Marching Into 20191 of 12
With Christmas just a few days away, DC gave fans an early gift by releasing a peek at their March 2019 titles via their advance solicitations, including a surprise Grim Knight one-shot that ties into The Batman Who Laughs.
But there were other unexpected items in DC’s solicitations, with some interesting changes to characters, hints about ongoing mysteries, and fan-favorite character returns. What follows is a list of what we learned from DC's plans for March 2019.
10. Terminus Agenda2 of 12
The last time Deathstroke writer Christopher Priest participated in a crossover with a Titans books, in last year’s “Lazarus Contract,” there were some major changes that affected both Slade Wilson and his young frequent foes. This time, in February’s “Terminus Agenda,” the story kicks off with Terminator’s identity being outed by none other than Jim Gordon. Soon after, the Teen Titans creative team of Adam Glass and Bernard Chang join the fun with Priest as the young Teen Titans go after Deathstroke. The crossover not only promises some “blood” will be shed when Damian and friends meet Slade, but the story is supposed to kick off a “bold new era” for both books.
9. New Age Old?3 of 12
The copy for Terrifics #14 sounds like an ending, even though the issue doesn’t announce that it’s the final one. And Curse of the Brimstone is ending in March as expected. If this really is the end of The Terrifics, only two series from DC’s launch of the “New Age of DC Heroes” will remain: Damage and The Silencer.
Speaking of The Silencer, there are some big changes listed in March’s solicitation. The copy for February’s issue promises big surprises and it sounds like the book really delivers. Blake knows his wife's secret now? And Honor is going to learn her origin story? Sounds like there are big changes coming in The Sllencer.
8. Mother...4 of 12
This month’s Aquaman introduced readers to the character Namma, who is allegedly poisoning the ocean to prevent amnesiac Aquaman’s new friends from eating fish. And Aquaman was about to go confront the lady on the island where these weird new friends banished her.
In March’s solicitations, the copy for Aquaman #46 calls Namma the “mother of all gods.” We already knew she was the mother of Caille, but the mother of what? Maybe this is hyperbole. Or maybe there’s some new god hierarchy in the DCU. Whatever it is, the cover looks bad for Aquaman as his body goes all Infinity War.
7. Mr. Todd, CEO5 of 12
Just a few months ago, Red Hood: Outlaw introduced a whole new direction for the series, taking Jason on the road solo - and on the run from Gotham City, where he had attempted the murder of Penguin and was excommunicated from the Bat-family for his crimes.
Well, things are certainly taking another new direction in March, when it’s revealed that Jason Todd has become a businessman and staged a hostile takeover of Penguin’s Iceberg Lounge and Casino. Wait, Jason Todd became what?
6. Welcome Back6 of 12
Readers found out earlier this year that James Jesse, the original version of the Trickster, had returned to The Flash, despite being dead in previous continuity and replaced with a new Trickster, Axel Walker.
In March, readers will get the details behind his return in The Flash #66, an issue dedicated to how the character not only returned but is the new crime lord of Central City.
5. What’s In The Box?7 of 12
Way back in May, at the end of Justice League: No Justice #4, Martian Manhunter gave Oliver Queen/Green Arrow a box that he implied could defeat the entire Justice League. The idea was that Ollie could use whatever is in the box if the league got out of control. “We need someone honorable who can stop us,” Martian Manhunter said.
That mysterious box is now returning in the oversized Green Arrow #50. It will bring Green Arrow and Black Canary to blows, and the issue’s copy promises that when the box is opened, it will forever change Ollie’s world.
4. Where Was Conner?8 of 12
We’ve known for a while that Brian Michael Bendis was bringing back Conner Kent in Young Justice, reuniting him with several other characters that had been missing from the “Rebirth” universe and creating a new, youthful team for DC.
But…where the heck has he been? In Young Justice #3, readers will apparently get an explanation for Superboy’s absence, and there are indications that Bart Allen might be explaining something soon too.
3. Is that a Spoiler?9 of 12
If the solicitation for Heroes in Crisis #7 is accurate, two of the main suspects in this book’s murder mystery are actually innocent. Sure, we just saw Harley Quinn literally kill Wally West in issue #3, but it sounds like Harley and Booster are going to become chums after the “true killer” is discovered by Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman in issue #7.
2. Crime Syndicate Returns10 of 12
The Crime Syndicate returns in March’s Superman #9, and the team appears to be a key element in the story of how Jon Kent became so different in his time away from Earth.
Copy for the issue indicates that Jon and his grandfather encounter the Crime Syndicate after they travel “across dimensions,” so it’s not clear if this group has anything to do with the Crime Syndicate featured in Forever Evil.
And over in Action Comics #1009, Clark Kent is going to reveal his secret identity again, but this time it’s to someone he really shouldn’t trust with it: Amanda Waller.
1. Mxyzptlk Returns11 of 12
Things get even crazier in Justice League. (if that’s even possible) as Scott Snyder and Jorge Jimenez take the group into the Sixth Dimension. And if you’re going to the Sixth Dimension, then it stands to reason that everyone’s favorite character from the Fifth one would show up: Mr. Mxyzptlk.
The character hasn’t been seen since he messed with Superman’s continuity (or rather, helped him fix it?) in “Superman Reborn,” which saw an old Superman and a young one.
Now, the theme is repeating as Superman and the entire Justice League come “face to face with their future selves.”
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