Year-End Revelations1 of 12
With the solicitations of several new DC titles, including the anticipated launch of the company's "Dark Matter" series, December fulfills several promises from the publisher.
But among the already anticipated titles and character appearances are a few new details about what readers can expect in December. Newsarama takes a look at some of the new information from DC's December 2017 solicitations.
Vigilante's Vigil2 of 12
When DC canceled the Vigilante: Southland series in January - before its fourth issue was released - the publisher promised to give readers the rest of the unfinished story in the title's collection (then solicited for May).
December finally sees the fulfillment of that promise with a six-issue collection. The series features a new take on the character Vigilante by crime novelist Gary Phillips and artist Elena Casagrande.
King's Rock3 of 12
Tom King teased in August that he pitched a Sgt. Rock story to DC for an unnamed project. Soon after, artists were lining up on Twitter to collaborate on the story.
Now December's DC Universe Holiday Special 2017 #1 includes a story about Sgt. Rock fighting the Nazis on Hanukah, and it also lists King as one of the writers. So it's likely readers will get to read that story among a list of other interesting line-ups, including the return of Denny O'Neil to Batman.
Madame Xanadu4 of 12
Fans of the character Madame Xanadu get an appearance of the character in DC's new series The Demon, which releases its second issue in December. Then Etrigan himself is making a guest appearance in another new DC series, as the copy for Ragman #3 says the lead character turns to the Demon for help.
Cray-Cray5 of 12
Next month's launch of the new spin-off series Wildstorm: Michael Cray will feature the assassin formerly known as Deathblow targeting Oliver Queen, although it's an alternate version of the street-level hero that exists in Ellis' alternate universe.
Now we find out that in December, the series - which is written by Bryan Hill from a story by Warren Ellis - will go deeper into the alt-version of the DCU by having Cray go after Barry Allen.
Tomorrow's Heroes6 of 12
There sure do seem to be a lot of "tomorrow" versions of young DC heroes these days, and December is no different. The month will see future iterations of Damian Wayne, Jonathan Kent, and Donna Troy driving stories in several titles.
Future Jon and Damian's story appears in a crossover titled "Super Sons of Tomorrow," which kicks off in Superman with a visit from the "Batman of Tomorrow" (who in this case might be Damian Wayne?). The crossover will continue in December's Super Sons and Teen Titans then conclude in January's Superman, all written by Peter Tomasi.
The Donna Troy of tomorrow will show up in Titans #18, described in solicitation copy as "a twisted version from the not-so-distant future. The character, who calls herself Troia and is Donna's "worst nightmare," will try to destroy the Titans.
Donna previously used the name "Troia" in the mid-90s.
Dark Matter's Dawn7 of 12
Originally given launch dates in September and October, three Dark Matter titles will finally launch in December, and the solicitations outline a premise that injects these characters into a secret history of the DCU. From the one-hour-a-day monster called Damage, to the Talia Al Ghul-related assassin called The Silencer, to the secret war waged between The Immortal Men and their enemies, the Dark Matter titles promise to expand the slate of characters who work in the background of the DCU. (No word yet when Sideways and New Challengers, other Dark Matter titles also promised for the fall, will be launched.)
Creator Changes8 of 12
Several titles are welcoming new creators in December – some announced previously, some we’re just learning about today.
Underworld co-creator Kevin Grevioux is taking over Cyborg, while Phil Hester is now illustrating Batman Beyond.
The Ray quits the JLA9 of 12
After Batman leaves the team in November's issue of Justice League of America, The Ray is now quitting the team in December. For the latter, it means a spotlight issue that returns him to his hometown of Vanity, but if this keeps up, the team might need to add a few new members soon (which isn't necessarily a bad thing).
One of the Flash's Rogues murdered10 of 12
Aside from Batman's villains, one of the most beloved rogue’s galleries in the DCU is the collection of thieves and bad guys who often unite to fight the Flash. Even Barry Allen has a sort of love-hate relationship with the Flash Rogues, sometimes teaming up with the characters to take down bigger threats to Central City.
In December, DC is teasing that one of The Flash's Rogues is murdered in Iron Heights prison. Understandably, the Flash will want to get to the bottom of the crime, and fans might not be happy to see a fan-favorite villain taken out.
Adult Darkseid in Wonder Woman #3611 of 12
As much fun as it was to see baby Darkseid in DC's event series Metal, the dark villain might not be an infant much longer. December's Wonder Woman #36 is teasing that Darkseid will steal Diana's powers to increase his "rise back to godhood." And if the cover is reflected in the story, that means Darkseid's back to being a full-fledged adult. Bye bye baby.
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