What You Might Have Missed In DC’s June 2017 Solicitations
Every month, comic publishers release their solicitation announcements to provide information to readers and retailers on comics that are coming out in three months’ time, but there’s so much information dropped at once that a lot can slip through the cracks.
This month in DC's June solicitations, DC Rebirth brings back some more old favorites in a more traditional setting, some New 52 standout stars get a chance to return, some Golden Age heroes appear in the least likely place, and Aquaman gets hot!
June sees all of DC's double-shipping titles hitting their twenty-fifth issue, and most of them are doing something big to celebrate. What most of them aren't doing, is bringing Sunstone's Stjepan Sejic aboard to make their lead character hot as hell. Dan Abnett's Aquaman run has been really solid, but hasn't received the fanfare it deserves, so hopefully Sejic's presence on the book gives it the attention it deserves.
Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis are two all-time legendary creators, but they've also never met a character they've worked on that they didn't want to bring back somehow. June's issue of Blue Beetle sees the return of The New 52 incarnation of OMAC, co-created by Giffen, and also seems to star Teri Magnus, The Flash from their work on Justice League 3000. Along with Doctor Fate and two Blue Beetles, it's a strange team but Giffen and DeMatteis made their name on stranger teams, to be sure.
Zatanna was a big part of the early days of The New 52, but the character never felt quite "right" in books like Justice League Dark. Part of DC Rebirth's core mission statement is to remind people what they love about these characters, and seeing Zatanna rock a top hat next to Batman is definitely a step in the right direction for the character. James Tynion IV and Alvaro Martinez have been crushing it twice-monthly on Detective Comics and while it may only be a cameo, Zatanna would be a perfect addition to that ensemble.
Young Animal isn't a part of DC Rebirth, but the Allreds' Bug! The Adventures of Forager seems to be having a little mini-Rebirth of its own. Not only does it elevate the Kirby creation to starring status, it's teaming him up with the oddest assortment of Golden Age heroes, including the original Blue Beetle, the original Sandman, Sandy The Golden Boy and The Losers. It's the last place you'd think to look for those characters, but outside of Kirby himself, the Allreds might be the only ones to pull that team-up off.
June also sees the release of the big Wonder Woman film, and naturally DC is celebrating that with a one-shot dedicated to the man in her life, Steve Trevor. DC has subtly been building Trevor up as his own man in the pages of Justice League titles, and it's something Greg Rucka has run with to great effect in the current ongoing Wonder Woman series. Whether or not he can hold his own without Diana though, is another question entirely.