Today, DC Comics announced something that patrons of local comic shops have been craving for a while. Starting this summer, their formerly Walmart exclusive “Giant” Stories will finally be available to purchase outside of the big box chain. Or, more specifically, the new content from those Walmart books, which compiled original stories with older content, will be made available as six-issue monthly miniseries.
The first Walmart story to be reprinted in the traditional LCS floppy format will be Superman: Up in the Sky. Written by Mister Miracle writer Tom King with art by Andy Kubert and Sandra Hope, the story follows Superman after a tragic home invasion-turned-murder. The Man of Steel is “put on the trailer of a Metropolis mystery by Batman” that will take Superman to dark places and the distant planet of Rann– a world perhaps best known for being the origin of Adam Strange. The first issue of this series lands on July 3rd.
Following Up in the Sky, on July 10th, Brian Micahel Bendis’ and Nick Derington’s Batman Universe #1 will begin its standalone floppy serialization. The story for this title follows Batman as he tracks a stolen Fabergé egg. Guided by the Riddler, the Dark Knight chases the egg’s owner, Jinny Hex– a descendant of the legendary Western hero Jonah Hex.
Finally, DC rounds out their lineup of former Walmart titles with Wonder Woman: Come Back to Me, which begins serialization at comics shops on July 17th. Created by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Chad Hardin, this story follows Wonder Woman as she teams up with Etta Candy to track Steve Trevor, who disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle while piloting an “experimental new aircraft.” The trail will lead Diana and Etta to a “mysterious and savage” island.
As a special bonus, these three series will be receiving brand new cover art treatment from Kubert, Derington, and Conner.
Alex is the New Media Editor of the Comics Beat. He is also a freelance comics editor with previous credits at First Second, Top Cow, and Papercutz. He primarily covers DC Comics and Magic: the Gathering.