Sensational Comics for August, 2013

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I'll talk about all those likely cheesy Trinity War books I'll probably still buy in a minute, but I have something to say first. I'm looking at these Arkham City action figures, along with the Infinite Crisis Atomic Wonder Woman statue, and I simply find it all friggin' repugnant. It's like Juggalos have taken over the design aesthetic of DC Comics. Generations to come will laugh at how vulgar and stupid we were for putting up with this crap. Just because super-heroes have gone mainstream doesn't mean it's okay to pander to literally the lowest common denominator of all possible audiences, and will either drown in fail sauce or push the entire medium back into the grimiest ghetto of popular culture alongside furries and the oeuvre of V. C. Andrews' ghost writer.

Wonder Woman


WONDER WOMAN #23
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art and cover by CLIFF CHIANG
1:25 B&W cover by CLIFF CHIANG
On sale AUGUST 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.

Wonder Woman had no choice but to abandon London to the bloodthirsty First Born—but now it’s time to take the city back! If Diana is truly War’s greatest student, then now is the time to prove it!
So Diana is back to being an enemy of the god of war? That was always kind of the point of her existence, regardless of how badly DC wants to own Xena instead.
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7
Written by GEOFF JOHNS and JEFF LEMIRE
Art by DOUG MAHNKE and CHRISTIAN ALAMY
Cover by DOUG MAHNKE
1:25 Variant cover by MIKEL JANIN
1:00 B&W Variant cover by DOUG MAHNKE
“We Can Be Heroes” Blank variant cover available
On sale AUGUST 14 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with five covers. This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue. Please see the order form for more information.

TRINITY WAR CHAPTER 4! The hunt for a murder suspect leads Superman and his new teammates to the secret behind the Secret Society, while Batman finds the key to the crime—and one of the Leaguers will be forever changed by it. Plus, who is the Secret Society of Super-Villains and what are their plans for Pandora?
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #23
Written by JEFF LEMIRE and RAY FAWKES
Art by MIKEL JANIN
Cover by DOUG MANHKE
1:25 Variant cover by MIKAL JANIN
1:100 B&W Variant cover by DOUG MAHNKE
On sale AUGUST 21 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.

TRINITY WAR CHAPTER 5! The Justice Leagues continues to fracture as the murder of a hero is solved—and the line between justice and vengeance blurs as they head off to find those responsible!

Steve Trevor? We haven't seen Steve in the solicits, have we?

JUSTICE LEAGUE #23
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
Cover by DOUG MAHNKE
1:25 Variant cover by MIKAL JANIN
1:00 B&W Variant cover by DOUG MAHNKE
On sale AUGUST 28 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with four covers. This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue. Please see the order form for more information.

TRINITY WAR CHAPTER 6! Trinity War concludes! But that doesn’t mean all ends well for our heroes. The secret behind Pandora’s Box is revealed and it means the end of the Justice Leagues!

No it doesn't.
TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA #3
Written by RAY FAWKES
Art by DANIEL SAMPERE and VICENTE CIFUENTES
Cover by RYAN SOOK
1:25 B&W Variant cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale AUGUST 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.

A “Trinity War” tie-in! As both the heroes and the villains continue to hunt Pandora down, she makes a crucial decision involving the Seven Deadly Sins, one that will affect the entire world…
So this is all a Shazam thing?
TRINITY OF SIN: THE PHANTOM STRANGER #11
Written by J.M. DeMATTEIS
Art by FERNANDO BLANCO
Cover by GUILLEM MARCH
On sale AUGUST 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

The key to ending “Trinity War” may be the soul of a murdered Justice League member, so the Phantom Stranger must lead a covert team—including Batman, Deadman and Katana—into the afterlife to try to retrieve it! But the Stranger made a promise never to return to the afterlife— and when he breaks that promise, he’ll find that the Hosts of Heaven are all too eager to dish out his punishment!
At first I was all like OMG, they killed a secret Leaguer within the five year New 52 timeline. Then I remembered that they're going to kill somebody in Justice League of America #4, and here's where they'll either be resurrected or have their requiem.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: TRINITY WAR—DIRECTOR’S CUT #1
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by IVAN REIS
On sale AUGUST 7 • 64 pg, FC, $5.99 US • RATED T

The War of the Justice Leagues is here—and now, DC Comics presents the first chapter in this epic event in a new Director’s Cut, featuring Geoff Johns’ original script from JUSTICE LEAGUE #22 and Ivan Reis’ artwork presented in pencil form!
SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 #16
Written by BRYAN Q. MILLER
Art by JORGE JIMENEZ
Cover by CAT STAGGS
On sale AUGUST 14 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST

