20/20 Vision1 of 12
Readers may already know about the end of Scott Snyder’s Justice League run and a surprisingly short Birds of Prey title, but there were several other unexpected developments in the DC solicitations released today.
And although DC’s oft-mentioned “big plans for 2020” don’t quite materialize in the year’s debut month, Newsarama takes a look at what we learned from DC's January 2020 solicitations.
Legion Eruption2 of 12
Although the Legion of Super-Heroes are in the future, where they apparently don’t have any influence on current DC continuity, Brian Michael Bendis’ new title appears to be affecting other stories somehow.
The solicitation for Legion of Super-Heroes #3 says that the issue will “plants seeds and ideas that will blast out across the DC Universe for months to come.” Of course, those could be seeds for stories set in the future, but we have a feeling that this means something more present-related.
Superman Team-Up3 of 12
After Superman reveals his identity (more on that later), Super-story architect Brian Michael Bendis will be revealing how that affects the future of the DCU in Superman: Heroes #1, a one-shot written by Bendis, Greg Rucka, Matt Fraction, and Jody Houser.
“All the rules are about to change — and it all starts here,” the issue’s copy says, as well as promising to reveal the future of various DC characters. Presumably, since they’re featured on the cover, that will include the mysteriously reappeared Conner Kent, back-in-continuity Bart Allen and the rest of Bendis’ Young Justice characters.
Nightwing Returning?4 of 12
Dick Grayson hasn’t gotten much time to be Nightwing the last few years. After everyone thought he was dead and he turned into a super-spy, he came back to Gotham City as Nightwing for short while, only to be shot in the head and turned into an apathetic amnesiac named Ric. And Ric wanted nothing to do with the mantle of Nightwing.
Eventually, Ric tried some heroics, but he hasn’t exactly become Nightwing again. But with the solicitation of Nightwing #68, that seems to be changing. “Is there still some of the old Nightwing lurking around inside his head?” the promotional copy for #68 says. “Even if he wanted to, could Ric be Nightwing again?” I think Nightwing fans know the answer to that.
Another Doom Patrol End5 of 12
One of the core titles of the Young Animal "pop-up" at DC, Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds is ending with #7. Co-written by Young Animal curator (and Eisner-winning rock star) Gerard Way, Weight of the Worlds brought back the series that Way launched when his Young Animal line began in 2016. Will the Young Animal line continue? DC launched three new Young Animal titles this past summer, but Collapser will be done soon, and with the end of Weight of the Worlds, only Far Sector will be the last YA title standing based on what DC has announced.
Superboy Answers6 of 12
Young Justice #12 promises answers about Conner Kent and Bart Allen, who just kind of showed up in the first issue even though their presence in the DCU is still a little weird (since they were erased from existence…weren’t they?).
The issue also brings the Wonder Twins into the mix for a one-issue “Wonder Comics crossover” of sorts, with Naomi also on the Young Justice team.
Flash Surprise7 of 12
The solicitation for The Flash #87 sounds rather ominous, as it follows the conclusion of the “Rogues Reign” storyline. According to the issue’s copy, the bad guys get away, the city is destroyed, the Speed Force is in chaos, and “the Flash’s powers make him too dangerous to remain free.”
But if that wasn’t enough, there’s more trouble ahead, according to the solicitation, with the promise of a “surprise character” who will give Barry a “grave warning” about his future.
The Other Clue8 of 12
The Teen Titans title is in the midst of all kinds of trouble for the young heroes, but one of the overarching problems has been the mysterious villain the Other.
We already knew the identity of the Other is supposed to be revealed in December, but the solicitation for January’s Teen Titans #38 teases that it’s “someone very close to Damian!” (The biggest surprise being, of course, that Damian has anyone close to him.) And unfortunately, it looks like Djinn is still trapped in that ring.
...and speaking of someone very close to Damian...
Alfred’s Really Gone9 of 12
Sure, we saw Alfred Pennyworth die in Batman #77, but did any of us really want to believe it? It felt like writer Tom King was throwing us a ray of hope when it was revealed that Clayface was in Gotham, and another ray when Batman mentioned that Alfred signaled he was OK (although a footnote in the issue said it happened before #77).
Well, unfortunately, the solicitations coming after the conclusion of “City of Bane” make it pretty clear that Alfred really did die. Not only does Batman #86 feature a solicitation that says “one of [Batman’s] longtime allies is gone,” but Detective Comics Annual actually says the ally’s name — and confirms that Alfred is gone.
Poor Wally10 of 12
Flash Forward, the limited series that DC fans are hoping will redeem Wally West after the events of Heroes in Crisis, has already hinted about the return of Wally’s kids, who were some of the casualties of the "New 52" (and whose loss allegedly sent Wally over the edge mentally).
Well, the future of his kids doesn’t sound that good in the solicitation for January’s Flash Forward #5. The copy reads as if Wally is going to have to make a choice between his children and … the universe. Yikes.
Superman’s Identity11 of 12
Yes, readers were told in December solicitations that Superman would be revealing his secret identity, but January’s solicitations not only verify the validity of that promise, but they emphasize its importance to the Superman books and the extent of the ramifications in the DCU.
The aforementioned Superman: Heroes #1 isn’t the only place readers will see the “identity reveal” taking front stage. It drives the stories in Action Comics and Superman as well, including a tease from Superman #19 that the issue toys with the idea of Superman being the president of Earth.
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