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DC Comics Announces DC Universe Infinite Premium Digital Comic Book Subscription Featuring More Comics To Explore The Multiverse

Calling all comic book fans to Explore the Multiverse! DC today announced the evolution of DC Universe into DC Universe Infinite, a premium digital comic book service set to launch on January 21, 2021. With access to more than 24,000 comic books at launch, DC Universe Infinite subscribers will also encounter digital-first comics, member access to DC fan events, as well as a steady stream of recently released comics six months after their physical versions hit store shelves. Following its initial launch, DC Universe Infinite will begin expanding globally in Summer 2021.

DC’s premium digital comic book platform will provide members with an expanded collection of comics and Original Graphic Novels, spanning over 80 years of the DC Multiverse. Fans can also download comics, graphic novels and originals for unlimited offline reading on their favorite smartphone or tablet.

Subscribers will also have earlier access to new Digital First comics that include titles such as: Aquaman: Deep Dives, Batman: Gotham Nights, DCeased: Hope at World’s End, Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red, Injustice: Year Zero, Shazam!: Lightning Strikes, Superman: Man of Tomorrow, Swamp Thing: New Roots and Wonder Woman 84, and many more.

Also debuting on DC Universe Infinite will be DC Universe Infinite Originals, including new comic content centered around beloved characters…stay tuned for updates!

The fan-favorite community area will be free to all registered and premium DC subscribers with a full calendar of events planned for 2021. Subscribers will not need to create a new account as their DC Universe E login will transfer to DC Universe Infinite.

For DC Universe subscribers who want ongoing access to premium DC originals, the special DC Universe member offer to HBO MAX has been extended. In celebration of Batman Day and the announcement of DC Universe Infinite, a special offer for eligible subscribers to upgrade their service to include HBO Max for an additional $4.99 per month for a limited time is now available through October 30, 2020.

HBO Max will be the home for premium video content that will include new DC series, key DC classics and DC Universe originals like Young Justice Seasons 1-4, Titans Seasons 1-3, Doom Patrol Seasons 1-3, and DC’s Stargirl Season 1. Additionally, HBO Max has ordered a third season of Warner Bros. Animation’s critically acclaimed DC UNIVERSE adult animated comedy series Harley Quinn, starring Kaley Cuoco, who also served as executive producer during the first two seasons along with Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, Dean Lorey, and Sam Register. Harley Quinn will be a Max Original going forward, and all three seasons of the show will be available.

DC Universe Infinite will be available online at DCUniverseInfinite.com, iOS and Android devices for $7.99 a month or $74.99 a year ($6.25 a month). On February 1, 2021, every DC Universe Infinite subscriber, existing members or those joining during the pre-order offer window will receive a special thank you voucher redeemable at the DC Shop subject to terms and conditions. Annual subscribers will receive a $25 voucher while monthly subscribers will receive a $10 voucher.

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The Sandman: The Deluxe Edition Book Two Hardcover

This second book newly collecting Neil Gaiman’s genre-defining series as a Deluxe Edition features bonus content and a new cover! 

Collects the first two paperback volumes of the acclaimed and enduring Sandman saga, “Fear of Falling” from Vertigo Preview #1, The Sandman #17-31, The Sandman Special #1, and the Vertigo: Winter’s Edge stories “Flowers of Romance,” “A Winter’s Tale,” and “How They Met Themselves.”

Written By Neil Gaiman and featuring art By Kelley Jones, Charles Vess, Colleen Doran, Mike Dringenberg, Matt Wagner, Stan Woch, Shawn Mcmanus, John Bolton, Jeffrey Jones, And Michael Zulli with a cover by Michael Wm. Kaluta, the 456 page hardcover will be on sale March 2 for $49.99.

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Superman #28 Variant Cover By Rafael Grampá 

One of my favorite artists working in comics today is Rafael Grampá. The talented Brazilian illustrator created this variant cover for Superman #28 which will be released on December 22. I love how the Man of Steel’s cape and the diagonal lines on the bottom of the cover form Superman’s iconic insignia!

