DC’s “The New 52” Turns 52 With 11 Variant Covers

DC Comics relaunched their entire line of titles back in 2011 with “The New 52!” Not all of the original 52 titles have survived the past five years; some didn’t even last through 2012. But those that have survived will be hitting 52 issues in May, and the company is celebrating the occasion with eleven variant covers, each paying homage to the respective title’s cover from issue #1.

Read the Official Press Release from DC Comics, and check out the covers below:

DC Comics proudly presents: “The New 52” hits 52!

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.

Action Comics #52 variant cover by Ben Oliver
Aquaman #52 variant cover by Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund
Batgirl #52 variant cover by Babs Tarr
Batman #52 variant cover by Rafael Albuquerque
Catwoman #52 variant cover by Inaki Miranda
Detective Comics #52 variant cover by Francis Manapul
Flash #52 variant cover by Jesus Merino
Green Arrow #52 variant cover by Szymon Kudranski
Green Lantern #52 variant cover by Billy Tan
Superman #52 variant cover by Mikel Janin
Wonder Woman #52 variant cover by David Finch and Matt Banning

“The New 52” variants are the latest in a variety of monthly themes.

The New 52 Action Comics


The New 52 Aquaman

The New 52 Batgirl

The New 52 Batman

The New 52 Catwoman

The New 52 Detective Comics

The New 52 Flash

The New 52 Green Arrow

The New 52 Green Lantern

The New 52 Superman

The New 52 Wonder Woman

Which one is your favorite? Sound off in the comments!


Anthony Composto - EIC
Anthony Composto - EIC
Editor-in-Chief for Monkeys Fighting Robots. A lifelong fan of Spider-Man and the Mets, Anthony loves an underdog story. He earned his B.A. in English because of his love for words, and his MBA because of his need for cash. He considers comics to be The Great American Art Form, and loves horror movies, indie dramas, action/thrillers, and everything in between.