Today, DC Comics announced that 6 of the New 52 titles would be cancelled in April, with 6 new titles launching in May. The 6 cancelled titles, along with their December sales estimates are Men of War(14,977), Mister Terrific(16,167), O.M.A.C.(16,534), Hawk and Dove(18,084), Blackhawks(15,129), and Static Shock(15,763). Looking at those sales numbers, it’s not difficult to tell why those books were cancelled. They are 6 of the 7 lowest selling titles of the ongoing New 52. Captain Atom is selling slightly below Hawk and Dove. I wasn’t buying any of these books, so I don’t really have an opinion on them getting cancelled. Below the break are DC’s announcements about the 6 new titles.
- 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.
Of this group, the only definite buy for me is Batman Incorporated. I was liking the book before the relaunch. I liked the giant issue “Leviathan Strikes” that was released a couple weeks ago. So, I will be getting this. I’m also considering getting Earth-2 and Dial H. Earth-2 is a risky buy because a Justice Society written by James Robinson could be very good. However, Robinson hasn’t been very good lately, unless he’s changed that in “The Shade.” Dial H sounds like it could be an interesting title, if the writer can keep up with the schedule.