3 Years Since REBIRTH1 of 12
With several titles wrapping up their runs in April, DC continues to change the landscape of its "Rebirth" initiative.
But within the series that remain, there are a few surprises that popped up in this this week's advance April 2019 solicitations.
A classic Wildstorm team possibly returning; A DC cowboy goes into space; two space heroes at odds. All that and more in our breakdown of what we learned from the new solicits.
Wild Authority2 of 12
The description for The Wild Storm #22 says that “Sparks has the authority.”
OK, DC, we see what you did there.
The group of “misfits” that are pictured on the cover sure look like the Authority, so although the characters have been in the book before, it seems like this issue is pulling them together and possibly putting a name to them.
Ellis' The Wild Storm ends at issue #24, and the author has teased several spin-off titles. 2019 is the 20th anniversary of the Authority's debut in Ellis' Stormwatch; could they be returning once more?
Hex and Sons3 of 12
While Jinny Hex, a descendent of Jonah Hex, is being featured in the launch of the new Young Justice comic book, Jonah himself doesn’t have an ongoing role in the DCU right now. But Adventures of the Super Sons #9 has him not only interacting with Superboy and Robin, but doing so in space.
Back In Town4 of 12
Batgirl #34 won't be the first time Jim Gordon and his daughter Barbara haven't see eye-to-eye. And it’s not even the first time their relationship was stressed by James Jr. (who’s playing a pivotal role in The Batman Who Laughs limited series right now).
No, this disagreement is notable because it drives Barbara out of the house, which means the character is returning to Burnside, the community she occupied during the popular 'DC You' era of this title. No word yet if she’s wearing the zippered jacket costume again.
Uncle Sam vs. Nazi Superman5 of 12
The characters in Freedom Fighters have been hoping to inspire the spirit of America to awaken and overthrow the Nazis that rule their world. In April’s Freedom Fighters #5, it looks like they finally succeed, as Uncle Sam returns.
But Sam isn’t the only character being introduced. Freedom Fighters #5 will debut Overman, the version of Superman that landed in Sudetenland instead of Kansas and became the champion of the Third Reich.
Strange Trouble6 of 12
According to solicitations, the next storyline in Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp’s The Green Lantern has Hal Jordan trying to become a Blackstar, being tested by their leader in a series of trials.
But in April, the story takes a surprising turn as the next trial requires Hal to kill Adam Strange, the protector of Rann. While it’s doubtful that Hal goes through with it, it’s probable that readers will see a team-up between the two characters as the Blackstars invade Rann.
Hawk-Fans Rejoice7 of 12
First, the Hawkman series by Robert Venditti and Bryan Hitch made every single iteration of Hawkman part of continuity by simply calling them “past lives” of the characters. Then, the title sent Carter Hall through space and time to visit some of the fan-favorites while adding some new twists.
In April, Hawkman #11 will put the idea on overdrive as “all of Carter Hall’s past lives” unite to battle the evil Deathbringers. Yes, you read that right — all of them. And Hitch is drawing them all.
Dynamic Duo8 of 12
Amanda Conner or Yanick Paquette will each be doing an issue of Batman in April with regular series writer Tom King.
First up is Conner on issue #68, which features Catwoman enjoying a bachelorette party “that never was.” Then Paquette unites with King for the conclusion of the “Knightmares,” which promises a “no-holds-barred journey through Bat-man’s psyche via the inner workings of Arkham Asylum.”
Titans Betrayal?9 of 12
When Deathstroke gets involved in the business of the Teen Titans, long-time fans have good reason to be concerned about a member of the team possibly betraying them.
As April’s Teen Titans #29 continues a crossover with Deathstroke, the teaser for the issue says “the worst enemies of all come from within!” Uh oh — is there a traitor in their midst?
Ric Change10 of 12
Dan Jurgens is taking over the writing chores on Nightwing in April, uniting with series artist Chris Mooneyham for issue #59.
Jurgens drew an arc of Nightwing in the 1990s called “Targets,” but this time he’s inheriting a character that doesn’t even remember being Dick Grayson. And with issue #59, it looks like the character is still calling himself Ric - although Jurgens will depict the character responding to the “call to be a hero.”
Clues In Crisis11 of 12
The murder mystery at the center of Heroes in Crisis just got a new clue as the solicitation copy for issue #8 says the killer is a “hero” that was “driven to the brink.”
So…does this eliminate villains from the list of suspects?
There’s another possible hinted in the copy that says, “Sanctuary has become something [the Trinity] never imagined, and it’s still potentially carrying on without them!” While this might indicate that DC characters are helping each other, carrying on with the spirit of Sanctuary, it might also indicate some A.I. went rogue and is now beyond the Trinity’s control.
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