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10 Takeaways from DC Comics’ November Solicitations

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10 Takeaways from DC Comics’ November Solicitations

DC Comics’ November solicitations are upon us, and as “Rebirth” continues, the publisher continues to churn out new books and build on the revamped DC Universe they kicked-off only three months ago.

CBR News is here to break down the biggest takeaways from DC’s November Previews, spotlighting the most noteworthy relaunches, creative teams and stories the publisher has to offer as 2017 nears.

Notice anything from the DC November solicitations that didn’t make our list? Sound off in CBR’s DC Comics forum with your picks!

10. Baltazar & Franco Back at DC (“Super Powers” #1)

It’s always nice to have new comics from the Eisner Award-winning team of Art Baltazar and Franco (“Tiny Titans”), but it’s especially a treat when they take on the characters of the DC Universe with their light-hearted, all-ages approach to comics. The duo is back at the publisher this November — after killing it in the past on titles like “Superman Family Adventures” and “”Billy Batson and the Magic of SHAZAM!” — to bring their magic to the Justice League in a new “Super Powers” series, where we can expect them to inject their trademark comedy and whimsy into characters that are portrayed as serious far too often. Since the launch of “Rebirth” there’s been a real void of all-ages titles, and it looks like Baltazar and Franco’s new series is set to change that.

SUPER POWERS #1

Written by ART BALTAZAR and FRANCO

Art and cover by ART BALTAZAR

Variant cover by FRANCO

Blank variant cover

Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for details.

Aw yeah, the World’s Greatest Heroes are back in a new, all-ages miniseries-except for Batman! Superman helps out by cleaning up in Gotham City, where he discovers a clue that sends Wonder Woman into space to find the Caped Crusader. Her journey brings her a step closer to Batman, but can she uncover the truth behind his disappearance? From the award-winning creative team that brought you TINY TITANS and SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES!

On sale NOVEMBER 23 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 6, $2.99 US • RATED E

9. Comics Take On the Election (“Catwoman: Election Night” #1, “The Flintstones” #5)

Art really does imitate life, and DC Comics isn’t hiding it. Just in time for the United States presidential election on November 8, the publisher is releasing two comics that are set to satirize the current political climate with “Catwoman: Election Night” #1 and “The Flintstones” #5. “Catwoman: Election Night” is set to offer a Selina Kyle tale and a 12-page backup with President Beth Ross, the titular character of Mark Russell and Ben Caldwell’s beloved series “Prez.” Since DC cancelled the planned “Prez” series, this is our next — and only chance (at least for the foreseeable future) — to revisit the clever satire. And over in “Flintstones,” Russell, Caldwell and Shane Davis are poised to spotlight the mayoral election in Bedrock. Since “Flintstones” has been doing an ace job lately satirizing modern society, we expect the election-themed issue to deliver the same — if not, even better — goods.

CATWOMAN: ELECTION NIGHT #1

Written by MEREDITH FINCH and MARK RUSSELL

Art and cover by SHANE DAVIS and BEN CALDWELL

Variant cover by DAVID FINCH

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

It’s mayoral election time in Gotham City, and while the city is up in arms, Catwoman couldn’t care less! But when the candidates get personal, the Feline Fatale decides to get involved-much to the detriment of…well, everyone! This issue contains a special bonus story featuring the return of President Beth Ross from the critically acclaimed PREZ miniseries.

ONE-SHOT • On sale NOVEMBER 2 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

THE FLINTSTONES #5

Written by MARK RUSSELL

Art by STEVE PUGH

Cover by LEE WEEKS

Variant cover by BENGAL

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

It’s time to “Bedrock the vote!” With the Bedrock mayoral race heating up, the local middle school decides to join in on the fun by holding their own election for class president. Will Ralph the Bully punch his way to victory? Or is there a new kind of candidate waiting in the wings to start a revolution? Meanwhile, Fred and Barney reminisce about their days fighting for their city as part of the Water Buffalo army.

