Dark Days at DC1 of 12There are a lot of returns coming in July 2017's DC Comics solicitations, from the Joker to Dolphin, as well as some changes for DC's characters in the midst of "Rebirth."
In fact, with the "Rebirth" universe only one year old, it's odd to see issues already reaching the stage of issue #25. But the monumental number is showing up all summer in DC's key titles, which have been shipping twice monthly since the "Rebirth" event kicked off in summer 2016.
With DC heading toward some big events later in 2017, here's what we thought were some of the more eye-opening revelations about DC's plans for July.
Legion of Dark Knights2 of 12Let's be honest — who wouldn't want to team up with the '60s TV show Batman and Robin? DC must agree, because their latest team-up/mash-up with their digital first Batman '66 comic book is the Legion of Super-Heroes, the flying teenage superheroes of the future. Plus Batman '66/Legion of Super-Heroes features the family creator team-up of Lee Allred writing and Michael Allred on art.
Faustian Bargain3 of 12As Justice League gets to its 25th issue in July, the team will be "locked out of reality," their mission into the afterlife gone "horribly wrong." The League ends up having to team up with Felix Faust to fight their way back to the realm of the living.
Yellow vs. Green4 of 12It couldn't last. The fragile partnership between the Sinestro Corps and the Green Lanterns looks to be falling apart and ending in battle in July. The two groups of Lanterns are currently calling a truce and working together to patrol the universe. In this summer's "Fractures" storyline, a Lantern "embraces the darkness" as the two factions go to war.
Prehistoric Green Lanterns5 of 12Volthoom's schemes against Jessica Cruz and her Earth patrolling Green Lantern partner Simon Baz take center stage in July when the Green Lanterns storyline has the two characters thrown back in time, in search of the "first Green Lanterns" — 10 billion years ago.
Evitceted Steg Annataz6 of 12Zatanna is joining the team of heroes who fights with Batman in Detective Comics. Although the character was teased previously as a guest star, it looks like she's sticking around after issue #960, giving the usual street-level team a bit of magical power.
Different Strokes for Deathstroke7 of 12With Deathstroke #21, writer Christopher Priest and artist Diogenes Neves will not only debut "a new day" for a heroic Deathstroke who fights on the side of justice, but they'll be teaming him up with Rose, Jericho, Kid Flash and Terra. It's a whole new team of Teen Titans, this time led by the turned-over-a-new-leaf superhero, Deathstroke.
Cyborg Reformated8 of 12Cyborg #14 teases some pretty drastic changes, all apparently stemming from that trippy boom tube ride the character took, along with the actions of the book's current villain, Anomaly. It looks like the battle with Anomaly, which have been building since the book debuted, will hit a climax in July's issue, as Cyborg has to save life itself.
A Porpoise-ful Return9 of 12Aquaman #26 is the only issue of the book shipping in July (it had formerly shipped twice monthly). But the issue will bring back a character that many long-time Aquaman fans should remember — Dolphin. The character, who was presumed dead in previous continuity, might be among those characters revived and/or reinvented for "Rebirth."
All-Star Batman Nemesis10 of 12Starting in May, All-Star Batman will put a spotlight on Alfred Pennyworth as artist Rafael Albuquerque joins the book. The new storyline, titled "The First Ally," promises to feature a mystery "nemesis" for Batman. And in July, it looks as if the truth about Nemesis will be revealed — and it doesn't bode well for the future of Bruce and Alfred, whose relationship was already rocked in All Star when the butler literally shot down Bruce's Bat-plane to protect as secret. More secrets are obviously ahead for this pair.
Snyder/Capullo's Joker11 of 12The last time writer Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo dealt with The Joker, Bruce Wayne died and The Joker had forgotten who he was. But it looks like Snyder's dealing with the Joker again, as the solicitation for July's Dark Days: The Casting teases the character's "surprise attack." Casting, a one-shot that Snyder's writing with James Tynion IV, promises to revisit the character on a grand stage that involves characters from throughout the DCU as it leads into Snyder's Dark Nights: Metal event with Greg Capullo. How will this version of the Joker be different? And how does his attack on Batman tie to the universe-wide calamity teased for DC's Dark Nights: Metal summer event?
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