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DC Comics News: Tom King Resurrects Jenny Sparks, Gotham City Sirens Returns, Plus Swimsuit and Super Powers Variant Covers!

DC’s Gotham City Sirens Are Back in a
Monthlong August Comic Book Adventure!

Gotham City Sirens #1-4 connecting variant covers by original series artist Guillem March

The Gotham City Sirens are back! For the month of August, DC’s Catwoman, Harley Quinn, and Poison Ivy ongoing comic book series will pause while a new four-issue Gotham City Sirens series connects the characters for an incredible month long adventure! It’s been over a decade since Gotham City’s most notorious female criminals converged as the Sirens, and in August 2024 they don’t care which side of the law they’re on! After Gotham City Sirens concludes, all three titular characters’ series will return in September with ongoing numbering.

Gotham City Sirens #1-4 variant covers by Jeehyung Lee

In Gotham City Sirens by Leah Williams (DC’s Power Girl; Marvel’s X-Factor), Matteo Lolli (DC’s Harley Quinn; Marvel’s Deadpool), Daniel Hillyard (Image’s Plush, Vinyl, Plastic), and Brandt & Stein (DC’s Harley Quinn: Black + White + Redder; Marvel’s The Mighty Captain Marvel), a violent and highly illegal energy drink-sponsored hunting operation kicks off the action, threatening the lives of wildlife and the residents of Gotham City alike, and the only ones fit to save the day are the criminal trio of Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn! They’re back together as a team and ready for action…for the first time in years!

Gotham City Sirens will have special appearances by White Rabbit and Punchline and introduce the cowboy-henchmen sensation soon to be sweeping the nation known as the Nasty Boys! Get your chaps, spurs, and hats out, ’cause its wild west himbo-hunting season for the Gotham City Sirens! Gotham City Sirens has guts (thanks to Harley), goo (we see you, Ivy), and grit (Selina, naturally), and maybe some gristle, too (Bud and Lou are involved!). If you’re not chanting “Hot tubs and headshots and hotties, oh my!” by the end of this four-week-long series, you’re doing it wrong!

  • Gotham City Sirens #1, on sale August 7, is written by Leah Williams with art by Matteo Lolli, Triona Farrell (colors), and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (letters). Main cover is by Terry Dodson with variant covers by W. Scott Forbes, Guillem March, and Jeehyung Lee. Guillem March’s cover will be offered as an open-to-order foil variant along with a 1:25 variant cover by Ben Harvey.
  • Gotham City Sirens #2, on sale August 14, is written by Leah Williams with art by Daniel Hillyard, Triona Farrell (colors), and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (letters). Main cover is by Terry Dodson with variant covers by W. Scott Forbes, Guillem March, and Jeehyung Lee. Guillem March’s cover will be offered as an open-to-order foil variant along with a 1:25 variant cover by Daniel Hillyard.
  • Gotham City Sirens #3, on sale August 21, is written by Leah Williams with art by Matteo Lolli, Triona Farrell (colors), and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (letters). Main cover is by Terry Dodson with variant covers by W. Scott Forbes, Guillem March, and Jeehyung Lee. Guillem March’s cover will be offered as an open-to-order foil variant along with a 1:25 variant cover by Natacha Bustos.
  • Gotham City Sirens #4, on sale August 28, is written by Leah Williams with art by Daniel Hillyard, Brandt & Stein, Triona Farrell (colors), and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (letters). Main cover is by Terry Dodson with variant covers by W. Scott Forbes, Guillem March, and Jeehyung Lee. Guillem March’s cover will be offered as an open-to-order foil variant along with a 1:25 variant cover by Tirso.

On September 3, DC will publish Harley Quinn & the Gotham City Sirens (ISBN 9781779527301), collecting issues #1-13 of DC’s original Gotham City Sirens comic book series by Paul Dini and Guillem March in a new compact size. In Harley Quinn & the Gotham City Sirens, Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn are tired of playing by other peoples’ rules regardless of which side of the law they’re on. They have a new agenda that’s all their own, and they’ll use any means necessary to pursue it. But can they get along and work as a team? And who will get hurt along the way?

Splash Into Summer With New DC Swimsuit Variant Covers!

Action Comics #1068—Frank Cho Variant Cover/ ON SALE 8/14/24

As you’re preparing to have some fun in the sun in the coming months, keep an eye out for DC’s Super Heroes showing off their swimsuit looks! The hot summer months are here, ushering in a time of warmer temperatures and splash-conscious clothes. To capture the excitement, DC is publishing eight new DC Swimsuit comic book variant covers this August, featuring Batman by Olivier Coipel, the Gotham City Sirens by Rahzzah, Nightwing by Belén Ortega, Superman by Elizabeth Torque, The Flash by Mirka Andolfo, the Titans by Saowee Variant, Wonder Woman by Guillem March, and Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman by Frank Cho! Reach out to your local comic book shop for preorder information and snag yourself one of these hot new DC Swimsuit variant covers!

Batman #151—Olivier Coipel Variant Cover / ON SALE 8/7/24

Wonder Woman #12—Guillem March Variant Cover /ON SALE 8/21/24

The Flash #12—Mirka Andolfo Variant Cover / ON SALE 8/28/24

Superman #17—Elizabeth Torque Variant Cover/ ON SALE 8/21/24

Eisner Award Winner Tom King Teams Up With Jeff Spokes
For a Six-Issue Jenny Sparks Comic Book Miniseries!
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Jenny Sparks #1 main cover by Jeff Spokes

DC has announced a new six-issue DC Black Label comic book miniseries launching in August, Jenny Sparks. The Spirit of the 20th Century returns for the 21st in this action-packed new DC adventure by Eisner Award-winning writer Tom King (Wonder Woman, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, The Penguin) and artist Jeff Spokes (WildC.A.T.s, Batman: The Brave and the Bold)!

