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National Comics: Eternity #1

The name of DC Comics’ latest publishing initiative, National Comics, is a reference to the publisher’s long history–National Comics was the name of the publisher before becoming DC Comics. It was also the title of an anthology comic series published by Quality Comics in the 1940s, which featured characters that would eventually be purchased and absorbed into the DC Universe.

Speaking of which, one of the characters that DC bought from Quality was Kid Eternity, who debuted in Hit Comics #25 in 1942. A young boy killed 75 years before he was supposed to die, the powers that be sent him back to Earth to fight the good fight, giving him the power to summon historical and mythological figures to aid him in his mission. DC has revived the character a few different times and retconned his history–at one point he was Captain Marvel Jr.’s brother; at another point the historical figures he was summoning were revealed to be demons. Most recently Kid Eternity appeared in the pre-New 52 Teen Titans title.

This time around Kid Eternity is revived by Jeff Lemire and Cully Hamner, in a one-shot that came out this past Wednesday. Is it a concept worthy of revival–and your money? Here are a few reviews from around the web to help you decide:

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Teaser: Image hits the road with Daniel/Cheggour’s Enormous

Image Comics sent over a coupe of teasers for Enormous, the upcoming “64-page treasury edition” one-shot by writer Tim Daniel and artist Mehdi Cheggour.

“…human beings tried doing something good, just and right. The results were far less than ideal,” Daniel told Comic Book Resources. “By the time we enter the world of “Enormous,” being at the bottom of the food-chain is something humans have been experiencing for a while. As a result, there is no consensus around how we’re going to survive as a species. There are a few human factions, each operating with a fairly distinct agenda. Mix in these beasts who barely recognize our existence, except as an occasional food source, and that is a recipe for extinction.”

Check out the solicitation text for the book and the two teaser images after the jump.

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Food or Comics? | This week’s comics on a budget

Beasts of Burden/Hellboy

If it’s Tuesday, it must be time for Food or Comics?, where every week some of the Robot 6 crew talk about what comics we’d buy if we were subject to certain spending limits — $15 and $30. We also talk about what we’d buy if we had extra money to spend on what we call our “Splurge” item. Check out Diamond’s release list to see what arrives in comic shops this week,then play along in our comments section.

Michael May

If I had $15:

I’d start with the Beasts of Burden/Hellboy one-shot ($3.50). I’m not sure how this mash-up of my favorite monster hunters is going to work – the tones are so completely different – but I’m dying to find out. After that, I’d add Billy the Kid’s Old Time Oddities and the Ghastly Fiend of London #2 ($3.99). In real life, I’m waiting for the collection, but I loved the first Old Time Oddities mini-series so much that I’m certain to enjoy this one too. I’d follow that up with a couple of series I’m curious about featuring favorite heroes of mine: Wonder Woman #604 ($2.99) and Zatanna #6 ($2.99). Total: $13.47.

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

Superman #707

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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The Guild returns to comics in December with a series of one-shots

by Darick Robertson

Guild cover by Darick Robertson

Following the miniseries from earlier this year, Felicia Day and Dark Horse are teaming up for five one-shots starring the various characters featured in her web series The Guild.

The first one, starring Vork, promises to delve into the man behind the rule book.” It’s written by Day and Jeff Lewis, who plays Vork in the series. Richard Clark and Dave Stewart provide the interior art, while Darick Robertson (above) and Gilbert Hernandez (check after the jump!) provide the covers.

The Vork one-shot comes out in December, the same month the collection of the miniseries arrives.

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Gage and Segovia unleash Ragman: Suit of Souls in October

Ragman

Ragman

DC Comics is keeping PR guru and blogger Alex Segura really busy this week, as they continue to roll out project announcements over on the Source blog. The latest is a new Ragman one-shot, called Ragman: Suit of Souls. Christos Gage will write, with Stephen Segovia providing art.

“Could the souls he has consigned to redeem themselves within his suit have the answers he needs about the great beyond?” Segura posted. “What mysteries surround Rory’s own father? Gage and Segovia give readers a look inside one of the DCU’s most unique and peculiar heroes in this one-shot event.”

The former Shadowpact member’s one-shot comes out in October.


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