There are four confirmed titles we will see on the shelves come September.
I’ve never been the biggest fan of the Phantom Stranger nor ever been able to place exactly how he fits into things, except to toss a little mystery and intrigue into the DCU. That being said, I did like his one-shot during Blackest Night and enjoyed his appearances in some various Justice League stories. He showed up in stories like 52 and Countdown but not to excess, as I think his showing up may have turned me off of those arcs had he been a focus. This title will be written by Dan Didio, who is well known to many a DC fan as the co-publisher of DC, with art by Brent Anderson (Astro City, Strikeforce: Morituri, X-Men: God Loves Man Kills).
A spinoff of the recent major Batman story arcs, this one I’m fairly interested in. The Night of the Owls story arc throughout the Bat-family was something I don’t think they would have done with the old DCU but with a relaunch, all bets are off and Scott Snyder and team succeeded here. This story focuses on a Talon who is no longer under the control of the Court of Owls – and the Court doesn’t like that one little bit. Snyder pairs up with co-writer James Tynion IV (co-writer of the Batman Annual recently released) and artist Guillem March (Huntress, Azrael, Catwoman).
Sword of Sorcery
This may be an interesting title as it brings back a character not seen in the halls of DC for a while – Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld. It sounds like it’s a new origin for the character, which makes sense within the wings of the New 52, but maybe it’ll have a slightly different spin… I don’t know. I’ll wait and read the book to see what comes of it, but my fear is that this is going to be a Men of War and then DC will cancel it and launch another fantasy title centered around the Warlord and that one will take off. This title will be written by Christy Marx (Jem and the Holograms cartoon) with art by Aaron Lopresti (Wonder Woman, Superboy, Excalibur).
This one seems kind of… strange. As DC puts it:
Set in the early days of DC COMICS-THE NEW 52, threads of the entire DC Universe collide. As Superman emerges, so does the world’s counter measures against him and his kind. Team 7 is comprised of Dinah Lance, Amanda Waller, Steve Trevor, John Lynch, Alex Fairchild, Cole Cash, Slade Wilson — and their story will change everything you know about DC COMICS-THE NEW 52.
This sounds kind of like an Avengers: Illuminati group but with a few baddies tossed into the mix as well. I mean, Waller? Slade? Come on… Written by Justin Jordan and art by Jesus Merino (Superman for the New 52) this sounds more like an intrigue story arc than anything, and the inclusion of Dinah, a woman with a very loud cry, sounds like it could make for an interesting story.
All of the titles above will launch in September 2012 with an Issue 0 (along with every other DC title that month). They will be followed into a regular series with #1 immediately thereafter.
It sounds like DC knows what it will be launching, but this does mean 4 titles are getting the boot. Anyone care to speculate on the titles being removed to make way for some new ones?