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Good-Bye New 52: DC Comics Announces Major Relaunch This June With 24 New #1 Issues

Good-Bye New 52: DC Comics Announces Major Relaunch This June With 24 New #1 Issues

DC Entertainment has finally revealed their post-Convergence plans for their comic book line, and it’s quite a big shift. First off, gone after three years is the “New 52” branding — although NOT the New 52 continuity, that will stick. In June, DC reports it will publish 24 new #1 issues to join 25 already-running titles that will continue from their March titles, making for a total of 49 books. New titles will be added to the line throughout the rest of the year as well. Major creators like Bryan Hitch and Garth Ennis are returning to DC with the re-launch, with Hitch writing and drawing a new Justice League of America book, and Ennis writing Section Eight, which features characters from his ’90s title Hitman. In addition, DC’s Free Comic Book Day offering will be called Divergence, previewing the future of the DCU post-Convergence and the upcoming Darkseid War.

In a press release, DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio says, “In this new era of storytelling, story will trump continuity as we continue to empower creators to tell the best stories in the industry. 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; 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.”

Based on the preview art, it looks as if DC is ditching the ’90’s Image Comics aesthetic, and going for a more modern look, which is a good thing. Also a good thing? DC is embracing diversity in a big way; Cyborg, the last member of the main seven Justice League members is getting his own title finally, and will be written by African-American writer David F. Walker, and illustrayed by Ivan Reis. Two new female-led books are coming as well — Black Canary and Starfire. Both books will also have female artists, with Annie Wu and Irene Koh on Black Canary, and Emanuela Lupacchino on Starfire, which will feature the alien hero wearing something akin to her animated series look instead of the controversial over-sexified look she had going on when the New 52 launched. And gay superhero Midnighter will be the latest LGBT hero to get his own ongoing title at DC.


Interestingly enough, several books thought to be coming back with the June relaunch are actually cancelled, like Batman and Robin, Constantine, Earth 2, Justice League Dark, Justice League 3000, Red Hood and the Outlaws and Supergirl. However, most of these titles are effectively be re-launcehd under new names, except for Supergirl. But with a high-profile TV series coming up, don’t expect her to be benched for too long.

Below is the full list of new and returning books at DC this June, as well as a gallery of promotional images DC has released.

New Titles:

Batman Beyond
Written by Dan Jurgens, art by Bernard Chang

Black Canary
Written by Brenden Fletcher, art by Annie Wu and Irene Koh

Constantine: The Hellblazer
Written by Ming Doyle, art by Riley Rossmo

Written by David Walker, art by Ivan Reis

Dark Universe
Written by James Tynion IV, art by Ming Doyle

Green Lantern: Lost Army
Written by Cullen Bunn, art by Jesus Saiz & Javi Pina

Written by Scott Lobdell, art by Javier Fernandez

Earth 2: Society
Written by Daniel Wilson, art by Jorge Jimenez

Dr. Fate
Written by Paul Levitz, art by Sonny Liew

Justice League of America
Written and drawn by Bryan Hitch

Justice League 3001
Written by Keith Giffen, art by Howard Porter

Martian Manhunter
Written by Rob Williams, art by Ben Oliver

Written by Steve Orlando, art by ACO

Mystic U
Written by Alisa Kwitney, artist to be revealed

Omega Men
Written by Tom King, art by Alec Morgan

Written by Mark Russell, art by Ben Caldwell

Red Hood/Arsenal
Written by Scott Lobdell, art by Denis Medri

Robin, Son of Batman
Written and drawn by Patrick Gleason

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner, art by Emanuela Lupacchino

We Are Robin
Written by Lee Bermejo, art by Khary Randolph

In addition, there will also be four six-issue mini-series

Written by Dan Jurgens, art by Corin Howell,

Written by Heath Corson, art by Gustavo Duarte

Harley Quinn/Power Girl
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, art by Stephane Roux

Section Eight
Written by Garth Ennis, art by John McCrea

Returning Titles 

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


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  1. Ray says:


  2. Darren says:

    swamp thing?  

  3. kevrob says:

    Earth 2’s narrative ends with Convergence. That was the plan from the beginning. The characters won’t disappear, but we have to wait till Convergance to find out where they’ll end up. But the actual setting of Earth 2 is destroyed (sort of already is at this point in the story).
    Also to call this a relaunch is a bit misleading. They’re just canceling some stuff, adding new things, and dropping the New 52 title (which makes sense, given its hardly. “new” anymore). They’ve actually done this multiple times already since New 52 launched, just not on this scale.

  4. epobirs says:

    Is Earth 2 cancelled or simply due to end?