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Absolute Power grounds Superman in DC's plans for the Man of Steel this July (oh, and Action Comics gets a makeover, too!)

Gail Simone and Rainbow Rowell take on Action, while DC's big summer event takes over the Superman series

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If there’s one thing we know about absolute power, it’s that it corrupts absolutely — but if there’s a second thing, it’s that it’s sure to make the DC comic book universe an entertaining place across summer 2024, thanks to the big event launching this July. Amanda Waller is making her big move, and that's bad news for the heroes of the DCU. Meanwhile, Batman reaches a milestone issue this month, The Penguin's secret mission comes to an end, and We3 gets an anniversary re-release to remind us that we're all old. (And that's not mentioning the hints that Poison Ivy is about to die...)

Meanwhile, in Metropolis, Superman is dealing with Amanda Waller's Amazo threat with a special guest star - no, we're not talking about returning series artist Jamal Campbell - while Action Comics gets not one, but two new creative teams as part of DC's year-long Superman Superstars program. (And they're both really exciting. No, really; look below and see.) We'd also be remiss if we didn't mention the first Omnibus collection of the "Triangle Era" of Superman comics from the late 1980s and early 1990s, which are some of this particular writer's nostalgic favorites...!

There really is a lot happening for Superman and Superfam in July. Look below and find out for yourself.

SUPERMAN #16

Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
Art and cover by JAMAL CAMPBELL
Variant covers by NATHAN SZERDY, FRANK CHO, and PABLO VILLALOBOS
1:25 variant cover by STEVAN SUBIC
Artist Spotlight Variant cover by JOSÉ LUIS GARCÍA-LÓPEZ
$4.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 7/17/24
“ABSOLUTE POWER” TIE-IN AND THE RETURN OF JAMAL CAMPBELL TO THE SUPERMAN SERIES!
Superman is down…but not out. Waller and her forces are winning. While the Fortress of Solitude has become the home base for the survivors, the injured and powerless Superman must go on a dangerous mission into… THE MAGICAL REALM. GUEST-STARRING ZATANNA!

BATMAN/SUPERMAN: WORLD’S FINEST #29

Written by MARK WAID
Art and cover by DAN MORA
Variant covers by BJÖRN BARENDS and DAVID LAFUENTE
1:25 variant cover by JERRY GAYLORD
$3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 7/17/24
The grand finale to “Impossible” is here, and it…well, it is as insane as you think it would be. First of all, we’ve got this big DOOM-MITE guy over here, check him out…he’s about to eat Batman and Superman! What would that even taste like? Let’s hope our heroes never let him find out, as the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight save the fifth dimension from IMPLOSION or die trying!

ACTION COMICS #1067

Written by GAIL SIMONE and RAINBOW ROWELL
Art by EDDY BARROWS and CIAN TORMEY
Cover by EDDY BARROWS and DANNY MIKI
Variant covers by WES CRAIG and PABLO VILLALOBOS
1:25 variant cover by BEN OLIVER
Foil variant cover by EDDY BARROWS ($7.99 US)
$4.99 US | 40 pages | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 7/10/24
SUPERMAN AND THE CHALLENGE FROM THE STARS
SUPERMAN FIGHTS FOR TWO WORLDS! When a massively powerful alien race makes EARTH their ARENA, Superman must stand ALONE against impossible challenges that threaten locations all around the world AND the lives of those he loves! A not-to-be-missed EPIC tale of Superman’s STRENGTH, WIT, and RESOURCEFULNESS in an early stage of his public career! Plus, New York Times bestselling author RAINBOW ROWELL makes her DC debut and takes on the most powerful woman in Superman’s life…LOIS LANE!

POWER GIRL #11

Written by LEAH WILLIAMS
Art by EDUARDO PANSICA and JÚLIO FERREIRA
Cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
Variant covers by TERRY DODSON and INHYUK LEE
$3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 7/24/24
Forever alone?! Dating is hard, especially if you’re Metropolis’s breakout hero Power Girl. Will an innocent date with the mysterious Axel be just what Paige needs to get her groove back? Or are there some skeletons in her suitor’s closet waiting to be set free?

