DC First Issue Focus for May 30, 2018: Man of Steel, Hanna-Barbera Wave 2, and Wedding Plans
I think DC Comics has decided to save the best for last. For final week of May, 2018, DC has quite a few books bearing the issue #1 mark. There’s Bendis‘ long awaited take on the Man of Steel, the second wave of Hanna-Barbera/DC crossovers, and much, much more.
Let’s get started:
Aquaman/Jabberjaw Special #1
When the town of Amnesty Island is besieged by a series of shark attacks, authorities call Aquaman for help! What’s unusual about this case is that the shark isn’t trying to kill people-he just wants to talk to them. The very confused Jabberjaw needs to get back to Aqualand, the future undersea utopia where he came from. But that peaceful city where man and sentient sea life have been living in harmony has been turned into a dystopian nightmare created by a new Ocean Master. Now the King of Atlantis and his friendly shark ally have to team up to set things right. Also includes a Captain Caveman meets the wizard Shazam in a short story by Jeff Parker and Scott Kolins
Writer: Dan Abnett, Jeff Parker
Artists: Andrew Hennessy, Paul Pellitier
Cover: Andrew Hennessy, Paul Pellitier, Joshua Middleton (V)
Batman: Prelude to the Wedding:
Robin Vs Ra’s al Ghul #1
Ra’s al Ghul returns to have a heart-to-heart with his grandson, Damian. Once upon a time, Ra’s thought Bruce Wayne would be the heir apparent to his criminal empire, but now that Batman has turned his back on Talia for good, Ra’s wants to know if Damian Wayne will honor his mother by stepping into the family business at last.
Writer: Tim Seeley
Artists: Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy
Black Lightning/Hong Kong Phooey Special #1
Back from Viet Nam, kung fu master Hong Kong Phooey has set up his own detective agency in the inner city. Meanwhile, Jefferson Pierce (a.k.a. Black Lightning) has uncovered a plot by three assassins to collect the components of a sacred text revealing the darkest secrets of Martial Arts magic, and they’ll kill anyone who owns them – including the dog who holds the last chapter of the book, Hong Kong Phooey. Plus, a tale of the Funky Phantom as he goes toe-to-toe with the Spectre in a tale by Jeff Parker and Scott Kolins.
Writer: Bryan Hill, Jeff Parker
Artists: Denys Cowan, Bill Sienkiewicz
Cover: Denys Cowan, Bill Sienkiewicz, ChrisCross (V)
Flash/Speed Buggy Special #1
When Wally West tries to take down Kilg%re, he’s stunned to find he has an unknown ally who can move just as fast as he can. Dr. Pernell, a brilliant S.T.A.R. Labs scientist, has found a way to power his buggy using the Speed Force. When The Flash agrees to help test the limits of the vehicle in a race, something sends them spiraling out of the Speed Force and into the unknown. They land in a post-apocalyptic future, but Dr. Pernell is gone, leaving only the buggy, which is now sentient. Together with his new anthropomorphic ally, The Flash must find a way to repair the time stream and stop the triple threat of Savitar, Speed Demon Buggy and… Reverse Speed Buggy!
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artists: Brett Booth & Norm Rapmund
Cover: Brett Booth & Norm Rapmund, Dan Mora (V)
Green Lanterns Annual #1
Every thousand years, a ceremony is held on a long-forgotten world to celebrate the life of an ancient Green Lantern hero. Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz are chosen to represent Earth at this event, but they quickly learn not all is as it seems. A secret has been buried on this planet, and it’s up to our heroes to find it and put the mystery to rest once and for all!
Writer: Andy Diggle
Artists: Juan Ferreyra
Man of Steel #1
A new era begins for Superman as a threat from his earliest origins reemerges to destroy the Last Son of Krypton. As Superman struggles to come to grips with what has happened to his wife and son, he must also face a new threat that’s determined to burn down Metropolis!
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artists: Joe Prado, Ivan Reis
Super Sons/Dynomutt Special #1
It’s no fun for Jon Kent to be visiting Big City with his parents for the funeral of an old friend. So his best pal Damian Wayne decides to follow along and give him the inside scoop on the city. But when they go to meet Robin’s local friend, Dynomutt, they find him injured and in need of help. And Dynomutt’s human superhero companion, Blue Falcon, has seemingly turned evil. What’s the reason for this betrayal between once-loyal companions, and what role might the evil Red Vulture play in this scenario?
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Artists: Fernando Pasarin, Oclair Albert
Cover: Fernando Pasarin, Oclair Albert, Doug Manke (V)