<i>by <a href=http://www.twitter.com/graemem>Graeme McMillan, Newsarama Contributor</a></i> <p>With this week's <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/dc-comics-april-2013-solicitations.html>DC Comics April 2013 Solicitations</a> revealing more cancellations within DC's New 52 ending both <em>I, Vampire</em> and <em>DC Universe Presents</em> is it too early to start wondering what new titles will replace them come May? Of course not! <p>If the Second and Third Waves of the New 52 expanded DC's horizons by bringing back the multiverse and offering series that took place in other dimensions or outer space, what kinds of things could we expect from future launches? Here are some possibilities of books that could make a comeback. <p><i>Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's <a href=http://www.facebook.com/Newsarama><b>FACEBOOK</b></a> and <a href=http://twitter.com/newsarama><b>TWITTER</b></a>!</i> <p>
With <em>O.M.A.C.</em> one of the first New 52 titles cancelled, where are Jack Kirby fans going to get their monthly fix of over-the-top action and out-there ideas? Clearly, it's time for a revival of Kirby's other 1970s series about the world that's coming -- except this world is far more post-apocalyptic and features a teen protagonist struggling to survive in a confusing world of talking animals, hyper-violence and unstoppable excitement. <p>Recast the series as a mix of <em>Planet of The Apes</em> and <em>The Hunger Games</em>, and you have a hit on your hands. And with the final issue of <em>DC Universe Presents</em> featuring an unnamed character heralding a "Great Disaster," it's possible that we're about to see this very thing.
With Keith Giffen and Tom Raney taking on the cosmic side of the DC Universe with <em>Threshold</em>, perhaps it's time to bring back 1984's <em>Sun Devils</em> - a mini-series that featured work by Gerry Conway, Roy Thomas and Dan Jurgens, including some of Jurgens' earliest writing efforts. A team of cosmic adventurers in the future that traveled through space trying to prevent intergalactic war, the stand-alone series was later retconned into pre-New 52 continuity by Jurgens during his <em>Superman</em> run, and referenced in both <em>Booster Gold</em> and <em>The Brave and The Bold</em>. Could a full-scale revival be on the cards at some point?
Sure, <em>Static Shock</em> died an unfortunately quick death, but this later Milestone series -- essentially the imprint's <em>Avengers</em>, except more morally ambiguous and more entertaining to read in the 1990s -- not only deserves more attention but would fit in surprisingly well with The New 52. <p>Mysterious organization led by shady figure whose aims aren't always entirely clear? Check -- but with the important distinction that this team are the good guys, and unlike Stormwatch, they're not too self-conscious about whether or not they're considered superheroes or not. Plus, comics needs the return of the snarky, upbeat Donner and Blitzen, to counterbalance the self-importance of Apollo and Midnighter.
Despite the cancellation of both <em>Men of War</em> and <em>G.I. Combat</em>, it's fair to say that DC remains interested in keeping the war genre alive in The New 52. So why not bring back The Losers? No, not the Andy Diggle/Jock characters that enjoyed not only a Vertigo run but also a movie a couple years back, but the <em>original</em> Losers: the band of soldiers cursed with misfortune but blessed to have had creators like Joe Kubert, Russ Heath, Jack Kirby and Darwyn Cooke guide their paths throughout the years. <p>Mixing the reality of the war genre with the oversize personality of the superhero genre, a reborn <em>Losers</em> could very well be the best of both worlds -- and a way to make the war genre finally stick with today's readers.
In today's superhero comic landscape, Dan Cassady's blue-skinned demonic alter ego is needed more than ever. Gary Cohn and Dan Mishkin's 1980s superhero series was created as an attempt to bring the fun back to superhero comics, and throughout its 31-issue (and one annual) run, it succeeded with stories mixing the supernatural, technological and shamelessly superheroic; all while keeping a smile on its face. <p>In a reborn universe where the public is still in love with the Justice League and Green Lantern is allowed to be a jerk, who's to say that a stuntman trapped in a robotic suit turned superhero wouldn't be a big hit? We have, after all, already seen him debut in the new universe courtesy of a <em>DC Universe Presents</em> arc, alongside Black Lightning...
One of those DC concepts that never stays dead for too long -- despite the title -- the biggest surprise about the Doom Patrol's status in The New 52 may be that they haven't already reappeared, either in their own series or as part of <em>DC Universe Presents</em>. <p>Yes, Robotman made a comeback as part of the <em>My Greatest Adventure</em> series, but without the Chief, Rita, Larry (or even Josh, Jane or any of the other incarnations of the team), it's not the same. The Suicide Squad may bring the potential for death at any moment, but only the Doom Patrol can mix that uncertainty with the idea that maybe death would be a better alternative to their current situation. Come on, DC: Bring the super powered pathos.
Another classic DC concept that's conspicuous by its absence in The New 52 - although the partially-revealed cover of <em>Nightwing</em> #19 in <a href="http://www.newsarama.com/comics/dc-comics-april-2013-solicitations.html">April's solicitations</a> may change that - Steve Ditko's newsman-turned-superhero (well, superhero of sorts) feels perfectly placed for today's media-savvy world where we're used to larger-than-life characters on screen who threaten to take matters into their own hands. <p>What if Jack Ryder's New 52 incarnation was an Anderson Cooper-style sympathetic do-gooder arriving at disaster scenes to handle things himself? Or, potentially more fun, a Glenn Beck-esque political rabble-rouser looking for attention as much as anything? There's so much potential even before you get to the part where he's also a green-haired, yellow-skinned crime-fighter of dubious affiliation!
Two things are in favor of DC's intergalactic bastich getting his own series at some point in the next few years. Firstly, Rob Liefeld has already taken care of his revival during his <em>Deathstroke</em> run (not that the character really needed that much updating; his appeal is pretty simple, after all), and secondly, Warner Bros. has started working on a Lobo movie again, hiring director Brad Peyton to take care of the creative duties. <p>Even with both <em>Threshold</em> and the <em>Green Lantern</em> franchise currently exploring the DCU beyond the confines of Earth, isn't there more than enough space to add one more intergalactic troublemaker to the books?
We're almost <em>owed</em> an Atom book, by this point; Ray Palmer has had a place in The New 52 thanks to appearances in <em>Frankenstein</em> since that book's first issue, but even before the relaunch happened, we've seen preview art of an Atom and heard mention that Ryan Choi would be back in the blue-and-red suit before too long. <p>It took months - and more than one wave of launches, but Choi appears to be back in action in next month's <em>Justice League of America</em> series alongside Green Arrow, Katana and the Martian Manhunter. But still, we have no solo book - Even though that same team's Vibe is getting one. <em>Vibe</em>, for Pete's sake. At this point, DC just needs to get on the case and admit that good things can come in small packages.
This one's just math: Thanks to both <em>Justice League</em> and <em>Earth-2</em>, we know that Darkseid is causing trouble for... well, everyone, looking for his daughter. We also know that, thanks to Isaac Newton, that every action leads to an equal and opposite reaction, which in this case translates into the need for an anti-Darkseid, who is normally called Highfather. <p>Once you have those two, then it's only a matter of time before the rest of Kirby's New Gods show up to turn Earth into their battleground once more, and given Orion's appearances in <em>Wonder Woman</em> (and, if the April solicit for <em>Action Comics</em> is correct, that title as well), that time is almost here. Bring in Keith Giffen and/or Grant Morrison to help tell that story and many readers would likely be happy to see that happen. This kind of epic-scale storytelling and ambition is exactly what the next evolution of The New 52 needs. Here's hoping that it's the kind of thing that DC has in store for us.