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DC Comics announces major new titles, creative teams for June 2015 mini-relaunch

Discussion in 'DC Comics and Collectibles' started by James Harvey, Feb 6, 2015.

  1. James Harvey

    James Harvey The World's Finest
    Staff Member Administrator Moderator Reporter

    Apr 23, 2001
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    The press release and details can be found below:

    Iconic Super Heroes & Super-Villains Universe is Diversifying

    To Make Room for More Types of Storytelling, More Fans.

    June Slate of Titles Includes Long-Awaited Return to DCU of Bryan Hitch, Garth Ennis; Gene Luen Yang & Ming Doyle Join Team of Top Talent. ​

    This summer, DC Entertainment launches a bold new direction for the DC Universe (DCU) that is even more inclusive and accessible to a wider group of readers as the publisher continues to evolve comic storytelling for its next generation of fans. Award-winning, critically acclaimed writers are headlining the June 2015 slate of DC Comics' new periodicals and graphic novels, including Gene Luen Yang, Bryan Hitch, Garth Ennis and Ming Doyle.

    Beginning June 3rd, the DC Comics line of comic books will consist of 24 brand-new series that will begin at issue number one, as well as 25 on-going, bestselling fan favorite series that will continue without a break in the issue numbering. The total number of periodicals in the DCU will be 49, with additional new titles debuting throughout the year.

    "This heralds in a new era for the DC Universe which will allow us to publish something for everyone, be more expansive and modern in our approach and tell stories that better reflect the society around us," said DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio. "Whether you've been a DC fan your whole life, or whether you are new to comics – there will be a book for you beginning in June."

    DC Comics will be keenly focused on going back-to-basics with its legendary characters, like BATMAN, SUPERMAN and WONDER WOMAN, while also reinventing key characters, such as BLACK CANARY, BIZARRO, CYBORG and STARFIRE, with a new contemporary tonality to ensure a diverse offering of titles. Top writers and artists, as well as emerging fresh voices, are on board to help create an expansive lineup of comics that appeals to a broad audience of fans.

    Depicting some of these iconic characters in a more contemporary light include National Book Award finalist Gene Luen Yang who will join artist John Romita Jr. in the ongoing adventures of SUPERMAN. Comic superstar artist Bryan Hitch will write and draw new tales of the world's greatest heroes in JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA. The pitch perfect team of Garth Ennis and John McCrea returns to DC Comics for a limited series called SECTION EIGHT featuring characters from their popular Hitman comic. VERTIGO creator Ming Doyle will be lending her talents to DC Comics, penning CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER along with newcomer artist Riley Rossmo.

    "More than ever before, DC Comics fans are being exposed to our rich portfolio of characters through multiple sources, including an unprecedented number of highly successful TV shows, video games and upcoming major motion pictures," said Co-Publisher Jim Lee. "We are looking to extend that experience within publishing to ensure there is a comic book for everyone. For example, 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."

    Breakout star, Brenden Fletcher, co-writer behind the all new, highly successful BATGIRL book will also be writing the new BLACK CANARY series launching in June. Fan favorites Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti will be the creative team on new titles STARFIRE and HARLEY QUINN/POWER GIRL and will continue to helm the perennially bestselling HARLEY QUINN.

    "Beyond character and creators, the June slate will showcase different styles and approaches to storytelling as we add offbeat, irreverently funny titles such as BIZARRO, BAT-MITE and PREZ," said Lee. "Truly there will be something for everybody as we simultaneously celebrate our rich legacy while embracing new voices and concepts."

    A first look at upcoming storylines will be the focus of DC Entertainment's Free Comic Book Day issue – DC COMICS: DIVERGENCE – available Saturday, May 2, featuring three 8-page previews for the June releases of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's BATMAN, as well as Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok's launch of the Darkseid War within JUSTICE LEAGUE featuring the biggest villains in the DCU – Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor, and Gene Luen Yang's DC Comics debut with celebrated artist John Romita, Jr on SUPERMAN. More than half-a million free issues of the DC Entertainment sampler will be given away at comic book retailers globally.

    "In this new era of storytelling, story will trump continuity as we continue to empower creators to tell the best stories in the industry," said DiDio.

    The "The New 52" branding will also be removed from the publisher's trade dress starting in June to signify DC Comics' latest initiative. The comic book line-up as of June 2014 can be found at DC Comics.

    New Titles
    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

    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

    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

    W: Steve Orlando
    A: ACO

    Mystic U
    W: Alisa Kwitney
    A: Stay tuned for artist info!

