23 Amazing Darwyn Cooke DC Variants this December!

DC - December 2014: Darwyn Cooke

The legendary artist Darwyn Cooke (a BIG favourite here at ACE), is starring as the theme for DC‘s December variant comics!

“Every once in awhile, we get the fantastic opportunity to see legendary comic book artist Darwyn Cooke draw a variant cover for a single issue. And then sometimes we see Cooke’s trademark graphic style appear while he serves as a guest cover artist for an ongoing series. These become instant collectibles for any Darwyn Cooke fan! And you know you’ve got something special – something extraordinary – when Darwyn Cooke not only draws the cover for an ongoing series, but is also the cover artist AND the interior artist for a final issue!

Cooke first appeared as a variant cover artist for Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring GI Zombie #1 when it launched, which led to him continuing as the ongoing cover artist for the series! What’s next for Darwyn Cooke? We’re proud to announce that each title in December’s Variant Cover Theme Month will exclusively feature artwork from this master illustrator. Each is in landscape format – aka horizontal – and has a mix of old and new, classic and contemporary looks for your favorite super heroes!

These covers are each a work of art! Christmas wish list, anyone?” – DC

These all look incredible and we can’t wait for them to hit the shelves. Best ever Variant Cover Theme Month?

We’ve got all 23 covers to show you. Take a look at Action Comics, Aquaman, Batgirl, Batman, Batman And Robin and Batman / Superman below…

ACTION COMICS #37 DARWYN COOKE VAR ED

AQUAMAN #37 DARWYN COOKE VAR ED

BATGIRL #37 DARWYN COOKE VAR ED

BATMAN #37 DARWYN COOKE VAR ED

BATMAN AND ROBIN #37 DARWYN COOKE VAR ED

BATMAN SUPERMAN #17 DARWYN COOKE VAR ED

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Top 10 Comics (12 Sept 2012)

The Top 10 Best Selling Comics!

Here are the top 10, best selling comics* for this week!

Avengers Assemble #7▶ 10 – AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #7
Marvel Comics

Thanos rules!

Buffy Season 9 #13▶ 9 – BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: SEASON 9 #13
Dark Horse

Acting as bodyguard for her first-ever client, Buffy has found herself entangled in some nasty demon business with ties to Angel and his time in LA. Through the social network Tincan, some demons have been able to connect to our world, and any attempts to sever that connection will lead Buffy and her client into increasingly dangerous territory.

Batgirl #0▶ 8 – BATGIRL #0
DC Comics

How did Barbara first become Batgirl? What led to her to don the cape and cowl?

Witness Barbara Gordon’s shocking injury and her inspiring drive to recover and walk again!

Wolverine and the X-Men #16▶ 7 – WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #16
Marvel Comics

The Hellfire Club is on the run from Cyclops and rest of the Phoenix Five.

How does an anti-mutant organization operate in a mutant-run world?

Batman and Robin #0▶ 6 – BATMAN AND ROBIN #0
DC Comics

Damian’s complicated relationship with his mother, Talia al Ghul, takes center stage.

Bred to kill and not to care, this is the birth of an assassin!

Fantastic Four #610▶ 5 – FANTASTIC FOUR #610
Marvel Comics

Crossing over with FF #22, the Fantastic Four must deal with the fallout of the Wizard returning to claim his son, Future Foundation member, Bentley 23!

Uncanny X-Men #18▶ 4 – UNCANNY X-MEN #18
Marvel Comics

AVX #11 tie-in!

Cyclops and Emma have supreme power and it threatens to tear them apart.

New Avengers #30▶ 3 – NEW AVENGERS #30
Marvel Comics

AVX tie-in!

New York is burning, the world is ending…but the heroes on the street aren’t going down without a fight!

Avengers vs X-Men #11▶ 2 – AVENGERS VS X-MEN #11
Marvel Comics

The final month of AVX opens with the first of two extra-sized issues!

