The Third Eye Guide to DC’s New Age of Heroes

The Third Eye Guide to DC’s NEW AGE OF HEROES!

In the aftermath of METAL, a new generation of heroes is born! Get in on the ground floor of the first NEW DC Universe heroes to debut in decades! Be a part of comic history, and jump in with these exciting new first issues! 

Set in the main line DCU continuity, and featuring iconic DCU heroes and villains – the new DCU heroes are going to be great additions to the DCU!

Third Eye Faithful, there’s not many times we can truly say: you’re going to remember where you were when you got these, but with the NEW AGE OF HEROES books, we’re saying it right now – you’re gonna remember exactly what was going on the day you came into Third Eye and scooped ’em.

It’s no secret that DC Comics has really captured lightning in a bottle with their incredible output lately, whether it be the mainline events like METAL and DOOMSDAY CLOCK, or the self-contained ELSEWORLDS-style hits like BATMAN WHITE KNIGHT — they are truly where it’s at for great stories with great artwork right now.

And, we gotta tell ya, Third Eye Faithful: we’ve seen what they have planned for 2018, and it’s huge. We’re talking BIG stuff, and that means DC has no signs of slowing down whatsoever.

Where does it all begin? The New Age of Heroes.

A line-up of series set firmly in the mainline DC Universe continuity, and featuring many of the DC’s most iconic characters, friend and foe, the NEW AGE OF HEROES focuses on doing something that’s not easy for established superhero comics: creating fresh and exciting new heroes that captivate the way the icons we know and love do.

I’m gonna tell you though, after reading the advance copies on many of these – DC has done it, and done it big.

These books are GOOD. Seriously: the level of craft involved here is huge. It’s no surprise that these books look great, as there’s a serious effort from DC to put an emphasis on the talent behind the books.

From superstar legend JIM LEE to master storyteller JOHN ROMITA JR to superstars who you’ve been waiting to explode like KENNETH ROCAFORT – these books are amazing.

Pair that with the stellar writing from top talents like JUSTIN JORDAN (LUTHER STRODE), JEFF LEMIRE (DESCENDER, SWEET TOOTH), JAMES TYNION IV (DETECTIVE COMICS), STEVE ORLANDO (JLA), SCOTT SNYDER (DARK NIGHTS METAL, BATMAN), DAN DIDIO (aka DC’s very own head honcho and long-time editor-in-chief), and more – these books not just look good, but they are some of the sharpest told stories we’ve seen.

And, the books flow. I mean, there’s a raw energy to them that just crackles with that pure comic book magic we’ve been loving in DC’s output in 2017.

Seriously: these are good comics, and we cannot wait to see how you dig ’em, Third Eye Faithful!

What’s the scoop on ’em? It’s simple, really, in the aftermath of DARK NIGHTS METAL, the DCU is a very different place, and with that – a new age of heroes will rise to join the icons we know and love so well.

While we cannot spoiler just what it is that brings many of these characters into the spotlight, we’ll say that it’s very natural, and fits in perfectly with everything that’s going on with METAL and the DCU as a whole.

Make sure you check out the NEW AGE OF HEROES preview booklet DC has provided us with here.

ALL ABOUT THE BOOKS!

DAMAGE #1 – RELEASES 1/17/18 – SMASHING DONE RIGHT!

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It’s no secret that we’ve had an absence of a book where a certain jolly green giant has smashed the way that know and love, and DC’s noticed that too — and that’s where DAMAGE comes into play.

DAMAGE is awesome. Seriously: this is the best Hulk comic we’ve read in nearly a decade; and it’s not even a Hulk comic. 🙂

Tasked as the government’s own living, breathing, ticking time bomb, Ethan retains no control when the monster takes over.

Cheaper than a nuclear warhead and twice as effective, Ethan fights to rein in the damage he unleashes when the beast inside him springs free for one hour a day.

With everyone around him in danger, Ethan struggles to contain the DAMAGE he inflicts on the DC Universe.

