April 5th DC Graphic Novels That Will Make Your Week Awesome
If sitting down to read 22 pages of comic book glory doesn’t sound like enough, take a look at the graphic novels instead. Often, there are just as many graphic novels as there are single issues. For April 5th, DC Comics has a great selection of trade paperbacks and a beautiful hardcover to choose from. For the recommendations this week, two of them are complete runs. However, the other graphic novel you might want to read quickly if you’re interested in Shadow War, which started with the March 29th DC Comics single issues. So, let’s get ready to rumble!
The DC Graphic Novel to Jump for on April 5th: Robin Vol 1: The Lazarus Tournament
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No, really, you need to get ready to rumble – the DC Comics April 5th solicitation for the trade paperback of Robin Vol 1: The Lazarus Tournament demands it. Damian Wayne is an odd kid. Well, when Batman is your father, the assassin Tahlia Al Ghul your mother, and cult leader R’as Al Ghul is your grandpa, normal isn’t possible. So, for the first time in a while, he’s doing his own thing. He even redesigned the way Robin looks. Instead of bright red, green, and yellow, Robin sports dark grey, black, and red highlights. But enough of the costume – the story is what we’re here for. So, here’s the solicitation:
ARE YOU READY TO RUMBLE?
After learning of the deadly League of Lazarus tournament, Damian Wayne has a new mission: to win the tournament and prove he is the greatest fighter in the DCU—but first he must find the secret island where it takes place! Presenting a brand-new solo Robin series for the son of Batman that forces him to find his own path away from both sides of his family! Who is the mysterious Flatline? Why does Mother Soul take such a keen interest in the son of Batman? Did Robin just literally get his heart ripped out of his chest in the first 30 pages?
Collecting ROBIN (2021) #1-6 and a special prelude story from BATMAN (2016) #106 and DETECTIVE COMICS (2016) #1034.
Escape with Mister Miracle with this Beautiful DC Hardcover Coming Out April 5th
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While DC Future State had some great character debuts, the new Mister Miracle delivered one of the best. However, Shilo Norman only got a few pages as B-stories in the Superman Future State comics. This time, Brandon Easton got to really explore the character, and we get to see how he became Mister Miracle. But as far as the April 5th DC Graphic Novels go, Miracle Man: The Source of Freedom gives us an (almost) entirely new character. How often do we get to see a new superhero debut – and one that sticks. Hopefully, this one will. Mister Miracle’s whole thing is escaping, right? Well, let’s hope he doesn’t escape the readership. Check out the solicitation below:
Spinning out of DC Future State, the story of how Shilo Norman became the Mister Miracle of tomorrow is here! The Mister Miracle show used to be the hottest ticket in town, whether you caught him onstage escaping from perilous traps or spotted him on the streets of Metropolis taking out bad guys. What Shilo Norman forgot is the first rule of both showbiz and super-heroing: always leave them wanting more. Now it’s time to start showing the world what a miracle man can do. Collecting the entire run of this miraculous series!
It’s a Big Week for the Suicide Squad
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While the current run of Suicide Squad’s penultimate issue comes out with the April 5th DC Comics, we’re also getting the previous run. But you might want to grab your Harley Quinn blanket and get cozy for a few hours because Suicide Squad: Bad Blood contains all eleven issues of Tom Taylor’s hit series. At nearly 300 pages, the trade paperback is also the longest book on DC’s April 5th pull. But it’s worth it. Once you start reading, you might want to cancel everything and read it in one sitting. And here’s what it’s all about:
Task Force X returns for its bloodiest mission yet, with a new team of unlikely villains from across the DC Universe! When the Suicide Squad is assigned to neutralize a group of international super-terrorists known as the Revolutionaries, the last thing they expect is for the survivors to join the team! Who can Harley Quinn and Deadshot trust when their new teammates are the very people they were sent to kill? Collects #1-11.
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(Featured Image: Shazam: To Hell and Back, another of DC Comics’ graphic novels releasing on April 5th)
Roman Colombo finished his MFA in 2010 and now teaches writing and graphic novel literature at various Philadelphia colleges. His first novel, Trading Saints for Sinners, was published in 2014. He's currently working on his next novel and hoping to find an agent soon.