On sale NOVEMBER 2 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

8. Superman: Men of Steel (“Action Comics” #967, 968)

November reinforces that Lex Luthor’s new superhero status isn’t a temporary gimmick — he’ll be keeping the power-suit on for awhile. Not only that, but it looks like there could be yet another Superman/Lex team-up in store. The solicit text for “Action Comics” #967 teases a “Men of Steel” story arc that will see the Man of Tomorrow on a quest to save his one-time adversary, just as the “Rebirth” incarnation of Godslayer shows up. It’ll be interesting to learn more about Lex’s intentions as Jurgens and Kirkham dig deeper into the character’s change of heart, and what exactly that means for Superman down the road. As Jurgens told CBR a couple months back, “When it comes to Lex Luthor wearing Superman’s symbol, you have to take into account what the current DCU knows about him as opposed to what we know about him. They know him to be a member of the Justice League. We, of course, know him to be an evil murderer. The world at large does not, and that extends to the newest residents of the world, Superman and Lois.”

SUPERMAN #10″

Written by PETER J. TOMASI and PATRICK GLEASON

Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY

Variant cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

“IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER” part one! For the first time, the Man of Tomorrow and the Boy of Steel team up with the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder in a father-son adventure you won’t want to miss! Damian Wayne has been hearing a lot about this mysterious new Superboy, and now’s his chance to find out who he is…

On sale NOVEMBER 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

SUPERMAN #11

Written by PETER J. TOMASI and PATRICK GLEASON

Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY

Variant cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers each. Please see the order form for details.

“IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER” part two! Superman and Batman are up against the ropes, and it’s up to Superboy and Robin to save the day- but can they work together long enough to get the job done?

On sale NOVEMBER 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

7. The Shade Comes to Central City (“The Flash” #10, 11)

November’s “The Flash” #10 will see the “Rebirth” introduction of The Shade as we know him from James Robinson and Tony Moore’s seminal run on “Starman” in the ’90s. So far, we only know that the suave, prickly anti-hero is poised to cause trouble for the Scarlet Speedsters, but we’re not sure if he’s set to stick around. The introduction of Shade in “The Flash” also has us curious because it’s happening right around the launch of Gerard Way’s new “Shade, the Changing Girl” series as part of his Young Animal imprint. Could the two Shades cross paths? And will we catch a glimpse of Shade and Starman’s classic hometown, Opal City? We’ll have to wait until “The Flash” #10 hits stands to find out…

THE FLASH #10

Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON

Art by FELIPE WATANABE and OCLAIR ALBERT

Cover by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO

Variant cover by DAVE JOHNSON

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

“THE SPEED OF DARKNESS” part one! A villain from The Flash’s history returns for the first time in years when The Shade visits Central City. But what does Opal City’s master of shadow want with Barry Allen and the newly christened Kid Flash?

On sale NOVEMBER 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

THE FLASH #11

Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON

Art by DAVIDE GIANFELICE

Cover by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO

Variant cover by DAVE JOHNSON

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

“THE SPEED OF DARKNESS” part two! Lost in the infinite horror of the Shadowlands, The Flash and Kid Flash’s new partnership is tested as they fight to uncover the dark secrets of the Shade and his mysterious plans for the speedster duo.

On sale NOVEMBER 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

6. Team Arrow Takes the Train (“Green Arrow” #10, 11)

Since they launched the title (to much success), Benjamin Percy and Juan Ferreyra’s “Green Arrow” has been on our radar in a big way. November looks to continue the fun of the latest incarnation of the character as they aim to put the Emerald Archer, Black Canary and John Diggle on a Queen Industries train during the events terrorist attack. Who doesn’t love a good action story on a speeding vehicle? The train setting not only allows for a fun action set piece, but provides a unique, contained space for the characters to interact, letting readers get to know the book’s core cast in an unfamiliar environment.

Plus, for “Arrow” fans who have yet to pick up a “Green Arrow” comic (what are you doing?!), issue 10 looks to be a great jumping on point for the title as it enters a new arc.

GREEN ARROW #10

Written by BENJAMIN PERCY

Art and cover by JUAN FERREYRA

Variant covers by NEAL ADAMS

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

“MURDER ON THE EMPIRE EXPRESS” part one! Queen Industries’ new Trans-Pacific Railway is an undersea vehicle that symbolizes world peace-which makes its maiden voyage the perfect place for the Ninth Circle to stage a high-profile assassination. Luckily, Green Arrow, Black Canary and John Diggle are on board as outlaw stowaways!

