Leap Month1 of 12
The solicited list of February 2018 titles from DC Comics promise a conclusion for Dark Nights: Metal, a continuation of Doomsday Clock, and the launch of some new “New Age of DC Heroes" titles. But the line-up also has a few other surprises in the mix.
From creative changes to character crossovers, Newsarama takes a look at some of the main things we learned from DC's February solicitations.
Creative Changes2 of 12February sees more changes on the creative side of DC's titles, but not all of them appear to be permanent. Marguerite Bennett and Gene Luen Yang are back on Batwoman and Super-Man, respectively, after some fill-ins. Barnaby Bagenda will take over art on Green Lanterns in February. And Phil Jimenez is doing an issue of Nightwing.
Warlord returns3 of 12
The solicitation for Trinity teases a fan-favorite adventurer coming back to the DCU. With the book now two issues into the "No Home for You Here" storyline by James Robinson and Patch Zircher, Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman are depowered and stranded.
The planet where they're marooned is called Skartaris, a name that might sound a little familiar to DC fans. It's the home of Travis Morgan, better known as The Warlord, one of DC's sword and sorcery characters - and the issue promises his return.
Titans In Trouble4 of 12
There has been plenty of turmoil in DC's Titans title, but the team ends up taking a hiatus in February at the insistence of the Justice League. With issue #20, the story will take a turn toward Roy Harper, who investigates an addictive drug on the streets of New York.
Milking It5 of 12
The copy for February's titles gives more information about the "Milk Wars" crossover between DC's iconic superheroes and the slightly off-kilter characters from the Young Animal line while many of the titles from the latter are on hiatus.
Fans of these innovative titles won't be disappointed in the description of JLA/Doom Patrol Special #1, which tells of a "interdimensional corporation" that steals stories and repackages them, embedding itself into current continuity "using the radioactive milk of psychic cows." Co-plotted by Steve Orlando and Gerard Way, the crossover continues through five issues. (It looks like some YA titles resume in March, but there's no Doom Patrol mentioned.)
Cyborg in Charge6 of 12
February's Justice League has Cyborg in the driver's seat, taking over leadership to direct the team by issue #39.
But Cyborg's leadership will be tested by an environmental disaster that unites both Justice League teams in February.
And speaking of Cyborg…
MIA7 of 12
Although there's not announcement from DC concerning Cyborg, the title is conspicuously missing from February's solicitations. No word from DC yet if the comic book is just skipping a month or is gone for good.
One title that is confirmed as ending is Blue Beetle #18 will be the title's final issue, finishing up with a story about Jaime helping Ted Kord install a new A.I. system that fights back.
Another Tale of Two Flashes8 of 12
Since the hero's return to the DCU last year, Wally West has been given the opportunity to interact with most of his old allies, including his once-mentor Barry Allen.
But the team-up of Wally and Barry makes a fan-favorite duo, and DC is delivering the pair in February in The Flash #41. Part of the "Perfect Storm" storyline, the issue sees Barry losing something so important to him that he calls in reinforcements in the form of Wally West.
China Gets A League (and a Title) of Their Own9 of 12
China's Super-Man will guest star in February’s Deathstroke, as Slade begins a "backslide" to his old ways after a stint on the heroic side.
And Super-Man also gets a name change for his title, now called New Super-Man and The Justice League of China, although the numbering continues. The story that starts in #20 promises that the team will go "renegade," although they'll come up against trouble from North Korea.
The Trial of Batwoman10 of 12
We knew something awful was coming from Batwoman - something that influences the future of the whole Bat-family, according to warnings - and it looks like her actions will have her in hot water by February with a story titled "The Trial of Batwoman."
After a "fateful decision" by Batwoman in issue #974, the "Trial" storyline will begin with a 30-page anniversary issue in Detective Comics #975.
James Robinson BACK on Superman11 of 12
James Robinson has been writing Wonder Woman for a few issues now, adding him to the short list of people who have written all three of the trinity characters' solo titles.
In February, he'll actually be writing both Wonder Woman and Superman, starting the latter title with issue #40, as well as Trinity. Although this isn't the first time Robinson has written Superman, it's his first go at the "Rebirth" version and his son. In his first storyline, Clark and Jon find themselves trying to save a planet that doesn't want to be saved.
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