SINISTER SONS #6

Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by VASCO GEORGIEV
Variant cover by RAHZZAH
$3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock) | 6 of 6
ON SALE 7/10/24
The truth of SINSON’s origin is at last revealed, as he and his best frenemy LOR-ZOD make their mad dash for the throne on the planet Korugar! It all ends here for the bad boys of comics, and if you thought these two deserved some sort of happy ending—think again!

KNEEL BEFORE ZOD #7

Written by JOE CASEY
Art by DAN McDAID
Cover by JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER
Variant cover by LUCIO PARRILLO
$3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 7/3/24
As General Zod finally takes full command of his alien legion of super-villains, the Emerald Empress strikes! If Zod can withstand her insidious attack, the cosmic secret of the Eye will finally be revealed! The road to Zod’s ultimate vengeance continues!

MY ADVENTURES WITH SUPERMAN #2

Written by JOSIE CAMPBELL
Art by PABLO M COLLAR
Cover by LI CREE
Variant cover by MEGAN HUANG
Design variant cover
$3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 7/3/24
After the mysterious android is captured by a covert military group, Superman realizes he can’t just bust through a government facility and take what he wants. No, this looks like a job for mild-mannered journalist Clark Kent!

BATMAN/SUPERMAN: WORLD’S FINEST VOL. 4: RETURN TO KINGDOM COME

Batman/Superman: World's Finest Vol 4
Image credit: Dan Mora/DC

Written by MARK WAID
Art and cover by DAN MORA
144 pages | 6 5/8" x 10 3/16" | Available in both hardcover and softcover
Hardcover | $24.99 US | ISBN: 978-1-77952-748-6
Softcover | $17.99 US | ISBN: 978-1-77952-939-8
ON SALE 9/10/24
HEIR TO THE KINGDOM! Return to the world of Kingdom Come as the Flash discovers the fate of Superman’s missing ward, Boy Thunder. The Multiverse-spanning World’s Finest duo of Batman and Superman rush to Earth-22 to rescue their lost friend, only to discover a world that doesn’t know the Multiverse and that is consumed by the thrall of the all-powerful Gog and his disciple, Thunderman! Join Mark Waid (The Flash, Shazam!) as he returns to his bestselling Kingdom Come story with artist Dan Mora (Detective Comics, Shazam!) to tell the origin of Gog and the horrors he created. Collects Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #20-24.

SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS VOL. 2: TO HELL AND BACK

Superman: Action Comics Vol 2
Image credit: Lucio Parrillo/DC

Written by PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON, LEAH WILLIAMS, DAN WATTERS, and others
Art by RAFA SANDOVAL, EDDY BARROWS, VASCO GEORGIEV, and others
Cover by LUCIO PARRILLO
$19.99 US | 152 pages | 6 5/8" x 10 3/16" | Softcover | ISBN: 978-1-77952-821-6
ON SALE 9/10/24
DARKNESS FALLS ON THE SUPER-FAMILY IN THE DAWN OF DC! What haunts a Superman? Nightmares are stalking the family of El, threatening to blow apart their newfound unity. What can Superman fight when it’s through him that Conner feels lost in his legacy, Kara struggles to keep the mythos of Krypton alive, and Otho-Ra and Osul-Ra fear the violence of Warworld has followed them? On top of everything, a new extremist group known as Blue Earth is rallying Metropolis against any and all aliens especially Superman. Will he be able to keep hope alive, or is Superman about to lose his friends, their minds, and all their lives? Collects Action Comics #1057-1059, Action Comics Presents: Doomsday Special #1, and Knight Terrors: Action Comics #1-2.

