So we just got some big news from DC Comics about their post-Convergence plans, and it looks like we will officially be saying bye to the “New 52” BUT not goodbye to the same continuity, which some people seem to be confused about. So lets break down the post-Convergence announcement and what the heck it means for the DC Universe.
DC and Marvel seem to have the same idea in mind, to make their comics more accessible to the wider audience, who are being exposed to their characters from the film and television universe. So now DC have announced their post-Convergence plans, which includes officially dropping the “New 52” brand. But the New 52 continuity isn’t cancelled, they are just dropping the name (purely for marketing purposes). Anyways I thought I would discuss what stood out to me from their announcement.
Here’s a list of the returning titles (the coloured titles are the ones I’m currently reading):
Action Comics by Greg Pak/Aaron Kuder
Aquaman by Cullen Bunn/Trevor McCarthy
Batgirl by Cameron Stewart/Brenden Fletcher/Babs Tarr
Batman by Scott Snyder/Greg Capullo
Detective Comics by Brian Buccelato/Francis Manapul
Batman/Superman by Greg Pak/Ardian Syaf
Catwoman by Genevieve Valentine/David Messina
Deathstroke by Tony Daniel/Tony Daniel
Flash by Rob Venditti/Van Jensen/Brett Booth
Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan/Brenden Fletcher/Karl Kerschl
Gotham By Midnight by Ray Fawkes/Juan Ferreyra
Grayson by Tim King/Tim Seeley/Mikel Janin
Green Arrow by Ben Percy/Richard Zircher
Green Lantern by Robert Venditti/Billy Tan
Harley Quinn by Amanda Conner/Jimmy Palmiotti/Chad Hardin
Justice League by Geoff Johns/Jason Fabok
Justice League United, writer TBD/Travel Foreman & Paul Pelletier.
Lobo by Cullen Bunn/Cliff Richards
Secret Six by Gail Simone/Dale Eaglesham
Sinestro by Cullen Bunn/Brad Walker
New Suicide Squad by Sean Ryan/Carlos D’Anda
Superman by Gene Luen Yang/John Romita Jr.
Superman/Wonder Woman by Peter Tomasi/Doug Mahnke
Teen Titans by Will Pfeifer/Kenneth Rocafort
Wonder Woman by Meredith Finch/David Finch
What stands out to me from this list is what’s missing, and that’s Supergirl! I have been really loving the New 52 Supergirl series, and am disappointed to see the title go. However I have a feeling the Supergirl series will come out soon, because if DC’s big move was to create a greater connection between their universe and the live-action universe, it would be silly not to have a Supergirl title, considering she’s getting her own TV show. So perhaps we can expect to see the relaunch of the Supergirl title around the same time as the Supergirl TV show premiere date.
Also 8 of the 25 titles are Bat-Family books, which isn’t really a surprise as Bat-related books typically sell well. However it is weird that there is no Batman and Robin book. I’m not sure if they plan on bringing that title again later, but this just continues my discussion about the necessity of the Batman and Robin team-up in the current continuity, that I discussed about in an earlier post (which you can read about here if you want).
Well those were the returning titles, and here are the brand new post-Convergence titles:
Bat-Mite by writer Dan Jurgens and artist Corin Howell: Whaaatt??? Yepp, Bat-Mite is getting his own series! So for all those complaining that the DC Universe had become too serious with the New 52, here’s a title for you!
Batman Beyond by writer Dan Jurgens and artist Bernard Chang
Bizarro by writer Heath Corson and artist Gustavo Duarte (six issue mini-series): Again whaat??? Along the same lines of Bat-Mite, this title will be a lighter (mini) series. And it’s not surprising to see the announcement of a Bizarro series get announced, with all this promotion for the Bizarro Lego Justice League animated movie that’s about to come out.
Black Canary by writer Brenden Fletcher and artist Annie Wu: This is interesting, Jim Lee said with the announcement that “fans of the ARROW television show may want more stories about BLACK CANARY. Now they can find modern, fresh takes on the character in the pages of her standalone series both in stores and digitally.” Those of you who do watch Arrow, and have read the character of Black Canary in the comics, know how different the two characters are. So it will be interesting to see how they characterise Dinah’s character in her new comic, and if they want it to reflect Arrow’s Black Canary a little more (errr hope not though).
Constantine: The Hellblazer by Ming Doyle and Riley Rossmo: So they added a familiar subtitle to the comic. Which comes at an interesting time as rumours have been circling around that NBC’s ‘Constantine’, which hasn’t been performing too well ratings wise, will be rebranded on NBC’s sister channel SyFy, where it will be called ‘Hellblazer’. So if these rumours (which you can read more about here) turn out to be true, it makes sense to add the Hellblazer subtitle, to encourage a further connection between the comics and live-action series.
