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Every month, we take a look at DC and Marvel's solicits to pick out things worth noticing in each company's upcoming offerings.
This month, we're combining our observations into a single list, picking out important bits from both Marvel and DC's solicits.
With Marvel moving full steam ahead into Secret Wars, many series are ending in favor of Secret Wars series that fill those gaps.
And, with Convergence at an end, DC's August offerings are well into launching their new line of titles, minus the "New 52" branding.
Returned Relic2 of 12
We've known since March's Green Lantern #40 that Hal Jordan is wanted by the Green Lantern Corps and is using Krona's gauntlet instead of his ring. After taking the fall for all the wrongs committed by the Green Lantern Corps during the last few years, Hal is on the run and working solo.
But Venditti also promised a new supporting cast and sone "unexpected" twists, and the solicitation for issue #43 hints that there might be a "big" addition to the book (and one that's definitely unexpected). The cover shows Relic, the villain from the "Lights Out" story arc, who was defeated after trying to stop the Lanterns from using the energy of the emotional spectrum. According to the solicitation, Hal's at the edge of space (where we last saw Relic, at the Source Wall), and he's "confronting an old adversary who may be the key in helping" save the universe.
Marvel: Which Sinister dies in Squadron Sinister #3?3 of 12With only five members - Hyperion, Whizzer, Nighthawk, Dr. Spectrum, and Warrior Woman, the Squadron Sinister doesn't have a lot of members to spare - but it seems like they'll be down a member come August.
Of course, in comics lore, the Squadron does have an expanded membership, so it's possible we'll see a character not yet shown kick the bucket. Still, with Squadron Sinister reportedly continuing on after Secret Wars, the loss of a member could have lasting ramifications.
New Batman Rogue4 of 12
With a brand new Batman in Gotham, it's not surprising that his first foe would be a brand new villain. According to issue #43, Jim Gordon and his mech Batman suit will come up against a new Gotham villain named Mr. Bloom.
Batman writer Scott Snyder told Newsarama that "Gotham will come after you with challenges that are just for you, no matter what. So what happens when Gotham comes for Jim? When you step into those shoes and become the hero of Gotham, it's going to figure out a way to come for you that's special, just for you."
Marvel: Manga Artist Variant Covers5 of 12It looks like Marvel's August variant cover theme is Manga Artists. While there are no actual artists listed yet for the variants, at least 21 Marvel titles will have Manga variants in August.
Marvel have worked with various manga artists in the past, such as Kia Asamiya and Hajime Isayama, as well as having an entire Marvel Manga-Verse, the Spider-Man of which recently appeared in Spider-Verse.
Batman a New God6 of 12
The events of Justice League #40 already made it very clear that "Darkseid War" would be a New Gods-centric story (something the inclusion of Darkseid and Mr. Miracle had already hinted).
But the "prophesy" that was shown in Free Comic Book Day added yet another layer to the idea of Geoff Johns writing the New Gods — one small panel showed Batman looking very Metron-ish.
The solicitation and cover for Justice League #43 make it official — Batman is going to somehow achieve "godhood," and it looks like he'll get to sit in the Mobius chair. Does this mean he'll be able to traverse space and time like Metron once did? And will he gain knowledge of the universe?
If nothing else, all the Batman fans who believe Bruce Wayne can never be beaten in a fight have another reason to stake their claim. He. Is. A. God.
MARVEL: Creative Team Shifts7 of 12Updated May 20, 2015 at 12:29 p.m. EST: Since the publication of this story, Marvel has sent out an updated solicitation listing Duggan as co-writer of The Infinity Gauntlet #4.
Original Story: There are several major creative team shifts in Marvel's August solicits.
First up, artist Kris Anka looks to be off House of M, replaced by Marvel newcomer Marco Failla.
Also of note, it looks like as of issue #4, Dustin Weaver will be writing Infinity Gauntlet solo, with Gerry Duggan no longer listed as co-writer.
Oh My Rao8 of 12
Promotions for superstar artist Bryan Hitch's run on Justice League of America had already hinted that the storyline's villains have a "stunning" connection to Krypton.
With the new solicitation for issue #3, we find out they're believers in the "Church of Rao," and they've imported their religion to Earth. By putting that together with previous hints, it looks like the "armada of aliens" who come to earth in Hitch's #1 are zealots in a religion based on the Kryptonian god Rao. And by the third issue, their religion has caught hold among the populous. "The world suddenly knows peace," the solicitation promises. But the Justice League will "violently" find out that not all is what it seems.
Marvel: Guardians Changed By Secret Wars?9 of 12With Guardians of Knowhere replacing the Guardians of the Galaxy ongoing for the duration of Secret Wars, it looks like fans will have to look there to get their fix of the popular heroes.
Interestingly, the solicit for Guardians of Knowhere #3 seems to be teasing post-Secret Wars changes for the Guardians, saying the "secrets of Knowhere" would "change the face of the Guardians forever."
Guy Not Gone10 of 12
In the wake of the reorganization of DC's Green Lantern books, there was one Lantern missing. John Stewart was with the "Lost Army," Hal Jordan was being a "Renegade," and Kyle Rayner was allegedly being killed in Omega Men. But there was no sign of Guy Gardner — unless you count the female version of Guy who's part of the new Justice League 3001.
But never fear, Guy Gardner fans: It's now confirmed that he's part of Green Lantern: Lost Army. While that comic's issue #1 teased a "surprise guest star," the solicitation for #3 makes it official — Guy Gardner is part of the "Lost Army." Now we just have to wonder… we know how John and the other Lanterns became "Lost." How did Guy go from being a just-recovered Red Lantern in March to joining the Lost crew of Greens in June?
Marvel: Spider-Man's daughter could join the fray in Renew Your Vows11 of 12We've known for a while now that Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows would feature a Peter Parker who is married to Mary Jane Watson, and who has a young daughter. But it's a bit of a surprise to see the idea of his daughter becoming a hero teased in the solicit for #4.
It's true that May "Maday" Parker, a version of Peter's daughter, was a hero in her own right as MC2's Spider-Girl, but this is the first indication we've seen that suggests his much younger daughter may have powers, or even some kind of secret identity during Secret Wars.
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