Frankensteining DC Comics For April 2017 – Are All The Monthlies Going To $3.99?

The first solicitations for April from DC Comics have started to be released by DC PR to Comics Alliance, CBR, Comic Book, Newsarama, Comicvine,  – and Bleeding Cool has shoved in them in one article.

And amidst the hunt for Saturn Girl, Superman’s new costume, Batman and the Flash dealing with the Watchmen smiley button and the Trinity Vs Dr Oz… check the prices.

Becaue they have something intriguing in common. In that they more than usual are priced at $3.99 not the DC Rebirthed price of $2.99.

Over so soon?

The listings so far have Trinity, Superwoman, Supergirl, New Super Man, Cyborg and Super Sons on $3.99, when they were previously on $2.99. These are all monthly titles.

While Action Comics, Superman, Harley Quinn, Aquaman, Deathstroke are on $2.99. All twice-monthly titles.

And the twice-monthly titles Flash and Batman are both on $2.99 unless you choose the lenticular version of the Button covers, in which case you pay $3.99.

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BATMAN #21-#22

Written by TOM KING • Art by JASON FABOK

FLASH #21-#22

Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON • Art by HOWARD PORTER

“The Button”: Two greatest detectives in the DC Universe unite to unravel the mystery behind a certain blood stained smiley face button stuck in the Batcave wall. However, what begins as a simple investigation soon turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party — and it’s not who anyone suspects! This is a mystery woven throughout time, and the countdown starts here!

Each issue of “The Button” will feature both a lenticular cover along with a regular cover, each drawn by Fabok. The lenticular cover editions will retail for $3.99, with the regular covers at the standard Rebirth price of $2.99.

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TRINITY #8
Written by CULLEN BUNN • Art by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO and RAY McCARTHY • Cover by CLAY MANN • Variant cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ

A “Superman: Reborn Aftermath” tie-in! In this essential chapter of the “Superman Reborn Aftermath” epic, Kal-El reveals to Batman and Wonder Woman what had happened to him—and how they all may be in danger!

On sale APRIL 19 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

Guest-written by Cullen Bunn, who will write a two-issue fill-in on the series before the return of ongoing writer/artist Francis Manapul, this issue promises to be big in the larger picture of the DC Rebirth puzzle.

SUPERWOMAN #9
Written by K. PERKINS • Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA and ART THIBERT • Cover by BILLY TAN • Variant cover by RENATO GUEDES

“SUPER WOMEN” part one! In this story tying in to “Superman Reborn Aftermath,” Lois Lane and Lana Lang find themselves reunited at last! Along with the Man of Steel, their reunion is cut short by the return of Cannon and Saber, who arrive to wreak havoc on the newly restored Metropolis. The mantle of Superwoman will be decided in this debut chapter of “Super Women”!

On sale APRIL 19 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

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SUPERGIRL #8
Written by STEVE ORLANDO • Art by MATIAS BERGARA • Cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO and RAY McCARTHY • Variant cover by BENGAL

A “Superman Reborn Aftermath” tie-in! Superman and Supergirl meet again for the first time to face the evil of the Emerald Empress! Plus, what does it mean for the Girl of Tomorrow when tomorrow promises a Dark Knight? Shocking revelations, all-powerful sorceresses from the future, the Batgirl of Burnside and dinner in the Wild West—they’re all here in this amazing issue!

On sale APRIL 12 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

NEW SUPER-MAN #10
Written by GENE LUEN YANG • Art and cover by VIKTOR BOGDANOVIC • Variant cover by BERNARD CHANG

“COMING TO AMERICA” part two! Superman meets Super-Man! As the battle with China White and Lex Luthor intensifies, the Man of Steel steps in to settle things once and for all. Can the combined might of three supermen turn the tide? Don’t miss the fate of Central City’s own Avery Ho, repercussions from the “Superman Reborn Aftermath” story in ACTION COMICS, and a new member of the Justice League of China!

On sale APRIL 12 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

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ACTION COMICS #977
Written by DAN JURGENS • Art by IAN CHURCHILL • Cover by ANDY KUBERT • Variant cover by GARY FRANK

“Superman Reborn Aftermath” part one! Following the epic struggle against [REDACTED], Superman examines his entire history—the birth of Jon, the marriage of Lois and Clark, their lives at the Daily Planet—to discover who tried to destroy his life. Who is waiting in the shadows? Who is Mr. Oz? All questions the Man of Steel cannot answer alone. It is time for him to unite the entire Superman-Family!

On sale APRIL 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

SUPERMAN #20
Written by PETER J. TOMASI and PATRICK GLEASON • Art by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY • Cover by PATRICK GLEASON • Variant cover by TONY S. DANIEL

“Superman black” part one! A “Superman Reborn Aftermath” tie-in! As the smoke clears the Kents are faced with leaving Hamilton to go back to Metropolis, but someone or something doesn’t want them to leave! Batman and Robin discover something is mysteriously wrong with the son of Superman—he’s losing his powers!