“Olympus,” part 1! Twenty years ago, a young boy washed up on a mysterious island and met a princess. Now, that princess has come to look for the mother who disappeared when she took the boy back. But if Smallville is prepared for strange beings, Washington, DC, certainly is not!
The thing that I like about this book is how it did not hesitate to bring in every major hero denied the actual TV series as prominently as possible.
AME-COMI GIRLS #6
Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by EDUARDO FRANCISCO, HORACIO DOMINGUES and RUBEN GONZALEZ
Cover by JONBOY MEYERS
On sale AUGUST 7 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST

“Earth In Crisis” heralds the beginning of the end of the world as the girls are whisked away to the planet Rann. There they are greeted by Adam Strange and Hawkgirl and told of the imminent threat of the evil Sinestra. It’s not just Rann in danger, but the universe itself!
DC UNIVERSE VS. THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #1
Written by KEITH GIFFEN
Art by DEXTER SOY
Covers by ED BENES
On sale AUGUST 28 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 6, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This debut issue features two covers by Ed Benes, both available for ordering: one featuring the heroes of the DC Universe, and the other featuring The Masters of the Universe! Please see the order form for more information.

After narrowly escaping his last battle with He-Man, Skeletor has fled to the most unexpected realm to recover: EARTH! Once there, he sets a plan in motion to siphon off Earth’s core magic. Forging an unlikely hunting party, He-Man and company go in search of Skeletor. Finding themselves at odds with the heroes of the DC Universe, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe must find a way to stop Skeletor and his mysterious new master!
INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US #8
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by JHEREMY RAAPACK, MIKE S. MILLER and TOM DERENICK
Cover by MICO SUAYAN
On sale AUGUST 28 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST

From the ashes of Metropolis comes Superman and the JLA’s newest ally: Lex Luthor! Against all odds, he’s not only survived but now embraces Superman’s goals. Of course, Lex has his own ideas for how to create a better world. The Man of Steel trusts him, but can the rest of his allies be so sure?
AME-COMI GIRLS VOL. 1 TP
Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by AMANDA CONNER, TONY AKINS, SANFORD GREEN, TED NAIFEH and others
Cover by AMANDA CONNER
On sale SEPTEMBER 25 • 168 pg, FC, $14.99 US

Don’t miss a moment of the action from the 2012 5-issue miniseries as Wonder Woman must stop an attack on Themyscira, Batgirl falls into Duela Dent’s trap, Supergirl and Power Girl confront a space invasion and much more!
DC ONE MILLION OMNIBUS HC
Written by GRANT MORRISON, MARK MILLAR, MARK WAID, RON MARZ, GARTH ENNIS, JAMES ROBINSON, GEOFF JOHNS and others
Art by VAL SEMEIKS, PHIL JIMENEZ, CULLY HAMNER, MARK BUCKINGHAM, J.H. WILLIAMS III, BRYAN HITCH, KEITH GIFFEN, SEAN PHILLIPS, DAN JURGENS and others
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale OCTOBER 30 • 1,080 pg, FC, $99.99 US

The 1999 event masterminded by Grant Morrison is collected in its entirety in one massive hardcover! In the 853rd century, Earth remains safe thanks to the descendants of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and others—but they’ve never met anything like the sentient super-computer Solaris. This incredible collection includes DC ONE MILLION #1-4, plus the #1,000,000 issues of ACTION COMICS, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, AQUAMAN, AZRAEL, BATMAN, BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT, BOOSTER GOLD, CATWOMAN, CHASE, CHRONOS, THE CREEPER, DETECTIVE COMICS, THE FLASH, GREEN ARROW, GREEN LANTERN, HITMAN, IMPULSE, JLA, LEGION OF SUPER HEROES, LEGIONNAIRES, LOBO, MARTIAN MANHUNTER, NIGHTWING, POWER OF SHAZAM, RESURRECTION MAN, ROBIN, STARMAN, SUPERBOY, SUPERGIRL, SUPERMAN, SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL, SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF TOMORROW, WONDER WOMAN, YOUNG JUSTICE, as well as DC ONE MILLION 80-PAGE GIANT #1 and SUPERMAN/BATMAN #79-80.
JLA EARTH TWO DELUXE EDITION HC
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art and cover by FRANK QUITELY
On sale OCTOBER 2 • 144 pg, FC, 7.0625” x 10.875”, $24.99 US

