What We Learned From DC's DECEMBER 2012 Solicitations

Every month, comic book publishers release advance solicitations to give retailers and consumers an idea on what's going to be release in the near future, to help with advance orders. <p>Of course, for hardcore fans, there is another purpose to these solicitations examining them with utmost scrutiny to see what hints can be gleaned about what's coming up next in various fictional universes. <p>So with that in mind, we've scoured DC's freshly release <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/dc-comics-december-2012-solicitations.html>December 2012</a> solicitations, to see what clues can be gathered on the near future of The New 52, and what's worth noting about the creative teams on upcoming books. Click "start here" in the upper-left corner to see what we found. <p><i>Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's <a href=http://www.facebook.com/Newsarama><b>FACEBOOK</b></a> and <a href=http://twitter.com/newsarama><b>TWITTER</b></a>!</i> <p> <p>

G.I. COMBAT CANCELED

Well, this wasn't completely unexpected <b>G.I. Combat</b>, which landed on the top spot of our latest <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/new-52-titles-on-the-bubble-one-year.html>"on the bubble" list</a> of potentially at-risk New 52 series, is officially ending as of issue #7. <p>The news prompts a natural question: Are more DC titles ending, leading to a "fourth wave" of new New 52 series? Or is this simply making room for for the early 2013 debut of Geoff Johns and David Finch's already-announced <i>Justice League of America</I>?

ARDIAN SYAF ON AQUAMAN ART

Ivan Reis and Joe Prado are the new <b>Justice League</b> art team, thereby leaving <b>Aquaman</b> in the process. So who's drawing that book, embarking on the "Throne of Atlantis" crossover starting in December? <P>At least for that month's issue #15, it's Ardian Syaf, recently of <b>Batgirl</b>. But it looks like it's a temporary move at this point: DC confirmed to us that Syaf is not the permanent new <b>Aquaman</b> artist.

CAPTAIN ATOM IN FIRESTORM

In December, a few characters from canceled New 52 series are resurfacing in a few different place. <p>First, there's Captain Atom, whose book ends this month with issue #0, squaring off against Firestorm in <b>The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men #15</b> (an issue billed to contain "the first hints of a disturbing new force in the DCU").

MR. TERRIFIC APPEARS ON EARTH 2

Then over in <b>Earth 2 #7</b>, Mr. Terrific whose solo book ended after issue #8 appears, along with several of his fellow pre-reboot Justice Society of America teammates.

POST-LIEFELD UPDATES

When Rob Liefeld left all three of his DC books <i>The Savage Hawkman</i>, <i>Deathstroke</i> and <i>Grifter</i> many questions remained about who would be coming on board those titles next. <p>Though the solicitation for <b>The Savage Hawkman #15</b> lists Fabian Nicieza as scripter, Frank Tieri wrote on <a href=https://twitter.com/FrankTieri/status/247822043993739264>Twitter</a> that he's "doing Grifter AND Hawkman. DC solicits have it wrong." <p>Justin Jordan is writing <b>Deathstroke</b> with Scott Clark on art; Joe Bennett is illustrating <b>Hawkman</b> and long-time Liefeld associate Marat Mycheals is drawing <b>Grifter</b>.

ATROCITUS VS. MANHUNTERS, FINALLY

The Red Lanterns are fueled by rage, and a major reason that Atrocitus is so angry is that Manhunters killed his wife and daughter and wiped out nearly his entire sector, to boot. <p>It looks like Atrocitus might be getting some revenge come December, given this rather straight-forward text in the solicitation for <b>Red Lanterns #15</b>, part of "Rise of the Third Army": Atrocitus battles the Manhunters in the ultimate grudge match!"

TEEN TITANS/RED HOOD CROSSOVER

Though <b>Teen Titans</b> and <b>Red Hood and the Outlaws</b> might not have "Bat" in the title, they certainly have strong ties to Batman's world, with a former Robin on each team. <p>They're also both written by Scott Lobdell and commingling come December, as part of "Death of the Family."

JOKER GOING AFTER VILLAINS, TOO

And speaking of "Death of the Family," it looks like Joker's revenge plot isn't limited to DC's heroes. <p>The backup to <b>Batman #15</b> promises a "confrontation" between Joker and the Riddler, and <b>Detective Comics #15</b> asks "What has The Joker done with The Penguin?"

NEW GODS IN WONDER WOMAN

Last month's <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/brian-azzarell-wonder-woman-orion.html><b>Wonder Woman #12</b> heralded the arrival of Orion</a> to The New 52 and it looks like, unsurprisingly, the rest of the New Gods might be next. <p>The solicitations to December's <b>Wonder Woman #15</b> contains three major hints surrounding the story: That the "New Gods" as a whole are on the way, that major changes are coming to Wonder Woman "and the entire DC Universe," and that an Orion vs. Wonder Woman fight is on tap (though the cover makes that pretty clear as well).

HOW IMPORTANT IS THE BLACK DIAMOND?

Lats month, the phrase "black diamond" as in, the object used by Eclipso to bond with a human host appeared in DC's November solicitations three times. <p>This time around it's bumped up to four, in the write-ups for <b>Catwoman</b>, <b>Demon Knights</b>, <b>Team 7</b> and <b>All-Star Western</b>. <p>The Black Diamond was first seen in The New 52 in DC's Free Comic Book Day issue this past May, so clearly this is all building to something, though exactly what remains to be revealed.

What We Learned From DC's DECEMBER 2012 Solicitations

Date: 17 September 2012 Time: 08:53 PM ET