Summer Reading Had Ue a Blast, Summer Reading Happened So Fast1 of 13June 2017 will feature the 25th issue of several DC titles, entering the second year of the publisher's "Rebirth" era and the changes it brought to the DCU.
As DC has released its slate of comic book solicitations for June, here's what we thought were some of the more eye-opening revelations about DC's changes come June.
Dark Days: The Forge2 of 13Already teased by DC, the announcement of this special event series is being hailed by the publisher as the "great comics event of summer 2017." Written by Scott Snyder and his frequent collaborator James Tynion IV, Dark Days features an impressive list of comic book artists and teases a Batman story that threatens the "very existence of the multiverse." It's been awhile since DC dealt much with the multiverse (if that's what the tease means), and this story by two usual Bat-universe scribes promises to involve most of DC's A-list heroes.
The Button Aftermath3 of 13Whatever happens in "The Button" (which follows up on that Watchmen button that Batman found in DC Universe: Rebirth #1) will be felt in the world of Batman for months to come. Not only does the Batman title in June deal with the aftermath of "The Button," but it will cross into Detective Comics as well.
Although Detective #958 begins a new Azrael story titled "Intelligence," the following issue crosses over with Batman in a follow-up to "The Button." The solicitation promises that Zatanna will play a part. Will her magic help them discover the secret of the Button from "Rebirth?"
Aquaman Changes Ahead4 of 13DC had already teased that Aquaman's seat on the throne of Atlantis was in jeopardy. Now solicitations warn that the current fundamentalist prisoner Corum Rath will be the new king of Atlantis. Also in June, Aquaman #25 will be oversized and promises a hero who has the potential to "change the world" and a "whole new era of Aquaman" as artist Stjepan Sejic joined the book.
Barry-Hal Team-Up5 of 13In The Flash, June will see the beginning of the storyline "Running Scared," but the prelude will bring together a familiar pair. It's Barry Allen and Hal Jordan, united this time for a space-based mission that "only The Flash can accomplish."
The journey to space is what leads into the "Running Scared" storyline, which features Revers-Flash in a "chase through time itself."
Stars Break Up6 of 13Green Arrow has been teasing for months that Seattle is going to somehow turn into Star City, returning the hero to his traditional home city. But in June, just when the transformation to Star City appears to be complete, Black Canary and Green Arrow are going to break up. Tsk, tsk … seems like they just got back together!
Green and Yellow Unite7 of 13Both the Green Lanterns book and Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps will be dealing with the difficult task of uniting the Sinestro Corps with the Green Lanterns. When Newsarama asked Hal Jordan scribe Robert Venditti if the Yellows and Greens would be patrolling space together a while, he said it depends on how long "a while" is — but it appears it's at least through June.
Super-Family Trouble8 of 13The end of the "Black Dawn" storyline in Superman will bring trouble to the Superman family — as if they haven't been through enough lately. Co-written by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, the story appears to even have young Jon betraying his father. (At least Jon is still with his dad — something that was questionable after recent events of "Superman Reborn.")
Speaking of "Superman Reborn," Superwoman fans can let out another sigh of relief that Lana is still around in June. With the alleged return of "New 52" Lois Lane (or is she a merged Lois?), the identity of the future Superwoman has been in question.
Big on Wonder Woman9 of 13And speaking of anniversary issues, Wonder Woman #25 will pull together all the threads of Greg Rucka's story so far — something that's not surprising to long-time Rucka fans, who've come to expect some surprises at the end of the writer's long game.
A new Wonder Woman: Steve Trevor one-shot by Tim Seeley and Christian Duce is scheduled for June 7, five days after the Wonder Woman movie.
Anniversary Oversized Issues10 of 13DC is taking advantage of the fact that many of its twice-monthly "Rebirth" titles are reaching their 25th issues in June by making them oversized and calling them "anniversary" issues. Most of the extra-sized comic books have an important, allegedly "game-changing" story inside — and all have a higher cover price than usual. Readers will get extra pages in anniversary issues for Wonder Woman #25, Green Lanterns #25, Green Arrow #25, The Flash #25, Batman #25 and Aquaman #25.
Looney Heroes11 of 13If it wasn't quite fun enough to read crossover uniting heroes with Looney Tunes characters, DC took it a step further and featured some well-known creators in the mix, from one feature story by Batman's Tom King to a back-up story written and drawn by The Simpsons' Bill Morrison.
All told, June features a DC/Looney Tunes 100-Page Super Spectacular plus six one-shot specials — Batman/Elmer Fudd, Jonah Hex/Yosemite Sam, Legion of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny, Lobo/Road Runner, Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian, and Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil.
Reunited and It Feels So Good12 of 13Buried in the text of a usually reprint-only 'Absolute' collection of the Authority is the promise of a new story by its creators Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch, and Paul Neary.
Ellis is currently working on The Wild Storm while Hitch is writing Justice League of America), and this is a unique place to run a "brand-new" story by the duo - presumably set in the defunct WildStorm universe ended as part of Flashpoint.
This would be the first time Ellis and Hitch have worked together since 2000, on their final issue of The Authority together.
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