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Saturday, April 25, 2015

DC July 2015 Solcits: Taking Cues from Marvel and the End of Fables


With yesterday's article covering Marvel's solicited comics for July of this year, it's time to take a look at the Distinguished Competition, so to speak.  June will see DC go through a mini-relaunch of sorts as a number of new #1's are released and on-going titles see some major face lifts.  July continues that trend, and the number of pages DC is taking from Marvel's playbook with Hawkeye and other titles begins to become a lot more clear.

Below you will find my picks for the ten most note-worthy of DC's July offerings.  Be sure to check out Newsarama for the full listing.


1. Cyborg Out on his Own - As DC continues to add more diversity to their line of comics, Cyborg finally gets his own ongoing series.  Not only is this DC's only title to be told from the perspective of an African American, but it is also being written by an African American.  Progress is progress no matter how late.

CYBORG #1
Written by DAVID WALKER
Art and cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO


The machine that gives Cyborg his powers is evolving! The only problem is that machine is his body and he has no idea what’s causing these changes!







2. Black Canary or Spider-Gwen? - One of DC's many new titles that seem to take more than a little inspiration from Marvel's current line of comics is Black Canary.  While more female-centric comics is great, hopefully the final product doesn't end up being as similar to Spider-Gwen as this solicit sounds.

BLACK CANARY #2
Written by BRENDEN FLETCHER
Art and cover by ANNIE WU


In the wake of their first major fight, Dinah’s realized that her new bandmates are completely unprepared to keep themselves alive in a scrap…so it’s time for a training montage! (Cue the squealing guitars!) Plus: Who is Bo Maeve, and why does she hate Black Canary so much?





3. Dr. Fate Shows Promise - Another of DC's new titles which hopes to bank on the success of indie-inspired superhero comics.  What is unclear about Dr. Fate is whether or not this is Earth-2 or the new DCU.  Although, with DC's sudden apathy towards continuity, it seems unlikely this will be addressed until the time comes for a crossover.

DR. FATE #2
Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art and cover by SONNY LIEW


The new Dr. Fate is already having trouble controlling the power of Nabu – and time is of the essence because he’s about to be tested by an ancient evil!







4. Prez Brings (Hope and) Change - Prez was perhaps the most unexpected of DC's new series announced a few months ago.  As the upcoming mini-series has no real ties to any other DC series or superheroes, this one could be the biggest game changer for DC.  The solicit definitely gives off a fun, care free vibe that DC's comics have been missing.

PREZ #2
Written by MARK RUSSELL
Art and cover by BEN CALDWELL


With the election in chaos and a Congress mired in corruption, Twitter sensation @corndoggirl becomes the first teenaged President of the United States!








5. The New Batman vs the GCPD - Numerous comics in DC's July solicits promise to feature this mysterious new Batman.  Certain Free Comic Book Day spoilers point out the identity of that Batman and, for that reason alone, this new story in Detective Comics may be the most interesting outside of the main Bat-book to incorporate this mysterious figure.

DETECTIVE COMICS #42
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art by FERNANDO BLANCO
Cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL


The all-new Batman tries to find his place in Gotham City! But how can he manage his already uneasy relationship with the GCPD?





6. Superman Returns from Convergence for a Crossover - The reveal of Superman's secret identity to the entire world is undoubtedly a turn in storytelling that will affect more than just the main Superman book.  So, of course, DC is using the opportunity to have all their Superman titles connect with the new story "Truth".  It seems unclear if this is a true crossover or if each title simply provides a different angle on the idea.

SUPERMAN #42
Written by GENE LUEN YANG
Art and cover by JOHN ROMITA, JR. and KLAUS JANSON


The Superman epic you never expected – “TRUTH” continues! Has Lois Lane betrayed Superman with the truth?





7. The Justice League United gets a New Team - While Jeff Lemire is going to be sorely missed from JLU come June, this issue may just prove that this quirky series can still be exciting.  The JLU was already composed of mostly C and D-listers, but the addition of some of these characters just may be enough to bring in some new readers.

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #11
Written by JEFF PARKER
Art by TRAVEL FOREMAN
Cover by ANDREW ROBINSON


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. In this issue: Mera, Poison Ivy, Swamp Thing and Etrigan!




8. Section Eight Brings the Humor - As mentioned with Prez, DC is in bad need of a comic series that is actually funny.  Unfortunately, any of their books that seem like they will be fun, entertaining, AND bring laughs are all mini-series.  That being said, Garth Ennis' Section Eight is sure to be the most quirky and most likely well written of all these funny books.

SECTION EIGHT #2
Written by GARTH ENNIS
Art by JOHN McCREA
Cover by AMANDA CONNER


It’s Green Lantern’s turn in the barrel as Sixpack’s quest for the eighth Section Eighter continues. But what does GL himself think about all this? Why is Sixpack hearing voices? And can Bueno Excellente really have found love? Find out in part two of the miniseries the creative team themselves are calling an unprecedented masterpiece.



9. Sweet Tooth Gets a New Collection - If you for some reason missed out on Sweet Tooth, the short-lived Vertigo series written and drawn by Jeff Lemire, you missed one of the most emotional, character-driven stories to ever come out of the company.  Now that series is being put back out in hardcover form and you better get a slice of that pie.

SWEET TOOTH DELUXE EDITION BOOK ONE HC
Written by JEFF LEMIRE 
Art and cover by JEFF LEMIRE


In issues #1-12 of the acclaimed series by Jeff Lemire, meet Gus, a human/animal hybrid who was raised in isolation after a pandemic that struck a decade earlier. Now, the death of his father has left him alone – until a drifter named Jepperd promises to help him find a refuge for hybrids.






10. Fables Finds an Ever After - If you are new to Geek Rex, you may not know just how much I love Fables.  Though the series was not always perfect, it will always be my favorite comic of all time for a multitude of reasons.  It all comes to a close in July with a final issue so big it is being solicited as the 22nd volume of the trade paperbacks.  Hopefully this series can end on a high note.

FABLES VOL. 22 TP
Written by BILL WILLINGHAM
Art by MARK BUCKINGHAM, STEVE LEIALOHA, ANDREW PEPOY, MARK SCHULTZ, GENE HA, NEAL ADAMS and others

It’s the final trade paperback volume of FABLES! No, wait – it’s FABLES #150, the grand finale of the best-selling, award-winning comic book series! And it’s also an original graphic novel in the tradition of 1001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL! Yes, it’s all this and more! Join us for 150 – that’s, right, 150! – pages of new stories starring your favorite Fables, all from the mind of Bill Willingham. It all starts with an 80-page lead story illustrated by series regulars Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha, plus stories illustrated by Mark Schultz, Gene Ha, Neal Adams, Andrew Pepoy and many more!

Don’t miss the final bows for Boy Blue, Stinky, Lake and more in this once-in-a-lifetime issue that also features a foldout cover by Nimit Malavia that opens into a four-panel mural! It’s even got metallic ink!


What are you excited to read from DC this July?  Anything not here you want to see?  Let us know in the comments below!

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