On sale NOVEMBER 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

GREEN ARROW #11

Written by BENJAMIN PERCY

Art and cover by JUAN FERREYRA

Variant cover by NEAL ADAMS

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

“MURDER ON THE EMPIRE EXPRESS” part two! There’s no business like the war business, and business is booming-or it will be once the world learns of the brutal assassination of one of its most critical leaders at the hands of…Green Arrow?! Trapped with a killer hundreds of feet below the ocean, Oliver Queen must solve a murder before his undersea voyage ends-and with it, peace in our time.

5. Oracle Identity Revealed (“Batgirl and the Birds of Prey” #4)

The fourth issue of “Batgirl and the Birds of Prey” by writers Julie and Shawna Benson and artist Claire Roe promises the reveal of the new hacker character that took on the Oracle identity — the one formerly held by Batgirl, Barbara Gordon — as established in the first issue of the “Rebirth” relaunch of the team. It’s anybody’s guess who the new Oracle is, but the question is whether or not they’ll stick around as an obstacle for the team, or even as a future member after the arc concludes. Only one issue of the series is out at this point, so there are still a lot of clues left to piece together — but at least we know the answer comes in November!

Regardless of the twist, it’s been a blast to embark on the new take of “Batgirl and the Birds of Prey” from this creative team, so we’re on board for whatever unexpected reveals they have up their sleeves.

BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #4

Written by JULIE BENSON and SHAWNA BENSON

Art by CLAIRE ROE

Cover by YANICK PAQUETTE

Variant cover by KAMOME SHIRAHAMA

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

“Who Is Oracle” part five! Batgirl, Black Canary, and Huntress come face-to-face at last with the new Oracle…and unlock a mystery they never saw coming!

On sale NOVEMBER 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

4. Super-Fathers & Super-Sons (“Superman” #10, 11)

The Dark Knight and the Caped Crusader are teaming up this fall with their sons for the very first time as part of “Rebirth.” November’s “Superman” #10 marks the introduction of the modern Boy Wonder, Damian Wayne to the Boy of Steel, Jonathan Kent, and we couldn’t be more stoked. It’s nice to see DC embracing superheroes actually having a family, and even better than seeing that dynamic play out in the characters’ respective titles, it allows for full-on family crossovers like the one Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray have in store. Considering how new both Damian and Jonathan are as characters, the crossover is a good opportunity for readers to get a sense their interaction, especially if that plays out down the road in “Teen Titans.”

SUPERMAN #10

Written by PETER J. TOMASI and PATRICK GLEASON

Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY

Variant cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

“IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER” part one! For the first time, the Man of Tomorrow and the Boy of Steel team up with the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder in a father-son adventure you won’t want to miss! Damian Wayne has been hearing a lot about this mysterious new Superboy, and now’s his chance to find out who he is…

On sale NOVEMBER 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

SUPERMAN #11

Written by PETER J. TOMASI and PATRICK GLEASON

Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY

Variant cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers each. Please see the order form for details.

“IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER” part two! Superman and Batman are up against the ropes, and it’s up to Superboy and Robin to save the day- but can they work together long enough to get the job done?
On sale NOVEMBER 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

3. A Classic JLA Villain Returns (“New Super-Man” #5)

In November’s fifth issue of “New Super-Man,” the title is set to reintroduce the classic Justice League of America villain Starro. The parasite alien life-form first appeared in “Brave and the Bold” #28 — that’s right, the first appearance of the Justice League — and will return once again (and for its first appearance in “Rebirth”) to face-off against the Chinese Superman. Though he isn’t usually considered a major threat, Starro is actually quite the powerful foe. With the ability to create clones, the starfish-looking adversary can attach itself (or its spawns) to any human host, and use them for mind control. Usually, creative teams find new ways to heighten the scope of Starro’s powers every time they use him (or her?), so we’re curious to see how exactly Yang and Bogdanovic utilize the classic villain.

