MARCH MADNESS1 of 12DC's March 2016 solicitations feature many of the original "New 52" titles reaching their landmark fiftieth issues. With this milestone comes a return to form for characters such as Batman and Superman, whose status quos have been interrupted for some time, just in time for March 25's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice movie.
Along with these changes, Newsarama has found numerous other factoids and points of interest. So here’s our list of ten things we learned from DC’s March solicitations.
AQUAWOMAN?2 of 12The embattled Aquaman be under rough sees just one issue into writer Dan Abnett's run on the book. After February's #49 with artist Vicente Cifuentes, Flash artist Brett Booth takes over for #50 -- with no word if it's temporarily or permanent.
This anniversary issue also introduces a new villain named Dead Water.
The solicitation for Aquaman #50 also teases the introduction of a new hero – Aquawoman. Could this be a brand new supporting character, or perhaps a change in identity for Aquaman’s partner Mera?
JUSTICE LEAGUE BEYOND3 of 12DC’s current volume of Batman Beyond has slowly but surely been bringing more and more elements of the classic cartoon into its version of the future of the DC Universe.
The latest element of the show to be incorporated into comic books is the future Justice League, consisting of legacy heroes and the children of former Justice Leaguers, who will make their debut in some shape or form in Batman Beyond #10.
SINESTRO CORPS4 of 12After recruiting numerous heroes and villains to his Yellow Power Ring wielding army, Sinestro will lead his Corps against a new foe who is immune to the power of the Yellow ring.
Whatever happens in their fight, Sinestro #21 marks a “new status quo” for Sinsestro and the Sinestro Corps. Will he lean into being a hero, or return to out and out villainy? Time will tell.
SERIES ENDINGS5 of 12March 2016 will mark the end of a number of series from DC, including Telos, which spun out of Convergence, and which will end with #6. Additionally, the planned 26 issue run of Batman And Robin Eternal concludes in March.
Also of note, while it’s not ending yet, March’s Omega Men #10 is advertised as the start of the “final act” of the series, which was saved from cancellation mere weeks ago so that writer Tom King could finish his planned 12 issue story.
GREEN ARROW Vs. DEATHSTROKE6 of 12One of Oliver Queen’s most popular rivalries on Arrow is his feud with Deathstroke. Now, that fight will spill over into comic books, with Green Arrow #50 featuring a throw-down between the two over the healing blood of one “Miracle Man,” a new character shrouded in mystery.
Though DC doesn’t have a previous Miracle Man, several characters with that name have appeared in Marvel Comics, including an early Stan Lee/Jack Kirby creation, and the original name of Miracleman, who is now a Marvel property.
MARTIAN MANHUNTER: SECRET ORIGIN7 of 12In Martian Manhunter’s original backstory, he was the only survivor of a dead Mars, transported to Earth by an experimental teleportation device. He lived in secret on Earth for years before revealing himself to save the world. Since the onset of the "New 52," Martian Manhunter’s origin has been a little shaky, with details of his past shrouded in mystery.
Now, with Martian Manhunter #10, J’Onn J’Onzz’s update origin will finally be told. Billed as the “definitive origin story,” this issue promises to fill in a lot of blanks about one of DC’s oldest characters.
MILLER AND LEE BACK IN ACTION8 of 12Jim Lee and Frank Miller will reunite for the mini-comic included in March’s Dark Knight III: The Master Race #4, marking the reunion of the team that created the iconic – and still unfinished - All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder.
But Lee also said that story would finally be finished in the near future. Is Lee postponing his work on All Star Batman & Robin to get in on the fun of the Dark Knight sequel, or is his entry a warm up to get back in the rhythm of Miller’s frenetic, intense storytelling?
JUSTICE LEAGUE UPDATE9 of 12With February seeing only the release of a Justice League: Darkseid War one-shot, the "New 52"’s flagship title will still be stuck on #49 while the other launch titles reach #50. But with the penultimate chapter of “Darkseid War” in Justice League #49, DC promises that one member of the League will be “changed forever.”
Considering that nearly every member of the League has been altered by “Darkseid War,” this could have a number of implications. But whose change could be permanent? Could Lex Luthor remain possessed of the power of Darkseid?
As for Justice League’s sister title Justice League of America, it’s still suffering from delays by its writer/artist Bryan Hitch, with #9 featuring the story originally solicited as Justice League #8.
MAN OF STEEL10 of 12Like his ally Batman, whose identity has been occupied by James Gordon for several months, Superman hasn’t exactly been himself. He’s lost many of his powers, and his identity has been exposed to the public. But with Superman #50, at least one of those problems will be solved.
The solicitation for Superman #50 promises a return to form for the Man of Steel – as well as a meeting with his previous self, the Kal-El from the DC Universe that existed prior to the "New 52."
BATMAN RETURNS11 of 12March 2016 marks a milestone for the "New 52," with many of the launch titles from the publishing initiative finally hitting their fiftieth issues. And with this milestone comes the return of the most iconic versions of DC’s most popular characters – including Bruce Wayne’s return to the cape and cowl.
It’s been clear since James Gordon took over for Bruce Wayne as the Caped Crusader in the aftermath of the “Endgame” storyline that the original Batman would be back at some point, and now we know when that will be. Batman #50 will not only see the return of Bruce Wayne, but also mark the impending departure of artist Greg Capullo, who will take a hiatus from the series with #51.
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