‘Dawn of DC’ continues into 2024 with ‘Suicide Squad: Dream Team,’ ‘House of Brainiac’ + more

Amanda Waller has big plans for the DCU next year.

If you were wondering if the Dawn of DC — and its snappy graphics — would continue into 2024, you are in luck. Today DC revealed a teaser for the “trinity of evil” that will hit after the big Beast World crossover that kicks off later this month.

Without further ado, here’s the new teaser image, promising something “evil” for next year:

While past images have had fun little Easter eggs embedded in them, I played with contrast but couldn’t find one in this one. Let’s hope those return in the next one!

So who exactly is this “trinity of evil”? It starts with Amanda Waller, who at some point decided she hates super humans and wants to eradicate them, even though she gets paid to put bombs in their head and send them on black ops missions. Next year will see the next iteration of the Suicide Squad, as DC announced Suicide Squad: Dream Team. So far we know it’ll involve Waller and Dreamer, aka Nia Nal, the character who made the jump from TV’s Supergirl to comics, courtesy of the actress who portrayed her on TV, Nicole Maines.

DC will start laying the groundwork for the new Task Force X team in Action Comics #1060 and Titans: Beast World Tour Metropolis #1, both on sale Dec. 12:

In addition to Maines, Titans: Beast World Tour Metropolis #1 will feature stories by Dan Jurgens, Joshua Williamson, Max Raynor, Anthony Marques, Edwin Galmon and more — so it’s an anthology, and in addition to the Dreamer story, there’s also one that’ll highlight the second member of the “trinity of evil.” (I hope when you read that, you’re hearing a foreboding voice in your head with a bit of an echo effect; that’s what I hear, anyway. “TRINITY OF … EVIL!” Insert maniacal laughing).

So, a Brainiac crossover between the various Superman titles was teased during New York Comic Con, and now DC has revealed a title — House of Brainaic. It’ll feature not only Brainiac, but also a new character named the Brainiac Queen (#2 on our “trinity of evil” list). So, it’s a love story. Here’s what she looks like:

And here are the details from DC:

“House of Brainiac” is a story in six parts, told between Action Comics and Superman, in addition to a Superman/Brainiac special one-shot. Superman’s world-collecting foe will finally launch the attack teased in Titans: Beast World Tour Metropolis, the current Superman run by Joshua Williamson, and August’s Superman Annual #1, starting with his release of Czarnians (Lobo and Crush’s species) to attack the Earth. With the subsequent introduction of the Brainiac Queen, the “House of Brainiac” storyline will result in a major confrontation between Superman (and the entire Superman family) Lobo, Brainiac, and the Green Lanterns.

Finally, #3 on our list is … Batman! Or, more specifically, Zur En Arrh, the evil personality living in Batman’s head, who has caused all sorts of personal problems for the caped crusader thus far in Chip Zdarsky’s run on the title. Details from DC:

Beginning with December’s Batman #140 (“Mindbomb”), The Dark Knight will not only face his most brutal battle yet with The Joker, but Zur En Arrh will finally reveal his master plan in his relentless pursuit of eradicating all crime! Then, throughout the spring (“Dark Prisons,” Batman #145 – #148), Batman will have to face a terrifying figure from his past in order to survive Zur’s onslaught. And if he survives, a new enemy is waiting in the wings: Amanda Waller and the U.S. military!

That all sounds like bad news for DC’s heroes, but let’s look at the silver lining — I’m sure all this chaos will result in more Dawn of DC graphics to play with in Photoshop.

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