What Signs Can We Find For Villains Month In DC’s August Solicitations?

Thanks to CBR, IGN and MTV Geek, we can see the Superbook, Batbook and Edge solicitations for August. But what predictions can we make for Villains Month in September, where every book is retitled and renumbered #1 for one month, spotlighting the central villain of the title?

Threshold has a “a major villain emerges from the shadows”, The Green Team talks about “the mysterious villain who’s been pursuing them all along”. Nightwing is all about The Prankster and an “endgame, Lady Vic stars in Batwing for the first time. Talon could become Bane #1, Detective Comics could be Wrath #1 (though Emperor Penguin #1 may make more sense). Dark Knight could become Clayface… or Mad Hatter!

What do you reckon you can see, lurking between the lines?

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BATMAN, INCORPORATED SPECIAL #1

  • Written by CHRIS BURNHAM, JOE KEATINGE, DAN DIDIO and others
  • Art by CHRIS BURNHAM, ETHAN VAN SCIVER, JASON MASTERS and others
  • Cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
  • 1:25 Variant cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
  • On sale AUGUST 28 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
  • An all-star special featuring the various members of Batman Incorporated—Man-of-Bats, Red Raven, El Gaucho, Dark Ranger, Knight, Batman himself and more! In the wake of their epic struggle with Talia al Ghul, the Heretic and Leviathan see what’s next for the members of Batman’s army. Featuring stories written and drawn by a collection of industry greats! Plus: Bat-Cow makes her solo debut in a tale by writer Dan DiDio and artist Ethan Van Sciver!

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BATMAN #23

  • Written by SCOTT SNYDER
  • Art by GREG CAPULLO and DANNY MIKI
  • Backup story art by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
  • Cover by GREG CAPULLO
  • 1:25 Variant cover by GARY FRANK
  • 1:100 B&W Variant cover by GREG CAPULLO
  • On sale AUGUST 14 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
  • Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
  • Witness the moment Bruce Wayne becomes Batman as “Zero Year” makes history! And in the backup story, a young Bruce Wayne fights for his life in a death match in Russia!
  • This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

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TALON #11

  • Written by JAMES TYNION IV
  • Art and cover by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA
  • On sale AUGUST 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
  • The clash between Talon and Bane’s forces comes to an epic finale on Santa Prisca as Casey Washington desperately seeks Batman to help him eliminate the Court of Owls once and for all.

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DETECTIVE COMICS #23

  • Written by JOHN LAYMAN
  • Art and cover by JASON FABOK
  • Backup story art by ANDY CLARKE
  • 1:25 B&W Variant cover by JASON FABOK
  • On sale AUGUST 7 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
  • Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
  • Alfred is forced to confront the Anti-Batman known as the Wrath! Taking care of Batman all these years has left Alfred with more than a few tricks up his sleeve, but will they be enough?
  • This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

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BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #23

  • Written by GREGG HURWITZ
  • Art and cover by ALEX MALEEV
  • 1:25 B&W Variant cover by ALEX MALEEV
  • On sale AUGUST 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
  • Batman and Commissioner Gordon are forced into a tight corner as Clayface embarks on a murder spree throughout Gotham City. But hope surfaces when the Mad Hatter emerges as an unlikely ally.

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BATMAN AND NIGHTWING #23

  • Written by PETER J. TOMASI
  • Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
  • On sale AUGUST 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
  • Could Batman have saved Damian’s life after all? Guest starring Nightwing!

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BIRDS OF PREY #23

  • Written by CHRISTY MARX
  • Art by ROMANO MOLENAAR and JONATHAN GLAPION
  • Cover by RICKEN
  • On sale AUGUST 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
  • The Birds are locked in combat with Basilisk when Black Canary learns a devastating truth!

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BATGIRL #23

  • Written by GAIL SIMONE
  • Art by FERNANDO PASARIN and JONATHAN GLAPION
  • Cover by ALEX GARNER
  • On sale AUGUST 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
  • The new “Batgirl: Wanted” epic begins here, as Commissioner Gordon must track down his son’s murderer—who happens to be his daughter! But has Barbara already given up the Bat?

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BATWOMAN #23

  • Written by J.H. WILLIAMS III and W. HADEN BLACKMAN
  • Art by TREVOR McCARTHY
  • Cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
  • 1:25 B&W Variant cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
  • On sale AUGUST 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
  • Batwoman must confront the chaos and destruction that she helped unleash in Gotham City as part of the DEO’s scheme to destroy Batman!

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CATWOMAN #23

  • Written by ANN NOCENTI
  • Art by RAFA SANDOVAL and JORDI TARRAGONA
  • Cover by TERRY DODSON
  • On sale AUGUST 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
  • Beneath Gotham City, Catwoman fights for her life! Plus, this issue will make you ask the question “Who is The Joker’s Daughter?”

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BATWING #23

  • Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
  • Art by EDUARDO PANSICA and JULIO FERREIRA
  • Cover by KEN LASHLEY
  • On sale AUGUST 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
  • Luke Fox’s personal life is already in turmoil, but as Batwing he must confront a dangerous new threat in the form of assassin for hire Lady Vic as she makes her first appearance in The New 52!

