DC’s May Solicitations

DC’s May solicitations are out and the copy for DOOMSDAY CLOCK #11 reads:

In this penultimate issue, the truth behind “Rebirth” is revealed as Batman searches for the one person he believes can help him save the world . . . Rorschach!

I think I said in one of the comments to the posts about DCEASED, the whole “Rebirth” thing – bringing hope back to the DCU, moving away from the blood, guts and death – seems to have disappeared in the wake of stories like HEROES IN CRISIS. Geoff Johns’ original plans were to have the rest of the DCU tie into the end of DOOMSDAY CLOCK but now I wonder if this maxi-series will just end and the main DCU will ignore it as we march towards something else in the solicitations, YEAR OF THE VILLAIN.

The solicitation for that reads:

Evil is winning! Lex Luthor and The Legion of Doom conspire with Cosmic Gods, bending mankind toward a dark destiny. Elsewhere, the scourge of Leviathan spreads unchecked, seizing power in every corner of the world. And all the while the Batman Who Laughs busies himself in the shadows, aligned with no one—yet with sinister plans for all.

The carnage starts here as the badguys take center stage in “The Year of the Villain,” the most treacherous event in DC Comics history. Some act with united goals, others with plans selfish and secret, every one of them on a monstrous collision course against Batman, Superman and the heroes of the DC Universe. And our heroes will fail us.

Doesn’t that just sound like re-hashing FOREVER EVIL? That last line as well – “And our heroes will fail us” That’s what I disliked about FOREVER EVIL, the the good guys were sidelined and the DCU was saved by bad guys going up against even badder guys.

Again, what happened to Rebirth’s promise of hope in the DCU?

One thought on “DC’s May Solicitations

  1. Ok, so let’s say that Johns originally really did intend for good things and hope to spring out of his doomed version of Watchmen, like the much-demanded returns of the JSA and LoSH. I have yet to see that happen or any indication of that happening, nor have I seen much in the way of hope. Instead it’s more of the same grim and grittiness that defined the 00’s of the pre-Flashpoint era at DC.
    Is it that Johns got distracted and let the grimness back in? Did Dan Dildo have a hand in influencing things and thus why the grimness? Or has there always been a dark side fo Johns that he likes to indulge as we saw the shining examples of in Infinite Crisis and Flashpoint?

    Either way I’m sure most DC fans will be glad when this whole thing wraps up so they can all move on.

    And yes, Year of the Villain is EXACTLY Forever Evil 2.0.
    Looks like they’re pulling a Marvel, and going back to re-use previous “popular” events.


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