What We Learned From DC's MAY 2013 Solicitations

<i>by <a href=http://www.twitter.com/albertxii>Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer</a></i> <p><a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/dc-comics-may-2013-solicitations.html>DC's May 2013 solicitations</a> are now out, and stop us if you've heard this one before but it's another newsworthy period for the publisher. <p>As revealed last week, six titles <i>Deathstroke</i>, <i>Fury of the Firestorm</i>, <i>The Savage Hawkman</i>, <i>Ravagers</i>, <i>Sword of Sorcery</i> and <i>Team 7</i> <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/six-DC-comics-cancelled-May-2013.html>have been cancelled</a>. Also last week, two new ones <i>The Green Team</i> and <i>The Movement</i> <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/green-team-movement-dc-comics.html</a>were announced</a>. Then add plenty of creative team changes, like Justin Jordan on board <i>Superboy</i> and Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray on <i>Batwing</i> to all of that. And oh yeah, did you hear about <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/geoff-johns-green-lantern-run-ends.html>Geoff Johns ending his nine-year run on <i>Green Lantern</i></a>? <p>That's a lot right there, but the solicitations themselves contained even more tantalizing tidbits of information. So let's take a look. <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 digital-first <i>Adventures of Superman</i> was <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/adventures-of-superman-digital-announcement.html>unveiled last week</a>, and with it came the news of creators involved, including Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston, Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, Jeff Parker and Chris Samnee. <p>Yeah, that info has been floating around for four days now, but with the first in-print issue solicited for May, it's worth musing a little on the significance of seeing Parker and Samnee two creators currently working on Marvel titles at DC. Sure, it appears to just be a short story, and both have already been working outside Marvel recently (Parker on <i>Willow</i> at Dark Horse, Samnee on <i>Rocketeer Adventures</i> at IDW), but it's rare enough, at this point, to see names at both Marvel and DC at once that it's worth noting though, with Pete Woods illustrating <i>Avengers Assemble</i> and <i>Vibe</i> issues scheduled for this month, it looks like it's becoming more common.


If you like giant books with lots of comic books in them (and who doesn't?), May is a good month to be you. <p>DC has advanced solicited <i>Animal Man</i> and <i>Promethea</i> omnibuses with their May solicitations; out in July and September, respectively. <i>Animal Man</i> will collect all 26 issues of Grant Morrison's pre-Vertigo stint on the title, and <i>Promethea</i> is the complete 32-issue run of the Alan Moore and J.H. Williams III series.


Scott Snyder (<i>American Vamprie</i>) and Sean Murphy (<i>Punk Rock Jesus</i>) is something of a contemporary Vertigo dream team, and their collaboration on <i>The Wake</i> was <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/scott-snyder-jeff-lemire-new-vertigo-titles.html>first announced last October at New York Comic Con</a>. <p>What was not announced was a release date, but, hey, now we have one: <b>The Wake #1</b>, the first installment of a 10-issue miniseries, is scheduled for May 1.


DC has shown an increasing commitment to the annual format since the onset of The New 52, and that pattern is continuing in May 2013. <P>On the docket: Annuals from <i>Earth 2</i>, <i>Catwoman</i>, <i>Red Hood and the Outlaws</i> and <i>Batman: The Dark Knight</i>, with an Alex Maleev cover seen here.


Batman is the world's greatest detective, and appropriately enough, DC appears to want to keep his fans guessing this May. <p>Several of the Batman family titles are promising some sort of a surprise: <I>Nightwing #20</i> has a "key figure" in Dick Grayson's life returning from the grave, <i>Batman #20</i> sees a "strange visitor" leading to "the team-up you've been asking for since the start of The New 52," and <i>Batgirl #20</i> looks be introducing (reintroducing?) a female version of long-running Bat-villain The Ventriloquist.


With <i>Fury of the Firestorm</i> and <i>The Savage Hawkman</i> both ending and Justin Jordan taking over <i>Superboy</i> writing duties, it would appear that two comic books veterans may be out of the New 52 picture after May: Dan Jurgens and Tom DeFalco. <p>Jurgens had been writing and drawing <i>Firestorm</i>; DeFalco writing <i>Hawkman</i> and <i>Superboy</i>. There's no word yet on if they've got new projects coming up at the publisher Jurgens has been a fixture at DC since the '80s; DeFalco is closely associated with Marvel but has written more for DC in recent years. That doesn't mean they don't have anything in the works at DC something could very well be announced for June just that nothing has been announced yet. <p>A veteran creator not seen in DC's May solicits is Fabian Nicieza, who had taken over writing <i>Batwing</i>. In the "B&B" Q&A column on <a href=http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=43640>CBR</a>, DC editor-in-chief Bob Harras said, "I do want to stress that Fabian [Nicieza] was there to help us out during transition time; he's a great guy and really helped us out there."


Quite a few creative team changes were announced before the May 2013 solicitations were released, but not this one: writer Ales Kot and artist Timothy Green II on <i>Suicide Squad</i>. <p>Kot is taking over for Adam Glass (who had written the title since #1), Green is coming on board following Henrik Jonsson. Kot wrote <i>Change</i> for Image Comics, and Green recently illustrated several <i>Animal Man</i> issues.


The last time you saw Hector Hammond, it very well could have been Peter Sarsgaard portraying the villain in the 2011 live-action <i>Green Lantern</i> movie, rather than in a comic book. <p>That'll change in May, with the character making his New 52 debut in <i>Superman #20</i>. Though the significance of Hammond surfacing first in <i>Superman</i> rather than a Green Lantern book remains to be seen, one thing is sure: The issue also features Orion of the New Gods, as seen on the cover.


You might wonder why a costume change would rank so high on this list, but it's more than just new clothes that are at stake here. Power Girl is returning to her classic costume in <i>Worlds' Finest #12</i>, and it's a fairly meaningful thing. <p>Power Girl's classic costume, though iconic, has frequently been criticized for being sexist at worst and impractical at best, mostly for what's been described as the "boob window." Transitioning the character into a less revealing outfit as part of The New 52 was seen as a progressive move, and it's possible that some will view this development as a step backwards. <p>From a storyline standpoint, it may also be relevant: Could this be a sign of more pre-New 52 elements returning to DC's current continuity? It's something to watch out for, at least.


It was announced on Monday that Geoff Johns was leaving <i>Green Lantern</i> after nine years. But the GL titles aren't stopping there. <p>Turns out, the books one of the most popular and acclaimed sects of DC's publishing line are facing a total creative team overhaul. Along with Johns leaving <i>Green Lantern</i>, the May solicitations revealed that Peter Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin are wrapping up their stint on <i>Green Lantern Corps</i> (Tomasi's <i>GLC</i> run, like Johns on <i>GL</i>, pre-dates The New 52), Tony Bedard is leaving <i>Green Lantern: New Guardians</i>, and Peter Milligan is stepping away from <i>Red Lanterns</i>. <p>That leaves some huge question marks for the future of <i>Green Lantern</i> come this summer, but we'll likely start getting some answers in the next few weeks. Until then, speculate freely.

What We Learned From DC's MAY 2013 Solicitations

Date: 11 February 2013 Time: 08:59 PM ET