DC have finally confirmed what people have been whispering/typing misspelt into ALL CAPS headlines for months now – that September’s issues for all their New 52 titles will be ‘Zero’ issues, and wind back in time to reveal the origins of each character. What this will do for books like Action Comics or Demon Knights, which have already done that, is uncertain. I’m sure Grant’ll think of something.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Dan DiDio explains that this zero initiative is intended to help new readers who want to know the origin of each character (although it seems like an idea more geared towards satisfying long-term readers who want to know which classic stories are still in continuity). So September will have 52 origin stories released, before the titles all revert back to issue #13 in October.
….well, apart from four of them.
Yes, DC have announced that the third wave of their New 52 will start soon, with four titles being cancelled to make way for four new books. Start panicking for the future of your favourites! We already know that Justice League International is over with issue #12, and those who pay keen attention to sales (you know who you are) will likely be looking carefully at the future of Captain Atom and Blue Beetle, among others.
But what will the four new titles be? Well there aren’t many details yet – expect CBR or DC’s own ‘The Source’ blog to reveal more later today, no doubt – but we do know what the books will be, and roughly what they are about. They are:
Talon: A spin-off from the current Batmancentric ‘Court of Owls’ crossover, written by Scott Snyder.
Team Seven: The team Geoff Johns has been teasing for months in the main Justice League title, as Steve Trevor, Dinah Lance, Amanda Waller, John Lynch, Cole Cash, Alex Fairchild and Slade Wilson join forces to fight Superman or something. This announcement could suggest that Suicide Squad is facing cancellation, which will surely delight Harley Quinn fans if true.
Phantom Stranger, also launching out of the teases Geoff Johns made in DC’s Free Comic Book Day issue, although how they’ll string a story together out of him is anybody’s guess. DC promise that this is the book which will explain the origin of the New 52 Universe as a whole, so that could be the hook.
And the final book is Swords and Sorcery starring the return of Amethyst, bizarrely enough. Which means the market has no place for an ongoing Storm, Black Widow, Hepzibah or Spoiler series, but is happy to support Amethyst. Ah well! This book looks like the most fun of the four.
No creative teams announced for these books, by the way, aside from the Snyder/Talon announcement. We’ll likely have to wait a little longer for the lucky soul relaunching Amethyst to be revealed. I ruddy love Amethyst.