Over the past couple of weeks, DC have started to announce a number of the annuals going on sale this August.
Batman group editor Mike Marts: “This special Annual, written by Tony S. Daniel and illustrated by Romano Molenaar and Sandu Florea, pits the Dark Knight against the Black Mask—a Gotham City villain most recently seen during the Night of the Owls!”
Writer Keith Giffen: “Ever wonder what’s out there beyond the farthest known reaches of the DC Universe? Superman’s about to get the answer to that – in spades – as we introduce an entirely new cosmic realm and drop him into the middle of it. The DC Universe’s cosmic presence is about to be dramatically expanded and it all starts with … a game show?”
Editor Pat McCallum: “Captured and transported to an alien world, Superman will fight for his life against the galaxy’s best equipped bounty hunters. It’s all part of a planet-wide reality game, televised live and used to raise money for…something. Bonus: Some unexpected help in the form of a deep-cover agent of the Green Lantern Corps!”
Editor Matt Idelson: “One by one, the Flash’s rogues have been returning to the pages of The Flash — along with some new faces, like the mysterious Turbine. But surely everyone’s been waiting for the main event, and we’re thrilled to tell you it’s coming your way in The Flash Annual! The reunited Rogues hate the Flash just as much as they always have (if not more) — but this time, they’re gunning for Captain Cold, too! It’s all-out mayhem, everybody vs. everybody, with an even bigger and nastier threat preparing to swing into the fray at exactly the wrong time…
We couldn’t be more excited about this one, and we hope you will be too! It really is a story so big, it needed the giant size of an Annual to contain it… and we’re still kinda worried it might blow the cover off. So please use caution when purchasing.”
Writer Geoff Johns: “Working with [artist] Ethan [Van Sciver] means things change, things are revealed and new characters rise. It’s the madness of our collaborations that started all this and will continue it. The universe is a dangerous place. And it’s about to get even more so…”
Editor Matt Idelson: “Green Lantern Annual #1 not only brings the Black Hand story to a truly unexpected close, but sets up the major events that will heavily impact the entire Green Lantern franchise in a truly devastating way and there’s no more appropriate pairing for this book than reuniting Geoff Johns with Ethan Van Sciver, given the Green Lantern history those two have under their belts.”
Co-writer Dan DiDio: “This is the final fate of this incarnation of the Justice League International. There will be also be a big showdown of events that played out in the final issues of O.M.A.C. The ramifications of this will be felt across the board and will lead directly into a major event spanning across all the Justice League group titles later this year.”
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