Four years after DC Comics kicked off the New 52, DC has announced a new initiative that will focus on diversifying their line of comics.
Below is the official announcement, which makes no mention of the "New 52."
In addition, it's stated DC Comics will be going back to basics with its legendary characters, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, while also making note they will be reinventing characters such as Black Canary, Bizarro, Cybrog and Starfire.
DC Comics is launching 24 brand new #1 issues in June, while also keeping 25 ongoings with the same numbering leading to a total of 49 monthly comics.
Newsarama notes the New 52 isn't totally disappearing, but that DC Comics is de-emphasizing the "New 52" brand.
The relaunch will follow DC Comics upcoming event, Convergence, which kicks off in April and runs through May.
Here are the 25 continuing titles:
Action Comics by Greg Pak/Aaron KuderAquaman by Cullen Bunn/Trevor McCarthyBatgirl by Cameron Stewart/Brenden Fletcher/Babs TarrBatman by Scott Snyder/Greg CapulloDetective Comics by Brian Buccelato/Francis ManapulBatman/Superman by Greg Pak/Ardian SyafCatwoman by Genevieve Valentine/David MessinaDeathstroke by Tony Daniel/Tony DanielFlash by Rob Venditti/Van Jensen/Brett BoothGotham Academy by Becky Cloonan/Brenden Fletcher/Karl KerschlGotham By Midnight by Ray Fawkes/Juan FerreyraGrayson by Tim King/Tim Seeley/Mikel JaninGreen Arrow by Ben Percy/Richard ZircherGreen Lantern by Robert Venditti/Billy TanHarley Quinn by Amanda Conner/Jimmy Palmiotti/Chad HardinJustice League by Geoff Johns/Jason FabokJustice League United, writer TBD/Travel Foreman & Paul Pelletier.Lobo by Cullen Bunn/Cliff RichardsSecret Six by Gail Simone/Dale EagleshamSinestro by Cullen Bunn/Brad WalkerNew Suicide Squad by Sean Ryan/Carlos D’AndaSuperman by Gene Luen Yang/John Romita Jr.Superman/Wonder Woman by Peter Tomasi/Doug MahnkeTeen Titans by Will Pfeifer/Kenneth RocafortWonder Woman by Meredith Finch/David Finch
Here are the 24 new titles:
Bat-Mite by writer Dan Jurgens and artist Corin HowellBatman Beyond by writer Dan Jurgens and artist Bernard ChangBizzaro by writer Heath Corson and artist Gustavo Duarte (six issue mini-series)Black Canary by writer Brenden Fletcher and artist Annie WuConstantine: The Hellblazer by Ming Doyle and Riley RossmoCyborg by writer David L. Walker and artists Ivan Reis and Joe PradoDark Universe by writer James Tynion IV and artist Ming DoyleDoomed by writer Scott Lobdell and artist Javier FernandezDr. Fate by writer Paul Levitz and artist Sonny LiewEarth 2: Society by writer Daniel H. Wilson and artist Jorge JimenezGreen Lantern: Lost Army by Cullen Bunn, art by Jesus Saiz and Javi Pina.Harley Quinn/Power Girl by writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, with artist Stephane Roux (four issue mini-series)Justice League 3001 by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis and Howard PorterJustice League of America by writer/artist Brian HitchMartian Manhunter by writer Rob Williams and artists Ben Oliver and Paulo SiqueiraMidnighter by writer Steve Orlando and artist ACOMystic U (tentative title) by writer Alisa Kwitney and artist MauricetOmega Men by writer Tom King and artist Barnaby BagendaPrez by writer Mark Russell and artist Ben Caldwell (six issue mini-series)Red Hood/Arsenal by writer Scott Lobdell and artist Denis MedriRobin, Son of Batman by writer/artist Pat GleasonSection Eight by writer Garth Ennis and artist John McCrea (mini-series)Starfire by writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, with artist Emanuela LupacchinoWe Are Robin by writer Lee Bermejo and artists Rob Haynes and Khary Randolph
DC ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES NEW BOOKS, NEW CREATORS, BROADER FOCUS FOR THE DC UNIVERSE
Iconic Super Heroes & Super-Villains Universe is Diversifying
To Make Room for More Types of Storytelling, More Fans.
