Following weeks of speculation, DC Comics officially announced this morning that its entire superhero line will be placed on hold in April and May, making way for the sprawling nine-week event series "Convergence."
The timing coincides with the final phase of the company's move from New York City to Burbank, California.
USA Today reports that "Convergence" will launch April 1 with a zero issue that spins out of the finales of "Earth 2: World's End" and "The New 52: Futures End," leading to an eight-part main series and 40 two-part miniseries that examine the worlds from the past eight decades of the DC Universe, and the heroes and villains they contain.
According to Co-Publisher Jim Lee, the event will tackle the most-asked questions since DC rebooted its superhero line in 2011 with the New 52: whether key stories in DC history still "count" in continuity, and what happened to some of the beloved characters that haven't been reintroduced in the past three years.
"What we're really addressing is they all exist and have existed and exist within the framework of the New 52," Lee told the newspaper. "'Convergence' is in many ways the most meta epic event we've done."
The miniseries will also introduce a new villain, Tellos, who is "born of Brainiac and this mysterious planet."
Although "Convergence" will involve an array of creators, who will be announced in the coming weeks, the main plot line handled by veteran television writer Jeff King ("White Collar," "Continuum"), making his comic book debut. Dan Jurgens will co-write the zero issue with him, while Scott Lobdell will help to lay out the overall outline.