Metal Hell Oz-Pocalypse1 of 12Death. Returns. Surprises.
Those seem like the key to major events these days in the superhero genre, and DC Comics’ September 2017 solicitations tease, hint, and sometimes flat-out promise more of the same – even in addition to main Dark Nights: Metal event which will be underway then.
From Mr. Oz’s identity to the whereabouts of Ray Palmer, and even a hint of what could be a major blow to Batman just as he’s trying to make a life for himself with Catwoman.
Don’t have time to pour over the solicitations, or feel like you could be missing something? Don’t worry, Newsarama’s got you covered.
Here are the top 10 things that stood out to us from DC’s September solicits.
Micro-Machines, Micro-Machines, Micro-Machines2 of 12The mystery of Ray Palmer’s apparent “Rebirth” incarceration takes a strange turn – to a sentient planet known as Moz-Ga, who holds the key to protecting the Microverse from the deadly threat of “atomic lightning.”
But while it doesn’t reveal where Ray Palmer is, it does offer some clues to how he got into his current predicament– trying to “persuade a cosmic consciousness to save reality”. Moz-Ga would seem to be the “cosmic consciousness,” but we’re still in the dark on what’s threatening reality and where this “atomic lightning” is coming from, not even mentioning what the hell is the Microverse in the first place?
And is there a Dark Multiverse in the Microverse? That one is going to keep you up at night, isn’t it?
BATMAN BEYOND Goes Beyond Its Regular Team3 of 12September’s Batman Beyond #12 will feature a rare ‘inventory’ issue, as writers Steve Orlando and Vita Ayala are teaming with artist Siya Oum for what DC describes as a “guest” stint on the book. Dan Jurgens and Bernard Chang remain the regular creative team, but this is the second ‘absence’ of sorts from a DC book for Jurgens following his short holiday away from August's Action Comics (although he's back in the September).
The issue spotlights Batgirl Beyond – Nissa, who was introduced in 2013’s Batman Beyond Unlimited #13 - although that was set in the DC Animated Universe continuity and not the prime DC continuity. They are, however, using co-creator Annie Wu’s design for the character.
This new-ish Batgirl will be saving former Batgirl Barbara Gordon who is marooned in Crown Point.
Vertigo Verti-going, going, gone?4 of 12September 2017 is a slim month for DC’s Vertigo imprint – slimmer than it’s been in decades.
Two miniseries - Savage Things and The American Way: Those Above and Those Below continue in September, but that’s as far as new content. Everafter: From the Pages of Fables is cancelled with August’s #12, and Vertigo’s sole remaining ongoing - Astro City - is absent from September’s solicits, following several delays to the title.
The establishment of Young Animal, Hanna-Barbera, and WildStorm titles has come at the same time Vertigo has been winding down, and Vertigo’s top editor Jamie S. Rich has been editing non-Vertigo projects for some time – from Young Animal titles to the recent Vigilante: Southland, and even the recent Batman #24. And that’s not to mention the two most prominent Vertigo editors during its history - Karen Berger and Shelly Bond – are now running their own boutique imprints at Dark Horse and IDW Publishing.
Vertigo isn’t dead yet, but its blood work doesn’t look good at the moment.
Love, Gotham Style5 of 12DC teased a Dick & Babs love re-connection in the August solicits, but September’s Batgirl #15 cover skips teasing with a straight-up hook-up.
That being said, Hope Larson is still keeping the identity of the arc's “villain from their past” a secret – but it might be overshadowed by the rekindling a fan-favorite romance anyway.
”…[w]ill they be able to confront their true feelings for each other?”
The solicit is asking the question, and its something fans will no doubt be echoing until September 27.
Dastardly & Muttley: Rebirth6 of 12The long-teased Garth Ennis take on Hanna-Barbera’s Dastardly & Muttley is on full display with the first issue’s solicitation. Like Flintstones, Ennis’ take on this evil duo apparently isn’t afraid of re-making what made the characters popular.
Metal Mayhem7 of 12The story of Dark Knights: Metal opens up in the September and (advance) October issues’ solicitations, describing two distinct story threads.
Batman and Wonder Woman are looking for a “missing ally,” which brings them to find “a foe even greater than the Justice League could possibly imagine.” That ally is unknown, but Aquaman is conspicuously absent from the team line-up in Metal #1. As for who the “foe” would be, Bruce Wayne has a pretty vivid imagination – as seen in his planning in Dark Days: The Forge - so that's a pretty big promise on DC's part.
In the second story Superman delves directly into what the “Dark Multiverse” is. Scott Snyder has said that this doesn’t connect to the “Rebirth” mystery relating to the Watchmen and the upcoming Doomsday Clock, so where (and whom) this leads to is wide open.
Old Man Arthur8 of 12Speaking of Aquaman, a gray-haired Arthur Curry has been named in September’s Justice League #28 as the “Legacy” arc’s antagonist – chasing down the team’s progeny from the future in order to “destroy them.”
Why? Well, it could have something to do with the junior JL-er’s goal, according to Justice League #29, to kill a current member of the team. The elderly Aquaman would seem the easy answer – but that’s too easy… right?
Fourth World Forays9 of 12Jack Kirby’s New Gods have are all over titles from around DC's catalog in September, from Mister Miracle to Bug - Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps.
Over in Hal Jordan’s “Fall of the Gods” storyline, Yuga Khan – Darkseid’s father – has returned as the big bad. He has appeared previously as Zonuz in Geoff John’s “Darkseid War” arc of Justice League.
Then the warrior O.M.A.C. is returning in the pages of Bug! after the Forager fast-forwards himself to the future.
Finally, over in Mister Miracle #2, it’s casually mentioned that Orion will take over the role of Highfather. Most people only know the previous one as Highfather, but he actually has a name – Izaya the Inheritor. Given “Fall of the Gods” is about trying to protect Izaya and the Source Wall from Yuga Khan and the Godkiller Robots - big changes for the New Gods seem to be in the air.
Fifth World, anyone?
Ultimate Price10 of 12September’s All-Star Batman will end Snyder’s run on the title (although the story will continue down the road), but it seems one person close to Bruce Wayne won’t be with him.
”Faced with either losing his future as Batman or the person he loves most, the Dark Knight must decide which ultimate price he is willing to pay.”
Who does Bruce Wayne love most? Well, given his parents are already dead, the new Catwoman proposal is Tom King’s story and this arc is titled “First Ally” after Alfred Pennyworth, all signs are pointing to the iconic butler (although no one tell Damien.)
Batman’s lost Alfred before, but we’ll see the Bruce actually has to make the choice or if he’ll Batman his way out of it.
The Wizard of Mr. Oz11 of 12Superman’s Dorothy-esque pursuit of Mr. Oz looks to be heading towards a climax, as September’s Action Comics #987 promises that the Man of Steel will finally discover just who this cloaked figure is.
(Who do we think it is? Here’s our suspects.)
Given that it’s the first part of a story-arc titled “The Oz Effect,” it probably won't answer all of Rebirth's questions. The second installment, Action Comics #988, is framed as an origin story of how Mr. Oz came to show up in Superman’s life.
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