7 New DC Comics Titles to Get Excited About this Fall

Friday, 18 September 2015 - 10:42AM
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Friday, 18 September 2015 - 10:42AM
7  New DC Comics Titles to Get Excited About this Fall
Summer has come to an end, and the DC YOU initiative has produced quite a few new comics that are worth keeping up with. Yet DC isn't quite finished pumping out new releases, as this Fall may hold even more titles worth the trip to the comic shop. With Batman v Superman looming on the horizon, you can bet DC's not going to miss a chance to capitalize on the public's increased attention to their top two heroes, as more than a couple new Batman and Superman series are set to hit the shelves in the upcoming months. Likewise, Vertigo, DC's imprint designed for mature readers is on the verge of starting to release titles from their new Fall slate in just a few weeks as well. It's definitely an exciting time for DC Comics fans, and most of these new series seem to be very promising. Nevertheless, there are a few titles that stick out as "must reads" that any self-respecting comic fan just can't miss. Here's 7 of DC's new fall titles to really get excited about.

7

Survivor's Club.



Official synopsis: One was possessed by a poltergeist. Another was trapped in a haunted house. A third had a killer doll. Ever wonder what happened to these children of the 1980s? Find out in SURVIVORS CLUB, a new series cowritten by renowned horror novelist Lauren Beukes and award-winning cover designer and illustrator Dale Halverson, with art by Ryan Kelly (NORTHLANDERS).

Having found each other over the internet, six grown-up survivors are drawn together by the horrors they experienced in 1987 when a rash of occult events occurred around the world-with fatal results. Now, there are indications that it may be happening all over again. Is it possible that these six aren't just survivors-but were chosen for their fates?

Why We're Excited About It: In a recent interview with the creators of Survivor's Club, they mentioned that the characters they've created take inspiration from movies such as The Ring, Halloween, the Exorcist, and other famous horror stories from the not so distant past. If you're like me, then you probably love the idea of seeing well known fictional characters juxtaposed into foreign situations and doing things you would never expect them doing. Fables, another Vertigo title which recently came to an end, did just this ever so well with everyone's favorite fairy tales, so it's exciting to see the company try the same thing but in a new direction. The premise for this book is really intriguing, and it'll definitely be worth picking up the first couple issues to see if the book itself is as great as the ideas behind it.

6

The Twilight Children.



Official Synopsis: For the first time ever, legendary comics creators Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets) and Darwyn Cooke (DC: THE NEW FRONTIER) have joined forces for a surreal project unlike anything you've ever read before!

When a white orb washes up on the shore of a remote Latin American village, a group of children naturally poke at the strange object to see what it is. The orb explodes, leaving the children completely blind. And when a beautiful young woman who may be an alien is found wandering the seafront, she's taken in by the townspeople, but soon becomes a person of interest to a quirky pair of undercover CIA agents, and the target of affection for a young scientist. Can they come together to prevent an all-out alien invasion and save the souls in this sleepy, seaside town?

Why We're Excited About It: This comic comes from creators that have quite the reputation in the comics industry. As one of Vertigo's new miniseries, The Twilight Children has a lot of potential to be something great. We'll have to wait and see how original this alien invasion turns out to be, but for now, the names on the front certainly show promise!

5

Titans Hunt.



Official Synopsis: CONVERGENCE is over, but the ripples are still being felt, especially by a young precog named Lilith. What are these visions she's having of a Teen Titans team the world never knew? And why does she feel compelled to seek out Dick Grayson, Roy Harper, Donna Troy and an Atlantean named Garth and warn them that something dark and sinister is coming after them? Who are Mal, Gnarrk, Hank Hall and Dawn Granger, and what is their connection to the others-and to the fate of every soul on Earth? This is the Secret History of the TEEN TITANS!

Why We're Excited About It: As if a new Teen Titans title starring Dick Grayson wasn't enough, Titans Hunt promises to bring back former Titans from the original series. Donna Troy (AKA Wonder Girl) was just introduced to the New 52 universe this year in Wonder Woman, and Roy Harper is currently fighting alongside another former Robin in Red Hood and Arsenal. It's going to be interesting to see how these heroes come together and form a team that can no doubt only be bettered by the Justice League itself.

