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DC goes ‘iconic’ in January with cover treatments, one-shots

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DC Comics announced yesterday that the covers for their January comics will get “a unique and yet familiar logo treatment that brings the focus on the characters and stars of their respective books.” As you can see in the image above, the covers will feature the star of the book with their familiar logo behind them.

“This January, we’re putting the focus squarely on the characters and iconic heroes of the DCU,” said DCU Co-Publisher Dan DiDio. “Not only will we tell new stories some of the more-deserving with special one-shots, but we’ll be giving every title in the line a unique treatment that puts the spotlight on the heroes and villains that populate the DC Universe.”

More information on the four one-shots — SHAZAM!, Wonder Girl, Steel and Starman/Congorilla — can be found after the jump.

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Starman/Congorilla #1

STARMAN /CONGORILLA #1
Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art by BRETT BOOTH
Cover by GENE HA

In this tie-in to the “JLA Omega” storyline, the new blue and gold team of Congorilla and Mikaal Tomas work to unlock the secrets behind the toxic Omega Man’s dark energy, which encases Washington D.C. To do this they must embark on a quest to find the Fountain of Youth, encountering diverse heroes from the DCU along the way including Animal Man, Sirocco and a certain wonder dog named Rex. And all the while, Mikaal and Congorilla must outrun and outwit a cadre of terrorist assassins from Gorilla City. This is a breakneck chase through the DCU, but with a serious end-goal – saving the lives of their fellow members of the JLA!

ONE-SHOT • On sale JANUARY 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

SHAZAM! #1

SHAZAM! #1
Script by ERIC WALLACE
Art by CLIFF RICHARDS
Cover by CLIFF CHIANG

Blaze, the current ruler of Hell, has an offer for Mary and Billy Batson that may be too good to pass up! Left powerless, will the two former heroes have the strength to deny the devil? Can Freddy Freeman save them? And how does the Titan Osiris fit into it all? Find out here, in this one-shot special written by Eric Wallace (TITANS) with art by Cliff Richards (THE ROAD HOME: BATMAN & ROBIN #1)!

ONE-SHOT • On sale JANUARY 26 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Steel #1

STEEL #1
Written by STEVE LYONS
Art by SEAN CHEN
Cover by ALEX GARNER

John Henry Irons is a normal human being who managed to overcome all odds and become a hero who Superman considers a peer and colleague. What kind of determination drives a man to reach such heights? Find out here as a battered and bruised Steel defiantly stands as the only thing between Metallo and the destruction of Metropolis! Doctor Who novelist Steve Lyons and artist Sean Chen (ACTION COMICS, SALVATION RUN) deliver a story that shows why Steel is a true DC Universe icon!

ONE-SHOT • On sale JANUARY 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Wonder Girl #1

WONDER GIRL #1
Written by JT KRUL
Art by ADRIANA MELO & MARIAH BENES
Cover by NICOLA SCOTT & DOUG HAZLEWOOD

Spinning out of the pages of TEEN TITANS comes this spotlight on Cassie Sandsmark, the wonderful Wonder Girl! Even though not every moment of Wonder Girl’s life is spent being a Titan, strange adventures still follow her everywhere. In this issue, she’ll cross paths with the odd new hero known as Solstice!

ONE-SHOT • On sale JANUARY 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

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I haven’t followed Steel for many, many years…so is this a reboot or a continuation of previous continuity? Either way, that logo needs punching up…bring back the rivets!

Very interesting. Starman and Congorilla are far from iconic though. I mean look at that logo?

Also, I thought the whole reason Shazam chose Billy in the first place because he was sure Billy would resist temptation? Mary on the other hand….

Can´t see any of the images.

Don’t worry, ipm, the only one that is halfway decent is the SHAZAM! one.

LOL…forget about price reductions. These minor league one-shots look destined for the quarter bin.

I remember when I used to get excited by Cassaday’s artwork but yeesh, that Superman cover isn’t very good at all…much like the recent Shadowland covers.

They now have the solicitations to go with many of the covers for the ongoing books:

http://dcu.blog.dccomics.com/2010/10/15/your-brightest-day-solicits-for-january/

http://dcu.blog.dccomics.com/2010/10/15/a-look-at-batman-in-january/

Notice how many of those are the end of a story or smack dab in the middle of a story? That’s some great marketing right there.

I like the look of these covers and I would consider picking up many of the titles if they were good jumping on points, but not a one seems to be that.

Oh well.

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