So, I’ve been behind on getting you guys Rebirth Roundups, and I apologize on that front. I’ll be coming back soon, with a slightly revised format, but for now I want to talk about all the big changes coming in June from DC Comics. Lots of titles are changing hands, and most for the better.
Let’s start with the biggest news. June is Bendis month. Bendis’s Man of Steel mini-series launches at the end of May and runs through the first week in July. Based on things Bendis has said in interviews and at panels, I’m excited to see his take on the Man of Tomorrow. That is not to say that I’m not a little worried, specifically about the state of Clark’s marriage to Lois, and his son Jon. With Super Sons having been cancelled and the solicit text ominous, I’m just worried we may erase this marriage once again. That’d be enough to make me stop subscribing to the Superman books. Man of Steel has a different superstar artist in each issue, with Ivan Reis, Doc Shaner, Ryan Sook, Kevin Maguire, Adam Hughes, and Jason Fabok each tackling an issue.
The next biggest news is the relaunch of Justice League. Spinning right out of Metal and No Justice, Scott Snyder is taking over writing chores on DC’s biggest super-team. Alternating on art chores will be former Marvel artist Jim Cheung, and Jorge Jimenez. The roster is only changing slightly, with Hawkgirl joining the team (though her costume doesn’t seem to be much updated from the one she wore in the early 2000s) and John Stewart replacing rookie Green Lanterns Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz. Also finally rejoining the team that he should always be a part of is the Martian Manhunter. Interestingly, this is the first time the team has had all the members of the Justice League cartoon on it in canon. I’m definitely stoked for Scott Snyder to have his go at the Justice League, though I’m sad that it makes Christopher Priest’s excellent run so short.
The other two major DC teams of the moment are also seeing some shifts with both the Teen Titans and Titans getting specials spinning out of No Justice. The Teen Titans special is written by Adam Glass with art by Robson Rocha. Gone are Starfire, Beast Boy, Aqualad and Raven. In their place, Damian has recruited Green Arrow’s sister Emi, the Red Arrow, and has kept Kid Flash on the team.
The Titans special is written by current Titans scribe Dan Abnett, with art by regular Titans fill-in artist Paul Pelletier. The only Titans member mentioned by name in the solicit is Nightwing, who is looking to rebuild the team. Both these books look like they’re going to be relaunching the current titles in July.
With news that James Tynion IV was wrapping his Detective Comics run in May, we have the announcement of Bryan Hill (Michael Cray) taking over the book. With it, it seems to be moving away from the Bat-family book it has been, and back to mostly a Batman book, albeit one that is a team up. We get to see founding Outsiders Batman and Black Lightning team up. It’s great that DC continues to key in on the popularity of the Black Lightning tv show, to get the character more exposure to people who might not see him that often.
Staying with Gotham characters for a minute, after a month with no issues solicited, it looks like Harley Quinn is returning with a new creative team in June. One of my favorite writers is taking over the book, Christopher Sebela (I Lived In A Clown Motel, Blue Beetle). He is joined by the lovely pencils of Mirka Andolfo. Chris did great things with Harley in his Injustice Ground Zero series. It is the first time in my life I’ve ever actually been excited for the Harley Quinn series.
Other big things are Mairghread Scott taking over Green Arrow, Robert Vendetti on Hawkman and Gail Simone making her DC Comics main universe return with Plastic Man. June has a lot to look forward to from DC Comics, and I’m betting we’ll have even more things announced at WonderCon this weekend.