Fatality!

Batman #0 ★ 1 – BATMAN #0
DC Comics

Bruce Wayne has returned from his worldwide quest to take the law into his own hands!

This issue reveals the early steps of building everything that surrounds Batman – the costume, the cave, the car, the gadgets!

*Results are based on combined preorders for titles across all of ACE Comics’ retail divisions (ie, ACE Advance Order Service, Six-Issue Subscriptions, ACE Stores, etc)

Cover of the Week #35

Cover of the Week

Week 35 featured a number of contenders for Cover of the Week.

Amongst those considered were Avenging Spider-Man #11 by Chris Samnee, Ethan Nicolle‘s great big Ape and Leopard/Lizard fight on the front of Axe Cop President of the World #2, a tribute to the Death of Superman on the Green Lantern Annual #1 from Ethan Van Sciver, the fang-tastic National Comics’ Looker #1 by Guillem March and, running a close second, Jim Lee‘s destined-to-be-iconic Justice League #12.

But the winner for week 35 is…

Cover of the Week 35 - Spaceman #9 - Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson‘s striking, stylized cover for Spaceman #9.

Congrats to Dave and DC Vertigo, they get the paper crown for week 35!

Cover of the Week #32

Cover of the Week

Cover of the Week time…

Week 32 of 2012 has featured an Olympic-sized squad of contenders and just like the Games, due to finish in a few short days, we have this week’s podium places. Up for Bronze is Massimo Carnevale for his work on the cover of Conan The Barbarian #7. The Silver finish is another fine example from Michael Komarck on the front of Incredible Hulk #12. But in first place, winning the Gold for the USA it’s…

Batman #12

Greg Capullo with a striking image of the Dark Knight himself, on the cover of Batman #12!

Congrats to Greg and DC. They get the official olympic paper crown this week!

Want to start collecting Batman?

Batman

Gripped by the Dark Knight Rises fever? Considering collecting Batman comic books?

Now is a great time to jump on to the various Batman series as the current incarnation is still very young! Only 11 issues have passed so far in the DC New 52 Relaunch, and with a number of second prints available, it’s relatively easy to get up to speed.

Have a look at our Batman New 52 section in our eBay store for a number of comics and graphic novels still available. You can also set up a subscription, so you never miss out on a future issue!

While we have issues from all of the core Batman titles in the eBay store including Batman, Batman: The Dark Knight, Batman and Robin and Batman Incorporated, there are also a few issues in our back issue section. Follow the link and look for Batman titles labelled (New 52).

See below for the available issues of Batman in the eBay store:

Batman #2
Batman #2

Batman hunts a new and deadly killer in Gotham City–a killer with a vendetta against Bruce Wayne! But who is this mysterious killer in an owl skull mask? And is he the key to unlocking one of Gotham’s oldest and most terrifying secrets?

£9.99

Buy it on our Ebay store here

Batman #3
Batman #3

As Bruce digs deeper into the mystery of the recent owl murders, he soon finds himself face to face with a shocking enemy–an enemy the Wayne family has secretly been at war with for centuries. Be there for the first shots of the war for the soul of Gotham City.

£4.99

Buy it on our Ebay store here

Batman #4
Batman #4

Shocking discoveries lead Batman deeper into the mystery of the Court of Owls and its secret and bloody ties to both Gotham City and the Wayne family. But an even deadlier threat awaits Batman: a trap set hundreds of years ago, far beneath his city. The war for Gotham’s soul begins here!

£9.99

Buy it on our Ebay store here

Batman #6
Batman #6

Trapped far beneath Gotham City and hunted by the Talon – the Court of Owls’ unstoppable killer – Batman lies bleeding and broken. With no way out and no one to help, is this the end for The Dark Knight?

£3.99

Buy it on our Ebay store here

Batman #7
Batman #7

Batman may have survived the Court of Owls’ first strike (barely), but even as he recuperates, the Court is preparing to launch its most deadly and sweeping attack yet. Plus: The secrets revealed in this issue will change Batman’s world forever! You won’t want to miss the issue everyone will be talking about!

