Intro1 of 13As readers are just getting their hands on DC's new comic books — as the publisher reveals its new line-up this month — solicitations for September are revealing where some of the current storylines are going.
From the fate of Bruce Wayne to the supposed death of Martian Manhunter and the fate of the recently shot Lex Luthor, several of the key events in the newly named "DC You" are driving the universe's stories as storylines head toward September. And there are several clues in September's solicitations about current situation, as well as hints about what might come later this year.
Check out DC's solicitations here, then take a gander at what the 10 things we learned from DC's September solicitations.
R.I.P. J'onn2 of 13We just talked to the writer of Martian Manhunter about the alleged death of J'onn J'onzz in the book's #3. Although he confirmed the death was going to happen, his cryptic answers implied there was still hope.
Now the solicitation for September's #4 make it sound like, yes, J'onn J'onzz really is dying — but there may be hope for his spirit. "What is tying four individuals around the world to the ghost of J'onn J'onzz?" the solicitation says. And then the solicitation also mentions the "Martian Maneater."
So is J'onn dead? Or isn't he?
Wonder Who's Coming to WW3 of 13Wonder Woman has had her hands full for some time dealing with the newly returned - and apparently villainous - Donna Troy. But the solicit for Wonder Woman #44 makes it sound like Donna herself will have a lot to deal with in upcoming issues.
Wonder Woman #44 will bring in a "new friend" for Troy, who the solicit says is "more trouble than help." It's unknown whether this will be a returning character, or someone entirely new, but whoever it is, it looks like they'll be a thorn in the side of at least Donna Troy.
We Were Robin4 of 13There sure are a lot of Robins running around Gotham these days, thanks to Damian's role in his own book, his guest starring role in Gotham Academy and the slew of young Robin-wannabes in We Are…Robin.
So maybe we shouldn't be alarmed when a solicitation implies that a Robin is dying?
"In the wake of a huge loss, the Robins are reeling with grief," says the solicitation for We Are…Robin #4. The team is scheduled to meet Batman in #3. Would DC kill off another Robin so soon?
Futures Return?5 of 13We've known for a few months that Tim Drake was going to be the new Batman Beyond, ever since the end of the weekly The New 52: Futures End gave the former Robin the ability to change the past and travel into the future. Although the future wasn't completely saved from Brother Eye, the scene that concluded the Futures End storyline appeared to be the last we'd see of the Futures End world.
But September's Batman Beyond #4 says someone will send Tim "back where it all started." Does that mean Tim gets another chance at preventing Brother Eye? Or even more interesting, is this perhaps a return to the Futures End timeline?
Not So Secret Six6 of 13Gail Simone's revival of Secret Six for the New 52 began all the way back in December 2014, with a premise that relied heavily on secrets.
Simone always promised answers would come in #6, but that issue's not coming until September 2015 — about 10 months after #1.
Thanks to delays in the releases of early issues — and the two-month Convergence break — those secrets have gone unanswered quite awhile now. For those of us who've been patiently waiting, the October issue will be a long time coming.
Remember September?7 of 13For the last few years, DC has staged an event in September to combat those year-to-year sales comparisons that began with the New 52 reboot in September 2011. In 2012, it was Zero Issues, then 2013 saw Villains Month, and 2014 had them jumping five years into the future.
Four years later, the trend has stopped. There are no events in September, there are only a couple books even tying into each other (Sinestro and Lobo), and DC doesn't even have a current weekly.
That said, it feels like something might have to give come October. When we confronted DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio earlier this year about the lack of weeklies in the summer schedule, he implied we'd be seeing more weeklies soon — plus we already knew Batman Eternal (or some form of Batman weekly) would return for a second story. October 2014 saw the launching of one weekly for DC — perhaps October 2015 will see at least one new weekly? Or is the quiet in September pointing toward an even bigger storm the next month?
Go West, Young Man8 of 13September's issue of The Flash mentions Wally West, the character introduced to the new DC Universe last year to mixed fan reaction. After his involvement in the debut storyline last year by current writing team Robert Venditti and Van Jensen, the character was shown to be the Flash of the future — or at least some future — and his future version died.
However, the current-timeline version of Wally is alive and well, and September's issue has him involved in the Professor Zoom storyline. Whether you love him or hate this version of Wally, it looks like he's going to be around more in the book.
Bruce's Ramifications9 of 13If you haven't been hiding under a rock, you know that Bruce Wayne was assumed dead for a few months. And if you've read last week's Batman #41, you know that [spoilers, folks] Bruce Wayne is actually alive — or at least, it was implied that he's still alive.
Well, those implications are 100 percent accurate and official, thanks to September's solicitations. And the fact that revived Bruce is not fulfilling the role of Batman anymore has some serious ramifications across several DC books.
Batman / Superman has Clark Kent discovering the "true fate of Batman," the Grayson Annual and Grayson have Dick returning to Gotham to discover Bruce's death, Red Hood/Arsenal has that duo back in Gotham, and the Batman Annual (written by James Tynion IV instead of Batman regular writer Scott Snyder) tells the story of Bruce Wayne's survival.
All the Gotham Family seems to be coming home, but why is Bruce Wayne not part of the Bat-family anymore?
DC "New" You10 of 13We love some of the surprise guest artists we're seeing in the September solicitations — like Pia Guerra on Black Canary and Jock on Batman — but there are a lot of other surprises in the creative teams as well. Not only are there are a couple tweaks in co-writers, but more than a few art changes in September, from Midnighter to Justice League 3001 to Justice League United to Teen Titans…. and the list goes on.
Some of these books are brand new, and the existing titles had a two-month break to get ahead, so the changes in artists are difficult to understand only four months after the debut of the "DC You," and only three to four issues into the current story arcs.
Lex Luthor Lives11 of 13Lex Luthor's fate was left hanging in the balance after being shot by his sister in the pages of June's Justice League #41, but since this is comic books, we all know that nobody ever stays dead - and that's not all we know.
Now, the solicit text for September's Justice League #44 has confirmed that Luthor will survive the gunshot wound. Of course, Luthor has already appeared in a recent issue of Batman/Superman, though that doesn't mean as much as the solicit as Johns's Justice League is generally out-of-step somewhat with the rest of the DCU, still featuring Bruce Wayne as Batman and a fully-powered Superman.
Who's JLU's Legendary Hero?12 of 13The solicit for Justice League United #13 is a bit of a doozy, teasing a team-up with Steel, Batgirl, and most interestingly, Vandal Savage. But it's the last bit that's the real kicker, with the solicit also making mention of the return of a "legendary DC Comics hero".
Most of DC's biggest names have already been accounted for in the New 52 and beyond - certainly all the major Justice Leaguers have had their time in the spotlight, with even Martian Manhunter receiving a new solo series.
Who does that leave that fits the bill of a "legendary DC Comics hero?"
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