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TBU Solicitations – July 2016


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DC Comics has released their solicitations for the month of July 2016.  July will bring the second month of DC’s new “Rebirth” event which is relaunching various titles into a newly revived DC continuity.  Some of these titles began in June’s solicitations with a special “Rebirth” issue of the title before renumbering with a new issue #1 and more titles follow that pattern this month.  Also, please note again that some of these titles are now shipping twice monthly at DC’s new $2.99 price point.

 

In the pages of Batman #2-3, Tom king continues the “I Am Gotham” story in which Batman deals with a new hero in the city named Gotham eventually forcing them to work together to save the city from attack.  Detective Comics #936-937 sees Batman, Batwoman and the rest of their team fighting against a new organization called Colony which threatens Gotham City while still struggling to train their new team of heroes.

 

July brings the “Rebirth” return of Justice League with Justice League: Rebirth #1 and Justice League #1.  The Rebirth special issue seems to tell a new origin story of the Justice League with Batman and Wonder Woman being skeptical as they welcome Superman to the team.  In the new issue #1, an ancient power threatens the entire earth and not even the combined strength of the Justice League might be able to stop it.   Also in July, Titans #1 debuts welcoming some old members to the team and facing their most dangerous enemy yet.

 

More Batman-family characters will see their new Rebirth titles launched in July as well with the release of Batgirl #1, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1, Nightwing: Rebirth #1, Nightwing #1, and  Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth #1.  Barbara sets out on her new training adventures in Asia in Batgirl #1 while Batgirl and Black Canary get the Birds of Prey back together bringing Helena Bertinelli (officially announced now to be the same character from Grayson who is becoming Huntress again) into the team as they square off against someone who has discovered Barbara’s history as Oracle (again explicitly brought back into continuity) and is using that title for evil.  We see Dick Grayson come back to Gotham after his time as a spy to reclaim the title of Nightwing (and the original blue suit) in the pages of Nightwing: Rebirth #1 and begin to work with a new mentor in the beginning of an arc called “Better than Batman” in Nightwing #1.  Additionally, Jason Todd solidifies Red Hood’s identity as a villain after an encounter with Batman and teams up with Bizarro and a fallen Amazon named Artemis to take down Gotham’s criminal networks from the inside in Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth #1.

 

Several New 52/Post-Flashpoint titles also continue into July until “Rebirth” brings them to an end.  Batman fights against Rewire as they are both manipulated by Spellbinder in Batman Beyond #14.  Harley Quinn tries to “burn the place down” as one ongoing series ends this month and her Rebirth ongoing begins next month in Harley Quinn #30.  Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys #4 find the gang in a fight against Harley Sinn who is holding Harley prisoner on the Island of Horrible Death.  Harley is also spotlighted in the final issue of New Suicide Squad in an issue which claims to delve into her mind as she wrestles with both her past and her future.  Lastly, the Teen Titans find themselves trying to prove themselves before Amanda Waller shuts the team down in Teen Titans #22.

 

July also brings new issues of Earth 2 Society, DC Comics Bombshells, Injustice God’s Among Us Year Five, and the debut issue of Batman ’66 Meets Steed and Mrs Peel.

 

Also, it has recently been announced that DC has cancelled their June solicitation for Dark Knight III: The Master Race #6 and has yet to reschedule it as of the release of these July solicitations.

 

See the full list of solicitations below.

 

BATMAN #2
Written by TOM KING
Art by DAVID FINCH and MATT BANNING
Cover by DAVID FINCH
Variant cover by TIM SALE
 “I AM GOTHAM” Chapter Two: In issue #2, after a brush with disaster, Batman struggles to reconcile the fate he could be leaving behind for his city, and reaches out to the idealistic new hero, Gotham. But an evil is building that may overcome both Batman and his new ally.
On sale JULY 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
BATMAN #3
Written by TOM KING
Art by DAVID FINCH and MATT BANNING
Cover by DAVID FINCH
Variant cover by TIM SALE
 “I AM GOTHAM” Chapter Three: Batman and Gotham strike out together to get to the bottom of the mysterious attacks against the city. Could this novel and headstrong new hero be everything Gotham City needs…at the cost of the Dark Knight?
On sale JULY 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
DETECTIVE COMICS #936
Written by JAMES TYNION IV
Art and cover by EDDY BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA
Variant cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
 “RISE OF THE BATMEN” Chapter Three: In issue #936, Batman is M.I.A., and it’s time for Batwoman to take the reins! But can she control a strike force that’s barely worked together…including unstable wildcard Clayface?
On sale JULY 13 • On sale JULY 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
DETECTIVE COMICS #937
Written by JAMES TYNION IV
Art and cover by ALVARO MARTINEZ and RAUL FERNANDEZ
Variant cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
 “RISE OF THE BATMEN” Chapter Four: In issue #937, Batman’s found his way into the heart of the Colony, the mysterious new organization cutting its way through Gotham City! Unfortunately, now that he’s in he may find there’s no way out!
On sale JULY 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

