When DC relaunched a year and a half ago, it was “The New 52” and it was emphasized that there were going to be 52 new titles for you to read. DC’s had “52” on the brain for several years now. The 52 weekly series culminating in 52 new worlds. (Are there still 52 worlds post-Flashpoint?) When they’d cancel “New 52” titles, they’d replace them in “waves” and bring the number back up to 52. No more.
With the June 2013 solicitations online, you’ll only find 50 titles. Barring late additions, there is no more “52.” Then again, after 18 months, it might not be so “new,” either. Will it get back up to 52 titles in July? Wait and see.
If it does get back up to 52, the cynical response will be “cancelling them faster than you could get replacements ready.”
Interestingly,there aren’t any DCU mini-series, either. Just the 50 titles.
Of interest: drawing the line at $2.99 also looks to have taken a hit, if those solicits are accurate.
Superman Unchained #1 is $4.99 for 32 pages. Looks like there’s a poster in the book that may be the reason for the price bump. For $2, that better be an awfully nice poster.
Batman/Superman #1 is $3.99 for 32 pages with no explanation for the price bump.
New trend or typo? No official comment from DC on the pricing.
Highlights from the solicts.
- There will FINALLY be a tpb of Stever Gerber’s Phantom Zone. I wrote about that series last year, so here’s what it’s about.
- As Larfleeze graduates to his own title (raising the question of why he was in Threshold in the first place), Star Hawkins replaces him as Threshold back-up.
- Phantom Stranger is now Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger, joining Trinity of Sin: Pandora. Wondering where Trinity of Sin: _________ (likely, The Question) is? Let’s see if a third Trinity of Sin title launches in July. With Dan DiDio off Phantom Stranger, perhaps he’ll be launching the new Sin in the Trinity?
- Batwoman #21 has art by Francisco Francavilla. If you’re doing an artist-centric title, he’s an awfully good choice for an arc.
- Crossover Alert: Only one crossover this month – Birds of Prey and Talon.
- Outside the DCU, Astro City returns after too long an absence. We also see yet another deluxe format of Sandman, this time an Omnibus
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.