DC’s May 2021 Solicitations

STARGIRL SPRING BREAK SPECIAL #1
Written by: Geoff Johns
Art and cover by: Todd Nauck

Legendary comics writer Geoff Johns returns to his breakthrough hero, Stargirl, in this special one-shot illustrated by Todd Nauck!

Courtney Whitmore’s spring break plans aren’t like your average high schooler’s. Instead of hanging out with friends, she’s heading out on an adventure with her stepfather, Pat Dugan, a.k.a. S.T.R.I.P.E., and teaming up with his former team, the Seven Soldiers of Victory! The Soldiers are forced to reunite again to unearth the secret eighth Soldier of Victory, but what other secrets lie buried, and what does it all mean for Courtney’s future as Stargirl?

Geoff Johns back with Stargirl and roping in the Seven Soldiers? I’m there, without question.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: LAST RIDE #1
Written by: Chip Zdarsky
Art by: Miguel Mendonca
Cover by: Darick Robertson

Once the most powerful group in the world, the Justice League was destroyed by tragedy and time, disbanding under a veil of mistrust and anger. Now, on the eve of the universe’s greatest murder trial, the League must come together one last time…but can Superman and Batman bury the past before the cosmos’s greatest villains bury them?

Learn the shocking truth in this new digital-first adventure by writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Miguel Mendonça!

If want to see heroes fighting each other, I’ll read Marvel. Or something by Tom King. This is a pass from me, despite me being a League fan.

BATMAN: EARTH ONE VOL. 3 HC
Written by: Geoff Johns
Art by: Gary Frank and Jon Sibal
Cover by: Gary Frank

Harvey Dent is dead. Or is he?

A gang of thieves thrusts Gotham City into a state of fear when they are mysteriously well-armed with military-grade weapons: flamethrowers, grenade launchers, and even tanks. And this gang claims it is funded by none other than former district attorney Harvey Dent.

Balancing his two lives, Bruce Wayne must find the truth by tapping his growing network of agents, including Alfred Pennyworth, Jim Gordon, Waylon “Killer Croc” Jones, and the savvy new Catwoman.

Bruce is distracted by the seemingly impossible return of another figure believed dead: his grandfather Adrian Arkham. He must also comfort his longtime friend, Gotham City mayor Jessica Dent, who is scarred both physically and mentally from her experience with the Riddler, which resulted in the gruesome death of her brother. But is Harvey back, plotting revenge on a city he proclaims to be guilty?When Batman discovers the truth behind these many mysteries, his entire world unravels…

I really enjoyed the first two BATMAN: EARTH ONE books and will be picking this up, but will probably wait six months or so until the paperback version is released.

CRIME SYNDICATE #3
written by ANDY SCHMIDT
art by KIERAN McKEOWN
backup story art by BRYAN HITCH
cover by DAVID FINCH

With the Crime Syndicate’s forces combined for the first time, seeds are sown to change the world forever. But before that can happen, Ultraman, Superia, Johnny Quick, Atomica, and Emerald Knight must survive a final battle with the biggest Starro of them all—and each other! Plus: Earth-3’s Alexander Luthor makes his debut!

Question of the month: On Earth-3, are Starros friends or foes? And in the backup story, witness the origin of Superwoman in tale illustrated by superstar artist Bryan Hitch!

Looking forward to this series starting, though I’m wondering why it’s “Superia” in the main description, but “Superwoman” in the origin back-up? One of these days, by the way, I’m going to do a series of posts on the various versions of the Crime Syndicate, just you wait . . .

GREEN LANTERN #2
written by GEOFFREY THORNE
art by DEXTER SOY and MARCO SANTUCCI
cover by BERNARD CHANG

A Guardian of the Universe lies dead, and the universe teeters on the brink of war. As the summit of the United Planets and the Green Lantern Corps falls into chaos, an even bigger threat looms. With John Stewart reassigned to the role of an ambassador, a surprise appearance by one of the newest Green Lanterns may be all that stands between the Corps and oblivion. (Spoiler: it’s Far Sector’s Jo Mullein.)