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RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #23

  • Written by JAMES TYNION IV
  • Art by JULIUS GOPEZ
  • Cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
  • On sale AUGUST 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
  • Roy Harper lives up to the name Arsenal as he wages a one-man attack on the secret city of the League of Assassins to save Jason Todd!

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NIGHTWING #23

  • Written by KYLE HIGGINS
  • Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
  • On sale AUGUST 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
  • A city under siege as the Prankster’s attacks take over Chicago! Can Nightwing find the madman before he kills again? And just what is the Prankster’s endgame? Plus, don’t miss Tony Zullo’s shocking decision.

 

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“All-Star Western” #23

Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by MORITAT
Backup story art by STAZ JOHNSON
Cover by HOWARD PORTER
On sale AUGUST 28 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T+
Hex is trapped in modern-day Gotham City…and he’s getting ready to shoot his way out! Find out how he got here—and see what part Batman plays! And in the backup story, the Vigilante seeks revenge!

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“The Green Team: Teen Trillionaires” #4

Written by ART BALTAZAR and FRANCO
Art and cover by IG GUARA and J.P. MAYER
On sale AUGUST 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The richest teens in the world are in over their heads. Obviously, it’s time to go public with their existence! That is, if everyone survives the fight against Riot and the mysterious villain who’s been pursuing them all along!

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The Movement” #4

Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by FREDDIE WILLIAMS II
Cover by AMANDA CONNER
On sale AUGUST 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
The Movement takes a stand against the police that they can’t come back from, and Coral City is on the brink of war!

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“Stormwatch” #23

Written by JIM STARLIN
Art by YVEL GUICHET and LeBEAU UNDERWOOD
Cover by JIM STARLIN and ROB HUNTER
On sale AUGUST 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
The true nature of the Kollective is revealed, and the mystery surrounding past Stormwatch teams grows!

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“Suicide Squad” #23

Written by ALES KOT
Art by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Cover by JASON PEARSON
On sale AUGUST 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Suicide Squad is sent on a mission to take down a dictator who is planning to create his own metahuman army. But what the Squad doesn’t know is that he already has a batch of super-powered soldiers ready to defend him—cue the mayhem! Plus, the true nature of Waller’s new deal with the team is revealed!

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“Threshold” #8

Written by KEITH GIFFEN
Art by TOM RANEY and PHIL WINSLADE
Backup story art by TIMOTHY GREEN II and JOSEPH SILVER
Cover by HOWARD PORTER
On sale AUGUST 14 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • FINAL ISSUE
The game is over for the Hunted! Who lives and who dies is sure to set the universe ablaze. Plus, a major villain emerges from the shadows!

SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #3
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
Backup story art by DUSTIN NGUYEN
1:300 B&W Variant cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
On sale AUGUST 14 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Superman’s found out the secret the U.S. Army tried desperately to keep from him—or more specifically, that secret’s found him! But with hijacked drone aircraft tearing Tokyo apart, there’s not much time for mystery…and with Lois Lane on the case as well, what’s in the darkness will come to the light!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

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ACTION COMICS #23
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Backup story written by FRANK HANNAH
Art and cover by TYLER KIRKHAM
Backup story art by PHILIP TAN and JONATHAN GLAPION
1:25 B&W Variant cover by TYLER KIRKHAM
On sale AUGUST 7 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Superman battles the constructs of an immense alien civilization that has built a feudal system based on pure evil! Plus, in the backup story, Jor-El and Lara try to save the Science Council from the colonel who seeks to make all of Krypton kneel before him!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

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SUPERMAN #23
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art and cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
1:25 B&W Variant cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
On sale AUGUST 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The “Psi-War” epic begins! Psi-War erupts as Hector Hammond tries to take control of H.I.V.E. from its queen, but there are other forces in play as well, as a new Psycho Pirate emerges, and Superman is caught in the middle, unable to protect those closest to him.

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SUPERGIRL #23
Written by MICHAEL ALAN NELSON
Art and cover by MAHMUD ASRAR
On sale AUGUST 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Supergirl struggles to survive against one of the most dangerous villains in the entire universe – Cyborg Superman! But what could superman’s robotic doppleganger want with Supergirl? The answer will blow your mind—and set the stage for a massive story this fall!

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SUPERBOY #23
Written by JUSTIN JORDAN
Art by R.B. SILVA and ROB LEAN
Cover by KEN LASHLEY
On sale AUGUST 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
“Psi-War” continues! Superboy’s ultimate nemesis is revealed as the secret head of H.I.V.E. steps forward! Bonds will be broken and the game will change in this important issue, as a major threat to the DC Universe debuts!

BATMAN/SUPERMAN #3
Written by GREG PAK
Art and cover by JAE LEE
1:25 Variant cover by PATRICK GLEASON
1:100 B&W Variant by JAE LEE
On sale AUGUST 7 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
It’s a showdown that could shatter two worlds when Batman and Superman battle the Superman and Batman of Earth 2!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.