DC Comics Announces 'Zero Month' Plus a New 'Wave' and More Cancellations

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For months now, there's been talk about what's coming this Fall at DC Comics. We've been hearing talks of zero issues taking place in September along with the possibility that titles will be seeing their final issue in August. We've been waiting to find out since the September solicitations had not been released. Today, DC has laid out their plan for what's to come.

On their blog, it was revealed that September will now be known as "0" Month. The #0s will be stand-alone stories and deal with origins of a character or team or will fill in the blanks for the many questions we've had.

But that's not all. We will also be seeing four new series starting at issue 0.

TALON - Writer James Tynion IV with co-plotter Scott Snyder. Artist: Guillem March.
Meet Calvin Rose, the only Talon to ever escape the grasp of the Court of Owls. This former assassin of the Court is trying to live a normal life ... but that’s impossible when he’s being hunted by his former masters!

SWORD OF SORCERY – Writer: Christy Marx. Artist: Aaron Lopresti.
Featuring the return of Amethyst, Amy Winston leads a strange life on the road with her mother and resents it. She’s about to learn it’s all been necessary when she discovers she’s the lost princess of Gemworld—and she’s being hunted by her murderous aunt. With a back-up story written by Tony Bedard with art by Jesus Saiz, set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, the monstrous warrior Beowulf is charged with finding and defeating the evil Grendel.

THE PHANTOM STRANGER - Writer: Dan DiDio. Artist: Brent Anderson.
Spinning out of his recent appearances in JUSTICE LEAGUE and DC’s Free Comic Book Day story, learn more about the true origin of The Phantom Stranger and his connection to the mysterious Pandora.

TEAM SEVEN - Writer: Justin Jordan. Artist: Jesus Merino.
Set in the early days of DC COMICS-THE NEW 52, threads of the entire DC Universe collide. As Superman emerges, so does the world’s counter measures against him and his kind. Team 7 is comprised of Dinah Lance, Amanda Waller, Steve Trevor, John Lynch, Alex Fairchild, Cole Cash, Slade Wilson — and their story will change everything you know about DC COMICS-THE NEW 52.

Dan DiDio told us back in March at WonderCon that the plan is to alway remain at 52 ongoing series in the "New 52." So what will be getting cancelled? DC has only announced that JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL is being canceled. According to an interview with Newsarama, they are still "reviewing the rest of the line" to determine what the other will be. At this stage in the game, you know they have to have a pretty good idea.

Here's a look at some more 'promotional' art for the 0 issues. It's interesting that they all say "1" and "First Issue" instead of "0."

What do you think the other three cancellations will be?

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#1 Edited by Danial79 (2346 posts) - - Show Bio

Blue Beetle, Voodoo, and Captain Atom are at the bottom of the sales chart, so I wouldn't be surprised to see any of those go. Strange that JLI is being cancelled though seeing as it's sitting midway at #25.

EDIT: The bottom 10 last month were...

  1. CAPTAIN ATOM
  2. VOODOO
  3. BLUE BEETLE
  4. GRIFTER
  5. DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS
  6. RESURRECTION MAN
  7. FURY OF FIRESTORM THE NUCLEAR MEN
  8. FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF SHADE
  9. LEGION LOST
  10. SAVAGE HAWKMAN
#2 Posted by Redberry (797 posts) - - Show Bio

lol, Batman is like Wolverine.

#3 Edited by Ravager4 (1627 posts) - - Show Bio

not really looking forward to the two month gap in between the books' actual stories... but whatever

#4 Posted by fotocub (14 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd guess Blue Beetle, Captain Atom and Resurrection Man, because they are the lowest selling DC books that haven't had a creator shake-up in 12 issues. They may still be trying to give books like Voodoo, Firestorm and the 3 Liefeld books a fair shot.

#5 Posted by Morpheus_ (29873 posts) - - Show Bio
Deathstroke, Grifter and Black Canary in one team? Where do I sign?
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#6 Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt (12951 posts) - - Show Bio

Still no Creeper in ANYTHING? Not interested.

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#7 Posted by Dernman (14960 posts) - - Show Bio
Talon: First thought was great but not so sure anymore about him having his own book.  
SWORD OF SORCERY: At first I thought it would be boring until I read what it was going to be about. Sounds interesting. 
THE PHANTOM STRANGER: Sounds interesting in theory. 
Team Seven: So what this is going to take place in the past?
#8 Posted by ReVamp (22865 posts) - - Show Bio

I hope Hawkman stays. I, Vampire too.

