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Nightwing’s New, Retro Costume Headlines DC’s Upcoming Releases


Dick Grayson returns to an iconic suit style, the new Superman fights climate change, along with Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and more.

Nightwing goes back to a fan-favorite style in this upcoming week’s DC Comics releases.

To quote the solicitation text from Nightwing #88, “The blue stripes are back!” This refers to the blue sleeves of the hero’s costume, which have been absent from his attire ever since the New 52 era of DC rebooted Dick Grayson’s look, even trading in his typical blue accents for red. Before this change, writer Tom Taylor and artist Bruno Redondo had already brought back many elements of Grayson’s history in the current ongoing series, such as his return to fighting crime in Blüdhaven and his romantic relationship with Barbara Gordon, and the costume update marks just another blast from the past for Nightwing fans. However, there is much more coming from DC Comics than only new super suits.


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From Taylor’s other ongoing series, Superman (Jon Kent) is about to tackle a hot topic of the modern era: climate change. The cover for Superman: Son of Kal-El #7 shows the hero marching alongside young protesters, but how this factors into the Man of Steel and Jay Nakamura’s fight against Gamorran leader Henry Bendix remains to be seen. Other leading DC heroes are also at the forefront of releases this week, such as Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Batman.

Batman’s origin is retold in writer Chip Zdarksy’s Batman: The Knight #1, Diana Prince stars in both Wonder Woman #783 and Wonder Woman: Evolution #3 and Jon Stewart faces a new challenge in Green Lantern #10, with so much more out on shelves and digitally as well. The full list of releases can be found alphabetically below, covers and solicitations included.


AQUAMAN: THE BECOMING #5

  • Written by BRANDON THOMAS
  • Art by DIEGO OLORTEGUI and WADE VON GRAWBADGER
  • Cover by DAVID TALASKI
  • Variant cover by KHARY RANDOLPH
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | 5 of 6 | $4.99 US Variant (Card stock)
  • ON SALE 1/18/22
  • All roads lead to Xebel! Jackson Hyde’s made some daring escapes in his time on the run, but there’s no avoiding the reunions that his underwater motherland has in store for him. Both surprise family time and a long-awaited romantic interlude leave Jackson questioning his life on the surface. And with all the problems Jackson left behind in Atlantis, it’s getting harder not to ask himself—is Xebel where he really belongs?


BATMAN VS. BIGBY! A WOLF IN GOTHAM #5

  • Written by BILL WILLINGHAM
  • Art by BRIAN LEVEL and JAY LEISTEN
  • Cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
  • Variant cover by BRIAN LEVEL and JAY LEISTEN
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | 5 of 6 | $4.99 US Variant (Card stock)
  • ON SALE 1/18/22
  • 17+
  • The world-bending collision between Gotham City and Fabletown races toward its climax as two great detectives unite to unravel the Bookworm’s master plan and stop the bombings—but while their brains might be up to the task, the final act will require all their brawn as well!

BATMAN: THE KNIGHT #1

  • Written by CHIP ZDARSKY
  • Art and cover by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO
  • Variant cover by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION
  • 1:25 variant by GERALD PAREL
  • 1:50 foil variant by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION
  • $4.99 US | 40 pages | Variant $5.99 US (All covers card stock)
  • ON SALE 1/18/22
  • The origin of Batman and his never-ending fight against crime in Gotham City is modern mythology, but what of the story in between? How did an angry, damaged young man grow into the most accomplished detective and crime-fighter the world has ever known? How did the Dark Knight…begin?
  • Superstar writer Chip Zdarsky (Daredevil) and acclaimed artist Carmine Di Giandomenico (The Flash) will take Bruce Wayne on a fraught journey, making allies and enemies, on his training to become Batman in this definitive new series!


BLACK MANTA #5

  • Written by CHUCK BROWN
  • Art by VALENTINE DE LANDRO
  • Cover by JORGE FORNÉS
  • Variant cover by SANFORD GREENE
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | 5 of 6 | $4.99 US Variant (Card Stock)
  • ON SALE 1/18/22
  • Black Manta finds himself at the crossroads of good and evil as Devil Ray’s secret origin and Black Manta’s own past collide and erupt! Will Black Manta finally accept his legacy of villainy…and maybe even make the choice to overcome it? Or will Devil Ray’s plans quite literally rip apart not just the seven seas, but the whole world?

