What We Learned From DC's MARCH 2013 Solicitations

<i>by <a href=http://www.twitter.com/albertxii>Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer</a></i> <p>We don't know much yet about March 2013, but thanks to the the magic of advance solicitations, we do know <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/dc-comics-march-2013-solicitations.html>what DC Comics are coming out that month</a>. <p>And though we already knew a lot about what was happening then in the world of DC like the new <i>Constantine</i> series, pictured, or some of the major creative team shakeups each month, the solicitations still give an intriguing forecast for those who pay really close attention to these sorts of things (like us, and, quite possibly, you). <p>So click "start here" in the upper-left corner for 10 things we learned from DC's March 2013 solicitations. <p><i>Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's <a href=http://www.facebook.com/Newsarama><b>FACEBOOK</b></a> and <a href=http://twitter.com/newsarama><b>TWITTER</b></a>!</i> <p>

THE NEW 52 IS BACK AT 52

The numerology inclined among us can unclench: After a few months of uneven scheduling, DC's "New 52" lineup is back to where it started in March, with 52 ongoing series. <p>And in case you're wondering, that's including 38 series that started with the initial launch back in September 2011, and are still slated to be published in March 2013.

GUY GARDNER 'RIPPED APART'

The upcoming "Wrath of the First Lantern" storyline does indeed look pretty wrathful. <P>The solicitation for <b>Green Lantern Corps #18</b> reads "After having ripped apart Guy Gardner, the First Lantern now directs his singular and horrific power at John Stewart." Not only does this sound like bad news for John Stewart for sure, what does that mean for Guy? Though it's like more of a psychological than a physical "ripped apart" (we think), it looks like the early end of <i>Justice League International</i> won't be the worst thing to happen to Guy in The New 52.

FIRST AUTHORITY HARDCOVER

Debuting in 1999 from the team of Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch, Wildstorm's <b>The Authority</b> stands as one of the most influential comics of its time. <p>In May 2013 (advanced solicited as part of DC's March lineup), the first 12 issue of the series will be collected in hardcover for the first time sort of. There was an oversized "Absolute" edition years ago, but that's long out of print and super-pricey, if you can manage to find it this volume has a retail price of $29.99.

SUPERBOY'S NEW SECRET ID

In the wake of "H'el on Earth," it looks like Superboy is craving some form of normality and in March's issue #18, he's headed to a new city and setting up a new secret identity. <p>In the pre-New 52 days, Superboy's life as Conner Kent in Smallville was a major (and well-liked) part of his status quo, though it's not publicly known at this point where he's going to end up come issue #18, or what he'll call himself.

DEATHSTROKE ALL OVER

It's not completely unexpected that a character with a recent elevation in profile thanks to The CW's <i>Arrow</i> series would be in more comics, and it looks like Deathstroke is taking full advantage of his screentime come March. <p>Aside from his own ongoing series in which he'll take on the Teen Titans in issue #18 Deathstroke will also be making an appearance, in his present-day form, in <i>Team 7 #6</i>, plus <i>The Ravagers #10</i>.

FLASH/DIAL H CROSSOVER

<b>Dial H</b> has been functioning fairly autonomously thus far, even being edited by Vertigo's Karen Berger (who announced her plans to leave DC earlier this month). <p>In March, it looks like it'll be intersecting at least subtly with one of the most dyed-in-the-wool DC Universe titles there are, <i>The Flash</i>, thanks to a "surprise twist ending" that will "rock the world of...DIAL H?" (Though, admittedly, the ellipsis and question mark indicate that even the person writing the solicitation is a little bit surprised by the news.)

MORE CHARACTERS ENTER THE NEW 52

The world of The New 52 is continuing to populate itself with new takes on existing characters, and March sees an "all-new Multiplex" in <b>The Fury of Firestorm #18</b>, plus Captain K'rot yes, Captain Carrot in <i>Threshold #3</i>. <p>Which is to say: Sorry, Wally West fans, maybe you'll have better luck next month.

FINAL WORK BY JOE KUBERT

Industry legend Joe Kubert passed away in August, but before death completed work for DC's six-issue series <b>Joe Kubert Presents</b>. <p>The series ends in March, with what the publisher calls Kubert's "deeply personal final work."

CREATIVE CHANGES ON MULTIPLE BOOKS

The news that <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/gail-simone-no-longer-batgirl-writer.html>DC fired Gail Simone from <b>Batgirl</b></a> was one of the more poorly received decisions in recent corporate comic book history, with many vocals fans rallying to her defense. <p>The March 2013 solicitations revealed who's following Simone on the book, at least at first: Ray Fawkes, who's also co-writing <i>Justice League Dark</i> with Jeff Lemire, and contributing to Vertigo's March-shipping <i>Time Warp</i> anthology (as is Simone). He's listed as a "guest writer" for two issues. <p>That's not the only creative change in March: Beyond the announced moves like Andy Diggle and Tony Daniel coming on <b>Action Comics</b> (and <i>Skullkickers</i>' Jim Zub on <i>Birds of Prey</i> and J.M. DeMatteis joining <i>The Phantom Stranger</i> as a co-writer), Tom DeFalco is also writing <i>The Savage Hawkman #18</i>, following Frank Tieri on the book.

PUTTING THE 'DEATH' IN 'DEATH OF THE FAMILY'?

<b>***Warning: This entry <i>could</i> spoil major developments in the current Batman storyline "Death of the Family."***</b> <p>Though much of the story remains to play out, it looks like "Death of the Family" might indeed involve the death of someone in the Bat-family and DC's March 2013 solicitations might contain some big clues. <p>Basically, spring '13 might not be a great time to be Damian Wayne. <p>The evidence? Well, there's the solicitation for <b>Batman and Robin #18</b>, featuring an iconic cover featuring Bruce and a conspicuously smiley Damian, accompanied by the text, "You dare not miss this issue! It's the BATMAN AND ROBIN story of the year!" <p>Then there's the solicitation for <b>Worlds' Finest #10</b>: "Huntress is personally affected by a tragedy in The New 52!" Huntress is the daughter of Batman in Earth 2, making her and Damian kinda-sorta siblings, and presumably, someone who would be affected by his death. <p>Things don't look great for Nightwing, either, who worked closely with Damian during his time at Batman. The solicitation for <b>Nightwing #18</b>: "Dick Grayson lost so much during DEATH OF THE FAMILY that some new events are going to push him right over the edge!" <p>Of course, not only is this purely speculation, it's also quite possible that these potential clues are actually deliberate red herrings intended to throw folks off the scent. Either way, it'll all be revealed soon enough March 2013 isn't <i>that</i> far away, after all.

What We Learned From DC's MARCH 2013 Solicitations

Date: 10 December 2012 Time: 09:10 PM ET