Intro1 of 12
With the launch of several new titles, including the highly anticipated debut of the Wonder Twins in DC comics, February kicks off new storylines and series announced weeks ago by the publisher.
But among the already anticipated titles and character appearances are a few new details about what readers can expect in February. Newsarama takes a look at what we learned from DC's February 2019 solicitations.
Time to Rhyme2 of 12
Fans of Jason Blood will be happy to see the character featured in something besides a limited series, as Etrigan shows up in Detective Comics #998, soon after writer Peter Tomasi takes over.
Tomasi must get rhyming right, as Bat and Demon reunite.
Not-So New Age3 of 12
DC’s post-Dark Nights: Metal initiative, “New Age of DC Heroes,” launched several new titles during the last year. But with the newest solicitations, very few of them are going to be left once 2019 begins.
Curse of Brimstone is ending with #12 in March, and Sideways is ending with #13 in February. Immortal Men and New Challengers have already ended with issue #6, and The Unexpected will end with #8 in January.
By March, five of the “New Age” titles will be gone, with only three still going strong: Silencer, The Terrifics, and Damage.
Joker’s Family4 of 12
On the cover for Batman Beyond #27, it appears that the new Robin of the future, Terry’s brother Matt, is dead. The series is in the midst of a story featuring the Joker, and the copy for hints that the villain might be reenacting Jason Todd’s murder. (Terry doesn’t look happy on that cover. Did Joker really kill Matt?)
In other Joker-related development in February, Joker's Daughter returns in Nightwing #57. And from the looks of the cover, Duela Dent still has her father’s facial skin, which was removed at the beginning of the “New 52.”
Peace Negotiations5 of 12
Things must get really bad in the pages of Justice League, as issue #17 promises a meeting between Martian Manhunter and Lex Luthor to talk about whether the Justice League and the Legion of Doom can achieve peace. Is there another threat that could inspire them to team up?
Titan Revelations6 of 12
Teen Titans #27 finally has answers to mysteries about two characters, promising to reveal Djinn’s history and the origin of Roundhouse’s powers.
Plus wait … why does Damian Wayne get beat up by Red Hood? Recent issues have shown that they were supposed to be working together to defeat the Other. Is one of them not being fully forthcoming?
Dan on Dark7 of 12
In February, it appears that Dan Abnett is taking over Justice League Odyssey. The writer, who just left Aquaman, has been working with the Justice League team on other titles — issues of Titans and his final chapter of Aquaman.
It could be a case of Abnett assisting the team for an issue while Joshua Williamson works on a month-long crossover (more on that in a minute).
Fifty Shades of Green8 of 12
With Green Arrow heading toward its 50th issue, the solicitation for February’s #49 promises a “shocking ending that will set the stage for the future.” The series might be turning a corner with #50 in March, although it’s not clear if the Count Vertigo storyline by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing is finishing here.
Crossover Case9 of 12
The Flash and Batman are crossing over in February for a story titled "The Last Cold Case,” with all four issues being written by Flash scribe Joshua Williamson.
The crossover promises to deal with the aftermath of Wally West’s death (in Heroes in Crisis a few months ago) and will also be connected to Gotham Girl, the character who was introduced in Tom King’s first issue of Batman as “Rebirth” began.
And for fans speculating Tom King is off Batman, hold your horses – King has stepped away before like this for crossovers like “The Button”, and the writer has said he has a 100-issue plan for the flagship DC tile.
Snyder’s Past10 of 12
Not only will writer Scott Snyder be reuniting with artist Jock for The Batman Who Laughs limited series that starts in December, but with February’s issue #3 they’ll bring back a fan-favorite character they featured in their Detective Comics run (way back in 2010): James Gordon Jr., the creepy son of Gotham’s commissioner and the brother of Batgirl.
Murder Clue11 of 12In issue Heroes in Crisis #1, a mass murder took place within Sanctuary, a treatment center for DC heroes and villains who had suffered from trauma.
Who committed the murder? Nobody knows, but the solicitation for Heroes in Crisis #6 might provide a clue. “Find out what pushed one of the superheroes over the edge,” the copy says, indicating that the murderer was a hero, and was probably a patient at Sanctuary.
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