Here’s a look at what’s coming out from DC Comics for December 2017. As usual, the full solicitations list is available here.
- Future Quest Presents #5, on sale Dec. 20, $4
- The Jetsons #2, on sale Dec. 6, $4
- Scooby-Doo Team-Up #33, on sale Dec. 27, $3
- Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #88, on sale Dec. 13, $3
- Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica #3 (of 6), on sale Dec. 6, $4
- Astro City #50, on sale Dec. 20, $4
Trade paperbacks/graphic novels
- Black Lightning, vol. 2, on sale Jan. 31, $25
- Black Lightning: Year One, on sale Jan. 10, $15
- Super Powers by Jack Kirby, on sale Jan. 17, $40
- Superman: The Coming of the Supermen, on sale Jan. 31, $17
Glancing at the DCU-related solicits, it looks like DC’s bringing back the 90s Justice Society-tied character Damage. Or at least his name, anyway. Originally, he was the son of the Golden Age Atom (Al Pratt), and possessed the power to create explosive blasts, along with superhuman strength/stamina/speed. He also carried the combined DNA of various JSA and JLA members thanks to the supervillain Vandal Savage for…reasons. (Comics reasons, of course.) The new version of Damage looks and sounds, um, nothing like the above; the solicit makes Rebirth-version-of-Damage sound a lot like Marvel’s Incredible Hulk/Red Hulk.
“Future Quest Presents” centers around Birdman.
“Astro City” hits the 50th issue of its Vertigo run. It celebrates the anniversary with the reappearance of a previous character, a man who fell victim to a “Crisis on Infinite Earths”/”Zero Hour”-style time-altering superhero event.
Scooby-Doo and the Legion of Super-Heroes
This month’s “Scooby-Doo Team-Up” stars the Legion of Super-Heroes! From the cover, Legion headquarters design, and costumes, it looks like the version of the team dating from the late 60s/early 70s. Of course, that’s also the time that “Scooby-Doo” first debuted on TV, so maybe it’s appropriate. I wonder if the Kal-El version of Superboy will get a mention or appearance, to add to the time-travel amusement (“Zoinks! Like, we last saw you when you were all grown up, man!”)
This makes the second time in this series the gang visits the future, per their crossover with the Jetsons.
The story sounds like it’s partly inspired by “Adventure Comics” #357 (June 1967).
Legion member Colossal Boy also appears in this month’s “Teen Titans Go,” with the solicit mentioning his celebrating Hanukkah. Between “Teen Titans Go,” “Scooby-Doo Team-Up,” and the “Batman ’66/Legion” crossover, it seems the non-canonical books are doing way more with the Legion than DC-proper.