Here is some more info on the issue:

The powerhouse creative team of Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita Jr., and Klaus Janson wrap up their run on Action Comics with “House of Kent: Epilogue”! With the final fate of Metropolis’s underworld revealed at last, it’s time for each member of the House of Kent to face their unknown futures head on, including Lois, Conner, Jon, Kara, Jimmy, and, of course, Clark Kent! This standalone Superman story connects threads from Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, Superman, Justice League, Legion of Super-Heroes, and other unforgettable series in epic—and unexpected—ways!

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Batman: Black And White – The Iconic Anthology Series Returns December 8

In 1996, DC bolstered the already fabled legacy of Batman when the publisher introduced the anthology series Batman: Black and White. An incomparable collection of writers and artists collaborated on original, black and white short stories featuring the Dark Knight in multiple interpretations, all varying in terms of theme, tone and setting, yet all connected with a distinctive black and white color scheme.

On Tuesday December 8, Batman: Black and White returns as a six-issue prestige format series with a brand-new slate of comics’ most exciting and innovative storytellers to explore the Batman mythos in stark black and white!

This all-star lineup of writers and artists includes:

– Paul Dini & Andy Kubert
– Tim Seeley & Kelley Jones
– Emma Rios
– John Arcudi & James Harren
– Gabriel Hardman & Corinna Bechko
– JH Williams III
– Tom King & Mitch Gerads
– G. Willow Wilson & Greg Smallwood
– Sophie Campbell
– David Aja
– Dustin Weaver
– Bilquis Evely
– Joshua Williamson & Riley Rossmo
– James Tynion IV & Tradd Moore
– Lee Weeks
– Chip Zdarsky & Nick Bradshaw
– And many more!

The debut issue features cover art by fan-favorite Batman artist Greg Capullo; each issue will also include two variant covers, one featuring Batman, the other featuring his foes. For issue #1, Peach Momoko provides a stunning cover featuring Talia al Ghul, while J.H. Williams provides his own breathtaking rendition of the Caped Crusader.

Batman: Black and White is available at open and operating comic book stores and all participating digital retailers on Tuesday, December 8. Each of the six prestige format issues comprising the series is priced at $5.99.

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Here Is Your First Look At The Sandman/Locke & Key Crossover

Comic books are built on crossovers. Seeing characters from different fictional worlds or even different publishers come face-to-face on the page is one of the most unique and exhilarating experiences the medium can offer. Usually, such crossovers involve superheroes (different Marvel heroes coming together to form the Avengers, say, or their even bigger encounters with DC Comics rivals), but this fall, it’s time for two popular dark fantasy comics to get acquainted when Locke & Key meets The Sandman in a new crossover comic from IDW and DC Comics.

Originally created by writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodríguez and recently adapted into a Netflix series, Locke & Key is the story of the Locke family, whose ancestral Massachusetts home of Keyhouse contains a wide variety of magical keys: One that opens up people’s minds, one that turns you into a ghost, and many more. The Sandman was originally created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg, and has its own Netflix adaptation on the way (in the meantime, the first few volumes of the comic were recently adapted into audiobook format by Audible). The Sandman is mostly the story of Morpheus, King of The Dreaming, as his life intersects with various mortals, monsters, and myths. But it does feature at least one very important key: The Key to Hell, which the devil Lucifer gives to Morpheus after abandoning his post as ruler of demons and the damned. This key will apparently form the connection between The Dreaming and Keyhouse.

The crossover comic will be titled Locke & Key / The Sandman Universe: Hell & Gone, and will kick off in October with a #0 issue that reprints key stories from both universes (in case you’re only familiar with one, or just need a refresher). The series proper will kick off with issue #1 in November, beginning an all-new story that connects the Locke Family of Keyhouse to the realm of The Dreaming by way of Lucifer’s Key to Hell. The series will be written by Hill and illustrated by Rodríguez.

