With it being the summer season, many comic book publishers have begun to reveal their upcoming comic book series and individual issues to be released in the following months as they have done years prior. This year, DC and Marvel Comics have revealed very intriguing titles coming out soon. DC Comics has revealed a new series beginning to come out in September will follow Wally West the Flash in a character exploring arc following his controversial murder spree in the recently concluded Heroes in Crisis series by Tom King and Clay Mann.
We also already covered Tom King’s future Batman miniseries, Batman/Catwoman but the author has revealed new information relating to the plot of his finale on the Dark Knight. The villainous Phantasm will confront the vigilante couple for the first time in the DC Comics continuity. Marvel Comics has announcement multiple exciting series coming out this September as well. Following the end of the blockbuster event War of the Realms, Jason Aaron will be ending his seven-year run on Thor the God of Thunder with the miniseries King Thor. To cap these exhilarating revelations, the 10th issue of the ongoing series Miles Morales: Spider-Man will see the return of the young web-head’s home dimension, the Ultimate Universe.
Flash Forward #1 will release on September 18th later this year by Scott Lobdell, Brett Booth, and Norm Rapmund. It would appear that this series will tackle many fans issue with Heroes in Crisis: the “mental illness” of Wally West. Despite being arrested by the Justice League in the final issue of Heroes in Crisis, this series will see Wally West go on a quest for redemption in the cosmos as he comes to terms with the loss of his wife and children and deals with the universe (or rather editorial) trying to make his life terrible.
Will Wally somehow bring back the lives of all the fellow superheroes he murdered in Heroes in Crisis? Or will Wally succumb to his inner turmoil and never recover from his trauma? Perhaps this six-issue miniseries will make Wally West the persona of hope in the DC Universe once more like he was in the beginning of DC Rebirth? We’ll just have to pick up the first issue in September to find out.
Tom King recently posted a new cover for his upcoming series Batman/Catwoman on his Twitter account which featured the duo in a reflection of the Phantasm’s blade. The Phantasm is a fairly new villain to Batman’s long rogue’s gallery with the character being first created in 1993 by Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski for their film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. The film was effectively a prequel to the creators’ hit series Batman: The Animated Series with the plot centering around Bruce Wayne’s difficulty continuing to be the Dark Knight after falling in love with Andrea Beaumont. Alongside this existential crisis, the Caped Crusader also comes into conflict with a new villain, the Phantasm, who is revealed to be none other than Andrea Beaumont herself.
This revelation ultimately leads to the pair splitting up and leaving Wayne’s heartbroken, truly becoming the Dark Knight. The Phantasm has never been used in any other Batman material following the films critical success as Warner Bros. Animation’s first original theatrical film so the reveal that King will be using the character in some manner for DC Comics was very intriguing. Will Batman/Catwoman follow a plotline similar to Mask of the Phantasm? Will the Phantasm even be Andrea Beaumont or will King reimagine the villain similar to how Peter J. Tomasi reimagined the video game villain the Arkham Knight for the DC Comics continuity? All of these answers remain to be seen but this announcement has certainty left fans very excited for the 2020 miniseries.
King Thor issue #1 will release this September and will continue for three more issues to form a four-issue conclusive miniseries. This final Thor story by Jason Aaron will take place in the far future with the God of Thunder now ruling over the realm of Asgard as king. This future king lives in a universe that is dying from an unknown cause, that will probably be revealed in the series itself, and even Asgard is in a state of turmoil. He still wields Mjolnir but his kingly weapon, All-Black the Necrosword, has been stolen and is now wielded by his own brother Loki for one final brotherly battle. This series seems to be slated as the perfect ending for not only the Odinsons but for Jason Aaron as well. Undoubtedly, this will be a series that no Marvel fan will want to miss.
To celebrate Miles Morales’s 250th appearance in Marvel Comics since his initial appearance in Ultimate Fallout #4 back during 2011, the Ultimate Universe will return to the Marvel comic multiverse in Miles Morales: Spider-Man #10. Written by Saladin Ahmed and illustrated by Javier Garron, this issue will see not just the return of the Ultimate Universe but also the return of Ultimate Green Goblin, the murderer of Ultimate Peter Parker. A new villain will also be introduced known as Ultimatum who has some sort of connection to the Ultimate Universe though he probably isn’t connected to that universe’s disastrous event gone by the same name by Jeph Loeb and David Finch.
The Ultimate Universe was initially created in 2000 as a separate imprint from the main Marvel universe where creators can reimagine classic Marvel characters for the modern day beginning with Ultimate Spider-Man by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley. The universe was destroyed in 2015’s Secret Wars event but was teased to somehow still exist in Brian Michael Bendis’s Spider-Men II.
Perhaps this issue will set for the Ultimate imprint to return to Marvel comics or perhaps it’s teasing another wave of reimagine Marvel stories for the current modern world? We’ll just have to read the rest of Miles Morales: Spider-Man to find out. Nevertheless, the comic book community is definitely glad to have a hero like Miles Morales wielding great power with great responsibility in our world as a true successor to one of comic’s greatest characters.
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