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CBR logo CBR 9/19/2022 Sean Gribbin
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It's Harley Quinn's 30th anniversary in this week's releases from DC Comics.

Harley Quinn made her debut in the 1992 episode "Joker's Favor" from Batman: The Animated Series. To celebrate the occasion, hitting the shelves of local comic shops and digital platforms on Tuesday is Harley Quinn 30th Anniversary Special #1, an oversized one-shot spotlighting the clown princess and her many years of fun and hijinks. The issue will feature ten new stories with a total of nearly 100 pages for readers to enjoy, bringing back Harley Quinn creators of old like Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, Paul Dini, Terry and Rachel Dodson, Sam Humphries and more.

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While Harley parties, Superman is taking on a brand-new sidekick, one readers haven't seen before. Batman/Superman: World's Finest #7 introduces David Sikela as Boy Thunder, another refugee from a doomed world that arrives on Earth in a way very similar to how Superman did. Writer Mark Waid and artist Dan Mora's World's Finest series takes place during the earlier years of the Dark Knight and Man of Steel's crime fighting, so fans will have to read on to find out why Boy Thunder didn't last long as Superman's sidekick.

As for DC's other releases, the Batman villain Two-Face is about to have one bad day, while a new title for the Titans -- Titans United: Bloodpact -- launches. There's also Nightwing, Black Adam, The Flash, Catwoman and more. The full list of releases can be found alphabetically below, covers and solicitations included.

BATMAN/SUPERMAN: WORLD’S FINEST #7

  • Written by MARK WAID
  • Art and cover by DAN MORA
  • Variant cover by JOSHUA MIDDLETON
  • 1:25 variant cover by PETE WOODS
  • 1:50 variant cover by TODD NAUCK
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 9/20/22
  • BRAND-NEW STORY ARC! The untold story of Superman’s short-lived sidekick is at last revealed, but what secret connection to one of DC’s most timeless tales does this story foreshadow? Only time will tell (that’s a clue, folks). The next epic arc in the World’s Finest saga begins here! INTRODUCING: BOY THUNDER!

BATMAN - ONE BAD DAY: TWO-FACE #1

  • Written by MARIKO TAMAKI
  • Art and cover by JAVIER FERNANDEZ
  • Variant cover by JIM LEE
  • 1:25 variant cover by STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU
  • 1:50 variant cover by CHRISTIAN WARD
  • 1:100 variant cover by BRIAN BOLLAND
  • $7.99 US | 64 pages | Prestige
  • ON SALE 9/20/22
  • Two-Face has always been viewed as Batman’s most tragic villain. If only Harvey Dent hadn’t been scarred by acid, he could have continued his good work as D.A. in Gotham City and been Batman’s greatest ally and friend…right? Or has Batman extended Harvey Dent too much grace in his multiple attempts at reform? He’ll question himself as Harvey Dent is free once more, scarred but seemingly free of Two-Face’s influence. But…when it’s revealed Harvey Dent’s father has been threatened to be murdered on his 88th birthday, will Two-Face be able to resist joining the party? From the bestselling creative team of Mariko Tamaki (Detective Comics, Crush & Lobo) and Javier Fernandez (Nightwing, King Spawn)!

BATMAN: THE KNIGHT #9

  • Written by CHIP ZDARSKY
  • Art and cover by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO
  • Variant cover by RICCARDO FEDERICI
  • $4.99 US | 40 pages | 9 of 10 | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 9/20/22
  • Bruce Wayne has traveled the world learning from the best to be the best. Class time is now over, and the final exam is here! Enter…the Demon’s Head!

BLACK ADAM #4

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER PRIEST
  • Art by RAFA SANDOVAL
  • Cover by IRVIN RODRIGUEZ
  • Variant covers by RAFA SANDOVAL and TAURIN CLARKE
  • 1:25 variant cover by PAMELA HOOGEBOOM
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 9/20/22
  • THERE IS NO REDEMPTION FOR BLACK ADAM. Thousands of years ago, did Black Adam inadvertently create a powerful race who’ve modeled themselves after the Akkadian pantheon of goddesses and gods? Or is he being gaslighted, taunted by illusions, by one of his many enemies? Theo Teth-Adam finds only more questions when he is lured to the Akkadian Hightower and given a cryptic message. Meanwhile, Adam has dispatched Etrigan the Demon, an unlikely ally, to either train his youthful successor or kill him.

