Slugfest | Jonathan Kent and the Amazons join the ‘Absolute Power’ struggle in September

We run through DC’s September 2024 solicitations, which include Lobo, Multiversus, an ending for Nightwing, a milestone for Poison Ivy and more.

Slugfest is a roundup of cool announcements about projects coming to a shelf near you. This edition focuses on DC’s September 2024 announcements. Hit the links for more information.

DC’s September 2024 solicitations arrived at the end of last week, offering crossovers, variant covers, Lobo and more. I thought I’d pull out some of the highlights and hit the stuff I haven’t talked about here yet. You can read about Plastic Man No More elsewhere on the site.

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‘Gotham City Sirens’ returns in August for a four-week event

Leah Williams, Matteo Lolli, Daniel Hillyard, Brandt & Stein, and more will bring Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn together again.

The Gotham City Sirens will converge once more for a four-week miniseries in August, temporarily replacing the ongoing titles for CatwomanHarley Quinn, and Poison Ivy that month.

DC announced the miniseries today, which will be written by Leah Williams with artwork by Matteo Lolli, Daniel Hillyard and Brandt & Stein. Triona Farrell will color each issue, while Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou provides lettering.

In addition to Catwoman, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, the miniseries will feature Punchline, White Rabbit and “the cowboy-henchmen sensation soon to be sweeping the nation known as the Nasty Boys.” Here’s a look at the Nasty Boys, as designed by Lolli:

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Quick Hits | Nirvana Comics in Knoxville wins the first Image Select Retailer Award

Plus: News on Rob Liefeld, Scout Comics, G. Willow Wilson and the Robert E. Howard awards.

Nirvana Comics in Knoxville, Tennessee has won Image Comics’ inaugural Image Select Retailer Award. The winner was announced this weekend at the Emerald City Comic Con during an event hosted by Lunar Distribution.

Images Comics announced the award last month as a way to recognize retailers “that are going above and beyond to serve their customers, expand readership and grow a healthier marketplace.” Customers were able to vote for their favorite store via an online form.

“This is such a huge honor,” said Grant and Jasmine Mitchell, co-owners of the store. “Thank you Image Comics for all you’ve done to help the comic shop industry. Thank you to all our customers who nominated us. Your support and friendship is why we do this everyday. The best is yet to come!”

According to Image, the shop was in the top tier of most nominations by sheer volume from “happy customers eager to pay it forward to the store they love.” They’ll receive several prizes from Image, including a commemorative medallion and their choice of a comic with a gold foil exclusive variant cover branded with their store logo.

“The response to this award was phenomenal with thousands of nominations submitted in just a few days,” said Alex Cox, director of direct market sales at Image Comics. “Reading that many testimonials from people praising their local comic shops was a great reminder of how amazing the comics community can be, and Nirvana Comics stood out as a prime example of a store that truly values their customers, and makes new fans every day.”

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Can’t Wait for Comics | Love & ThunderCats

New comics and graphic novels arrive this week by Declan Shalvey, Drew Moss, Zoe Tunnell, Dani Pendergast, Bryan Hill, Stefano Caselli, Ram V, Chris Claremont, Amy Jo Johnson, Marguerite Abouet, Clement Oubrerie and more.

Welcome to Can’t Wait for Comics, your guide to what comics are arriving in comic book stores, bookstores and on digital. February, the official Month of Love™, is here, and with it come several Valentine’s Day specials. This week also brings the launch of ThunderCats, which reportedly has almost 200K in pre-orders. ThunderCats ho!

I’ve pulled out some of the highlights below, but for the complete list of everything you might find at your local comic shop and on digital this week, you’ll want to check out one or more of the following:

As a reminder, things can change and what you find on the above lists may differ from what’s actually arriving in your local shop. So always check with your comics retailer for the final word on availability.

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Can’t Wait for Comics | ‘In Hell We Fight,’ ‘Loki’ ‘The Flash’ #800 and more

Check out comics and graphic novels this week by John Layman, Jok, G. Willow Wilson, Jim Benton, Dan Watters, Germán Peralta, Michael Dorn, Sami Basri, Rob Liefeld, Mattie Lubchansky and more.

Welcome to Can’t Wait for Comics, your guide to what comics are arriving in comic book stores, bookstores and on digital.

I’ve pulled out some of the highlights below, but for the complete list of everything you might find at your local comic shop and on digital this week, you’ll want to check out one or more of the following:

As a reminder, things can change and what you find on the above lists may differ from what’s actually arriving in your local shop. So always check with your comics retailer for the final word on availability.

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‘Young Men in Love,’ ‘Poison Ivy’ win GLAAD awards

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation recognized comics from DC and A Wave Blue World in their 34th annual Media Awards.

