DC Comics has released solicitation text and cover images for its July 2015 lineup, the second month of its post-“Convergence” direction with the stated goal of a more eclectic and diverse slate of books.
As usual, most of the major new material in the solicitations — such as the new “Cyborg” series and the “Teen Titans Go!” variant covers — have already been revealed, but DC’s July 2015 solicitations still included a number of intriguing revelations.
- Supergirl looks likely to be getting her own TV series on CBS, but the character doesn’t yet have a new solo series, with the last one ending pre-“Convergence.” Yet the character will be showing up in July’s “Justice League 3001” #2, with the solicitation text pre-responding to any skeptics: “Trust us… it’s actually pretty cool.”
- Though “Convergence” will have been wrapped by more than a month when “Justice League United” #11 debuts from the new creative team of writer Jeff Parker and artist Travel Foreman, it looks like the consequences may still be felt, along with what appears to be a shift of direction for the series. As the solicitation text reads: “The Convergence is over! Now, Alanna Strange, Stargirl and Equinox must assemble brand-new and wildly untraditional teams of heroes and villains to work together and stop another cosmic catastrophe before it happens.”
- Direct-to-home release “Justice League: Gods and Monsters” — executive produced by Bruce Timm in his return to DC’s animated features — is scheduled for release in July, and DC’s publishing side has plenty of tie-ins planned. “Justice League: Gods and Monsters – Batman” and “Justice League: Gods and Monsters – Superman” one-shots are both solicited for July (co-written by Timm and comics and animation veteran J.M. DeMatteis), plus three action figures, advance solicited for release in September.
- DC Comics has once again mentioned the apparent death of Kyle Rayner in “Omega Men,” before the series has even started. Here’s the solicitation text for July’s issue #2: “What do you do after the entire galaxy watches you murder the White Lantern Kyle Rayner? Run.”
- The post-“Convergence” Superman status quo, told in a story arc titled “TRUTH,” has been thus far concealed as to what exactly it’s all about — though the solicitation for July’s “Superman” #42 implies that whatever it is, it may be Lois Lane’s fault. “Has Lois Lane betrayed Superman with the truth?”
- First introduced in the ’90s “Superman” animated series, Livewire has been mostly missing in action in the post-“Flashpoint” DC Universe. That’s set to change in July with “Batgirl” #42. Also in July, Barbara Gordon is paired with “Birds of Prey” teammate Helena Bertinelli in “Batgirl Annual” #3.
- Another villain first seen in a DC animated series makes her way to comics in July 2015: Inque, from the “Batman Beyond” cartoon, comes to comic books with “Batman Beyond” #2.
- Speaking of characters originally introduced in animation, a “Batman ’66” version of Harley Quinn — called The Harlequin — will guest star in “Batman ’66” #25.
- A new video game-based six-issue miniseries debuts in July from the creative team of Peter J. Tomasi and Alisson Borges, “Batman: Arkham Knight – Genesis.”
- “Secret Six” #4, originally solicited for release in March, has been resolicited for July 15.
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