CATWOMAN #47

  • Written by TINI HOWARD
  • Art and cover by NICO LEON
  • Cover by JEFF DÉKAL
  • Variant cover by SOZOMAIKA
  • 1:25 variant cover by TULA LOTAY
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 9/20/22
  • Things start to heat up between Valmont and Catwoman when the handsome devil in white shows Catwoman a grand gesture by taking her on a trip out of Gotham. How many high-roller cities can these two cat burglars hit for a score in one night? A crow in white and a bat in black—if only there was a moral gray zone for this one cat.

DARK CRISIS: YOUNG JUSTICE #4

  • Written by MEGHAN FITZMARTIN
  • Art by LAURA BRAGA
  • Cover by MAX DUNBAR
  • Variant cover by SERGIO ACUÑA
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | 4 of 6 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 9/20/22
  • Young Justice against the world! The fake reality that Superboy, Impulse, and Robin are trapped in has completely turned against them, sending the full force of the JLA and the Titans they grew up with against them. It will take all of their combined might to fight through this onslaught and find out who is responsible for their imprisonment. Meanwhile, Wonder Girl, Arrowette, and Red Tornado head to San Francisco’s Titans Island in search of assistance, but all they find are bad memories.

DC VS. VAMPIRES: ALL-OUT WAR #3

  • Written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG and ALEX PAKNADEL
  • Art by PASQUALE QUALANO
  • Cover by ALAN QUAH
  • Backup written by EMMA VIECELI
  • Backup art by HAINING
  • Variant cover by LEIRIX
  • 1:25 variant cover by JAMES STOKOE
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | 3 of 6 | Black and White | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 9/20/22
  • The apocalyptic Suicide Squad team are planning for an all-out assault at the Blood Farm when one of Gotham’s daughters finds them first. Batwoman gives them the chance to risk it all to save one of their own…but will this new mission give them the power they need to take on the mysterious Lord Cinder and his lieutenants? Or are they playing right into his hands? In the backup, learn the tragic story of Nightwing’s betrayal and how he became a vampire!

DCEASED: WAR OF THE UNDEAD GODS #2

  • Written by TOM TAYLOR
  • Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE and ANDY LANNING
  • Cover by HOWARD PORTER
  • Homage variant cover by DAN MORA
  • Acetate variant cover by KAEL NGU
  • 1:25 variant cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA
  • 1:50 variant cover by SUN KHAMUNAKI
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | 2 of 8 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 9/20/22
  • The undead Darkseid begins his assault on the galaxy…attacking Korugar first! Could the fate of the planet depend on the Yellow Lantern Corps teaming up with a Green Lantern? Also, what horrors do Big Barda and Mister Miracle find on New Genesis?

FABLES #155

  • Written by BILL WILLINGHAM
  • Art by MARK BUCKINGHAM and STEVE LEIALOHA
  • Cover by QISTINA KHALIDAH
  • Variant cover by MARK BUCKINGHAM
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | 5 of 12 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 9/20/22
  • Blossom Wolf’s adventure takes a dark turn when she comes across a stack of ancient boxes bound up in chains. The voice inside begs to be freed, but will Blossom’s curiosity get the better of her? Meanwhile, Greenjack and Mrs. Bear find themselves lost amongst the mundys, determined to find whoever is threatening their woods, but Pan has already caught wind of their arrival.

