What Will DC Readers Have To Be Thankful For?1 of 12Every month we comb through DC Comics’ solicitations to pick out the most noteworthy bits of new information, bringing it directly to you, the readers. This month is no different, as we take a look at DC’s November solicits, finding new Martians, mysterious islands, and long-awaited meetings.
But that’s not all we found. Inside, you’ll see the biggest things worth noting as we guide you through ten things we learned from DC’s November solicitations.
Jim Lee's European Vacation2 of 12When Batman: Europa was originally announced in 2004, it was originally going to feature fully painted art from Jim Lee. Now, with the book finally solicited for November 2015, it looks like Lee will only provide art for the first issue. Not only that, but it will be traditional pencil and ink art.
It’s not particularly surprising that Lee would forego the much more time consuming process of painting an entire issue, especially since his lack of involvement in the rest of the series suggests that a time crunch was underway for the long delayed series.
Suicide Squad Firing Blanks3 of 12“This story was previously scheduled to appear in issue #13.” Nowadays, solicitation text like that is more and more rare, as companies often make the decision to delay an issue rather than jumble the order.
Not so with New Suicide Squad #14, which bears the exact same solicitation as October’s #13. The real question is, what will take its place in the previous issue? Inventory stories – stories meant to run when a regular creative team can’t make their deadlines – are rarely seen these days, but that may be exactly what readers will get.
Romita Jr. Out, Porter In4 of 12It’s not uncommon for books to require fill-in artists from time to time, but John Romita, Jr. is known as one of the fastest and most consistent artists in the biz. So seeing a fill-in for Romita is a little surprising.
On the other hand, Romita’s been consistently penciling Superman for some time now, so taking a month off wouldn’t be unheard of. And with Howard Porter, an artist who is no stranger to Superman, filling in, Superman #46 will be in capable hands.
Return to the Island of Gamorra5 of 12There are plenty of mysteries at the heart of Batman And Robin Eternal, not least of which is the true nature of the case that DC Comics calls one of the hardest Batman and Robin ever worked. And now, the mystery deepens as Jason Todd and Tim Drake head to the island of Gamorra, a notorious den of vice.
Gamorra has its roots in the WildStorm universe, and was last seen in the short-lived Team 7 and World's Finest series. But the fact that two of Batman’s former sidekicks are visiting an iconic location from the WildStorm U shows that the new DC isn’t afraid to draw on its widely varied assets.
Re-Designing Diana6 of 12Things haven’t been easy for Wonder Woman since she took on the mantle of Queen of the Amazons. Ever since David and Meredith Finch took over her adventures, she’s been struggling to balance her life as a queen, superhero, god of war, and more. And from the sound of the solicitation for Wonder Woman #46, it’s not getting easier any time soon.
Now, Wonder Woman will find herself caught between a rock and a hard place, waging a battle with not only the villainous Aegeus, but the recently returned Donna Troy – a battle that, according to the solicitation, will “redefine the role of the Amazon Queen.”
"Super Death"7 of 12Justice League 3001 promises not only the return of Zeus of the Injustice League, but also an entire army of New Gods he’s recruited to take on the League of the future. But that’s not all. The solicitation also guarantees an “unexpected” super death – one it says its readers will never guess.
So which character’s death would be that shocking, that hard to foresee? Well, your guess is as good as ours. But the series is no stranger to character deaths, having killed off – and genetically recreated - the Flash multiple times already.
Manhunter Down8 of 12J’Onn J’Onzz has been “dead” in his own title for a while, having gone underground to clandestinely fight a Martian invasion of Earth. Now, a new Martian is taking the field – but is she friend, or foe?
The solicitation for Martian Manhunter #6 teases the arrival of a new female Martian warrior. Exactly what her connection to J’Onn J’Onzz or the book’s four heroes may be is unknown, but the solicitation promises that mysteries will be revealed.
Darth Superman?9 of 12Superman’s been having a hard go of things of late. Losing much of his power, having his identity outed to the world. Now, if the solicitation for Action Comics #46 is to be believed, he just might be cracking under the pressure and leaning towards a "dark side".
The solicitation teases a change in Clark Kent – abandoned by his friends, manipulated by an as yet unknown villain - it could all be too much to handle to a Superman who’s more fragile than he’s been in years.
Step Aside, Clark10 of 12Clark Kent has had a few great loves in his life, and according to the solicitation for Superman/Wonder Woman #23, three of them will join forces to help the man who brings them all together.
While Superman goes to “extreme measures” to try to restore his powers, Wonder Woman, Lana Lang, and Lois Lane are all teaming up to attempt to uncover the threat that’s behind Superman’s recent troubles.
Jim Gordon Joins the Justice League11 of 12Ever since Commissioner James Gordon took on the mantle of the Batman, fans have been wondering when the change would reach the rest of the DC Universe at large. Well, now we have an answer. As of Detective Comics #46, Gordon will join the Justice League.
It’s only been a few months since Gordon took up the cape and cowl, and yet this still feels like a long time coming. As of right now, Bruce Wayne is still Batman in Justice League, having recently elevated himself to the status of a New God, but with Gordon finally encountering Batman’s teammates, the time when the titles will line up is drawing near.
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