JUSTICE LEAGUE: REBIRTH #1

Written by BRYAN HITCH

Art by BRYAN HITCH

Cover by TONY S. DANIEL

Variant cover by JOE MADUREIRA

Spinning out of the events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1, a new day dawns for Earth’s greatest heroes as they welcome three new members to the team, including…Superman? Who is this strange visitor from a dead world—and can he be trusted? Batman and Wonder Woman aren’t so sure.

On sale JULY 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

 

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1

Written by BRYAN HITCH

Art by TONY S. DANIEL and SANDU FLOREA

Cover by TONY S. DANIEL

Variant cover by YANICK PAQUETTE

“THE EXTINCTION MACHINE” Chapter One

The oceans rise. The earth quakes. And an ancient power rises to reclaim not just the world, but the universe itself—and not even the combined might of the Justice League can stop it. An all-new era begins with this epic by comic book legend Bryan Hitch (JLA, The Ultimates) and master storyteller Tony S. Daniel (BATMAN: R.I.P., DEATHSTROKE).

On sale JULY 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

 

BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY: REBIRTH #1
Written by JULIE BENSON and SHAWNA BENSON
Art by CLAIRE ROE
Cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
Variant cover by BEN CALDWELL
 “WHO IS ORACLE” Chapter One: Batgirl and Black Canary are together again, working a case that strikes right at the heart of their partnership! Someone’s uncovered the greatest secret Barbara Gordon ever kept: her time as Oracle, the most powerful hacker on the planet. And not only do they know her secret, they’re using her name to sell dangerous information to criminals! Now one of those deals has brought some major heat to Gotham City…Helena Bertinelli is out of Spyral, wearing the hood of the Huntress, and making mafia blood run in the streets! Everything you thought was hidden will be revealed if the Oracle has their way…
On sale JULY 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
BATGIRL #1
Written by HOPE LARSON
Art and cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
Variant cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
 “Beyond Burnside” Chapter One: The Batgirl you know and love is going global with Eisner Award-winning and New York Times best-selling writer Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time, Goldie Vance) and all-star artist Rafael Albuquerque (AMERICAN VAMPIRE). In order to up her game, Babs travels to Japan on a quest to train with the most elite modern combat masters of the East. But when a chance meeting with an old friend puts a target on her back, Batgirl may need to use her new skills to solve a deadly mystery.
On sale JULY 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
NIGHTWING: REBIRTH #1
Written by TIM SEELEY
Art by YANICK PAQUETTE
Cover by JAVIER FERNANDEZ
Variant cover by TBA
He’s been Robin, Batman, a spy, a ghost. Now, Dick Grayson returns to Gotham City to reclaim the life that was taken from him. But when a new evil threatens those he loves most, Nightwing faces being torn away from home once again in order to destroy the dark force once and for all. Powerhouse artist Yanick Paquette (BATMAN, SWAMP THING) joins series writer Tim Seeley (GRAYSON, BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL) to return Nightwing to the DC superhero stage!
On sale JULY 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
NIGHTWING #1
Written by TIM SEELEY
Art and cover by JAVIER FERNANDEZ
Variant cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
 “BETTER THAN BATMAN” Chapter One: Batman taught Nightwing everything he knows—but what if everything he taught him is wrong? When Dick is stuck with a new mentor who challenges everything Batman taught him, Nightwing has to shatter his concept of justice in order to fight for what he knows is right. Writer Tim Seeley (GRAYSON, BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL) launches Nightwing onto a new quest alongside rising talent Javier Fernandez (RED HOOD/ARSENAL).
On sale JULY 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

 

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS: REBIRTH #1

Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art by DEXTER SOY
Cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI and CAM SMITH
Variant cover by BENGAL
When a shocking encounter with Batman solidifies the Red Hood’s status as a villain, Jason Todd goes deep undercover to take down Gotham City’s criminal underworld from the inside. Along the way, Jason meets two unlikely allies: a disgraced Amazon warrior named Artemis and a half-baked Superman clone called Bizarro—and the DCU’s “Dark Trinity” is born!
On sale JULY 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

 

