DC Comics Will Put an End to the ‘New 52’ Line

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DC Comics is contracting its universe. Again.

It’s not quite the DC Implosion of 1978, but the roster of titles is shrinking from 52 to 49, and the “New 52” moniker is going away — even as the company says continuity will remain the same and therefore this is not another reboot or relaunch.  And, in fact, DC is launching a whole slew of new titles — including a few mini-series — to replace the dead ones, and rebranding some existing comics with new titles.

Apparently, DC just wants to shed the “New 52” label — maybe Warner Bros. lawyers are big on truth in advertising now? And there is only a net loss of three titles, following the cancellation of a bunch of comics with the March solicitations.

As of June 3, DC’s post-New 52 comics line will be 24 titles and 25 ongoing comics that will retain their numbering (Yay, no new “collectors’ item” No. 1 issues!).

Here are the new titles — these first eight announced by IGN:

Batman Beyond by writer Dan Jurgens & artist Bernard Chang
Cyborg by writer David L. Walker & artists Ivan Reis and Joe Prado
Dark Universe by writer James Tynion IV & artist Ming Doyle
Doomed by writer Scott Lobdell & artist Javier Fernandez
Harley Quinn/Power Girl by writers Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner & artist Stephane Roux
Red Hood/Arsenal by writer Scott Lobdell & artist Denis Medri
Starfire by writers Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner & artist Emanuela Lupacchino
We Are Robin by writer Lee Bermejo & artists Rob Haynes and Khary Randolph

These seven titles were announced by CBR:

Justice League of America by writer/artist Brian Hitch
Bizzaro by writer Heath Corson & artist Gustavo Duarte
Bat-Mite by writer Mark Russell & artist Ben Caldwell
Omega Men by writer Tom King & artist Barnaby Bagenda
Mystic U (tentative title) by writer Alisa Kwitney & artist Mauricet
Section Eight by writer Garth Ennis & artist John McCrea
Dr. Fate by writer Paul Levitz & artist Sonny Liew

And Newsarama revealed the final batch:

cyborgnewRobin, Son of Batman by writer/artist Pat Gleason
Black Canary by writer Brenden Fletcher & artist Annie Wu
Martian Manhunter by writer Rob Williams & artists Ben Oliver, Paulo Siqueira
Earth 2: Society by writer Daniel H. Wilson & artist Jorge Jimenez
Midnighter by writer Steve Orlando & artist ACO
Bat-Mite by writer Dan Jurgens & artist Corin Howell

Those titles join the following ongoing series:

 

Action Comics by writer Greg Pak & artist Aaron Kuder
Aquaman by writer Cullen Bunn & artist Trevor McCarthy
Batgirl by writers Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher & artist Babs Tarr
Batman by writer Scott Snyder & artist Greg Capullo
Detective Comics by writers Francis Manapul, Brian Buccelato & artist Francis Manapul
Batman/Superman by writer Greg Pak & artist Ardian Syaf
Catwoman by writer Genevieve Valentine & artist David Messina
Deathstroke by writer Tony Daniel & artist Tony Daniel
Flash by writers Rob Venditti, Van Jensen & artist Brett Booth
Gotham Academy by writers Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher & artist Karl Kerschl
Gotham By Midnight by writer Ray Fawkes & artist Juan Ferreyra
Grayson by writers Tim King, Tim Seeley & artist Mikel Janin
Green Arrow by writer Ben Percy & artist Richard Zircher
Green Lantern by writer Robert Venditti & artist Billy Tan
Harley Quinn by writers Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti & artist Chad Hardin
justicenewJustice League by writer Geoff Johns & artist Jason Fabok
Justice League United by writer TBD & artists Travel Foreman, Paul Pelletier
Lobo by writer Cullen Bunn & artist Cliff Richards
Secret Six by writer Gail Simone & artist Dale Eaglesham
Sinestro by writer Cullen Bunn & artist Brad Walker
New Suicide Squad by writer Sean Ryan & artist Carlos D’Anda
Superman by writer Gene Luen Yang & artist John Romita, Jr.
Superman/Wonder Woman by writer Peter Tomasi & artist Doug Mahnke
Teen Titans by writer Will Pfeifer & artist Kenneth Rodafort
Wonder Woman by writer Meridith Finch & artist David Finch

Very interesting to see JLA newbie Cyborg get his own title, along with old-school mainstays Martian Manhunter and Black Canary, and Midnighter will be the first gay male character to headline a book at DC or Marvel (Batwoman already broke that barrier for lesbians). While some things are changing, some things never change: Dr. Fate is getting yet another chance to make a solo series work. I didn’t realize the Robin and Harley Quinn are popular enough to warrant multiple books. Looks like the Justice League is jealous of all those Avengers titles over at Marvel. I cannot believe that Bat-Mite, Bizarro and Prez — PREZ?!?!? — are all getting ongoing series. In fact, Bat-Mite is on the list twice, with two different creative teams, so I’m not sure what’s going on there. But Prez?

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2 thoughts on “DC Comics Will Put an End to the ‘New 52’ Line

  1. Great stuff! At least the New 52 logo will be gone. It stopped being new after 12 months! Not to be a knit-picker, but you have Bat-Mite listed up there twice. Once in the IGN list and then again in the Newsarama list.

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    • Yeah, Bat-Mite is a strange one. Books by that title are in both lists, but with different creative teams, suggesting that it’s not just a misprint. I’ll keep an eye out an see if Bat-Mite gets clarified.

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