What’s To Come from DC Comics’ August 2016 Solicitations, Bat-Family, Constantine and More

DC Comics recently released the official solicitations for August 2016, you can catch up with the list here.

As you may already know, the Rebirth of DC Comics is coming. No, it is not a reboot – the event is more of a relaunch that will give opportunity for new and veteran readers to jump right into the adventure without having to catch up with months or years of continuity to understand the stories. Think about it like what Geoff Johns did with Flash: Rebirth and Green Lantern: Rebirth. The DCU will be revitalized.

With August 2016 solicitations, many questions are answered but as well a plethora of more questions come up. Many elements from the pre-New 52 universe are returning. What to expect from DC Comics on August?

Batman and Bat-family

Red Hood and his new companions

Various heroes and villains from the Bat-family will get re-imagined. Written by Scott Snyder, All-Star Batman will deal with Batman and Two-Face as they face during a road trip? Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) gets into MMA…I’ll definitely pay to see that. Batgirl definitely changes her status quo as just a sidekick to Batman, to become a hero in her own right. Barbara is set to leave a mark in the DCU. (ref. Batgirl #2, 2016)

Batgirl, Black Canary, and Huntress team-up as the classic Birds of Prey to hunt down the person who has stole the mantle of Oracle. (ref. Batgirl and the Birds of Prey  #1)

Harley Quinn does not present much changes for ‘Rebirth’, as she continues on a very conflicted path between being a villain and a hero.

Still flying solo, but not really. Red Hood has gathered a team of special individuals, forming his very own trinity, which includes Bizarro. (ref. Red Hood and the Outlaws #1)

Blue Beetle

Jaime Reyes, the most recent Blue Beetle returns from a long absence since his original series was canceled early during the launch of the New 52. (ref. Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1)

Deathstroke

The DCU’s best assassin (why does that tagline sound familiar?) sets to reinvent himself on a path to redemption. But can Slade Wilson truly be redeemed? The future we saw for him on New 52: Futures End does not look like it. Though it is fair to remember that future is no longer valid for our anti-hero as things have changed for him after Convergence. (ref. Deathstroke: Rebirth #1)

Constantine and Swamp Thing

HLB_Cv1Though Swamp Thing has yet to receive a series for Rebirth, he will appear alongside Constantine on The Hellblazer. These two characters have always shared some history and will at times team-up to battle threats beyond the dark. With the name Hellblazer on the title, written by Simon Oliver, the series may very well return to the dark and horrific  roots of the original series by Vertigo.

Superman and Super-family

Lois Lane really did get a rebirth for 2016, as she stars on Superwoman. That’s right, a new maiden of steel is in town. Still unexplained, Lois Lane gets Superman-like powers and rises up as a heroine, however in doing so she is killing herself.

One of the biggest news for Rebirth was the fact that Action Comics is reverting back to the original numbering to ACTION COMICS #961The series returns with a blast, featuring the pre-New 52 Superman against Doomsday. The man of steel can’t die twice right?

Aquaman

AQM_04_CVR_CMYKThe king of the seas returns with another world-shaking story. Since the ‘New 52’, Aquaman’s arcs have been for the most part a success, allowing the hero to become one of the fan-favorites of this day and age. Aquaman gets wrongly accused for a massive attack on the surface, willing to sit behind bars if it means that will bring  peace between the two worlds. (ref. Aquaman #4, 2016)

What do you think of ‘Rebirth’? What do you expect from the relaunch?

Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Antonio Jose Chavez

Antonio Jose Chavez

Antonio is a comic book artist-in process, writer and a huge fan of everything related to DC Comics. He would like to become the next Batman, however he lacks the billions to do so....oh and the ninja training too
  • Trey McKnight

    To be honest, I want a new Crisis of Infinite Earths where all the extra characters of the DCU are killed off/ erased so we can have a more condensed cast of characters for each comic. There is no need for half a dozen human green lanterns nor for Batman to have had 5 Robins. They could have a vote on which characters stay and which ones go, Jason Todd style. Then they can spend 20 years in real time aging the characters, replacing them, letting them grow. After 20 years, they do another reboot and start over again.

    • Antonio Chavez

      Good point. But The New 52, DCYOU and Rebirth have brought and is set to bring a good amount of amazing stories. Pretty amazing stuff can rise from a bad move. Though I do not consider Rebirth as a bad move.

    • Antonio Chavez

      In regards of which series, media, DC Comics franchise would you like to see more articles about, case in point, which kind of articles and content would you like?

      • Trey McKnight

        I’m mostly interested in the comics. I watch the movies but don’t want to learn too much before they come out.

    • Sidney_Eubanks

      Thats a great point. Id read that storyline.