DC’s Superman Family Takes Over Action Comics This Week

Jan 23, 2023 · 24


The Superman Family is taking charge and getting new costumes in this week's DC Comics releases.

The "Dawn of DC" era begins with Action Comics #1051 going on sale, which shakes up the title's one-story formatting and turns it into an anthology series. The upcoming issue features a main story by writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson and artist Rafa Sandoval, giving most members of the Super Family new, capeless suits while they must take on a reinvigorated Metallo. The issue also features two backup stories, "Lois & Clark 2" and "Power Girl Reborn," with the former revisiting Jon Kent's childhood while the latter focuses on Power Girl after she gained psionic abilities in Lazarus Planet: Assault on Krypton #1.

Speaking of Lazarus Planet, the event's third installment is out on Tuesday: Lazarus Planet: We Once Were Gods #1. Like Assault on Krypton, the book will be an anthology one-shot of different characters dealing with the worldwide Lazarus Storm affecting superpowers, magic and people in different ways. Based on its cover and solicitation, We Once Were Gods is set to spotlight Wonder Girl Yara Flor, Wonder Woman's home of Themyscira, Martian Manhunter, the Shazam Family and more.

Meanwhile, there is a focus on Catwoman this week, being that the mantle is shifting from Selina Kyle to another in Catwoman #51, and Selina is getting her own Batman: One Bad Day issue. Readers can also pick up the penultimate issues for DC Horror Presents: Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead, The Human Target and Harley Quinn's "Who Killed Harley Quinn?" arc. The full list of releases can be found alphabetically below, covers and solicitations included.

ACTION COMICS #1051

  • Written by PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON, DAN JURGENS, and LEAH WILLIAMS
  • Art by RAFA SANDOVAL, LEE WEEKS, and MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
  • Cover by DAN MORA
  • Variant covers by STEVE BEACH, JORGE FORNÉS, SERGIO DAVILA, RAFA SANDOVAL, DAVID NAKAYAMA, and LEE WEEKS
  • 1:25 variant cover by JACK HERBERT
  • 1:50 foil variant cover by DAN MORA
  • 1:100 embossed variant cover by STEVE BEACH
  • $4.99 US | 48 pages | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 1/24/23
  • ACTION COMICS REBORN!
  • Action Comics #1051 begins a new format for DC’s most action-packed title, offering not one, not two, but three epic adventures of Superman and the entire Super-Family! Following the bombshell events of Action Comics #1050, the world’s relationship with Superman is forever changed, the upper limits of his supercharged powers have yet to be reached, and the House of El’s transformation of Metropolis, led by Steel, has begun. But Lex Luthor has found the perfect instrument with which to undo everything Superman is working to achieve: Metallo, whose hatred of Superman is matched only by his hatred for Luthor himself. Then, in “Lois and Clark 2: Doom Rising,” Dan Jurgens and Lee Weeks return to tell the tale of young Jon Kent on the farm with his parents, learning about his abilities, coming of age…and battling the Doombreaker?! And finally, Power Girl returns in part one of a three-part story spinning out of Lazarus Planet! This issue marks the first appearance of new characters, new costumes, and a new era of Action Comics! It all starts here!

BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS – GILDED CITY #4

  • Written by EVAN NARCISSE
  • Art by ABEL
  • Cover by GREG CAPULLO
  • Variant cover by KEYLA VALERIO
  • Games variant cover
  • $4.99 US | 32 pages | 4 of 6 | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 1/24/23
  • The Golden Iris Virus maintains its stranglehold on Gotham City, with its manic victims now descending upon a car dealership with explosive results for the Bat-Family. Elsewhen, in the Gotham City of the 1800s, Runaway finds themselves in a shaky alliance with Vandal Savage, who holds clues to the origins, and possibly the antidote, to the strange illness plaguing the city across centuries. Each issue will also offer a code for readers to redeem in the Gotham Knights game for an exclusive item. For issue 4, readers will receive a code for an exclusive skin variant for Red Hood Gilded Age Pistols! Readers who redeem the codes for all 6 issues will receive a special 7th item!
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BATMAN - ONE BAD DAY: CATWOMAN #1

