DC Comics December Solicits: Top Ten Picks For Your Consideration

by Olly MacNamee

With comics getting back to full strength, it’s been a while since we scoured through DC Comics full solicitations, so we thought it about time we dug in and give you our recommendations for comics coming up in a few short months. Here then are our reading recommendations for DC titles coming out across December 2020 including more Dark Nights: Death Metal tie-ins as well as the last two climatic issues in this series too. And then there’s 5G, now renamed and reduced to Generations Shattered #1 and much, much more in Avery busy month of comics:

Cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams

Batman/Catwoman #1

written by Tom King

art by Clay Mann

“At last, Tom King returns to the rocky, romantic saga of Batman and Catwoman with his Heroes in Crisis collaborator, superstar artist Clay Mann!

Echoing plot points from King’s epic Batman run, this sweeping tale is told across three timelines: the past, when the Bat and the Cat first fell in love; the present, where their union is threatened by one of Batman’s lost loves; and the future, where the couple have a happy life and legacy—including their daughter Helena, the Batwoman. And as the story begins, after a long marriage, Bruce Wayne passes away—which frees Selina Kyle to settle an old score. At every stage of their relationship, Bruce and Selina have an unwelcome chaperone: The Joker!

Oh, and that lost love of Bruce’s? It’s Andrea Beaumont—a.k.a. Phantasm. Just thought you’d want to know.”

Cover by Greg Capullo

Batman Black and White #1

Written by James Tynion IV, J.H. Williams III, Paul Dini, Emma Rios and G. Willow Wilson

Art by Tradd Moore, J.H. Williams III, Andy Kubert, Emma Rios and Greg Smallwood

“The iconic anthology series returns with a brand-new slate of comics’ most exciting and innovative storytellers to explore the Batman mythos in stark black-and-white!
In this debut issue:
• James Tynion IV and Tradd Moore explore the world of Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Assassins
• J.H. Williams III returns to DC Comics for a trip through the Dark Knight’s history
• Emma Rios explores the eternal struggle of the Dark Knight
• Paul Dini and Andy Kubert pit Batman against an infestation of ninja Man-Bats in the Batcave
• G. Willow Wilson and Greg Smallwood portray Batman in his strangest standoff ever with Killer Croc
With a lineup this strong and a cover by legendary Batman artist Greg Capullo, you won’t want to miss the start of this tremendous collection of Batman tales by some of comics’ top creators!”

Cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado

Generations Shattered #1

Written by Dan Jurgens, Andy Schmidt and Robert Venditti

Art by Bryan Hitch, Ivan Reis, Kevin Nowlan, Aaron lopresti, Fernando Pasarin, Paul Pelletier and more

“A threat of cosmic proportion to DC’s newest (and oldest) universe compels one of the most unusual groups of heroes ever assembled to take on the most mysterious foe they have ever encountered. What started in Detective Comics #1027 explodes out of Dark Nights: Death Metal to tell the story of the generations-spanning history of the DC Universe! Join the original Batman, Kamandi, Starfire, Sinestro, Booster Gold, Dr. Light, Steel, and Sinestro in their quest to save the universe before time runs out…”

Cover by Gary Franks

Dark Nights: Death Metal: The Secret Origins #1

Written by Scott Snyder and Geoff Johns

Art by Ryan Benjamin

“The DCU’s darkest secrets are explored while two titans clash! The heroes search for a way to defeat the Darkest Knight through the universe’s past, while Superboy Prime faces down the demonic Batman!”

Cover by Tula Lotay

Dark Nights: Death Metal: The Last Stories of the DC Universe #1

Written by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Mark Waid, Gail Simone, Mariko Tamaki, Jeff Lemire, Cecil Castellucci, and Christopher Sebela

Art by Francis Manapul and others

“The last battle against the Batman Who Laughs is at hand…the final fight for everything in the universe. And while the night is usually darkest just before the dawn, what would be the last thing you’d do if you weren’t sure the dawn would ever arrive? Join our heroes in their waning hours as we show their journeys through what could be their final moments…heroes that have fought a million times before, but are keenly aware this could be their endgame. These are the stolen moments detailing the last stories of the DC Universe.”

Lucio Parrillo

Dark Nights: Death Metals #6

Written by Scott Snyder

Art and cover by Greg Capullo and Johnathan Glapion

“The battle rages as the entire DC Universe stands against the Darkest Knight! Villains fight alongside heroes working as one to banish this demon from the deepest corners of the Dark Multiverse. Meanwhile, the Robin King lurks nearby, his army of Groblins in wait. The dogs of war are loose and no one is safe.”

Dark Nights: Death Metals #7

Written by Scott Snyder

Art and cover by Greg Capullo and Johnathan Glapion

“The song remains anything but the same as the house lights start to come up on DC’s biggest, baddest battle for control of the Multiverse! The Darkest Knight is on the verge of ending this concert once and for all, but Wonder Woman has more than just a greatest hit planned. The Amazonian warrior stands ready to shred the Darkest Knight, solo! Plus, this extra-sized finale issue includes not one but two mind-blowing epilogues that lead directly into the next phase of the DC Universe—and no fan will want to miss that!”

Cover by Dan Mora

Dark Nights: Death Metal: The Last 52: War of the Multiverse #1

written by Scott Snyder, Joshua Williamson, Magdalene Visaggio, James Tynion IV, Kyle Higgins, Marguerite Bennett, Matt Rosenberg, Justin Jordan, Regine Sawyer, and Che Grayson

Art by Daniel Sampere and others

“What would it take to get every being left in the Multiverse to side together in the ultimate, final showdown? Total decimation and the complete undoing of all existence? The Batman Who Laughs has made his final move, bringing the most horrifying opposition to the battleground, and now every hero and villain left alive will stand and fight together. This epic battle book details every side of the last war across the Multiverse—Wonder Woman leading the heroes, Superman leading the villains, and Batman leading the dead—everyone has to play their part. Everyone and everything is at stake…so join here for the last of the DCU as we know it!”

The Green Lantern Season Two #10

Written by Grant Morrison
art and cover by Liam Sharp

“Meet Hal Jordan’s Earth-11 counterpart in the first skirmish of the Ultrawar! Against a backdrop of cosmic conspiracy and shady interstellar politics, two Green Lanterns and two Star Sapphires enact a four-way battle of the sexes. As the cracks of division spread from world to world, can love prevail?”

Batman Beyond #50

Written by Dan Jurgens

Art by Sean Chen and Sean Pearson

FINAL ISSUE:
“The finale of Dan Jurgens’s iconic run on Batman Beyond finds Terry McGinnis accused of crimes he didn’t commit! When one of his greatest rogues, the formidable Inque, poses as Batman and causes havoc around Gotham City, Wonder Woman will stop by to confront Batman Beyond. Will Terry be able to convince her that he’s innocent or will he find himself the enemy of one of the DC Universe’s greatest heroes? The epic conclusion of the series is here!”

Olly MacNamee

A unashamed DC Comics fan and sometime teacher for over 20 years! I got lucky and found the escape hatch. Now, I just read and write about comics all day long. Co-host of the ICE-Cast podcast and one third of the brains behind Birmingham's street art and graffiti festival High Vis Fest.

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