Anthony’s Marvel and DC Comics picks for May 2019

Here’s a look what Marvel and DC Comics are releasing for May 2019.

DC Comics

A full list of solicitations is available here.

Comics

  • Scooby-Doo Team-Up #48, on sale May 22, $3
  • Looney Tunes #249, on sale May 22, $3

Trade paperbacks/graphic novels

  • Dear Justice League, on sale July 31, $10

Marvel

A full list of solicitations is available here.

Comics

  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #44, $4
  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #43, $4
  • Miles Morales: Spider-Man #6, $4
  • Marvel Team-Up #2, $4
  • Magnificent Ms. Marvel #3, $4
  • Marvel Rising #3 (of 5), $4

Trade paperbacks/graphic novels

  • Ms. Marvel: Metamorphosis, $13

Comments

Scooby-Doo Team-Up #48
“Scooby-Doo Team-Up” #48. Art by Dario Brizuela.

DC’s releasing “Dog Days of Summer,” an animal-themed special (at a whopping $10 for 80 pages). Stars include Krypto, Beast Boy (if the cover means anything), and Bat-Cow. (No Ace?)

This month’s “Scooby-Doo Team-Up” features the Flash’s rogues.

Over at Marvel, both Squirrel Girl and Moon Girl’s books (plus most of the Marvel line) is tied into the latest crossover, the Thor-centric “War of the Realms.” While I discussed the former last month, the latter being a tie-in feels a bit odder. The target audience for “Moon Girl,” judging from non-direct market/trade paperback sales, likely won’t be aware of, or care about, such a crossover.

Speaking of audiences, the “Ms. Marvel” trade paperback out this month is rated as “ages 10 and up,” versus the generic “T” and “T+” ratings most of Marvel’s line receives.

Lois Lane returns as a solo comic

Lois Lane #137
“Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane” #137 (October 1974). Art by Bob Oksner.

DC revealed this week (as well as in the solicitation for “Superman: Leviathan Rising Special” #1) that Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen are gaining ongoing comics starting this June. Lois’ book is by Greg Rucka and Mike Perkins, while Jimmy’s is by Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber.

Unless I’m mistaken, this marks the first ongoing comic headlining Lois Lane since “Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane” ended its run in 1974. That series, which launched in 1958, was merged into the anthology title “Superman Family.” Lois’ solo adventures ran as a main feature until “Superman Family” was axed in 1982.

During the 1960s, “Lois Lane” was one of the top-selling comics in the United States. The comic ranked as high as #3 in sales in 1962 (behind Superman and Superboy’s books).

Given this precedent and the popularity of Lois Lane, it seems odd for DC to have waited until the dawn of the 2020s to give Lois another solo comic. (No, “Superwoman” doesn’t count.)

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