£3.10

Buy it on our Ebay store here

Batman #10 Combo
Batman #10 Combo

BATMAN takes the fight to THE COURT OF OWLS! Discover the evil mastermind behind THE COURT.
Plus: The ‘Fall of the House of Wayne’ backup by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV and RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE.

And in the first chapter of a new backup story, learn the secret history of The Court of Owls as well as the secrets of Gotham City and the Wayne family!

Contains a code for the digital copy of the comic.

£4.10

Buy it on our Ebay store here

Batman #11
Batman #11

• The stunning conclusion to “THE COURT OF OWLS” epic!

• All is revealed in “THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF WAYNE.”

£3.60

Buy it on our Ebay store here

Cover of the Week #26

Cover of the Week

Last week’s comics proved to be another fine collection of inviting front covers with a few catching our collective eye in particular.

The Lizard makes a grisly return on the front of Amazing Spider-Man #688 courtesy of Giuseppe Camuncoli, while there is high drama from Jose Ladronn on All Star Western #10 and high class from Sean Phillips on Fatale #6.

However, for week 26 of 2012, our Cover of the Week is…

American Vampire #28 by Rafael Albuquerque

…the stylish American Vampire #28 by Rafael Albuquerque.

Congrats to Rafael and DC Vertigo, they get the paper crown for week 26!

Animated ‘Dark Knight Returns’ cast revealed

Batman

Hollywood Reporter have revealed the cast for the DC animated move based on Frank Miller‘s Dark Knight Returns.

Batman/Bruce Wayne will be voiced by ‘Robocop’ star Peter Weller, with Ariel Winter from ‘Modern Family’ playing Robin. Also cast are Wade Williams (Prison Break), David Selby and Michael McKean.

Bruce Timm, executuive producer on DC’s animated movies: “Dark Knight Returns is the granddaddy of beloved comics properties that we’ve ever attempted [to adapt]. There is definitely the imperative to get it right.

[Peter Weller has] the proper weight to his voice. He definitely brings all of the world-weariness of the character and inner core of optimist covered in a cynical shell.”

Ariel Winter prepared for Robin by viewing other Batman movies and questioning what she could bring to the role: “How can I maker her different from the other Robins, other than just being female? She’s really tough and she needs to have an edge in her voice, so I tried a lower register for her.”

Full story.

DC Show off Variants for Batman, Shade, Silk Spectre and Deathstroke

DC Comics

DC have unveiled a whole host of lovely variant cover art for our perusal including contributions from Rafael Albuquerque (Batman #10), Rob Liefeld (Deathstroke #10), Frazer Irving (Shade #9), Jim Lee (Silk Spectre #1) and a personal favourite from Dave Johnson (Silk Spectre #1).

Goggle yourself silly below…

Batman #10 Variant Rafael Albuquerque
Deathstroke #10 Variant Rob Liefeld
Shade #9 Variant Frazer Irving
Silk Spectre #1 Variant Dave Johnson
Silk Spectre #1 Variant Jim Lee
Silk Spectre #1 Variant Digital Combo Pack

This Week’s Comics (16th May 2012)

This Weeks Comics 16-05-12 - Dancer / Catwoman

These titles are due to hit the shelves on Wednesday 16th May 2012!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ENDS OF EARTH #1
Marvel Comics

From one “Ends of the Earth” to the other, Spider-Man isn’t the only hero fighting free the globe from Doctor Octopus’s treacherous tentacles in this extra sized story! And the dying doctor has some wicked worldly associates of his own. Guest staring: Big Hero Six and Union Jack .

AVENGERS VS X-MEN #4 (OF 12) AVX
Marvel Comics

All across the globe-in the Savage Land, in Wakanda, in Tabula Rasa and more-Avenger battles X-Man for the fate of the world! Hope has a suicide mission to propose to Wolverine! While in space, the Avengers’ away team meets the Phoenix head on!

