Christmas Comes Early1 of 12It may not look like winter outside, but DC Comics has already presented its goodies for the month of December via its monthly solicitations. And while this slate of books marks the first time the publisher has had an official "holiday special" since "New 52" began, there's more to the month's title than just mirth and merriment.
December kicks off Justice League vs. Suicide Squad event, with both Suicide Squad and Batman feeding into it. And there's enough "sacrifice" to go around, as that's become the buzzword in numerous titles across the DC December slate.
It's also a month of fresh starts with Dick Grayson returning to Bludhaven, the Blue Lanterns returning to the DC, and an all-new all-different Cyborg.
Make with the clicky to our rundown of the top 10 things we learned from the DC December 2016 solicitations, and the context to this new information.
Fresh Starts2 of 12There are fresh starts galore in December for DC, as the publisher continues its "Rebirth" relaunch.
Earth 2 is getting a "Rebirth" of its own in Earth 2: Society #19, as the solicitations announce that "Earth-2 is born again" and it's "not the world the heroes remember."
In Nightwing #10, the title character gets what the solicitation is calling a "fresh start" in the city of Bludhaven — a familiar locale for long-time Dick Grayson fans, but a new setting for the "Rebirth" version.
And December sees the launch of the new series by Mariko Tamaki and Joelle Jones, Supergirl: Being Super. The series promises a new coming-of-age tale for the Girl of Steel told by award-winning storytellers.
JL vs. SS3 of 12December marks the kick off of the first "Rebirth"-era event title, Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad, pitting - you guessed it - the Justice League against the Suicide Squad, resulting in the launch of a new ongoing series, Justice League of America.
The cover to Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad #1 also hints at the third side of the conflict - the mysterious threat that will force the League and the Squad to unite. But who are these shadowy figures? Could they have some connection to Suicide Squad's Black Vault? Or is this where the mysterious Mr. Oz makes his presence felt in the wider DC Universe?
Reel Before Zod4 of 12Speaking of Suicide Squad, a Phantom Zone portal recently opened in that title freeing the Kryptonian prison's most famous occupant, General Zod. December's Suicide Squad #8 will officially turn Task Force X against Superman's arch foe, as the residents of another prison, Belle Reve, go crazy under the effects of the Black Vault.
But could there be even more to this? Is Zod somehow connected to the Squad's conflict with the Justice League? Newsarama has some questions about how all the recent deaths in DC Comics tie together - and Suicide Squad #8 may be where those answers start to come together.
Hope Returns to DCU5 of 12When "Rebirth" was first announced, DC executives specifically said that one of the things it would return to the DC Universe was "hope." For Green Lantern fans, the word "hope" means one thing: The Blue Lantern Corps. And in December's Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, Hal Jordan will begin a "new mission to help resurrect the nearly extinct Blue Lanterns." Will Saint Walker and his blue-colored corps-mates return after having been nearly wiped out during the "New 52"? Readers can only "hope"...
Diff'rent Strokes For Deathstroke6 of 12Maybe the subtitle for Deathstroke #8 oughtta be "DC's Most One-Sided Fist Fights," as the titular super-assassin will take on the Man of Steel himself, Superman. But what good is a guy who is really good at guns in a fight against a man who is literally bulletproof? Well, knowing Deathstroke, probably pretty good. He may not have heat vision, but Slade Wilson always has some tricks up his sleeves.
That's not the only Deathstroke news in December - Deathstroke #9 features art from guest artist Cary Nord, who joins writer Christopher Priest to kick off a new arc that revisits Slade's relationship with Wintergreen.
Holiday Hijinx7 of 12In the "Rebirth" era of DC, December has plenty of references to the holidays. In The Flash, after Barry presumedly saves the world in the previous issue, he's on a "Date Night" in issue #13 — a holiday date with a "brand new sweetheart."
On the cover of Harley Quinn #10, the character is sitting on Batman's lap Santa-style, and the solicitation promises "wintry" short stories within the issue. And as previously announced, DC's back to releasing a Holiday Special, including a story written by Paul Dini and the return of Detective Chimp.
She-Borg8 of 12It's been established that the new Cyborg series will be playing with various high-tech characters in the DCU, but December's issue #6 is introducing a new "experimental cybernetic female counterpart" to Vic Stone. Code named "She-Borg" —that pronoun usage being very concidental with the She-less She-Hulk title Hulkannounced Monday — the character's abilities allegedly "might exceed" Cyborg's own. It looks like the Six Million Dollar Cyborg is getting his own Bionic Woman — and additional love interest, perhaps?
New Arrival9 of 12One of "Rebirth"'s biggest returns was that of Ted Kord in the role of a mentor to the current Blue Beetle, Jaime Reyes. Now, in Blue Beetle #4 someone else may be returning in that title - but who?
The solicitation says that Ted is "tied up with a new arrival," questioning who that could be. Given that "Rebirth" put many old relationships on the table, it could be just about anyone. Dare readers hope it's Ted's old pal and bwahaha-buddy Booster Gold?
Blue Beetle #4 will also kick off a retelling of Jaime's origin - perhaps with a "Rebirth" twist.
Psycho Pirate's Voyage10 of 12Batman writer Tom King has verified that the Psycho Pirate he's using in his series does remember past continuities. If that's the case, then December's ending to the Batman title's "I Am Suicide" storyline might play an important role in the DCU future.
The story ends with Batman presumably getting his hands on Psycho Pirate. Can readers assume that Batman will finally learn about the other, pre-"Rebirth" continuities — and hopefully gain knowledge about Tim Drake's real fate?
Sacrifice11 of 12The word "sacrifice" sure seems to be showing up in DC's December solicitations quite a bit. And interestingly, it's used to describe the stories involving three characters who are tied directly to "Rebirth" and the mysteries surrounding Mr. Oz.
In Titans, Flash (Wally West, who returned for "Rebirth") is said to be making the "ultimate sacrifice." In Action Comics, Superman has to decide whether he'll "sacrifice" Lex Luthor's life. And in Batman, the Caped Crusader is similarly having to decide whom he'll "sacrifice" from the Suicide Squad.
Is it a coincidence that the word is used for all three? Are there more deaths and disappearances in the future of "Rebirth?" Could someone be forcing characters to "sacrifice" as part of the ongoing "Rebith" story?
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