DC Comics has already revealed a number of changes coming to the New 52 in the past week, but now the official solicitations are released for what to expect April 2012.
We were already aware of some of the creator changes for this month. Ben Oliver will be taking a breather as Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs come on for a two issue run on Batwing. Szymon Kudranski joins Tony Daniel on Detective Comics for the back-up. James Tynion IV and Rafael Albuquerque join the Batman creative team for the back-up.
The stories in the issues this month continue to develop the characters and in some cases wrap current arcs. Batwing has the confrontation that the series has been leading to with Massacre and the identity of Massacre is revealed all while in Gotham City. Detective Comics and Batman both debut their own back-up stories. Batgirl promises to reveal a Gordon family secret. Batman: Odyssey wraps up with the reveal of who Bruce has been talking to all this time. Black Canary's past is revealed and the reason she is running from the law. Catwoman seems to be teaming up with the new character Spark. Nightwing begins the Night of Owls crossover a month early. Red Robin appears in Red Hood and the Outlaws.
Collections for the month are plenty as usual. First is Batman: Gotham Shall be Judged, which collects the final issues of the Azrael series from last year as well as the one month crossover issues from Batman, Gotham City Sirens and Red Robin. Jim Aparo's run on The Brave and the Bold in Legends of the Dark Knight: Jim Aparo. Batman: No Man's Land Volume 2 is reprinted and adds issues that were never before reprinted as part of the volume. The first eight issues of Batman Incorporated are collected along with last month's bridge one-shot. Batman: Arkham Unhinged gets collected into a print issue. Teen Titans #93-100 from last year gets collected. Batman: Venom gets new printing. A second volume of The New Teen Titans Omnibus is released. Batman: Knightfall Volume 1 is re-released with new chapters. The Batman Archives Volume 8 is released. Gotham Central gets a book four collection.
Justice League International may be seeing a new member added to the roster which could be someone from The Batman Universe based off of the cover of the issue. Suicide Squad deals with the aftermath of the Gotham showdown with Harley Quinn. Green Arrow looks to become a member of the Justice League in issue eight. Amadeus Arkham has been arrested in All-Star Western. Red Robin has to deal with Superboy naming himself as the leader of the Teen Titans.
As for the media incarnations, Young Justice continues to be the sole title featuring a story that sees the team facing off against Ocean Master.
The cover of the month this time around goes to Batwoman #8 by Amy Reeder.
Posted by Dustin Fritschel