From the look of it, it seems like the folks at DC Comics are going to send us into the summer with a whole lot of reading based on the rundown of newly launching titles this month. I’ve also heard some rumbling that a title-wide relaunch is being planned in similar fashion to what Marvel Comics is doing. Speaking frankly, I don’t really agree with that being done since so much good has been coming out since the demise of “The New 52” but I digress. Here we go with the official PR copy and images and my normal editorial overview afterward.
HAWKMAN #1: Spinning out of the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, Carter Hall returns to the DC Universe! An explorer of the ancient and unknown, Hawkman finds himself embroiled in a long-standing mission to discover the true purpose of his many reincarnations. Carter races around the globe trying to piece together an ancient prophecy, but will he be able to face down his past lives lurking around every corner?
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI • Art and cover by BRYAN HITCH • Variant cover by STJEPAN SEJIC
JUSTICE LEAGUE #1: “THE TOTALITY” part one! A brand-new era begins here! Comics legends Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung launch the Justice League into a cosmos-shaking mystery that will draw out their most terrible foes…in ways our heroes couldn’t possibly imagine! In this debut issue, Martian Manhunter struggles to protect the team from an incoming threat that will shatter the world as they know it, while a familiar face strikes out on a dark path…
Written by SCOTT SNYDER • Art by JIM CHEUNG and MARK MORALES • Cover by JIM CHEUNG
PLASTIC MAN #1: Meet Eel O’Brian: a petty thug, thief and con artist who runs a strip club. Hey, he’s also dead, at least according to the gang that tossed him out like last week’s garbage. Literally. Don’t worry, though—he bounced back from all that, and now he’s trying to make a new life for himself, but the effort is stretching him pretty thin. How can he get revenge on his old boss, keep a street kid out of trouble, make a dancer fall in love with him and stop a mysterious society from taking over the world? Eel has no idea!
Written by GAIL SIMONE • Art by ADRIANA MELO • Cover by AARON LOPRESTI • Variant cover by AMANDA CONNER
TEEN TITANS SPECIAL #1: Robin, Kid Flash and Red Arrow are sick of the super-hero status quo, and if the adults won’t do anything about it, you’d better believe these teenagers will! Following the shocking events of NO JUSTICE, don’t miss this special oversized issue that sets the stage for a fearless new direction that will change the Teen Titans forever! One-shot.
Written by ADAM GLASS; Art by ROBSON ROCHA and others; Cover by ROBSON ROCHA and TREVOR SCOTT
TITANS SPECIAL #1: It’s the dawn of a new age of TITANS! The events of METAL and NO JUSTICE have left the team in tatters, but a strange new threat has emerged to lead Nightwing to reassemble the Titans with a mix of old blood and new. A rash of metahuman power fluctuations are threatening people around the globe, and only the friends who grew up as superheroes can help those whose powers have grown out of control! It all starts here in this special issue kicking off a bold new direction! One-shot.
Written by DAN ABNETT; Art by PAUL PELLETIER and others; Cover by BRANDON PETERSON
THE UNEXPECTED #1: In the aftermath of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, the DC Universe has been forever changed as new heroes are called out of the shadows. Amid this all is Janet Fals…Firebrand! Once a paramedic dedicated to saving lives, she must now start a fight once every 24 hours to feed the Conflict Engine that’s replaced her heart. But Janet’s heart isn’t just a curse—it’s a beacon, drawing out both the mysterious Neon the Unknown and the seductive, malevolent Bad Samaritan. One of them wants to cut out her heart, the other wants to save it—but neither of them knows the true danger hidden within that will kick off a superhero manhunt ranging from Thanagar to the deepest heart of the Dark Multiverse!
Written by STEVE ORLANDO; Art by RYAN SOOK and CARY NORD • Cover by RYAN SOOK
BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING — NIGHTWING VS. HUSH #1: Dick Grayson has a lot of responsibility. Being the original partner to Batman, he’s the natural choice to be Bruce Wayne’s best man. So if anyone has to get to the wedding, it’s going to be him. Too bad Hush has other plans—and maybe Bruce Wayne does, too! One-shot.
Written by TIM SEELEY • Art by TRAVIS MOORE; Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING — BATGIRL VS. THE RIDDLER #1: On the eve of Batman’s wedding to Catwoman, two of Gotham City’s finest minds clash. In her role as Oracle, Barbara Gordon wired all of her allies together. But when The Riddler takes on Batgirl, will he tear everything asunder? One-shot.
Written by TIM SEELEY • Art by MINKYU JUNG; Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING — RED HOOD VS. ANARKY #1: Red Hood has always been the one standing slightly apart from the rest of the Bat crew. Some see him as the Robin gone bad—which is exactly the kind of thing someone like Anarky can exploit. Now Red Hood is running security at Catwoman’s bachelorette party—and if Anarky can crash it, that could be the final straw for Jason Todd! One-shot.
Written by TIM SEELEY • Art by JAVIER FERNANDEZ; Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING — HARLEY QUINN VS. THE JOKER #1: Harley Quinn knows a thing or two about dysfunctional relationships. When she hears that her old flame is trying to get in the way of a happy new life for one of her best friends, the Maid of Mischief tracks The Joker down to give him a piece of her mind—and maybe a few blows from her hammer, too. One-shot.
Written by TIM SEELEY • Art by SAMI BASRI • Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Whew. That’s quite a list isn’t it? Lots of one-shot editions that are focused on the upcoming nuptials of the Caped Crusader and I don’t know about you but what does one buy for a Dark Knight and his bride? Any clues or suggestions can be left down in the comments section below. Alright that’s all I have for now, and today I’ll be heading to the Javits Center for The Book Con. Tomorrow is the Slayer show in a faraway city from our own and I can almost hear the crowd chanting “Slayer, Slayer, Slayer” now but that is a story for another narrative. Stay tuned.
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