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DC Comics Ties Event Storylines Into October Annuals

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Since the advent of the New 52 relaunch, DC Comics has recommitted itself to publishing Annuals that tie back to their monthly titles. Today, the publisher released info on its October slate of double-sized issues, led by books tying directly into various DC Universe family events.

In the Green Lantern corner of the line, writer Robert Venditti teams with Sean Chen to wrap the incoming “Lights Out!” crossover in Annual #2. Meanwhile, writer Scott Lobdell uses his books to expand two long simmering storylines with “Superman Annual” #2 kicking off a tale titled “Krypton Returns” which follows up on the recently concluded “H’El On Earth” story cycle and “Teen Titans Annual” #2 setting up an anniversary issue as part of its current time traveling arc. Other Annuals include a “Nightwing” entry focusing on Dick Grayson’s relationship with Batgirl and a new “Aquaman” tale by John Ostrander focusing on The Others.

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ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #2

Written by SCOTT LOBDELL

Art by KENNETH ROCAFORT, DAN JURGENS and NORM RAPMUND

Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT

On sale OCTOBER 30 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

Part 1 of “KRYPTON RETURNS,” continuing next month! What does this mean to the Universe? Superman, Supergirl and Superboy are enlisted by the Oracle to go back to their homeworld and correct what the villainous H’El has done! This epic adventure spans eons, from Krypton’s savage past of Clones to the very minutes before Kal-El’s ship is sent into space! You only think you know what happened in the last days of Krypton!

AQUAMAN ANNUAL #1

Written by JOHN OSTRANDER

Art by GERALDO BORGES and RUY JOSE

Cover by PAUL PELLETIER and DANNY MIKI

On sale OCTOBER 30 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

Aquaman must reunite with The Others to investigate whether or not their recently deceased member Vostok has returned from the dead. If he has, he is definitely not the same Vostok they remember…

GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #2

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI

Art and cover by SEAN CHEN

On sale OCTOBER 30 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

Don’t miss the stunning conclusion of “Lights Out!” Can Relic be defeated? Who lives? Who dies? The new status quo for the Lanterns is revealed here!

NIGHTWING ANNUAL #1

Written by KYLE HIGGINS

Art by JASON MASTERS

Cover by TONY S. DANIEL

On sale OCTOBER 30 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

Robin and Batgirl grew up fighting side by side…but with Dick Grayson about to embark on a new crimefighting quest and Barbara Gordon no longer fighting under the Bat, is there anything left between them? Following the “Batgirl: Wanted” epic, this is the story of a twosome with nothing left to lose, fighting for the only thing they can: each other!

SWAMP THING ANNUAL #2

Written by CHARLES SOULE

Art by JAVI PINA

Cover by TRAVEL FOREMAN

On sale OCTOBER 30 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T+

Tying directly into the current storyline with The Seeder-witness the next evolution of Swamp Thing! Alec’s going to need to take his powers to another level to take Seeder down…with help from the stranger coaches imaginable! Plus: an appearance from a Swamp Thing you never thought you’d see!

TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #2

Written by SCOTT LOBDELL

Art by ANGEL UNZUETA and ART THIBERT

Cover by EDDY BARROWS and • EBER FERREIRA

On sale OCTOBER 30 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

Leading into next month’s landmark issue #25, the Teen Titans continue their trip through time as the team must confront Jon Lane Kent, the Superboy of the future, who could one day wipe out the most powerful heroes on Earth. Can the Titan’s Superboy defeat the man he was cloned from by Harvest?