DC / Vertigo Comic Book Showcase - December 17, 2014


Every week I am sent a package full of comics and graphic novels I’m not able to read from my pals at DC Comics. No matter what I do, I can’t seem to find the time for everything I’d like to take in on an entertainment level. My plan is to showcase these books once a week in an ongoing column. If there’s anything I need to say about one of the titles, I’ll gladly add my two cents worth in. DC’s been good to me over the years and I want to do my best to promote their many excellent books they publish every month.

Just in case you’re not a big comic book consumer, let me give you some quick facts. All new comic books and graphic novels are published on the Wednesday of every week. Also, Vertigo is an imprint of DC that releases comics for mature audiences only. Click on the title of the issue to buy it. Let’s check out some of the spotlight issues DC Comics sent me this time around.

Wonder Woman #37

Art by: Richard Friend, David Finch
Cover by: Richard Friend, David Finch
Variant cover by: Darwyn Cooke, Richard Friend, David Finch
Written by: Meredith Finch
U.S. Price: 2.99
On Sale Date: December 17, 2014
Volume/Issue #: 37
Color/B&W: Color
Trim Size: Comic
Page Count: 32

Superman arrives on Paradise Island to support Wonder Woman in her darkest hour, but their bond may be breaking apart! No time for Diana to think, though, as a mythological force seemingly tied to Wonder Woman’s role as War attacks the Amazons!

Supergirl #37

Art by: Emanuela Lupacchino
Cover by: Emanuela Lupacchino
Variant cover by: Darwyn Cooke
Written by: K. Perkins, Mike Johnson
U.S. Price: 2.99
On Sale Date: December 17, 2014
Volume/Issue #: 37
Color/B&W: Color
Trim Size: Comic
Page Count: 32

It’s Supergirl’s first day as a student in the Crucible Academy! What is the mystery of the Academy? Who are her fellow students? And what happens if she decides to get herself expelled before she graduates?

The Multiversity: Thunderworld #1

Art by: Cameron Stewart
Cover by: Cameron Stewart
Variant cover by: Cully Hamner, Cliff Chiang, Cameron Stewart, Grant Morrison
Written by: Grant Morrison
U.S. Price: 4.99
On Sale Date: December 17, 2014
Volume/Issue #: 1
Color/B&W: Color
Trim Size: Comic
Page Count: 48

The fifth chapter of the greatest adventure in DC Comics history is here!

Acclaimed for their collaborations on Batman and Robin, Seaguy and Seven Soldiers of Victory: The Manhattan Guardian, superstar writer Grant Morrison and renowned artist Cameron Stewart deliver some magic to the Multiversity with a breathtaking journey to Earth-5 – A.K.A. Thunderworld!

With a single word, Billy Batson transforms from boy reporter for Whiz Media into the world’s Mightiest Mortal – Captain Marvel! Along with the other members of the Marvel Family, Captain Marvel battles dastardly villains like Mr. Mind and the Monster Society of Evil! But now, his greatest foe has attacked the Rock of Eternity – the source of the Marvel Family’s power – and it could mean the end of reality as we know it! What impossible villains are Sivana teaming up with who could spell doom for the Multiverse? From where did Sivana’s children get their newfound super powers? And what does the appearance of one mysterious comic book mean for the heroes of Thunderworld? Find out all that and more in this exciting issue that acts as chapter five of the Multiversity.

The Sandman: Overture #4

Art by: J. H. Williams, III
Variant cover by: Dave McKean, J. H. Williams, III
Written by: Neil Gaiman
U.S. Price: 3.99
On Sale Date: December 17, 2014
Volume/Issue #: 4
Color/B&W: Color
Trim Size: Comic
Page Count: 32

In an asylum in the City of the Stars, Morpheus comes face to face with the creature at the center of the war that will destroy the universe.

Time is running out...

This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

The Kitchen #2

Art by: Ming Doyle
Cover by: Becky Cloonan
Written by: Ollie Masters
U.S. Price: 2.99
On Sale Date: December 17, 2014
Volume/Issue #: 2
Color/B&W: Color
Trim Size: Comic
Page Count: 32

In part two of the all-new crime drama the Kitchen, the girls find their newly claimed criminal empire under threat when a sleazy hustler blackmails them for more money than they have. Can they get it together in time and keep control of the Hell’s Kitchen underworld? Or will they have to take more drastic measures to protect their turf?

As you can see, it’s a full month of super hero action and fantasy drama and thrills for DC and Vertigo Comics readers. The artwork for the Sandman: Overture #4 is absolutely beautiful and vibrantly colored. I’ve always loved artist J. H. Williams, III’s unique illustrations. There are definitely elements of the occult to be found, though.

Cameron Stewart’s handiwork for the Multiversity: Thunderworld #1 will take audiences back to the Golden Age with his fun style that mimics great artists of yesteryear like Dick Sprang and Jack Kirby while adding his own visual spin. The Kitchen brings to mind a 1970s gangster / street hustler movie and includes some bad language.