It's been over three months since DC Comics announced annual issues for "Teen Titans" and "Animal Man" and the publisher plans to extend annual issues to a number of other New 52 titles. In addition to the previously announced "Batman" Annual, DC's official blog, The Source, revealed five new annual issues this week for "Detective Comics," "Superman," "The Flash," "Green Lantern" and "Justice League International."
The 48-page annual issues will all pick up on existing plot threads in the New 52, including "Detective Comics Annual" #1 written by Tony S. Daniel with art by Romano Molenaar and Sandu Florea, which pits the Dark Knight against the Black Mask, who was most recently seen in "Night of the Owls"; or "The Flash Annual" #1 by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, which reunites the Rogues against both the Flash and Captain Cold.
"One by one, the Flash's rogues have been returning to the pages of 'The Flash' along with some new faces, like the mysterious Turbine," "The Flash" Editor Matt Idelson told The Source. "But surely everyone’s been waiting for the main event, and we’re thrilled to tell you it’s coming your way in 'The Flash Annual!' The reunited Rogues hate the Flash just as much as they always have (if not more) -- but this time, they’re gunning for Captain Cold, too! It’s all-out mayhem, everybody vs. everybody, with an even bigger and nastier threat preparing to swing into the fray at exactly the wrong time."
The annual issues will also reunite fan-favorite "Green Lantern" creative team of Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver for "Green Lantern Annual" #1.
"Working with Ethan means things change, things are revealed and new characters rise,” Johns told The Source. “It's the madness of our collaborations that started all this and will continue it. The universe is a dangerous place. And it's about to get even more so..."
"'Green Lantern Annual' #1 not only brings the Black Hand story to a truly unexpected close, but sets up the major events that will heavily impact the entire Green Lantern franchise in a truly devastating way," continued "Green Lantern" editor Matt Idelson. "And there's no more appropriate pairing for this book than reuniting Geoff Johns with Ethan Van Sciver, given the Green Lantern history those two have under their belts."
The announced annuals also look as though DC will continue to concentrate on world-building in the New 52 with "Superman Annual" #1 written by Keith Giffen that explores the cosmic realm of the DCU.
"Ever wonder what's out there beyond the farthest known reaches of the DC Universe? Superman's about to get the answer to that - in spades - as we introduce an entirely new cosmic realm and drop him into the middle of it," Giffen told The Source. "The DC Universe's cosmic presence is about to be dramatically expanded and it all starts with ... a game show?"
"Justice League International Annual" #1 features a special collaboration between Geoff Johns and Dan DiDio to bring fan-favorite character O.M.A.C. to "Justice League International" with a clear tether to the events of "Justice League" #12.
"This is the final fate of this incarnation of the Justice League International," DiDio told The Source. "There will be also be a big showdown of events that played out in the final issues of O.M.A.C. The ramifications of this will be felt across the board and will lead directly into a major event spanning across all the Justice League group titles later this year."
All five annual issues hit stores August 29.
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