Two Months Until CONVERGENCE1 of 12Indeed, the countdown to the big event seems to be the largest battlecry never spoken here in the February 2015 DC Comics solicitations. With the event on the horizon, we are seeing lots of final and penultimate issues of storylines this month.
Indeed, it all makes it rather difficult to find even ten things that are of particular note this month. No doubt next month’s issues, the last before the two-month pause, will be a bit more… notable.
Regardless, here are ten things we thought worth pointing out in the DC February 2015 solicits.
Jim Lee on MULTIVERSITY2 of 12Sure, we’ve already done a breakout story on this, but it’s still one of the most significant parts of the solicitations. The follow-up to Jim Lee’s art on Superman Unchained with premiere DC writer Scott Snyder is Jim Lee drawing The Freedom Fighters versus Nazi Superman in Multiversity: Mastermen with premiere DC writer Grant Morrison.
It should be fun to see Lee and Scott Williams cut loose in an alternate reality.
Big Storylines Conclude Ahead of CONVERGENCE3 of 12Justice League #39 marks the end of “The Amazo Virus.” Action Comics #39 marks the end of “Horrorville.” And of course “all stories converge” in Futures End #40 as the weeklies reach their penultimate month.
It’s all part of the big wind-down, as February and March will see every story wrapping up before Convergence, the two-month event that takes the place of the entire line (while DC moves offices from NYC to LA). That means March will see way more endings, and presumably a few one-off stories or maybe some prologues to the big event.
DEATHSTROKE Presents “Most Intense, Brutal Battle”4 of 12DC Comics is promoting the “most intense, brutal battle in the history of The New 52” in the pages of Deathstroke #5. It’s a fight between Slade and Batman, with a little Harley snuck in there for good measure.
So far in three years of the New 52, we’ve seen dismemberments, worlds destroyed, heads floating around in space, lakes of blood… Just saying, this might just be hyperbole. Still, a good matchup between Deathstroke and Batman is hard to ever pass up.
Could GREEN ARROW Be Heading to Star City?5 of 12This is mostly conjecture here, but the solicitation for Green Arrow #39 says, “Green Arrow versus Seattle!” and depicts a bunch of wanted posters for Ollie on the cover.
Could this be how they’re finally going to get him out of the real Seattle and to his fictional home of Star(ling) City? With two writers from TV’s Arrow on the book, and already bringing some of the show’s sensibilities and stars to the series, it’s not hard to follow the logic. Bringing back Star City just as the show (apparently) changes it to Star down from Starling, all right after Convergence shows off an old school-style Oliver and/or Connor Hawke? Wouldn’t be surprised to see the Star by this Summer.
JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 Begs You to Read It6 of 12It wasn’t the lowest seller of DC Comics’ New 52 line for October 2015, as that distinction belongs to Constantine despite the launch of a TV series of the same name. Aside from annuals there were two other New 52 books that clocked in lower in the top 300 than Justice League 3000. But that won’t stop this creative team from having a little fun at their own expense. Yes, the book that is already showing some Pre-52 versions of characters, well ahead of Convergence is literally begging you to read it. Check out the solicit here and remember you’re laughing with them…
”Beetle and Booster! Fire and Ice! The Injustice League! Etrigan the Demon! Not to mention the Justice League (no, not that one, the one we’re doing). C’mon, people, we’re bending over backward here! At least meet us halfway – maybe flip through the issue at your local comics shop?”
A New Queen In Town7 of 12No, we’re not talking about another lost sibling or descendant of Oliver’s. Over in Wonder Woman #39, Diana is making her way back to Paradise Island, but there’s a surprise waiting.
So who is the new Queen of the Amazons (who they… chose… guess it’s a democratic royal structure?)? The important note in the solicitations is that the choice “sends shock waves through the entire DC Universe.” Interestingly, the Harley variant cover could be giving a hint as to the identity, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Guardians Back in Charge8 of 12It looks like the Guardians of the Universe - well, specifically the still-living Templar Guardians who have been off galavanting with Kyle Rayner, are taking control of the Green Lantern Corps once more. In the pages of Green Lantern #39, they’re admonishing Hal for his part in “Godhead,” and seem like they’re sticking around Oa for awhile.
What does this mean for Hal’s role in the Corps after a couple of years of leading the group? We’ll see, but maybe not until after Convergence. There’s also a water-treading “true threat the Corps will soon face,” but more on that concept later.
Hey, More Female Creators!9 of 12Amy Chu and Alex de Campi team up for a new story on Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, the digital-first comic that has become a spotlight for creators new to the publisher, and more women in particular.
It’s a small step, but regardless a welcome one, in seeing newer and more diverse creators continue to infiltrate what has traditionally been largely a boy’s club of the big two. It’s no mistake that these two happen to be talented creators who have proven themselves elsewhere, too.
A Harley Quinn Variant for Harley Quinn10 of 12You know, it’s just meta enough to work, and it’s fun seeing classic Harley and current Harley beating up on one another a bit. Harley also continues to ride the train of being the best-selling ongoing at DC not named Batman with the 21 other variant covers, and another special issue for Valentine’s Day.
A Lot of Treading Water11 of 12Look, we know there’s a major event happening in April and May. We’ve talked about Convergence a lot already on this site, and even in this countdown. But still, doesn’t it feel like they’re just treading water now?
There are several stories that have a similar theme, things like “Blank stops by” or “Hero’s world is upended” or “how can they prepare for what’s coming next?” This is, of course, the problem with the very nature of advanced solicitations - it’s all about what’s next, and it seems like a lot of these stories are forgetting to talk about what happens now. Maybe a two month break is exactly what they need, and once things settle back in come June we’ll see more immediacy in the solicitations. Until then, or at least in this one and in March, though, don’t expect much more than generalities and floating with their legs flailing.
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