Big News From The Big Two1 of 12Every month, Newsarama combs through the solicits from Marvel and DC to pick the most important bits of information. Today, we’re digging into the recently released October solicitations, finding 10 things – 5 from Marvel, and 5 from DC – that could turn out to be important.
This month, there’s a lot going on, with DC You continuing in earnest and seeing the launch of a new Batman weekly series, as well as the end of Secret Wars and the birth of a new Marvel Universe. So, without further ado, here are ten things we learned from Marvel and DC’s October 2015 solicitations.
DC - The New Detective Comics Creative Team2 of 12
With the recent announcement that Frances Manapul and Brian Buccellato would be leaving Detective Comics so that Manapul could work on a surprise project – which we now know is Justice League: Gods And Men, Aquaman: Earth One and one more project yet-to-be-revealed - fans were left wondering who would take over for the popular creative team.
Well, now we’ve got an answer. Starting with Detective Comics #45, writer Peter Tomasi and artist Marcio Takara will take over the dark knight’s second title. Tomasi is no stranger to writing Batman, with his credentials with the caped crusader stretching back before the "New 52."
Marvel - Where Is Gamora?3 of 12
If Comic-Con International: San Diego proved anything, it’s that the titles previewed in Marvel’s post-Secret Wars guidebook are hardly the limit of what Marvel will be releasing after it’s massive crossover and relaunch. But one absence that may leave readers scratching their heads is that of Gamora, the Guardians Of The Galaxy’s deadly assassin.
Not only is her solo-series – announced at NYCC 2014, and pushed back to after Secret Wars as of this year’s Emerald City Comic-Con – not yet on the schedule, but Gamora also no longer appears to be in the line-up of the new Guardians of the Galaxy series. A strange fate for one of Marvel’s breakout movie stars, and the team's only woman since Bendis wrote out both Angela and Captain Marvel.
Oh wait, there is a new character.... but we'll talk about her later.
DC - Prez - The First Casualty Of DC You?4 of 12
When Mark Russell’s Prez was announced, it was initially solicited as a 12 issue limited series. But now, as of DC’s October solicitations, it’s listed as being cut back to only 6 issues.
So what happened between when when Prez #4 was solicited on June 15, which still listed the series as lasting 12 issues, and when Prez #1 was released two days later on June 17? The likely answer is lower than expected sales for the inaugural issue, but whatever the cause, the cutback likely makes Prez the first casualty of DC’s new direction, DC You.
Marvel - Howard Chaykin And Dominic Fortune Reunited In S.H.I.E.L.D. #115 of 12
Just months after bringing lost art from legendary creators Jack Kirby and Jim Steranko in S.H.I.E.L.D. #9, Mark Waid is collaborating with another classic Marvel creator on S.H.I.E.L.D. #11.
Howard Chaykin is returning to Marvel’s premiere spy agency – a group with whom he certainly has some history. Not only that, he’s reuniting with Dominick Fortune, a super-spy character he created for Marvel back in the ‘70’s.
DC - WWII Heroes Return in Justice League United6 of 12
DC Comics has a rich history with characters dating all the way back to the ‘30’s, with the company’s WWII setting inspiring stories through the present day. But in the wake of the New 52, many of DC’s old school characters have hit the backburner.
Now at least some of them are returning in Justice League United #14– true, not all of the returning characters actually date back to the ‘40’s, but the classic versions of Enemy Ace, Sgt. Rock, and the Creature Commandos look to be back after a long dry spell in the DCU.
Marvel - Peter Quill Quits The Guardians Of The Galaxy7 of 12
According to the solicitations for the relaunched Guardians Of The Galaxy, Peter Quill is abandoning the team to become the emperor of Spartax, leaving a void that will be filled by two different characters.
With leadership of the Guardians now a question, it looks like Rocket will be stepping up to fill the void. As for who will take the place of Quill as the team’s moral center, you’ll have to read on to find out.
DC - Who sold Superman out?8 of 12The last few months have shown a major shift for DC’s flagship hero, Superman. He’s lost much of his fabled power, reducing him to a shadow of the hero he once was – in body, if not in spirit. Now, the solicitation for Batman/Superman #25 mentions that there are villains behind his power loss.
But is that the whole story? The solicitation for Superman/Wonder Woman #22 mentions a “betrayal,” and the cover shows Superman turning his back on Wonder Woman. Trouble in paradise, or is there more than meets the eye? Superman/Wonder Woman #22 also mentions Superman’s quest to regain his powers. Might he find out some kind of dark secret? Or might his accusations of betrayal be misplaced?
Marvel - Kitty Pryde Is Star-Lady?9 of 12
With Peter Quill stepping out of the role of Star-Lord, his fiancée – if their relationship is still intact – Kitty Pryde looks to be donning the mask and picking up the iconic blasters.
It’s no secret that the world of the X-Men will see some major shake-ups coming out of Secret Wars, and judging by the solicitation for Guardians Of The Galaxy #1, which (jokingly?) refers to Kitty as “Star-Lady,” there’s one more shake up we can look forward to.
DC - Who Is Batman & Robin Eternal’s “Mother?”10 of 12
Ever since Batman & Robin Eternal was announced, we’ve known that the 26 issue weekly series would center around a mysterious case from Batman and Robin’s past, with Dick Grayson taking center stage in the story.
Now, with the first issues solicited, the mystery is only growing. We now know that the case in question deals with a human trafficker known only as “The Mother.” The solicitations also make it known that the case of “The Mother” is the most disturbing the dynamic duo ever worked – a pretty tall order for a pair that have tangled with the likes of a faceless Joker.
Marvel - Ultimate Reed Richards In New Avengers11 of 12
Count the cover of New Avengers #2 as something of a double reveal. The presence of Ultimate Reed Richards proves that Miles Morales won’t be the only survivor of Earth-1610. But it also brings one more member of Marvel’s first family into the Post-Secret Wars universe.
With the presence of Ultimate Reed Richards, all of the Fantastic Four – or at least, some version of them – except for Sue Richards has been accounted for. But what does the presence of the megalomaniacal, villainous Reed portend? Could he be the one true Reed Richards of the new Marvel Universe?
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