The solicitations for April’s DC titles reveal that four of their books will be ending, including Joshua Hale Fialkov’s I, Vampire and Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly’s Saucer Country, alongside DC Universe Presents and Superman Family Adventures.
With the cancellation of two New 52 titles comes the likelihood that May will see two new books launch, but here’s a quick rundown of the books which will be ending in April. DC Universe Presents was DC’s anthology series, which introduced various properties into the New 52 Universe for a story at a time. Challengers of the Unknown, Deadman and Black Lightning were amongst the characters who appeared in various stories in the series, but readers struggle with anthologies and sales were never high for the book.
Meanwhile, I, Vampire has also struggled in terms of sales but has valiantly surged to #19 issues, outliving several titles and the expectations of several critics. Artist Andrea Sorrentino has left the book after a long run with the character of Andrew Bennett, while Joshua Hale Fialkov wrote every issue. He took to twitter earlier to thank fans for their support, and confirmed that he was able to plan ahead to deliver a conclusive finale to the story.
Paul Cornell announced the news of Saucer Country’s cancellation. This was his first foray into creator-controlled comics, along with collaborators including co-creator Ryan Kelly as well as Jimmy Broxton. In his blog post about the end of the book, he vows that he will see the story conclude in some form or another, stressing that he’ll do so in a proper format. Not just as a list of could have beens, but as a comic or story. He notes that the rights for the series will revert across to him shortly.
Finally, Superman Family Adventures will end with issue #14. The creative team of Art Baltazar and Franco have been working on the book since the beginning, offering a version of Superman which didn’t speak down to kids but also wasn’t a baffling confusion of adult-orientated fantasy. It was another one of DC’s fun all-ages books, and it’s a shame to see it end. Let’s hope something will spring up to take its place.