Check out two different covers for issue #1. The first, by Rodríguez, features The Sandman characters Cain, Abel, Death, Fiddler’s Green, and the Corinthian in what looks like ’20s period costumes, while a mysterious blonde woman in the front wears Morpheus’ helm and holds one of the Keyhouse keys (the Anywhere Key, by the looks of it). The second, by The Sandman: Overture artist J.H. Williams III, again features that helm (given the ruby necklace and cloak, it appears to be actually Morpheus wearing it this time, but that’s just a guess) and one of the Locke keys. |

Reprinted from Entertainment Weekly

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DC Comics Promotes Girl Power With Powerful Heroines On The Small Screen 

Though female superheroes like Wonder Woman have been appearing in comic books since the 1940s, these heroines have not always been given fair treatment on the screen. Aside from the 1970s television series Wonder Woman, no major motion pictures or television series of significance have come along featuring the girls of DC Comics until much more recently. In the last few years, DC has branched out with its properties and introduced an array of TV shows and animated specials featuring a robust selection of characters.

From Supergirl to Stargirl, there are a number of powerful women appearing on TV these days. Look over some of these popular heroines you can catch on the small screen and learn more about who they are and what they stand for.

Supergirl

Though she is almost as recognizable as the Man of Steel himself, Supergirl is a character with a very complicated history in comic books. Originally introduced in 1958 as a surviving cousin of Superman, Supergirl very quickly became a fan favorite. The character appeared in her own titles as well as the family of Superman comics until 1985 when editors at DC decided Superman needed to be the only survivor of his homeworld of Krypton.

In the episode Crisis on Infinite Earths, the original Supergirl died saving the universe.

Comic books are notorious for bringing back dead characters and Supergirl is no exception. Returning in multiple incarnations over the years, Supergirl has been more or less restored to her original role as the cousin of Superman. On the WB show “Supergirl,” Melissa Benoist portrays the title character as she tries to balance work, relationships and being a hero alongside living in the shadow of her famous cousin Clark. The show is currently entering its sixth season and is a great fit for teens, older audiences and families alike.

Stargirl

More recently, DC released the show Stargirl, focusing on the trials and tribulations of teenager  Courtney Whitmore. Introduced in comics in 1999, Whitmore as Stargirl was co-created by Geoff Johns, who is now the executive producer of Stargirl. Since her introduction, Stargirl has been a prominent character across DC comic books, animated specials and television shows. She has also served as a member of the long-running superhero team the Justice Society of America, and the show borrows a lot from this part of Whitmore’s history.

Unlike Supergirl, who is in her 20’s, Stargirl is a teenager still dealing with the headaches of high school on top of her newfound role as a hero. Played by Brec Bassinger, Courtney Whitmore is an all-American girl with a sweet demeanor and passionate desire to help the weak, downtrodden, and vulnerable. Stargirl follows Whitmore as she comes to terms with the responsibility of being a hero while beginning the quest of finding other young people willing to help her reform the Justice Society of America.

White Canary

While both Supergirl and Stargirl began as heroines in the pages of comic books, the same is not true of all the women who appear in DC’s television properties. The character of White Canary, played by Caity Lotz, was created specifically for the show Arrow, where she shares a number of story elements and personality traits with the comic character “Black Canary.” A fighter trained by assassins, White Canary became a popular character on Arrow. This led to her being one of several DC characters written into the show Legends of Tomorrow, involving time travel adventures.

DC Comics is no stranger to the idea of female characters. Outside of the heroes listed here, names like Lois Lane, Catwoman, Batgirl, Zatanna, Power Girl, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy are familiar even to those who have never read a comic book. With DC committed to making truly engaging television programs in recent years, it is easy to see that this is just the beginning of television adventures featuring a diverse selection of unforgettable heroes.

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Batman: Gotham By Gaslight Deluxe Hardcover

In the Victorian era, an age of mystery and superstition, how would the people of Gotham react to a weird creature of the night, a bat-garbed vigilante feared by the guilty and the innocent alike?

Some would live in terror. Others would rest easier.

Only one man would take no notice at all…a man with other matters to attend to. His name? No one knows for sure. Most people know him only as Jack.

Jack the Ripper.

Brian Augustyn (The Flash), Mike Mignola (Hellboy), and Eduardo Barreto (The New Teen Titans) spin the classic tale of the Victorian-era Bat-Man’s encounter with the Butcher of Whitechapel and a crazed prophet determined to prevent Gotham City from entering the 20th century, presented for the first time in the Deluxe Hardcover format. Collects Gotham by Gaslight, Batman: Master of the Future, Convergence: Shazam! #1-2, and Countdown Presents the Search for Ray Palmer: Gotham by Gaslight.

