DC December Solicits are here and I am 95% certain that DC Comics is rebooting in January. This is huge and many big things lead to this belief.
- Many MAJOR runs are ending
- Big Series are coming together
- The Road to 5G series is returning (in a way)
Let’s start with 1)
Number 1) Major Runs are ENDING!!!
First up Bendis’s run is coming to an end. In Superman #28, Bendis mentions his final story on Superman
Second, in Action Comics Bendis is tying up plot threads from every story
Third, in Legion of Superheroes, the series seems to be ending
This all but confirms that these are Bendis’s final issues. This is a huge sign by it’s self but some other series are ending/or having major arcs ending that tease the future too, including Batman Beyond, Detective Comics, Death Metal, Red Hood, Wonder Woman, and a couple more.
Number 2) Big Series are coming together
Most of the B tier titles have stories in the upcoming Endless Winter 9 part crossover. A major story like that to release in 1 single week is a big commitment and you rarely see that. On top of this, having stories connect together can often be a sign something big is happening because crossovers are so rare. So when Endless Winter is acting as a bringing together 7 different titles, you have to wonder what is going on.
Endless Winter Reading Order
- Endless Winter #1
- Flash #767 <-- The main run finished with Death Metal and it just finished it’s short time with a new writer.
- Superman Endless Winter Special #1 <-- Bendis’s run is ending (See above)
- Aquaman #66 <-- Run ended last month
- Justice League #58 <-- Just tied in for a major arc with Death Metal
- Teen Titans Endless Winter Special #1 <-- Run just ended
- Justice League Dark #29 <-- Arc just ended.
- Black Adam: Endless Winter Special #1
- Endless Winter #2
If you can’t tell, the series seem to have all just ended and are connecting together. On top of that, big events tend to lead into reboots to set up plot points. Ex. Justice League: Darkseid War which wasn’t super significant as a whole, but it set up some plot point and brought stuff together. On top of this Death Metal is ending which is supposed to be an “anti-crisis” and bring continuity back together. If Death Metal is ending on the 5th and it teases
“not one but two mind-blowing epilogues that lead directly into the next phase of the DC Universe” then I think this is all but confirmed. The words “next phase” also imply a MASSIVE shift incoming. Events are often defined by what comes after just as much as the story itself and Death Metal having a lot coming after have HUGE implications for the franchise.
Number 3) The Road to 5G Series is Returning (in a way)
Probably the most significant 2 things that tip everything over the edge is the return of Generations, a series meant to set up the future of DC Comics. While Generations is only 1 issue now as Generations Shattered it comes from a teaser in Detective Comics #1027 which implies significance and will be VERY important if I had to guess. Also in January a new Batman begins to take over with John Ridley’s Luke Fox Batman story.
Now there is one issue with this theory. The Batman Family seems to be kinda normal. After Joker War ended in Novemeber, some of the Batman family have continued in their own corners. However, Detective Comics #1032 teases “The eve of some of the biggest changes ever in Gotham City”, and “Bruce will need to make some tough decisions about the future…” in fact just read the whole blurb
If that doesn’t scream LINE WIDE REBOOT, then I don’t know what will. Now, Tynion’s Batman doesn’t seem to imply much at all except the end of his arc which is interesting. Catwoman doesn’t imply much change at all and may not even be the end of an arc. Red Hood’s current arc was a 2 issue guest writers arc, and that’s all the Batman titles…
AKA LINE WIDE REBOOT!!!
Do you think the universe is rebooting? If so, what are your hopes for this reboot? Also, Expect guides in the future on how to get ready now that I know the major setup pieces of the reboot. IT’S ALMOST HERE!!!