The Corps are back and there’s not a sign of an “Ultrawar” or “Cosmic Grail” in sight. I’m really hoping that this story is back to basics with the Corps dealing with actual villains rather than cool sounding ideas that are thrown at the page to see what sticks.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #61
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
art and cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
backup story written by RAM V
backup story art by XERMANICO

The new Justice League is trapped on a world devastated by a super-powered war, and Brutus hungers for a new home of his own—our Earth! With their powers gone haywire, the League must fight their way out of a post apocalyptic Thunderdome of depravity and desperation. On the run with Batman, Naomi learns more dark secrets of her birth world’s broken legacy, while Hawkgirl and Black Canary battle through the henchmen trenches. But where are Superman and Black Adam, and what kind of trouble is Aquaman in? (Hint: it’s bad.)

And in the Justice League Dark story, Ragman joins the hunt! Zatanna, Constantine, Etrigan, and Detective Chimp hit the books—literally—in a possessed library, as Merlin’s plan takes shape before them…and spells doom for the universe.

I’m still cautiously optimistic about Bendis taking on the League – I heard good things about his Avengers run so hope he can do the same here, massive amounts of dialogue notwithstanding. And hey, Ragman gets to join the JL Dark! Haven’t seen him in a while.

THE SWAMP THING #3
written by RAM V
art and cover by MIKE PERKINS

Reeling from his battle with the Pale Wanderer, Levi Kamei seeks the true nature of his transformations. And what better place to find his roots than the heart of the Green itself? There, he and Jennifer will encounter the realm’s many denizens, including one known as Holland and…Poison Ivy? Who will aid Levi and who will harm him? If he is to pull Jennifer and himself back to the real world, Levi will need all the help he can get to tame the Swamp Thing running wild within.

Poison Ivy clearly plays a part in this issue – wasn’t she meant to take over the protectorate of the Green role after the dreadful HEROES IN CRISIS? Didn’t she die there but was going to be reborn? I ditched that horrible series after issue #2 so am only going on half-remembered scraps read on the internet at the time.

SUICIDE SQUAD: CASUALTIES OF WAR TP
written by KEITH GIFFEN
art by PACO MEDINA, RUSS HEATH, JOHN SEVERIN, and others
cover by PACO MEDINA and JOE SANCHEZ

In the aftermath of “Our Worlds at War,” Sgt. Rock—now a general—is back in action to lead the Suicide Squad to victory, or to death. But can the new Squad’s leader come up with a plan to take on a biological weapon that’s gone out of control?

Uncover who is really behind this new Suicide Squad in these tales. Can Rock’s hastily formed team of Deadshot, Killer Frost, Major Disaster, Reactron, and Blackstarr stop trying to kill each other long enough to prevent the end of our entire planet as we know it?

Collects Suicide Squad #1-12 (2001).

I remember saying a couple of years ago when the first twelve issues of JUSTICE LEAGUE TASK FORCE were collected, that I couldn’t think of a series less likely to get the trade paperback treatment. And now this . . .

Don’t get me wrong, I own and enjoyed this series despite a lot of fans hating it because it wasn’t John Ostrander’s Squad – but I’m still surprised that this has been collected.

DC’s April 2021 Solicitations

As I’m not a Superman or Batman fan, DC doesn’t seem to have a great deal going on for me.

GREEN LANTERN #1
written by GEOFFREY THORNE
art by DEXTER SOY
cover by BERNARD CHANG

As this new Green Lantern series begins, the newly formed United Planets and the Guardians of the Universe hold an intergalactic summit to decide who can best serve and protect the cosmos from danger. With the majority of Green Lanterns called back to Oa, John Stewart arrives alongside Teen Lantern Keli Quintela, whose powerful gauntlet could be one of the most powerful and unstable weapons in the universe. With the entire landscape of the universe in flux, is this the end of the Green Lantern Corps…or a new beginning?

I said in last month’s post about the end of Grant Morrison’s run that I hoped we’d get a new GL series and look here – the Corps is back. True we have the Young Justice Teen Lantern, about whom I know nothing, but look at the crowd below – Kilogwog, Isamot Kol, Two-Six, Arisia, and even Soranik Natu who, the last I read, was running around as a Yellow Lantern and siding with her dad, Sinestro. I’m looking forward to this.