4

The Dark Knight III: The Master Race.



Official Synopsis: The epic ending you never saw coming is here because you demanded it! The Dark Knight rises again to face the dawn of the master race!

Why We're Excited About It: The Dark Knight Returns is without doubt one of the most influential graphic stories ever to be told. Likewise, Ben Affleck's iteration of the Caped Crusader in the upcoming Batman v Superman draws heavily from Frank Miller's take on the character. So getting to know this particular storyline might be a timely thing to do before the movie. That being said, TDKR's sequel, The Dark Knight Strikes Again, left much to be desired. That fact alone puts the quality of the upcoming work into question. However, Frank Miller is certainly known for his abilities, and the fact that Brian Azarello (who has become legendary in his own right) is co-writing the book gives us great hope for the conclusion of the Dark Knight trilogy. There's a lot of reasons to think that the end of the Dark Knight's story will cause just as much of a bang as it's beginning; it's definitely something worth checking out.

3

Art Ops.



Official Synopsis: In this new series by Shaun Simon, co-writer (with Gerard Way) of The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, and legendary artist Michael Allred (iZOMBIE), art not only imitates life, it becomes it! When rogue figures from famous works of art come to life and escape their frames, it's up to Reggie Riot and the agents of Art Operatives to track them down before they wreak havoc on the unsuspecting public. But Reggie has secrets of his own that may affect his ability to interact with these living works of art—-and he wants no part in the agency his mother ran before him. Pop culture will never be the same.

Why We're Excited About It: Much of the appeal of Art Ops is similar to that of Survivor's Club - it takes well known characters of fiction and puts them into crazy situations you would have never imagined they'd face before. Mona Lisa will evidently play a part, but it's fun to speculate on what other famous works of art might make their way into this new series. Just as well, Shelly Bond, editor in chief at Vertigo, claimed that Art Ops was the company's next big team-up comic series this year at SDCC. For these reasons, you'll want to put Art Ops on your list.

2

Batman: Europa.




Official Synopsis: Superstar artist Jim Lee returns to the Dark Knight with this premiere issue! The impossible has happened and Batman is on the verge of being taken down by an enemy he cannot defeat: a virus for which there is no cure! And the only hope for his salvation is The Joker! Who infected Batman, what does the Clown Prince of Crime know, and how will the Dark Knight get that information? Together, the enemies crisscross Europe, desperate to find answers before time runs out.

Why We're Excited About It: Because it's a Batman and Joker story, that's why. Seriously, though, Jim Lee's pencils returning to a Batman title is something to really get excited about. The fact that it's written by the man who's authored mind blowing works such as The Joker, Lex Luthor: Man of Steel, and the first four years of the New 52's Wonder Woman? Even better.

1

Superman: American Alien.




Official Synopsis: Hollywood screenwriter and Eisner Award nominee Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN) joins forces with top comics artists including Jock, Francis Manapul and Jae Lee to bring you SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN, a 7-issue miniseries chronicling the life of Clark Kent and his development into the archetypal hero he will eventually become. But these are not the stories of the iconic "Superman" as you know him, but of the soft-spoken, charming, often-funny Kansas farm-boy behind the Man of Steel. With the tone of each issue ranging from heartwarming and simple, to frighteningly gritty and violent, to sexy, sun-kissed and funny, SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN is unlike anything you've seen before.

Why We're Excited About It: The talent on this is phenomenal. Landis has written one of the greatest issues of Superman that I've ever read with the Adventures of Superman #14. Jock also worked on the art in that particular issue, and the result is absolutely fantastic. Seeing that these two will be teaming up again is really something to be psyched about. Plus, some of the greatest, most relatable stories that can be told about Superman are those set in his hometown of Smallville. Real, quality stories featuring the Man of Steel in the post-Flashpoint era have so far been sparse, but that just might be why we have so much hope for a story that looks as promising as American Alien. You definitely won't want to miss it.
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