The Batman: Gotham By Gaslight Deluxe Hardcover will be available on October 6, 2020 and retail for $34.99.

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DC Announces DC Fandome! A Mega, 24-Hour, Immersive Virtual Fan Experience

Save the date and prep your cosplay!  On Saturday, August 22, starting at 10 a.m. PDT, Warner Bros. will welcome fans everywhere into the DC FanDome—a free virtual fan experience where no badge is required. 

Imagine all the Super Heroes and Super-Villains you’ve ever loved finally coming together in one place to celebrate DC’s past, present and future.  Accessible for 24 hours at DCFanDome.com, the global event will immerse fans into the DC Multiverse, with new announcements from WB Games, Film and TV, and comics, as well as an unprecedented opportunity to hear from the casts and creators behind your favorite feature films and TV series, including: Aquaman, The Batman, Batwoman, Black Adam, Black Lightning, DC Super Hero Girls, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, DC’s Stargirl, Doom Patrol, The Flash, Harley Quinn, the SnyderCut of Justice League, Lucifer, Pennyworth, SHAZAM!, The Suicide Squad, Supergirl, Superman & Lois, Teen Titans GO!, Titans, Watchmen, Young Justice: Outsiders and, coming this fall to theaters worldwide, Wonder Woman 1984.

The DC FanDome is the place to hear highly anticipated announcements and the latest news, see exclusive footage, and venture into themed worlds designed to entertain everyone from movie and TV superfans to gamers and readers, to families and kids.  With special presentations to engage fans in every time zone across the globe, you’ll have the opportunity to have an experience that’s all your own.  Inside this virtual world, fans will also get access to localized events, featuring the faces and voices from countries around the world in their local language.  No matter where you live, your age or your level of fandom, there is something for you.

Exploring the DC FanDome

The epicenter of the DC FanDome is the Hall of Heroes, where you can experience special programming, panels and content reveals from a wide variety of films, TV series and games, available in several languages, including Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish.  From there, navigate deeper into the DC Multiverse, exploring five additional satellite worlds, each with its own localized content and unique activities and one world fully devoted to our younger fans:

-DC WatchVerse: Here’s where you grab a seat, sit back and join our virtual audience and become completely engrossed in hours of must-see content from around the world.  Everything from panels and exclusive screenings to never-before-seen footage, featuring cast, creators and behind-the-scenes crew from across DC Films, TV, Home Entertainment and Games.

-DC YouVerse: Venture into this world where the FANS are the stars to see the most amazing user-generated content, cosplay and fan art from around the world, including, perhaps, your own.

-DC KidsVerse: Need a way to entertain your kids for hours on end?  We’ve got you covered inside a special world, which can be accessed directly at DCKidsFanDome.com. This area features a broad range of family-friendly activations for our younger fans.

-DC InsiderVerse: This creativity-based world contains a centerpiece video featuring legendary artist and DC CCO/Publisher Jim Lee, President of DC-Based Film Production Walter Hamada, and creator of the DC TV Arrowverse, Executive Producer Greg Berlanti, welcoming fans with a 101-style introduction to the DC Multiverse.  From there, go behind the scenes with the master artisans who bring DC to life in all its forms, from comic books to games, TV, movies, theme parks, consumer products and more.

-DC FunVerse: Take your DC FanDome experience and gather cool shareables; check out our comic book reader; DIY cool WW84 Golden Armor and Batmobile kits; plus digital giveaways and a store filled with merchandise, including some limited-edition exclusives.

Pull Up to the Blerd & Boujee House

Where my Blerds at?  The second annual celebration of Black nerd culture returns with the all-new Blerd & Boujee House at DC FanDome, bringing Blerds, LatinxGeeks and all nerds “party-with-a-purpose” vibes.  As anyone lucky enough to get into the first-ever Blerd & Boujee boat party (featuring DJ D-Nice) at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 can attest, fans will not want to miss connections and conversations designed for the culture.

Calling All Fans!

