April's Direct Currents1 of 11
DC's plans for April 2020 feature some high-profile and already anticipated anniversary issues - but if you've been reading Newsarama, you know that already.
But even with all that behind us, there's still much we've learned in the just-released solicitations- from a coming "Joker War" to the entire DCU unraveling. Oh yeah, and there's new Metal Men who are animals.
Let us guide you through the breakout stories from DC's April 2020 solicitations.
Metal Manimals2 of 11
The seventh issue of Shane Davis and DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio’s Metal Men series is playing with a new angle on the robotic heroes — an animal version of the team.
It seems Magnus is fighting back after losing the loyalty of his team, and as the solicitation copy for Metal Men #7 says, “what’s more loyal than animals, right?” The cover features Magnus with his new team, which features everything from a bird to a tiger to a dog.
Spectre Resurgence3 of 11
Now that the Spectre has made his live action debut in the CW “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover, the supernatural character is getting the spotlight in the company’s comic books as well.
The Spectre was recently seen in Pete Tomasi’s Detective Comics, where his host - police officer Jim Corrigan - was on the beat in Gotham but hoping for a transfer to New York’s PD.
But according to the solicitation for Justice League #45, the Spectre has “spent untold time in isolation.” This might be a new take on the character, or maybe that transfer to New York had a supernatural twist.
Stranger Danger4 of 11
We knew Tom King, Mitch Gerads, and Doc Shaner’s new Adam Strange series would feature the world turning against the cosmic hero, but the solicitation for Strange Adventures #2 implies the creators are messing with Adam Strange’s mind as well.
The story already promised a sort of deconstruction of Adam Strange, and by only the second issue, the character is already questioning his own memories and character.
Titans Transformation5 of 11
DC is promising that one Teen Titan doesn’t return from the mission in April’s Teen Titans #41 with the sentence: “One of the Teen Titans won’t be making it back!” Does that mean someone dies? Or stays? Either way, it looks like there will at least be a change in the team make-up.
But even more ominous is the promotional copy for Teen Titans Annual #2, which says a confrontation between Robin and Batman goes so poorly that it alters “the very course of the DCU.” Is Robin going rogue or something?
Flying to Cowgirl6 of 11
We knew Hal Jordan would be “grounded” in Green Lantern Season 2 #2, stuck on Earth instead of his usual space-based adventures. But now it looks like Hal will be back in his role as an Air Force pilot - at least temporarily during a rescue mission. And one fo the people he’ll be rescuing is his ex-girlfriend/pilot (and fan-favorite love interest of the past) Cowgirl.
New Legionnaires7 of 11
The dozens of Legion characters that Brian Bendis and Ryan Sook are juggling in their new Legion of Super-Heroes will grow in April when issue #6 promises three new Legionnaires.
Their names imply what their powers and DC legacies might be: Gold Lantern, Monster Boy and Doctor Fate. But one of them, the solicitation promises, “has a surprising connection to Jon Kent Superboy.” Could one of them somehow be a Superman descendent?
Unraveling History8 of 11
With DC’s history getting some new life in the recent Doomsday Clock #12 — but expected to be revamped even further in the rumored upcoming “5G” event — writer Dan Abnett seems to be playing with the same idea in Justice League Odyssey #20.
According to the issue’s promotional text, the “entire history of the DCU” is “unraveling” as the team tries to stop Epoch, the Lord of Time. Is this a “meta”-story about what’s happening to the DCU?
Conner who?9 of 11
Conner Kent is going to find out a “truth” about himself in Young Justice #15, just in time to crossover with Action Comics in April. The exact verbiage from the issue’s promo says: “What happens when a universe reboots right under you?” And that implies Conner will get another altered continuity.
So, is DC returning Conner to his origin story from the past? Then again, if so, which one?
Batman #9310 of 11
The epilogue of Batman #85, which introduced readers to the plans for James Tynion IV’s run on the book, made it clear that the Joker would be front-and-center during 2020. But with today’s solicitation for April’s Batman #93, we have DC’s name for that “final battle” storyline: “Joker War.”
Readers have already been told the driving force behind Batman’s “Joker War” storyline, as the Joker will be using his knowledge of Batman's secret identity for one final battle between them.
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