Beware the Ides of March1 of 12As DC's "Rebirth" nears its first birthday in 2017, mysteries in place since the start of the initiative will begin to escalate, with some of them wrapping up and others only deepening.
DC's March 2017 solicitations reveal that Superman will have some of the biggest shake-ups, delving deep into the identity of Mr. Oz, but the Bat-family and others will have major changes and revelations in store as well.
With so much going on, it can be tough to know where to focus your attention - but don't worry, Newsarama has you covered.
Here's what we learned from DC's March 2017 solicitations.
Last Nail In NEW 52's Coffin2 of 12Earth 2: Society #22 will hit shelves in March, and is billed as the series’ “final issue.” Of course, February’s Earth 2: 21 was also billed as the “final issue.”
So what happened? Was the previous issue incorrectly billed, or did DC call an audible to wrap things up in a more complete way?
Whatever the case, the end of Earth 2: Society will mark the end of the last title of the pre-“Rebirth” DCU. Of course, it was announced to be relaunched with a new “Rebirth”-era Earth 2 title later in 2017.
Great Great Grand-Grayson3 of 12Dick Grayson’s secret history has been explored in recent years, starting in the “New 52,” but Nightwing #17 will bring his past back to haunt him in a more literal sense as he squares off against his own great, great (and thought dead) grandfather.
That’s right – Dick’s ancestor, a Talon known as William Cobb, will appear in the flesh. Will this be DC’s most one-sided fist fight – a 30 year old acrobat against a guy who is easily 190 years old? – or will the Court of Owls’ sinister tricks send a well-preserved killing machine against Nightwing?
Batwoman: Year One4 of 12When DC Comics announced Batwoman at New York Comic-Con, writers James Tynion IV and Marguerite Bennett said they would be exploring some of Kate Kane’s unseen backstory. Now, we know where that story will begin – right in Batwoman #1.
And, what’s more, it looks like that story will place her directly in Gotham’s underworld. We’ve seen Batwoman working to take down some of Gotham’s weirdest and most sinister villains, now it seems we’ll learn of her previously unseen connections to that world.
White Or Green?5 of 12Fans who want Kyle Rayner to wear the green again might get their wish come March, when Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps #17 forces him to choose between the White Lantern and the Green Lantern Corps.
But giving up the power of the White Lantern is a tall order – will Kyle go back to his roots or cement himself as the true wielder of the emotional spectrum?
Rebirth Reunions6 of 12March will bring some big reunions between both old allies and longtime foes as “Rebirth” continues to explore relationships that may have been missing for the last few years.
First up, Green Arrow #18 brings Oliver Queen and Roy Harper back together for the first time in years. While their relationship in “Rebirth” isn’t exactly clear, one thing we do know is that they were once partners, and they’ll be teaming up again.
Then, in The Flash #19, Barry Allen will once again clash with Captain Boomerang - seemingly confirming once-and-for-all that he wasn’t actually killed earlier this year in the back-and-forth of Suicide Squad.
Rebirth Returns7 of 12DC Comics will still be finding new characters to “Rebirth” in March, almost a year after the relaunch was announced, with several classic characters returning to the publisher.
First up, Teen Titans #6 will bring back Aqualad into the fold, just in time for the return of Young Justice, the animated series for which he was created.
Then, in Deathstroke #14 &15, the new Power Girl, Tanya Spears, and Deadline, a lesser known DC assassin, will rear their heads.
Mystery Men & Women8 of 12As with every month of solicitations, March brings with it its fair share of mysteries – and possible answers to some longstanding questions.
For mysteries, Trinity #7 seems to have what could be one of the biggest DC mysteries of 2017, with the solicitation teasing that a “hero has fallen.” With some of their greatest foes – Ra’s al Ghul, Lex Luthor, and Circe – involved, it could be just about anyone. And from the sound of things, this hero’s death could lead to something of DC’s own superhero civil war.
Then, a pair of Batman-related mysteries will crop up, with Barbara Gordon and Supergirl teaming up Batgirl Annual #1 to find the identity of a mysterious prisoner of Arkham.
Meanwhile, Detective Comics #952 & 953 will reveal the identity of Cassandra Cain’s mother – and it just might be a classic Batman foe.
Creative Developments9 of 12March brings some big creative change-ups and additions to DC’s line-up, with some big name Marvel creators dipping their toes in the DC waters, and the return of some high profile creators of DC past.
From Marvel, Amazing Spider-Man artist Giuseppe Camuncoli will step in for interiors on All-Star Batman #8 (while Stuart Immonen takes over on ASM), and Ultimates artist Kenneth Rocafort returns to Red Hood & The Outlaws #8, a title he helped launch way back in the “New 52.” Finally, longtime Marvel exclusive artist Mark Brooks will provide a pair of variant covers for Justice League of America #2 & 3.
Finally, Khari Evans will pick up the pencil for interiors on Harley Quinn #15, while Harley’s co-creator Paul Dini will pen a Superboy-centric back up story alongside artist Ian Churchill in Action Comics #975.
Oz: Prison Break10 of 12The mysterious Mr. Oz has been hanging around the DC Universe since the "DC You" era, dropping mysterious and troubling hints about his identity and goals. All the while, he’s also been taking characters from around the DC Universe prisoner, including heavy hitters such as Doomsday and Tim Drake.
In Superman #18, the start of “Superman Reborn,” one of Oz’s prisoners will break loose. Given that this takes place in a Superman story, could that be a certain aforementioned Kryptonian monster?
Rebirth Mysteries Solved11 of 12The biggest Superman event of recent years will run through March’s Superman #18 & 19 and Action Comics #975 &976. “Superman Reborn” will explore the identity of the mysterious Mr. Oz, who’s been haunting Superman since DC Universe: Rebirth #1, and the meaning of his ominous words in that one-shot.
If Mr. Oz is indeed Ozymandias from Watchmen, could this be the start of the Watchmen Universe invading the DCU?
The solicitation for Superman #19 says the Man of Steel’s “life hangs in the balance” – so is there even more to the mystery? How does the “New 52” Superman tie-in?
We’ll find out in March.
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