Jenny Sparks is an epic, thrilling, mind-blowing series in the tradition of Strange Adventures, Mister Miracle, and The Human Target,” said Tom King. “The Spirit of the 20th Century comes to the 21st to try to save five men and women taken hostage by an out-of-control and infinitely powered Captain Atom. Through this lens, we’ll explore the grip of Jenny’s time on our own; how, despite all our desperate prayers, the sins of our past refuse to die away. Featuring astonishing art by Jeff Spokes (seriously, it’s so damn good), Jenny Sparks seeks to set the bar in superhero comics, to show how our heroes can illuminate and define our moment.”

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Jenny Sparks #1 interior pages by Jeff Spokes

But who is Jenny Sparks? Readers of DC’s WildStorm comics will know that Jenny has always worked outside of the Justice League establishment to find anomalies in the superhero community, is subtle enough to dig into the lies of the most powerful people on the planet, and is strong enough to fight back when these fallen heroes discover who’s digging. She can, if only for a moment, light up the darkest nights. In DC’s new Jenny Sparks, Jenny is the Spirit of the 20th Century, resurrected for the 21st.

Kicking off the action in Jenny Sparks #1, what could four strangers have to do with the fate of the world? Find out as Captain Atom goes rogue, threatening to destroy the planet he once swore to protect. It may take the most unconventional hero of them all to stop him…Jenny Sparks, the one woman tasked with keeping all the heroes in line, no matter the cost. With a snap of her fingers, she’s entered the fray and won’t quit until the job is done!

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Jenny Sparks #1 variant covers by variant covers by Guillem March, Homare, and Saowee

Jenny Sparks #1, written by King with art and main cover by Spokes and lettering by Clayton Cowles, will have variant covers by Guillem March, Homare, and Saowee (1:25). Jenny Sparks #1 will hit local comic book shop shelves on August 21, 2024. Jenny Sparks is a DC Black Label comic book series and carries an Ages 17+ content descriptor (for mature readers). Each issue of Jenny Sparks will be 40 pages, with 28 story pages per issue.

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Kenner Super Powers
With Eight New DC Super Powers Variant Covers!

In August, eight new “DC Super Powers” comic book variant covers will imagine what an unreleased wave of DC action figures would have looked like if the Kenner line of Super Powers toys from 1984-86 had continued!* Look for DC Super Powers variant covers on Batman #151, Gotham City Sirens #1, Green Lantern: War Journal #12, Nightwing #117, Power Girl #12, Superman #17, The Flash #12, and Titans #14! Reach out to your local comic book shop for preorder information and snag yourself one of these DC Super Powers variant covers!

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Superman on DC’s Superman #17 variant / Batman on DC’s Batman #151 variant; Art by Jason Geyer and Alex Saviuk

DC’s new DC Super Powers variant covers coming in August evoke the classic Super Powers toy line and are packed with tons of Easter eggs and details. To re-create the look and feel of the original Kenner Super Powers packaging, original 1980s Super Powers product artist Alex Saviuk has returned to deliver the spot illustrations for each new variant cover. Saviuk was a character artist for the Kenner packaging from ’84 to ’86 and drew many of the minicomics that were included with each figure. The new DC Super Powers variant covers are designed and sculpted by one of the leading historians of the original Kenner Super Powers toy line and the cofounder of Raving Toy Maniac and Action Figure Insider, Jason Geyer, who is a toy designer himself.

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Poison Ivy on DC’s Gotham City Sirens #1 variant / Power Girl on DC’s Power Girl #12 variant; Art by Jason Geyer and Alex Saviuk

Kenner was awarded the DC toy license in 1982 and developed a line of Super Powers toys that complemented DC’s long-running Super Friends Saturday morning cartoon show. The design of the Super Powers figures was based on the iconic 1982 DC Comics Style Guide, which featured the art of José Luis García-López, and additional art was created for the Kenner Super Powers product line by DC artist Alex Saviuk. The Kenner line of DC action figures was in stores from 1984 to 1986, comprising three waves of figures. Each figure had an “action mechanism” hidden inside that activated upon moving a figure’s arms or legs. Forty years later, the Super Powers collection has remained an in-demand line for collectors, with an extensive revival by McFarlane Toys in stores now!

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Kid Flash on DC’s The Flash #12 variant / John Stewart on DC’s Green Lantern: War Journal #12 variant; Art by Jason Geyer and Alex Saviuk

DC’s original Super Powers comics are available on the DC UNIVERSE INFINITE digital subscription platform (DCUI). Following the unprecedented achievements of his Fourth World titles, Jack Kirby returned to the DC Universe in 1984 for two special miniseries celebrating Kenner’s new DC-themed Super Powers toy line. Together with such creative collaborators as Joey Cavalieri, Adrian Gonzales, and Paul Kupperberg, Kirby revisited all of DC’s greatest heroes and villains in the pages of Super Powers, and launched them through time and space into the kind of cosmic adventure only the King of Comics could deliver!

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Nightwing on DC’s Nightwing #117 variant / Wonder Girl on DC’s Titans #14; Art by Jason Geyer and Alex Saviuk

For the latest information about everything DC, visit the official website at www.dc.com, and follow @DCOfficial on social media. The DC UNIVERSE INFINITE digital subscription platform (DCUI) is the perfect place to discover classic stories featuring the World’s Greatest Super Heroes; for more information and a free trial, check out the website at http://www.dcuniverseinfinite.com/. DC UNIVERSE INFINITE is not available in all countries and is not intended for children.

 

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