The amazing original graphic novel from the ALL-STAR SUPERMAN creative team of writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely is back in a new deluxe edition hardcover, that includes a gallery of preliminary art that’s never been published before! Ultraman, Owlman, Power Ring, and Johnny Quick rule their world without mercy or opposition, until the sudden appearance of Superman, Batman and the rest of the Justice League! Realties clash as the Justice League travels to an alternate reality to face off against distorted mirror images of themselves… This Deluxe Edition features a new cover by Frank Quitely, plus previously unpublished sketch material and more.
Wonder Woman had to be in this, because she's right there on the cover, but for the life of me I cannot recall what role she played in the proceedings. Morrison was notoriously poor in his handling of the Amazing Amazon in JLA, so confess some serious reservations about the long threatened Earth One graphic novel.
JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 2: THE VILLAIN’S JOURNEY TP
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by JIM LEE, SCOTT WILLIAMS, GENE HA, CARLOS D’ANDA, IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
Cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
On sale SEPTEMBER 25 • 176 pg, FC, $16.99 US

In this new trade paperback collecting issues #7-12 of the smash-hit series, find out what who has joined the team after its origin! And why does Green Arrow want to join their ranks so badly? Plus, someone is out to get the Justice League, and he is determined to show the world how mortal these godlike beings really are!
NECESSARY EVIL: THE VILLAINS OF THE DC UNIVERSE TP
Written by RICHARD DONNER, GEOFF JOHNS, JEPH LOEB, DENNIS O’NEIL, PETER J. TOMASI, DAVE GIBBONS, DARWYN COOKE, GREG RUCKA and others
Art by JIM LEE, SCOTT WILLIAMS, NEAL ADAMS, DICK GIORDANO, MIKE MIGNOLA, KEVIN NOWLAN, DOUG MAHNKE, PATRICK GLEASON, TIM SALE, TONY HARRIS, DREW JOHNSON and others
Cover by TBD
On sale SEPTEMBER 4 • 192 pg, FC, $16.99 US

The Joker, Lex Luthor, Black Manta, Bane, Black Adam, Ra’s Al Ghul, General Zod, Clayface, Sinestro, Catwoman, Cheetah and many more of the worst villains in the DC Universe star in this action-packed collection of stories from ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #10, BATMAN #244, 614, BATMAN VILLAINS SECRET FILES #1, BLACK ADAM #6, GREEN LANTERN CORPS #14, SOLO #1, SUPERMAN: LEX 2000, WONDER WOMAN #214, COUNTDOWN TO INFINITE CRISIS #1 and the backup stories from COUNTDOWN #2, 6-11, 14-16, 19, 27, 29, 33-34 and 36-37!
SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER-VILLAINS VOL. 1 TP
Written by GERRY CONWAY, PAUL LEVITZ and others
Art by Various
Cover by ERNIE CHUA
On sale SEPTEMBER 18 • 208 pg, FC, $19.99 US

Sinestro, Gorilla Grodd, Captain Cold and other villain star in tales of evil from SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER-VILLAINS #1-15, DC SPECIAL #27, DC SPECIAL SERIES #6, SUPER-TEAM FAMILY #13-14, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #166-168, CANCELLED COMICS CAVALCADE #2 and THE AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS #11.
WONDER WOMAN VOL. 2: GUTS TP
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by CLIFF CHIANG, TONY AKINS and DAN GREEN
Cover by CLIFF CHIANG
On sale SEPTEMBER 11 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US

In this new trade paperback collecting issues #7-12, Wonder Woman goes to hell! After playing Poseidon, Hades, and Hera against each other, Hades strikes back by kidnapping Zola and trapping her in the Underworld. It’s up to Wonder Woman — with a little help from the God of Love and the God of Smiths — to break Zola out. But what is Hades’ real game? And once you get into the land of the dead, how exactly do you get out?

Wonder Girl Cassie Sandsmark


TEEN TITANS #23
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art by ROBSON ROCHA and WAYNE FAUCHER
Cover by EDDY BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA
1:25 B&W Variant cover by EDDY BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA
On sale AUGUST 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.

Kid Flash finds himself on the run from his past as a growing rift between Red Robin and Superboy boils over and could tear the Teen Titans apart, just as their speedster teammate needs them most.

Cheetah


SUICIDE SQUAD #23
Written by ALES KOT
Art by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Cover by JASON PEARSON
On sale AUGUST 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

Suicide Squad is sent on a mission to take down a dictator who is planning to create his own metahuman army. But what the Squad doesn’t know is that he already has a batch of super-powered soldiers ready to defend him—cue the mayhem! Plus, the true nature of Waller’s new deal with the team is revealed!

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