Legion! Justice! More!1 of 12
September 2019's DC solicitations are packed with highly anticipated debuts/returns like the Justice Society of America and the Legion of Super-Heroes, but that's just the low-hanging fruit in a bushel of wrinkles and revelations across the DCU (and elsewhere).
But among the already announced appearances and additions to DC’s line are a few new details about what readers can expect in September - and possible clues as to things coming even sooner.
Questions' Questions2 of 12
In the copy for Lois Lane #3, DC confirms the identity of the “new ally” in Gotham City that’s been hinted for this series. It’s GCPD Detective Renee Montoya, who’s a favorite character for writer Greg Rucka and became the Question during post-Crisis continuity after the death of Vic Sage.
Then again, maybe Lois’ ally is the Vic Sage version of the Question, who’s been featured in recent issues of Action Comics?
Turns out that it could be either. Or both.
The solicitation for Lois Lane #3 says the two Questions — Vic and Renee — will “try to understand their own continuity” in the issue. Yeah, they’re not the only ones.
World’s Finest Interrogators3 of 12
“Which hero can be trusted?” is one of the main hooks of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev's Event Leviathan. And it looks like even the Trinity is starting to distrust each other.
The copy for Event Leviathan #4indicates that Bruce Wayne is going to interrogate Clark Kent, and Superman’s going to battle wits with Batman, as they try to figure out the truth behind the mysterious Leviathan.
Power Boost4 of 12
A new hardcover (with the subtitle Best Ever) collecting issues of the creator-owned Powers title by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming will feature new and revised story pages that is touted as “the most significant Powers story ever.”
This new Powers: Best Ever hardcover will mark 20 years for the book and will bring the story of superhero-turned-detective Christian Walker to a conclusion.
Grayson Reunion5 of 12
The Court of Owls and Dick Grayson have a pretty extensive past. In past continuity (that is probably still canon...?), Dick was groomed from an early age to be part of their “Talons,” and he assisted Batman in some extensive battles with the organization.
In Nightwing #64, we won’t be the only ones who aren’t sure about continuity. Now that Dick Grayson has been shot in the head, forgotten his past and changed his name to “Ric,” he’s going to “meet” the Court of Owls for the first time — in his mind, at least.
Zombie Nora6 of 12
Fans have been told that the “Year of the Villain” event is going to feature Lex Luthor giving something to various villains to make them able to defeat their nemesis hero. Presumably, this will includes stuff like superpowers and super-weapons, right?
Well, it’s a little more off-kilter than that, particularly when it comes to the Batman rogues. In the copy for Detective Comics #1012, it’s revealed that Lex gives Mr. Freeze his wife again. Nora Fries, who has been the subject of Freeze’s obsession and villainy for years, will come to life in the pages of ‘Tec. (And not to be outdone, it looks like Black Manta’s going to get a similar wish in Aquaman #52.)
Hal and Carol Reunite7 of 12
The Green Lantern by Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp recently explored Hal Jordan’s relationship with his true love …. his power ring. The critically acclaimed issue even featured true love’s kiss, as it was established that Hal’s relationship with his ring is like no other.
However, Hal Jordan’s other true love makes an appearance in September’s The Green Lantern #11, as Carol Ferris and Hal have to “fight their way out of the improbable turn of events” from #10.
Decisions, Decisions8 of 12
It looks like an offer is made to young Jonathan Kent in Superman #15 that might lead to a difficult conversation with his mom in Lois Lane #3.
Superman #15 features an “offer” from the Legion of Super-Heroes to a hero in the present-day DCU. And although the solicitation never mentions Jonathan, Lois Lane #3 says the young man will have to make a “life-changing decision” after the events of Superman #15.
Hmm… the “offer” and Jon’s “decision” seem connected, no?
Selina’s Belief9 of 12
In Tom King’s current Batman story, Bruce Wayne has no allies left. Jim Gordon and the Bat-family think he’s gone crazy, and even Alfred appears to be part of Bane’s ruse.
But the solicitations for Batman #78 and #79 reveal that, after the hyped-up events of #75, there’s one Bat-character who still believes in Bruce Wayne.
In September, the Cat and the Bat unite again, for the first time since the surprising ending of #50. The story is billed as a two-issue “interlude,” and it sounds like it might be the beginning of good things to come as Tom King’s run wraps up on Batman before he launches the new Batman/Catwoman series in 2020.
Treasures Lost10 of 12
Wonder Woman has faced some significant foes, but the events described in the solicitation for Wonder Woman #78 and #79 sound pretty dire.
The copy for the issues by G. Willow Wilson and Jesus Merino declares that Wonder Woman’s bracelets are “shattered,” and her golden lasso has been destroyed at the hands of Cheetah and her God Killer sword.
Is Naomi the Millennium Woman?11 of 12
Naomi is coming to the middle of the action in the DCU in September, as she appears in Action Comics #1015 by writer Brian Michael Bendis and Szymon Kudranski.
The teenaged character, who was introduced by Bendis in her own title series over the past few months, has uncovered a previously hidden secret about her past that allowed her to gain substantial powers and fight a villain from another dimension.
The copy for the issue promises that Naomi will interact with Superman and Batman in Action Comics.
And the timing of her appearance begs the question: Could Naomi be the mystery female character who will travel into the future in the Millennium event Bendis is doing later this year? Remember, Bendis has pegged her as a major DC character going forward - and say that his DC work to date has been leading up to that event and through to Legion of Super-Heroes.
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