#9 Posted by DDangelico (219 posts) - - Show Bio

Talon sounds pretty rad. But then again, everything that Snyder does sounds pretty rad!!

#10 Posted by KainScion (2973 posts) - - Show Bio

1. i liked justice league international. 2.talon is a type of story we've seen how many times? not interesting. 3. phantom stranger is a must to understand this sh*tfest of new52. 4. rest not worth it. 5. is red lanterns finally cancelled?

#11 Posted by HubrisRanger (144 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow, that is a hell of a cast of charaacters for Team 7, and interesting to see more stuff set in the DCnU's past. Never heard of Justin Jordan though.

Also, Scott Snyder on four ongoing books? Surely he's going to have to drop something, just to stay sane, right?

#12 Posted by Dernman (14960 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman inc. Go go away. never come back  no matter what they say.

#13 Posted by Roldan (241 posts) - - Show Bio

@Ravager4 said:

not really looking forward to the two month gap in between the books' actual stories... but whatever

Don't you mean Wolverine is Batman?

#14 Posted by fuzzybunny566 (11 posts) - - Show Bio

i'd like some more knight and squire...maybe another mini-series

#15 Posted by Kallarkz (3303 posts) - - Show Bio

@ReVamp said:

I hope Hawkman stays. I, Vampire too.

I'd hope not. Hawkman is getting better and I vampire has been just great

#16 Edited by sj_esposito (457 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm not sure how to feel about the Talon book... I feel like it's kind of hokey in concept, but I'm eager to see what kind of story Tynion's got to tell. I just hope the book can transcend the Court thing a bit... it's been a long time that we've been dealing with them already, and while they're cool, I could see them being too much of a good thing at some point; I was kind of hoping that once Night of the Owls wraps, we'd take a breather from the Court for a while.

Also kind of intrigued by Team 7, mostly for the cast. I love The New 52 Steve Trevor and I'm excited to see how Dinah fits in with them. Also, perhaps we'll finally be getting some answers in this book... it's about time.

Just a note: Tony, Sara, everyone... Scott went through great lengths on twitter to say he is not the writer of Talon--James Tynion is--and that it's a misprint. He said he has "a story by co-credit, but its written by him [Tynion].."

#17 Posted by ObsideonDarman (62 posts) - - Show Bio

DECTECTIVE COMICS and SUPERMAN are at the very bottom of my list in terms of quality. I still buy them hoping they will get better but honestly it's just a waste of money.

Could you imagine if they cancelled them? They will never do that obviously but just imagine!

#18 Edited by Skaddix (3114 posts) - - Show Bio

Talon book is a waste. How about Cass or Tim or Azrael. Team Seven in the early days sounds interesting but in the past all the time should be a mini in my opinion. Sword of Sorcery (well if its dark should be good but probably teen) with Phantom Stranger (as dark). On Sword of Sorcery, hope to see characters like Black Alice, Kid Devil, JJ Thunder, and Traci 13 here.

What got cancelled? Resurrection Man, Captain Atom, Blue Beetle and Team Seven replaces JLI.

#19 Posted by AtPhantom (14521 posts) - - Show Bio

@G-Man said:

THE PHANTOM STRANGER - Writer: Dan DiDio. Artist: Brent Anderson.
Spinning out of his recent appearances in JUSTICE LEAGUE and DC’s Free Comic Book Day story, learn more about the true origin of The Phantom Stranger and his connection to the mysterious Pandora.

Oh.

God.

No.

#20 Posted by ragdollpurps (15572 posts) - - Show Bio

Fancy.
#21 Posted by cbishop (7525 posts) - - Show Bio

Talon - I don't think this is a good idea. It sounds like both Manhunter & Nemesis, where an entire evil organization hunts them down, but one guy is able to not only evade, but also bring the organization down. Also, it sounds like Azrael - turning a popular badguy into a good guy or anti-hero to sell another book. Good heroes need good villains, and it sounds like the Court of Owls was finally a challenge for Batman and company.

Phantom Stranger - Stranger. Stranger! His origin should never be told. Especially just to facilitate the backstory of a brand new character.

Team 7 - Although I really liked the original T7, this lineup intrigues me. A little. I think I'd rather have seen Sgt Rock, Sarge Steel, or Peacemaker in Amanda Waller's slot though. (Ew, regretting the mental image that brought up - sorry.)

Sword of Sorcery - Not gonna lie; I'm an Amethyst geek, so kinda excited to see how this title goes. If only there were hope of connecting this gem themed character to others in the DCU, like Star Sapphire, Eclipso, Sargon, and a few others (it'd be a great chance to revive the Forever Amber character).

