Don't Forget To Fall Back!1 of 12Much of DC's October solicitations leaked a little early this month, portending a month filled with mystery villains, returning characters, and new twists to old favorites.
As always, we've dug through these solicits to find the most interesting news to be gleaned from their contents, though be forewarned - the leaked solicits were missing a few titles, and some creator names, so more mysteries may be in store when those blanks are filled in.
Without further ado, here's what we learned from DC's October 2016 solicitations.
Missing In Action2 of 12October sees the launch of the last few scheduled Rebirth titles, Teen Titans and Batman Beyond. However, there are still a few announced series that have yet to be solicited at all.
Still absent are the mystery-shrouded Super Sons and Justice League of America, neither of which have been given creative teams, let alone release dates.
Also missing is Earth 2, though this one's less of a mystery as its previous volume, Earth 2 Society is still ongoing as of these solicitations.
Lois Lane: Ace Reporter3 of 12Lois Lane's presence in "Rebirth" isn't a new development - two different versions of her have been present in several titles, with the "New 52" Lois even gaining super powers and headlining the upcoming Superwoman.
But what is interesting is the return of Lois to The Daily Planet in Action Comics #965. The solicitation doesn't make it explicit which Lois this is, but it appears to be the post-Crisis Lois, whose ace reporting earned her a Pulitzer Prize in the old continuity.
And if so, that's just one more piece of the Superman mythos returned to its classic status quo.
The Wally West Of Two Worlds4 of 12Two major story beats will occur in October's dual issues of The Flash. First, the new villain meets the old as Godspeed, the murderous speedster, takes on the Rogues in Flash #8.
Then, in Flash #9, in a story appropriately titled "Kid Flash of Two Worlds", the original Wally West will meet his "New 52" counterpart, now operating as the newly christened Kid Flash.
What is the Phantom Ring?5 of 12When you're a member of a race as old as the Guardians of the Universe, you're sure to have your share of secrets. Case in point: the so-called "Phantom Ring" appearing in Green Lanterns #9, a secret weapon developed by a rogue Guardian.
Finding out what exactly the Phantom Ring is is certainly the heart of this story's mystery, but it's hard not to speculate that it may have some connection to the Phantom Zone, both given the name, and that it's creator "hid away in the deepest reaches of space."
It can't be the Phantom's Phantom Ring, can it? DC hasn't had that license in decades.
Green Lantern & Flash: Love Connection6 of 12Speaking of Green Lanterns, one of them, Jessica Cruz, is settling in to her role on the Justice League - so much so, that in Justice League #6, she'll ask her teammate, Barry Allen, on a date.
Barry has a long history with Green Lanterns; Hal Jordan is one of his oldest friends. But if Barry and Jessica form a love connection, that would likely be a first for both scarlet speedsters and ring-slingers.
Though, to be fair, Wally West and Kyle Rayner did kind of have a Moonlighting thing going on in Grant Morrison's JLA...
Me Am Not Bizarro7 of 12It's not news that a version of Bizarro will complete Red Hood & The Outlaws's "Dark Trinity", but which version has been up in the air, as several different Bizarros appeared in the "New 52."
According to the solicitation for Red Hood & The Outlaws #9, the Bizarro Red Hood and Artemis will recruit is a "fully formed clone of Superman." And while that settles his origins, it does raise other questions.
For example - most clone versions of Bizarro are specifically imperfect, so if this one is "fully formed" will he be different from Bizarros past?
Dinosaur Island Field Trip8 of 12Superman and his son Jon Kent have formed a strong father-son bond in Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason's Superman, taking the Man of Steel places he's never been before.
And, in Superman #8, Superman will take his son new places as well, when a science experiment goes awry and strands them on Dinosaur Island.
Dinosaur Island is kind of an obscure DC Comics locale, but it served as the setting, and oddly, the villain of the late Darwyn Cooke's New Frontier, in which Superman played a prominent role.
Linda Park9 of 12The mother of the original Wally West's children may have seemed lost to him in DC Universe: Rebirth #1, but if our interpretation of the solicit for Titans #4 is correct, she may be back in his life already.
The solicitation mentions "Linda" being kidnapped - not entirely surprising, considering kidnappings are the core of the title's first arc. But the "Linda" in question isn't directly identified, so maybe there's more room for heartbreak in Wally's future.
What is Godwatch?10 of 12Wonder Woman is hard at work uncovering the secrets of her past in Wonder Woman #8, but the solicitation raises new questions of its own - like who or what is "Godwatch?"
Maybe it's wishful thinking, but could Godwatch be a kind of divine counterpart to the long lamented Stormwatch?
We know, we know. It's a stretch. But anything is possible in the "Rebirth" era - right?
Suicide Pact11 of 12Batman has a cameo in the upcoming Suicide Squad film, and with Batman #9, he'll return the favor on the comic book side, recruiting his own Squad from Amanda Waller's recruits for a special mission.
Batman will lead the Suicide Squad to rescue not only Psycho-Pirate (who has already appeared in the series) to help save Gotham Girl.
Bonus: To do so, he'll have to stage a jailbreak to free his arch-enemy, Bane.
Double-Bonus: The issue features a variant cover from Batman: The Long Halloween artist Tim Sale.
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