By Todd Allen
Dan DiDio has frequently said that he wants to keep shaking up the “New 52.” Cancel books that aren’t working/selling. Add new ones. Keep the number of “New 52” titles at 52. If Dan hasn’t changed his mind on that, announcing four new titles means four current titles have to go. We already know about Justice League International going away. Which other books might be going away?
Popping over The Comics Chronicles and their April estimates, let’s take a look at the 10 lowest sellers (that aren’t part of the issue #8 cancellations) for the “New 52”:
114 Savage Hawkman 8* $2.99 DC 16,470117 Legion Lost 8* $2.99 DC 16,186118 Frankenstein Agent of Shade 8* $2.99 DC 16,158123 Fury of Firestorm The Nuclear Men 8* $2.99 DC 15,368125 Resurrection Man 8* $2.99 DC 14,998126 Dc Universe Presents 8* $2.99 DC 14,909130 Grifter 8* $2.99 DC 14,117134 Blue Beetle 8* $2.99 DC 13,662138 Voodoo 8* $2.99 DC 13,130153 Captain Atom 8* $2.99 DC 11,701
Rob Liefeld has given us a few clues over on Twitter:
Rob’s mad about his books’ names getting thrown out, but… when DiDio’s spoken so many times about 52 titles and 4 new ones are announced, it’s open season for speculation on what’s getting cancelled. If nothing’s getting cancelled that amounts to a policy change and should be said up front.
So taking Rob’s input, we can remove four books from that 10 lowest seller list. If DC is giving new writers time to turn things around and the “0 month” is key, then perhaps Legion Lost and Frankenstein can come off the watch list. Possibly Firestorm, too, since that one’s seen a lot of line-up changes. That’s for changes made around the issue #8 purge.
That leaves us with the likely suspect list of Captain Atom, Voodoo, Blue Beetle and Resurrection Man. Voodoo did have a writer change, but that predates the #8 purge. They’re adding another Wildstorm title in Team Seven, so I suspect Voodoo is getting cycled out. Captain Atom is just not selling very well. Blue Beetle seems to be a title DC has mainstream media designs on, so it might get a pass. I just don’t hear a lot about Resurrection Man, in general so it would be a suspect.
Excluding Deathstroke and going up the list a little exposes I, Vampire (which appears to be reinventing its format after the Justice League Dark crossover), Batwing and Demon Knights. I really don’t see Batwing or Demon Knights getting cancelled and I, Vampire has the appearance of being in a format turnaround, like Rob was describing.
Those would appear to be your likely suspects… but nobody saw Justice League International‘s cancellation coming, so it could be higher up the totem pole.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.