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DC Comics Announces the "Second Wave" of "The New 52"

Six new titles in and six titles are out.

This is a day we all had a feeling was coming. DC Comics is ready to announce six new titles coming to the "New 52." It's a day of excitement as we prepare for more new great titles. The unfortunate bit is these six new titles will be replacing six existing titles. It looks like DC is planning on keeping the number of ongoing titles at 52, something I've mentioned several times (once they have more than 52 ongoing titles it would be weird to still call it "The New 52").

Posted on DC's The Source, here is the "Second Wave" of new titles coming this May.

* BATMAN INCORPORATED - Writer: Grant Morrison. Artist: Chris Burnham. The acclaimed ongoing writer of ACTION COMICS, Grant Morrison, presents a fresh take on BATMAN INCORPORATED, in which the Batman brand is franchised globally in preparation for a major international threat.

* EARTH 2 - Writer: James Robinson. Artist: Nicola Scott. The greatest heroes on a parallel Earth, the Justice Society combats threats that will set them on a collision course with other worlds.

* WORLDS' FINEST - Writer: Paul Levitz. Artists: George Perez and Kevin Maguire. Stranded on our world from a parallel reality, Huntress and Power Girl struggle to find their way back to Earth 2. Perez and Maguire will be the artists on alternating story arcs.

* DIAL H - Writer: China Miéville. Artist: Mateus Santoluoco. The first ongoing series from acclaimed novelist China Miéville, this is a bold new take on a cult classic concept about the psychological effects on an everyman who accidentally gains powers to become a hero.

* G.I. COMBAT - Writer: J.T. Krul. Artist: Ariel Olivetti. Featuring the return of a classic DC Comics series, THE WAR THAT TIME FORGOT, along with rotating back-up stories and creative teams - including THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER, with writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and artist Dan Panosian; and THE HAUNTED TANK, with writer John Arcudi and artist Scott Kolins.

* THE RAVAGERS - Writer: Howard Mackie. Artist: Ian Churchill. Spinning off from TEEN TITANS and SUPERBOY, this series finds four superpowered teens on the run and fighting against the organization that wants to turn them into supervillains.

== TEASER ==

You have to admit those sound pretty cool. Now the bad news, Which titles will be reaching their conclusion in April with their eighth issues? BLACKHAWKS, HAWK AND DOVE, MEN OF WAR, MISTER TERRIFIC, O.M.A.C. and STATIC SHOCK will be the titles getting replaced. It's unfortunate but many of us have seen this coming.

This doesn't mean it's the end for the characters appearing in those books. This is what Bob Harras, DC Entertainment Editor-in-Chief had to say:

The excitement of the initial launch of DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 was in seeing the re-imagining of these classic characters and concepts. The 'Second Wave' is all about world-building. Many of the characters from our canceled books will appear in DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 titles, and in some very surprising ways. We're developing stories that reach from cultures around the globe to parallel worlds. We're just getting started.

The DC Universe is heating up.

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Posted by HotSauceCommittee
@spiderbat87 said:
@HotSauceCommittee: Your a Marvel fan boy, that's why I said it. 
 
@Gambit1024 said:

@spiderbat87: It has? Well shame on me for not giving #2 and up a shot. But yeah, if any member of the JL aren't in a book, they have a good shot at being canceled anyway.

How fickle comic book fans are
Based on? I'd criticise any company who relaunches their entire line, and then cancels a significant portion of it less than sixth months later. It's bad regardless of who or what you like. Only fanboy here is you, trying to defend this by making comparisons to other companies.
Posted by The Mighty Monarch
@HotSauceCommittee: 6 / 52 is not a 'significant portion.'
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@HotSauceCommittee said:
@spiderbat87 said:
@HotSauceCommittee: Your a Marvel fan boy, that's why I said it. 
 
@Gambit1024 said:

@spiderbat87: It has? Well shame on me for not giving #2 and up a shot. But yeah, if any member of the JL aren't in a book, they have a good shot at being canceled anyway.

