FEBRUARY IS FOR LOVERS1 of 122016 is fast approaching, and with it are a new spate of solicitations for February. Today saw the release of DC Comics’ offerings for February 2016, which revealed a host of new details about their ongoing titles.
Along with the long-awaited replacement for Greg Capullo on Batman and several other high profile creative shifts, February 2016 will bring the original New 52 titles still standing one step closer to the 50 issue mark - and many titles are ramping up because of it.
As we do every month, Newsarama dug into DC’s February 2016 solicitations to pull out the ten most notable things we learned.
SPLICERS COME TO COMIC BOOKS2 of 12Plenty of characters from the DC Animated Universe started by Batman: The Animated Series have made the jump to mainstream comic books, including the entire world of Batman Beyond.
Now, with Batman Beyond #9, another element of the DCAU is coming to the page – the Splicers. Splicers are humans who have been modified with animal DNA. In Batman Beyond #9, the original future Batman Terry McGuiness’s brother Matt will run afoul of the Splicers in the streets of Metropolis.
CYBORG VS. THE U.S. GOVERNMENT3 of 12The Technosapien invasion is over, but Vic Stone’s troubles are just beginning. In Cyborg #8, the U.S. Government will attempt to take possession of Vic’s cybernetic parts, leading him to become a fugitive trying to maintain his autonomy.
Sounds like quite a predicament for a member in good standing of the Justice League.
ARES AND APOLLO ARE BACK4 of 12Two major characters from Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s Wonder Woman run are returning in Wonder Woman #49. Both Ares and Apollo will rear their heads in 2016 for the first time since Azzarello concluded his run.
Apollo was the main villain of Azzarello’s story, attempting to seize the throne of Olympus after his father Zeus’s death. As for Ares, he was the original God of War – a mantle claimed by Diana when she slew him.
Which begs the questions – if Ares is back, is Diana still the God of War? And will their strained but civil relationship continue, or will Ares resume his classic comic book role as one of Wonder Woman’s primary nemeses?
THE ROGUES ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE LAW?5 of 12It’s been a while since we’ve seen the Rogues in Flash, but as of Flash #49, Captain Cold, Glider, Mirror Master, and the rest are back, and on the hunt for the scarlet speedster.
But they’re not operating on their own – this time they have the full backing of the Central City Police Department in trying to run down Barry Allen. The Rogues have operated on the side of the angels before, but never in an official capacity with the police.
Times, they are a-changin’.
MR. TWISTER REVEALED6 of 12When it comes to the big bad behind Titans Hunt, the clues have been in place since the very first issue. As the Titans went all Uzumaki, seeing spiral shapes as omens, everything hinted at the return of one of the classic team’s oldest foes – Mr. Twister.
Now, as of the solicitation for Titans Hunt #5, that suspicion is confirmed. But what connection does Mr. Twister – who wields a weather-controlling stick – have with the memory loss and cover up of the original Titans team?
It's also worth noting that Dick Grayson is back in his Nightwing suit on the cover.
CREATIVE SHIFTS7 of 12February sees some major creative shifts for some of DC’s biggest titles. First up, Dan Abnett steps up to take over for Cullen Bunn on Aquaman, who recently announced his run would be cut short.
Additionally, Tim Seeley and Juan Ferreya will take over New Suicide Squad, while writer Greg Pak joins Teen Titans.
Finally, February brings superstar Korean artist Kim Jung Gi to the DC Universe, with a trio of triptych variant covers for Justice League: Darkseid War, Wonder Woman #49, and Superman/Wonder Woman #26.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: DARKSEID WAR8 of 12There’s no regular issue of Geoff Johns’s Justice League in February, but that doesn’t mean the flagship title of the "New 52" is going away. Instead, we’re getting an oversized Justice League: Darkseid War one shot.
The one-shot will focus on Darkseid’s daughter, Grail, and her role in the future of the DCU. With “Darkseid War” continuing into the new year, who knows what surprises the massive storyline will hold for the Justice League.
YANICK PAQUETTE ON BATMAN9 of 12Ever since Greg Capullo announced he would be taking a leave of absence from Batman to pursue a creator owned project, fans have wondered who would take his place. Now, we have our answer.
As of Batman #49, Yanick Paquette will be handling art chores for the core Bat-Book. What isn’t known is how long he’ll stick around, or when Capullo will return.
Interestingly, the solicitation also says that Batman #49 will reveal the final fate of Bruce Wayne, who has been out of the cape and cowl since the conclusion of “Endgame.”
PARALLAX RETURNS10 of 12There’s never been a bigger threat to the Green Lantern Corps than Parallax, the fear entity that once possessed Hal Jordan, leading him to decimate the Corps. It’s been some time since Parallax reared its ugly head, but all that’s about to change.
The solicitation for Green Lantern #49 makes it clear that, even though Hal Jordan has his hands full with Sonar, he’s got bigger threats coming down the pike – namely Parallax. Seems appropriate, given that #50 is right around the corner.
HARLEY AND JOKER - TOGETHER AGAIN11 of 12They say true love finds a way – but what about love between two committed psychopaths?
Harley Quinn and the Joker are one of DC’s strangest couples. It’s doubtless that there’s a connection between the clown prince of crime and the mistress of madcap. And though the Joker has been M.I.A. since the conclusion of “Endgame,” he looks to be resurfacing in Harley Quinn #25.
But with Harley involved with a new beau, how will Joker react? He’s not exactly an understanding kind of guy. But Harley can take care of herself – right?
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