DC’s August Solicitations are you and we’re looking at the cancellation axe falling again.
Threshold – gone with #8
Legion of Super Heroes – gone with #23
Demon Knights – gone with #23
Dial H gone with #15 — a double-sized issue to wrap it up.
No surprises with any of those books. None were selling well. In the case of Dial H, it at also dovetails with the exit of editor Karen Berger.
The solicitation for Legion does have a bit of a tease, that might mean a relaunch:
Don’t miss surprises galore in this landmark issue drawn by Kevin Maguire as the true nature of the Legion is questioned—and the future of the DCU is changed in a way you’ll never expect!
And then there’s the Trinity War. Here we have two flavors: chapters and “tie-ins”
JLA #7 = Chapter 4
JLD #23 = Chapter 5
JL #23 = Chapter 6, the final chapter
You don’t believe a big event could only be 6 chapters? Oh, cynical reader — you are correct.
We have two “Trinity of Sin” titles tying in and, in theory, providing a circulation boost to them. (Pandora hasn’t debuted yet, but Phantom Stranger hasn’t been doing so hot.)
Trinity of Sin: Pandora #3 is described as:
A “Trinity War” tie-in! As both the heroes and the villains continue to hunt
Pandora down, she makes a crucial decision involving the Seven Deadly Sins,
one that will affect the entire world…
Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger #11 is described as
The key to ending “Trinity War” may be the soul of a murdered Justice League
member, so the Phantom Stranger must lead a covert team—including Batman,
Deadman and Katana—into the afterlife to try to retrieve it! But the Stranger
made a promise never to return to the afterlife— and when he breaks that
promise, he’ll find that the Hosts of Heaven are all too eager to dish out his
Why are there only two titles for the “Trinity of Sin?” That’s a good question to which I have no answer. Perhaps there was a “Trinity of Sin: The Question” attempted and the scripts just never came together?
Only 5 titles for a big crossover event does seem a little low. There’s also:
JUSTICE LEAGUE: TRINITY WAR—DIRECTOR’S CUT #1
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by IVAN REIS
On sale AUGUST 7 • 64 pg, FC, $5.99 US • RATED T
The War of the Justice Leagues is here—and now, DC Comics presents the first
chapter in this epic event in a new Director’s Cut, featuring Geoff Johns’ original
script from JUSTICE LEAGUE #22 and Ivan Reis’ artwork presented in pencil
Earth 2 Crossover Watch
DC’s let it be known that Earth 2 is heading towards a big crossover next year. How many titles feature something crossing over with that dimension?
Worlds’ Finest, but you knew that was going to be the case, even if the web appears to be getting drawn tighter. Batman/Superman also continues with an Earth 2 story.
A Superman Crossover
Psi-War, featuring a new Psycho Pirate, starts in Superman and continues into Superboy.
Prepping a Green Lantern Crossover?
Both Green Lantern and Green Lantern: New Guardians have solicitations concerning the villain Relic. However the New Guardians solicitation says:
Relic deals a game-changing blow to the Corps as the final pieces are put in
place for the ultimate battle to save the universe! Do not miss this issue!
Marvel Pricing Watch
How many comics are listed as $3.99 / 32 pages?
Justice League America, Justice League Dark, Superman Unchained and Batman/Superman. Of those, Justice League America has been 40 pages in the past, but both JL titles are Trinity War chapters. And Marvel started by making the big books and the event mini’s $3.99. Consider yourself warned.
Jeff Lemire’s Trillium and Scott Snyder/Sean Murphy’s The Wake both make their debut
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