Metal Musings1 of 12DC has been promoting its upcoming events the last few weeks, from Dark Nights: Metal and its "Dark Matter" spin-offs to the "Rebirth" mystery-focused Doomsday Clock. In the publisher’s August 2017 solicitations, there are hints about what these events entail, along with some surprising storylines and creative shifts.
What follows is a list of what we learned from DC's plans for August.
Champagne Superman-nova2 of 12Superman doesn't seem like a character who could utilize fear as a Sinestro Corps lantern, but the cover has him donning a yellow lantern costume.
The title brings inker-turned-writer Keith Champagne into the fold in August, co-writing with Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, for a story that thrusts the Man of Steel into the antimatter universe and an encounter with Sinestro.
Unhappily Ever After3 of 12Three titles will end in August – with differing degrees of hope for the future.
The digital-first DC Comics Bombshells will end with #33, but series writer Marguerite Bennett has already confirmed that the series is merely relaunching and that she is continuing on.
Gotham Academy: Second Semester ends as previously-announced with August’s #12, although the series writers have said they expect to return as they did following the original “DC You” volume.
And the surprise ending in August 2017’s solicits is that Vertigo’s Everafter: From the Pages of Fables is ending at #12. The text “this is the end of the fairy tale” gives a sense of finality to the Fables franchise at Vertigo, but you never know where DC could take it next.
Summer Nights(wing)4 of 12Readers will get to see a secret history of Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon in Batgirl #14, with the copy hinting at a story that fans of the two characters — formerly a favorite coupling — will want to check out. Titled "Summer of Lies," the story hints that there's more to their relationship than previously suspected.
And then over in Nightwing #26, Dick is being reunited with Huntress as the two are ambushed by Spyral and reunited with their old friend Tiger. Nightwing sure gets around in the "Rebirth" universe (and we don't mean he runs fast).
The Road to Oz5 of 12Mr. Oz makes his "final move against Superman" in Action Comics #985 as "world events point to something dark on the horizon" and Superman finds himself "side by side" with Lex Luthor. Then in issue #986, Lex confronts Mr. Oz alone, and "one walks away changed forever." That doesn't sound good for Lex.
Add to that the sudden entrance of Suicide Squad's Rob Williams as writer of Action Comics, and there appears to be a shake-up to DC's flagship Superman title.
Crisis6 of 12When DC has a "Crisis" in the title, there's probably something big happening.
But in this case, it's actually something small — really small. Justice League of America is finally getting to that year-old tease about Ray Palmer needing rescued from the Microverse.
Readers will remember that DC Universe: Rebirth #1 showed the new Atom, Ryan Choi, communicating with his mentor and previous Atom, Ray Palmer. The latter said he was stuck in the Microverse and he needed Ryan to come save him.
More than a year later, the "Crisis in the Microverse" story starts in Justice League of America #12, and it looks like Choi isn't going alone to rescue Ray — the team takes a "shrink ship" and ends up needing the help of Shahn-Zi.
Legacy7 of 12Bryan Hitch's Justice League moves into a new storyline called "Legacy." At the middle of the story? The children of the Justice League, who travel back in time to get their parents' help.
With the "Legacy" title, the mention of a "Sovereign" and a story about heroes from the future, the story has shades of Marvel to it — or maybe even Kingdom Come.
New Gods Almighty8 of 12Kirby fans should be happy with some of the teases about August's books, as Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps features the New Gods in a big way, complete with a war between the powerful deities and a reference to Highfather himself. According to solicitations, Kyle and Hal end up protecting an injured Orion as the series kicks off a storyline titled, "Fall of the Gods."
The month also sees a revitalization of Scott Free, as Tom King and Mitch Gerads launch a new Mister Miracle title. In the book, Scott's married to Big Barda and has previously been a member of the Justice League (hello "Rebirth" continuity!).
Add to that the New Gods Special #1 by Shane Davis, and the Fourth World is all over August.
Suicide Squad, Inc.9 of 12Suicide Squad Black Files launches in August with two stories through six issues, including a new team called the ‘Suicide Squad Black’ that features supernatural characters. And over in the main Suicide Squad title, the title's overarching story reaches its climax as Amanda Waller's International Suicide Squads attack metahumans around the world. Only the original Task Force X can stop them.
Justice League Dark-Ish10 of 12There's another creative change on Trinity, which is starting a new storyline titled "Dark Destiny" with issue #12. The issue will be written by Rob Williams with art by Clay Mann.
With Francis Manapul gone from the title again, and the Justice League Dark at the center of the story, is this creative switch permanent?
Negative-lash11 of 12Barry Allen's having a problem with his powers in The Flash — so much trouble that he's turned into villain who the promotional copy is calling the "Negative-Flash." This doesn't seem to be connected to the "Negative Speed Force" introduced a few years back, but in the story, Barry's negative turn will get the attention of the Rogues, who will take advantage of there being no hero protecting Central City.
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