In the cryptic numerology that rules the DC Universe, there is no number more significant than 52. It's been at the center of crossovers, titles, the otherwise inexplicable number of not-so-infinite Earths, and more, so naturally, when the books of the "New 52" Universe actually hit #52 this May, it's not going to go by without comment.

To that end, the 52nd issues of the surviving titles from the relaunch --- Action Comics, Aquaman, Batgirl, Batman, Catwoman, Detective Comics, Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Superman and Wonder Woman --- will hit shelves with variant covers that homage the first issues from back in 2011. Check 'em out below, along with the original covers that inspired them!

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In addition to the surprising fact that Green Arrow has managed to last for the duration of the new 52niverse --- and the sadness that we're not going to see homage covers for, say, OMAC and Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE --- Justice League is conspicuous by its absence, but the 52nd issue of that book won't be out until June.

Here's DC's official description of the month's variants:

Celebrating 52 issues of incredible storytelling, DC Entertainment’s May 2016 variant cover theme will pay homage to the #1 issues of eleven comics that debuted in 2011 when DC Entertainment rebooted their superhero publishing line and revitalized the comics industry as a whole. It was a momentous occasion then, and is an anniversary to celebrate now!

Inspired by Cliff Chiang’s Wonder Woman #1, Rags Morales and Brad Anderson’s Action Comics #1, Adam Hughes’ Batgirl #1, and more, these brand-new “The New 52” variants will grace the covers of those same landmark titles that are hitting issue #52 in May. Illustrated by an all-star lineup of incredible talent, May’s lineup of variant covers are as remarkable as the industry-changing covers they’re based on.

Here are the credits for the new covers:

  • Action Comics #52 variant cover by Ben Oliver
  • Aquaman #52 variant cover by Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund
  • Batgirl #52 variant cover by Babs Tarr
  • Batman #52 variant cover by Rafael Albuquerque
  • Catwoman #52 variant cover by Inaki Miranda
  • Detective Comics #52 variant cover by Francis Manapul
  • The Flash #52 variant cover by Jesus Merino
  • Green Arrow #52 variant cover by Szymon Kudranski
  • Green Lantern #52 variant cover by Billy Tan
  • Superman #52 variant cover by Mikel Janin
  • Wonder Woman #52 variant cover by David Finch and Matt Banning

And here are the credits for the originals, as well:

  • Action Comics #1 cover by Rags Morales and Brad Anderson
  • Aquaman #1 cover by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Rod Reis
  • Batgirl #1 cover by Adam Hughes
  • Batman #1 cover by Greg Capullo and Alex Sinclair
  • Catwoman #1 cover by Guillem March
  • Detective Comics #1 cover by Tony Daniel and Tomeu Morey
  • The Flash #1 cover by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato
  • Green Arrow #1 cover by Dave Wilkins
  • Green Lantern #1 cover by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Rod Reis
  • Superman #1 cover by George Perez and Brian Buccellato
  • Wonder Woman #1 cover by Cliff Chiang