Did you love the way that MARK MILLAR & BRYAN HITCH portrayed the Hulk in their iconic, genre-defining ULTIMATES comic-series many moons ago? Well, we did too, and that’s why we freakin’ love DAMAGE!

Plus: there’s a HUGE surprise that’ll make all of you DC Comics heads geek out big-time, trust us: it got us; we can’t say what, but when you see it — you’ll know exactly just why we’re even more pumped about this book!

SILENCER #1 – RELEASES 1/31/18 – KILL BILL by way of THE PUNISHER

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SILENCER was a blast! It’s crazy; the flow on this one was so unique, and the storytelling was so darn good. Romita Jr is really in his element here, and we’re loving it.

We haven’t enjoyed Romita Jr this much since his work on KICK-ASS, and there’s a very similar tone to the action and hard-hitting violence here that makes us not the least bit surprised – and that’s a good thing!

She’s one of the DC Universe’s deadliest assassins…and you’ve never heard of her.

Super-strong, highly trained, armed with devastating and stealthy meta-human abilities, the Silencer is virtually invincible.

Or at least she was. After decades as Leviathan’s chief assassin, Honor Guest put in her time and managed to get out with her skin intact.

Now she lives a normal life with a normal family in a normal house on a normal street.

But the past has come back to haunt her in the form of her old employer and a deadly new mission…and Talia Al Ghul won’t take no for an answer.

What really makes the book pop is the juxtaposition of Honor Guest’s normal life as a suburban mom, and her past as an invincible assassin.

There’s some great moments in here, and the interplay in the first issue between her and Talia is pretty darn great.

SIDEWAYS #1 – RELEASES 2/14/18 – With Great Power… things can go SIDEWAYS!

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This may be the one we’re most excited about, but we really can’t tell you too much – ’cause the surprises are too darn good to share!

We can say this though: JUSTIN JORDAN has proven he can write teenagers with crazy powers just downright perfectly with his past work on STRANGE TALENT OF LUTHER STRODE, and we think SIDEWAYS is one of the best things he’s written yet.

During the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, high school junior Derek James accidentally fell through a rift into the dark matter dimension!

Now, as Sideways, he can create rifts in midair to leap through dimensions at will!

But with that much power comes great liability-and cracks are starting to form in the fabric of the space-time continuum…

Now, here’s where things get… pretty darn.. awesome. The DCU is all about multiverses and other dimensions, right? We’re talking every cool story ever has something in common with dimensions far and wide, right?

And, we’ve got a character now who can visit these dimensions?

Not only is that a great power with a great responsibility along with it — but it’s also a perfect fit for a great DCU book!

THE TERRIFICS #1 – RELEASES 2/28/18 – A Fantastic foursome courtesy of returning DC Comics heavyweight JEFF LEMIRE (ANIMAL MAN, DESCENDER, SWEET TOOTH and so many others!)

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The Terrifics is another of the new books that we just CANNOT wait for. Like, seriously: we’re on the edge of our seats for this one.

Writer JEFF LEMIRE has a big part in that, because that dude can WRITE. Seriously: you know you loved his N52 Animal Man stuff, and you know his creator-owned awesomeness in ROYAL CITY and DESCENDER have you hooked in so many ways you can’t even begin to describe.

So, when we saw he was going to be exploring a very familiar First Family dynamic with some of the DCU’s coolest and most under-used characters, we just about lost our minds.

PLUS, all we gotta say is: TOM STRONG, one of the many awesome ALAN MOORE-created AMERICAS BEST COMICS characters from back in the day, is a part of this whole thing? How cool is that?

Bound together by fate, united by the spirit of exploration and hope for tomorrow, the Terrifics are bound from the Dark Multiverse of Metal!

When Mr. Terrific, Metamorpho, Plastic Man and Phantom Girl find themselves literally bound together by a tragic accident, our team of unlikely allies must rely on one another to make their way back home.

