Doomsday Clock Strikes Three1 of 12
With Dark Nights: Metal, Doomsday Clock, and "New Age of DC Heroes" all running through January 2018, there's a lot to discuss - from what's coming to what's leaving.
With the release of DC's January 2018 solicitations, we've pulled out the 10 top things worth noticing for fans of Batman, Wonder Woman, the Justice League, and the DCU.
Deathstroke's Destiny2 of 12
In Deathstroke #27 and Deathstroke Annual #1, the titular mercenary struggles with his decision to turn over a new leaf, with appearances by Jericho, Terra, and the New Super-Man.
The story of Deathstroke's "hero turn" – which showed up in this month’s Dark Nights: Metal - will come to a climax in the Annual. Will Slade slide back into his old ways?
Flash at War3 of 12
In January, Barry Allen is heading toward a major showdown called "Flash War" while DC is celebrating the "700th tale” of the Flash.
The Flash #38 and #39 will feature fan-favorite Flash rogues Captain Cold and Gorilla Grodd, then The Flash Annual #1 serves as a prequel to "Flash War," an event DC is calling the biggest Flash story of 2018.
Batman v Wonder Woman4 of 12
The Batman title continues the "Superfriends" storyline in January, but solicitations hint that Wonder Woman and Batman may not be friends at all by the time the storyline ends.
As evidenced by his recent proposal to Catwoman, Batman is looking for happiness, but solicitations say his rift with Wonder Woman will cause the DCU itself to crumble.
Creative Changes5 of 12
While some changes to creative teams are heralded in press releases and news stories, DC is sliding three more in amidst their large raft of January 2018 solicitations.
Batwoman will be taken over by writer K. Perkins and artist Scott Golewski; Trinity by James Robinson and Patch Zircher; and, Suicide Squad by Si Spurrier and Fernando Pasarin. No reason was given for these changes, but look for more in the months to come.
And speaking of changes, these solicits confirm Newsarama’s earlier report that Superwoman #18 would be the title’s last issue.
Terrific Tragedy6 of 12
The description of the first issue of The Terrifics reveals more about the series starring Mr. Terrific, Metamorpho, Plastic Man, and Phantom Girl.
(No, not details on how and why Tom Strong is now tied to the title.)
The team will be "bound together" by a "tragic accident" and will have to journey from the Dark Multiverse. And along the way, they'll encounter an unlikely mystery.
Juan & The Creeper7 of 12
Both the Suicide Squad and Red Hood and the Outlaws will have potential new team members in January, but they aren't names anyone would probably suspect. The Suicide Squad recruits the mysterious Juan onto the team, and the Outlaws consider the Creeper for membership.
4. Fame and Fear8 of 12
Christopher Priest and Pete Woods will be exploring a theme in Justice League that appears to be questioning the benefits of fame. In issue #36, a viral video causes a crisis of conscience, and #37 shows the dangerous side of having obsessive fans.
Clayface: Rebirth9 of 12
In Detective Comics, writer James Tynion IV recently switched up Tim Drake's origin story. Now another one of the team's members gets a new origin for "Rebirth" in Detective Comics Annual #1, as readers learn how actor Basil Karlo's accident created Clayface.
Titans of Tomorrow... Today10 of 12
Detective Comics has already been exploring the future of the team, revealing how something involving Batwoman and Clayface lead the characters toward the dark future characters of “Titans Tomorrow." In January, #973 makes a "critical" choice that may "shatter" Batman's plans, making us wonder if this is the event Batman of Tomorrow wanted to prevent by killing Batwoman?
And in Superman #38, the characters from “Titans Tomorrow” will come back to the present day, including the much-talked-about (and missed) Conner Kent.
Like Zod, Like Son11 of 12
Zod's unnamed son is making an appearance in Action Comics #996 and it doesn't sound positive, as Booster Gold and Superman team up in a time-travel story – could this be Geoff Johns’ Lor-Zod?
Meanwhile, in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #37, the series follows up its eventful "Twilight of the Guardians" storyline with a battle against Zod himself.
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