On sale APRIL 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

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HARLEY QUINN #17

Written by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Backup story written by PAUL DINI and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by JOHN TIMMS
Backup story art by BRET BLEVINS
Cover by AMANDA CONNER
Variant cover by FRANK CHO
“Deadly Sin” part one! The twisted Harley Sinn’s been released from prison, and she’s looking to hurt Harley in a whole new way…by going after somebody she loved and lost! And to make this issue extra-unmissable, a brand-new backup story begins, set in Harley’s earliest days with the Joker—and co-written by one of Harley’s original creators, Paul Dini! “Harley Loves Joker” kicks off as Harley makes the biggest mistake of her burgeoning criminal career…accidentally revealing the location of Mistah J’s hideout!
On sale APRIL 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
SUPERGIRL: BEING SUPER #3

Written by MARIKO TAMAKI
Art and cover by JOELLE JONES
Kara Danvers’ hidden memories of her life on another planet are bubbling to the surface—but is she alone here on earth? Following the devastating events of the Midvale Earthquake, Kara and Dolly struggle to piece their lives back together—but what’s up with Coach? Their mentor is acting strangely, and her odd behavior goes from curious to downright creepy when Kara follows her back to a Lexcorp bunker deep underground. What she’s hiding will change Kara’s life forever—all will be revealed and a hero will need to be super in this penultimate chapter!
PRESTIGE FORMAT • On sale APRIL 26 • 48 pg, FC, 3 of 4, $5.99 US • RATED T

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DEATHSTROKE #17

Written by CHRISTOPHER PRIEST
Art by JOE BENNETT and NORM RAPMUND
Cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
Variant cover by SHANE DAVIS
“Twilight” part six! All the chips fall as dark secrets within Deathstroke’s world are revealed, including Power Girl—who learns her houseguest’s true identity. Determined to atone for her mistake, the 16-year-old takes on the World’s Deadliest Assassin on her own. Will she bring Deathstroke to justice…or die trying?
On sale APRIL 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
THE WILD STORM #3

Written by WARREN ELLIS
Art and cover by JON DAVIS-HUNT
Variant cover by JAMIE McKELVIE
Variant cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
Angela Spica is wounded, alone and hiding from black-ops killers sent by her own benefactor, the man she thought responsible for her well-being—the mastermind behind an assassination attempt the Engineer just foiled. But, unknown to her, she might yet have a chance to survive this terrible day. The Grifter has a plan.
A storm is building. And through it all, a mysterious woman crackles though the electrical devices that inhabit our lives, slipping among the invisible networks of the world.
There’s something new in the world.
On sale APRIL 19 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T+

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CYBORG #11

Written by JOHN SEMPER JR.
Art and cover by WILL CONRAD
Variant cover by CARLOS D’ANDA
Severely damaged and on the run, Cyborg struggles to find his father as the Rat Lord engulfs Detroit with his army of rodents! But when the Rat Lord oversteps his boundaries, it causes a turf war within the criminal underworld. Introducing 8-BIT, who has the power to delete anything in his path—and he’s looking forward to reuniting with Vic Stone!
On sale APRIL 5 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
AQUAMAN #20

Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by PHILIPPE BRIONES
Cover by BRAD WALKER and ANDREW HENNESSY
Variant cover by JOSHUA MIDDLETON
“H2.0” part two! Now partnered with foes including the Aquamarines and Scavenger, Aquaman and Mera’s mission with the U.S. government is off to a bad start when they discover a bizarre creature that may have killed everyone at a military research lab deep beneath the sea. And it’s still hungry…
On sale APRIL 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

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SUPER SONS #3

Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by JORGE JIMENEZ
Variant cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
“When I Grow Up” part three! It’s Super-Son vs Bat-Son as the exciting new series continues! Kid Amazo is ready to rip the hearts out of the world’s not-so-finest super duo. Face to face with their newest—and first—villain, Jonathan and Damian strike out the only way they know how…at each other!
On sale APRIL 19 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE #7

Written by JON RIVERA
Art and cover by MICHAEL AVON OEMING
Variant cover by ROBERT HACK
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s…Superman?! After a gnarly battle between Team Carson and the Whisperer and his cult, Cave finds a quiet moment to reminisce about his long-ago adventures with the Big Red S. But are these just fond memories, or is there a deeper mystery afoot?
On sale APRIL 19 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

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DOOM PATROL #7

Written by GERARD WAY
Art by MICHAEL ALLRED
Backup story art by BRANDON BIRD
Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
Variant cover by NICK DERINGTON
How have you been, Niles Caulder? The Chief is back, and he’s ready to reshape the new Doom Patrol to be just like the old Doom Patrol—a prospect not everyone is happy with. But the team’s former leader hasn’t grown less manipulative in his old age, so nobody make any rash decisions. Pretty sure he’s up to something. Michael Allred (iZOMBIE, Silver Surfer) joins Young Animal for this special one-off issue.
On sale APRIL 26 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
MOTHER PANIC #6

Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by SHAWN CRYSTAL
Cover by TOMMY LEE EDWARDS
Variant cover by ERIC CANETE
As Mother Panic’s scope of revenge narrows, her partnership with the unhinged Pretty falls apart. Unable to bear the end to their collaboration Pretty turns on Mother Panic. After all, if she’s not with him…
On sale APRIL 26 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

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SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL #7

Written by CECIL CASTELLUCCI
Art by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
Backup story art by DAN PARENT
Cover by BECKY CLOONAN
Variant cover by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
In this stand-alone issue, Shade begins to ponder what’s next for her on Earth. As the winter dance approaches, she reminisces about high school on Meta, and starts to wonder why she’s putting herself through that kind of hell again. Will she find the perfect dress, or will the dance be a perfect disaster? Plus, an all-new episode of “Life with Honey,” with art by Dan Parent (Kevin Keller).
On sale APRIL 5 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

 

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