DC's just-released June 2020 solicitations features a notable omission, the scheduled third installment in the publisher's Generation event, Generation Two: Age of the Metahuman.
A month ago today, DC announced the five-part event (with a Free Comic Book Day 'zero' issue, of sorts). Generation One: Age of Mysteries was solicited for a May 27 release, and at that time the publisher's press release announced four more prestige one-shots would follow monthly: Generation Two: Age of the Metahuman, Generation Three: Age of Crisis, Generation Four: Age of Rebirth and Generation Five: Age of Tomorrow.
There is no mention of Age of the Metahuman or the event in general anywhere in DC's June solicits.
“The Generation series of specials are built to bring the new DC timeline to life,” said then-DC Co-Publisher Dan Didio in the February 13 announcement. "With Generation One: Age of Mysteries and every subsequent volume we’ll be shining a spotlight on the 80-plus-year publishing history of the DC universe while charting the course for the bright future of DC’s characters. All of our greatest stories and events will create the backdrop and context for the great new adventures we have planned. Everything counts, and we guarantee there’ll be surprises along the way!"
Since February 13 however, things at DC have changed. DiDio is no longer a DC co-publisher and Jim Lee has seemingly stepped up to be the sole publisher. Could the change at the top of DC's editorial hierarchy affect an event so imminent? Apprently so, as Dark Nights: Death Metal writer Scott Snyder has stated that the concurrent event was affected by "recent changes at DC..."
"I know some folks were asking whether recent changes at DC affected [Dark Nights: Death Metal] at all. The answer is yes - it became bigger in all ways," Snyder tweeted.
So what does this mean for Generation and the story conceived by a braintrust of writers (Brian Michael Bendis, Dan Jurgens, Andy Schmidt, Robert Venditti, and Joshua Williamson) and an all-star art team (Doug Mahnke, Bryan Hitch, Mikel Janín, Ivan Reis, David Marquez, and more)?
Readers will have to wait for more information. DC declined to comment for this story.
Generation Zero: Gods Among Us remains scheduled for release May 2, with Generation One: Age of Mysteries to follow on May 27.