On the Verge1 of 12With the holiday shopping season in high gear, it's difficult to imagine the warm, spring weather that will be ushered in by March 2015.
But thanks to the release of DC's solicitations, we can predict what storylines and surprises are coming in the spring, as the publisher finishes up all its monthly storylines in anticipation of the much-anticipated, April-starting Convergence event.
After a few months of reading solicitations that felt like everyone was waiting for DC to get to April, the March solicitations indicate a few significant changes and a slew of unknowns, as more than one series and storyline comes to an end to make way for the Convergence storyline that will take over DC's line in April and May.
So it's time to take a look at the 10 stories of note in the DC Comics March 2015 offerings.
Darkseid War2 of 12Despite the growing expectations that there will be significant changes to the DCU after Convergence, it looks like DC's summer event in Justice League is kicking off in March with issue #40, lessening predictions of massive changes — to that team, at least.
And of course, the storyline will finally follow up on the surprise ending of Forever Evil, where the Anti-Monitor was revealed as the entity who destroyed Earth 3, promising to consume more Earths and battle Darkseid.
In March's Justice League #40, readers will learn the next chapter of the story, as the League meets the "two most powerful and dangerous entities in existence" and DC kicks off its summer event a few months early.
Superboy's Back3 of 12Way back in August's Superboy #34, the final issue of that series in the New 52, readers found out that Kon-El Superboy had returned to the New 52. The young hero had previously been presumed dead, but in a convoluted series of time travel events (with pocket universes and an evil Superboy from the future), Kon was finally returned to the New 52.
There was a lot of evidence that Kon-El would be popping up soon in a Gen 13 title — including an appearance during September's "Futures End" event that showed him five years in the future.
Now it looks like March's solicitations for Teen Titans #8 and Teen Titans Annual #1 are finally teasing the return of Kon-El to the Teen Titans… but then again, are they? This Superboy's return "rocks" the team, and he left a "trail of destruction" in his wake. Is this the Kon who once served alongside the other teen heroes? Is it the evil Superboy from the future, Jon Lane Kent? Or is this Superboy some other version altogether?
Romita Show4 of 12Although there's plenty of choice in March for Superman fans — including what sounds like a fun Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder story about Bizarro in Action Comics — the main attraction in the Superman books has to be John Romita Jr. getting the chance to draw and write Superman #40 (taking over for scribe Geoff Johns for at least a month).
And if John Romita pulling double duty in 2-D wasn't quite enough, in the same month, DC is releasing a statue of Superman based on Romita's artwork.
That's quite a lot of Romita in March for DC fans, who were previously deprived of the Marvel visionary's work as he stayed loyal to that other publisher. Now that he's working at DC, it's starting to look like DC's squeezing all the Romita-on-Superman out of him they can in March.
<i>Annual</i> Fools Day5 of 12DC had previously indicated its ongoing titles would stop publishing in April and May, to make way for its Convergence event comics, coinciding with the company's editorial move from New York to California.
The publisher then released descriptions for all four weeks of April comics for Convergence.
But wait — there's a problem here. April has five Wednesdays. Would DC only release Convergence on that first Wednesday?
Never fear! DC will have other comics on the shelves for April Fool's Day, as the publisher's March solicitations include six annuals — Teen Titans Annual #1, Wonder Woman Annual #1, Batman/Superman Annual #2, Batman and Robin Annual #3, Batwoman Annual #2 and Sinestro Annual #1 — all for release April 1st, 2015.
Weeklies Conclude6 of 12As expected, DC's three weeklies all conclude (or go on hiatus, in the case of Batman Eternal) in March, but among the solicitations comes a surprise — DC is making official the connection between Earth 2: World's End and The New 52: Futures End.
Even though the two weeklies take place five years apart, The New 52: Futures End #47, on sale March 25th, is called a "tie-in" to Earth 2: World's End #26, being released the same day.
It looks like the fate of Earth 2 will be decided in a "moment" depicted in those two issues, as the solicitations tease: "It all leads back to one moment in space and time that will change the fate of two worlds!"
Early Convergence7 of 12For months now, DC fans have been talking about the April-May event called Convergence, where just about every timeline and alternate universe of note in the DCU collides into a multi-issue battle.
