While the whole lot of us stare pensively down the barrel of DC Comics’ impending #Rebirth (whatever that ends up being), the publisher is offering us one last opportunity to look back on the last five years.
“The New 52 Hits 52!” is the latest variant theme from DC, a collection of variant covers that appears to have two functions: it celebrates the controversial initiative’s fifth birthday, while grimly acknowledging that quite a few of its titles didn’t make it to the seemingly preordained finish line. (The Savage Hawkman, we hardly knew ye. No, I mean some of us barely remember that you happened.)
The variants come from some of the best and brightest from DC’s stable of artists, all meant to lovingly render the iconic images of The New 52’s line of #1 issues. Remember Occupy Wall Street? You will. Let the 2011 feels wash all over you.
The full gallery can be seen below.
Action Comics #52 variant by Ben Oliver. (From Action Comics #1 by Rags Morales and Brad Anderson.)
Aquaman #52 variant by Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund. (From Aquaman #1 by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Rod Reis.)
Batgirl #52 variant by Babs Tarr. (From Batgirl #1 by Adam Hughes.)
Batman #52 variant by Rafael Albuquerque. (From Batman #1 by Greg Capullo and Alex Sinclair.)
Catwoman #52 variant by Inaki Miranda. (From Catwoman #1 by Guillem March.)
Detective Comics #52 variant by Francis Manapul. (From Detective Comics #1 by Tony Daniel and Tomeu Morey.)
The Flash #52 variant by Jesus Merino. (From The Flash #1 by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato.)
Green Arrow #52 variant by Szymon Kudranski. (From Green Arrow #1 by Dave Wilkins.)
Green Lantern #52 variant by Billy Tan. (From Green Lantern #1 by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Rod Reis.)
Superman #52 variant by Mikel Janin. (From Superman #1 by George Perez and Brian Buccellato.)
Wonder Woman #52 variant by David Finch and Matt Banning. (From Wonder Woman #1 by Cliff Chiang.)
All these memories. Holy cow, that Azzarello/Chiang Wonder Woman run was amazing.
From DC Comics: Celebrating 52 issues of incredible storytelling, DC Entertainment’s May 2016 variant cover theme will pay homage to the #1 issues of eleven comics that debuted in 2011 when DC Entertainment rebooted their superhero publishing line and revitalized the comics industry as a whole. It was a momentous occasion then, and is an anniversary to celebrate now!
Inspired by Cliff Chiang’s Wonder Woman #1, Rags Morales and Brad Anderson’s Action Comics #1, Adam Hughes’ Batgirl #1, and more, these brand-new “The New 52” variants will grace the covers of those same landmark titles that are hitting issue #52 in May. Illustrated by an all-star lineup of incredible talent, May’s lineup of variant covers are as remarkable as the industry-changing covers they’re based on.
DC Comics’ ‘New 52’ variant theme will be available in May.