While DC's December 2014 Solicitations didn't have any major surprises waiting in store for fans, but there are one or two plot points that readers should look out for -- including some new versions of DC Universe mainstays, a history lesson in "Green Arrow" and a new status quo for Gotham City in the pages of "Batman Eternal."
In Greg Pak and Ardian Syaf's "Batman/Superman" #17, the solicitations tease Superman's Joker, the Unseen Terror. While many might argue Lex Luthor is the Joker to the Man of Steel, it's only in the sense of an arch-nemesis -- according to the solicits, the Unseen Terror is attacking all things related to Superman, and Lobo is the first suspect.
There are not one, but two new versions of DC Universe mainstays coming in December. In "Constantine" #20, Ray Fawkes and Jeremy Haun introduce John Constantine's Earth 2 counterpart, while "Robin Rises: Alpha" #1 by Peter Tomasi and Andy Kubert introduces the new Robin to the pages of Batman's world.
For those looking for more insight on the new relationships between characters since the New 52 began, Scott Lobdell and R.B. Silva plan to take a look back into the history of Roy Harper to finally divulge the "secret history" between Arsenal and Oliver Queen.
Speaking of Batman, there's a new status quo coming down the line for "Batman Eternal." According to solicits for the weekly series, the Gotham City Police Department will finally bring down Batman, ushering a new age of crime for the villains of the city -- and Catwoman, Bane and The Riddler are all called out as having some kind of major role.
In terms of milestones, Vertigo's long-running series "The Unwritten" by Mike Carey and Peter Gross wraps in December with "The Unwritten: Apocalypse" #12, an extra-sized conclusion to the series' more than five years of publication.
Be sure to check out the full DC Comics December 2014 solicitations to see everything else happening in the New 52, Vertigo and beyond.