Anthony’s DC Comics picks for August 2017

Here’s a look at what’s coming out from DC Comics for August 2017. As usual, a full list of solicitations is available here.

Comics

  • Future Quest Showcase #1, on sale Aug. 16, $4
  • Scooby-Doo Team-Up #29, on sale Aug. 23, $3
  • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #84, on sale Aug. 9, $3
  • Astro City #47, on sale Aug. 16, $4

Trade paperbacks/graphic novels

  • DC Super Hero Girls: Past Times at Super Hero High TPB, on sale Sept. 20, $10 (digital first)
  • Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77 HC, on sale Sept. 27, $25
  • Batman ’66 Meets Steed and Mrs. Peel TPB, on sale Sept. 27, $17
  • DC Meets Hanna-Barbera TPB, on sale Sept. 20, $17
  • Future Quest, vol. 2 TPB, on sale Sept. 27, $17

Comments

Future Quest Showcase #1
Future Quest Showcase #1 (August 2017). Art by Ariel Olivetti.

The variant covers this month seem to be some sort of sign theme?

“Future Quest” relaunches this month as the new series “Future Quest Showcase.” Things kick off with Space Ghost teaming up with the Herculoids.

“Scooby-Doo Team-Up” this month is with Top Cat and his gang! Top Cat’s still popular in Latin America, at least… enough so that Warner Bros. recently made several animated features just for there. TC’s also in the “DC Meets Hanna-Barbera” trade paperback out in September, in a story where Top Cat meets Batman.

There’s two “Batman ’66” collections out this month, and on the same day no less. Still, fans of the 70s “Wonder Woman” TV show will be pleased, as will fans of the 60s “The Avengers” TV show. The recent “Avengers” comic’s called “Steed and Mrs. Peel,” to avoid trademark issues with a certain other “Avengers.”

“Astro City” also happens to feature a canine hero this month. An homage to Krypto, maybe?

Out this month “for the first time” (as the solicit states) is an omnibus collection of the Golden Age Green Arrow’s stories. Oliver Queen debuted in 1941’s “More Fun Comics” #73; Aquaman also debuted in the same issue. Initially, Green Arrow was pretty much “Batman as Robin Hood.” This extended to his sidekick Speedy, plus an “Arrowplane,” “Arrowcar,” and “Arrowcave.” There’s also the famous trick arrows, of course. Things greatly deviated from this at the start of the Bronze Age, when much of the above was dropped. Oliver’s personality also basically became a superhero version of comedian George Carlin (the crankier and leftist aspects, versus the humorous aspects).

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