How fickle comic book fans are
Based on? I'd criticise any company who relaunches their entire line, and then cancels a significant portion of it less than sixth months later. It's bad regardless of who or what you like. Only fanboy here is you, trying to defend this by making comparisons to other companies.
Based on every thread regardless of topic you start bitching about "DC fanboys this and DC fanboys that" it get's old REAL quick.
Posted by DarthShap

@HotSauceCommittee said:

Based on? I'd criticise any company who relaunches their entire line, and then cancels a significant portion of it less than sixth months later. It's bad regardless of who or what you like. Only fanboy here is you, trying to defend this by making comparisons to other companies.

Why is it bad? It is business. Although I would have been very happy with a simple relaunch, without the partial reboot, they made a lot of money in the last few months and hope to do more by replacing what did not work by something that could (mostly the first three I guess). What so bad about that?

Posted by Deadcool

Question:

Batman INC takes place in this new universe? or takes place in the universe before Flashpoint?

Posted by reaper2923

So Earth-2 is JSA featured well at least it isnt about stupid batman

Posted by DMC

Well this is good new......sorta

As much as I like PG, I need more info on the series.....and see what her costume looks like.

Edited by andrewbullheaded

OMAC and Static canceled nnnooooooo. :( i hope at least they keep Blue Beetle for at least 20 issues. Looking forward for batman inc even with what ? 5 batman books ?

Posted by pikahyper

G.I. Combat and Dial H yay !!!

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Posted by Omega-Man

@Adnan:

I think what DC should do in the new reboot is kill off all characters and just have Batman in all there books lol seems to be how they are pulling it right now with 5 Batman books.

And to address this situation further. Why cancel Mr Terrific? or Static? theres nothing wrong with them. hey should have cancelled Red Hood and the Outlaws that comic sucks. and also Deathstroke should be cancelled, again it sucks (I like Deathstroke's character but his series is crap all he has going for him is that people keep saying he is badass yet I've seen Deadshot and Frankenstien in there books do much more badass feats in their books compared to Deathstroke)

Voodoo again another crappy series get rid of it and I don't see the point of it either along with Grifter. both are good characters but I prefer them in Wildstorm than in the DCU

Posted by Storybook9

If Static wasn't doing well, then get a new writer or artist or something! At least TRY to keep it, DC! Static is so important to the DC Universe. He deserves his own comic for freakin ever. Sure he has his flaws, but so does every single character in the DCU. He is a hero. He is a teenage hero. He is a black teenage hero. If DC gets upset about people saying it doesn't have enough leading and respectable minority characters, DON'T GET RID OF STATIC! Gah. So disappointed. However, I am excited about Ravagers (though I wish the name could somehow be changed, cuz I always think of rape when I hear it...).

Posted by The Stegman

 
 

World's Finest indeed !
Posted by Adnan

@Omega-Man : I like Voodoo :c

But yeah, they could just rework all the titles to have Batman in them, instant money lol.

  • OMAC & Batman
  • Hawk & Dove & Batman
  • Resurrection Batman
  • Mister Terrific & Batman
  • Bathawks
  • Bats of War
Posted by VanAce

At least they gave the books a go. These books would have probably not faired all that well if they were not part of the New 52. This was their best chance to branch out to a wide audience and it seems they only appealed to a small amount.

Most likely the books are financially not worth having in print. I am sure these books might come back as limited series to test the waters sometime or another. They might even get an arc in DC Universe Presents.

As for the new titles announced I might need to hear more about them but GI Combat is interesting me the most. There are some interesting ideas there so at least they haven't gone with some completely safe.

Posted by DarthShap

@reaper2923 said:

So Earth-2 is JSA featured well at least it isnt about stupid batman

We do not know that. If it is Earth-2 and their Huntress is Helena Wayne, Batman could very well be part of the team, unless if it is in direct continuity with pre-Crisis Earth-2 and he is already dead (worst death ever).

Posted by Wolverine0628

@spiderbat87: @Dernman: Wow, didn't realize Timber Wolf was older! But it's definitely not a complaint; DC could use their very own Wolverine-type character.

Posted by The Mighty Monarch
@Adnan: I think you mean Mr. Batman. 
 
Resurrection Batman's not getting cancelled yet.
Posted by Adnan

@The Mighty Monarch:Even better, these just may be the unique new directions that will change the face of the DCU forever!

And I'm not sure why I put Resurrection Batman there over Static Bat.

Posted by Dernman
@spiderbat87 said:
@HotSauceCommittee said:

Lol at cancelling titles not even 6 months after you rebooted your entire universe.

