Monday, February 9, 2015

Comic Book News: DC Comics New 49: Their New and Returning Book Series

Starting in June, the New 52 will be no more, instead it will become the New 49. DC Comics will be cleaning house in sorts following the highly anticipated Convergence event. Whether it's due to low sales (the New 52 garnered a lot of attention but the sales were not as good as they had expected) or they want to try something new, this new line up will offer readers a wider variety.

With women being the new target market, DC Comics (and Marvel, more on them in another post) are trying to reach out to female readers with some of the new books. They have also hired more female writers and artists to make the company's talent seem less gentlemen's club and more diverse.

There seems to be quite a few positives for this new line-up but there are also some negative such as the Finiches continue to be the creative team for the Wonder Woman series something like this wouldn't happen to either Superman or Batman. DC Comics wouldn't dare put a newbie writer to either of their books. I'm also disappointed that the Superman/Wonder Woman fauxmance series will continue. I also can't believe that Supergirl was cancelled along with a lot of the Green Lantern books.

I guess each change will bring about the good and the bad, I just hope Lois Lane will finally be shown more because it seems like all the books where she wasn't an after thought in have been cancelled: Superman Unchained, Adventures of Superman, Futures End, Superman Family Adventures and Smallville Season 11. It's as if they don't want Lois Lane being anywhere near Clark/Superman or doing anything productive.

Anyway, here is the new line-up:

New Series

Batman Beyond
by Dan Jurgens, art by Bernard Chang

by Dan Jurgens, art by Corin Howell


by Heath Corson, art by Gustavo Duarte

Black Canary

by Brenden Fletcher, art by Annie Wu

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


by David Walker, art by Ivan Reis

Dark Universe
by James Tynion IV, art by Ming Doyle

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


by Scott Lobdell, art by Javier Fernandez

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

Dr. Fate
by Paul Levitz, art by Sonny Liew

Harley Quinn/Power Girl
by Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner & Justin Gray, art by Stephane Roux

Justice League of America

written and art by Bryan Hitch

Justice League 3001
by Keith Giffen, art by Howard Porter

Martian Manhunter
by Rob Williams, art by Ben Oliver


by Steve Orlando, art by ACO

Mystic U
by Alisa Kwitney, artist to be announced

Omega Men

by Tom King, art by Alec Morgan


by Mark Russell, art by Ben Caldwell

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

Robin, Son of Batman

written and artwork by Patrick Gleason

Section Eight
by Garth Ennis, art by John McCrea


by Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner, art by Emanuela Lupacchino

We Are Robin

by Lee Bermejo, art by Khary Randolph

Returning Series

Action Comics
by Greg Pak, art by Aaron Kuder

by Cullen Bunn, art by Trevor McCarthy

by Cameron Stewart & Brenden Fletcher, art by Babs Tarr

by Scott Snyder, art by Greg Capullo

Detective Comics
by Francis Manapul & Brian Buccelato, art by Francis Manapul

by Greg Pak, art by Ardian Syaf

by Genevieve Valentine, art by David Messina

written and artwork by Tony S. Daniel

The Flash
by Robert Venditti & Van Jensen, art by Brett Booth

Gotham Academy
by Becky Cloonan & Brenden Fletcher, art by Karl Kerschl

Gotham by Midnight
by Ray Fawkes, art by Juan Ferreyra

by Tom King & Tim Seeley, art by Mikel Janin

Green Arrow
by Ben Percy, art by Zircher

Green Lantern
by Robert Venditti, art by Billy Tan

Harley Quinn
by Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner, art by Chad Hardin

Justice League

by Geoff Johns, art by Jason Fabok

Justice League United
writer and artist: TBA

by Cullen Bunn, art by Cliff Richards

Secret Six
by Gail Simone, art by Dale Eaglesham

by Cullen Bunn, art by Bradley Walker

New Suicide Squad
by Sean Ryan, art by Carlos D'Anda

by Gene Luen Yang, art by John Romita, Jr.

Superman/Wonder Woman
by Peter J. Tomasi, art by Doug Mahnke

Teen Titans
by Will Pfeifer, art by Kenneth Rocafort

Wonder Woman
by Meredith Finch, art by David Finch

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