What We Learned From DC's JUNE 2013 Solicitations1 of 12by Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer
Between Emerald City Comicon and the regular stream of announcements, there have been a lot of DC Comics news lately.
There was word that the previously unveiled Scott Snyder/Jim Lee series was titled Superman Unchained and launching in June, there was Greg Pak and Jae Lee's Batman/Superman book announced for the same month, plus the return of the critically acclaimed non-DC Universe series Astro City. (Don't forget Trinity of Sin: Pandora, also debuting in June.)
But that's not all the news, as the recently released DC June 2013 solicitations attest here's a look at 10 takeaways from their upcoming slate.
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED POSTER 'PART OF THE READING EXPERIENCE'2 of 12Scott Snyder and Jim Lee's Superman Unchained #1 is one of the most anticipated single-issues of 2013, and with it comes a larger-than-normal price tag for a 32-page comic: $4.99 for the regular version, and $5.99 for the "combo pack edition" with a digital download code.
With that price comes a "two-sided, tipped-in poster measuring 11.6875" x 18.875" not only just as a bonus, but billed as "part of the reading experience." It feels like a move designed to give a print-only value to a comic, and since it's actually part of the story and plain ol' double-paged spreads are already cramped when viewed digitally on a tablet it should be interesting to see how this is handled digitally.
HALF OF SANDMAN REPRINTED IN OMNIBUS3 of 12Neil Gaiman and J. H. Williams III's new Sandman miniseries was announced last year at Comic-Con in San Diego and has yet to be solicited, but if you are looking for another way to read the original series and a lot of it at a time you're in luck.
DC has advance-solicited a Sandman Omnibus for release on Aug. 21, collecting issues #1-#37 of the original series plus The Sandman Special #1 in other words, just about exactly half of the 75-issue run.
DEMATTEIS GOES SOLO ON PHANTOM STRANGER4 of 12First, The Phantom Stranger was written solely by DC co-publisher Dan DiDio. Then, J.M. DeMatteis a comics veteran known for Amazing Spider-Man, Justice League International and more came on board as a co-writer.
As of June's issue #9, DeMatteis is listed as the only writer on the book, signaling DiDio's exist. Also, the series has picked up a subtitle, now called Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger and matching Trinity of Sin: Pandora, beginning in June.
STAR HAWKINS RETURNS5 of 12While there are still plenty of DC characters yet to be seen in the reconfigured continuity of The New 52 Wally West and Donna Troy, for starters DC is going way back in June, revisiting Star Hawkins, a sci-fi character first introduced in 1960.
Hawkins will be appearing in the back-up of Threshold, a spot previously held by Larfleeze (who now has his own ongoing series, also starting in June).
SUPERBOY AND HIS DOG6 of 12Superboy and Krypto have a long history, from the earliest days of the Superdog to pre-New 52 tales in Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul's Adventure Comics.
With Justin Jordan now writing Superboy, the two look to be a more fearsome duo than ever as of June's issue #21, featuring the pair against Dr. Psycho and H.I.V.E.
NEW GREEN TEAM, MOVEMENT DETAILS7 of 12Green Team and The Movement are debuting in May, and the solicitations for their sophomore issues helped shed some light on both new series.
We now know that Green Team has a subtitle "Teen Trillionaires" and have seen the first look at The Movement's cast. Exactly who these characters are isn't yet revealed, but Movement writer Gail Simone has stated that the book will feature a previously "benched" DC character, so speculate away.
DAMIAN'S DEATH MAKES A DIFFERENCE8 of 12Damian Wayne's death in last month's Batman Incorporated #8 is naturally having an impact on the Bat-books, and one that's still clearly being seen as of June.
The biggest effects appear to be in Batman and Batgirl #21 (the title formerly known as Batman and Robin, now with revolving co-stars), which asks "What deal would you make to bring someone back from the dead?" Hmm, is that DC at least hinting a return already? (Probably not, but this is comic books, and such a thing can never be truly ruled out.)
SECOND ISSUE OF ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (STILL NO CARD)9 of 12The digital-first Superman anthology series Adventures of Superman has made the news, but due to the involvement of controversial writer Orson Scott Card rather than the actual content of its stories, which have all yet to be seen by the public.
Card's contribution was originally solicited to be released in print with May's issue #1, then delayed indefinitely when artist Chris Sprouse left the project. Issue #2 will include work from Michael Avon Oeming, Bryan J.L. Glass, Joshua Fialkov, Joelle Jones, Sal Buscema and more but no Card.
THE NEW FIFTY HOW MANY NOW?10 of 12Though DC is still using the term "The New 52" in their promotional materials, they're now not always releasing 52 DC Universe books a month, as per tradition started back in September 2011.
In June 2013, they've solicited 50 of them close, but leads one to wonder if that means two new series might be coming in July. (Trinity of Sin: The Question seems to be a safe bet at this point for sooner rather than later, given that we already have Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger and Trinity of Sin: Pandora starts in June.)
GREEN LANTERN CREATIVE TEAM PLANS11 of 12Last month came the major news that all of the creative teams on the four Green Lantern books not just writer Geoff Johns on the main title were leaving their series.
Now, we've got a little bit of a clue as to what the new guys have planned. Green Lantern, from Robert Venditti and Billy Tan, promises Hal Jordan becoming leader of the "feared and hated" Green Lantern Corps. In Green Lantern Corps, Joshua Hale Fialkov and Bernard Chang present Guy Gardner's "choice that could change the balance of power between the different Lantern Corps forever."
Then on New Guardians, Justin Jordan and Brad Walker pair up the Templar Guardians and Kyle Rayner. Finally, in Red Lanterns, Fialkov and artist Alessandro Vitti look to bring Guy Gardner to the Red Lantern Corps. (Guy's got a busy month.)
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