RWBY/JUSTICE LEAGUE #1
written by MARGUERITE BENNETT
art by ANEKE
cover by MIRKA ANDOLFO

The DC Universe and the world of RWBY collide in this new miniseries! Discover the Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent, and Diana Prince of Remnant as Team RWBY comes face to face with new versions of DC’s paragons of justice. A new Grimm is running rampant around the island of Patch, and Ruby and Yang must team up with a young farm boy to stop it! Meanwhile, Blake meets a mysterious woman who’s appeared on Menagerie, but what is her purpose? And why does she act like she hasn’t been around modern society?

Normally I’d pick up most anything connected to the Justice League and I’ve read (and enjoyed) a shed load of books by Marguerite Bennett . . . but I know nothing about Rwby and this just doesn’t grab me. It’s a seven issue mini-series so maybe it’s a trade in the future.

CRIME SYNDICATE #2
written by ANDY SCHMIDT
art by KIERAN McKEOWN
backup story art by BRYAN HITCH
cover by JIM CHEUNG

With Starro ravaging the planet and controlling superheroes and villains alike, the fate of the world rests in the hands of Ultraman, Superia, and Owlman—in other words, win or lose, humanity is doomed!
Question of the month: What famous Gotham foes are held in Owlman’s cave?
Plus, in the backup story, witness the origin of Owlman in a tale illustrated by superstar artist Bryan Hitch!

Being something of a fan of continuity, this whole new Earth-3 is intriguing so I’ll be picking this up.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #60
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
art and cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
backup story written by RAM V
backup story art by XERMANICO

Superman, Batman, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Aquaman, and Hawkgirl join forces with Black Adam to fight an all-new world conqueror! But how do they stop the unstoppable power known as Brutus? Enter new mega-power sensation Naomi, who comes face to face with the League and brings along Queen Hippolyta of the Amazons for a blockbuster battle for the ages—with a last-page cliffhanger that will leave everyone guessing what’s next!
And in the backup tale, the new Justice League meets the new Justice League Dark, and the demon Etrigan calls the team to action—but Batman has other plans. This team needs a leader, but what twisted secret prevents Zatanna from stepping forward? Plus, Ragman makes a startling discovery—one that may cost his life!

Bendis appears to be adding in his own character Naomi to the mix; as I know nothing about her, it’ll be interesting to see if she’s League level or if she’s in just because she’s friends with the boss.

THE SWAMP THING #2
written by RAM V
art and cover by MIKE PERKINS

The trials of Levi Kamei, the new avatar of the Green, grow darker as the Pale Wanderer’s bloody spree leaves a trail of death across the Sonoran Desert. While his “lessons” begin to show Levi the true nature of what he is becoming, it is Jennifer Reece who’ll show Levi that he must contend with his past and his trauma in order to stop the murderous wraith. Will Levi Kamei grasp his newfound place in this world as the Swamp Thing? Or will his fears consume him before the new avatar can even take root? Find out as this eternal conflict of life and death comes to a head!

And the new Swamp Thing maxi series continues.

And that’s it – four issues out of the entire month from DC, a far cry from what I’ve been getting from them in years past.

DC’s March 2021 Solicitations

As I’m not getting any of the Future State mini-series, January and February next year are looking to have slim pickings. What does March have for me…?

INFINITE FRONTIER #0
written by SCOTT SNYDER, GEOFF JOHNS, JAMES TYNION IV, JOSHUA WILLIAMSON, GEOFFREY THORNE, PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON, BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, BECKY CLOONAN, MICHAEL W. CONRAD, JOËLLE JONES, and TIM SHERIDAN
art by JOHN TIMMS, HOWARD PORTER, JOËLLE JONES, JORGE JIMENEZ, ALITHA MARTINZEZ, DAVID MARQUEZ, STEPHEN BYRNE, JAMAL IGLE, DEXTER SOY, RAFA SANDOVAL, ALEX MALEEV, JOHN ROMITA JR., and others
wraparound cover by DAN JURGENS and MIKEL JANÍN
card stock variant cover by JOHN TIMMS

The next phase of the DC Universe begins here! Dark Knights: Death Metal presented the darkest threats of the Multiverse. DC Future State revealed what may lie ahead. Now it’s time to look into the Infinite Frontier of the current-day DC Universe.
In Gotham City, The Joker jolts citizens awake with an attack even the Dark Knight never expected. In Brazil, a young woman discovers her destiny and her connection to the Amazons. In Belle Reve, Amanda Waller plots an invasion of Arkham Asylum. In the far reaches of space, Mongul dreams of galactic domination, while the Green Lantern Corps hosts a summit of its greatest enemies. At the Hall of Justice, the League joins forces with Black Adam. Beyond the mortal world, Wonder Woman settles into a new role in the godsphere. And somewhere in the DC Universe—it’s the return of Stargirl, in an all-new tale written by Geoff Johns!