  • Written by G. WILLOW WILSON
  • Art and cover by JAMIE McKELVIE
  • Variant cover by JIM LEE, SCOTT WILLIAMS, and ALEX SINCLAIR
  • 1:25 variant cover by JESSICA FONG
  • 1:50 variant cover by SERG ACUNA
  • 1:100 variant cover by BRIAN BOLLAND
  • Premium variant cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI and ARIF PRIANTO
  • $7.99 US | 64 pages | Prestige
  • (all covers are card stock)
  • ON SALE 1/24/22
  • Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman, is the greatest thief that Gotham City has ever seen. She’s effortlessly stolen countless items of immense value over the years and successfully evaded the GCPD and Batman. But when Catwoman finds out an item from her past is being sold for way more than it used to be worth, it sends Catwoman into a spiral, and she’ll do everything in her power to steal it back. Batman tries to stop her before she goes too far, and a mysterious figure known as the Forger will change Catwoman’s life forever. The all-star creative team of G. WILLOW WILSON (Poison Ivy, Ms. Marvel) and JAMIE McKELVIE (The Wicked & The Divine, Young Avengers) unite for this epic story!

BLUE BEETLE: GRADUATION DAY #3

  • Written by JOSH TRUJILLO
  • Art and cover by ADRIÁN GUTIÉRREZ
  • Variant cover by JOE QUINONES
  • 1:25 variant cover by CHOKOO
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | 3 of 6 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 1/24/23
  • Starfire arrives in Palmera City to give Jaime important information regarding the Reach! But can the Tamaranean warrior help Blue Beetle when another new beetle appears, ready to fight? The Green Beetle strikes!

CATWOMAN #51

  • Written by TINI HOWARD
  • Art by SAMI BASRI
  • Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
  • Variant cover by SWABY
  • Variant cover by SWEENEY BOO
  • 1:25 variant cover by NICO LEON
  • 1:50 foil variant cover by SWABY
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 1/24/23
  • CAT IN A CRATE. Never cage her. Never chain her. Never ty and keep her down. After the explosive events in Alleytown…the Cat wants out. But with Selina Kyle locked up while under investigation for murder, there still has to be a Catwoman on the streets of Gotham to keep the mob families behaving under the Cat’s claws…it’s a good thing Eiko Hasigawa has a Catwoman costume in the back of her closet that’s just waiting to be put on again!

DC HORROR PRESENTS: SGT. ROCK VS. THE ARMY OF THE DEAD #5

  • Written by BRUCE CAMPBELL
  • Art by EDUARDO RISSO
  • Cover by GARY FRANK
  • Variant cover by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
  • 1:25 variant cover by BEN TEMPLESMITH
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | 5 of 6 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 1/24/23
  • They’ve blasted their way through impossible scenarios and burned their way through throngs of undead soldiers. But now Sgt. Rock and Easy Company find themselves hot on the trail of an enemy even they may not be able to handle: an über-upgraded, rejuvenation serum-addicted Adolf Hitler.

DETECTIVE COMICS #1068

  • Written by RAM V
  • Art by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE and IVAN REIS
  • Cover by EVAN CAGLE
  • Backup written by SIMON SPURRIER
  • Backup art by DANI
  • Variant cover by INHYUK LEE
  • Variant cover by IVAN REIS
  • 1:25 variant cover by COLLEEN DORAN
  • 1:50 foil variant cover by INHYUK LEE
  • $4.99 US | 40 pages | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 1/24/23
  • This special Two-Face issue is split in half artistically by maestros Rafael Albuquerque and Ivan Reis to portray the struggles Harvey Dent goes through trying to stay alive with the help of his more evil side… Genius writer Ram V not only devised each page of this story to be a dark reflection of the page facing it, but also of itself from front to back! This is an issue you won’t want to miss!

HARLEY QUINN #26

  • Written by STEPHANIE PHILLIPS
  • Art by MATTEO LOLLI
  • Cover by JONBOY MEYERS
  • Variant cover by ALEX GARNER
  • Variant cover by JENNY FRISON
  • 1:25 variant cover by TAURIN CLARKE
  • 1:50 variant cover by LEIRIX
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 1/24/23
  • What’s fifty Harley Quinns from all over the Multiverse plus one interdimensional murderer hell-bent on killing all of the aforementioned Harleys, divided by two very hungry hyenas, all to the power of Kevin…? 23. Obviously. But, also, a really weird way to spend your weekend. Nothing like meeting yourself 49 times to give you a real good existential crisis! I’m not one for self-doubt and all that…but it’s hard not to be at least a little jealous of mermaid Harley.