NEW SUPER-MAN #5

Written by GENE LUEN YANG

Art by VIKTOR BOGDANOVIC and RICHARD FRIEND

Cover by VIKTOR BOGDANOVIC

Variant cover by BERNARD CHANG

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

“MADE IN CHINA” part five! The revelations keep coming! Kong Kenan has learned the disturbing truth about the Chinese Freedom Fighters, and his next move could make or break his entire country! Meanwhile, the noticeably insane Human Firecracker unleashes the might of his secret weapon. Two words: Starro. Bomb.

On sale NOVEMBER 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

2. Familiar Faces, New Blood (“New Talent Showcase” #1)

While “Rebirth” has blessed us with the return of several veteran creators to monthly comics (like Marv Wolfman, Christopher Priest and John Ostrander, among many others), it’s also given way for fresh blood to come in and prove their chops with the characters of the DC Universe. In November, DC’s set to spotlight the up-and-coming talent at the publisher with “New Talent Showcase,” a one-shot that promises several tales with characters who’ve yet to make a splash on the “Rebirth” scene. Creators contributing to the issue include Joelle Jones, Christopher Sebela, Juan Ferreyra, Khary Randolph, and a slew of other critically-acclaimed voices that are relatively new to DC Comics. Some characters included in the one-shot are Hawkgirl, Carol Ferris and Kyle Rayner, among others — all of which fan-favorites that don’t have their own title to star in, but are definitely beloved by fans. What’s not to like?

NEW TALENT SHOWCASE #1

Written by VITA AYALA, EMMA BEEBY, JOELLE JONES, HENA KHAN, MICHAL MCMILLIAN, MICHAEL MORECI, ERICA SCHULTZ, CHRIS SEBELA and ADAM SMITH

Art by BARNABY BAGENDA, JUAN FERREYRA, SONNY LIEW, DAVID MESSINA, KHARY RANDOLPH and more

Cover by KLAUS JANSON

In this new one-shot, Wonder Woman unleashes her true god of war against a parade of monsters! Superman discovers a new threat that might be bigger and badder than the joker himself! Hawkgirl solves crimes in the weird weapons unit for the GCPD! Carol Ferris and Kyle Rayner fight about ice cream in space! You’ll find all of this and so much more in NEW TALENT SHOWCASE #1, where recent graduate writers from the inaugural DC Talent Development workshop showcase some of their strongest work yet! See what they’ve learned from masters of the craft Scott Snyder, Jim Lee and Klaus Janson.

ONE-SHOT • On sale NOVEMBER 30 • 80 pg, FC, $7.99 US • RATED T

1. Mark Waid’s Flash Finally Gets Collected (“The Flash by Mark Waid: Book One” TPB)

November brings the first collected edition of Mark Waid’s seminal “The Flash” run, just as the third season of the hit CW series starts to heat up. If you’re looking for the best “Flash” stories from the past 30 years to accompany your viewing of the series, look no further than Waid’s work. The editor-turned-writer deepened the mythos of the Scarlet Speedster throughout his run, adding characters like Savitar and introducing elements of the Flash that have remained to this day, like the Speed Force. The first collection features Waid’s first arc on the character — Barry Allen’s former sidekick, Wally West — in which he tells the origin of the legacy hero, before kicking-off a beloved saga that would continue with writers like Grant Morrison, Mark Millar and Geoff Johns. Waid’s run isn’t only for folks wanting to learn more about Wally West, but also for fans who simply want to read “The Flash” at its best.

THE FLASH BY MARK WAID BOOK ONE TP

Written by MARK WAID

Art by GREG LAROCQUE, JOSE MARZAN JR., MICHAEL COLLINS, TRAVIS CHAREST, MIKE PAROBECK and others

Montage cover

Retailers: This title is resolicited. All previous orders are canceled.

In 1990, Mark Waid’s legendary writing career began when he scripted his first issue of THE FLASH. Waid would continue to work on Wally West for nearly a decade, building a world that would keep the character running for years. In this first volume of a new series, Young Wally West is quickly in danger-not only from The Flash’s enemies, but from powers that he doesn’t know how to control! Collects THE FLASH SPECIAL #1, THE FLASH #62-68 and THE FLASH ANNUAL #4-5.

RESOLICIT • On sale DECEMBER 7 • 368 pg, FC, $24.99 US

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