Okay, so here we go again – another line-wide reset/reboot/reinvigoration for DC. Anyone taking bets on how long this will last before the next one? The New 52 was 2011; Rebirth was 2016; Infinite Frontier is 2021 – so every five years we’re getting a reset, is that it?

It’s nice to see Ted Kord’s Blue Beetle in the picture, along with Obsidian and Jade, but I feel underwhelmed by this.

CRIME SYNDICATE #1
written by ANDY SCHMIDT
art by KIERAN McKEOWN
backup story art by BRYAN HITCH
cover by JIM CHEUNG
variant cover by SKAN

Spinning out of Dark Nights: Death Metal, the Multiverse is reborn—and Earth-3 with it! In this six-issue miniseries, witness the true origins of the malevolent makers of mayhem known as the Crime Syndicate as a common foe unites them! But how long can alliances last between villains like these?
Also in this issue, it’s the origin of Ultraman in our special backup story drawn by superstar artist Bryan Hitch!

A new multiverse is coming (no surprise there) and we get a new Earth-3 complete with the villains we love to hate in the Crime Syndicate. Sucker as I am for these guys, I will probably get this.

THE SWAMP THING #1
written by RAM V
art and cover by MIKE PERKINS
variant cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA

Swamp Thing returns in a new 10-issue series that stars Levi Kamei as the next Guardian of the Green. Unable to control his transformation into the monstrous Swamp Thing, Levi is thrust into the harsh, unforgiving mystery of grisly murders committed by a supernatural desert legend. Levi must revisit past events in his homeland of India and face the deadly reality of a ravenous new villain in order to comprehend what he is truly, and horrifyingly, becoming. A new era of global action and horror blossoms here, and Swamp Thing will be at the root of it!

Looks like Alec Holland doesn’t make it out of DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL and we have a new Swamp Thing. Happy to give this a go as I’ve enjoyed Ram V’s work in the past.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #59
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
art and cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
backup story written by RAM V
backup story art by XERMANICO
wraparound variant cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
variant cover by KAEL NGU

Writer Brian Michael Bendis reunites with artist David Marquez (Miles Morales, Iron Man, Batman/Superman) for a new, star-studded Justice League featuring Superman, Batman, the Flash, Hawkgirl, Aquaman, Hippolyta, new DC powerhouse Naomi, and…is that Black Adam?! Superman is leading the charge to reinvent the Justice League—and at the same time, a new, cosmic-powered threat arrives from Naomi’s homeworld to rule the Earth!
And in the backup story, dark days lie ahead for the new Justice League Dark. Zatanna and John Constantine take a road trip, only to discover horror around the bend as a friend—and sometime foe—is reborn in fire! A legend is destroyed, and another takes a terrible turn, as Merlin reveals the beginning of a new, blood-drenched plot for all humankind. So begins writer Ram V’s new journey into the abyss with the Justice League Dark and artist Xermanico!

Brian Michael Bendis takes over JUSTICE LEAGUE – I heard mostly good things about his stint on Superman and I’ve read some of his AVENGERS stories from a few years ago so I’m expecting solid stories with lots and lots of dialogue.

Sad to see that Justice League Dark loses their own book and becomes a back-up in this title, though.

THE GREEN LANTERN SEASON TWO #12
written by GRANT MORRISON
art and cover by LIAM SHARP
variant cover by LADÖNN

It’s Hal Jordan vs. Hector Hammond, and our Emerald Knight will need to summon all of his willpower to face down the psionic madman. Check out Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp’s grand finale more than two years in the making! This tale touches on every plot thread from the entire run, and it’s fully charged with fantasy, sci-fi, and Green Lantern lore. Say it with us now, “In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night…”

GREEN LANTERN: SEASON TWO comes to an end . . . and I sort of hope that’s it for Morrison’s run which has seemed, as I find a lot of his stuff, to be full of ideas but so scattershot in execution that it just seems like a mess.

