New Year, New DCU1 of 12The DC Universe is getting a little bigger in January with new international heroes, multidimensional Supermen, two different Jokers, and a trip to the future.
If that sounds like a lot - you're right. But don't worry, Newsarama has you covered. As usual, we've dug through DC's January 2017 solicitations to pull out the most newsworthy tidbits that you need to look out for in the new year.
Justicia2 of 12The DC Universe continues to expand internationally with the addition of Justicia, a so-called Mexican Justice League who have a bone to pick with some members of the Suicide Squad. Sound familiar?
In any case, it’s El Diablo that Justicia have their sights on specifically, and they’ll come head to head with the inflammable member of Task Force X in Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo and Amanda Waller #6.
The Creeper: Rebirth3 of 12Jack Ryder returns to DC Comics and he’s bringing his eerie alter ego the Creeper along with him – as well as a couple of big name creators.
Creeper will creep back into the DCU in Deathstroke #11 in a story drawn by none other than Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz.
Lex On Trial4 of 12The tables are turned in Action Comics #971 when Superman has to come to the aid of his arch-enemy Lex Luthor to ensure that Luthor receives a “fair trial” from the alien Remnants.
The solicitation also teases that Superman could become Luthor’s “judge, jury, and executioner” – a role he played for some Kryptonian criminals all the way back in the 80s during his Man of Steel revamp.
Penguin's Progeny5 of 12In Batgirl #7, Barbara Gordon returns to Burnside and runs headlong into a classic Batman villain’s dark legacy- the son of the Penguin. Turns out the new tech-mogul in her ‘hood is none other than Oswald Cobblepot’s estranged son.
This is the first we’ve heard of Penguin having a son (or even a possible baby mama), so there are sure to be some weird twists in this story.
Gotham's Finest6 of 12The fight coming in Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad is sure to make some strange bedfellows, with one-time enemies possibly becoming allies and vice versa. Just look at Justice League #13, in which Harley Quinn becomes the “protector of Gotham City.” She's been its siren, but... protector?
Harley has been more of an anti-hero than a villain for some time, but this may be the first time she’s actually found herself in a position to take her one-time arch enemy Batman’s role.
Could a slot on his Bat-Family team be in the works?
Rebirth, Reloaded7 of 12DC’s January solicitations signal some personnel changes for many “Rebirth” titles, including their much-hyped first big event.
Solicited Justice League vs. Suicide Squad series artist Jason Fabok is off the book after two issues, as Jesus Merino, Fernando Pasarin, Robson Rocha, and Howard Parter each do an issue to wrap up the event. Did something happen to Fabok's schedule, or did DC over-promise when they announced their first "Rebirth" event? Who knows.
Meanwhile in the connected Suicide Squad, Jim Lee goes from full-issue to part-of-an-issue to nothing at all, as RileY Rossmo and Giuseppe Cafaro are slotted in to illustrate the book's January issues.
And in the case of the other shoe dropping, Khoi Pham has taken over on Teen Titans in the wake of former artist JonBoy Meyers’ departure.
The last one isn't a schedule change that we know of though, as Tom King's Sheriff of Babylon collaborator Mitch Gerads is coming with him to January's Batman #15 with the promise of Swamp Thing coming with him.
Gotham's Newest Borough8 of 12Gotham City has a new neighborhood spinning out of the aftermath of “Night of the Monster Men” – a strange new district called “Monstertown.” The new neighborhood has sprung up around the corpse of the Kaiju-like monster the Bat-Family defeated in the crossover.
And that’s not all - Detective Comics #948 kicks off a new story called “Batwoman Begins” that delves into Kate Kane’s origins leading into her upcoming solo series.
Jokers Aplenty9 of 12The DC Universe has had three Jokers – a secret revealed at the onset of “Rebirth” – and now the Clown Prince of Crime is popping up all over DC’s January titles, including in Batman Beyond #4 where a new future Joker’s identity is revealed. Likewise, over in Harley Quinn #11, a “newer, kinder” Joker comes face to face his former paramour (and current DC superstar), Harley herself.
Rebirth's Refugees10 of 12Titans #7 brings together two old souls who may or may not actually know each other when Wally West and Superman meet – both of whom hail from a previous timeline.
It’s not exactly clear if these particular versions of Wally and Superman have met, or if they’ll be able to reminisce about the previous DC Universe when they get together.
Future & the Multiverse11 of 12A pair of DC heroes are each visiting unexpected locales in January. In Superman #30, several Supermen of the Multiverse including Kenan Kang, the Chinese Super-Man, and the Red Son Superman are teaming up as someone is kidnapping Supermen from different realities.
Meanwhile, over in Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps #13, Hal’s venturing to the “far future” for a tale that sets the stage for the next adventure of the Corps with a glimpse at their eventual fate.
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