    Omega Men
    W: Tom King
    A: Alec Morgan

    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

    W: Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner
    A: Emanuela Lupacchino

    We Are Robin
    W: Lee Bermejo
    A: Khary Randolph

    Ongoing Titles
    Action Comics
    W: Greg Pak
    A: Aaron Kuder

    W: Cullen Bunn
    A: Trevor McCarthy

    W: Cameron Stewart & Brenden Fletcher
    A: Babs Tarr

    W: Scott Snyder
    A: Greg Capullo

    Detective Comics
    W: Brian Buccelato & Francis Manapul
    A: Francis Manapul

    W: Greg Pak
    A: Ardian Syaf

    W: Genevieve Valentine
    A: David Messina

    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

    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!

    W: Cullen Bunn
    A: Cliff Richards

    Secret Six
    W: Gail Simone
    A: Dale Eaglesham

    W: Cullen Bunn
    A: Bradley Walker

    New Suicide Squad
    W: Sean Ryan
    A: Carlos D'Anda

    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

  2. Magmaster12

    Magmaster12 Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2013
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    Meh, they still have the same terrible writers on the same books so I guess I'm still done reading DC.
  3. MDawg

    MDawg Nerfariously planning

    Aug 26, 2001
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    A new Prez series?! I suddenly have some interest. Had they been using him in the New 52? I hadn't read a title since early on the in the relaunch, so I'm a bit in the dark.
  4. hobbyfan

    hobbyfan Well-Known Member

    Jun 9, 2002
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    I'm basically saying meh, as well. We'll just wait & see for now.
  5. GWOtaku

    GWOtaku Moderator
    Staff Member Moderator Reporter

    Feb 21, 2003
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    DC's claims about being more open and inclusive and aware of today's world carries some weight for me considering they have Superman being written by a guy like Gene Luen Yang, who gave quite a speech about this at Washington DC's National Book Festival last year. He's also been killing it on Avatar: The Last Airbender comics, so yeah. I'd try that book in June. He's one of the people that gets it.

    DC has also quit being asinine about Starfire, who's been changed from a porn star appearance to a costume that is almost as close to a certain animated version people actually like as you can get:


    Oh yeah, can't forget BATMAN BEYOND. That's right, never let it die! Hope this is as good as 2.0 was.
  6. rggkjg1

    rggkjg1 Batman v Superman

    Mar 2, 2002
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    Nothing noteworthy here for me. All the titles I get now, I'll still be getting in June (regardless if they did this relaunch or not). And the only new titles I will be getting is Justice League Of America, Harley Quinn/Power Girl, and Batman Beyond (which as I predicted a few months ago, would be back when the cancelation of the last series was announced. Maybe the difference with THIS title is that "it counts" and the other ones didn't).
  7. brickrrb2

    brickrrb2 Active Member

    Sep 8, 2010
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    All I want to know is Will the all the major heroes be returned to their original costumes, Personalities and Glory
  8. Michael24

    Michael24 Moderator
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    Feb 2, 2004
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    Glad to see that Gotham Academy will be continuing. It's the only DC book I'm currently reading and it's been awesome.
  9. Frontier

    Frontier Moderator
    Staff Member Moderator

    May 28, 2010
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    My general thoughts in regard to these announcements:

    - I'm glad that it looks like DC is giving their creators more freedom instead of editorially mandating a conforming to crossovers or a house style. Though while I do believe that story is important, I also hope that this adherence to that doesn't lead to a disregard or flippant attitude toward continuity for several books to the point where it's hard to tell they exist in a shared universe. That's sometimes been an issue with Marvel books :ack:.

    - Cyborg and Martian Manhunter ongoings! Awesome :D.

    - I'm really liking Starfire's new costume. I hope this book is able to be as fun and entertaining as Power Girl was :).

    - A Black Canary ongoing! Fishnets! I only hope that having one of the Batgirl co-writers on this book won't mean Dinah's character will be like it is in that book...hopefully being away from Babs will do her some good :shrug:.

    - Happy to hear that most of the creative teams for the books I've been following will remain the same Post-Convergence....though I'm disappointed that Green Lantern and Flash are keeping their current teams, since I was hoping for changes there :sad:.

    - Also disappointed to see Jeff Parker off Aquaman, and not on any other book, though I'm willing to give Cullen Bunn a chance ;).

    - Bryan Hitch writing and doing art on a JLA book? Setting aside that there'll likely be delays, I have to wonder what the purpose of this book is? It looks like the main focus is on the founding League, so maybe it's a book meant to take place during the five-year time skip between the first two Justice League arcs. It's cool to see Hal finally back on the League, but I'm iffy on Hitch's art style and have no idea on his writing ability :sweat:.

    - So Johns is off Superman for one reason or another, and now we have Gene Luen Yang on the main book. Surprised to see DC give the main book to a newcomer to the company and not an A-lister in the industry, but I've heard good things and will definitely give him a shot :cool:.
  10. brickrrb2

    brickrrb2 Active Member

    Sep 8, 2010
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    f new 52 is ending, Then why is all the ruinations caused by it still staying

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