Marvel Comics and DC Comics both released their full solicitations for June 2018 this week, offering readers a closer look at the new books in the pipeline. June is shaping up to be another big month for both publishers, with Marvel adding several key titles to its Fresh Start lineup and DC launching Brian Bendis' Man of Steel and Scott Snyder's Justice League.
Rather than simply reprint Marvel and DC's solicits in their complete form, we want to spotlight the most interesting new books and storylines debuting in June. Scroll down to learn what you should be keeping an eye out for that month, and let us know what you think of this new format in the comments below.
A New Era for the Justice League
Following May's weekly miniseries Justice league: No Justice, Scott Snyder is taking over DC's relaunched Justice League comic in June. Fans of the Justice League animated series are in for a treat, as the new team roster is very similar. It's clear DC is also deploying plenty of artistic muscle to back up Snyder. The first two issues will be drawn by Jim Cheung and Jorge Jimenez, respectively.
More Avengers Relaunches
Marvel's Fresh Start initiative continues in June with a number of high profile relaunches. That includes new ongoing series for three major Avengers. First is Jason Aaron and Mike Del Mundo's Thor, which puts the Odinson back in the spotlight and seemingly replaces Thor's trusty Mjolnir with a whole assortment of hammers.
Then there's Immortal Hulk, which sees Al Ewing and Joe Bennett tackle a more horror-flavored take on a character who apparently just can't die. Finally, Dan Slott and Valerio Schiti team up for Tony Stark: Iron Man, as Tony settles back into his old superhero role.
Hawkman Flies High
Dark Nights: Metal has brought about many changes to the DCU, but one of the more significant changes is that both Hawkman and Hawkgirl have a much more prominent role in the DCU again. And while Hawkgirl is joining the Justice League in June, Hawkman himself is flying high in a new solo series from writer Robert Venditti and artist Bryan Hitch. This series will build on the fallout of Metal as Carter Hall searched for the true purpose behind his many reincarnations.
A Double Dose of Deadpool
Deadpool is also a major focal point for Marvel's Fresh Start. So much so that the Merc With a Mouth is actually getting two new comics in June, right on the heels of the Deadpool 2 movie.
Skottie Young and Nic Klein will be taking the reins of the main Deadpool series, which will relaunch with a new #1 and force Deadpool to deal with some serious money problems. In addition, Cullen Bunn and Mark Bagley are teaming for a new miniseries called Deadpool: Assassin. That series looks to emphasize the dysfunctional relationship between Wade and his old buddy Weasel.
Plastic Man Finally Returns
It seems like everything is coming up Plastic Man this year. Not only is he a main character in The Terrifics, Plas is now getting his own solo miniseries. Better still, it features the first DC work from writer Gail Simone since Secret Six wrapped up. Simone and artist Adriana Melo will explore what happens when Eel O'Brien's long-buried past comes back to haunt him.
Spider-Man's Epic Finale
Not only is June the month where Dan Slott takes the reins of the Iron Man franchise, it also marks his final bow on The Amazing Spider-Man. While May's Amazing Spider-Man #800 caps off "Go Down Swinging" and the dramatic showdown between Spidey and the Red Goblin, issue #801 will offer a more somber farewell that reunites Slott with artist Marcos Martin. Best start gathering the tissues now.
Expect the Unexpected
DC is still adding new titles to the New Age of DC Heroes line. Next up is The Unexpected, from writer Steve Orlando and artists Ryan Sook and Cary Nord. This series looks to be one of the more direct offshoots of Dark Nights: Metal, with a new heroine named Firebrand embarking on a quest that involves both Thanagar and the Dark Multiverse.
The Starboy Becomes a Superhero
The album Starboy by The Weeknd was one of the bigger hits of 2016, and now it's made the jump to comics. Co-written by The Weeknd, La Mar Taylor and Chistos Gage and drawn by Eric Nguyen, The Weeknd Presents: Starboy Bol. 1 introduces a world where a villain named Jack "The Chef" Smiley has taken over the city of Alphatron, and the Starboy emerges as the city's unlikely savior.