Lol at Marvel cancelling series before they'v even released one issue 
 
I actually LOLed at that. 
Posted by DarthShap

@Storybook9 said:

If Static wasn't doing well, then get a new writer or artist or something! At least TRY to keep it, DC! Static is so important to the DC Universe. He deserves his own comic for freakin ever. Sure he has his flaws, but so does every single character in the DCU. He is a hero. He is a teenage hero. He is a black teenage hero. If DC gets upset about people saying it doesn't have enough leading and respectable minority characters, DON'T GET RID OF STATIC! Gah. So disappointed. However, I am excited about Ravagers (though I wish the name could somehow be changed, cuz I always think of rape when I hear it...).

My guess is Static will get drafted to either Ravagers or Teen Titans, will stay there for a year or two and then DC will give him another shot at a solo title.

The reason why is people rarely come back to an obscure title that did not get good feedback in the past just because the creative team changed (although it definitely they definitely do when it is a big series). It is way more profitable to just cancel and relaunch it.

Posted by Dernman
@Deadcool said:

Question:

Batman INC takes place in this new universe? or takes place in the universe before Flashpoint?

It's going to be in DCnU. The one shot that I believed caused you confusion was a book that was meant to come out before flashpoint. 
Poor planing and delays made them end up with a rush job that tried shove everything they could into it. I suspect that the book was going to be just the Bargirl story but because of the reboot they ended up shoving more into it when all that was really going to evolve over time in the Batman Inc book. 
 
So like I said it will be in the new universe.
Posted by Miss_Garrick

@Adnan: But that's Earth 2, I want a series for the Earth 1 JSA Before Alan Scott was forced to wear one of the ugliest supersuits ever!

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

If I really had my wish Morrison would be writing Action Comics and Superman rather than doing Batman Inc.

Edited by Adnan

@Miss_Garrick:Ah, ok. The JSA don't seem to be compatible with the main Universe in DCnU, since Superman is now apparantly the Earth's first public superhero. I get the feeling that the two universes will crossover at some point though (something I won't be looking forward to too much, but whatever), and the creative team working on Earth-2 is really good. Assuming it has the characters you like, you should give it a try imo.

Posted by Dernman
@Miss_Garrick said:

@Adnan: But that's Earth 2, I want a series for the Earth 1 JSA Before Alan Scott was forced to wear one of the ugliest supersuits ever!

There is no other. They separated them like it originally was before crisis. Honestly I prefer it separated.
Posted by The Mighty Monarch
@Adnan: The DC-N-nU 

Action Comics

All-Star Batman

Animal Bat

AquaBat

Batgirl

Batman

Batman and Robin

Batman: The Dark Knight

Batwing

Batwoman

Bats of Prey

Blackhawks

Blue Bat

Captain Batom

Catwoman and Batman: A Soap Opera

Batman Universe Presents

DeathBatman

Batman Knights

Batman Comics

The Bat-Flash

Frankenstein: Agent of Batman Inc.

The Fury of Batman: The Nuclear Batmen

Batman Arrow

Green Batman

Batman Corps

Green Lantern: Emerald Batman

Grifter.... I Mean Batman

Batman and Batman

I, Batman

Justice League

Justice League Batman

Justice League Batman Incorporated

Batman Lost

Legion of Super-Batman

Batmen of War

Mister Batman

Nightwing

OBAC (One Batman Army Corps

Red Hood and the Batman

Red Batman

Resurrection Batman

The Savage Batman

Static Batman

Batwatch

Suicide Batman

Superbat

Super Batgirl 

Batman and Superman

Swamp Batman

Teen Batman and the Titans

Batman Voodoo

Wonder Bat

Posted by Adnan

@The Mighty Monarch:

Posted by The Mighty Monarch
@Adnan: I think you mean... 
Posted by cagedleo730

To all those complaining about having their books cancelled while others they like still in print: GET OVER IT! Those 6 cancelled are at the bottom of the new52 sales charts. DC Comics is no longer in the business of selling comics at a lost. ITS JUST BUSINESS.

