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With the launch of new series like Shazam! and The Green Lantern, DC's solicitations for November feature some highly anticipated returns of writers and characters to DC’s “Rebirth” continuity.
And although we’ve long known about some of the more high-profile developments coming in November, 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 November Solicitations.
#9 Back in Black2 of 11
Suicide Squad: Black Files #1 has been re-solicited after being suddenlycanceled one week before its originally solicited debut in August 2017. There’s no change in the text for the new solicitation, and all the creators are the same. No reason was given for the cancellation when it happened, but whatever made DC hit the brakes will be handled before November.
#8 Art changes3 of 11
Brett Booth is listed as the artist on Batman Beyond #26, just in time to draw the original Joker discovering the aged “Beyond” version of Barbara Gordon and the brand new Robin Beyond. And Evan “Doc” Shaner will be providing art on Supergirl #24, which lets him draw a surprise guest (which we’ll be talking about later). And Philippe Briones has replaced Stjepan Sejic on the re-solicited Justice League Odyssey #3, probably because Sejic reportedly had to re-draw two issues that were scrapped, as the artist reported on Twitter.
#7 Forceful FLash4 of 11
Barry Allen is no longer the “Fastest Man Alive” in The Flash #58, thanks to the discovery of all these new “forces,” like the Strength Force, the Sage Force, and the Still Force. The discovery sends him on a journey to learn the “secret history” of the Speed Force, and during his travels, he discovers that Gorilla City has been destroyed in The Flash #59.
#6 New Nightmaster?5 of 11
It looks like Detective Chimp may be the new Nightmaster, as the copy Justice League Dark #5 implies the team has to “bow” to him after they seek refuge in his inherited, magical realm of Myrra. The old Nightmaster was killed in Dark Nights: Metal, sacrificing himself to give other heroes time to escape from the Oblivion Bar when it was being invaded by forces from the Dark Multiverse.
#5 The Bug6 of 11
Ambush Bug is returning to his roots, making an appearance in Supergirl #24, surprising the heroine at an intergalactic dive bar. The two characters can trace their relationship all the way to the Bug’s early years in the ‘80s. It’ll be interesting to see if Ambush Bug references his stint as a news reporter in the “Channel 52” back-up ads during the “New 52,” but whatever his comments are, readers can be sure they’ll provide some humorous commentary on what’s happening in Supergirl.
#4 Two-Face Dead?7 of 11
The copy for Detective Comics #993 asks whether Two-Face is really dead, but concurrently implies he’s not. As James Robinson continues his arc on Detective Comics with artist Carmine Di Giandomenico, there’s something amiss, not the least of which is the fact that Batman and Two-Face were seemingly working together, on the same side, when the villain was allegedly killed. The world’s greatest detective will have to investigate.
#3 Unexpected Surprise8 of 11
There are more surprises in store in November for readers of Steve Orlando and Ryan Sook’s The Unexpected, and one of them is “a place not seen in the DCU in over a decade.” Hmm … if there’s anything the constantly twisting plot of The Unexpected has been so far, its … well, unexpected. So when the copy for the sixth issue promises a “shocking last-page reveal,” it’s probably not hyperbole.
The issue’s got a lot of Dark Nights: Metal surprises in store as well, including a showdown at Castle Frankenstein over the possession of the unstable Nth Metal isotope. Plus, with issue #6, artist Ronan Cliquet takes over as Cary Nord moves to Wonder Woman…
#2 G. Stands for Grail9 of 11
The copy for Wonder Woman #58 provides more of what new writer G. Willow Wilson is doing with Ares, the God of War, including some interaction he’ll have with Grail, the daughter of Darkseid who’s also a half-Amazon nemesis for Diana. Plus, Steve Trevor’s in danger as a mission in Eastern Europe goes wrong.
#1 Booster in Trouble10 of 11
Although DC has been recently hinting he’ll die, Booster Gold is “the prime suspect" in Heroes in Crisis #4, which sounds like he can be eliminated from list of heroes who will perish next month. But Booster’s heavy involvement in the title explains why Heroes in Crisis writer Tom King brought him into Batman and set up his involvement in the Sanctuary trauma center. It’s also interesting that the cover for November’s Heroes in Crisis concentrates on the mask that’s apparently worn at Sanctuary, where the massacre of heroes takes place when the series kicks off in September.
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