THE HUMAN TARGET #11

  • Written by TOM KING
  • Art and cover by GREG SMALLWOOD
  • Variant cover by MIKEL JANÍN
  • 1:25 variant cover by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO
  • $4.99 US | 40 pages | 11 of 12
  • (all covers are card stock)
  • ON SALE 1/24/23
  • It’s been 11 days since he was poisoned on a mission that went sideways and Christopher Chance has finally solved his own murder. But is it too late to save himself?! The penultimate chapter to the Eisner-nominated series will leave readers stunned!

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #2

  • Written by GEOFF JOHNS
  • Art and cover by MIKEL JANÍN
  • Variant cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
  • 1:25 variant cover by TOM RANEY
  • 1:50 foil variant cover by MIKEL JANÍN
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | 2 of 12 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 1/24/22
  • THE NEW GOLDEN AGE CONTINUES! Huntress has arrived in the present day, but the Justice Society of America are not what she remembers. Can she get to the bottom of what’s happened to the world’s first superhero team? Will the helmet of Fate hold the answers Huntress seeks?

LAZARUS PLANET: WE ONCE WERE GODS #1

  • Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL, DAN WATTERS, PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON, and JOSIE CAMPBELL
  • Art by FRANCIS MANAPUL, MAX DUNBAR, JACK HERBERT, and CAITLIN YARSKY
  • Cover by DAVID MARQUEZ and ALEJANDRO SÁNCHEZ
  • Variant covers by DAVE JOHNSON, FRANCESCO MATTINA, and RAFAEL SARMENTO
  • 1:25 variant cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
  • 1:50 foil variant cover by DAVID MARQUEZ and ALEJANDRO SÁNCHEZ
  • $4.99 US | 48 pages | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 1/24/23
  • As the Lazarus rain beats down upon planet Earth, human beings are only a fraction of those affected by this transformative upheaval—enter: We Once Were Gods. This series of vignettes explores Lazarus Planet’s effects across the many extraordinary locations and creatures in the DC Universe, and like their human counterparts, these beings are in for some big changes. Can Themyscira survive the resurrection of every invading army that ever graced its shores? Will Martian Manhunter survive a psychic link to a Doomsday nest? What happens when the monsters from the Trench gain the ability to breathe air? And look out, Shazam Family…the Rock of Eternity is about to get rocked.

PUNCHLINE: THE GOTHAM GAME #4

  • Written by TINI HOWARD and BLAKE HOWARD
  • Art by MAX RAYNOR
  • Cover by VASCO GEORGEIV
  • Variant cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
  • Variant cover by WARREN LOUW
  • 1:25 variant cover by SWEENEY BOO
  • 1:50 foil variant cover by CLAIRE ROE
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | 4 of 6 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 1/24/23
  • BOYS’ CLUB! Punchline and the Royal Flush Gang’s crusade to reshape the Gotham City underworld continues with a vengeance. But Punchline is done dealing with henchmen and hired assassins…she’s going right to the top, forcing a meeting with Black Mask and his criminal hive. Will Punchline have their ear, or will they rip out her heart?! And how will Bluebird recover from the vicious defeat Punchline dealt her as she tries to help her brother?

THE SANDMAN UNIVERSE: DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #2

  • Written by PORNSAK PICHETSHOTE
  • Art by JEFF STOKELY
  • Cover by NIMIT MALAVIA
  • Variant cover by ALEX ECKMAN-LAWN
  • 1:25 variant cover by DAVE JOHNSON
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | 2 of 6 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 1/24/23
  • Edwin and Charles learn that finding the dame doesn’t always mean closing the case when it turns out their new Thai ghost friends seem to be caught in the crosshairs of some dangerous enemies. Thankfully, the best thing about being a dead boy detective is that it’s not like you can die again…right?

TIM DRAKE: ROBIN #5

  • Written by MEGHAN FITZMARTIN
  • Art and cover by RICARDO LÓPEZ ORTIZ
  • Variant cover by DAN MORA
  • 1:25 variant cover by NICK ROBLES
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 1/24/23
  • Tim’s mysterious new admirer/nemesis is closing in and they could be anyone. With everyone he trusts potentially compromised or in danger, the World’s Greatest Robin™ has no one and nowhere left to turn for help…except for himself. But can Tim Drake get out of his own way for long enough to catch up to a villain who seemingly knows everything about Tim, down to the very way he thinks?

All of these issues go on sale Jan. 24 from DC Comics.

Source: DC Comics

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