Mail Call | DC announces a new monthly digital catalog

Plus: Criminal’s ‘Cruel Summer,’ Green Lantern, a ‘Wynd’ trailer and more.

Mail Call is a roundup of the announcements we received from publishers in our mailboxes recently. Hit the links for more information.

Now that they’re using multiple distributors, it makes sense that DC Comics would launch a new means for communicating distribution information vs. just limiting it to Diamond’s Previews. That seems to be DC Connect, a new, downloadable catalog they announced this week. It contains information on upcoming comics and graphic novels, with plans to expand it to include “talent interviews, preview pages from upcoming stories, behind-the-scenes looks at projects in development, multimedia content and more.”

In addition to announcing when the next Brubaker/Phillips joint, Pulp, will land in stores (July), Image Comics also announced Cruel Summer, the next Criminal hardcover they’ll release. “Similar to the recent hit collected hardcover edition, Bad Weekend, the upcoming Cruel Summer hardcover will collect a complete story installment from the ongoing Criminal series and incorporate bonus behind-the-scenes content. Set in the summer of ’88, Cruel Summer follows Teeg Lawless, a man who comes home to plan the biggest heist of his career. But Teeg’s son Ricky and his friends are starting down the same dark path their fathers are on, and this is about to become the worst summer of their lives.”

DC shared a double dose of Green Lantern this week. First up, they shared some promotional images and additional details on Green Lantern Earth One Vol. Two. Arriving in July, the graphic novel is by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman, and will feature the introduction of Yellow Lanterns to the “Earth One” universe. And John Stewart is one of them.

DC continued their “green week” by releasing a preview of Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1, which comes out June 23. They showcased a few of the stories that’ll appear in the volume, including “Last Will” by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis, “Legacy” by Ron Marz and Darryl Banks, “Four” by Robert Venditti and Rafa Sandoval, and “Reverse The Polarity” by Charlotte (Fullerton) McDuffie and ChrisCross. That last one should be of interest to fans of Dwayne McDuffie’s work on the Justice League cartoon series.

Horizon Zero Dawn #1 cover by Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau

Titan Comics has a new Horizon Zero Dawn comic on the horizon — Aug. 5, to be exact — and this week they revealed all the variant covers for the first issue. The comic is by Anne Toole, one of the writers of the Horizon Zero Dawn video game, with artwork by Ann Maulina.

BOOM! Studios has released a trailer and cover art for the upcoming first issue of Wynd, their graphic novel-turned-miniseries by James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas and Aditya Bidikar.

After the president is killed on TV by one of his security detail, a female Secret Service agent has to protect the Vice President and American democracy from a mass conspiracy. Scout Comics announced Recount, a politically-charged thriller, coming this fall, by Jonathan Hedrick, Gabriel Elias Ibarra Nunez and Cristian Docolomansky.

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