In January 2013, DC Comics will end four titles, with Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E., Blue Beetle, Grifter, and Legion Lost all bearing the dreaded "Final Issue" notice in solicitations, released throughout the day Monday. All four were original, first wave series in the New 52. Those series join G.I. Combat, which ends in December. Threshold, the new cosmic-oriented anthology title by Keith Giffen, makes it 52 for January, as announced here on Newsarama. The final issue of Blue Beetle is now marketed as a lead-in to the new title.
But what does that mean for February? We know that Justice League of America will kick off that month, bringing the total back up to 49, but will three other books also start?
We asked DC Comics that very question, but as of press time, DC has not responded. A new as-yet-untitled Superman title by Scott Snyder and Jim Lee will begin sometime in 2013, but with no firm date, we can likely rule that out as the February replacement. No other new titles for 2013 were announced at this weekend's New York Comic Con.
DC has firmly kept the "52" intact, dropping titles and replacing them one for one since the launch in September 2011. As "The New 52" is still branded across the top of issues, that's not likely to change. Perhaps we'll hear more at the last convention of the year, Long Beach Comic Con, though that typically doesn't host a lot of news.
All five titles canceled in December and January appeared in Newsarama's most recent "On the Bubble" feature at spots 1, 2, 3, 5, and 8.
Stay tuned for more on DC Comics and the 'New 49.'
DC January 2013 Solicitations: