Six new books will join DC Comics this May as part of what they are billing as the “Second Wave” of the New 52. Six current books are also getting the axe. BLACKHAWKS, HAWK AND DOVE, MEN OF WAR, MISTER TERRIFIC, O.M.A.C. and STATIC SHOCK, will all wrap up this April with their 8th issue. Bob Harras, DC Entertainment Editor-in-Chief, says “Many of the characters from our canceled books will appear in DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 titles, and in some very surprising ways. We’re developing stories that reach from cultures around the globe to parallel worlds. We’re just getting started.”
What will replace them? Well, according to Harras it’s all about world building. A variety of creative teams crossing over a few genres and themes to expand the companies new continuity. Here’s the official run down of the six new titles via DC Comics official blog, The Source:
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.
Damn it, I was just starting to ‘get’ O.M.A.C. and they go and cancel it. The only other book I am going to miss is MEN OF WAR, but I guess G.I. COMBAT will fill that void and by the sounds of it in weird war tales kind of way which could be good. If DC is rolling out the parallel earths to bring back the JSA and give Power Girl a real job rather than being a background character to Mr. Terrific, then I can support this. Grant Morrison will finally get to finish off his whole Batman Inc insanity and DC can add yet another Bat-book to cash in on.
I’ll say this much, it does look like an interesting addition to their new universe. The creative teams look nice and solid (I can not wait to see Kevin Maguire draw Power Girl again) and I am very interested in seeing how they try and update DIAL H for the umpteenth time, good luck China Miéville, whoever you are. I also wonder what they will replace THE RAVAGERS with when they cancel it to make room for wave 3. So many questions!
Hit the jump to check out some teaser images from Batman Incorporated and Dial H.