Spring Fling1 of 12DC Comics rolls forward in 2016 with their April solicitations, portending major creative changes and big status quo shifts back to some more classic versions of the company’s biggest characters.
Some of the big stories of the month – like the return of Bloodlines – have been covered elsewhere, so in our usual exploration of the newly released solicitations, we’ve focused on the information that’s brand new. Here’s our list of ten things worth noticing in DC’s April solicitations.
Soranik Corps2 of 12As of Sinestro #22, Thaal Sinestro’s daughter Soranik Natu is taking over leadership of the Yellow corps – billed in the solicitation as the “most powerful police force in the universe.”
And with the Green Lantern Corps on the wane, maybe there’s room for fear to rule the day, if Soranik can live up to her father’s legacy and take control of the Sinestro Corps.
Who knows, maybe a renaming of the Corps will be in order?
Deadman - Alive!3 of 12Constantine: The Hellblazer #11 brings another classic part of the supernatural DC Universe into the fold as John meets up with his former Justice League Dark teammate Deadman.
It looks like Deadman and Constantine will be teaming up to take on the demon Neron – himself returned from an even longer exile in April’s issue of Constantine.
Reunited - And It Feels So Good4 of 12Midnighter’s former main squeeze Apollo is back in his life as of Midnighter #11 - and they’re back on the hunt for Henry Bendix. On top of that, the pair are caught between Spyral and the Suicide Squad.
Given the relationship between Midnighter and Apollo, is there any chance things are going to clean up nicely at the end of this throwdown? All signs point to “no.”
And speaking to a broader topic -- Midnighter, Apollo, and now Bendix ... all in one book. Is there a Stormwatch brewing?
Deadshot(s)5 of 12Deadshot is dead. Long live Deadshot!
OK, so maybe Deadshot isn’t dead, but Floyd Lawton is no longer under the iconic silver mask as of Suicide Squad’s Most Wanted: Deadshot/Katana #4, and Will Evans is in as the new master marksman of the squad.
But the solicitation also makes it clear that Lawton isn’t done just yet, and that’s not a surprise, considering he’s about to hit the big screen played by Will Smith, one of the biggest action stars in the world. So will Floyd be back as Deadshot, or is there something else in the cards for him?
Holy Harley, Batman!6 of 12The Clown Princess of Crime is taking center stage at DC Comics in April – no surprise, given her already massive popularity and her big screen debut just a few months out from here. In fact, Harley’s got four starring titles, and her co-starring role in New Suicide Squad.
Is that too much Harley? Maybe, but DC will double down – literally – just a month later, with two Free Comic Book Day titles featuring Harley in May.
Hal Jordan - The Last Lantern?7 of 12The Green Lantern Corps are no longer the law of the land – er, universe -- but there's a new sheriff in now.
A mysterious group known as the Gray Agents is attempting to take their place. With the Corps still occupied on Edge of Oblivion, it looks like Hal Jordan may once again be the brightest Lantern in the universe.
And, lending credence to that idea is the solicit’s assertion that this issue signals a “new era” for Hal – maybe just in time for the greatest Green Lantern to reach new heights as part of the cinematic Justice League.
Super League8 of 12Come April, Peter Tomasi is taking over the entire Superman line for an 8-part story entitled “Super-League” in which Superman decides to assemble a team of like-powered heroes to protect the world in the event he’s not able to do it himself.
But where are the other creators who have been shepherding Superman’s adventures lately? Once “Super-League” wraps, will Tomasi remain on Action Comics and Superman, or will Greg Pak and Gene Luen Yang return? Or will other writers be taking over?
And speaking of changes..
Creative Shifts9 of 12The Superman titles aren't the only ones in a creative upheaval, with a number of other replacements on other big name titles as well.
Tim Seeley and Tom King are apparently off Grayson for good – though King hinted at “big plans” for Dick Grayson after Robin War, including a possible event with Justice League scribe Geoff Johns.
Meanwhile, it looks like another writer with “big plans” may be on the outs, with Scott Lobdell replacing Dan Abnett on Titans Hunt #7. And other changes are afoot in the Bat-office, with Cameron Stewart seemingly leaving Brendan Fletcher to take over solo writing duties on Batgirl #51, and Patrick Gleason providing only a cover for Robin, Son Of Batman #11 while others provide interior art and script.
Are these changes permanent, or is it just a vacation for the regulars? That remains to be seen.
Supergirl - Super Gone10 of 12With Supergirl a certified hit on CBS, it’s made a lot of fans wonder where the Girl of Steel has been in the DC Universe. Of course, she’s got a digital first series on the way, but it seems as though Superman himself has realized she hasn’t been around for a while.
Over in Action Comics #51, Superman is in the midst of putting together a team of heroes on his level, when he suddenly discovers Kara has been missing for some time. That’s one way of addressing fan concerns…
New Gods, Old News11 of 12After major changes swept through the roster of the Justice League during “Darkseid War,” turning the Leaguers into a new wave of New Gods, it looks like Justice League #50 will put things back to normal – mostly.
The solicitation for the 48-paged finale also portends “world-changing revelations” for the teams trinity of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, hot on the heels of Batman and Superman returning to a more familiar status quo in their own titles.
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