DC Comics announced via USA Today Monday morning eight new miniseries debuting in 2016 that has the goal to "freshen up and contemporize" some classic characters, according to co-publisher Dan DiDio.
In 2016, DC will launch Swamp Thing, Metal Men, Raven, Firestorm, Katana: Cult of the Kobra, Metamorpho and Sugar & Spike. Some of the series will be written by the characters' original creators. The list of titles and writers are:
- Swamp Thing by writer Len Wein
- Metal Men by writer Len Wein
- Raven by writer Marv Wolfman
- Firestorm by writer Gerry Conway
- Katana: Cult of the Kobra by writer Mike W. Barr
- Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life & Death by writer Amy Chu
- Metamorpho by writer Aaron Lopresti
- Sugar & Spike by writer Keith Giffen
"We want the best writers working on our characters, and these are the best writers for these characters," said DiDio.
Of Raven, Marv Wolfman says it's a way to to tap into the renewed popularity of the character from the Teen Titans Go! animated series.
"When I go to comic conventions it thrills me to see all the young fans cosplaying as Raven from the Teen Titans GO! cartoon show," said the long-time Teen Titans writer. "Because so many comic fans are boys, it's wonderful that there's something about her that connects with both girls and boys."
One title that will be featuring a decidedly different take on its characters thans seen before in comic books or animation is Keith Giffen's Sugar & Spike.
"They're not spoiled kids anymore," explained DiDio," but they're older and they're operating as private investigators handling problems and mysteries that the superheroes can't handle themselves."
USA Today describes these upcoming series as tweaks to these character similiar to what's been done to Batman and Superman in their comic book series, with an intent to gain more interest in the characters.
"This is about character but there is a complete story in every one of those miniseries," said DiDio. "It has a beginning, middle and end, and something that affects the course of that character that we would be able to launch and take further if things are successful."