SUPERMAN: THE TRIANGLE ERA OMNIBUS VOL. 1

Superman: The Triangle Era Omnibus Vol 1
Image credit: Jerry Ordway/DC

Written by DAN JURGENS, LOUISE SIMONSON, ROGER STERN, and JERRY ORDWAY
Art by DAN JURGENS, JERRY ORDWAY, JON BOGDANOVE, BOB McLEOD, and others
Cover by JERRY ORDWAY
$125.00 US | 1376 pages | 7 1/16" x 10 7/8" | Hardcover | ISBN: 978-1-77952-816-2
ON SALE 9/3/24
The Man of Steel soared to new storytelling heights during the fabled Triangle Era, where each Superman title contained a new numbering sequence that allowed readers to follow the action across four weekly issues. Under the direction of group editor Mike Carlin, the creative dream team of Dan Jurgens, Louise Simonson, Roger Stern, and Jerry Ordway crafted some of Superman’s most earth-shattering storylines that would go on to define the Superman mythos for decades to come. This inaugural Triangle Era volume collects the story arcs “Time and Again,” “Red Glass,” “Blackout,” and more, and features a brand-new introduction by Mike Carlin. Collects Superman #49-63, Starman #28, Adventures of Superman #472-486, Action Comics #659-673, and Superman: The Man of Steel #1-8.

ELSEWORLDS: SUPERMAN VOL. 1 (2024 EDITION)

Elseworlds: Superman Vol 1
Image credit: Eduardo Barreto/DC

Written by J.M. DeMATTEIS, DAVE GIBBONS, HOWARD CHAYKIN, and others
Art by EDUARDO BARRETO, JOSÉ LUIS GARCÍA-LÓPEZ, GIL KANE, and others
Cover by EDUARDO BARRETO
$34.99 US | 368 pages | 6 5/8" x 10 3/16" | Softcover | ISBN: 978-1-77952-956-5
ON SALE 9/3/24
Featuring Superman as the Dark Knight, Kal-El raised in medieval times, Superman as the sole survivor of a nuclear Armageddon, Private Atticus Kent as an abolitionist superhero in the American Civil War, Superman as the greatest athlete on Earth, and Golden Age Superman at war with Mars! Collects Superman: Speeding Bullets, Superman: Kal, Superman: Distant Fires, Superman: A Nation Divided, Superman, Inc., and Superman: War of the Worlds!

BATMAN/SUPERMAN: WORLD’S FINEST VOL. 2: STRANGE VISITOR

Batman/Superman: World's Finest Vol 2
Image credit: Dan Mora/DC

Written by MARK WAID
Art by DAN MORA and TRAVIS MOORE
Cover by DAN MORA
$17.99 US | 176 pages | 6 5/8" x 10 3/16" | Softcover | ISBN: 978-1-77952-716-5
ON SALE 7/30/24
The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel might have been victorious in their battle against the dreaded Devil Nezha, but there’s one thing they forgot in all the madness…Dick Grayson! Robin, the Boy Wonder, is lost in time, and to find him, Batman and Superman will need to get creative! Then, the untold story of Superman’s short-tenured sidekick is at last revealed, but what secret connection to one of DC’s most timeless tales does this story foreshadow? Collects Batman/ Superman: World’s Finest #6-11.

POWER GIRL VOL. 1: ELECTRIC DREAMS

Power Girl Vol 1
Image credit: Gary Frank/DC

Written by LEAH WILLIAMS
Art by EDUARDO PANSICA, MARGUERITE SAUVAGE, DAVID BALDEÓN, and JULIO FERREIRA
Cover by GARY FRANK
$19.99 US | 160 pages | 6 5/8" x 10 3/16" | Softcover | ISBN: 978-1-77952-814-8
ON SALE 8/27/24
It’s a super-powered road trip of epic proportions when a looming Kryptonian threat can only be stopped by Power Girl! What has Superman and his family telling Paige she’s the world’s only hope? It’s the body-hopping menace called Symbio, and to stop it, Power Girl must reconnect with her roots before time runs out for the entire world! Plus: an out-of-this-dimension team-up with Supergirl and a hair-raising solo adventure for Streaky the super-pet! Writer Leah Williams (Power Girl Special) joins artists Eduardo Pansica (Supergirl), David Baldeón (Harley Quinn), and her Power Girl Returns collaborator Marguerite Sauvage in this collection of issues #1-7 of the Power Girl ongoing series!


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