UPDATED 10:30am ET: With 34 of the promised 52 new ongoing series announced as of Tuesday and therefore presumably 18 more to go, DC Entertainment began revealing more titles and creative teams Wednesday morning for their revamped - 'DCnU' - Universe debuting in September. This 5-title round (13 more?) focuses on "teenage
heroes and young superteams." DC co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio also gave some additional hints to the blog io9 about what to expect from the new titles.
Take it away DC:
"Seven heroes from the 31st century have traveled back to the present day. Their mission: Save their future from total annihilation. When the future tech they brought with them fails, they find themselves trapped in a nightmarish world and an ultimate struggle to survive. LEGION LOST #1 will be written by Fabian Nicieza and illustrated by Pete Woods, fresh off an acclaimed run of Action Comics.
" In the 31st century, the Legion of Superheroes is reeling from the loss of seven of their finest — and trying desperately to keep their youngest recruits alive against a series of terrible new threats. LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #1 will be written by fan-favorite Legion writer Paul Levitz and illustrated by Francis Portela.
This one is "one of the books you'll see the least amount of change taking place," says DiDio. Aside from the subtracted characters in Legion Lost of course.
"The Next Generation of Justice
"Tim Drake is forced to step out from behind his keyboard when an international organization seeks to capture or kill super-powered teenagers. As Red Robin, he must team up with the mysterious and belligerent powerhouse thief known as Wonder Girl and a hyperactive speedster calling himself Kid Flash in TEEN TITANS #1, by Scott Lobdell and artists Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund.
Lee says of Teen Titans that it has "the most variety of what existed before," and that Lobdell is crafting a "mythology that gives you a family feel."
DiDio noted that these new looks have reasons behind them. "All of these characters have history with the DC Universe that existed before the team is built, but it might be just slightly different," said DiDio. He also hinted that Tim Drake, Red Robin, will no longer have his own ongoing, but be the star of the show here. "every one of the former Robins to have a real showcase book, and this will be the primary showcase for Tim Drake."
UPDATE: Newsarama understands the Kid Flash in the Teen Titans promo image is in fact Bart Allen, and not Wally West as some fans are immediately speculating.
"Virgil Hawkins has been gifted with incredible electrical powers. Adopting the persona of Static, he faces super-powered street gangs, raging hormones, homework, and girls in STATIC SHOCK #1, co-written by John Rozum and Scott McDaniel, with McDaniel also illustrating along with Jonathan Glapion.
Static will have some changes, too, notes DiDio. They've decided to take him "out of the Dakota setting and place him firmly in New York City." Have no fear, Milestone fans, as DiDio also hinted that we'll see other characters from that world appear in this book.
"It’s up to the living avatars of war and peace to root out the hidden forces who look to plunge the country into a deadly civil war in HAWK AND DOVE #1. The exciting new series will be written by Sterling Gates and illustrated by legendary superstar comics artist Rob Liefeld."
Lee spoke of Liefeld's energy and enthusiasm about the book, and told readers, "He and Sterling have really brought the momentum that you need to launch a book."
"Hawk and Dove is where my career exploded! So excited to be drawing them again!" Liefeld tweeted Wednesday morning.
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