To others who comment without reading the articles (plural) . There are other sites here where many of your questions are answered. World's Finest takes place on Earth 0 (MAIN DCU). The synopsis says that HUNTRESS and POWER GIRL are trying to get back to EARTH 2. EARTH 2 will feature the JUSTICE SOCIETY. There are many books still in backlog and planning that will come out. The old DCU wasn't built in 1 year and neither will the new DCU

Posted by Adnan

@The Mighty Monarch: why does that image even exist? Who took the time to take a photo of that?!

*saves*

Posted by johnny_spam

Batman Inc will be good to read again it's been a long time since this story began it's hard to believe it's near it's end. Really sucks Mister Terrific and Static are getting cancelled since they are such great characters but it was not unexpected when their creative teams left allot to be desired. Some of the other books felt a little weak in execution almost as if they were made so DC had 52 books. Hopefully these new ones won't suffer the same problems. Earth 2 interests me.

Posted by Deadcool

@Dernman: Thanks

Posted by Omega-Man

@Adnan:

Lol true it does if you squeeze Batman in the name. Batman and the Justice League for example.

Ugh I'm not sure about Earth 2 since it has Helena (if her last name is Wayne that means Batman was in earth 2 also do we need Batman in Earth 2 as well?)

Really DC tone it down on Batman. I like batman but this is stupid.

Posted by entropy_aegis

@Omega-Man said:

Huh? Huntress and Powergirl in World's Finest? since when are those two considered world's finest? Thats Superman and Batman's title not there female rip offs. Also on our earth? so it's official that Huntress' mini is set on Earth 2 along with Powergirl? so World's finest is on Earth 0/new earth? I'm not sure if I like that not to mention they are called 'World's finest' since again thats Superman and Batman's title.

Also it's cool to see Batman Inc is getting more lime light again but....why does the new 52 need so many Batman titles? It's pretty much 90s Spiderman with Marvel comics all over again.

Batman

Detective comics

Batman The Dark Knight

Batman & Robin

Batman Incorparated

(Forgot to say his other appearances in both Justice League and JLI)

Thats FIVE Batman books really? do we need FIVE Batman comics? I mean yeah I like Batman but wow five Batman books and Superman and Wonder woman barely have two books between them. They are as much the flag ship characters of DC comics as Batman is. Even though I hate the reboot WW's origin since they ripped off Cassandra Sandsmark's origin who is WW side kick Wonder girl (before reboot).

Wonder Woman struggles to keep one book,sorry but no one can be compared to Batman,even though I'd prefer cancellation of TDK.

Posted by Omega-Man

@entropy_aegis:

Then why doesn't DC just put Batman in every title? like I said I like batman but this is getting stupid.

Posted by TheOptimist

With a little bit of time to reflect... am I only the only one that is actually pretty psyched for Dial H? A solid author... a concept ripe for revamping... in a market that more openly embraces titles like Swamp Thing and Animal Man? If this gets an appropriate amount of pre-debut exposure, and a solid first arc... it could really join in with the vibe the Dark and Edge books have set thusfar.

Posted by The Mighty Monarch
@TheOptimist: I'm excited about half that list. Dial H is number 2 ONLY because Batman Inc. is on that list. DC released the first cover and it looks kind of crazy. And yes. dark, psychological, sounds great.
Posted by The Poet

hmm...Earth 2 sounds cool (though I know I really shouldn't think about getting it knowing my pulllist, but I am intrigued...)

I will need to review my pulls before that month....

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Edited by Gambit1024

Now with Earth 2... Does that mean Jay Garrick, Alan Scott, and all those guys? I'm pretty dumb when it comes to the multiverse.

@spiderbat87 said:

If I really had my wish Morrison would be writing Action Comics and Superman rather than doing Batman Inc.

Oh my God, yes. Superman has just been getting worse and worse.

Posted by _Zombie_

Sad that Men of War is going. It had potential, but it took a nosedive in quality after #2.

Posted by SpitfireINK

Won't miss the cancelled titles - I stopped getting them after the 1st issues anyhow -

BRAVO - for bringing back "the UNKNOWN SOLDIER!"

My only concern is the mention of "Parallel Worlds?" - I thought this had been resolved?

I hear the faint sound of Impending "Crisis" in the DCU again - Egads!"

And how disjointed are some of the newer titles? - No concept of timeframes are what survived the last Crisis -

I'm just accepting these title-by-title and hope they have some redeeming content.

Posted by SpitfireINK

@The Mighty Monarch: certainly is disconcerting that the DCU hinges so tightly to one character.

