Inadvertently defining Newton's third law of motion as they do so, DC have announced that in May six of their titles will end, with six new titles taking their place. This 'second wave' of comics will include work by Nicola Scott, Grant Morrison, China Mieville and others.
But first, let's spare a moment for the six titles which DC are cancelling.
Mr Terrific, which was silly, nonsensical, and utterly entertaining.
Blackhawks, which was about some people in an army or something.
OMAC, which had a lot of smashing in it.
Static Shock, which was about something or other
Men of War, which was about some people in an army or something
Hawk and Dove, which was one of about seven titles Rob Liefeld was drawing a month, and may have been cancelled in order to ease his workload.
RIP to all these books.
So! The new titles, according to DC's press release, are:
•BATMAN INCORPORATED – Writer: Grant Morrison. Artist: Chris Burnham. The acclaimed ongoing writer of ACTION COMICS, Grant Morrison, presents a fresh take on BATMAN INCORPORATED, in which the Batman brand is franchised globally in preparation for a major international threat.
•EARTH 2 – Writer: James Robinson. Artist: Nicola Scott. The greatest heroes on a parallel Earth, the Justice Society combats threats that will set them on a collision course with other worlds.
•WORLDS’ FINEST – Writer: Paul Levitz. Artists: George Perez and Kevin Maguire. Stranded on our world from a parallel reality, Huntress and Power Girl struggle to find their way back to Earth 2. Perez and Maguire will be the artists on alternating story arcs.
•DIAL H – Writer: China Miéville. Artist: Mateus Santoluoco. The first ongoing series from acclaimed novelist China Miéville, this is a bold new take on a cult classic concept about the psychological effects on an everyman who accidentally gains powers to become a hero.
•G.I. COMBAT – Writer: J.T. Krul. Artist: Ariel Olivetti. Featuring the return of a classic DC Comics series, THE WAR THAT TIME FORGOT, along with rotating back-up stories and creative teams – including THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER, with writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and artist Dan Panosian; and THE HAUNTED TANK, with writer John Arcudi and artist Scott Kolins.
•THE RAVAGERS – Writer: Howard Mackie. Artist: Ian Churchill. Spinning off from TEEN TITANS and SUPERBOY, this series finds four superpowered teens on the run and fighting against the organization that wants to turn them into supervillains.
Several of them appear to be repackaging the same kind of content which just got cancelled. Some of them are very interesting! One of them is our favourite. In May we'll let you know which ones fall into which category.