Slugfest | DC’s Dark Crisis expands with additional tie-ins, one-shots

Check out recent announcements about ‘Batman Inc.,’ ‘Survival Street’ and more.

With Justice League: Road to Dark Crisis now available this week, DC has announced some additional tie-ins and specials associated with the event.

First come two new one-shots, starring the sons of Superman and Batman:

The Supersons are going on separate missions to stop Pariah’s attacks on the Multiverse! In October’s Dark Crisis: The Deadly Green #1, Jon Kent joins forces with Swamp Thing, John Constantine and more to explore the spread of the Great Darkness’s influence on the Multiverse and beyond. While in November’s Dark Crisis: The Dark Army #1, Damian Wayne, Doctor Light and a ragtag team of heroes cross enemy lines to steal control of the Dark Army from Pariah. But in the process uncover a secret about Doctor Light’s place in Crisis on Infinite Earths that rocks the future of the DCU! Creative talent teams for both issues will be announced at a later date.

They also announced that The Flash crossover issues will expand by an issue:

Originally slated to tie-in to issues #783-#785 of The Flash, the Dark Crisis event will now include The Flash #786 by writer Jeremy Adams and artist Amancay Nahuelpan. Wally West is exhausted, and has been running nonstop since even before he had to step up in the wake of the loss of the Justice League. But, as he’s figured out what he needs to do to free Barry (while also keeping Wallace from falling into Pariah’s plans), he’s also long overdue for a chat with Linda.

And finally, DC debuted a variant cover for Dark Crisis #2 that pays tribute to the original Crisis — no, not that one, the one from 1963:

cover by Rafal Sarmento

Originally released on Aug. 7, 1963, Justice League of America #21, “Crisis on Earth One,” was written by Gardner Fox, artwork by Mike Sekowsky, inks by Bernard Sachs and the cover was done by Ira Schnapp, Mike Sekowsky and Murphy Anderson. Rafal Sarmento provides the tribute cover.

Bruce Wayne is ‘Not Super’

DC has also announced two new “middle grade” graphic novels, aimed at an all-ages audience. The first is Bruce Wayne: Not Super, which is set in a middle school where kids fly, run at super speed and use rings to create amazing green constructs. But poor Bruce Wayne is … not super. It’s by Stuart Gibbs with art by Berat Peckmezci, and it comes out next February.

Then in June of next year comes Fann Club: The Batman Squad, a story by Jim Benton about Ernest Fann, the biggest Batman fan in the world. “With no particular training or superpowers, Ernest decides to set up a crimefighting unit consisting of his immediate friends and his dog. Ernest takes on the name of Gerbilwing, his best friend Jack becomes Nightstand, his sitter Harriet is dubbed Nightshadow, and his dog Westy takes on the crime-fighting alias of Night Terrier.”

Panel Syndicate debuts The Brandenburg School for Boys

Panel Syndicate announced a new series this week — The Brandenburg School for Boys, by Alex de Campi, Tony Parker and Blond. It’s a sequel to their Image Comics series Mayday, which is also available on Panel Syndicate.

...it’s May 1972 and CIA officer Jack Hudson is sent to West Berlin as an “illegal,” undercover, to infiltrate a left-wing gang responsible for a wave of bombings and robberies across the Federal Republic of Germany. Walking the tightrope of the gang’s violent paranoia is bad enough… but then, things can always get worse.

Can you tell me how to get to Survival Street?

In August, Dark Horse will kick off Survival Street, a Sesame Street parody by James Asmus, Jim Festante, Abylay Kussainov, Ellie Wright and Taylor Esposito. Here’s the description:

After an unbridled wave of corporations take over America the country is left completely deregulated. It is effectively carved up into feudal states where billionaires and businesses make their own laws. Among the wreckage, mass privatization shuts down public broadcasting, forcing all the beloved edu-tainers out on the dirty streets. A group of them sticks together, determined to keep helping kids across the country–and to do it by becoming an A-Team-esque band of mercenaries fighting for (and educating!) kids in the crumbling, corporate war zone of New Best America.

DC announces a new Batman Inc. title

Following their recent resurgence in the Bat titles, particularly in this week’s Batman 2022 Annual DC has announced a new Batman Inc. title for October, by writer Ed Brisson and artist John Timms. In his newsletter, Brisson said:

I’m very excited to get the annual out there and to be working on Batman Incorporated. John and I have some pretty massive plans for the series. Plenty of familiar faces, and a slew of new friends and threats. Juggling such a massive cast has been a real challenge, but a welcome one. If you have a favourite Batman Inc. member and don’t see them getting as much screentime as you’d like, don’t fret, everyone’s going to have their moment.

Dark Horse joins The High republic

In addition to the two new Marvel titles in the Star Wars: The High Republic line that were announced last week, Dark Horse also has a new High Republic title coming — Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures – The Nameless Terror. It was also announced during last weekend’s Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim.

Ms. Marvel meets Moon Knight, Wolverine and Venom this summer

Writer Jody Houser and artists Zé Carlos, Ibraim Roberson and Dave Wachter will team Ms. Marvel with Wolverine, Moon Knight and Venom in a series of three one-shots this summer. Each one will feature a cover by Sara Pichelli and a variant by Peach Momoko.

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