June Slate of Titles Includes Long-Awaited Return to DCU of Bryan Hitch, Garth Ennis; Gene Luen Yang & Ming Doyle Join Team of Top Talent.
This summer, DC Entertainment launches a bold new direction for the DC Universe (DCU) that is even more inclusive and accessible to a wider group of readers as the publisher continues to evolve comic storytelling for its next generation of fans. Award-winning, critically acclaimed writers are headlining the June 2015 slate of DC Comics’ new periodicals and graphic novels, including Gene Luen Yang, Bryan Hitch, Garth Ennis and Ming Doyle.
Beginning June 3rd, the DC Comics line of comic books will consist of 24 brand-new series that will begin at issue number one, as well as 25 on-going, bestselling fan favorite series that will continue without a break in the issue numbering. The total number of periodicals in the DCU will be 49, with additional new titles debuting throughout the year.
“This heralds in a new era for the DC Universe which will allow us to publish something for everyone, be more expansive and modern in our approach and tell stories that better reflect the society around us,” said DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio. “Whether you’ve been a DC fan your whole life, or whether you are new to comics – there will be a book for you beginning in June.”
DC Comics will be keenly focused on going back-to-basics with its legendary characters, like BATMAN, SUPERMAN and WONDER WOMAN, while also reinventing key characters, such as BLACK CANARY, BIZARRO, CYBORG and STARFIRE, with a new contemporary tonality to ensure a diverse offering of titles. Top writers and artists, as well as emerging fresh voices, are on board to help create an expansive lineup of comics that appeals to a broad audience of fans.
Depicting some of these iconic characters in a more contemporary light include National Book Award finalist Gene Luen Yang who will join artist John Romita Jr. in the ongoing adventures of SUPERMAN. Comic superstar artist Bryan Hitch will write and draw new tales of the world’s greatest heroes in JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA. The pitch perfect team of Garth Ennis and John McCrea returns to DC Comics for a limited series called SECTION EIGHT featuring characters from their popular Hitman comic. VERTIGO creator Ming Doyle will be lending her talents to DC Comics, penning CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER along with newcomer artist Riley Rossmo.
“More than ever before, DC Comics fans are being exposed to our rich portfolio of characters through multiple sources, including an unprecedented number of highly successful TV shows, video games and upcoming major motion pictures,” said Co-Publisher Jim Lee. “We are looking to extend that experience within publishing to ensure there is a comic book for everyone. For example, fans of the ARROW television show may want more stories about BLACK CANARY. Now they can find modern, fresh takes on the character in the pages of her standalone series both in stores and digitally.”
Breakout star, Brenden Fletcher, co-writer behind the all new, highly successful BATGIRL book will also be writing the new BLACK CANARY series launching in June. Fan favorites Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti will be the creative team on new titles STARFIRE and HARLEY QUINN/POWER GIRL and will continue to helm the perennially bestselling HARLEY QUINN.
“Beyond character and creators, the June slate will showcase different styles and approaches to storytelling as we add offbeat, irreverently funny titles such as BIZARRO, BAT-MITE and PREZ,” said Lee. “Truly there will be something for everybody as we simultaneously celebrate our rich legacy while embracing new voices and concepts.”
A first look at upcoming storylines will be the focus of DC Entertainment’s Free Comic Book Day issue – DC COMICS: DIVERGENCE – available Saturday, May 2, featuring three 8-page previews for the June releases of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s BATMAN, as well as Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok’s launch of the Darkseid War within JUSTICE LEAGUE featuring the biggest villains in the DCU – Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor, and Gene Luen Yang's DC Comics debut with celebrated artist John Romita, Jr on SUPERMAN. More than half-a million free issues of the DC Entertainment sampler will be given away at comic book retailers globally.
“In this new era of storytelling, story will trump continuity as we continue to empower creators to tell the best stories in the industry,” said DiDio.
To learn more about the June DC Universe slate, visit www.dccomics.com.