After surging ahead in the monthly sales race in mid-2016, DC Comics looks to maintain its momentum in 2017, kicking off the year with a bang. The full solicitation text and images can be found on CBR, but for those of you in need of a quick look at the biggest bits of news, we’ve got them here.
The anticipated, 12-issue “Kamandi Challenge” arrives, “Justice League vs Suicide Squad” concludes, a classic Bat-villain has a son, the original Wally West meets the current pre-Flashpoint Superman in the Rebirth Universe and much more.
- Dan Abnett, Dan DiDio, Dale Eaglesham, Keith Giffen and Scott Koblish tackle the first issue of “The Kamandi Challenge,” a 12-issue series which finds creators crafting a tale starring Jack Kirby’s “Last Boy on Earth.” Every issue ends on a cliffhanger, with the next issue’s creative team picking things up from there, before crafting their own cliffhanger a la the classic “DC Challenge” series from the mid-’80s.
- The final three installments of “Justice League vs Suicide Squad” set up the debut of “Justice League of America.” Apparently a mystery third party gets involved, making the series more of a three-way dance rather than a traditional one-on-one battle. In short, there’s a lot of [REDACTED] mentions in the solicitation copy.
- Before “Justice League of America” arrives in February, JLA members Vixen, the Atom (Ryan Choi), Killer Frost and the Ray are introduced to the Rebirth Universe in a series of one-shots. Meanwhile, he may not be a member of the new JLA, but longtime Leaguer Captain Atom is back with a new solo series.
- DC hasn’t forgotten about the ongoing Rebirth mystery; original-issue Wally West meets the pre-Flashpoint/current Superman, and the two heroes recognize each other as the latest pieces of the ongoing Rebirth puzzle come together in “Titans” #7.
- “All Star Batman” #6 starts the series’ second storyline, this time featuring Mr. Freeze. Jock joins Scott Snyder for the new arc, which finds Batman headed to Alaska in order to foil the coldhearted Gotham City rogue.
- It’s been a while since a DC Comics villain’s offspring has taken the spotlight, but when it’s revealed that the Penguin has a son, and he’s making his home in Burnside, Batgirl has to figure out what it is he wants.
- Adam West meets Lynda Carter – sort of. The world of “Batman ’66” collides with “Wonder Woman ’77” in a special one-shot collecting the digital-first series.
- Christopher Priest, Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz team for “Deathstroke” #11, featuring a guest-appearance by the Creeper, and a story DC’s copy describes as “unflinching look at gun violence in America.”
- The Joker’s back in “Harley Quinn” #11, as Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and John Timms kick off the anticipated “Joker Loves Harley” storyline. The Clown Prince of Crime teases a kinder, gentler Bat-villain, but Harley and her current sorta-love interest the Red Tool aren’t buying it.
- The Justice League meets the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in an all-new miniseries from DC and BOOM! Studios. The Rangers cross into a new dimension in an attempt to rescue one of their own, but can they save him… from Batman?
- Batgirl celebrates her 50th anniversary in January with a special hardcover collection featuring her most important adventures over the decades. She’s also the latest hero to get the adult coloring book treatment. Featuing art by Babs Tarr, Cliff Chiang, Terry Dodson, Carmine Infantino and more, the 96-page book arrives in February.
- Wonder Woman gets the “blueline” treatment, as Jim Lee’s artwork is transformed into three-dimensions once again for a limited edition action figure of the Amazonian icon.
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