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Darwyn Cooke Covers “Teen Titans” Omnibus, New Oracle Arrives in DC Comics’ August Highlights

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Darwyn Cooke Covers “Teen Titans” Omnibus, New Oracle Arrives in DC Comics’ August Highlights

Check out DC Comics’ full August 2016 solicitations!

DC Comics‘ Rebirth continues in August, with the launch of Scott Snyder’s “All-Star Batman” with artists John Romita Jr., Danny Miki and Declan Shalvey on the opening arc the obvious “big ticket” item for the month. But it’s hardly the only noteworthy event DC readers will be looking forward to — below, we round up the best of the rest!

  • The late, great Darwyn Cooke provides cover art for the first omnibus. The massive collection will feature the original team of Titans’ tales from the ’60s featuring the Mad Mod, Demon Dragster and other groovy adversaries in stories by a number of comic book legends, including Bob Haney, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman, Neal Adams, Wally Wood, Gil Kane and more. The hardcover will run you $75.00 for 584 pages of classic superhero action.
  • Frank Miller & Klaus Janson’s “The Dark Knight Returns” and Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons’ “Watchmen” are being re-issued as “collector’s edition” box sets. Rather than being bound as a single graphic novel, each issue of the classic series will be released in separate squarebound editions. The solicitation text doesn’t specify whether the issues will be hard or softcover, but we’re guessing they’ll follow along the path of the current “Dark Knight III” hardcover collector’s editions. The “Watchmen” set will carry a $125 price tag, while “Dark Knight Returns” is priced at $49.99.

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  • Like many of DC’s series, Harley Quinn’s title is relaunching with a new #1. The creative team of Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner and Chad Hardin remains in place for the new series, with Bill Sienkiewicz providing variant covers for the first two issues.
  • Superman guest stars in “Harley’s Little Black Book,” with Neal Adams providing art for the story by Palmiotti and Conner. The cover, also by Adams, and homages his own cover art for the classic “Superman vs Muhammad Ali” special from 1978.
  • August’s Rebirth one-shots include “Blue Beetle,” “Supergirl,” “Suicide Squad” and “Deathstroke.”
  • “Batgirl and the Birds of Prey” #1 sees a new Oracle arrive in the DC Universe. The creative team of Julie Benson, Shawna Benson and Claire Roe set Batgirl, Black Canary and Huntress on Oracle’s trail, though the heroes have very different plans in mind for the hacker once they find her — or him.
  • “The Hellblazer” debuts from the creative team of Simon Oliver and Moritat. We’re assuming there’s a major surprise in the first issue of John Constantine’s latest series, which guest stars Swamp Thing, as the cover art accompanying the solicitation copy has been blurred beyond legibility.
  • Lois Lane makes her full-on superhero debut in “Superwoman” #1, by Phil Jimenez and Matt Sanotorelli. The series also features Lana Lang — the only person who knows Lois’ powers are killing her — and Ultra Woman as the new Superwoman’s main threat.
  • DC celebrates its undersea hero’s anniversary with a special hardcover collecting Aquaman’s greatest adventures from the past seven-plus decades. The 400 page hardcover retails for $39.99 and features stories by Jack Miller, Steve Skeates, Geoff Johns, Nick Cary, Jim Aparo, Ivan Reis and more.
  • “DC Comics Bombshell Annual” #1, by Marguerite Bennett and Elsa Charretier tells the story of the first Bombshell — Batgirl! The 48-page one-shot collects the digital-first series. And, the pin-up art that kicked off the whole Bombshells phenomenon is collected in a 200-page hardcover.
  • Oracle gets her own action figure, complete with wheelchair, in a 2-pack with her Batgirl persona. The figures, which are advance solicited for a December 2016 release, has an MSRP of $60.00.

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