TITANS #1
Written by DAN ABNETT
Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
Variant cover by MIKE CHOI
 “REMEMBER THE TITANS” Chapter One
After an old ally returns to the team, the Titans set their sights on a dangerous enemy with the power to change reality itself! But the Titans have never faced a threat this massive before, and with so much on the line, will they be able to stand united as a team? Or will their past mistakes be their undoing?
On sale JULY 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
BATMAN BEYOND #14
Written by DAN JURGENS
Art and cover by BERNARD CHANG
The epic “Wired for Death” storyline continues as the mysterious Rewire’s true identity is finally revealed. It’s an explosive revelation that can only lead to a climactic showdown between Rewire and Batman as they’re both being manipulated by Spellbinder.
On sale JULY 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
HARLEY QUINN #30
Written by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by ELSA CHARRETIER
Cover by AMANDA CONNER
Variant cover by AMANDA CONNER
As Harley’s monthly series comes to an end, the world prepares for twice as much Harley when her new series debuts in August! And you’d better believe Harley’s burning the place down on the way out the door…
On sale JULY 20 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T+ • FINAL ISSUE…you know, for now
HARLEY QUINN AND HER GANG OF HARLEYS #4
Written by JIMMY PALMIOTTI and FRANK TIERI
Art by MAURICET
Cover by AMANDA CONNER
Variant cover by AMANDA CONNER
Sure, the Gang has finally figured out who Harley Sinn is and, more importantly, where she’s holding Harley hostage—but considering it’s a place called The Island of Horrible Death, they might be thinking twice about going there…
On sale JULY 13 • 32 pg, FC, 4 of 6, $3.99 US • RATED T+

 

NEW SUICIDE SQUAD #22
Written by SEAN RYAN
Art by RONAN CLIQUET
Cover by JUAN FERREYRA
Delve, if you dare, into the twisted mind of Harley Quinn as she wrestles with her past and questions her future in the mind-bending finale of NEW SUICIDE SQUAD.
On sale JULY 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+ • FINAL ISSUE
EARTH 2: SOCIETY #14
Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by FEDERICO DALLOCHIO
Cover by JORGE JIMENEZ
It’s Wonder against Wonder with the fate of Earth-2 in the balance. The world is barely holding on by its fingertips. Do they dare risk an attempt to reboot their planet with the mysterious Amazonian device? Meanwhile, a new enemy is on the move behind the scenes, attempting to take advantage of situation.
On sale JULY 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

 

TEEN TITANS #22
Written by TONY BEDARD
Art by IAN CHURCHILL
Cover by MIKE McKONE
When the Teen Titans find themselves at odds with the law, an unlikely enemy emerges:Amanda Waller! Can the team prove they really are heroes before “The Wall” hunts them all down?
On sale JULY 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

 

BATMAN ’66 MEETS STEED AND MRS. PEEL #1
Written by IAN EDGINTON
Art by MATTHEW DOW SMITH
Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
Variant cover by CAT STAGGS
England swings and so does the Dynamic Duo in this historic pairing of two of the hippest shows from 1960s television. DC Comics and BOOM! Studios join forces to bring these iconic characters together for the first time!
As Bruce Wayne shows the beautiful head of a UK electronics company the sights of Gotham, they are interrupted by the felonious feline Catwoman! Unwilling to leave Miss Michaela Gough unprotected, Bruce resigns himself to the fact that Batman cannot save the day. But some new players have arrived in town—though even as the lovely, catsuit-clad Mrs. Peel and her comrade John Steed take control of the situation, nefarious plots continue apace!
On sale JULY 6 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 6, $3.99 US • RATED E • DIGITAL FIRST

 

DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #15
Written by MARGUERITE BENNETT
Art by LAURA BRAGA and MIRKA ANDOLFO
Cover by ANT LUCIA
Mera adjusts to a life without her powers—and starts to fall in love with Arthur. Meanwhile, as Batwoman reunites with Renee Montoya in hopes of freeing Jewish prisoners from concentration camps, Harley and Ivy encounter Zatanna and Constantine, and plans to form a rebellion begin.
On sale JULY 13 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST

 

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR FIVE #13

Written by BRIAN BUCCELLATO

Art by MARCO SANTUCCI

Cover by DAVID YARDIN

It’s Damian at the crossroads when he must make a final, fateful choice between his biological father—Batman—and his current father figure, Superman. The new Nightwing can end the conflict that’s torn the world asunder these past five years, but either the Dark Knight or the Man of Steel is going to have to die.

On sale JULY 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST

 

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR FIVE #14

Written by BRIAN BUCCELLATO

Art by MIKE S. MILLER

Cover by DAVID YARDIN

Since the rise of the Regime, The Flash has always been one of Superman’s most tenuous allies. Now his loyalty is really going to be tested, as someone he loves has to face Superman’s unswerving justice. Then, with the Speedster at his most vulnerable, Batman offers him a risky way out.

On sale JULY 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST

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