The New 441 of 8As if DC's first batch of June 2015 solicitations weren't surprising enough, DC released another set of comic book teases for June, when the publisher's entire line gets a revamp after the Convergence break.
This time around, we got to look at another costume revamp, we found out more about a slew of new Harleys, and we noticed a few missing titles.
So without further adieu — fans following up on our first round of "What We Learned From DC Comics June 2015 Solicitations," — here are a few things worth pointing out about Thursday day's news from DC.
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes2 of 8After pitching their fans on a line that would include 49 titles when it returned in June, DC ended up with only 44. It looks like Justice League United, Mystic U, Dark Universe and Bryan Hitch's Justice League of America aren't launching until July.
If all the new comics aren't ready in time for June, how will they be ready for eight-page previews by May? And if this isn't going to be the New 52 anymore, are we back to calling it the DCnU?
And although we mentioned before that Batman #40, which was originally solicited for March, would now be coming out at the end of April, there's more delay announced today — Secret Six #3 has been pushed from March to June. Considering the first issue came out in December, that's a slow moving mystery -- with another mystery as to what's causing the delay.
There's also a new definition from DC for that "loose continuity" they promised. Now it looks like it's half and half. To quote how Co-Publisher Jim Lee explained it: "We’ll have a core line of about 25 books that will have that internal consistency…but then the rest of the line of about 24 titles will be allowed to shake things up a bit.”
Many Happy Returns3 of 8The latest solicitations appear to concentrate on stories that are closer to current continuity, and there are a few returns of old characters and concepts that long-time readers should be happy to see.
The returning concepts? Selena Kyle is back in the Catwoman costume, Green Arrow returns to Seattle, Professor Zoom is back in The Flash, and Spyral is back in Grayson (after that surprising ending in March) with a new leader — Helena Bertinelli.
The characters who are back, albeit with expected revamps? We're getting a new version of G.C.P.D. Detective Renee Montoya in Detective Comics, which is following Harvey Bullock for awhile (presumably because of the all-new Batman, although Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato have been featuring him since the beginning of their run). And in Gotham by Midnight, the DCnU gets a new version of Kate Spencer, the attorney-by-day who was previous Manhunter-by-night — and was quite beloved by her fans. (Yes, DC, that's a warning — don't mess this one up.)
Hundreds?4 of 8There are two comics starring young Robin Damian Wayne in June, thanks to Damian: Son of Batman and a guest stint in Gotham Academy.
But wait! There's more!
We already knew there would be several characters in We Are... Robin, as we detailed in our first "What We Learned" countdown. The diverse line-up of teens who'll be starring in We Are Robin will include Duke Thomas, the recurring Batman character (and, possibly, some of the teenagers featured in this week's Detective Comics #40).
However, today's release of the actual solicitation for We Are... Robin puts a new spin on things. There are going to be hundreds of Robins in Gotham City.
That's a lot of teenagers for one city, but maybe it's exactly what Gotham needs — some hormonal butt-kicking Generation Z-ers to whip things into shape.
Renegade Hal5 of 8Newsarama already chatted with Green Lantern writer Robert Venditti about Hal Jordan's new role as a wanted man in June.
But we got some new information in today's solicitation — and wow, on that cover. Drawn by regular artist Billy Tan, the cover for Green Lantern #41 has an angry, hooded Hal Jordan, aglow with green energy, his new gauntlet clad hand raised in defiance, with "Renegade!" emblazoned across the bottom.
The tough-looking Hal is said to have a new partner named Darlene, who's supposed to not be what fans expect.
Wondy's Costume6 of 8Pants or no pants? That is the question.
Wonder Woman's pants are back, but this time they're accompanied by a new neck collar, some thigh-high boots, wrist-mounted blades, and a giant red V in front of Wonder Woman's … uh … crotch.
The design is featured on the cover of Wonder Woman #41 and Superman/Wonder Woman #18, so it's universe wide. (Maybe this is Diana's response to Clark cutting his hair? "You grow out your hair again, and I'll lose the pants.")
Truth Crossover7 of 8Action Comics #41, Superman/Wonder Woman #18 and Batman/Superman #21 are all part of a crossover called "Truth."
This, dear comic book readers, is your new DC Trinity — short-hair Supes, pant-clad Wondy and the mech-wearing all-new Batman.
"Truth" looks to be focused on trouble brewing at the top tier of DC's heroes, with their relationships being "tested" and there being "consequences of a bond broken." And even though the covers feature lots of mean stares (and very little else), in the capable hands of Greg Pak and Peter J. Tomasi, the story should have some interesting twists and turns as readers get to know the "truth" behind the DCnU Trinity.
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