DANCER #1
Image Comics

“OUVERTURE”: Retired assassin Alan Fisher and his ballerina companion must escape a ruthless sniper who stalks them through the streets of Milan. To survive and protect the love of his life, Alan will unravel the tapestry of the past he’s kept hidden and discover the killer’s impossible identity. From the writer of WHO IS JAKE ELLIS? and the artist of VIKING comes a spy thriller with a 21st Century twist.

JOE HILL THE CAPE HC
IDW

Every little boy dreams about putting on a cape and soaring up, up, and away… but what if one day that dream were to come true? Eric was like every other eight-year-old boy, until a tragic accident changed his life forever. The Cape explores the dark side of power, as the adult Eric – a confused and broken man – takes to the skies… and sets out to exact a terrible vengeance on everyone who ever disappointed him.

This critically acclaimed, Eisner-Award nominated story, written by Jason Ciaramella, based on the short story by New York Times bestselling author Joe Hill, with art by Zach Howard and Nelson Daniel, will linger with you long after you turn the last page, and force you to ask yourself the question: “What if?”

CATWOMAN TP VOL 01 THE GAME
DC Comics

Collecting the first six issues of the DC Comics – The New 52 series! Meet Selina Kyle, also known as Catwoman. She’s addicted to the night. Addicted to shiny objects. Addicted to Batman. Most of all, Catwoman is addicted to danger. She can’t help herself, and the truth is – she doesn’t want to. She’s good at being bad, and very bad at being good. But this time, Selina steals from the wrong man, and now he’s got her. He wants his stuff back, he wants answers and he wants blood. Writer Judd Winick begins a new chapter for CATWOMAN – let’s hope she makes it out alive!

BATMAN BRUCE WAYNE THE ROAD HOME TP
DC Comics

Now in trade paperback, this title collects the eight BRUCE WAYNE: THE ROAD HOME specials: BATMAN & ROBIN #1, RED ROBIN #1, BATGIRL #1, OUTSIDERS #1, CATWOMAN #1, ORACLE #1, COMMISSIONER GORDON #1 and RA’S AL GHUL #1 as Batman returns to Gotham City.

BPRD HELL ON EARTH DEVILS ENGINE #1 (OF 3)
Dark Horse Comics

Caught between bat-faced monsters, a devastating earthquake, and the mad science experiments of Zinco, Devon and Fenix form an uneasy alliance in order to get to safety!

Full Listing

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #229
JUGHEAD #213
SONIC UNIVERSE #40

DARK HORSE COMICS

BERNIE WRIGHTSONS FRANKENSTEIN HC (4TH PTG)
BPRD HELL ON EARTH DEVILS ENGINE #1 (OF 3)
BRIDE OF THE WATER GOD TP VOL 11
CLASSIC MARVEL CHARACTERS FF #5 DR DOOM
CONAN THE BARBARIAN #4
RESET #2 (OF 4)
STAR WARS DAWN O/T JEDI FORCE STORM #4

DC COMICS

BATMAN BRUCE WAYNE THE ROAD HOME TP
BATWOMAN #9
BATWOMAN #9 VAR ED
BIRDS OF PREY #9 (NIGHT OF THE OWLS)
BLUE BEETLE #9
CAPTAIN ATOM #9
CATWOMAN #9 (NIGHT OF THE OWLS)
CATWOMAN TP VOL 01 THE GAME
COVER GIRLS OF THE DCU RAVEN STATUE
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #9
DEADENDERS TP
FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE NEW ED
GREEN LANTERN BRIGHTEST DAY TP
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #9
GREEN LANTERN HC VOL 01 SINESTRO
GREEN LANTERN THE ANIMATED SERIES #2
HELLBLAZER #291
JUSTICE LEAGUE #4 3RD PTG
JUSTICE LEAGUE #9
JUSTICE LEAGUE #9 BLACK & WHITE VAR ED
JUSTICE LEAGUE #9 COMBO PACK
JUSTICE LEAGUE #9 VAR ED
LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #9
NIGHTWING #9 (NIGHT OF THE OWLS)
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #9 (NIGHT OF THE OWLS)
SAUCER COUNTRY #3
SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER VILLAINS HC VOL 02
SHADE #8 (OF 12)
SHADE #8 (OF 12) VAR ED
SUPERGIRL #9
WONDER WOMAN #9
WONDER WOMAN #9 VAR ED

