Mayday1 of 12
With the launch of some new high-profile events, May kicks of DC’s summer with new storylines and blockbuster series.
But among the already anticipated titles and character appearances are a few new details about what readers can expect in May. Newsarama takes a look at what we learned from DC's May 2019 solicitations.
Family Reunion2 of 12
Ever since Lobo’s daughter Crush was introduced to the Teen Titans title in 2018, readers have wondered what the story is behind the character. While the series recently revealed some of her past on Earth, there’s been no revelation yet about why she was sent to Earth by Lobo and/or her mother. And who in the world could her mother be?
But that’s not the only secret that’s going to break wide open in Teen Titans in May. Robin’s villains have escaped from the prison he made for them and things don’t look good for the team when the “Terminus Agenda” concludes in Deathstroke #43.
Horton Hears a Hal3 of 12
Hal Jordan is going to be trapped inside his own power ring in The Green Lantern #7, which isn’t exactly a new concept, but writer Grant Morrison and artist Liam Sharp are going one step further by revealing an “entire universe” that lies inside the ring.
According to solicitations, when the ring goes dead, the lives of the souls within the ring are at risk.
Animal Farm4 of 12
DC’s favorite animals get a summer special in May when the publisher releases Dog Days of Summer #1, a one-shot prestige format book that stars super-pets like Krypto and Bat-Cow.
The 80-page book comes as reports indicate there’s also a Super Pets movie in the works from Warner Bros. Animation.
Leviathan Levitation5 of 12
Action Comics #1011 concludes the “Leviathan Rising” prelude to the summer event that’s being orchestrated by Brian Michael Bendis. And the solicitation for the issue makes it clear that something big is going down, promising to “affect the entire DC Universe over the summer.”
Old Meet New6 of 12
Peter Tomasi’s pulling out some old-school Batman concepts by bringing back the Black Casebook for Detective Comics Annual #2, And the issue also brings back the Batman villain, the Reaper, in an oversized issue with art by Travis Moore.
Over in the main Detective Comics title, the Arkham Knight's ID will be revealed in #1004, bringing Tomasi and Brad Walker’s introduction of the character into DCU continuity to its apparent climax.
We’re Fighting Who7 of 12
It looks like the Terrifics team is going to be fighting a losing battle in May, as the solicitation says they’re battling God.
While the copy makes it clear that this might not be God, it’s entirely possible in the DCU, where the higher power has orchestrated events before and has several characters who are specifically linked to him. That said, odds are this is something entirely different, yet still a big challenge for the still new-ish team.
Return to Metal8 of 12
We already knew that April’s Justice League #23 would feature the full formation of Perpetua, the mother of the universe that existed before the current DCU.
But in May, it looks like her son, the World Forger, gets involved in the DCU as well. This story follows up on the god-like character’s introduction in Dark Nights: Metal as an entity that creates worlds in the World Forge.
Krypton Retcon?9 of 12
While Bendis is shaking up the current-day DCU in May’s Action Comics, he’s also looking toward some potential changes to the past in Superman #11. Or at least, the solicitation copy seems like the issue is going to - maybe - retcon Jor-El’s role in the destruction of Krypton. Or at the very least, it’s going to add to the continuity in some way.
The copy for the issue says Superman and Jon will confront Jor-El “about the secrets of Krypton, in front of the gathered heads of the galaxy.” And Superman makes a “bold choice” that will “forever change his relationship to the Earth, the Justice League and his family.”
Daddy Meant It10 of 12
Ever since Flashpoint Batman showed up in Batman #50 as an ally of Bane, readers have been wondering why the character would team up with an enemy of his son, for whom he’s sacrificed himself multiple times?
It’s implied in Batman solicitations for May that the reason Thomas Wayne has turned on his son is to “get him to hang up the cape and cowl.” So apparently he not only meant what he said when he told Bruce to quit being Batman during “The Button,” he really meant it.
Great Expectations11 of 12
The solicitation for the Heroes in Crisis finale in May says the “mind behind” the murders is someone (or something?) they didn't expect. That seems to definitely clear Booster Gold and Harley Quinn.
It’s also interesting that this issue’s solicitation is using the language, “the mind behind” the murders. The copy for March’s #7 says the identity of the “true killer” responsible for the deaths will be revealed in that chapter. But there appears to be a “mind” behind it all. Is there more than one perpetrator?
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