Mail Call | Grifter coming to ‘Batman’ following the Joker War

Rounding up news from DC, IDW, Humble Bundle and more.

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

Trick or treat: DC Comics will release not one but two Halloween specials this October, the equivalent of getting a full-sized candy bar instead of those fun-sized ones.

The first one features Swamp Thing with stories by James Tynion IV, Tom King, Tradd Moore, Emma Rios and more. The second, titled DC: The Doomed and the Damned, will feature stories by Marv Wolfman, Ken Porter, John Arcudi, Saladin Ahmed, Riley Rossmo, Travis Moore and more. It’ll feature short stories starring Batman, Madame Xanadu, Man-Bat, Green Lantern, Etrigan and more.

Although the Joker War hasn’t technically started yet, DC is already sharing details on the end — it’ll wrap in Batman #100 this October. Also coming to the Batman title: Grifter:

He’ll start working for Lucius Fox in Batman #101.

When Snake Eyes: Deadgame #1 by Rob Liefeld debuts next week, it will be available with no less than 36 variant covers, many of which will be exclusive to different conventions and retailers.

Spotify continues to build relationships with comic companies; last week saw an announcement between DC and Spotify, and now this week the audio company announced a partnership with Archie Comics to “adapt the publisher’s critically acclaimed and bestselling characters and stories into multiple podcasts on the streaming platform.”

BOOM! Studios has released a trailer for the upcoming series Seven Secrets, by Tom Taylor and Daniele Di Nicuolo.

Humble Bundle has a new bundle featuring books and comics “focused on expressions about and by people of color.” It includes comics like Upgrade Soul, As the Crow Flies, Incognegro, Bitch Planet, Omni, Farmhand and several Archie books, among others.

Titan Comics will release a Horizon Zero Dawn comic in August, based on the video game, and they’ve released a “behind the scenes” trailer for it featuring the creators of the game and the creators of the comics talking about bringing Aloy and company to the printed page.

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