REBIRTH OF THE COOL1 of 12
This week DC Comics announced that Geoff Johns would launch a new Shazam! ongoing series, while writer Gail Simone brought to mind another "long lost" DC Comics property, recounting a pitch for a Legion of Super-Heroes series with Jim Lee.
While we're waiting for a LoSH relaunch to coming to fruition, we're gonna go ahead and ask (beg?) DC to go ahead and get these other titles back up and running too.
STARS AND S.T.R.I.P.E.2 of 12
Geoff Johns' first DC series (and first ever professional comic book work) was the little-remembered Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E., which introduced the character of Courtney Starsmore A.K.A. the new Star-Spangled Kid and revamped the original World War II Star-Spangled Kid's sidekick Stripesy as Courtney's step-father, operating an armored suit called S.T.R.I.P.E.
Though Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. didn't last long, Courtney made her way to the Justice Society, whose title Johns began co-writing quickly thereafter. She later took on the name Stargirl and inherited Starman's Cosmic Rod, remaining a presence in the DCU through most of the "New 52."
With Johns creating his own imprint to focus on revitalizing lesser known characters, maybe now is the perfect time to revisit his first experiment with that concept - especially since the character of Stargirl has played a role in CW's DC's Legends of Tomorrow TV series in recent years.
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES3 of 12
The Legion of Super-Heroes has been a tough nut to crack for a very long time now. After a series of repeated reboots and efforts to streamline their various timelines, the team remained largely intact moving into the "New 52" – and that may be part of the problem. With so much baggage, maybe the opportunity for a truly clean slate is one DC should have taken.
But since the end of the "New 52," the Legion as a whole hasn't been seen at all - but some of their members have. Like another property we'll discuss in a minute, certain Legionaires have popped up around the DC Universe since the start of "Rebirth," including in Doomsday Clock.
All the Legion really needs to work is a writer who can follow the initial "Rebirth" mission statement from a few years ago - to take the best core concepts from the expansive team and present them in a way that feels both organic and forward thinking.
After all, they're from the future.
OUTSIDERS4 of 12
The Outsiders were Batman's original "black ops" superhero team (though their early adventures weren't exactly hardcore). Comprised of heroes Batman trained and personally trusted, the team has often operated in secret.
It's entirely likely that the Outsiders will be the hinted secret team that will operate with a portal to the new Hall of Justice alongside the various Justice League teams, but until the quirky team is back on stands in their own book, we'll keep asking for it.
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA5 of 12
The Justice Society has been missing as a presence in the core DC Universe since the “New 52” relegated them to a side story on Earth-2. But with Geoff Johns now back working full-time as a creator, the pieces might finally be sliding into place to get the DCU’s first superhero team back in print.
In fact, Johns has been setting up the return of the World War II-era squad over in Doomsday Clock (alongside a few Legionnaires), where threads from DC Universe Rebirth #1 are finally leading somewhere, with some members of the JSA even having appeared in the story.
THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD6 of 12
Given The Brave and the Bold's legacy as the title that introduced the original Justice League, we'd love to see it brought back as a place for DC to try out new characters and concepts in short runs - maybe alongside a rotating second feature showcasing lesser seen existing characters?
Anthology titles tend to be a hard sell in the modern market - but The Brave and the Bold was relaunched with success not so long ago, trading on its weighty brand name and all-star creators. With DC's recent focus on big name creators, the publisher could pull it off again.
RED ROBIN7 of 12
Tim Drake is one of DC’s longest running, most successful solo characters, having anchored his own title from the early ‘90’s all the way until the start of the "New 52." For an entire generation of fans, Drake is the definitive Robin.
Yes, Tim has been a central character in Detective Comics in recent years, but he should be a solo star in the mainstream DCU – even if it means keeping the "Red Robin" moniker.
With James Tynion IV's run on Detective Comics now concluded, we'd love to see Tim back on his own in a title that showcases why he's the best Robin ever (yeah, we said it).
BLACK LIGHTNING8 of 12
He's got his own show. He's showing up soon in Detective Comics. It's only a matter of time before Black Lightning gets his own series again.
Black Lightning did get a crack at a solo book in DC's "Rebirth," a limited series written by his co-creator Tony Isabella. Now it seems the iron is hot to strike for a new ongoing and an increased presence in the DC Universe.
NEW GODS9 of 12
The New Gods definitely exist in the current DC Universe - Mister Miracle even has an acclaimed solo limited series running at the moment, and Darkseid will play a mysterious role in the recently announced Justice League Odyssey.
But with a New Gods movie on the horizon from director Ava Duvernay, it's time to bring the denizens of New Genesis and Apokolips back in action whole cloth - maybe even with King at the helm.
BLUE BEETLE/BOOSTER GOLD10 of 12
Both Blue Beetle and Booster Gold are currently around in the DC Universe, but neither one has their own solo title. May we suggest a modest proposal?
Put 'em together in one title. That's what fans want. That's when they're at their best. Why resist it?
We don't think this needs much more of a sell - just get some funny, charming creators on it and let the "bwahahahas" flow.
BATMAN & ROBINS11 of 12
Listen, we didn’t say we were reaching into left field on these … DC knows where its bread and butter lies. So yes, another Bat-title.
Batman & Robin is just too iconic a title to pass up for long. But how about a twist - switching it up to Batman & Robins, and featuring Bruce teaming up with his various sidekicks on different missions.
This is a bit similar to what's been done on Detective Comics, but we're suggesting less of a bat-focused team book and more of a book directly exploring the relationships between Batman and his surrogate children.
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