MAY POWERS1 of 12
DC's solicitations for May confirm the publisher is banking on the success of Justice League: No Justice, with the weekly series headlining the month's books along with their special pre-Free Comic Book Day issue.
But there are several surprises - including some surprise absences - that popped up in this week's solicitations from DC. Newsarama takes a look at some of the main Things We Learned from DC's May Solicitations.
ROBIN BEYOND2 of 12
Terry McGinnis and his brother Matt have just recently moved into Wayne Manor in Batman Beyond, and now it looks like Matt could become Robin — something that's been hinted to fans for a while.
While April's cover featured someone in a Robin suit, the May solicitation spells out the choice that's being considered this spring: Matt as Robin Beyond, or not?
Too bad there's no 1-900 number for fans to vote. (Then again, maybe that's for the best…)
DEAD FRED3 of 12
Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis haven't shied away from killing characters in the past, but would they really kill one of the Scooby gang in Scooby Apocalypse?
If May's solicitation for issue #25 are to be believed, then the answer is yes. According to the copy, [possible spoiler alert!] "this month, death claims one of the most beloved figures in pop-culture history: Fred Jones."
Although characters often come back from the dead in supernatural comic books like this one, there's a reason it's called "Apocalypse." Maybe Fred really is dead?
NEW CHALLENGERS CHANGES4 of 12
There were a few things to note about the solicitation for Scott Snyder's New Challengers #1, part of the "New Age of DC Heroes" launch.
First is the fact that Snyder's got a co-writer as Aaron Gillespie joins him on the title.
Second is that the series is shifting from being an ongoing to being a six-issue mini.
The copy also describes the team as getting a "second chance at life." There was a previous incarnation of the Challengers of the Unknown featured in Dark Nights: Metal tie-ins.
Could this team be their actual second chance at life? Or is the phrase just figurative?
GONE AND BACK AGAIN5 of 12
Three names that caught our attention in the May solicitations: James Tynion IV, Jim Lee, and Andy Diggle.
For James Tynion IV, the text for Detective Comics #981 sure sounds like the writer is done with the series, as it announces the "conclusion to [his] Batman epic!"
In Lee's case, we were surprised to see that his name is missing from a title. Although Lee is launching The Immortal Men in April with a new #1 issue, he's already off the book after only one issue. May's solicitation for The Immortal Men #2 says Ryan Benjamin is doing art (although Lee will work on the cover).
Then on Green Lanterns Annual #1, the creative team surprisingly includes the name Andy Diggle as writer. Probably best known for his work on Green Arrow's modern origin in Green Arrow: Year One (which informed TV's Arrow), Diggle hasn't been seen guiding a DCU character since he abruptly left Action Comics in the middle of a storyline in 2013. Looks like that bridge might have been mended.
ROBINSON METAL6 of 12
When James Robinson took over Wonder Woman, it seemed like a favor he was doing for friend (and DC executive) Geoff Johns, picking up a thread the latter wrote about Wonder Woman having a brother. And at the time, DC billed it as a "six-month" run. But we're past that now.
But Robinson is still going strong on Diana's story in May, even spinning his latest storyline from the pages of Dark Nights: Metal — perhaps the first of several Justice League-related series that are expected to do so this summer.
BYE BYE BIRDIES7 of 12
Although there are a few titles missing from May (more on that later), only one solicitation confirms that the title is ending for good. Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #22 will be that series' final issue.
Hmm…what could BoP co-writers Julie and Shawna Benson be doing next? Their goodbye statement on Twitter clarified what's on the horizon…
BENSONS TIE-IN8 of 12The Bensons will be teaming again for a Green Arrow Annual story that ties in to Justice League: No Justice, DC's weekly May event featuring much of the DCU.
And according to Julie Benson's Tweet about the project, this is just the start of their plans for 2018, as another title rolling out this summer will feature the pair.
MAN OF STEEL, SCHEDULE OF KLEENEX9 of 12
May 30 was supposed to be the much-anticipated launch of Man of Steel, the new miniseries by DC newcomer (and former Marvel superstar writer) Brian Michael Bendis.
But the May DC solicitations don't include any copy for that book's launch. (The book might be delayed due to the writer's hospitalization in December, or maybe DC has made different plans for the book's launch.)
RELATIONSHIP'S ENDER?10 of 12
The solicitations for Batman #46 and #47 don't sound very promising for the future of Batman and Catwoman, the couple who just got engaged and whose relationship has played a central role in that title ever since.
The May issues continue a guest stint by Booster Gold called "The Travelers," and they hint that time travel might change the past enough to erase the relationship between Bruce and Selina.
Erased relationships? Nah, comic books never do that, do they?
MISSING TITLES11 of 12
DC is putting a lot of its eggs in one basket, so to speak, with the weekly series Justice League: No Justice. Not only is the series replacing both Justice League and Justice League of America for the month of May, but a few other titles are missing from the month's solicitations.
Action Comics and Superman will not ship twice-monthly but will finish their runs with two Specials that wrap up their storylines. And No Justice co-writer Scott Snyder has already insinuated on Twitter that Teen Titans and Titans might take a break (or even end their current runs) during May.
But the month also sees titles like Supergirl and Harley Quinn disappearing from the line (although Harley's got a couple stand-alone books that finish Paul Dini's back-up stories). Presumably, some of those books will return, but there's no promises.
According to Snyder, who's launching a new version of Justice League, the No Justice story will "spin out some new books [and] some new versions of existing books" when DC heads into the summer.
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