REBIRTHDAY1 of 12May 2017 will mark the one-year anniversary of DC Universe: Rebirth #1 and the changes it brought to the DCU. As the company heads into their summer event season, readers can expect plenty of follow-up to the "Rebirth" mysteries. But as the publisher gears up for those revelations, May's solicitations provide a few clues about what's coming.
On face value there's nothing as game-changing as DC Universe: Rebirth #1, unless you count the tease of another major event for later in the year.
CURRENT EVENTS2 of 12When DC Entertainment released its first issue of the specialty magazine called Driect Currents, it revealed some new information about stories following up on the events of last May's DC Universe: Rebirth #1.
But the second issue of that magazine — which was originally solicited for February – isn't coming out until May, and according to solicitations, the issue will have information about DC's "classified summer event."
We're not sure why the issue was moved and re-solicited, but with the tease about DC's summer plans, it may be tied to events coming in May's books or Free Comic Book Day issues.
THE LAZARUS CONTRACT3 of 12In Deathstroke #18, readers can expect a fight between Jericho, Rose, and Slade Wilson that's being followed by a crossover titled "The Lazarus Contract." And the solicitations make it seems like the crossover might tie to the post-Crisis universe and/or the events of DC Universe: Rebirth.
Crossing between May issues of Titans, Teen Titans and Deathstroke, "The Lazarus Contract" will feature the just-recently-remembered-each-other Titans - including the elder Wally West - along with their frequent former nemesis Slade, as well as the younger Teen Titans. The story teases that Deathstroke is trying to bring his son back from the dead, and that Wally West is the "key." The conclusion says the consequences are "game-changing" and will be "felt for years to come."
The title is also presumably a reference to "The Judas Contract," one of the most famous Teen Titans stories of all time in which one of Deathstroke's agents infiltrated the team.
ZOD SKWAD4 of 12There's never been much of a limit for Amanda Waller and what she'll do to accomplish her goals. But in May's Suicide Squad #17, she's treading on dangerous ground by making General Zod a full-fledged member of Task Force X.
According to solicitations, Waller and the gang need his help to destroy the Annhilation Brigade, billed as a deadlier version of the Suicide Squad.
MISTAH F5 of 12There's plenty of Suicide Squad again in May, but one of the teases about the team caught our eye — and should make some "shippers" happy: In Suicide Squad #18, Harley Quinn and Rick Flag will be taking their relationship from attraction to what DC is calling "romance."
SPOILER SPORT6 of 12In Detective Comics, one of the ramifications of the team believing that Tim Drake is dead is that Stephanie Brown has become anti-vigilante (but still anti-villain too).
In May's Detective Comics #957, her anti-vigilante stance takes her up against the Wrath — and because she doesn't want costumed heroes involved, it looks like she won't have any help.
JLA: REBIRTH7 of 12After teases about "Rebirth" tie-ins in April (in "Button" and "Superman Reborn Aftermath"), May appears to have more follow-up, as the solicitation for Justice League of America #7 says, "it's all capped off with a moment fans have been wiring for since DC Universe: Rebirth!"
What part of that story does this moment follow-up on, and how might it tie into DC's planned summer event?
2814 NO MORE8 of 12Cruz and Baz train in space with the rest of the Green Lanterns - for the first time - starting in May's Green Lanterns book.
But they might lose their status in Earth's Sector 2814 because of a new deal between the Sinestro Corps and the Green Lanterns, where one Green and one Yellow Lantern each will cover each sector.
REVERSAL9 of 12After the events of April's "The Button," in which Barry Allen works with Batman to investigate the Watchmen hints from DC Universe: Rebirth, the Scarlet Speedster will be taking on what DC calls "his greatest enemy" — and one of his fan-favorite villains — as The Flash #23 is taking readers to "Eobard Thawne's 25th Century stronghold."
KING OF THE SEVEN SEAS10 of 12The Aquaman of "Rebirth" is the ruler of Atlantis, with the political and social expectations that come along with being a king. And as "Rebirth" has introduced the idea of Arthur and Mera getting married - with a proposal in last May's DC Universe: Rebirth #1 one-shot - those royal expectations have been playing a big role in that title.
But in May, all the problems he's been facing as king will culminate in an impeachment of sorts, as the people of Atlantis take steps to depose Arthur from his throne. Will his "Rebirth" status as ruler be changed?
SUPERMAN REVENGE SQUAD11 of 12Superman, Lois, and Jon appear to survive "Superman Reborn" (and the advertised discovery of the mysterious Mr. Oz in April), but they've got their hands full when they get back to Metropolis for May's Action Comics #979.
Villains featured in May include General Zod (of the aforementioned Suicide Squad — tying into that series), Eradicator, Cyborg Superman, Metallo, and Mongul. Then in Superman, solicitation copy teases that even Superboy might turn against his father. No rest for the Man of Steel.
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