Highlights from DC Comics September Solicits

I know these are advance solicits for September, but the absence of listed creative teams for these issues is odd. Here are a few of the solicits for September that piqued my interest, for good or for ill.

SUPERMAN: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 24
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US

There’s a new, much darker Superman prowling the streets of Metropolis! But who exactly is he?

Considering that every iteration of Superman these past few years outside of the Adventures of Superman digital series has been a “darker” Superman, I cringe at the thought of where this is going.

RED LANTERNS: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 24
32 pg, FC • RATED T+
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US

The ranks of the Red Lanterns have grown to monstrous numbers, and with no Blood Lake to restore their sanity, they’re terrorizing the universe. It’s up to Blue Lantern Guy Gardner to correct the deadly mistake he made!

Blood Lake sounds like a 90s Image book.

SWAMP THING: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 3
32 pg, FC • RATED T+
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US

The Avatars of the Green, Red and Gray go to war with the avatars of Bacteria and Metal! It’s five years later, and Alec Holland is trying to mediate a ceasefire that could also be his last stab at reconnecting with humanity!

Since the New 52 was launched back in 2011, Swamp Thing has been among the handful of DC Comics I’ve made it a point of keeping up with. My only concern is that we’re going to end up with more color avatars than Green Lantern corps. 

ACTION COMICS: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 3
32 pg, FC • RATED T|
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US

With the Man of Steel missing, ordinary people around the world start to mysteriously exhibit his strengths and abilities…

Seems like we’re about to relive the Death and Return of Superman, doesn’t it? Do these “ordinary people” happen to include an engineer in a metal suit, a young man in a leather jacket, a cyborg, and whatever Eradicator was?

On the bright side, the current Action Comics creative team (Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder) is just wonderful, so I expect something more…inspirational to come out of a solicit like this.

BATGIRL: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 10
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US

It’s five years later, and Barbara Gordon has become Bête Noire – a.k.a. The Black Beast! Part Batman and part Bane, she leads a squad of female agents through the Gotham Underground!

This sounds like it has the potential to be crazy fun. It would be a missed opportunity for DC Comics not to try to pick up some of the female readers who have shown so much support for books with leading ladies such as Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel.

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Bryan Singer, What the Hell are You Talking About?

The cover of Uncanny X-Men #141, art by John Byrne and Terry Austin.

Entertainment Weekly did a promo piece for their upcoming issue, which covers the upcoming film, X-Men: Days of Future Past. I skimmed it, until I reached this quote:

“Everyone grew up knowing Captain America or the Hulk, but not X-Men characters—I didn’t even know who Wolverine was,” director Bryan Singer tells EW. “I call X-Men the bastard stepchild of the comic universes.”

What fucking planet did Bryan Singer grow up on?

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How Your Mother Was Simply Another Hurdle on the Road to Robin

Spoilers Ahead:

I watched the How I Met Your Mother series finale with my parents, and that was disappointingly awful.

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Happy Birthday, Batman

75 years ago today, The Case of the Chemical Syndicate was published in Detective Comics #27. The story featured a knock-off of Street & Smith’s pulp and radio serial character, The Shadow. A thematic successor to characters such as Sherlock Holmes, Zorro, and the aforementioned Shadow, this aristocrat who fought crime in secret while maintaining a dual identity would eventually become one of the most iconic -and certainly one of the most profitable- characters in all of fiction. 

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