Ides of March1 of 12
As DC continues to roll out its "New Age of DC Heroes" in March and introduces previously-announced characters like Boyzarro and the Immortal Men, there are still a few surprises in the copy for the solicitations for March 2018...
...Including the absence of a promised milestone issue for arguably DC’s flagship title.
From previously-unannounced creative changes to hints about returning characters, Newsarama takes a look at some of the key things we learned in DC's March solicitations.
Welcome Back Tim…Not?2 of 12
Tim Drake just returned to the DCU in Detective Comics after being imprisoned for a year, but he's already on the outs with Batman. And it looks like the team's no longer united, with both Red Robin and Batwoman experiencing problems with Batman in a new March storyline titled "Batman Eternal." (Hmm…didn't James Tynion IV work on another story with that name?)
Super-Grandchild3 of 12
With the recent revelation that Mr. Oz was Jor-El (or at least he claimed to be), Jonathan Kent was able to meet his previously presumed-dead grandfather from Krypton. The boy almost immediately warmed up to Jor-El, calling him ‘Granddad’ after just having met him.
In March's Action Comics #999, Jon will meet his other grandfather, General Sam Lane. And as wrong as the meeting with Jor-El turned out to be, this one might be worse. (And it makes you wonder – will young Jon Kent ever get to meet the grandpas he was named after?)
Final Stroke for DEATHSTROKE?4 of 12
Deathstroke #29 not only concludes the storyline featuring China's New Super-Man and friends, but the copy for the solicitation talks about "events of the entire series" coming full circle in this chapter.
With this description sounding like a significant conclusion - and with Deathstroke writer Christopher Priest working on Justice League now - it feels like there's either a direction change, creative team switch, or other noteworthy move coming for Deathstroke.
New Blood5 of 12
There are a couple noteworthy changes for creative teams in March on DC's ongoing comic books that weren't previously announced by the publisher. On Aquaman #34, Mirko Colak is drawing interiors, and V. Ken Marion is on Green Lanterns with issue #43.
What's Not There6 of 12
In March, there is only one issue of Action Comics solicited (issue #999), despite the fact that DC previously announced #1000 would come out that month.
There's also no Doomsday Clock mentioned, but in that case, DC has previously said that March and August would be skip months.
Chronos Returns7 of 12
One of DC's best-known time traveling characters returns in Justice League of America #27: Chronos. The last time readers saw Chronos was Convergence, and it looks like this version might bear more of a resemblance to the previous villain than the “New 52 version” of the character. His plan for the "Rebirth" era? Go back in time and prevent superheroes from ever coming into existence. (It should be interesting to see how far back in the timestream he has to go with all the changes post-"Rebirth.")
House of Kane Falls8 of 12
Batwoman #13 starts a storyline titled "The Fall of the House of Kane" that appears to tie into what's coming in Detective Comics #977. Tying into the past and affecting the dark future that readers have been warned about, this storyline forces Kate to "overcome her haunted past" while saving the future.
Wrath of Rath9 of 12
In recent months, Aquaman has been driven from the throne, working to take back Atlantis from the usurper. But there's plenty about this new King Rath that readers don't know, so March's Aquaman #34 promises to reveal the character's secret origin.
While the illumination of the character's history sounds positive, the cover doesn't look quite so promising, showing Aquaman's head on a trident.
Barry Allen - Powerless10 of 12
The next few months of The Flash brings back fan-favorite rogues, and by March, Barry Allen is in the midst of fighting against Gorilla Grodd. At some point in the battle, Barry loses his powers, according to the copy for The Flash #43, and he'll need to steal back his powers.
Justice Lost11 of 12
With Christopher Priest still only a few issues into his run on Justice League, the writer is bringing together his team and the characters from Justice League of America in a story titled "Justice Lost." The two teams, unsurprisingly, clash as they work to escape from a trap in the crippled Justice League Watchtower.
And yes, that's Red Lion from Deathstroke in that cover at right - with Slade himself in the background.
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