|cover to Justice League United #0 by Mike McKone|
There have been several important shake ups to the DC Universe announced over the past few days in anticipation of the April 2014 solicitations (which are set to drop on Tuesday). Most notably are the ones from yesterday and today, which revolve around the Justice League books. Yesterday it was announced that Justice League United #0 will be released (with the creative team of Jeff Lemire and Mike McKone) and that will be replacing Justice League of America. The roster has been revealed to be a combination of several corners of the DC Universe. Coming over from JLA we have Martian Manhunter, Stargirl, Green Arrow, and Hawkman (not pictured). Also joining the team will be Adam Strange and his wife, Animal Man, Supergirl and a new character of Cree background. The team will apparently be based in northern Ontario, where the first adventure takes place. The first two story arcs will be space-focused though as they will be going to Rann and then Thanagar. The cover to Justice League United #0 is shown above.
|cover to Justice League #30 by Ivan Reis|
But perhaps the biggest surprise to come out of the post-Forever Evil announcements is this: Justice League #30 will feature the start of a new Justice League roster...including Lex Luthor, Captain Cold, and Shazam. Noticeably missing from the cover are Superman and the Flash. All of the other League-members seem to be sticking around though. It is understandable that Superman and Flash would leave the League considering the inclusion of Lex Luthor and Captain Cold to the team. It seems that Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis will continue on as the creative team for Justice League in the post-Forever Evil world.
|cover to Aquaman and the Others #1 by Ivan Reis|
Originally seen in the second story arc of the Aquaman series, the Others were introduced as the team Aquaman was on before the Justice League. They've been seen a few different times since that story arc. But starting in April, DC will be giving them an ongoing series from the creative team of writer Dan Jurgens and artist Lan Medina. This will not affect the regular Aquaman ongoing series by Jeff Parker and Paul Pelletier. When this was announced a few days ago, I expected it to mean that he was leaving the Justice League book to go back to his own series.
|cover to Secret Origins #1 by Lee Bermejo|
DC hasn't had the best of luck with anthology books in the New 52. They tried at the beginning of the New 52 with DC Universe Presents...which starred characters like Black Lightning & Blue Devil and Deadman. But in April they're launching a new book called Secret Origins. The first issue will star Superman, Supergirl, and Nightwing's origins. The first issue will be written by Action Comics, Nightwing, and Supergirl scribes Greg Pak, Kyle Higgins, and Tony Bedard. There will be art from various artists. Here's the solicit for the book:
SECRET ORIGINS #1
Written by TONY BEDARD, KYLE HIGGINS and GREG PAK
Art by PAULO SIQUEIRA, WILL CONRAD and others
Cover by LEE BERMEJO
1:25 Variant cover by ANDY KUBERT
On sale APRIL 23 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
At last, the SECRET ORIGINS of the World’s Greatest Heroes in The New 52 can be revealed! This new series gets off to an awesome start with the origins of The Last Son of Krypton and Kara Zor-El, Supergirl, plus the first Robin, Dick Grayson.
|cover to Teen Titans #30 by Kenneth Rocafort|
Also, there has been at least one book announced as ending. Teen Titans will be ending with it's 30th issue, writer Scott Lobdell announced on ComicVine. This issue (and then the annual) will feature the final battle with N.O.W.H.E.R.E. to end Scott Lobdell's big overarching story arc. Noticeably missing from the cover are Solstice and Kid Flash, which leads to the question of whether they are staying in the future or not.
Also announced is Nightwing getting a new creative team in April. Writer Kyle Higgins took to Facebook to announce his departure from the series.
|cover to the Flash #30 by Brett Booth|
|cover to the Flash Annual #3 by Brett Booth|
|cover to Sinestro #1 by Dale Eaglesham|