Cyborg by writer David L. Walker and artists Ivan Reis and Joe Prado: Booyah! Finally Cyborg gets his own solo series in the new DC universe. I found it so odd that they announced a Cyborg solo movie, when the character didn’t even have his own solo comic series. But now Cyborg is getting some solo love, which will help popularize his character before his film debut in Batman v Superman.
Dark Universe by writer James Tynion IV and artist Ming Doyle: Now I don’t think this has been confirmed to be the Justice League Dark comic series, but considering every second week Guillermo Del Toro has been coming out and talking about his Justice League Dark movie, “Dark Universe”, it would be pretty stupid of DC to use this name for something that isn’t the Justice League Dark comic series. And if this is the Justice League Dark comic series, then that pretty much confirms that the Dark Universe movie is actually happening, because as of now, the Dark Universe movie has not been officially green-lit or announced by Warner Bros.
Doomed by writer Scott Lobdell and artist Javier Fernandez
Dr. Fate by writer Paul Levitz and artist Sonny Liew
Earth 2: Society by writer Daniel H. Wilson and artist Jorge Jimenez
Green Lantern: Lost Army by Cullen Bunn, art by Jesus Saiz and Javi Pina.
Harley Quinn/Power Girl by writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, with artist Stephane Roux (four issue mini-series): Okay this is amazing. I absolutely adored the Harley Quinn/Power Girl story arc in the recent issues of the Harley Quinn comic, so this mini-series is probably going to be awesome. The in your face nature of Harley Quinn paired with the say it how it is Power Girl is a great dynamic, so I’m excited to see more of their adventures (I wonder if they will return to Marvel universe again).
Justice League of America by writer/artist Brian Hitch: Soooo this is an interesting title as well. DC released official art from this series, and the line-up is the exact same line-up of the main Justice League title. So a theory I’ve seen online is that the Justice League of America comic takes place in between the 5 year gap that the main Justice League comic missed. Or perhaps the roster will simply change after the first issue. Because it just seems like a waste to have two different titles with the same line-up of characters.
Martian Manhunter by writer Rob Williams and artists Ben Oliver and Paulo Siqueira: Phew! Martian Manhunter finally has his own solo series again. For the last few years I have heard the complaint over and over again about there being no solo Martian Manhunter series, so there you go!
Midnighter by writer Steve Orlando and artist ACO
Mystic U (tentative title) by writer Alisa Kwitney and artist Mauricet
Omega Men by writer Tom King and artist Barnaby Bagenda
Prez by writer Mark Russell and artist Ben Caldwell (six issue mini-series)
Red Hood/Arsenal by writer Scott Lobdell and artist Denis Medri
Robin, Son of Batman by writer/artist Pat Gleason: This title isn’t all too surprising, as the “Son of Batman” has his own animated movie universe with the Son of Batman movie and the upcoming Batman vs Robin movie. So even though there is no Batman and Robin book, all you Damian fans out there can see your boy in action, now in his own series.
Section Eight by writer Garth Ennis and artist John McCrea (mini-series)
Starfire by writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, with artist Emanuela Lupacchino: When I saw the official artwork for this story, and the writers on board, you can tell they will be going in a very specific direction for the Starfire series. With a more conservative costume (well as conservative as Starfire can be) and the writers of the Harley Quinn series on board, it looks like they will be trying to target young female readers with this book. And recently we heard that Starfire will be part of the roster that makes the live action Titans TV show, so perhaps they are prepping her for her role on the TV show. Also Starfire stars on the Teen Titans Go! series, so again they must be trying to create a greater connection between the comic series and the TV universe, to draw in that younger audience of Teen Titans Go! to the comics.
Overall I’m liking the sound of DC’s post-Convergence plans which will be kicking off in June. Most of the New 52 titles that I actually read are continuing on anyways, and a number of the brand new series sound quite interesting. DC talked about how the main focus of their post-Convergence universe would be on storytelling over continuity, and they really wanted to have a lot of diversity. Now many people seem to be confused when they talked about diversity. Diversity doesn’t just mean a diversity in race. I read a lot of negative comments after DC talked about their want for diversity, but when DC are talking about diversity, they mean diversity in different demographics. Now there are younger readers, and more female readers and brand new readers who are coming into comics because of the live-action universe. These comics are aimed at having the widest, most diverse audience possible. That’s what DC meant.
But what do you think about DC’s post-Convergence plans? Are you looking forward to any of the new titles? Or do you think this is a clumsy move by DC? Let me know!
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