There’s nothing more important to DC than our fans, and we want to showcase you!  In partnership with Talenthouse, DC FanDome today launched a call for your best DC Fan Art & Fandom displays.  Show us your cosplay, makeup, tattoos and even your own Batcave!  Be sure to submit your best at create.DCFanDome.com for a chance to be featured inside this virtual world event, and demonstrate to people in your home country and across the globe that you are the ultimate DC Super Fan.  Selected artists on the day of our event will be voted on by the community in each of our two competitions in order to help our judges pick selected artist winners.  Selected artist winners will receive part of a cash prize pool courtesy of DC and Talenthouse.

Be sure to check back at our official site, DCFanDome.com, frequently for additional updates on what will be happening inside the DC FanDome, including exciting new content on our new blog, the Daily Star, which kicks off with a welcoming note from Jim Lee himself.  Also, follow the social channels below for frequent updates about participating cast members, creators, writers, artists and game developers you can expect to see. 

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DC Universe Celebrates The Legacy of Denny O’Neil

Our hearts at THE FIRE WIRE are heavy today, as we’ve learned that comic book storyteller supreme Denny O’Neil passed away from natural causes. The DC Universe would not be the place it is today without his many contributions. In honor of O’Neil’s life, HERE is a brief look at some of the legendary work he created during his time at DC Comics.

Denny O’Neil’s contributions to pop culture are incalculable. In a world without him, we wouldn’t have the Batman we do today. One of the principal architects of the DC Universe, his legacy will be celebrated as long as stories are told.

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Audible And DC Announce Powerhouse Cast For Highly Anticipated The Sandman

Audible Inc., the world’s largest producer and provider of spoken-word entertainment and audiobooks, announced the star-studded cast of the first-ever, exclusive audio adaptation of New York Times best-selling graphic novel series, The Sandman, written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC. Adapted and directed by Dirk Maggs and narrated by Gaiman, who serves as creative director and executive producer, the powerhouse cast is led by James McAvoy in the title role of Dream and includes Riz Ahmed, Justin Vivian Bond, Arthur Darvill, Kat Dennings as Death, Taron Egerton, William Hope, Josie Lawrence, Miriam Margolyes, Samantha Morton, Bebe Neuwirth, Andy Serkis, and Michael Sheen as Lucifer, and an expansive list of additional cast. The first installment of the multi-part original audio drama series is set for release on July 15, 2020 and adapts volumes 1-3 of the graphic novel series (Preludes & Nocturnes, The Doll’s House, and Dream Country). 

When an occultist attempts to capture the physical embodiment of Death (Dennings) in a bargain for eternal life, he instead mistakenly traps Death’s younger brother Dream (McAvoy), another of the seven god-like siblings known as The Endless who oversee aspects of human existence, including Desire (Bond) and Despair (Margolyes), Destiny, Destruction and Delirium. After seventy years of imprisonment Dream finally escapes, embarking on a quest to reclaim his lost objects of power and rebuild his kingdom, the world of sleep and imagination called The Dreaming. So begins one of the most acclaimed and successful series of graphic novels ever written.

David Blum, Editor-in-Chief of Audible Originals, commented: “A truly exceptional cast of artists will be bringing this cultural phenomenon to life. We are honored to be working alongside Neil Gaiman and DC to create a truly immersive adaptation that we know fans and listeners will love.” 

Gaiman’s long-time audio collaborator, multi-award winner Dirk Maggs, shares executive producer credit and also serves as the project’s scriptwriter and director. Maggs is best known for his landmark audio adaptations of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, Stardust, Good Omens and Anansi Boys, as well as for the renowned Audible Originals Alien: River Of Pain and The X-Files and the celebrated DC audio productions The Trial of Superman, Batman: Knightfall, and Superman: To Doomsday & Beyond. In addition to the rich, cinematic soundscape that has become Maggs’ trademark, The Sandman also features an original score by Academy Award-winning composer and musician James Hannigan.

The Sandman is the latest in a series of best-in-class Audible Original audio dramas released by Audible in recent months. Other highlights include Assassin’s Creed: Gold, The X Files starring Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light starring Yara Shahidi, and Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds: The Musical Drama starring Michael Sheen, Taron Egerton and Theo James.

The Sandman is available for pre-order now and will exclusively premiere on audible.com/TheSandman on July 15, 2020.

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