DC has revealed highlights of its December solicits, which include a new Batman arc, a 12-issue crossover event, and four new ongoing and limited series.

With previous writer James Tynion IV off the payroll (see “James Tynion IV Leaves Batman for Substack”), Batman #118 is a fresh start. The new creative team of writer Joshua Williamson and artist Jorge Molina send Batman away from Gotham City to face a new antagonist, Abyss, and unravel a mystery involving Batman, Inc. Batman #118 will go on sale on December 7 with a main cover by Molina, a variant cover by Francesco Mattina, a 1:25 variant by Viktor Bogdanovic, and a 1:50 variant by Jock. Batman #119, slated for January 4, 2022, will have a backup story by Karl Kerschl, a regular cover by Molina, a variant cover by Mattina, a 1:25 variant by Dan Hipp, and a 1:50 variant by Jock. Both issues are 40 pages and will have an MSRP of $4.99 for the regular covers and $5.99 for the variants, all of which are card stock.

Writer Mariko Tamaki will helm a new event, Shadows of the Bat, working with artists  Ivan Reis, Danny Miki, Max Raynor, Amancay Nahuelpan, and Jordie Bellaire. The story, which centers on Arkham Asylum, starts with a prelude in Detective Comics 2021 Annual and continues in Detective Comics #1047, with a main story by Tamaki, Reis, and Miki and a backup story by writer Matthew Rosenberg and artist Fernando Blanco. Detective Comics #1047 will feature a cover by Ivan Rodriguez, a variant by Lee Bermejo, a 1:25 variant by Jorge Fornés, and a 1:50 variant by Simone Di Meo. The 40-page issue will go on sale on January 4, 2022 with an MSRP of $4.99 for the regular cover, $5.99 for the variants, which are on card stock.

Batgirls is a new ongoing series starring Batgirls Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown, fighting crime in gritty Gotham City under the watchful eye of Oracle. Written by Becky Cloonan and Michael Conrad, with art by Jorge Corona, the all ages title will have a cover by Corona, masked and unmasked Batgirls variants (which connect to form a single image) by InHyuk Lee, a 1:25 variant by Rian Gonzales, a 1:50 variant by Hipp, and a Teams variant by Final Fantasy illustrator Yoshitaka Amano. The 32-page Batgirls #1 will go on sale on December 14 with an MSRP of $3.99 for regular covers and $4.99 for card stock variants.

Writer Robert Venditti and artist Michael Avon Oeming delve into the history of Superman’s home planet in World of Krypton, a six-issue miniseries that looks at the forces that led to Krypton’s destruction and the roles played by Jor-El and other Kryptonians who were trying to stop it. World of Krypton #1 will go on sale on December 7 with a cover by Mico Suayan and a variant by A. D’Amico. The 32-page issue will have an MSRP of $3.99 for the regular cover and $4.99 for the card stock variant.

Swamp Thing: Green Hell, by writer Jeff Lemire and artist Doug Mahnke, is a three-issue miniseries pitting Swamp Thing against a horrific monster determined to destroy all life on earth. The first issue of this dark take on the classic character will have a regular cover by Mahnke, a variant by Christian Ward, and a 1:25 variant by Francesco Francavilla. The 48-page comic, in the larger Prestige Plus format, will be released on December 28 with an MSRP of $6.99.

And now for something completely different: One-Star Squadron by writer Mark Russell and artist Steve Lieber is a six-issue limited series that focuses on a team of cut-rate superheroes, led by Red Tornado, who tackle odd jobs and heroic feats and are rewarded with a paycheck rather than glory. The first issue, with a main cover by Lieber and a variant by Steve Pugh, will go on sale on December 7 with an MSRP of $3.99 for the 32-page comic, $4.99 for the card stock variant.

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