What We Learned From DC's JULY 2013 Solicitations

<i>by <a href=http://www.twitter.com/albertxii>Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer</a></i> <p>April is still in the single digits, but the folks at DC Comics are already thinking about July and thus, so are fans. <p>So now that <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/dc-comics-july-2013-solicitations.html>DC's July 2013 solicitations</a> are out, what's the big news? Well, we already knew some like <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/batman-inc-ending-lobdell-action-comics.html>Scott Lobdell taking over <i>Action Comics</i> (at least temporarily) and <i>Batman, Incorporated</i> ending</a>, but the solicitations themselves still provided plenty of information, like new details of the <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/trinity-war-details-revealed.html>freshly announced <i>Trinity War</i></a>. Here are 10 of the biggest takeaways from DC's July 2013 solicitations. <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>

GREEN LANTERN: ANIMATED, ENDING

Cartoon Network's <i>Green Lantern: The Animated Series</i> aired its last new episode in March, so it's not a surprise that the comic book tie-in is ending, too, with #14 in July. (Though, there would be some precedent for it to keep going Marvel's <i>ALF</i> comic book kept running two years after that show ended.) <p>What may be more surprising is that the last issue is the only "Rated E" book solicited by DC for July, though it's worth noting that some of their all-aged fare, like <i>Looney Tunes</i> (solicited for June), are bimonthly.

SHAZAM GETS THE HARDCOVER TREATMENT

Though Geoff Johns and Gary Frank's New 52 origin for Shazam was originally published as backup stories in <i>Justice League of America</i>, they're getting their own book in September (advance solicited with DC's July slate), along with a few full-issue stores featuring the character. <p>It's a 192-page hardcover due out Sept. 25, collecting all or part of <i>Justice League #7-11, 0, 14-16 and 18-21</i>. A standalone <i>Shazam</i> collection seems at least like a possible indication that DC is planning more solo material from the character in the future.

STAR WARS WRITER TAKES ON BATMAN

A writer with vast experience writing one of pop culture's biggest franchises is writing another one starting in July, and it may not be in a place you expect. <p>Karen Traviss has written multiple Star Wars novels, including the "Republic Commando" series. In her prose career, she's also <i>Gears of War</i> and <i>Halo</i> books. She returns to the video game world by joining the digital-first Batman book <i>Arkham Unhinged</i>, based on the <i>Arkham City</i> continuity, with the first print issue out in July.

MORE CREATIVE TEAM CHANGES

While most of the recent DC creative team changes such as Joshua Hale Fialkov leaving <i>Green Lantern Corps</i> and <i>Red Lanterns</i> were revealed before the July solicitations were revealed, Monday still brought a few pieces of news. <p>Such as: Alex Maleev, known best for his Marvel collaborations with Brian Michael Bendis, adds to his growing DC resume with the cover and interior art of <i>Batman: The Dark Knight #22</i>. Travel Foreman, the original artist of The New 52's <i>Animal Man</i> returns to that character with July's <i>Animal Man Annual #2</i>. And the third print issue of digital-first anthology <i>Adventures of Superman</i> features a story by Matt Kindt and Stephen Segovia, but still no sign of the contested story co-written by Orson Scott Card.

DEATHSTROKE VISITS GREEN TEAM

While the title, concept and co-writing team of Art Baltazar and Franco plus covers by Amanda Conner generally suggest that <b>The Green Team: Teen Trillionaires</b> may be slightly less serious than some other DC Universe books, July's #3 has Deathstroke right on the cover, a character not traditionally known for being very lighthearted. <p>Of course, just because Deathstroke is in the book doesn't definitively say anything about its tone, but given Slade Wilson's history with teen DC characters, this book's protagonists probably should be extra-careful.

BATMAN IN SUPERMAN UNCHAINED

Scott Snyder is currently earning rave reviews and impressive sales numbers for his run on <i>Batman</i> with Greg Capullo, and Jim Lee illustrated the popular 2003 <i>Batman</i> story, "Hush." <p>Given that, it's probably not a shock that Batman is billed as appearing Snyder and Lee's <i>Superman Unchained #2</i>. And, he is! Plus, a backup starring Jimmy Olsen.

BATMAN/SUPERMAN DROP BY EARTH 2

Speaking of Batman and Superman: Just two issues into their new team-up book set in the early days of The New 52, <i>Batman/Superman</i>, they're already journeying to a different planet. <p><i>Batman/Superman #2</i> take the pair to Earth 2, "where they find familiar heroes who are trying to kill them!"

NEW GODS IN NEW 52

The introduction of Jack Kirby's Fourth World characters continues in <i>Wonder Woman</i> in July, with the title character traveling to New Genesis in issue #22, in an issue featuring Orion and Highfather. <p>Then over in <i>Worlds' Finest #14</i>, Power Girl and Huntress encounter Desaad in Apokolips.

NEW GREEN LANTERN VILLAIN

While the Green Lantern books already have had something of a creative upheaval following the shake-up headed by Geoff Johns' departure from the main book, they're moving forward with new teams, and, evidently, new characters. <p>The solicitation of <i>Green Lantern #22</i> talks of "the birth of a brand new threat," and <i>Green Lantern: New Guardians #22</i> is billed as including "the beginnings of the next major Green Lantern villain." Whether or not they're referring to the same villain, or a different one in each book, remains to be seen.

LOTS OF TRINITY WAR DETAILS

The long-hyped <i>Justice League</i> crossover <i>Trinity War</i> was announced on Sunday, and Monday brought even more details courtesy of DC's July solicitations. <p>There's still the lingering surprise felt by some, including Graeme McMillan on <a href=http://blog.newsarama.com/2013/04/08/what-to-make-of-trinity-wars-first-details/>Blog@Newsarama</a>, that the story is only a crossover between the three Justice League books over two months, rather than a longer, line-spanning event. <p>There's also the clear indication that <i>Animal Man</i> and <i>Justice League Dark</i> writer Jeff Lemire is now cemented as one of the biggest players at DC, as he's co-writing the story with the company's chief creative officer, Geoff Johns. <p>Also, the latest solicitations disclose that <i>Trinity of Sin: Pandora</i>, <i>Constantine</i> and <i>Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger</i> all tie-in to the story to some degree. (The widely expected <i>Trinity of Sin: The Question</i> series will wait at least another month, it seems.)

What We Learned From DC's JULY 2013 Solicitations

Date: 08 April 2013 Time: 09:05 PM ET