Intro1 of 12July will mark the second month of Rebirth, DC’s relaunch that will return many classic elements of their continuity that were lost in the "New 52." This week, DC released their July solicitations, revealing even more of what their universe will look like moving into Rebirth.
While much of what the solicitations reveal is confirmation of previously speculated=on facts, there are still some important tidbits for DC fans. From the revival of long-dormant concepts, to the return of sorely missed characters, DC’s July solicitations have a lot to say about where DC is headed.
Here are ten things we learned from DC’s July 2016 solicitations.
DR. FATE, I PRESUME?2 of 12Doctor Fate may be ending as of Rebirth, but the character will continue to appear in Blue Beetle when it relaunches in the fall. It’s also been revealed that a version of the JSA will return at some point – which makes the inclusion of the "original" Doctor Fate in the final issues of the current series both exciting and curious.
Exciting because this would be one of the first JSA members to appear in DC’s main universe since the "New 52" – curious because the solicitation for Doctor Fate #14 names him as “Kent Conrad,” while the original Doctor Fate’s name, in classic continuity, was “Kent Nelson.” Is this a simple name change? A totally different character with some similarities? Time will tell.
Rebooting3 of 12Though Rebirth will relaunch all of DC's superhero titles, there are several titles that have been touted as continuing the stories they were telling prior to the relaunch, including Earth 2: Society. DC has also been careful to clarify that Rebirth is not a “reboot”. Both of these facts make the language in the solicitation for Earth 2: Society #14 all the more ironic.
The solicitation references “rebooting” the Society’s new Earth – something they kind of already did when their original homeworld was destroyed. But whether this is a sly clue at what’s ahead, a jab at the idea of another reboot, or a simple coincidence in a turn of phrase is still unclear.
This volume of Earth 2 will end imminently, as DC as a new Rebirth volume announced to begin with a new #1 in the fall.
Old Lovers4 of 12Renee Montoya’s history has been in question since the start of the "New 52." With Vic Sage restored as the Question, Montoya’s role as a simple cop was confirmed in Convergence. What’s not clear is whether any of her past – including her relationship with Kate Kane, Batwoman – is intact.
Those questions seem to remain going into Rebirth, but it looks like Renee and Kate’s pairing will be rekindled elsewhere at least. The solicitation for DC Comics Bombshells #15 teases their reunion, though it doesn’t make it clear whether they’re reigniting their flame, or simply working together.
Clark, Meet Superman5 of 12Action Comics writer Dan Jurgens revealed that the "New 52"’s Clark Kent and the post-Crisis Superman, who regains his title as DC’s Man of Steel as of Rebirth, will meet when Doomsday arrives in Metropolis.
The solicitation for Action Comics #959 not only re-confirmsthe death of Superman to DC continuity (presumably referring to the post-Crisis Superman), it also teases the eventual fate of the "New 52"’s Superman, with the cover echoing an iconic image from the "Death and Return of Superman," with Superman cradling Clark Kent in his arms.
Oracle of Burnside6 of 12It’s not news that a new, villainous version of Oracle will appear in Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, but the solicitation for the series’ Rebirth special makes Barbara’s history as Oracle explicit. While this may not exactly be a major revelation, it does give something back to fans of Babs’s time in that role.
When Barbara Gordon became Batgirl again with the "New 52," much of her timeline became questionable. While early issues of her series often referenced her paralysis, the fact that her life as Oracle is now a major plot point is a return to a popular era of the character’s development, as is the return of the "classic" Birds of Prey.
Wonderful 757 of 122016 marks Wonder Woman's 75th anniversary, and DC is celebrating by bringing back Greg Rucka, one of the most popular past Wonder Woman scribes, to give her a "Year One" adventure, but also publishing several special titles to commemorate the occasion.
Among these is Wonder Woman: The True Amazon, an original graphic novel by writer/artist Jill Thompson. The True Amazon was originally announced under the title "A Very Selfish Princess" for October, but along with the name change came a new release date.
Reign of the Supers8 of 12After Superman died in the early ‘90’s, four new heroes took his place in Metropolis – Steel, the Eradicator, the Cyborg Superman, and a new Superboy. Now, versions of three of those characters will once again appear in Rebirth.
For starters, Jon Kent, the son of the post-Crisis Superman (the one who died in that fateful story) is officially the new Superboy as of Superman #2, while Superman #3 brings back a version of the Eradicator, a villain with roots in Kryptonian Lore.
Meanwhile, it’s already been revealed that the "New 52" version of Cyborg will play a major role in Supergirl, and that Lex Luthor will be wearing a powered suit to give him Superman-like abilities in Action Comics, not unlike Steel. It seems like we’ve got a new “Reign of the Supermen” on our hands.
Queen's Gambit9 of 12Oliver Queen has had some ups and downs in his long history, and it looks like Rebirth may have him headed for another one of those “downs”. It’s been teased before that DC’s relaunch would have Queen down on his luck, but DC’s July solicitations have made it explicit that he’ll lose his fortune – and that may not be all.
The solicitation for Green Arrow #2 says Oliver will be “betrayed, broken, and left for dead” with no money to his name – but by whom?
Flash's Running Buddies10 of 12New Flash writer Joshua Williamson is introducing a whole crowd of new speedsters when a “Speed Force storm” ravages Central City. We now know the names of two of those speedsters – Godspeed, a new villain that was previously revealed, and now August Heart, who appears to be an ally to Barry Allen.
The solicitation for Flash #2 mentions Black Hole, a “new breed of rogue” who may have some ability to harness lightning or Speed Force.
Man of Yesterday & Tomorrow11 of 12Prior to Rebirth, Geoff Johns’s Justice League featured a very different version Superman than the one seen in his solo titles. Likewise, Rebirth features yet another Man of Steel – the one who existed prior to the "New 52."
With the fate of the "New 52"’s Superman still in question, DC’s July solicitations have confirmed that the post-Crisis Man of Steel will appear in the newly relaunched Justice League. The newest round of ads confirm that the throwback Superman, the one who will also be appearing in Superman and Action Comics, will be the League’s Superman moving forward.
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