THE FLASH #786

  • Written by JEREMY ADAMS
  • Art by AMANCAY NAHUELPAN
  • Cover by TAURIN CLARKE
  • Variant cover by GEORGE KAMBADAIS
  • 1:25 variant cover by DANIEL SAMPERE and ALEJANDRO SANCHEZ
  • Harley Quinn 30th variant cover by KIM JACINTO
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 9/20/22
  • Wally West is exhausted, and has been running nonstop since even before he had to step up in the wake of the loss of the Justice League. But, as he’s figured out what he needs to do to free Barry (while also keeping Wallace from falling into Pariah’s plans), he’s also long overdue for a chat with Linda...

HARLEY QUINN 30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1

  • Written by AMANDA CONNER, JIMMY PALMIOTTI, PAUL DINI, STEPHANIE PHILLIPS, STJEPAN ŠEJIĆ, SAM HUMPHRIES, KAMI GARCIA, ROB WILLIAMS, MINDY LEE, TERRY DODSON, CECIL CASTELLUCCI, and RAFAEL SCAVONE
  • Art by CHAD HARDIN, GUILLEM MARCH, RILEY ROSSMO, STJEPAN ŠEJIĆ, ERICA HENDERSON, JASON BADOWER, MICO SUAYAN, JOHN TIMMS, TERRY DODSON, RACHEL DODSON, DAN HIPP, and RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
  • Cover by AMANDA CONNER
  • Variant covers by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL, ADAM HUGHES, STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU, LEE BERMEJO, JEROME OPEÑA, BRUCE TIMM, TERRY DODSON, and STJEPAN ŠEJIĆ
  • 1:25 variant cover by AMANDA CONNER
  • 1:50 foil variant cover by STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU
  • $9.99 US | 96 pages | Prestige | One-shot
  • ON SALE 9/20/22
  • You are cordially invited to an oversize extravaganza celebrating the Clown Princess of Crime’s 30th birthday in this fantabulous special! That’s right—Harley Quinn turns 30 in absolute style and has invited a squad of her old creative pals to join her with a killer lineup of amazing stories! And the reviews are in—it’s guaranteed AWESOME:
  • “Last chance, Quinn.
  • Don’t make me do this.”
  • —Amanda Waller
  • “Wait...you’re not
  • going back to...”
  • —Red Tool
  • “Sigh.”
  • —Poison Ivy

LOONEY TUNES #268

  • Written by DEREK FRIDOLFS
  • Art by ROBERT POPE and SCOTT McRAE
  • Cover by DEREK FRIDOLFS
  • $2.99 US | 32 pages
  • ON SALE 9/20/22
  • When her beloved bird appears to have flown the coop, a mysterious lady seeks out some help…and none other than Duck Twacy is on the case! His search across every side street and darkened alley all points to one likely suspect…the recently escaped criminal Pussycat Puss. Will Twacy find his bird? Or will it be lights out for this cooked duck?

NIGHTWING #96

  • Written by TOM TAYLOR
  • Art and cover by BRUNO REDONDO
  • Variant cover by JAMAL CAMPBELL
  • 1:25 variant cover by SERGIO ACUÑA
  • Harley 30th variant cover by ALAN QUAH
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 9/20/22
  • They say love is when two hearts find their happy place right next to each other, but to Heartless, that’s just the wall of jars of hearts he has in his back office. As Dick and Babs’s two hearts do find their happy place next to each other, one question they ask each other proves difficult to answer.

TITANS UNITED: BLOODPACT #1

  • Written by CAVAN SCOTT
  • Art by LUCAS MEYER
  • Cover by EDDY BARROWS
  • Variant cover by DERRICK CHEW
  • 1:25 variant cover by TAURIN CLARKE
  • 1:50 variant cover by STEPHEN BYRNE
  • Hispanic Heritage Month variant cover by JORGE MOLINA
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | 1 of 6 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 9/20/22
  • The Titans are back, united against a common foe...aren’t they? All seems lost when Tim Drake wakes, out of uniform and seemingly out of time. Surely he was just fighting alongside Nightwing, Superboy, Starfire, Beast Boy, and Donna Troy? But where is Raven and what links her to the Fearsome Five? A blood sacrifice is coming that will change the world forever.

All of these issues go on sale Sep. 20 from DC Comics.

Source: DC Comics

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