SPRING HAS SPRUNG1 of 12With DC Comics heading towardsRebirth - whatever that actually is - things are ramping up in the month of May.
Now that DC's May solicitations have been released, we've combed through the new ads to find out what's coming, and pull out the most important news of the month.
Returning heroes, and creative changes are afoot as we count down ten things we learned from DC's May solicitations.
DK3: THE MISSING RACE2 of 12May's solicitations feature no entry for Dark Knight III: The Master Race. After hitting its release dates for issues 1 and 2, DKIII #3 was delayed until February 24, with #4 getting bumped up to April 13.
April's DKIII #5 is now pushed back to May 18 according to DC, but wasn't re-solicited in this week's new list.
The reasons for the delays are unclear - February was intended to be a skip month for the title with The Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade #1 intended to fill the gap.
TRAVEL FOREMAN ON CONSTANTINE3 of 12Travel Foreman is bringing the visual weirdness he cultivated in Animal Man to another DC property with a dark bent in Constantine: The Hellblazer #12.
There’s no word on whether he’ll be joining the series as a regular artist, or if this is just a fill-in. Foreman’s last DC work was on Justice League United which recently wrapped.
TITANS TOGETHER4 of 12Teen Titans #20 marks a creative shift for the title, with writer Tony Bedard taking over for previous scribe Greg Pak, who just began in January – and with the new writer comes a new threat.
It looks as though Raven is once again at the heart of the Titans’ conflict, with the solicitation teasing the return of the Fearsome Five – classic Titans foes who, this time, are gunning for the mystical Raven.
HEROES RETURN5 of 12Many heroes are returning at DC in May, and at least one of them will pop back up in Secret Six #14. The trouble is, we don’t yet know which one.
The solicitation for the issue teases the return of a “beloved DC hero,” but gives no indication as to who that might be. And with the off-beat nature of Secret Six, it could be literally anyone – even someone for whom “beloved” isn’t exactly the best adjective.
THE DOCTOR IS IN6 of 12Kent Nelson is the original Doctor Fate, and as of Doctor Fate #12, he’s back on the scene – but maybe in a different context than we’ve previously seen him.
The solicitation for the issue lists him as “Uncle Kent Nelson,” providing advice to the current Doctor Fate, Khalid Nassour. There actual relationship isn’t yet known, but this is Nelson’s first appearance since the launch of the New 52.
WOLFMAN RETURNS7 of 12Marv Wolfman helped create Cyborg way back in 1980, and now, with Cyborg #11, he’s returning to the character he helped build. Wolfman developed Cyborg as part of the Teen Titans, but he’s since graduated to the Justice League.
Of course, with Wolfman in, that means David Walker, who helped launch Cyborg’s first solo series, is out. Walker tweeted confirmation that he was officially done with the title with #9.
R.I.P. OLIVER QUEEN8 of 12Oliver Queen has come through a lot in his history – even death. And unfortunately, it looks like he’ll have to do it again if the solicitation for Green Arrow #52 is to be believed.
According to the solicitation, Green Arrow is dead, and Deathstroke is victorious in their recent fight. But all hope may not be lost – after all, Green Arrow’s name is on the cover of the book, and Ollie is one of DC’s most bankable leading men thanks to Arrow.
HITCH OFF ART ON JLA9 of 12Bryan Hitch’s Justice League of America has had severe delays since it's launch last year, and now it seems DC will be mitigating that by bringing in artist Neil Edwards to provide art while Hitch focuses on writing.
It isn’t clear from the solicitation for #11 whether this is a permanent change or just a break for Hitch to catch up, but Hitch will still provide the cover for the issue.
NOT SO DARK KNIGHT10 of 12It’s the end of an era for the Dark Knight as longtime writer Scott Snyder will conclude his run on the character with Batman #51. With Batman #52, writer James Tynion will take the reins alongside artist Rafael Albquerque.
Whether Tynion or Albuquerque will remain on Batman full time remains to be seen. But it is interesting to note that Batman himself is actually smiling on the cover of the issue – not typical for the Caped Crusader.
LEX-EL11 of 12Lex Luthor recently underwent a major change in “Darkseid War,” taking the place of the lord of Apokolips. Now, with the cover of Justice League #51, it looks like he may be skewing towards another powerful being – his arch-enemy, Superman.
The cover shows Luthor wearing blue and red armor that bears the Supes’s logo. The solicitation offers no information about what that means, but it does reveal that Paul Pelletier will be drawing the issue.
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