IDW PUBLISHING

30 DAYS OF NIGHT 10 BLOODY YEARS TREASURY ED
COBRA ONGOING #13
COMPLETE CHESTER GOULDS DICK TRACY HC VOL 13
GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO TP VOL 04
HAWKEN #4 (OF 6)
JOE HILL THE CAPE HC
JURASSIC PARK DANGEROUS GAMES GN
LAST UNICORN HC DLX ED
LIMITED REID FLEMING NEW DIMENSION POSTER
LOCKE & KEY CLOCKWORKS #6 (OF 6)
MAGIC THE GATHERING #4

IMAGE COMICS

ACTIVITY #6
ARTIFACTS ORIGINS FIRST BORN TP
DANCER #1
DANGER CLUB #2
FOOT SOLDIERS TP VOL 01
GLORY #26
HAUNT TP VOL 03
MANHATTAN PROJECTS #3
SAGA #3
SPAWN COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01
THIEF OF THIEVES #1 3RD PTG
WITCHBLADE REBIRTH TP VOL 01

MARVEL COMICS

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #682 2ND PTG VAR DELLOTTO ENDS
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #683 2ND PTG DELLOTTO VAR
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ENDS OF EARTH #1
AVENGERS #26 AVX
AVENGERS ACADEMY #30 AVX
AVENGERS BLACK WIDOW STRIKES #2 (OF 3)
AVENGERS CONTEST TP
AVENGERS VS X-MEN #0 (OF 12) 3RD PTG CHO VAR
AVENGERS VS X-MEN #4 (OF 12) AVENGERS TEAM VAR AVX
AVENGERS VS X-MEN #4 (OF 12) AVX
AVENGERS VS X-MEN #4 (OF 12) BAGLEY VAR AVX
AVENGERS VS X-MEN #4 (OF 12) OPENA SKETCH VAR AVX
AVENGERS VS X-MEN #4 (OF 12) OPENA VAR AVX
AVX VS #2 (OF 6)
AVX VS #2 (OF 6) MCNIVEN VAR
DAREDEVIL #13
DEADPOOL MAX PREM HC SECOND CUT
FANTASTIC FOUR #605.1
FURY MAX #2
GENERATION HOPE END OF A GENERATION TP
HULK SMASH AVENGERS #3 (OF 5)
INCREDIBLE HULK #7.1
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #517
JOHN CARTER GODS OF MARS #3 (OF 5)
MARVEL UNIVERSE VS WOLVERINE TP
MOON KNIGHT BY BENDIS AND MALEEV PREM HC VOL 02
NEW AVENGERS #24 2ND PTG DEODATO AVX
NEW AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS PREM HC VOL 03
NEW MUTANTS #42 EXILED
NEW MUTANTS CLASSIC TP VOL 07
SECRET SERVICE #2 (OF 7)
SECRET SERVICE #2 (OF 7) YU VAR
THUNDERBOLTS #174
UNCANNY X-MEN #12 AVX
VENOM #18
WINTER SOLDIER #5
WOLVERINE AND BLACK CAT CLAWS 2 TP
X-FACTOR #236

TOP COW

DARKNESS #103
HARDCORE #1
HARDCORE #1 SGN ED
HARDCORE #1 TOP COW STORE ED