#22 Posted by Omega Ray Jay (7681 posts) - - Show Bio

Very interesting idea. Really hope Batwing stays.

#23 Posted by ragdollpurps (15572 posts) - - Show Bio

Team 7 cover
#24 Edited by Tyrisis (33 posts) - - Show Bio

Umm...this hit me yesterday...DC New 52 is running out of steam.

I loved it at first, but now I'm down to eight issues that I am reading and part of those I am getting weary of.

Here is what I am still reading:

  • Action Comics
  • Superman
  • Supergirl
  • Superboy
  • Teen Titans
  • Aquaman
  • All Star Western
  • Earth 2

I've given up on all the others, having started out reading all 52. Other than Team 7, none of the new ones sound remotely interesting to me. Ravagers and World's Finest was a let down, so I hope Team 7 is good.

#25 Posted by Mercy_ (92684 posts) - - Show Bio

Team 7 *___*

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#26 Posted by Dernman (14960 posts) - - Show Bio
@ragdollpurps said:

Team 7 cover
Hmm so if we go by the cover it isn't set in the past.
#27 Posted by Morpheus_ (29873 posts) - - Show Bio
Slade could have looked a bit better. 
 
@AtPhantom  said: 

@G-Man said:

THE PHANTOM STRANGER - Writer: Dan DiDio. Artist: Brent Anderson.
Spinning out of his recent appearances in JUSTICE LEAGUE and DC’s Free Comic Book Day story, learn more about the true origin of The Phantom Stranger and his connection to the mysterious Pandora.

Oh.

God.

No.

LOL. When I saw Phantom Stranger, I thought "yes." Then I saw Didio and thought, "eh, pass."
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#28 Posted by CODYSF (2053 posts) - - Show Bio

@Danial79 said:

Blue Beetle, Voodoo, and Captain Atom are at the bottom of the sales chart, so I wouldn't be surprised to see any of those go. Strange that JLI is being cancelled though seeing as it's sitting midway at #25.

Oh god I don't want Blue Beetle to get cancelled I love the comic Jaime Reyes rules.

#29 Posted by deadpool25mm (592 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll be getting Talon and The Phantom Stranger , they sound good. and the 0's of the seires i started with.

#30 Posted by Dernman (14960 posts) - - Show Bio
@cbishop

 Talon - I don't think this is a good idea. It sounds like both Manhunter & Nemesis, where an entire evil organization hunts them down, but one guy is able to not only evade, but also bring the organization down. Also, it sounds like Azrael - turning a popular badguy into a good guy or anti-hero to sell another book. Good heroes need good villains, and it sounds like the Court of Owls was finally a challenge for Batman and company.

 Agree that's another problem I have with the book.
#31 Posted by Mercy_ (92684 posts) - - Show Bio
@ragdollpurps Prettyyyy
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#32 Posted by VanAce (139 posts) - - Show Bio

Most likely the bottom 3 titles in sales (Blue Beetle, Voodoo, and Captain Atom) will go although, although there a few titles sitting under 20,000 according to ICV2 so it could be any of them. It will all depend on what their plans for those titles are. They might be seeing the potential of certain titles in trade and see if that improves the sales.

I have a feeling that the Phantom Stranger title may be the kind of title that will come to a natural conclusion once the DC's event comes around.

#33 Posted by Mercy_ (92684 posts) - - Show Bio
@Dernman How'd you come to that conclusion? Canary doesn't have short hair in current time.
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#34 Posted by AtPhantom (14521 posts) - - Show Bio

@Morpheus_ said:

LOL. When I saw Phantom Stranger, I thought "yes." Then I saw Didio and thought, "eh, pass."

It's like if they woke up one day and said 'Hey, what is the worst possible thing we could do with the Phantom Stranger?' and then Dan DiDio barged into the room.

#35 Posted by mattwing87 (427 posts) - - Show Bio

@Omega Ray Jay: I hope so too!

#36 Posted by Morpheus_ (29873 posts) - - Show Bio
@AtPhantom: Could had been worse. It could had happened to the Spectre.
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#37 Posted by mattwing87 (427 posts) - - Show Bio

I liked Justice League International! It's gotten better and it sells 30,000 a month so I think it should stay! All the new upcoming titles sound lame! Id rather have a Red Robin or a Blue Lantern series. Also bring back Wally West!!!