BLUE & GOLD #5

  • Written by DAN JURGENS
  • Art and cover by RYAN SOOK
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | 5 of 8
  • ON SALE 1/18/22
  • Blue and Gold Restoration is open for business! Only issue is, our duo is falling apart while their waiting room is packed to the brim with mostly illegitimate problems. Now Omnizon, self-appointed ruler of Earth, is here to sentence Booster and Beetle to death for disobeying her royal rule of the land. It’ll take a friend from the future to save their present and prevent a PR nightmare that could close their operation for good!


CATWOMAN #39

  • Written by TINI HOWARD
  • Art by NICO LEON
  • Cover by JEFF DÉKAL
  • Variant by JENNY FRISON
  • 1:25 variant by SOZOMAIKA
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (Card stock)
  • ON SALE 1/18/22
  • Meow, Catwoman is bored of Alleytown and has returned to Gotham City proper for bigger fish to fry and to go back to doing what she does best…stealing crime boss secrets for blackmail and looking damn sexy while doing it, of course. New ongoing series writer Tini Howard makes her DCU series debut writing the cat of the night, placing Catwoman in her first blackmail heist disguised as a stripper at Gotham’s most secure underground club! Oh, Catwoman, hiding in plain sight in five-inch platform heels at a gathering of Gotham’s crime elite while surrounded by all the beautiful women and other shiny things to look at…what could possibly go wrong?

DETECTIVE COMICS #1049

  • Written by MARIKO TAMAKI
  • Art by IVAN REIS and DANNY MIKI
  • Backup written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG
  • Backup art by FERNANDO BLANCO
  • Cover by DAN MORA
  • Variant by LEE BERMEJO
  • 1:25 variant by JORGE FORNÉS
  • $4.99 US | 40 pages | Variant $5.99 US (Card stock)
  • ON SALE 1/18/22
  • When Huntress elected to go undercover in Arkham Tower, it was to investigate a place of healing that seemed too good to be true. But what happens when Helena Bertinelli really does need some healing? With Nightwing and Batwoman also on the inside, what began as an undercover mission has turned into a rescue operation as the mysteries of Dr. Wear’s Arkham Tower begin to unravel!
  • Then, in “House of Gotham” part three, the young boy rescued by Batman has begun his course of treatment at Arkham, so why are the only people showing him kindness those whom the law asserts are criminals? It’s a cycle of violence the Dark Knight has no answer for as Gotham’s most vulnerable struggle to keep their heads above water!


GREEN LANTERN #10

  • Written by GEOFFREY THORNE
  • Art by TOM RANEY and MARCO SANTUCCI
  • Cover by BERNARD CHANG
  • Variant cover by ALAN QUAH
  • $4.99 US | 40 pages | $5.99 US Variant (Card stock)
  • ON SALE 1/18/22
  • John Stewart was a Marine, an architect, a Green Lantern. Now John is the only one who can stop the Lightbringer’s plans, but in order to do so, he must choose a new path forward, one that will change his role in the DC Universe forever! Back on Oa, Jo Mullein faces the formidable Anti-Guardian!

LOONEY TUNES #264

  • Written by DEREK FRIDOLFS
  • Art by WALTER CARZON and HORACIO OTTOLINI
  • Cover by DEREK FRIDOLFS
  • $2.99 US | 32 pages
  • ON SALE 1/18/22
  • While attending a professional wrestling event, Bugs and Daffy are handpicked by the audience to take part in the main match. Daffy is sure their two-on-one advantage will bring them fame and fortune…until he discovers that their opponent is none other than the heavyweight champion, the Crusher…whose previous opponents each left the ring on a stretcher!

NIGHTWING #88

  • Written by TOM TAYLOR
  • Art and cover by BRUNO REDONDO
  • Variant cover by JAMAL CAMPBELL
  • 1:25 variant cover by BRUNO REDONDO
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | $4.99 US Variant (Card Stock)
  • ON SALE 1/18/22
  • The blue stripes are back! Nightwing gets an updated suit starting this issue! Meanwhile, after the distressing events of rescuing Haley from getting dognapped by bad guys, Nightwing discovers there are way more hits on Dick Grayson than he realized, thanks to going public about his fortune, and he needs to find a clever way to be Dick Grayson and Nightwing at the same time. Meanwhile, Heartless tries to buy power away from Blockbuster in order to take control of Blüdhaven, and both of these big bads have Nightwing in their crosshairs.


NUBIA & THE AMAZONS #4

  • Written by STEPHANIE WILLIAMS and VITA AYALA
  • Art by ALITHA MARTINEZ and MARK MORALES
  • Cover by DARRYL BANKS
  • Variant cover by BRITTNEY WILLIAMS
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | 4 of 6 | $4.99 US Variant (Card Stock)
  • ON SALE 1/18/22
  • Andromeda has gone from most talented to most wanted! Concerned about her sister, Nubia leads the charge. What evil from Tartarus has found its way into the very soul of Doom’s Doorway’s latest champion? To find out, our queen will have to delve deep into her haunted past for clues. Can she heal herself from old wounds in time to save another from making the same mistakes? Find out in another exciting chapter of Nubia’s solo adventures!

