Clock Problems1 of 12
As DC Comics heads into the spring months, the publisher's April 2018 solicitations offer a few surprising revelations and unannounced changes. From unexpected story developments to missing titles, Newsarama takes a look at some of the key things we learned in DC's April solicitations.
Iris Illness2 of 12
The Flash will follow up its rogues-heavy issues in early 2018 with an "epilogue" in issue #45 that will show Iris' health "deteriorating at an alarming rate." Of course, she's got two pretty quick loved ones in Barry and Wally, but tensions between the two speedsters won't help Iris' condition.
Creative Changes3 of 12
There are several notable changes on DC titles in April. Cary Nord is taking over art on the new DC title Damage from Tony Daniel, who's moving to Batman to draw the aforementioned Booster story. Then after John Romita Jr. launches The Silencer, his run ends with issue #3 to make way for new artist Viktor Bogdanovic on April's issue #4. And then DC's Future Quest Presents will get a new writer with issue #9 as Rob Williams taking over from former scribe Jeff Parker. Williams will work with artist Aaron Lopresti on the issue.
Ending & Missing4 of 12
April sees the end of Trinity, DC's series featuring Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman – 25 years after the original Trinity series was launched by DC. Then readers will also say goodbye to serial issues of Astro City, with writer Kurt Busiek having mentioned earlier today that the series would continue as a series of graphic novels in the future.
And then there's a pretty important issue missing from April - the next chapter in DC's event series Doomsday Clock. DC executive and Clock writer Geoff Johns had previously stated that the series would skip March and August, but there had been no mention of April being a skip month. Yet the series isn't mentioned in the solicitations for April, meaning there will be two months in a row without issues of Doomsday Clock.
Newsarama has learned that due to delays in Johns and Frank’s schedule, Doomsday Clock is planned to pick back up in May as a bi-monthly series, with one planned every two months.
Kai returns in BATGIRL #225 of 12
Barbara Gordon gets a visit from a blast from her past in Batgirl #22 as her old love interest Kai shows up. The character hasn't been seen for quite a while, and it sounds like his return isn't exactly the best news for Babs.
Nightwing Charts a New Flight path6 of 12
There are two new creative teams on Nightwing in April, writing what appear to be two one-shot issues. The first, by Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing, and Jorge Corona, will take Dick Grayson to Japan to help his former Robin Damian Wayne. Then issue #43 features a story by Michael Moreci and Minkyu Jung teams Dick with Robin and Arsenal to battle the League of Assassins.
What does it mean for the ongoing story Sam Humphries has/had planned? Wait and see.
Boston Brand's murder solved, 51 years later7 of 12
Neal Adams has always said that he'd reveal the secret history of Boston Brand in his Deadman mini-series, and he even implied in the past that Ra's Al Ghul is the big bad behind the whole thing. But the solicitation for April's #6 appears to confirm what the series and Adams have been only implying — that Ra's Al Ghul "planned … the ruthless murder" of Boston Brand, creating Deadman.
Parallax Relapse?8 of 12
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps in April features a story titled "Darkest Before the Dawn" and some copy that seems to dance around the existence of something "dark" within him. For long-time fans of the character, that harkens back to the character's time as Parallax, and the cover that DC provided features a giant foe who appears to be using yellow energy, the color now associated with the Parallax entity. Of course, it might have nothing to do with Parallax, but either way, Hal's got some troubled times ahead.
Booster & Bats9 of 12
Earlier this month,
Tom King got Booster Gold fans very excited that he was working on something with Booster Gold. Now we know that project is actually a story for Batman, which kicks off in Batman #45. Since that Tweet came true, it's probably worth pointing out that King also Tweeted a photo of a Booster action figure with Harley Quinn, so she might show up in Batman as well.
The story follows Booster's debut in "Rebirth" as part of the current Action Comics storyline.
Deathstroke's Damian's Daddy10 of 12
Slade Wilson shows up in the solicitations for several comic books, including a surprising teaser for his self-titled series. In Deathstroke #30, Slade will battle Batman in what's being called a "six-issue series-within-a-series," and the text for the issue says Deathstroke might be Damian Wayne's actual father. Slade also shows up in April in the new series The Silencer and in Justice League #43, which is also written by Deathstroke writer Christopher Priest.
New Green Arrow Team11 of 12
With Green Arrow #39, co-writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing will start a new storyline and apparently replace former writer Ben Percy. The pair have been working with DC for a few years now, including a gig on Batman and Robin Eternal and the recent digital-first series Gotham City Garage. Their gig starts in April after the solicitation for March's issue #38 as advertised as a "special issue that wraps up plotlines that began at the start of this series," implying it's a clean slate for Kelly and Lanzing, with new artist Marcio Takara.
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