Looking ahead at August1 of 12
With the launch of a few new series, and the end of several others, DC's solicitations for August 2018 further define the changing landscape of the publishers DCU lin
But there are several surprises that popped up in this week's solicitations from DC. Newsarama outlines some of the key Things We Learned from DC's August Solicitations.
#10 New Leaguers2 of 12
New Justice League writer Scott Snyder gets a break for an issue in August as James Tynion IV guest writes issue #5. He'll be working with guest artist Doug Mahnke on an issue that focuses on Lex Luthor "rounding up a new Legion of Doom," a story element that Snyder's talked about before (so this doesn't seem to be a throw-away fill-in).
Snyder and artist Jorge Jimenez return to the twice-monthly book in mid-August for Justice League #6.
#9 Echoes of Oracle3 of 12
Fans of Batgirl's time as Oracle have been enjoying the recent nods to that era in Birds of Prey. Now it looks like Batgirl might be taking Barbara down the Oracle path as well, but not necessarily in a good way.
In Batgirl #26, the villain Grotesque will use a device on Barbara that "fries" the device in her spine that allows her to walk.
#8 Strong Style4 of 12
In its first issue, The Terrifics promised the involvement of the Alan Moore/WildStorm character Tom Strong. In August, it looks like the book finally starts making headway toward that goal with the kick-off of a new storyline titled, "Tom Strong and the Terrifics!" (Of course, the eventual encounter might not be a good one, as this whole thing started off with a distress signal and the July solicitation implied that Tom had to die.)
#7 Gaiman & Bendis5 of 12
Although DC had already announced the eventual debut of new Brian Michael Bendis titles for mature readers and new stories set in the Sandman universe, the timing for this debut wasn't clear. This batch of solicitations solidified their August debut, with The Sandman Universe kicking off a new story set in the world made famous by Neil Gaiman and two titles from Brian Michael Bendis reuniting him with frequent collaborators Michael Gaydos (on The Pearl) and Alex Maleev (on Scarlet).
#6 Soldiers6 of 12
Some of DC's more obscure (yet fan-favorite) characters appear in August as guest stars in the "New Age of DC Heroes" books. In Damage #8, the Unknown Solider makes a guest appearance, and in Sideways, DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio inserts the Seven Soldiers into his story, taking lead character Derek James into the Dark Multiverse.
This issue is also the first time DiDio's been listed as solo writer on the series after the first six issues had DiDio co-writing with Justin Jordan
#5 Freefallin'7 of 12
As Warren Ellis continues to insert characters from the former WildStorm universe into The Wild Storm, the writer's new version of that world, August's solicitation for issue #16 drops a new name. Gloria Spaulding, who's listed as a Thunderbook subject in the solicitation for The Wild Storm #16, is is the mother of Gen13’s founding member Freefall in the previous continuity… which if you recall, Ellis wrote very early in his career.
#4 Vicki Vale8 of 12
Dick Grayson takes a trip to Gotham City in August's Nightwing Annual #1 and teams up with a familiar journalist - Vicki Vale. The reporter who's most associated with Batman hasn't been seen since in continuity since 2014-2015's Batman Eternal. The two work together as Nightwing continues to investigate the Dark Web organization that's been troubling him in his title series.
#3 James Gordon Jr.9 of 12
The struggle between Batgirl and her brother James Gordon Jr. takes a new turn in August's Batgirl Annual #2. Gordon Jr., who served as a major nemesis in Bab's life during the “New 52,” returns for this story as a potential ally when Barbara seeks his help tracking down a serial killer.
#2 Flashes10 of 12
The issue number for August's The Flash #52 takes on a whole new meaning as the story features Barry Allen meeting with the "Flashes of 52 Worlds," which should feature some familiar characters for Flash fans. The conference of Flashes takes place after Barry races to the House of Heroes, which lies at the center of the Multiverse.
#1 Bat-Vacation11 of 12
A couple books in August feature some pretty dire situations for Batman, from the feds seizing Wayne Manor in Deathstroke #34 to Bruce's service on a sequestered jury that keeps him away from being Batman. With Dick Grayson back in the cowl, it's hinted in the copy for Batman #53 that Bruce will consider a permanent break from being the Caped Crusader.
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