ROBINS #3

  • Written by TIM SEELEY
  • Art and cover by BALDEMAR RIVAS
  • Variant cover by MARCUS TO
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | 3 of 6 | $4.99 US Variant (Card Stock)
  • ON SALE 1/18/22
  • The Robins run face-first into a group of copycat villains decked out in high-end tech giving them the powers and battle prowess of Batman’s greatest enemies! As the former wonders face down these threats, they deduce that whoever’s behind the assault on them has hacked into the Batcomputer. As hard choices are made, the five ex-partners of Batman realize that going their separate ways and leaving the Robin mantle behind might be their only option!


SUICIDE SQUAD: KING SHARK #5

  • Written by TIM SEELEY
  • Art by SCOTT KOLINS
  • Cover by TREVOR HAIRSINE
  • Variant cover by SIYA OUM
  • Peacmaker variant cover by KAARE ANDREWS
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | 5 of 6 | $4.99 US Variant (Card Stock)
  • ON SALE 1/18/22
  • In the aftermath of tragedy, King Shark is on a roll, taking down fools left and right on his way toward victory in the Wild Games! The only thing that stands between humanity and total shark domination is the Defacer! Can she take one for the team and stab the only friend she has left in the back?

SUPERGIRL: WOMAN OF TOMORROW #7

  • Written by TOM KING
  • Art and cover by BILQUIS EVELY
  • Variant cover by NICOLA SCOTT
  • $4.99 US | 32 pages | 7 of 8
  • ON SALE 1/18/22
  • It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for…the capture of Krem! With the fugitive in custody, Supergirl must now deal with his allies, the ungodly Brigands! To stop them once and for all, she must leave Ruthye behind with the man who killed her beloved father. Can she trust the young girl to let the villain of our story live long enough to stand trial? Or is this the tragic end of his story and ours?


SUPERMAN: SON OF KAL-EL #7

  • Written by TOM TAYLOR
  • Art and cover by JOHN TIMMS
  • Variant cover by TRAVIS MOORE
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | $4.99 US Variant (Card Stock)
  • ON SALE 1/18/22
  • Superman has recovered from the devastating attack against him. After the life-changing events of issue #5, Jon Kent and his new ally Jay Nakamura are ready to strike back. They are on a collision course with the type of power that is used to swatting problems out of the way. But Superman is not so easily swatted.

WONDER WOMAN #783

  • Written by BECKY CLOONAN, MICHAEL W. CONRAD, and VITA AYALA
  • Art by MARCIO TAKARA and SKYLAR PATRIDGE
  • Cover by TERRY AND RACHEL DODSON
  • Variant cover by WILL MURAI
  • $4.99 US | 40 pages | $5.99 US Variant (Card Stock)
  • ON SALE 1/18/22
  • As Wonder Woman soars across continents to save Steve Trevor, the evil force behind it all emerges! The doubles of our hero were only the beginning for Image-Maker and he won’t stop until Diana pays for what Janus has done. There are many victims of the villainess’s deadly rampage through the Multiverse and their wishes for revenge are now directed toward our Amazon Princess! Will she survive paying for the sins of another selfish deity? Meanwhile, in the world of the Bana-Mighdall, their oracle has seen a startling vision of doom! What could this mean for their relationship with their sisters on Paradise Island? All will be revealed!


WONDER WOMAN: EVOLUTION #3

  • Written by STEPHANIE PHILLIPS
  • Art by MIKE HAWTHORNE and ADRIANO DI BENEDETTO
  • Cover by MIKE HAWTHORNE
  • Variant cover by JULIET NNEKA
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | 3 of 8 | $4.99 US Variant (Card Stock)
  • ON SALE 1/18/22
  • As the trial for all humankind begins, with Wonder Woman serving as the defendant for all of Earth, godlike cosmic accusers present an extensive list of charges against humanity. Does the capacity for good outweigh the great evils done to one another and the entire planet? Diana must believe it does…or else all the people she has sworn to protect will face certain extinction. From Harley Quinn writer Stephanie Phillips and acclaimed artist Mike Hawthorne (Daredevil, Deadpool) comes the next installment of Wonder Woman: Evolution.

All of these issues go on sale Jan. 18 from DC Comics.

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Source: DC Comics

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