#38 Posted by Dernman (14960 posts) - - Show Bio
@Mercy_ said:
@Dernman How'd you come to that conclusion? Canary doesn't have short hair in current time.
I'm assuming you are talking about my comment on the pic? 
Hair can be cut and Grifter didn't get his mask until the second or first issue of his series. He found it blocked the Daemonites from entering his mind. 
Although the rest of them look younger like Slade (not sure which one he is) and Amanda Waller.
#39 Posted by pspin (891 posts) - - Show Bio

Sword of Sorcery seems interesting but it also seems like more of a Vertigo title, not a New 52 title.

When Batman shows up in Talon it just proves he has a terrible case of Wolverine Syndrome.

If Dinah Lance is in Team 7 wouldn't that make her way older than Ollie? Maybe they can kill Waller in that book and make Suicide Squad more interesting.

#40 Posted by zombietag (1493 posts) - - Show Bio

they say #1 on their covers because thats the original covers for the first issues of the 52 with the characters ripping out of them

#41 Posted by sj_esposito (457 posts) - - Show Bio

@ragdollpurps said:


Team 7 cover

Oh, uh... I might have to retract my statement about being excited for this book with a cover like this. Once again, someone at DC thinks things were better in 1997. This looks like a cheap GI Joe ripoff.

#42 Posted by eiderglast (65 posts) - - Show Bio

hmmm.. sounds familiar.. wonder why.

so is this another reboot of sorts?

#43 Posted by Ravager4 (1627 posts) - - Show Bio

@Dernman said:

@Mercy_ said:
Although the rest of them look younger like Slade (not sure which one he is)

I can only come to the conclusion that Slade isn't on the cover... because none of them look anything like him. At all. He's old enough where a book taking place even ten years in the past wouldn't make him look that different. At least I wouldn't think.

#44 Posted by wowylied (238 posts) - - Show Bio

Another bat title...another sup title...and batwoman already have a number #0.

#45 Posted by FadeToBlackBolt (23334 posts) - - Show Bio
@AtPhantom said:

@G-Man said:

THE PHANTOM STRANGER - Writer: Dan DiDio. Artist: Brent Anderson.
Spinning out of his recent appearances in JUSTICE LEAGUE and DC’s Free Comic Book Day story, learn more about the true origin of The Phantom Stranger and his connection to the mysterious Pandora.

Oh.

God.

No.

Well said.  
 
With the exception of Batman Inc (which isn't a new 52 title, shock-horror) those all sounds bloody atrocious.  
 
Terrible, DC, just terrible.
#46 Posted by HubrisRanger (144 posts) - - Show Bio

@Ravager4 said:

@Dernman said:

@Mercy_ said:
Although the rest of them look younger like Slade (not sure which one he is)

I can only come to the conclusion that Slade isn't on the cover... because none of them look anything like him. At all. He's old enough where a book taking place even ten years in the past wouldn't make him look that different. At least I wouldn't think.

Pretty sure he's replaced whoever the black dude in the shades is; everyone else can be pretty directly tied to the list in the solicitation, if you assume the dude in the hat is Lynch and the guy on the right is Fairchild, Trevor on the bottom left. Lance, Waller and Grifter are all easy enough to identify.

#47 Posted by ragdollpurps (15572 posts) - - Show Bio

An Animal Man cover
#48 Posted by haydenclaireheroes (9003 posts) - - Show Bio

YAY so glad about the issue 0's. September should be a great month for comics. The Talon seems like an awesome series that spins out of a great story arc.

#49 Posted by Skaddix (3114 posts) - - Show Bio

@HubrisRanger said:

@Ravager4 said:

@Dernman said:

@Mercy_ said:
Although the rest of them look younger like Slade (not sure which one he is)

I can only come to the conclusion that Slade isn't on the cover... because none of them look anything like him. At all. He's old enough where a book taking place even ten years in the past wouldn't make him look that different. At least I wouldn't think.

Pretty sure he's replaced whoever the black dude in the shades is; everyone else can be pretty directly tied to the list in the solicitation, if you assume the dude in the hat is Lynch and the guy on the right is Fairchild, Trevor on the bottom left. Lance, Waller and Grifter are all easy enough to identify.

Or got replaced by the black guy.

#50 Posted by callmethebat (5 posts) - - Show Bio

Just checked Snyder's twitter: "Scott Snyder ‏Ssnyder1835

So excited about the news for TALON - going to be good! 1 thing it is NOT written by me! Thats a misprint! It's written by JamesTheFourth(James Tynion IV).....should still be a good read...Snyder is the "co-pilot".

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