The solicitations for DC’s September have been slowly unveiled over the course of this afternoon, causing bloggers all around America but mainly New York and Los Angeles endless minutes of anxiety and figner cramps as they refresh DC’s The Source website. The news, as already reported, is that Dan DiDio will compulsively hold to the unending dream of 52 books a month, meaning Justice League International, Captain Atom, Voodoo and Resurrection Man will all be cancelled to make way to AMETHYST, Phantom Stranger, Talon, and that other one we’ve all forgotten about already.
Voodoo stuggled from the start, as it gained the attention of the internet immediately as a side-note to the Starfire/Catwoman ‘women shouldn’t be defined by their sexuality now let’s all stare at pictures of women and define them by their sexuality’ blog boom of last year. Having a stripper for the main character gained the title serious negative attention, and writer Ron Marz was replaced on the title by Josh Williamson after only a handful of issues.
Resurrection Man and Captain Atom was solid titles, which didn’t do anything to really grab attention from fans during their runs. They were reasonable, had decent art, and did okay things with the characters and story. But they never kicked off or really hit home wtih readers in the same way that, say, Animal Man has done. And Justice League International was probably the least interesting book ever published, so it probably better off dead.
Other news! The DC’s ‘Zero’ initiative kicks off, and looks to be the place where we’ll finally see Shazam make his first appearance; will at last get round to explaining how Batgirl escaped The Killing Joke; and introduces that new mysterious Green Lantern to readers. All the books cancelled after the First Wave will have a swansong in the Zero issue of DC Comics presents, while Demon Knights and Stormwatch will explain a little bit about their connection to each other. Meanwhile, Rob Liefeld retains control of three titles while Scott Lobdell takes over Superman.