All-New? New 52? U Decide!1 of 12
With an All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe on the way, Marvel is looking to relaunch nearly their entire line with all new #1 issues. We know only a handful of the titles that are confirmed for the relaunch, with Invincible Iron Man leading the charge.
But with Secret Wars putting all of Marvel’s vast history on the table, and Convergence providing a similar outcome over at DC, it’s entirely possible that we’ll see some surprising returns as both companies revamp their lines.
Keeping all of that in mind, we decided to take a look at ten titles from Marvel, DC, and other publishers worthy of a relaunch!
The Order2 of 12One of Matt Fraction's first solo-written Marvel books, The Order was launched as part of the post-Civil War 50 State Initiative. The Order featured a team of heroes chosen by try-out, and given almost celebrity status as California's Initiative team.
Since the book's end, several of its characters have appeared in the Marvel Universe, with the team's leader, Henry Hellrung/Anthem appearing in Fraction's later series Invincible Iron Man.
The Order was cancelled when Fraction chose to walk away, so while his return is unlikely, the idea of celebrity superheroes has become much more prevalent in recent years, so a relaunch of the well-liked team could be timely.
WildCATS3 of 12
Though well liked as characters, the New 52 solo titles for Wildcats characters like Grifter and Voodoo did not do particularly well, which may make for a sticky wicket for a possible relaunch. But what the pieces lack, the whole could easily provide, giving DC the tactical superhero teambook they've been stabbing at since the advent of the New 52. And I'm sure DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee still has a soft spot for this little team of his.
Lee tried relaunching it himself with Grant Morrison several years before New 52, but his busy schedule got in the way of that series getting past a first issue. Although there's rumors Lee might want to try it again himself, maybe he should look to some new creators within and outside DC to let these cats roam once again.
American Flagg4 of 12Howard Chaykin was already a major comics creator, but when he launched American Flagg in 1983 it changed everything. It's been well over a decade since Reuben Flagg has reared his head, and with Chaykin busy again in comics with Satellite Sam and other work-for-hire projects, maybe we could convince him to return to the Plex and all his cast.
Just imagine -- if Chaykin is already working with Matt Fraction on Satellite Sam, how hard would it be to perhaps get Fraction to muster his Casanova-like style and work with Chaykin on a new Reuben Flagg story?
Seven Soldiers of Victory5 of 12
The Seven Soldiers of Victory have been around for decades in various forms, though the most well known take is perhaps Grant Morrison's take on the team, comprised of the more recent versions of the original members.
Organized into a kind of non-team, Morrison's non-traditional narrative secretly set the stage for an entire chapter of the DCU's collective story. While Morrison recently completing his latest over-arching story with The Multiversity, the idea of possibly revisiting this concept coulc be too tempting to ignore.
Legion of Super-Heroes6 of 12
Long live the Legion! So goes the rallying cry of the classic DC comic about teenage heroes in the 31st century. In recent memory however, the Legion's adventures have been decidedly short-lived, as their frequently relaunched title has failed to find footing even into the New 52.
It seems like DC is moving on from the LoSH for the time being, with Justice League 3000 taking the place of a futuristic super team on their publishing schedule. Still, the Legion has a massive base of incredibly supportive and fervent fans ready to latch onto the title, given the right combination of talent, timing, and ideas. Some members of the team have appeared in Justice League United so there's still hope...
Cloak & Dagger7 of 12
Last seen in a major way in a Spider-Island tie-in mini-series, fan-favorite characters Cloak and Dagger were left with a strange status quo that seemed to portend a possible return to their own title, but their appearances have been sparse at best in the intervening years.
Still, the characters remain fan favorites, and with an obviously untold story waiting in the wings, the potential for a comeback is high.
Runaways8 of 12
Some of the characters from Marvel's fan-favorite series, which focused on an unlikely team of the children and offspring of supervillains have continued to appear in some titles since the last Runaways issue hit stands in 2009. However, while the characters remain popular, nothing would compare to a well-handled relaunch of the original title.
Even though getting the band back together may be a little tricky given the status quo of so many of the team's members, the possibility of a reunion after all the kids have been through as individuals is part of what makes the prospect so alluring. As well-loved as the original Runaways series is, it's impossible to imagine that a relaunch isn't on Marvel's radar, though what form it might take, should it come to pass, is anyone's guess.
And now, Runaways is indeed seeing a brief relaunch as part of Secret Wars, though whether they'll stick around for a permanent relaunch once the crossover wraps is still unknown.
The Maxx9 of 12
Perhaps best known for the resulting MTV series that may have been even more influential than its comic counterpart, Sam Keith's The Maxx is a trippy, surreal exploration of the power of imagination and the world inside one's own mind.
When Keith left The Maxx behind in 1995, his characters had reached a vastly different status quo than at the start of their journey, with the series having switch protagonists in its second act. However, given the nature of its story and themes, it's entirely possible that the Maxx could make return, even briefly, in a new mini-series or one-shot. With IDW's remastered edition in stores, now's the perfect time.
Breach10 of 12
Originally conceived as a reboot of Captain Atom, Breach's 11 issues are still acclaimed by the fans who watched it die too soon. Penned by DC bigwig Bob Harras with art from a young Marcos Martin, Breach followed the adventures of Tim Zanetti, who was given his powers in an accident involving a portal experiment.
Though he has appeared in several forms since his series bowed in 2005, Breach has remained a nebulous presence in the DCU, often falling victim to the same thing that makes him so potent for a relaunch: his connection to DC's multiverse. Given DC's focus on stories that have begun to span many of its Earths leading into Convergence, the time could be right for a return to form for this somewhat forgotten, but fondly remembered character.
Umbrella Academy11 of 12
While the return of Umbrella Academy would be more of a reprise than a relaunch, fans who have clamored for more of Gerard Way's acclaimed since its last installment, 2008's Dallas, would likely not complain about the distinction.
Umbrella Academy follows the adventures of the students of the titular school, flashing back and forth between their childhood and adult lives with a Grant Morrison-like level of grand design. With Way taking on his first mainstream comics in the recent Spider-Verse and My Chemical Romance being no more, the time may be right for him to focus more on his comics; a move which could hopefully signal a return to his original creations.
There's also the matter of Hotel Oblivion, a recently announced new mini-series for The Umbrella Academy, which has yet to actually be scheduled, let alone released.
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