What's missing from this picture?1 of 12This week, DC debuted the first batch of its 8-page previews that herald the company's move away from the New 52 branding this June. Now that we've seen what's coming in a handful of DC's new and continuing series, it's time to talk about what's not there yet.
While we have a larger picture of what DC will look like come June, there are still outlying questions and conspicuous absences. But DC still has time to pull out some surprises before their full line is set.
Still, there are plenty of things missing from DC's new line. Here are the ten biggest absences.
Weekly Series2 of 12DC has used weekly comics off and on for the last several years, since the onset of 52 after its timeline-warping event Infinite Crisis. Though some of these series have fared better than others, DC's recent The New 52: Futures End and Batman Eternal weeklies have pulled their weight for the publisher.
So why no new weekly announced with this spate of new titles? It could be that DC is saving the weekly format for the lead up to big events, but more likely the publisher is consciously focusing its efforts on more standard formats for the time being.
Of course, Batman scribe Scott Snyder did say in a Reddit AMA that Batman Eternal would be back for year two, but with no details or date determined, the weekly comic remains M.I.A. at DC.
Justice League Spin-Offs3 of 12Since Geoff Johns took the reins on Justice League at the start of the New 52, he's used it not only as a showcase for DC's biggest characters, but as a platform to test the waters with long-dormant concepts and characters.
So, with this major revamp of its publishing line, it's surprising to see that DC hasn't taken any of those ideas and given them a shot at their own titles. Johns recently debuted a new version of the Doom Patrol in his Justice League, heavily drawing on the team's origins. He also showcased a new take on the Metal Men not long ago, with him now bringing in elements of the New Gods with Metron and Mr. Miracle.
Perhaps there simply isn't enough interest behind these characters to warrant new titles, or perhaps the right pitch just hasn't come along.
DC TV Guest Stars4 of 12There's no question that DC's recent television efforts have been smash successes. Between the CW's Arrow and The Flash, Fox's Gotham, not to mention the forthcoming Supergirl, DC's Legends of Tomorrow and the potential Titans series from TNT, it's a great time to catch DC's characters onscreen. So why isn't more of that influence appearing on the publishing side?
That's not to say DC should revamp its titles to more closely match those shows, but why not give a spotlight to fan-favorite characters appearing in supporting roles on those shows? It seems particularly curious that Firestorm and Atom not be given new shots, especially given DC's new ethos of promoting diversity, with Jason Rusch and Ryan Choi being obvious candidates to embody that mission.
DC did trot out the Atom in Convergence: The Atom, but that was the classic shrinking version of Ray Palmer.
Anyone Who Isn't a Superhero5 of 12DC's flirtation with war and western titles seems to be over as of this announcement. While DC has been trying to make both genres work since the onset of the New 52, none of their non-superhero titles have really struck a chord with fans, though Jonah Hex had a pretty good run.
While it's surprising that DC is no longer taking that risk, it's perhaps more indicative of the company's redoubled efforts to its core demographics than it is a strike against the viability of non-superhero comics.
Well, there was Prez.
SHAZAM6 of 12It's no secret that Geoff Johns, DC's Chief Creative Officer is a big fan of SHAZAM, having brought him into the Justice League with a series of back up stories that re-established the character in the New 52.
But where is SHAZAM's solo title? It seems like now would be the time to launch a new ongoing, with a high-profile film on the horizon and plenty of room for new books, not giving Earth's Mightiest Mortal a chance to build a fanbase seems like a missed opportunity.
A New Batman Title7 of 12
"Holy against the odds Batman."
In a surprising twist, there is also a distinct lack of a new Batman-centric book in this new wave of titles. Sure, Robin is getting an ongoing in Robin : Son of Batman, but it appears to be coming at the cost of Batman and Robin, as longtime Batman and Robin artist Patrick Gleason will be writing and drawing the new series. Robin is also getting what looks to be a second title - at least tangentially - in We Are Robin.
Which begs the question, where are the myriad Batman projects that have been hinted at/rumored for some time now, such as the Scott Snyder/Frank Miller Batman title, or one helmed by Marc Silvestri? Of course Batman will now be appearing in Bryan Hitch's Justice League of America, but that this new slate of titles actually leaves Batman down a title is surprising.
Superboy and Supergirl8 of 12Even though both of these characters will likely be appearing in team books - Superboy in Teen Titans and Supergirl in Justice League United - it seems odd that neither would have an ongoing series of their own, especially considering Robin's two upcoming titles.
What's more surprising, though, is that Supergirl has a high-profile new TV show on the horizon, and this list seems to show the backdoor cancellation of her current ongoing. What this means is anyone's guess, but it seems like too glaring a hole in DC's publishing schedule to not be filled soon.
Legion of Super-Heroes9 of 12The Legion of Super-Heroes, DC's collective of cosmic teen heroes has had more turns on the merry-go-round than most titles, having been rebooted more times than even DC itself. But it's been years since the title truly connected with fans, and attempts to make them modern have fallen flat.
However, with Jeff Lemire having recently re-introduced a version of the team in his run on Justice League United - a title that is apparently continuing without him - now seems like the time to give the team a shot, perhaps with a revamped mission statement.
For being DC's premiere superhero team from the future, their future in comics looks darker than ever.
Geoff Johns10 of 12As of this new slate of titles, DC's Chief Creative Officer is down to just one book. After years spent rehabbing some of DC's top characters and making stars out of unlikely B-Listers, Geoff Johns seems to be stepping back from helming multiple comic properties. He's even stepping back from Superman, leaving writing duties to DC newcomer Gene Luen Yang.
Of course, the one title Johns is still writing is Justice League, arguably DC's flagship title, so it's not like he's off the map. Johns has also been expanding into DC's successful television wing, writing for the CW's The Flash, and playing a role in CBS's upcoming Supergirl series. Still, it's quite surprising that he hasn't taken this opportunity to take control of a new, as yet untouched property.
A Certain Superman11 of 12We know what you're thinking - Superman is appearing in at least four titles, counting his solo title, Action Comics, and his team up books with Batman and Wonder Woman, not to mention multiple Justice League titles. But that's not exactly the Superman we're talking about.
As far-fetched as it might have been, many fans were still holding out hope that if any of the post-Crisis DC Universe could be brought through Convergence's “open door,” it would be the classic Superman in some form, red trunks and marriage to Lois Lane intact.
But it seems as though it may not be meant to be. Perhaps DC is taking the long way round to giving long-time Superman fans their desires, or maybe returning their most prominent character to his old status quo doesn’t fit the new inclusive gameplan?
Of course, Dan DiDio said Convergence leaves open every door to characters from other timelines, so maybe this version of Superman still has a chance.
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