But with the March solicitations, readers are getting a sneak peek at the event's debut, as the publisher includes an early solicitation for Convergence #0, the 40-page, April 1 issue written by Dan Jurgens and Jeff King with art by Ethan Van Sciver.
According to copy for the issue, the event ties into the just-concluded Superman story "Doomed," and promises that we'll be seeing some "earthquakes across the Multiverse" in the DC books.
But perhaps most notable is the implication that Telos is a place — the publisher had previously confirmed Telos as "a new bad guy being introduced in Convergence." The new tease says, "all the worlds you remember can still be found on Telos." The revelation puts new meaning to DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio's assertion (in November) that Telos takes on "traits" of Brainiac's mysterious planet "but becomes a character unto himself." Is Telos a character? A place? Or both?
Multiversity Conclusion8 of 12With characters from several of DC's alternate earths about to battle in Convergence, it's good to know that the publisher's other multiverse-spanning title finishes up just in time to make room for the next one.
March sees the conclusion of The Multiversity, Grant Morrison's trippy tour of the DC Multiverse, with two releases that month — The Multiversity: Ultra Comics #1, with pencils by Doug Mahnke, and The Multiversity #2, with interiors by the art team who kicked off the mini-series, Ivan Reis and Joe Prado.
The Ultra Comics issue takes place on Earth-33, which is… our earth. The one you're standing on now. Yeah, that one. And it's up to us to save the universe.
Endgame Event9 of 12Joker here; Joker there; Joker Joker everywhere.
As readers found out in October, the Joker is back in the Scott Snyder/Greg Capullo Batman title, and it looks like DC's going to leverage his presence in Gotham City — but not at the expense of the ongoing stories being told in the regular Bat-books. Instead, the "Jokerizing" of Gotham City will spill over into a few extra issues being released from the Bat-office.
The four one-issue tie-in comics rounding out the "Endgame" storyline are: Arkham Manor: Endgame #1 (with Frank Tieri writing and art by Felix Ruiz); Detective Comics: Endgame #1 (with Brian Buccellato writing solo and Roge Antonia on art); Batgirl: Endgame #1 (with Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher co-writing, and Bengal on art); and Gotham Academy: Endgame #1 (Becky Cloonan and Fletcher co-writing, with Karl Kerschl on art).
Lantern Shake-up10 of 12Ever since a slew of new creative teams took over the Green Lantern titles in spring 2013, DC has proven in that it's not going to sit still on its Lantern storylines, bringing about multiple high-profile shifts, from Guy Gardner donning a red costume to the whole corps battling the New Gods.
In March comes another major change for the Lantern universe — this one perhaps its biggest in years — as DC ends Green Lantern Corps and Green Lantern: New Guardians, which both get oversized issues to finish their runs, and Guy Gardner heads toward "another path" at the end of his time with the Red Lanterns, as that book also ends.
A year ago, there were five issues under the Lantern umbrella, but the end of March will pare that down to two – Green Lantern and Sinestro. Of course, we don't know yet if DC is launching any new Lantern titles in June.
End Over End11 of 12Comic industry watchers expected a little housecleaning during the Convergence break, but the new solicitations reveal a lot of endings coming for the publisher this spring — and anticipated changes come June.
Although there are a couple of enticing new titles in the solicitations, neither is within the New 52 DCU — a new digital first Batman book featuring writer Peter Tomasi, and an anthology from Vertigo called Strange Sports Stories.
And there are a slew of dire endings hinted about — Justice League Dark faces "its final fate," Justice League United's events will "change the DCU forever," Superman/Wonder Woman's relationship will experience a "major change," and the solicitations ask, "Is the Suicide Squad done for?"
But the most obvious endings in March are all those "final issue" labels, as DC puts the axe to more than a dozen titles from their current line — Infinity Man and the Forever People #9, Aquaman And The Others #11, Klarion #6, Secret Origins #11, Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie #8, Trinity of Sin #6, Worlds' Finest #32, Arkham Manor #6, Batwoman #40, Green Lantern Corps #40, Green Lantern: New Guardians #40, Red Lanterns #40, and Swamp Thing #40. With those titles disappearing, along with the publisher's three weeklies — representing another dozen releases between them each month — DC just ended about half of its line. That's both scary and exciting as the company looks forward to June, when the editorial staff will have a cleaner slate to start fresh out of the gate from California.
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