DC Comics unveiled their next big project earlier today just in time for this weekend's C2E2 convention in Chicago. This July the publisher will be re-launching their NATIONAL COMICS series which will focus on some DC characters we haven't seen in a while.
National Comics were first published in 1940 by Quality Comics. Quality sold many of its properties to DC Comics which later published many of these properties; some of which (i.e. Blackhawks, for example) survived the relaunch of the DC Universe last September. The re-launch of NATIONAL COMICS will focus on some characters that have yet to be seen in the DC Universe since the relaunch including Eternity, Madame X, Rose and Thorn and the Looker to readers. The first issue of NATIONAL COMICS will focus on Eternity and will be written by Jeff Lemire and feature the art of Cully Hamner.
Formerly known as "Kid Eternity," Eternity is the story of Christopher Freeman who died prematurely and has been "given a second chance at life." If you don't recognize "Eternity" then you might be more familiar with his previous super-name, "Kid Eternity." "Kid Eternity" was a young boy that died during WWII by a Nazi gun ship while "Eternity" is now police coroner Christopher Freeman who dies prematurely, returns, and is given the power to raise people from the dead. While the Eternity's origin is different, it seems his power set will remain the same. The only question we have is, how will the new creative team explain Christopher Freeman's death? If you read Bryan Q. Miller's BATGIRL series then you already know that the "Kid Eternity" died in issue #12. Then again, he also died in JSA #1.
DC has also revealed the creative teams for the next three issues following the first featuring Eternity as well as a brief synopsis for each.== TEASER ==
MADAME X, written by Rob Williams with artist Trevor Hairsine and a cover by Fiona Staples, starts off with a clear vision of who did it — but the real challenge is trying to prove it. As an upstart law firm’s psychic consultant, MADAME X uses tarot cards to divine the truth behind cases, helping skeptical lawyers gather evidence that will hold up in court.
ROSE AND THORN, written by Tom Taylor with artwork by Neil Googe and a cover by Ryan Sook, is a Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde story about Rose Canton, a good girl with a very bad side: Thorn, an ass-kicking femme fatale out for revenge.
LOOKER, written by Ian Edington with art by Mike S. Miller and a cover by Guillem March, tells the story of Emily Briggs, a model who loved looking at herself in the mirror—until the day she couldn’t. Turned into a vampire, LOOKER prowls the dark underbelly of NYC’s elite modeling world, hunting all predators, including the creature that spawned her.
DC will use NATIONAL COMICS to reintroduce fans to some of their classic characters and in turn, gauge how well these characters are received in these single issue, self contained stories. Yet, there's the question of whether it's worth reintroducing characters (such as Eternity) if you are going to change their origins anyway. Why not just create new characters? What do you think of the news? What characters would you like to see that you haven't yet seen in the new DC Universe?
Source: DC Comics