Posted by obscurefan

Resurrection Man survived the first cut, wheeeeeeew, okay, I can sleep better. Although I am kind of ticked over OMAC being canceled, but even I, a big fan of the series, have to admit it's got a very niche audience.

Posted by Alton

@G Man The DCnU is heating up....Don't want to sound harsh but no it isn't.With this latest list it's obvious they are floundering and that isn't something I wanted to see.This big epic they are planning tells me they are just running through the catalog and whatever sticks does so and whatever doesn't gets absorbed into the Big Master Plan.I want to see solid stories with these characters without jumping through dozens of titles.Besides the Hardcore DC fans seem to be sticking to Bats,Supes,GL,and a few others and beyond the issue #1 speculator nonsense this New 52 initiative can't seem to stay aloft.More dead trees for what?

Posted by Silkcuts
@DarthShap said:

@Silkcuts said:

It would be nice if the "ethic" characters did better, but maybe it is the current state of comics? My racial background is never represented in comics and I guess I am use to it, but I can understand how this would suck. DC didn't even give Mr. Terrific a second arc, what you feel is what I feel when Vertigo axes a series too early. Hopefully one day the industry changes and books that are needed don't get axed too young, since the foresight is not there why they should survive. I know it is business, but what would the world look like if Alan Moore's Swamp Thing back in the 80s continued bad sales? Fact is, Neil Gaiman wouldn't have Sandman and Grant Morrison might be good, but not as awesome. Sometimes books not everyone readers can influence the medium in directions it is lacking. But that is why two cents. This is why I am planning on studying comic writing, so I can practice what I preach. Cheers - Silkcuts

Come on, books are needed because they are good. The only reason not to cancel a book would be that the editor believes in it so much he thinks that it could bounce back or/and get better sales once in collected. Those six books really were not that good and I doubt anybody saw the next Swamp Thing/Sandman in them.

books die all the time because of lack of support, great example is many of Peter Milligan's work.  Even his Shade was canceled because of sales and now look how popular shade is with JLD.  Okay maybe static and Mr. T might not be great works to sit beside some of the best comics, but they hit a market that is weak.  Books like OMAC and Hawk and Dove I am glad are gone, I couldn't salvage a nice to to say about those. 
 
Cheers
 
@AmishAvenger said:

@Silkcuts I wish you good luck with that

Ty Templeton as a teacher I think I'll be fine. With my review resume I know I can breakdown a comic second to none on this site and with the plastic man comic I did with M.S. Feather, I feel writing is the next step with me.  And when I get my current project self-published I am going to personally send it to a few of the reviewers on the site to review.  So I am excited.
Thanks, from the feedback I've been getting to the tarot readings I've been doing, I knot this is what I need to do.
 
Cheers mate
 - Silkcuts
Posted by nonfiction91

Man, that really sucks, static got canceled... I really dug mcduffie's work, its too bad he wasn't around to write it now, it would have been epic. If mr.terrific is canceled than they damned well better put him in justice society and keep that title ongoing, If they try and build off of a new version of the old mr.terrific I'll be dissapointed

Posted by Miss_Garrick

@Adnan: Well, if they do Jay Garrick right I'll like it.

But I wonder what's going to be done about Stargirl, Cyclone, The current Doctor Mid-nite and other JSA members I liked that were more Earth 1 than Earth 2 based.

Posted by FadeToBlackBolt

Batman Inc is the only thing I care about (from the entire DCnU), and that's purely because of Morrison. 

Posted by Comicbookgal

The Ravagers, Earth 2 and World's Finest sound great! I can't wait to check them out.

Posted by webling

Batman Inc: Finish the story, because I have heard promises of an epic finale.

Earth 2: Heard awesome things about Robinson on JSA

Dial H: Like the premise and everyone seems gaga over the writer

I expect Static to move to the Teen Titans book but I dropped both that books, so...yeah. Hopefully we get the awesome 65-year-old one in Justice League Beyond. Also I'm not surprised those titles got cancelled, a combination of genres and writers there.

Also some people were complaining about Batman: Dark Knight not being cancelled. David Finch is on an exclusive contract with DC, so he has to have his book being published and apparently people are buying it. Probably because of the movie and Batman being involved in the tile. Batman sells.