Mail Call | Defend-ing the Hero Initiative, new ‘Bad Karma’ and more

Plus: News from DC, Image, Humble Bundle and more.

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

DC Comics has announced a change in the variant covers for the upcoming The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1. The cover shown below, by Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn, will replace one from Bill Sienkiewicz that they first showed us in May.

They also revealed another incentive cover for retailers, featuring some of Nick Robles’ design drawings of the series’ lead character, Ruin:

“He’s very different from the other nightmares we’ve met in the Sandman Universe, all of whom live up to their names—they’re malicious and sadistic,” writer G. Willow Wilson said of the new inhabitant of The Dreaming. “Ruin, on the other hand, isn’t very good at his job. He’s soft, he’s shy, he’s awkward, he’s eager to please. He is as terrified by his own darkness as a dreamer would be. He makes this profound, heartbreaking effort not to frighten anyone. And he sets off on this quest to find the person he fell in love with, against all odds.”

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1 arrives in August.

Image Comics/Skybound has released new cover art for the second of two editions of Fire Power #1 that will arrive this summer. There’s a Free Comic Book Day edition that arrived this past week, along with the graphic novel prequel, and then there’s Fire Power #1, which will cost you $3.99 and will sport the cover shown above (and will feature additional material from the FCBD edition). It comes out Aug. 5 and is by the stellar team of Robert Kirkman and Chris Samnee.

Humble Bundle’s latest deal features 31 different offerings from Image Comics, including Copra, Stray Bullets, Curse Words, Farmhand and more. Sales benefit the Hero Initiative and BINC, so this is a great deal for a good cause.

The second issue of Bad Karma, by Alex de Campi, Ryan Howe and Dee Cunniffe, is now available from Panel Syndicate.

The Hero Initiative and Gemstone Publishing have revealed this year’s limited edition cover for The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #50. Every year Gemstone publishes a limited edition of the Guide with an exclusive cover that benefits the charity, which usually goes on sale at the San Diego Comic Con, but this year will be sold by retailers starting Sept. 2. It’s limited to 500 copes and features a Defenders cover by Kevin Nowlan.

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