DC shakes up its comics roster with 24 new titles, more diversity

Feb. 06, 2015 | 1:46 p.m.
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"Starfire," from writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner and artist Emanuela Lupacchino (DC Entertainment)

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"We Are Robin," from writer Lee Bermejo and artist Khary Randolph. (DC Entertainment)

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"Doomed," from writer Scott Lobdell and artist Javier Fernandez. (DC Entertainment)

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"Justice League of America," written and illustrated by Bryan Hitch. (DC Entertainment)

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"DC Comics: Divergence," the publisher's Free Comic Book Day issue due out May 2, will offer a first look at three upcoming storylines, including "Batman" from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo; "Justice League" from Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok; and "Superman," from artist John Romita Jr. and writer Gene Luen Yang, the Eisner and National Book Award-winning author of "American Born Chinese" and "Boxers & Saints," who is taking over the title from Johns. (DC Entertainment)

DC Comics is overhauling its series lineup in June, introducing 24 new comic book titles and a slew of new talent, in addition to continuing 25 existing titles.

The shakeup is meant to offer diversity and accessibility, DC Entertainment co-publisher Dan DiDio said in an announcement posted to DC’s blog on Friday.

“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,” DiDio said, noting that the new lineup aims to appeal to both longtime readers and comics newcomers.

The 24 new series will begin at issue No. 1. The 25 ongoing titles will continue without a break in issue numbering. In addition to these 49 titles, the roster will add more series throughout the year, according to DC.

“In this new era of storytelling, story will trump continuity,” DiDio said.

Among the new titles are “Bizarro,” from writer Heath Corson and artist Gustavo Duarte; “Starfire,” from writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner and artist Emanuela Lupacchino; “Section Eight,” which sees writer Garth Ennis and artist John McCrea revisit characters from “Hitman”; “Dark Universe,” by writer James Tynion IV and artist Ming Doyle, who is pulling double duty as the writer of “Constantine: The Hellblazer” along with newcomer artist Riley Rossmo; “Robin, Son of Batman” series written and drawn by Patrick Gleason, who has been drawing Damian in “Batman and Robin”; and “Justice League of America,” from writer-artist Bryan Hitch.

The new titles are partly inspired by fan interest in DC characters appearing in mediums like TV, movies and video games.

“We are looking to extend that experience within publishing to ensure there is a comic book for everyone,” DC co-publisher Jim Lee said in the blog post. “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.”

“DC Comics: Divergence,” the publisher’s Free Comic Book Day issue due out May 2, will offer a first look at three upcoming story lines, including “Batman” from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo; “Justice League” from Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok; and “Superman,” from artist John Romita Jr. and writer Gene Luen Yang, the Eisner- and National Book Award-winning author of “American Born Chinese” and “Boxers & Saints,” who is taking over the title from Johns.

Here’s the complete roster of new and continuing titles and creative teams. Let us know what you think of the lineup in the comments.

New titles:

“Batman Beyond” (Dan Jurgens & Bernard Chang)
“Bat-Mite” (Dan Jurgens & Corin Howell)
“Bizarro” (Heath Corson & Gustavo Duarte)
“Black Canary” (Brenden Fletcher & Annie Wu)
“Constantine: The Hellblazer” (Ming Doyle & Riley Rossmo)
“Cyborg” (David Walker & Ivan Reis)
“Dark Universe” (James Tynion IV & Ming Doyle)
“Green Lantern: Lost Army” (Cullen Bunn, Jesus Saiz & Javi Pina)
“Doomed” (Scott Lobdell & Javier Fernandez)
“Earth 2: Society” (Daniel Wilson & Jorge Jimenez)
“Dr. Fate” (Paul Levitz & Sonny Liew)
“Harley Quinn/Power Girl” (Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Justin Gray & Stephane Roux)
“Justice League of America” (Bryan Hitch)
“Justice League 3001” (Keith Giffen & Howard Porter)
“Martian Manhunter” (Rob Williams & Ben Oliver)
“Midnighter” (Steve Orlando & ACO)
“Mystic U” (Alisa Kwitney & TBA)
“Omega Men” (Tom King & Alec Morgan)
“Prez” (Mark Russell & Ben Caldwell)
“Red Hood/Arsenal” (Scott Lobdell & Denis Medri)
“Robin, Son of Batman” (Patrick Gleason)
“Section Eight” (Garth Ennis & John McCrea)
“Starfire” (Jimmy Palmiotti, & Amanda Conner & Emanuela Lupacchino)
“We Are Robin” (Lee Bermejo & Khary Randolph)

Continuing titles:

“Action Comics” (Greg Pak & Aaron Kuder)
“Aquaman” (Cullen Bunn & Trevor McCarthy)
“Batgirl” (Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher & Babs Tarr)
“Batman” (Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo)
“Detective Comics” (Francis Manapul & Brian Buccelato)
“Batman/Superman” (Greg Pak & Ardian Syaf)
“Catwoman” (Genevieve Valentine & David Messina)
“Deathstroke” (Tony S. Daniel)
“The Flash” (Robert Venditti, Van Jensen & Brett Booth)
“Gotham Academy” (Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher & Karl Kerschl)
“Gotham by Midnight” (Ray Fawkes & Juan Ferreyra)
“Grayson” (Tom King, Tim Seeley & Mikel Janin)
“Green Arrow” (Ben Percy & Zircher)
“Green Lantern” (Robert Venditti & Billy Tan)
“Harley Quinn” (Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner & Chad Hardin)
“Justice League” (Geoff Johns & Jason Fabok)
“Justice League United” (TBA)
“Lobo” (Cullen Bunn & Cliff Richards)
“Secret Six” (Gail Simone & Dale Eaglesham)
“Sinestro” (Cullen Bunn & Bradley Walker)
“New Suicide Squad” (Sean Ryan & Carlos D’Anda)
“Superman” (Gene Luen Yang & John Romita Jr.)
“Superman/Wonder Woman” (Peter J. Tomasi & Doug Mahnke)
“Teen Titans” (Will Pfeifer & Kenneth Rocafort)
“Wonder Woman” (Meredith Finch & David Finch)

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