TRUTH & JUSTICE #2
written by BRANDON EASTON
art by JAHNOY LINDSAY
cover by KHARY RANDOLPH
variant cover by RYAN BENJAMIN and RICHARD FRIEND

As DC’s new anthology series continues, prisoners around Metropolis are waking up in their old homes, unaware of how they got there and being accused of escaping from Stryker’s Island. Superman will need to use all of his powers, and his journalistic skills, if he’s going to save the prisoners and get them properly exonerated!

Last month’s solicitations made a big play of this title starring Vixen and the Global Guardians; while I’m interested in the anthology series, I really hope it’s not going to become another vehicle for Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman. Let’s have a place with the second tier characters can shine, eh?

And that appears to be it – no AQUAMAN so it looks like that’s finishing just before Future State kicks in. This means as of March, I will be collecting two ongoing series from DC – everything else is one-shots or mini-series. I don’t think the number of ongoings from DC has ever been so low for me.

DC’s February 2021 Solicitations

DC’s February solicits are out and . . . man, I’m getting next to nothing.

I made a decision to pass on the whole FUTURE STATE mini-event and not get a single one of the mini-series examining the future of the DCU. Event fatigue or just feeling like we’ve seen it all before in NEW 52: FUTURE’S END or even FLASHPOINT, maybe? Either way, I just didn’t have enough interest. Due to that, what I’m getting from DC in Feb looks like this:

GENERATIONS FORGED #1
written by DAN JURGENS, ANDY SCHMIDT, and ROBERT VENDITTI
art by BRYAN HITCH, MIKE PERKINS, BERNARD CHANG, PAUL PELLETIER, and others
cover by LIAM SHARP
variant cover by GARY FRANK

Dispersed through time by the villain Dominus, our ragtag team of generational heroes—featuring 1939 Batman, Kamandi, Superboy, Steel, Starfire, Sinestro, Booster Gold, and Dr. Light—must find a way to restore the timeline…and what they ultimately discover is something far, far greater. You’ll have to read it to believe it as time dies…and generations rise!

Following on from GENERATIONS SHATTERED, this sounds like more fun to me than the whole of FUTURE STATE.

TRUTH & JUSTICE #1
written by GEOFFREY THORNE
art by CHRISCROSS and JORDI TARRAGONA
cover by CHRISCROSS

Vixen takes center stage in the debut issue of this new team-up series! Mari McCabe is many things: superhero, model, activist, but can she add godkiller to the list? Vixen teams up with Dr. Mist and Impala of the Global Guardians to face down an ancient deity that’s taken over the body of a scientist investigating powerful magical artifacts. Vixen will need to dig deep and use all the abilities in the animal kingdom to face down this powerful primeval threat!

A new team up title? Vixen and the Global Guardians? Sign me up!

THE GREEN LANTERN SEASON TWO #11
written by GRANT MORRISON
art and cover by LIAM SHARP
variant cover by PHIL JIMENEZ

Hal Jordan’s future as a Green Lantern is threatened when the Young Guardians’ plans to restructure the Corps move into high gear. What’s a guy to do but take a vacation? But when Jordan arrives on the swords-and-sorcery world of Athmoora for some R&R, he comes face to face with the biggest threat the universe has ever known—and a coalition of foes determined to bring his career and his story to its apocalyptic end! You cannot miss the game-changing two-part finale of Morrison and Sharp’s epic run…

Morrison’s GREEN LANTERN hasn’t set my world on fire and the prospect of yet another “game-changing finale” doesn’t fill me with confidence, either.

And that’s it – the whole month of February and just three issues. A shout out, too, to THE FINAL NIGHT trade paperback reprint which I’ll also pick up as I don’t have a copy of that. The only other thing that caught my eye was the very tempting WHO’S WHO OMNIBUS but at $150, that’s way out of my budget range for a collection of comics that I already own (excepting the reprints from the annuals)

I wonder what March will bring for me and DC?

(And writing this up really makes me miss the brief reviews I used to do for the week’s comics I’d bought . . . might have to resurrect that series of postings.)