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‘Super’ Death Coming in “Justice League 3001” and More From DC in November

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‘Super’ Death Coming in “Justice League 3001” and More From DC in November

Holiday season starts to heat up come November, and DC Comics will mark the occasion this year with a bounty of high-profile series starting that month — along with a few reaching their end. DC’s recently released November 2015 solicitations included plenty that had previously been revealed, such as the debuts of “Dark Knight III: The Master Race,” “Superman: American Alien” and “Batman: Europa,” plus more information that hadn’t yet been released. Here’s a closer look.

  • Along with the debuts of “Dark Knight III,” “Superman: American Alien” and “Batman: Europa,” the final issue of multiple DC titles are scheduled for release in November. “Bat-Mite,” “All-Star Section Eight,” “Bizarro,” “Harley Quinn and Power Girl” and “Prez” all reach their scheduled ends; with the first four always solicited as six-issue series, and “Prez” previously truncated from 12 to 6 installments. Additionally, the digital-first “Mortal Kombat X” ends with issue #12, and Vertigo’s “American Vampire: Second Cycle” will wrap with #11 — though Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque will return for a “Third Cycle” in early 2016.
  • “Justice League 3001” hints, very broadly, at a “super death” coming to that series with November’s issue #6 — though given the oft-playful/satirical track record of writers Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis, you may want to take this with a grain of salt: “Plus, the most unexpected super death in super history. No. Really. You’ll never guess.”
  • Howard Porter is the regular series artist of “Justice League 3001,” and this month he’s doing double-duty, filling in for John Romita Jr. on the Gene Luen Yang-written “Superman.” And it looks like things are just getting bleaker for Clark Kent, with his secret identity already revealed: “Robbed of his identity, his loved ones and his home, a broken Superman is forced to join a super-fight club. The stakes? His life!”
  • More creator-centric news: Frank J. Barbiere, of Image Comics’ “Five Ghosts” and more, joins Cullen Bunn on co-writing duties of “Lobo” #12.
  • Harley Quinn continues to be nearly ubiquitous, as she appears alongside her Suicide Squad teammate in “Deathstroke” #12.
  • The lives of new villain Mr. Bloom and the new Batman, Jim Gordon, look to intersect in a big way with “Batman” #46, where the two will come “face to face.” Batman fans can also pick up “Batman: Endgame Director’s Cut” #1, a close look at the work of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo in their recent Joker arc — art reprinted in pencil form and script pages.
  • “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is headed to theaters in March 2016, but that’s far from the only time the Caped Crusader and Man of Steel have fought. Their past conflicts are chronicled in early December’s “Batman vs. Superman” trade paperback, collecting the famous fight depicted in “The Dark Knight Returns” #4 and several other stories.
  • Also in early December: Lex Luthor, played by Jesse Eisenberg in “Batman v Superman,” gets a trade paperback tribute in the form of “Lex Luthor: A Celebration of 75 Years.” It’s 360 pages of stories ranging from the Golden Age to the current era.
  • New Vertigo series, first announced last month at Comic-Con International in San Diego, continue to roll out, this month with “Jacked,” “Red Thorn,” “Slash & Burn” and “Unfollow” all debuting.
  • Also from Vertigo: An “iZombie” omnibus (“iZomnibus,” if you will) collecting all 28 issues of Chris Roberson & Mike Allred’s series that inspired the CW series of the same name, returning for a second season this fall.

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