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Comic roundup: Bucky back as Winter Soldier; Benjamin Percy done with Nightwing; Walmart adds Swamp Thing and The Flash

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Sep 12, 2018, 8:15 PM EDT

While one legendary run is ending, a few new avenues will broaden their horizons in today’s roundup of comic news. DC has had a tumultuous time on the big screen, but in comic form, the universe has seen nothing but cool work - partially thanks to the subject of our first story: Benjamin Percy.

Percy, who’s been writing Nightwing, announced that the book’s 50th issue, out in October, will be his final piece of work on the series. Percy stated that “I really wish I could have told the story I planned to tell… but I promise I’m leaving you on a high note.” Dick Grayson’s tale won’t have a Percy-tied bow on it, but it will live with some manner of continuity.

Percy released a four-part Twitter statement about his departure, full of well-wishes to collaborators and artwork from upcoming issues.

Take a look:

Percy’s final issue promises some heavy stuff for Grayson — at least if the cover for Nightwing #50's brain-damage hint is being read correctly by fans. Scars will likely last long after Percy moves onto other projects (he and the Russo brothers recently announced an adaptation of Percy's The Comet Cycle).

Next up, we've got another DC move. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company’s exclusive Walmart collaborations are expanding to add two new special edition books by year’s end. The Swamp Thing Halloween Horror Special (out Oct. 7) will be joined by another untitled, possibly Thanksgiving-themed, issue (out Nov. 11) before 2019 sees two new ongoing series debut: The Flash and another TBD book.

The latter two join Superman, Justice League of America, Batman, and Teen Titans in the DC/Walmart exclusive line as the stores push their own storylines and comics. Is it only a matter of time before Marvel takes to Target?

Finally, Marvel just announced a new Winter Soldier miniseries. Winter Soldier #1, from C.O.W.L.'s creative team of Kyle Higgins and Rod Reis, is coming in December. Bucky Barnes will ride again in a story that sees the reformed baddie help others find redemption.

“As someone with quite a bit of experience writing grown up sidekicks, I know firsthand how important it is to define the character outside of their relationship with their mentor,” said Higgins in a release. “Since being freed from Soviet brainwashing, Bucky has done a massive amount of work to atone for his sins — becoming Captain America, spending time in the Gulag, dying to save the many ways, he's found redemption. So, what's next for him? He's going to help other people do the same.”

With a world and a book all his own, Barnes looks to reclaim the Winter Soldier name through the kind of work he's specifically equipped for.