September to Remember1 of 12
DC's solicitations for September feature the start of Heroes in Crisis, the much-anticipated event by Tom King that sets a mystery within a mental hospital for comic book characters who experience trauma (don't they all?).
But along with the expected event (and a potential unexpected makeover for Batman), 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 September Solicitations.
New ‘TEC Team2 of 12
Now that writer James Robinson has left Wonder Woman, it looks like he's guest-writing an arc of Detective Comics beginning with issue #988, working with artist Stephen Segovia.
What does this mean for Bryan Hill, who is slated to begin writing Detective Comics this month with #983 - already delayed one issue from his originally-intended debut? Too soon to tell.
Promised Events3 of 12
It's been a long time coming, but Doomsday Clock #7 promises to finally explain the "truth behind Dr. Manhattan's curiosity with the DC Universe." It looks like the story will also head toward what DC is calling a "Super-War," something that's been hyped since before the series began.
With Heroes in Crisis also kicking off in September and Doomsday Clock getting to what sounds like the meatier part of the plot, DC readers should get plenty of surprises in September.
Guest Star Jonni DC4 of 12
New Harley Quinn writer Sam Humphries promised he'd shake up the title a bit after he started on the series this summer, but it looks like September shakes up more than just the book, with ad copy saying Harley "accidentally breaks all of reality."
And what throw-back character is going to help Harley fix all the continuity errors she created? None other than Jonni DC, the "continuity cop" from DC's past who helps correct errors.
More of This, Less of That5 of 12
Two titles will start shipping twice monthly for DC in September: Nightwing and Titans. Maybe DC readers just can't get enough of that handsome Dick Grayson? (Or maybe the creative teams are just that good at turning these around in a timely manner?)
But with these additions to the schedule, there are a couple titles missing from September solicitations as well. Both Cyborg and MAD Magazine didn't show up this time around.
And in another bit of surprise in these solicits, James Tynion IV will be writing Justice League #7 instead of series writer Scott Snyder.
Rex Luthor?6 of 12
Writers seem to like messing with young Damian Wayne, and his appearances in September are no exception. In Teen Titans #22, he's got a "secret mentor," and in the newly launched Adventures of the Super Sons, he and Superboy have to deal with some unusual villains thanks to some powerful Gold Kryptonite.
The names of these Super Sons villains? Rex Luthor and Joker Jr., of course.
Wagner on Grayson7 of 12
Acclaimed Grendel artist Matt Wagner joins writer Tom King on Batman #55, which appears to incorporate a flashback to Dick Grayson's origin. This is the first time Dick has gotten some alone time with Bruce since the engagement (man, relationships really change everything, don't they?), so there's some reminiscing being drawn by Wagner's pen.
Red Hood Re-Vamp8 of 12
As artist Pete Woods joins Scott Lobdell on Red Hood and the Outlaws, the team's getting a re-vamp in September. The title character Jason Todd is sticking around, but the "Rebirth" version of the Outlaws appears to be changing, with Bizarro and Artemis gone.
With Red Hood and the Outlaws #26, Jason is embarking on a "brutal new mission" with a new costume and new weapons. As for what that mission is - or how Jason's identity will change - the solicit offers little clue.
Heroes in Change9 of 12
There might be Heroes in Crisis in DC's headliner event for September, but there are some crazy changes happening to heroes in the monthly titles.
In Justice League Dark #3, Wonder Woman discovers a power "not even she knew about," and in The Flash #54, the title character becomes the "strongest man alive." And in the crossover between Suicide Squad and Aquaman, the throne of Atlantis is finally being officially filled by a hero, with copy mentioning "Mera's coronation."
Carter vs. Katar10 of 12
Last week's issue of Hawkman introduced some crazy past versions of Hawkman and clarified the hero's continuity in the post-Metal DC Universe. But readers will get quite the Hawk-confrontation in September when Hawkman #4 features a battle between "Earthman Carter Hall" and "Thanagarian space cop Katar Hol."
Bendis Does Batman11 of 12
Brian Michael Bendis is several issues into his Superman story now, giving readers a good idea of how he writes Clark, Lois and The Daily Planet gang.
But how does Bendis write Batman? If the cover for September's Action Comics #1003 can be believed, readers might find out soon. And with Batman protecting Superman against an ominious hand carrying Kryptonite, it looks to be more than just a boys night out for DC duo.
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