All-Star Western #34 cover by Darwyn Cooke, who also draws the innards.
I didn’t get a chance to run DC’s August Solicitations yesterday, but they announced that six books were getting canceled: All-Star Western, Superboy, Birds of Prey, and Batwing are all original New 52 books, ending with issue #32. Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger ends with #22 and Trinity of Sin: Pandora ends with #14.
In addition, World’s Finest was originally said to be ending with #26m but then SDC sent out an alert to sites that ran that saying, nope it wasn’t cancelled. Series writer Paul Levitz was rumored to have “walked off” so maybe he “walked back on”?
All of the cancelled books were at the low end of the sales chart; All-Star Western in particular was a fan-favorite that had been rumored to be on the chopping block on and off for a while. The rest were old school books that just need a rest, let’s face it. DC is bringing back the Teen Titans and Suicide Squad and three weekly books and had a ton of other stuff going on. But in case you were wondering, after three years, 24 of the original New 52 remain from when you were young and your heart was an open book:
JUSTICE LEAGUE #34
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #34
GREEN ARROW #34
THE FLASH #34
WONDER WOMAN #34
ACTION COMICS #34
BATMAN AND ROBIN #34
DETECTIVE COMICS #34
BIRDS OF PREY #34
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #34
GREEN LANTERN #34
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #34
RED LANTERNS #34
GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #34
SWAMP THING #34
That’s a little less than 50%. Of these, Detective, Batman and Robin and Justice league have the same writer, and Wonder Woman has mostly the same team, although that is to end after a notable three year run. This number may seem low but other than Savage Dragon and The Walking Dead, I don’t think too many other books have been published every month by the same team during this three-year period. To be honest, anything more than a year on a book was always a long run, and the exceptions—Teen Titans by Wolfman and Perez, FF by Lee and Kirby, Bendis and Bagley on Ultimate Spider-Man. I know I’m just hitting the high spots here (there are many longer runs by writers, like Johns on The Flash ), but obviously, it’s a way shorter creative arc now.
On a more disturbing note, I’ve been making a lot of jokes of late about comics doing selfies, and lo and behold, August’s variant cover theme is SELFIES.
Only the other day I was goofing around with the September Future’s End cover for Batman and noted this seemed to be a butt selfie:
May I suggest for the next cover theme twerking? I think that would get a lot of attention and as a bonus, it’s timeless.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.