But a startling revelation on their return trip brings them face to face with a new mystery: Where in the universe is Tom Strong?

THE IMMORTAL MEN #1 – RELEASES: TBA – BATMAN: HUSH creator JIM LEE joins JAMES TYNION IV of DETECTIVE COMICS to deliver THE definitive comic book at the DC Universe’s mystical side!

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If there’s one part of the DCU that’s under-appreciated, and under-explored, it’s the magic corner of the DCU. Seriously: SO MANY COOL CHARACTERS! SO MANY POSSIBILITIES!

And, as we saw in METAL, there’s a ton to still be explored, and delved into!

With THE IMMORTAL MEN, the legendary JIM LEE teams up with the very talented JAMES TYNION IV to deliver one of the NEW AGE books we’re most pumped about: IMMORTAL MEN!

There’s a secret history to the DCU of heroes who have protected humanity from the shadows since the dawn of time… heroes who can live forever.

Enter the Immortal Men! The team, headed by the Immortal Man, has waged a secret war against the House of Conquest for countless years—but Conquest has dealt a devastating

blow. When their base of operations, known as the Campus, is savagely attacked, the Immortal Men must seek out their last hope—an emerging metahuman known as Caden Park!

Caden’s emerging powers may be able to ensure the Immortal Men’s survival—but will Conquest get to him first?

A fresh group of new characters built upon the foundations of some of our favorite DCU concepts (’cause, c’mon: ya know DOCTOR FATE is not far behind!) – IMMORTAL MEN is gonna be a big-time must-read!

CURSE OF BRIMSTONE #1 – RELEASES: TBA – JUSTIN JORDAN (LUTHER STRODE, SPREAD) delivers a story that goes STRAIGHT TO DC’s HELL!

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Another book that’s pretty much custom-made for the super talented JUSTIN JORDAN, Curse of Brimstone, looks to capture everything that made us fall in love with the original GHOST RIDER comics from back in the day (you know you remember those glow-in-the-dark covers!) and deliver it in a very fresh, and cutting-edge way.

In CURSE OF BRIMSTONE, Joe Chamberlain is not just your average kid trying to get by in his chewed up and forgotten small town of York Hill— he also unknowingly made a deal with the devil that cursed him into BRIMSTONE!

Now with the power of fire and destruction in the palms of his hands, Brimstone can turn his town around and seek revenge on the devil who cursed him—but in order to maintain his heroic form, Joe has to endure every second of the fiery pain burning from the inside out!

We can already tell from what we’ve seen so far on this one that Curse of Brimstone will be exploring the most sinister corners of the DCU, and that’s got us super stoked. I mean, c’mon: who doesn’t love DC’s hidden gems like UNDERWORLD UNLEASHED (NERON!), Garth Ennis’s incredible DEMON run, and of course, those classic SWAMP THING and HELLBLAZER stories that lived between the worlds of the DCU and Vertigo.

THE UNEXPECTED #1 – RELEASES: TBA – STEVE ORLANDO (JLA, MILK WARS, MIDNIGHTER & APOLLO) teams up with RYAN SOOK to deliver one of the most intriguing of the NEW AGE OF HEROES books!

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We’ve been huge fans of STEVE ORLANDO at Third Eye, with his incredible work on SUPERGIRL, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, and MIDNIGHTER AND APOLLO, so we’re pretty darn pumped to see him teaming with the AMAZING Ryan Sook on this new series!

This pure, raw comic book magic, Third Eye Faithful, and these represent some of the freshest, and most original of the NEW AGE OF HEROES characters.

THE UNEXPECTED orbits around a group of heroes who yearn to show the world that they’re more than the sum of their past mistakes.

It centers in on something we all face every day, wrestling with our pasts and the compromises we’ve made.

THE UNEXPECTED is offering a second chance for these heroes, even if they don’t all know they want one.

As the NEW AGE OF HEROES book with the most mystery surrounding it, UNEXPECTED has us super intrigued and excited!

