DC Comics (do we still call it that?) has hatched another plan to reshape the DC Universe ahead of it’s Summer event. This time, instead of cancelling titles that weren’t performing, like Justice League International, Mister Terrific, and Hawk and Dove (which was terrible by the way), they are taking a step back to the very beginning and getting every series to release a #0 issue which looks back at the origin of some characters or seeding some new information ready for Trinity War.
To be honest, if you don’t really follow DC it may seem that things are in a state of constant flux. Although if a series isn’t performing it should be culled, and bringing four new series out to replace them it a good idea, but it doesn’t encourage following books that might be on the edge of the DC Universe, like I, Vampire for example.
The new series are
- Talon by James Tynon IV and Guillem March
- The Phantom Stranger by Dan Didio and Brent Anderson,
- Team Seven by Justin Jordan and Jesus Merino, and
- Sword of Sorcery by Christy Max and Aaron Lopresti
The whole corporate approach since the launch of The New 52 has been cut throat and fast paced, but that relies on either well known writers pulling out all the stops, or dramatic plots that suck the reader into more than one issue. And in these days of Event Fatigue, are we looking at underhand tactics to get pull rates up but essentially result in a poor and unhealthy Universe?
What do you think? Excited for further information on The Phantom Stranger? Or are you unwilling to throw some money after books that don’t have a guaranteed ending?