The Dawn of DC initiative is well underway, and the publisher is continuing to unveil new and relaunched titles spinning out of the initiative. Today DC has unveiled four titles set to debut in June, July, and September, including two relaunches and two new series. Among the announcements are Tom King, Daniel Sampere, and Tomeu Morey as the new creative team on a relaunched Wonder Woman ongoing, Si Spurrier and Mike Deodato Jr. on a relaunched Flash ongoing, Michael Dorn, Sami Basri, and Andrew Dalhouse with a John Henry Irons-starring Steelworks series, and Jadzia Axelrod, Amancay Nahuelpan, and Adriano Lucas on a Hawkgirl series.
Before any of those titles hit stores, Tuesday, May 16th will see the release of a free Dawn of DC Primer from writer Joshua Williamson and artist Leandro Fernandez. The free one-shot will pick up on threads from the conclusion of the Williamson-written Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths event, and tease new stories for the rest of the year. Here’s how DC describes the primer:
For years, Amanda Waller has seen the heroes of the DC Universe as a dangerous threat that could lead to the end of the world. Ever since Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths, Amanda Waller has operated in the shadows to collect deadly weapons and to create an army of allies who agree with her. Now she’s forced to bring some of the worst enemies of the DC Universe an offer they can’t refuse. The Dawn of DC Primer, written by Joshua Williamson with artwork by Leandro Fernandez, reveals Dawn of DC’s secrets, threats, and connective stories in 2023 and beyond.
In June, Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Michael Dorn makes his comics-writing debut with Steelworks. Dorn, who voiced John Henry Irons on Superman: The Animated Series, is joined by artists Sami Basri and Andrew Dalhouse on the series. Here’s how DC describes Steelworks:
The Metropolis of the future is here today, but can it survive a terrorist who’s out for revenge against its builder, John Henry Irons—a.k.a. Steel—and his company, Steelworks…and who possesses secrets that could undo everything John has worked so hard to build? While John’s professional life is firing on all cylinders, his personal life is even better, as his on-again, off-again relationship with Lana Lang might be back on, permanently. Now he must decide whether it’s time to give up being Steel once and for all. But does John even know who he would be without his superhero identity? How does the other Steel—John’s niece, Natasha Irons—feel about his momentous decision? And does any of that matter if Steelworks crumbles around him when he lacks the superpowers to fight back?
The following month will see the launch of Hawkgirl, from Jadzia Axelrod, Amancay Nahuelpan, and Adriano Lucas. The series will follow Kendra Saunders in the aftermath of the Justice League’s disbanding during Dark Crisis:
Kendra Saunders, the winged warrior better known as Hawkgirl, has been one of the DC Universe’s greatest heroes for a long time, serving as a member of both the Justice League and the Justice Society. But with the Justice League disbanded, Kendra decides she needs a fresh start and heads to Metropolis to begin a new life. That life is quickly interrupted by a mysterious villain with a powerful connection to the Nth Metal that makes up Hawkgirl’s wings and weapons. Hawkgirl will also feature a series of variant covers that recount Kendra’s DC history.
Then, in September, following prelude stories in the 800th issues of both Wonder Woman and The Flash, both titles will relaunch with brand new #1s and new creative teams.
Wonder Woman #1 will come from the team of Tom King, Daniel Sampere, and Tomeu Morey. Here’s how DC describes the series, which finds Diana unexpectedly outside the law:
After a mysterious Amazonian is accused of mass murder, the U.S. Congress passes The Amazon Safety Act, barring all Amazons from American soil. To carry out its new law, the government sets up the Amazon Extradition Entity (AXE) task force to remove those who don’t comply by any means necessary. In her search for the truth behind the killing, Wonder Woman now finds herself an outlaw in the world she once swore to protect.
The new The Flash #1 from writer Si Spurrier and artist Mike Deodato Jr. will see the series leaning hard into its sci-fi roots. Here’s how DC describes the title:
Wally West has never been quicker, more fulfilled, more heroic. His loving family is around him. And yet something is off. Very off. His evolving understanding of his powers has opened Wally to new avenues of sci-fi adventure, and attuned his senses to strange new ideas. Something whispers from the dark vibrations beyond the Speed Force, and as Wally experiments with creative new approaches to his powers he encounters new realms, mysterious allies and mind-shattering terrors.
The quartet of new series join other soon-to-launch Dawn of DC titles like Dennis Culver & Chris Burnham‘s Unstoppable Doom Patrol, Tom Taylor & Nicola Scott‘s Titans, Jeremy Adams & Xermánico‘s Green Lantern, and Morgan Hampton & Tom Raney‘s Cyborg.
Look for Steelworks to arrive in June, Hawkgirl in July, and the relaunched Wonder Woman and The Flash in September.
Follow-up question. Why does Detective Chimp have what appears to be Guardian’s helmet? What is DC cooking up here?
King is writing Wonder Woman? She’ll be an alcoholic by the third issue and dead by the fifth.
Detective Chimp is holding Dr. Fate’s helmet. The image is from a “Helmet of Fate” one-shot from back in 2007-2008.
I’m guessing they’re using it because if I had a Brian Bolland Detective Chimp image I’d use it as often as I could.
What happened to Hawkman? Didn’t he make a good enough impression in the Black Adam movie to warrant his own series??
The helmet didn’t exactly look right to me, but that makes more sense.
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