THE NEW CHALLENGERS #1 – RELEASES: TBA – Superstar SCOTT SNYDER (BATMAN, DARK NIGHTS METAL) teams with the legendary ANDY KUBERT (FLASHPOINT, DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE) to put an incredible spin on the CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN!

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When we saw those shout-outs to THE CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN in METAL, we knew something cool was on the way.

And, Third Eye Faithful, it most certainly is with the NEW CHALLENGERS, featuring the heavyweight creative team of SCOTT SNYDER (DARK NIGHTS METAL) and ANDY KUBERT (DARK KNIGHT III, FLASHPOINT).

Characters live on borrowed time, running from death toward the greatest mysteries, wonders and terrors of the universe!

It’s a new cast on a new mission with the history and greatness of the original Challengers of the Unknown.

The story starts with Challengers Mountain returning after having been missing for years, and only gets wilder from there…

If you got a kick out of the sense of exploration, and shared-universe fun that METAL gave us — CHALLENGERS is gonna be your book.

This is INDIANA JONES on steroids with superpowers for the DCU, and knowing Scott (who doesn’t just write great comics, but also has great taste in ’em, judging by the amazing stories he’s referenced in METAL), we’re going to get taken into some very compelling directions.

Out of all the new books, CHALLENGERS seems to be the most symbolic of what the NEW AGE OF HEROES is all about: bringing in the new, while honoring the original.

We can’t WAIT!

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What’s all this about METAL? 

 

Haven’t been reading the incredible DCU event that’s delivered some of their best crossover storytelling since BLACKEST NIGHT?

Third Eye Faithful, while it’s not MANDATORY you read METAL before you read THE NEW AGE OF HEROES — let’s be real: January is a long ways away, and you KNOW you wanna get on the DC train before then.

METAL is awesome.

What’s the scoop on METAL? Third Eye Faithful, we haven’t been this intrigued by a DCU concept since the very beginning of BLACKEST NIGHT — it’s so freakin’ cool.

Spinning out of a mystery that Batman has been investigating ever since the very first issue of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s run that began with THE COURT OF OWLS, and has continued into Rebirth with the revelations from THE BUTTON storyline, METAL is the culmination of everything that all star BATMAN creative team Snyder and Capullo have been building towards for the last few years.

Whether it’s Nth Metal or Doctor Fate’s helmet – there’s a lot of strange and mysterious metals in the DC Universe that do strange and mysterious things.

And, there’s something about them that’s connected to the entirety of the DCU Multiverse in a big way.

You better believe BATMAN has been on top of this from the get go — but, now, the very DARK MATTER that he’s been investigating is beginning to seep into the reality of the current DC Universe… and with it, it’s bringing something very interesting: the Dark Multiverse.

Just like there’s 52 Earths, and a different reality for each – there’s a dark side to these worlds, a dark multiverse, and as it’s tentacles extend into the DC Universe.. they’re changing it in a very frightening way.

Even more exciting — this storyline delivers the first real crisis of the Rebirth era, as the DC Universe finds itself terraformed into a horrific mirror of itself.

Didn’t think Gotham couldn’t get any scarier? Wait until you see it after the Dark Matter has had its way with it.

If Frank Frazetta and Jack Kirby collaborated with Slayer’s Seasons in the Abyss as their soundtrack — you’d get METAL.

Need to get caught up on it? We’ve got ALL the issues, crossovers, and all that good stuff in stock now to get you there. You can find out all about METAL, and what you need to start by clicking here for our THIRD EYE GUIDE TO METAL!

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Click here, and in the input field type in METAL (ALL), and this will sign you up for ALL of the METAL series, including the DARK DAYS one-shots, and the DARK MATTER launch titles.

Want to reserve just the main DARK DAYS: METAL series?

Click here, and in the input field type in METAL (main), and this will sign you up for the METAL mini-series, and the two crucial DARK DAYS prelude chapters.

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