Detective Comics’ New Creative Team Headlines DC’s New Releases

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Detective Comics #1062 marks the debut of a new creative team for the title, with other DC releases spotlighting Superman, mechs and more.

DC Comics gives Detective Comics a brand new creative team on Tuesday.

After the Bat Family fought to uncover the mystery behind Arkham Tower in the “Shadows of the Bat” event and the Dark Knight’s latest bout with the Riddler, award-winning writer Ram V. and artist Rafael Albuquerque are taking over the title with Detective Comics #1062. The issue kicks off the four-part “Gotham Nocturne” arc for the series, which will turn Gotham City into a “gothic opera,” according to solicitations, with Batman forced to face haunting music and demons throughout his city. The new Detective Comics issue is not the only release from DC on Tuesday though.


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DC is also launching two new series with the debut of DC: Mech #1 and Superman: Space Age #1. The former title reimagines the DC Universe to give its heroes colossal battle mechs, and the series’ first issue is set to deliver a brawl between the mech’s of Superman, Batman and the Flash. As for the latter Space Age, it will focus on Superman in the ’60s as he tries to grapple with an Earth that seems “determined to destroy itself” during this era.

Other notable mentions for Tuesday include the finales of both Batman: One Dark Knight and Aquamen, which will tackle the fallout of Arthur Curry’s death in Justice League #75 and serve as a Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths tie-in. Meanwhile, Damian Wayne is set to reunite with his girlfriend in Robin #16, and Young Justice: Targets #1 is printed for the first time after its digital release. The full list of new releases can be found alphabetically below, covers and solicitations included.


ACTION COMICS #1045

  • Written by PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON
  • Art by RICCARDO FEDERICI
  • Backup story art by DAVID LAPHAM
  • Cover by LUCIO PARRILLO
  • Variant cover by RAFAEL SARMENTO
  • $4.99 US | 40 pages | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 7/26/22
  • The Warworld Revolution escalates as Superman gains the upper hand, forcing Mongul to take desperate measures. Meanwhile, a fallen ally of Superman is resurrected…at a terrible cost. A new connection to Jack Kirby’s Fourth World is revealed as the Warworld Saga’s mind-blowing conclusion nears! Then, in “A World Without Clark Kent”—Lois Lane and John Henry Irons race against time to save Thao-La, testing the limits of the mysterious element Genesis!


AQUAMEN #6

  • Written by CHUCK BROWN and BRANDON THOMAS
  • Art by SAMI BASRI
  • Cover by TRAVIS MOORE
  • Variant cover by FICO OSSIO
  • Variant cover by PHILIP TAN
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 7/26/22
  • A Dark Crisis tie-in issue! After hearing about Arthur’s death, Mera and the others must each find a way to come to terms with their loss and move forward. In his time of grief, Jackson finds comfort from the last person he ever expected…his father!

BATMAN: FORTRESS #3

  • Written by GARY WHITTA
  • Art and cover by DARICK ROBERTSON
  • Variant cover by MICO SUAYAN
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | 3 of 8 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 7/26/22
  • Time is running out after a disastrous first encounter with the invading alien force, and Batman is forced to change his tactics and team up with the last person on Earth he could have expected. The mystery deepens around the absent Man of Steel, as the alien motives become more clear…Could there be secrets to his disappearance at the Fortress of Solitude?


BATMAN: ONE DARK KNIGHT #3

  • Written by JOCK
  • Art and cover by JOCK
  • Variant cover by RAFAEL GRAMPÁ
  • $6.99 US | 48 pages | 3 of 3 | Prestige Plus
  • 8 1/2″ x 10 7/8″ (All covers are card stock)
  • ON SALE 7/26/22
  • 17+
  • From the sewers under Gotham to the roiling waters of the harbor, Batman’s march toward Blackgate Prison is nearing its end…but far from being a passive prisoner, E.M.P. has his own mission to fulfill—and there’s no way he’s letting the Dark Knight stop him from carrying it out!

