Forget Summer, Let's Look Ahead to the Fall1 of 12This DC, DC is in the midst of two events – the return of the Sandman Universe and the nitty-gritty of Heroes in Crisis. But there are a few other surprises portended I DC Comics’ just-released October 2018 solicitations. We’ve already got ahead of ourselves and written about the finales of Green Lanterns and WildStorm: Michael Cray and the absence of the Milestone line, but that’s just the beginning – here’s what stood out to us from DC’s October 2018 solicitations.
#10 Batgirl Back Under Daddy's Roof2 of 12
Tying into the real-world trend toward Millennials living with their parents, Batgirl #28 puts Barbara in her dad's house. But that doesn't mean she's a deadbeat daughter, as Batgirl uses her dad's security clearance to do some digging of her own, Oracle-style.
#9 Surprise Covers & Colors3 of 12
The Titans team is dealing with the fallout from the breaking Source Wall in October, with the cover indicating someone will die after becoming a metahuman. If the copy can be believed, the dead hero on the cover is a new metahuman called Ionbound, and his death is going to upset an already shaky team.
Speaking of surprising covers, there's a common aesthetic color theme through a lot of the covers in October, particularly in the backgrounds. Are these the "enhanced foil" variants solicited - all having a similiar art technique, or is it just a strange coincidence?
#8 Secret Files & Cursed Comics4 of 12
Secret Files is returning in October as a one-shot titled Batman Secret Files and featuring stories by Tom King, Tom Taylor and others. With King and Mikel Janin’s story framing the issue, the other stories will look at "Bat-mysteries past and present." The 48-page issue promises to feature a "bevy of Bat-villains" and a story that pairs Batman with Detective Chimp.
October also usually brings out the spooky comic books and this year is no different. DC's solicitations feature a title called Cursed Comics Cavalcade that features a slew of the publisher's top writers writing everyone from Swamp Thing to Wonder Woman, with stories featuring work by creators like Becky Cloonan, James Tynion IV, and Mark Buckingham.
#7 Drawing a Blank5 of 12
DC's releasing some blank comic books (and no that's not a joke — they really are blank). The idea seems to be that fans can participate in 24-Hour Comics Day (October 6 this year), an event that challenges budding (and even expert!) comic book creators to create an entire comic book in only one day. This time, the comic book can be created as if it was an actual DC comic book.
While it might not be unexpected for DC to provide some materials for the event the price is a little surprising. Sure, it's cool to draw your 24-hour comic on a real book, but $2.99 for a blank one?
#6 No Sanctuary for Slade6 of 12
While mentally ill heroes get help at the gentle Sanctuary of Heroes in Crisis, it looks like Deathstroke isn't so lucky when he is declared "criminally insane" in October's Deathstroke #36. The mercenary is getting thrown into Arkham Asylum, which could not only provide some interesting cameos, but with Priest writing the issue, will probably do some serious digging into Slade's psyche.
#5 Nightwing #50 (Plus He’s Injured in Batman)7 of 12
It's a rough month for Dick Grayson. Not only is he injured in Batman during a battle with KGBeast, but in Nightwing #50 the hero is the subject of a story that traces his history with "fear and doubt."
The story also sounds like it might revamp Scarecrow, or at least dig deeper into the villain's past.
#4 Heroes in Crisis Hints and Ollie May Be Needing Sanctuary in His Title8 of 12
Solicitations reveal a few cryptic clues about Heroes in Crisis, with Batman under suspicion and two characters on the run from the Trinity.
Plus Green Arrow #45 ties into the Heroes in Crisis event, with the story's description implying that Oliver Queen might be dealing with the type of post-trauma problems for which patients go to Sanctuary to seek treatment. The issue also guest-stars members of the Justice League and the Titans.
#3 Hamner on Future Joker9 of 12
After drawing the three-issue Batman and the Signal series, Cully Hamner is making a rare appearance on an ongoing title with Batman Beyond - or at least October's Batman Beyond #25Hamner, who has helped design a slew of new characters for DC over the years (most notably during the "New 52" reboot), will be joining series writer Dan Jurgens for the Clown Prince's future return.
Hamner isn't the only DC artist making a switch in October. Over on Catwoman #4, artist Fernando Blanco is listed as artist on the Joelle Jones title for October.
#2 The Drowned Earth stuff10 of 12
The "Drowned Earth" event was mentioned at this weekend's Comic-Con International: San Diego, but DC's October solicits bring more details as the "Road to Drowned Earth" kicks off in October's Justice League. Focusing on Aquaman within the pages of Justice League, the story is also touched upon in October issues of Aquaman and Titans, both by writer Dan Abnett.
Given the story and title, could the upcoming "Sink Atlantis" crossover in Aquaman and Suicide Squad be setting the stage for this Justice League crossover in the fall?
#1 Lois Lane being the subject of a Superman inquisition11 of 12
The separation of Clark Kent and Lois Lane that occurred in recent Superman comic books is only temporary, but Action Comics #1004 makes it clear that the couple's reunion is not a happy one. Filled with questions, the solicitation implies that Lois Lane has some major explaining to do - about their son, but also more.
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