DC Comics’ solicitations for February 2017 have arrived, and with them comes more information about a number of anticipated DC series, including Warren Ellis’ return to the Wildstorm Universe.
“The Wild Storm” #1, by Ellis and artist Jon Davis-Hunt, follows the story of one Angela Spica, a woman sick from self-administered ‘transhuman implants’ whose self-experimentation opens the door to an entire universe — the Wild Storm universe. Ellis’ new series will find Grifter, Voodoo, Jenny Sparks and more re-invented by Ellis and Davis-Hunt.
“This is how the Wild Storm begins, and it may destroy covert power structures, secret space programs and even all of human history.”
In addition to Ellis and Davis-Hunt’s work on “The Wild Storm,” February offers plenty of DC Universe-proper events for readers to love. Top of that list is the debut of “Justice League America: Rebirth” #1. Steve Orlando, Ivan Reis and Joe Prado follow up on January’s one-shots with the new series starring Batman, Black Canary, Killer Frost, the Ray, Vixen, the Atom, and Lobo. The title kicks off with the story of hown Batman assembled the team, before introducing classic villain team the Extremists to the Rebirth era.
The solicitation copy itself isn’t terribly exciting (“As Wally West and the Titans adjust to their new lives in New York City and investigate a mysterious new threat, Karen and Mal Duncan visit Meta Solutions to discuss their future. But the meeting takes an unexpected turn when Mal delivers a shocking revelation, and Karen is faced with a difficult choice.”), but the title of the new “Titans” arc raises an eyebrow or two. “Made in Manhattan” kicks off in February, teasing the next clues in DC Comics Rebirth/Watchmen/Doctor Manhattan mystery are set to arrive in early 2017.
That’s the biggest of the big news, but there’s plenty more in February:
- Marguerite Bennet, James Tynion, Ben Oliver and Steve Epting bring Kate Kane back into the solo spotlight with “Batwoman: Rebirth” #1. The one-shot acts as a mini-prequel to the hero’s new ongoing series, which launches in March.
- “Earth 2: Society” comes to an end with Issue #21. Dan Abnett and Vicente Cifuentes bid farewell to the Wonders of Earth 2 on February 8, perhaps opening the door for the series’ Golden Age counterparts to make their Rebirth debut later in the year as teased in a recent issue of “The Flash.”
- The mystery of the new Joker is solved in “Harley Quinn” #13, which promises to explain how “a gentle, ‘reformed’ Joker [came] to arrive at Harley’s doorstep when everyone believed him dead and gone.”
- Speaking of the Clown Prince of Crime, “New Super-Man” #8 features the Chinese Joker, aka Grass Mud Horse.
- Damian Wayne and Jon Kent team-up in “Super Sons” #1. Spinning out of recent issues of “Superman,” Peter J. Tomasi and Jorge Jimenez present the adventures of Robin and Superboy, aka the ‘world’s smallest’ heroes. In addition to watching the nascent heroes develop their skills, powers and (maybe) friendship, a new villain will be introduced to the DCU in the series.
- A new story arc, “Superman: Reborn,” is teased in the write-up for “Action Comics” #973-974. The mystery of the true identity of Clark Kent that’s been simmering in the background since Rebirth launched appears to be headed to a full boil, indicating Clark may not be as mild-mannered as he wants everyone to believe.
- Poison Ivy is the next rogue to tackle the Dark Knight in “All Star Batman.” Tula Lotay joins writer Scott Snyder for the story, which promises to ‘reinvent’ the classic villain for the Rebirth era.
- David Finch returns to “Batman” in February, rejoining writer Tom King just in time to illustrate what happens when Bane returns to Gotham City. AndThe dangerous villain has more than just direct retribution on the Dark Knight’s body on his mind, as the solicits tease “Which one of Bruce’s loved ones will be torn from him next?”
- “Detective Comics” hits #950, shining the spotlight on Cassandra Cain and giving a bit of background on Azrael, the newest recruit to Batman’s latest team of Gotham City defenders.
- Kyle Rayner and Hal Jordan team up to learn what happened to the Blue Lanterns in “Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps” #14-15.
- Dick Grayson has a new love interest in “Nightwing,” as following the conclusion of the series’ “Bludhaven” arc, Dick finds himself involved with an ex-villain, the leader of the Run-Offs.
- “Suicide Squad” #11-12 teases a new mission following the events of the team’s clash with the Justice League. The solicit text promises the return of “the greatest foe the Suicide Squad has ever faced,” whomever that might be.
- The mystery of who really killed Superwoman, aka Lois Lane, is revealed in “Superwoman” #7. You may have thought the answer was obvious, but the solicit copy promises a “shocker” of an ending to the storyline.