DC: MECH #1

  • Written by KENNY PORTER
  • Art and cover by BALDEMAR RIVAS
  • Variant cover by DAN MORA
  • 1:25 variant cover by RICARDO LÓPEZ ORTIZ
  • 1:100 variant cover by KARL KERSCHL
  • Team wraparound variant cover by BALDEMAR RIVAS
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | 1 of 6 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 7/26/22
  • At the end of World War II, Earth was invaded by giant mechanized parademons from a planet called Apokolips. Earth’s protectors, the Justice Society of America, were devastated, and with them, the age of superheroes came to an end and the era of the Mech began.
  • In the ensuing years, the world has stockpiled colossal battle suits piloted by elite warriors, waiting for the day Apokolips returns. But when Kal-El, the last son of a dying world, crash-lands in Metropolis with his own war suit, he’ll face down two of Earth’s finest Mech fighters, the Flash and Batman.
  • The dawn of a brave new mechanized DCU is here from the rising star creative team of Kenny Porter (The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive, Fearless) and Baldemar Rivas (Robins, Batman: Urban Legends).


DEATHSTROKE INC. #11

  • Written by ED BRISSON
  • Art by DEXTER SOY
  • Cover by MIKEL JANÍN
  • Variant cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA
  • 1:25 variant cover by IVAN TAO
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 7/26/22
  • “Deathstroke: Year One” continues! To escape the banality of family life, Slade Wilson, the failed soldier and test subject, undertakes his first assassination mission. His target is the last surviving doctor from the experiment that gave him his powers! Slade doesn’t need his heightened senses to tell him something is wrong with all of this…but will his intuition stay his hand when the time comes for the final death stroke?

DETECTIVE COMICS #1062

  • Written by RAM V
  • Art by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
  • Cover by EVAN CAGLE
  • Backup written by SIMON SPURRIER
  • Backup art by DANI
  • Variant covers by LEE BERMEJO and
  • J.H. WILLIAMS III
  • 1:25 variant cover by INHYUK LEE
  • 1:50 foil variant cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
  • $4.99 US | 40 pages | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 7/26/22Gotham Nocturne part 1 of 4: “Overture.” It’s a new era for the detective of the night as we introduce award-winning new series writer Ram V (Catwoman, The Many Deaths of Laila Starr), and artist extraordinaire Rafael Albuquerque (American Vampire, Superman/Batman)! Together, they’ll be turning Gotham into a tragic yet beautiful gothic opera for our eyes and ears to feast on.
  • Something is terribly wrong with Batman. No matter the tests Bruce takes, nor the numbers he counts, the greatest detective in the world can’t pin down the source of this creeping dread—of his own inner demons and a looming mortality. Meanwhile, real demons roam the shadows as an ancient melody haunts the Gotham night. Here now the curtains rise and as the eerie tune streams in…who is human, who is demon, who is to tell? As Batman investigates the songs and the demons of Gotham, he is forced to confront the oldest question…whether there has been a demon within him all along…and if so, what does it want?…and why hasn’t it taken over yet?


HARLEY QUINN #17

  • Written by STEPHANIE PHILLIPS
  • Art and cover by RILEY ROSSMO
  • Variant cover by DERRICK CHEW
  • 1:25 variant cover by LEIRIX
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 7/26/22
  • It’s the moment we’ve been building toward for months! The rumble in the jungle! But actually in Gotham, because we’re not in the jungle. It’s the throwdown showdown between me, your hyper-verbal, semi-reformed former villain, and Verdict, the violent vigilante vowing to have vengeance on…well, everybody! Can I clear my name after being locked up for a crime I didn’t commit?

  • Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
  • Art and cover by ROGER CRUZ and NORM RAPMUND
  • Variant cover by SIMONE DI MEO
  • 1:25 ROBIN ’66 variant cover by DAN SCHOENING
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 7/26/22
  • Robin’s investigation into Lazarus Island is put on hold as Lord Death Man strikes. Damian and Hawke are called to Tokyo by Flatline to help her deal with her crazed mentor. Which means…killer-bros road trip!