Poison Ivy and Young Men in Love were honored by The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or GLAAD, as winners in their 34th annual Media Awards.

Poison Ivy by G. Willow Wilson, Marcio Takara, Atagun Ilhan, Brian Level, Stefano Gaudiano, Jay Leisten, Arif Prianto, Ivan Plascencia and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, took home the award for Outstanding Comic Book. The DC title was up against nine other comic series in the category.

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Slugfest | Scholastic outlines their plans for the new ‘Dog Man’ book

Plus: The Oloris, Poison Ivy, The X-Cellent, Whistleblowers, Patrick McDonnell and more.

Slugfest is a roundup of cool announcements about projects coming to a shelf near you. Hit the links for more information.

The graphic novel phenomenon Dog Man will return at the end of the month with a new book, Dog Man: Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Sea, continuing the adventures of our hero, Li’l Petey, 80-HD and the rest of the gang.

Scholastic has announced their promotional plans for Dav Pilkey’s latest, which include a Free Comic Book Day issue, the return of Dog Man: The Musical and Dog Man Day celebrations.

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Slugfest | ‘Radio Apocalypse’ goes on indefinite hiatus

Plus: A new Secret Stash title, Poison Ivy grows and Marvel Masterworks gets reprinted.

Vault Comics and writer Ram V have announced via press release that the comic series Radio Apocalypse will go on “an indefinite hiatus.” The series, which suffered delays before launch, only saw two issues published.

“We launched this book with much excitement and to celebration and acclaim,” Ram V said in the statement. “And for that I have readers, retailers and everyone who worked on this book to thank. Unfortunately, in the time since, Anand, Aditya and I have been through some rough times. I will allow everyone including myself some privacy but suffice to say health issues, bouts of COVID and some difficult family emergencies on my end have meant that we have been unable to work on this book with the care and attention it deserves.”

The series, which reunited Ram V with Anand RK, who he worked with on Grafity’s Wall, was about the last radio station on Earth.

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Harley + Ivy adorn these new Pumas designed by Jen Bartel

DC’s power couple appear on shoes and shirts designed by the artist, which can be found on the Foot Locker website.

Puma has released a new collection of shoes and shirts designed by artist Jen Bartel featuring Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. The shoes went on sale on the Foot Locker website and in select Foot Locker stores earlier today.

“This collab was truly a labor of love that started nearly 2 years ago, and of all the collections I’ve had the opportunity to design for Puma, it’s definitely my favorite,” Bartel said in her Substack newsletter. “Very excited to finally be able to share it with you in full!”

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Can’t Wait for Comics | DC pulls out the stops for Pride Month

This week brings new comics and graphic novels from Joshua Williamson, Daniel Sampere, G. Willow Wilson, Marcio Takara, Ram V, Christian Ward, Cavan Scott, Andres Ponce, Tee Franklin, Dan Parent, Matt Bors, Ben Clarkson, Christine Larsen and more.

Welcome to Can’t Wait for Comics, your guide to what comics are arriving in comic book stores, bookstores and on digital this week. This week brings several new Pride Month comics from DC, as well as the debuts of Dark Crisis, a Marvel/Fortnite crossover, Justice Warriors, The Ward and more.

I’ve pulled out some of the highlights below, but for the complete list of everything you might find at your local comic shop and on digital this week, you’ll want to check out one or more of the following:

As a reminder, things can change and what you find on the above lists may differ from what’s actually arriving in your local shop. So always check with your comics retailer for the final word on availability.

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Poison Ivy, Tim Drake + more headline DC’s Pride Month titles

DC announces a wave of new titles, reprints and variant covers that will arrive in June featuring LGBTQ+ characters and creators.

DC has announced new projects that will debut in June as a part of Pride Month, including another Pride anthology, a Poison Ivy miniseries, another miniseries featuring Nubia, lots of variant covers and more.

In addition, DC will release Galaxy: The Prettiest Star by writer Jadzia Axelrod and artist Jess Taylor in May, which is a young adult graphic novel about a new character — an alien princess disguised as a human boy. DC will release a preview of the title as part of their 2022 Free Comic Book Day offerings.

Here’s a rundown of what to expect in June:

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DC’s ‘Whistle’ OGN will introduce a new hero to Gotham City

The new hero Whistle will encounter the Riddler, Poison Ivy and Killer Croc in her debut graphic novel.

DC Comics has revealed more details on their upcoming YA graphic novel Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero by author E. Lockhart and artist Manuel Preitano.

As the title suggests, it’ll introduce a new hero to Gotham, Whistle, who fights crime with her dog, Lebowitz. It will also feature several Gotham villains, like Killer Croc, Poison Icy and the Riddler, who is a “family friend” and plays a big part in the story.

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