DC Comics 2015 Mini Relaunch

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Today DC being big fans of relaunches and line wide changes, announced that from this June they will be doing a mini-relaunch of sorts after the Convergence event finishes. It is a smart move and shows that DC are continuing to grow and foster diversity in their line of books post Flashpoint. While The New 52 was all about having a fresh start this mini-relaunch is all about letting creators do what they want with the characters.

According to Dan DiDio, continuity is now very much a low priority which is great! It will be there for the books that want and need it but for the more out there and unique titles it will not be a concern. I love continuity and it can be used to tell amazing stories but it is just not a necessity for every book featuring a DC character. Also this new approach makes it easy to position certain books as being new reader friendly.

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Personally I am really looking forward to this shake up of books and creative teams Marvel has been doing really well recently by taking a similar approach to their line of books. Also the DC line really needed some refreshing and new ideas and all of this looks pretty good to me.

Here’s the list of new titles:

Title

Creative Team

Batman Beyond

W: Dan Jurgens

A: Bernard Chang

Bat-Mite (6-issue limited)

W: Dan Jurgens

A: Corin Howell

Bizarro (6-issue limited)

W: Heath Corson

A: Gustavo Duarte

Black Canary

W: Brenden Fletcher

A: Annie Wu & Irene Koh

Constantine: The Hellblazer

W: Ming Doyle

A: Riley Rossmo

Cyborg

W: David Walker

A: Ivan Reis

Dark Universe

W: James Tynion IV

A: Ming Doyle

Green Lantern: Lost Army

W: Cullen Bunn

A: Jesus Saiz & Javi Pina

Doomed

W: Scott Lobdell

A: Javier Fernandez

Earth 2: Society

W: Daniel Wilson

A: Jorge Jimenez

Dr. Fate

W: Paul Levitz

A: Sonny Liew

Harley Quinn/Power Girl (6-issue limited)

W: Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner

A: Stephane Roux

Justice League of America

W: Bryan Hitch

A: Bryan Hitch

Justice League 3001

W: Keith Giffen

A: Howard Porter

Martian Manhunter

W: Rob Williams

A: Ben Oliver

Midnighter

W: Steve Orlando

A: ACO

Mystic U

W: Alisa Kwitney

A: Stay tuned for artist info!

Omega Men

W: Tom King

A: Alec Morgan

Prez

W: Mark Russell

A: Ben Caldwell

Red Hood/Arsenal

W: Scott Lobdell

A: Denis Medri

Robin, Son of Batman

W: Patrick Gleason

A: Patrick Gleason

Section Eight (6-issue limited)

W: Garth Ennis

A: John McCrea

Starfire

W: Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner

A: Emanuela Lupacchino

We Are Robin

W: Lee Bermejo

A: Khary Randolph

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From the above these are the titles that have piqued my interest:

  • Batman Beyond
  • Bat-Mite
  • Black Canary
  • Justice League of America
  • Prez
  • Red Hood/Arsenal
  • Robin, Son of Batman
  • Starfire

I’m on the fence about:

  • Bizarro
  • Cyborg
  • Dr. Fate
  • We Are Robin
  • Omega Men
  • Section Eight

Although I am sure a few of the other books will sneak their way onto my Pull List.

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In order to make way for the new books a lot of New 52 books are being cancelled or rebranded with only the biggest sellers and more well-known New 52 books continuing with their current numbering

Here’s the list of ongoing titles:

Title

Creative Team

Action Comics

W: Greg Pak

A: Aaron Kuder

Aquaman

W: Cullen Bunn

A: Trevor McCarthy

Batgirl

W: Cameron Stewart & Brenden Fletcher

A: Babs Tarr

Batman

W: Scott Snyder

A: Greg Capullo

Detective Comics

W; Brian Buccelato & Francis Manapul

A: Francis Manapul

Batman/Superman

W: Greg Pak

A: Ardian Syaf

Catwoman

W: Genevieve Valentine

A: David Messina

Deathstroke

W: Tony S. Daniel

A: Tony S. Daniel

The Flash

W: Robert Venditti & Van Jensen

A: Brett Booth

Gotham Academy

W: Becky Cloonan & Brenden Fletcher

A: Karl Kerschl

Gotham By Midnight

W: Ray Fawkes

A: Juan Ferreyra

Grayson

W: Tom King & Tim Seeley

A: Mikel Janin

Green Arrow

W: Ben Percy

A: Zircher

Green Lantern

W: Robert Venditti

A: Billy Tan

Harley Quinn

W: Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner

A: Chad Hardin

Justice League

W: Geoff Johns

A: Jason Fabok

Justice League United

W:Stay tuned for creative team info!

A:

Lobo

W: Cullen Bunn

A: Cliff Richards

Secret Six

W: Gail Simone

A: Dale Eaglesham

Sinestro

W: Cullen Bunn

A: Bradley Walker

New Suicide Squad

W: Sean Ryan

A: Carlos D’Anda

Superman

W: Gene Luen Yang

A: John Romita, Jr.

Superman/Wonder Woman

W: Peter J. Tomasi

A: Doug Mahnke

Teen Titans

W: Will Pfeifer

A: Kenneth Rocafort

Wonder Woman

W: Meredith Finch

A: David Finch

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Of which I will be continuing with/Jumping onto:

  • Action Comics
  • Batgirl
  • Batman
  • The Flash
  • Grayson
  • Justice League
  • Superman
  • Superman/Wonder Woman
  • Wonder Woman

I’m on the fence about:

  • Aquaman
  • Batman/Superman
  • Detective Comics
  • Gotham Academy
  • Justice League United

Like I said earlier it is DC actively working to both expand their line and their readership. The traditional superhero comics are still there (See Justice League, Superman, Most of the Batman books, etc.). Now though there are also books to better capture younger readers, new readers, female fans, comedy fans. The whole spectrum is pretty much covered.

Here’s hoping the plan pays off and we get a lot of very good comic books from it all!

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