THE SANDMAN UNIVERSE: NIGHTMARE COUNTRY #4

  • Written by JAMES TYNION IV
  • Art by LISANDRO ESTHERREN and DANI
  • Cover by REIKO MURAKAMI
  • Variant cover by DANI
  • 1:25 variant cover by DAVE JOHNSON
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 7/26/22
  • The Corinthian’s hunt for answers about the Smiling Man transcends even his own self-preservation as he returns to the waking world—and his unlikely human partner—in defiance of Dream’s orders. But when he finds out just how many people have seen the Smiling Man? Then the bodies are going to start hitting the floor…

SUPERMAN: SPACE AGE #1

  • Written by MARK RUSSELL
  • Art and cover by MIKE ALLRED
  • Variant cover by STEVE RUDE
  • 1:25 variant cover by NICK DERINGTON
  • 1:50 variant cover by MIKE ALLRED
  • $9.99 US | 80 pages | 1 of 3 | Prestige
  • ON SALE 7/26/22
  • Meet Clark Kent, a young reporter who just learned that the world will soon come to an end (Crisis on Infinite Earths) and there is nothing he can do to save it. Sounds like a job for his alter ego…Superman!
  • After years of standing idle, the young man from Krypton defies the wishes of his fathers to come out to the world as the first superhero of the Space Age. As each decade passes and each new danger emerges, he wonders if this is the one that will kill him and everyone he loves. Superman realizes that even good intentions are not without their backlash as the world around him transforms into a place as determined to destroy itself as he is to save it.
  • Uniting the critically acclaimed writer Mark Russell (One-Star Squadron and The Flintstones) and Eisner-winner Mike Allred (Silver Surfer and Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams) for the first time, this series promises fans an unforgettable journey through U.S. history and culture starring our beloved characters.


THE SWAMP THING #15

  • Written by RAM V
  • Art and cover by MIKE PERKINS
  • Variant cover by CHARLIE ADLARD
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | 15 of 16 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 7/26/22
  • The Earth stands on the precipice of destruction as the Parliament of Trees considers a truly dangerous proposal from the Pale Pilgrim. Now Swamp Thing is all that stands between the natural world and Armageddon…or is he? Enter Trinity—an unprecedented being created by humankind’s most destructive moment who may prove to be our only hope of salvation.

TASK FORCE Z #10

  • Written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG
  • Art and cover by EDDY BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA
  • Variant cover by TRAVIS MERCER
  • 1:25 variant cover by RYAN BROWN
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | 10 of 12 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 7/26/22
  • The rise of Powers Industries! Red Hood and what remains of his Task Force Z squad are on the run and investigating the secrets of their former benefactor, Powers Industries. What they discover will change Batman history forever. Meanwhile, inside Powers Industries, Mr. Bloom and Man-Bat are hard at work betraying their teammates with no remorse.


YOUNG JUSTICE: TARGETS #1

  • Written by GREG WEISMAN
  • Art and cover by CHRISTOPHER JONES
  • Variant cover by MEGHAN HETRICK
  • 1:25 variant cover by TRAVIS MERCER
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | 1 of 6 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 7/26/22
  • Queen Perdita has been kidnapped! Mysterious armored assailants have snatched the Vlatavan royal out from beneath Bowhunter Security, leaving Green Arrow and Black Canary poisoned and comatose in the process! Now a rallying cry echoes around the globe, and across super-teams, to band together and rescue Perdita!
  • Young Justice co-creator Greg Weisman and Christopher Jones bring you an action-packed follow-up to Young Justice: Phantoms that will rock the team to its core!
  • Plus, each issue includes a bonus story detailing previously unseen adventures from past seasons of Young Justice!

All of these issues go on sale July 26 from DC Comics.

Source: DC Comics

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