April Showers1 of 12This April brings DC Comics one step closer to the one year anniversary of "Rebirth," and with that approaching milestone, big things are stirring in some of DC's top books.
From Superman's questions about his past, to Batman coming face-to-face with the man who once broke his back, to the "biggest Green Arrow story ever," DC's April solicitations make quite a splash.
Here's everything you need to know about what's coming up in April from DC Comics.
Super Green, Baby2 of 12The solicitation for Green Arrow #21 portends “the biggest Green Arrow story ever” in the wake of Oliver Queen’s reunion with Roy Harper, and their clash with the Wild Dogs.
According to the solicitation, “Buildings will topple. Innocents will starve. Disease will spread. And Seattle will die,” at the hands of the Ninth Circle.
And to celebrate this major arc, legendary Green Arrow artist Mike Grell will return to the title to provide variant covers - and who, to some holds the distinction of writing the "biggest" Green Arrow stories ever.
Flash And Blood3 of 12Barry Allen has had his hands full dealing with dozens of Speedsters and the villainous Godspeed, but now it looks like he’s got an even bigger problem on his hands – a traitor in his midst.
The solicitation for Flash #20 has Barry Allen investigating the theft of the body parts of Central City’s deceased Speedsters. And, judging by the cover, it might be someone close to Barry himself.
Bane's Back4 of 12When Bane first appeared in Gotham City back in the early 90s, he completely changed Batman’s world by breaking his back, leading to his replacement by Jean-Paul Valley.
Now, it seems like Bane may be responsible for sweeping changes in Batman’s reality once again, as Batman #20 brings “I Am Bane” to a close, pitting the Dark Knight against the Man Who Broke The Bat in a one-on-one clash.
According to the solicitation, when the fight is over, “nothing will ever be the same” for Batman. Maybe he’ll need to dig out his chiropractor’s phone number again.
Superwomen5 of 12It appears that the "New 52" version of Lois Lane may be back from the dead in Superwoman #9, and what’s more, she may be back in the cape as Superwoman – alongside Lana Lang.
But the ominous cover, and the solicit text which says the “mantle of Superwoman” will be decided in this issue, may indicate that there will still be only one Woman of Steel when the dust settles.
Superwoman #9 also brings in writer K. Perkins to take over for Phil Jiminez, who previously wrote and drew the title. Perkins previously worked on both Supergirl as well as a Superman/Wonder Woman annual. Perkins is joined by Steven Segovia, who takes over on art.
Jenny, I Got Your Number6 of 12A major character from The Authority looks to be returning in The Wild Storm #3 - but which one?
The cover of the issue shows what appears to be Jenny Quantum, while the text of the solicitation makes reference to the electrical powers of the similarly named Jenny Sparks.
Is this a kind of coincidence? Could both Jennys be coming back? Or could the reworking of time and space have led to a different kind of twist?
Nah Nah Nah Nah Batgirl7 of 12OK, we already know that Tim Drake is “dead,” but what about the rest of Batman’s Bat-Family? According to the solicitation for Detective Comics #955, they’re all “broken or dead” after a clash with Ra’s al Ghul.
Well, except for one – Cassandra Cain, who has to save the rest of the team herself. 90s Batgirl fans, this may be the book you’ve been waiting for.
Slade's Revenge8 of 12Slade Wilson isn’t someone you want on your bad side, and he’s especially not someone you want swearing vengeance against you. But that’s exactly what happens in Deathstroke #16, when Slade sets out to take revenge on Deadline for the “murder of someone close to him.”
But who could it be? Is (another) one of Slade’s kids gonna be down for the count by the time April rolls around? Or is there someone else in Deadline’s crosshairs that could put Deathstroke on the war-path?
Future's End9 of 12April brings a few endings and cancellations from DC, with a Hanna-Barbera title coming to a close alongside two recent Vertigo mainstays.
Future Quest will end with #12, which promises to “shape the Hanna-Barbera action universe forever,” possibly implying some kind of follow-up series.
Likewise, Gail Simone’s Clean Room is coming to an end with #18, which the solicitation marks as the finale to “season one,” though no season two has yet to be announced. DC has failed to revive “second seasons” despite promises before, as in the case of Top Ten.
Meanwhile, Unfollow #18 is that series' final issue, with the last of the 140 inheritors named.
New & Returning Creators10 of 12As with most months, April brings creative changes to DC’s line, starting with a few surprise returns. Namely, Cullen Bunn, absent from DC’s line since “Rebirth,” will write Trinity #8, while artist Jamie McKelvie, whose last DC work came in 2009, will provide a variant cover for The Wild Storm #3.
Then, a pair of artists join new books, with Tony S. Daniel, fresh off Justice League, taking over for John Romita, Jr. on Suicide Squad, and Rick Leonardi filling in on Astro City.
Back In Black11 of 12Few characters have had as many post-“Rebirth” changes as Superman, whose "New 52" incarnation gave way to the post-Crisis version of the character. Now, even more changes are coming as April’s Action Comics #977 kicks off a month of stories that dig into Superman’s status quo with an investigation into the identity of the mysterious Mr. Oz – a journey that will lead him to question his own history.
After that, Superman #20 starts a story called “Superman Black,” which brings the Kents back to Metropolis, but may also spell big consequences for Jon Kent, whose Kryptonian powers seem to be fading.
And if that wasn't enough, it appears the newly-minted Superboy is losing his powers. Uh oh.
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