead story by Paul Cornell, Pete Woods and Jesus Merino sees Superman return to ACTION just in time for both the conclusion of the critically-acclaimed “Black Ring” story starring Lex Luthor and the start of the next act of “Reign of Doomsday”. As a bonus, Dan Jurgens, Rags Morales, Ardian Syaf, Jamal Igle and Gary Frank are each contributing their artistic talents to special segments of this main story.

But wait, there’s more!

Action #900 will contain short comic stories by:

– Damon Lindelof & Ryan Sook
– David Goyer & Miguel Sepulveda
– Geoff Johns & Gary Frank
– Paul Dini & RB Silva

And that’s STILL not enough…

Richard Donner and Derek Hoffman collaborated on a story that’ll be presented in a screenplay format that we’ll run alongside storyboards by Matt Camp.

Brian Stelfreeze adds in a two-page spread showing the evolution of Superman throughout the decades, drawn in the art styles of some of Superman’s most well-known artists

WARNER BROS., DC ENTERTAINMENT, and CARTOON NETWORK FORM DC NATION IN 2012

DC’s THE SOURCE blog has announced that WARNER BROS., DC ENTERTAINMENT, and CARTOON NETWORK are forming DC NATION, an online, on network block of all things DC.

Debuting in 2012 as a multi-platform franchise, DC Nation will be the exclusive home for original DC animation properties. Backed by the production, publishing and marketing resources of Warner Bros., DC Entertainment and Cartoon Network, DC Nation will be an on-air and online programming block populated with event programming, interstitials, exclusive behind-the-scenes of theatrical production and an insider look into the world of all things DC.

“DC Nation on Cartoon Network will be the first-ever dedicated broadcast destination to showcase the depth and breadth of the DC Universe,” said Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment. “We and our partners at WBTV are thrilled that fans will be able to immerse themselves in DC’s phenomenal stories, experience a wide spectrum of amazing characters and stay up-to-date on the latest happenings of the world’s greatest superheroes and their creators, both on-air and online.”

InvestComics Comic Hot Pick 7-9-08

 One Comic makes the cut this week…………..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detective Comics #846.

While there might have been a few comics to possibly make the cut, only one got the star treatment from IC. Detective Comics #846 serves up as the first crossover comic to the red HOT R.I.P. storyline currently running in the Batman series. In case you’ve been living under a rock these past few months, DC promises to CHANGE Batman as we all know him (so claims DC). Will DC sustain the interest or just muck it up like they have with everything else these days? For now, DC is holding on rather nicely with this storyline. IC thinks DC is finally doing something right here. Lets all hope the end product is a well deserved one and not another disappointing SIGH of “not again.”   Anyway you look at this at this very moment, R.I.P. is H.O.T. and this 1st crossover book is probably going to fly right under the radar. Don’t miss it!

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

 

Joker makes a Marvel Universe Appearance!

Originally published in InvestComics magazine #2  July 2007

The Joker in a Marvel comic?? (…)

Released 1986 & 1989

Current Price: $1.00 (check bins @ LCS)

D.P.7 # 1 & Justice # 32

Marvel’s New Universe imprint came out back in 1986 with very big expectations. To Marvel’s dismay it lasted as long as their STAR line lasted. The only redeeming value Marvel holds on to is that both of these series’ DP7 & Justice lasted 32 issues. Marvel recently revamped the New Universe with a successful limited series New Universal. Okay so here’s why we dab into the New Universe. D.P.7 (Displaced Paranormals) is going to a Trade soon. An interest may arise once again for these “7” heroes. Highly unlikely but one never knows.

As for Justice # 32, it’s a New Universe comic, which is a Marvel book right? Then what the hell is the JOKER doing in a small panel?? DC got a little perturbed and tried suing Marvel over this comic but nothing ever came of it. The Joker makes a cameo in a Marvel comic, how cool is that?!?! Buying this comic for pure nostalgia reasons is a must. Here’s a fun idea, get it graded, see if they put any info on the description of Joker making a cameo!