In a shocking event that is sure to send ripples of envy throughout the world of comics journalism, Bleeding Cool Rumourmonger-in-Chief Rich Johnston has obtained and posted the full DC Comics May solicitations catalog before they've been "officially" released.
"It's gettin' bloody harder to sneak into the DC Comics offices while dressed as a potted plant with all of these budget cuts," Johnston told us when asked for comment, noting that even the publisher's potted plant budget has been slashed by 60%. "Oi used to dress up as a nice sansevieria, but that's a bit too ritzy these days, so now Oi have to infiltrate as a shabby philodendron."
So as other websites scramble to get someone from DC on the phone, complaining of blown EX-X-XCLUSIVES and begging to post the solicits themselves, Bleeding Cool can sit back and mine the solicits for individual articles to spin out of them, all the while reaping the sweet, sweet clicks.
"Pip pip," Johnston said, his eyes glowing with the thought of all the clicks.
Teased last year at New York Comic Con, The Flash ongoing series will return to Barry Allen's roots (and retell his origin again) with The Flash Year One. It seems that story will begin in May, as the solicits for The Flash #70 and #71 below show. From Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter:
"The Flash Year One" starts here! Barry Allen feels helpless in his life in Central City. As a forensic scientist, he's always catching criminals after they've committed their crimes. All that changes one fateful night when Barry is struck by a bolt of lightning and doused in chemicals. When he wakes from a coma, he realizes he can run at incredible speeds. Can Barry master these powers and be the hero his city needs… or will the powers burn through him?
Well, considering there have been many decades of Flash comics since this happened, we can assume he makes it out alive.
It all starts…again…in The Flash #70 in May.