Snyder & Capullo Introduce New "Batman" Villain; "Harley Quinn" Takes a Road Trip

DC Comics' August 2015 solicitation text and cover images are here, revealing an early look at the publisher's releases planned for late summer. As usual, much of it was already announced -- such as the upcoming "DC Comics Bombshells" series by the all-Marguerite team of Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage -- but there's plenty more to uncover.

Coming up this August, the new Batman will encounter a new villain, Harley Quinn is set for an all-star road trip and the Martian Manhunter is set to pop up in an expected series -- here are highlights from DC's August 2015 solicitations.

  • Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have a rather strong track record for their additions to the Batman mythos -- the Court of Owls has already made it to animation in "Batman vs. Robin" -- and they're doing it again in August's "Batman" #43. That issue is set to introduce a new villain named Mr. Bloom, targeting Gotham City early into the new Batman's cape crusading tenure.
  • The trio of Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Catwoman -- who starred in the "Gotham City Sirens" series a few years back -- are set to reunite in the "Harley Quinn Road Trip Special" one-shot, co-written by the regular "Harley Quinn" team of Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti and illustrated by Bret Blevins and others. The story seems to be exactly what the title implies -- Harley, Ivy and Selina road trippin' across the USA.
  • While the "Martian Manhunter" solo series continues in August with issue #3, J'onn J'onnz is also slated to guest star in "Section 8" #3, from the "Hitman" creative team of Garth Ennis and John McCrea. The Manhunter is set to volunteer as part of the team, and as the solicitation text asks: "What is J'onn J'onzz thinking?"
  • Not only has the title "Hellblazer" returned in soon-to-debut ongoing series "Constantine: The Hellblazer," issue #3 (featuring art by Vanesa R. Del Rey) is set to introduce Georgiana Snow as "the Heckblazer," and yes, you read that correctly.
  • August looks to bring a healthy amount of interconnectivity between the Bat-titles, with Damian Wayne guest-starring in "Bat-Mite" #3, and the new Batman appearing in "We Are... Robin" #3.
  • Vertigo series "Coffin Hill" closes in August with issue #21: "Coffin Hill is full of stories, and Eve Coffin's comes to an end as enemies old and new converge on her town and her family one last time."
  • DC and Warner Bros.' animated features get a new spotlight with a new series of combination hardcover/Blu-ray sets, pairing the original story with the animation it inspired. Scheduled for release on Sept. 1, the sets will include "The Death of Superman" hardcover paired with the "Superman: Doomsday" Blu-ray, "Batman: Year One" in print and animation and several more.
  • Fans of superpets of both good and rage-filled dispositions can enjoy the Streaky the Super-Cat and Dex-Starr (of the Red Lanterns) plushes offered in the August solicitations, advance solicited for release in November.

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