DARK AUGUST KNIGHTS1 of 12Every month, Newsarama digs deep into DC's solicitations to find the most interesting news we can cull about the publisher's upcoming books.
August's solicitations brings the third month of Rebirth, featuring the return of some veteran creators, some uneasy alliances, and some brand new villains. Here's what we learned from DC's August solicitations.
REBIRTH REUNION2 of 12Artist Cully Hamner is one of the co-creators of Jaime Reyes, the teenage Blue Beetle who took the mantle after DC relaunched the concept with its “One Year Later” push in 2006. It’s been some time since he’s worked on the character, but like Jaime, Hamner is back with Rebirth.
Hamner will provide a variant cover for Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1. There’s no word on whether he’ll continue to create covers once Blue Beetle has its proper relaunch, as his next major project was last year's Convergence: The Question.
And speaking of reunion, Neal Adams is returning to the Superman vs. Muhammad Ali comic book, but with Harley Quinn stepping in for the former Cassius Clay in Harley's Little Black Book #5. Announced back in March, it's still new to see Adams' new take on that iconic cover.
VERTIGO REDUX3 of 12The "New 52" incorporated many elements of the DC Universe that had become the provenance of its Vertigo imprint such as John Constantine and Swamp Thing back into its mainstream continuity. Those characters have remained fixtures of the DC Universe since.
Swamp Thing himself has yet to receive his own Rebirth series, but that’s not stopping him from popping up in The Hellblazer #1 alongside Constantine. The pair have a long history together – Constantine actually made his debut in The Saga of Swamp Thing #37 back in 1985.
FRENEMIES4 of 12There are a lot of uneasy allies coming together in Rebirth - including Wonder Woman and her arch-rival Cheetah. Maybe this is a product of the reportedly “friendlier” direction DC is taking its heroes.
Whatever the reason, Diana will team up with Cheetah to rescue Steve Trevor, bringing together two of Wonder Woman’s biggest supporting characters for her first arc.
LONG LIVE THE LEGION5 of 12DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns said that the Legion of Super-Heroes would be back as part of Rebirth when DC had the right story. As of Legends of Tomorrow #6, they might have found their in.
Keith Giffen’s “Sugar and Spike” story will introduce the Legion, a team Giffen worked on for many years as an artist and writer. Given the comedic nature of Sugar and Spike, it’s likely this is a one-off appearance, but it’s only a matter of time before the Legion returns in earnest.
RED PLANET6 of 12When Green Lanterns was announced with DC’s Rebirth, writer Sam Humphries announced the name of the first story as “Red Dawn,” a reference to the classic GL stories “Blackest Night” and “Brightest Day.” Now, the solicitations for the relaunched series have identified the story as “Red Planet.”
So what changed? Likely not much – the story still focuses on the Red Lanterns attempting to conquer Earth with only a pair of rookie Lanterns to stop them. So why the name change? Maybe DC just thought “Red Planet” sounded cooler - or maybe the story developed in a different direction.
HARLEY SINN7 of 12Harley Quinn has been more of an anti-hero than a villain for some time, but it looks like with Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys #5, she’s got a new counterpart who is straight up villainous.
According to the solicitation, a new villain named Harley Sinn will show up to menace Harley Quinn and her many Harley-themed allies, and it says she’s “obsessed” with Harley.
AQUAMAN - TERRORIST?8 of 12Aquaman may be best known among casual fans as a Super Friend, but as of Rebirth, most of the surface world may consider him a super foe. The solicit for Aquaman #4 has the hero being arrested as a terrorist after Atlantis launches an attack on the surface.
The solicitation also mentions Mera, calling her Aquaman’s “girlfriend”. Prior to the "New 52," Mera was actually Aquaman’s queen and wife, but since the reboot, their relationship has been less clear, at first going back to merely dating to being namedropped casually in as husband and wife again in April's Aquaman #51.
DRAWING THE LINE9 of 12When DC made its Rebirth announcements, they said that all their titles would be priced at $2.99 per issue. However, the solicitation for All-Star Batman #1 lists the price at $4.99.
It could be due to the issue’s increased size – it’s solicited for 40 pages, still only 8 pages more than the $2.99 32 page books it's solicited alongside. But would that price continue past All-Star Batman #1? And does that mean that other, larger than usual issues could see an increased price?
SUPER-FAMILY10 of 12With the pre-"New 52" Superman becoming DC’s primary Man of Steel once again, much of the focus in Action Comics and Superman is focused on his family – his wife Lois Lane and son Jonathan Kent – going into Rebirth.
In Action Comics, writer Dan Jurgens is bringing back Doomsday, the monster he helped create, and sending him after Superman’s family. Interestingly, the solicitation for Action Comics #962 also mentions “Black Zero” – Zod’s Kryptonian military unit.
Meanwhile, in Superman #5, Superman will leave Earth to protect his son from the Eradicator, another Jurgens era villain, who once filled in for Superman when the hero was killed by none other than Doomsday.
TRUST NO ONE11 of 12The solicit for Justice League #2 says that, this August, Batman will have to call for help from “the one man he trusts less than anyone”. But the question is – who could that be? We’re talking about a guy who has multiple plans to literally kill his closest allies at a moment’s notice.
Could it be The Joker? Batman’s ally Superman recently had to accept his arch-nemesis Lex Luthor as a member of the League for a time. What are the chances Batman would let someone as pure evil as the clown prince of crime into his good graces?
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