Bleeding Cool this week shared a little extra information on 2023’s Dawn of DC publishing initiative.
Rich Johnston wrote: ‘As well as the classics of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Titans and Shazam, we also have Green Lantern Jo Mullein, Wonder Girl Yara Flor, Avery Ho Flash. A new Birds Of Prey with Flatline, Red Canary and Stitch. Tim Drake Robin and Batman Of New York Jace Fox together, Superman Jon Kent, Jackson Hyde Aquaman and Bolt.’
I’m not sure Rich is spot on with his character pics – I see no Bolt, but I do see the new kid from the recent Black Adam mini I never read…is he going by Bolt now? That would be weird as we’ve only just had a Future State speedster by that name running around in Teen Titans Academy and Suicide Squad. And the FS characters are at the heart of this latest announcement
Jace Fox, Stitch, Aqualad Jackson, Wonder Girl Yara… because YOU demanded it, these kids are getting pushed to the forefront of the DC Universe. You did demand it, didn’t you? Someone must have, as DC editorial has been trying to make their particular brand of Fetch happen for two years now, and here they are again.
I’ve tried liking them, and succeeded only with sarcastic sorcerer Stitch, the breakout star of Titans Academy (sorry Red X, but you were pants). The new Aqualad DC want us to call Aquaman is OK, but his stories all being about being gay and the son of Black Manta made me weary. Yara, originally announced by DC as a new Wonder Woman, is annoyingly cocky. And Jace Fox is utterly pointless, his brother Luke already having done the Batman But Black bit.
I’ve not heard of any massive fans of these characters, so expected DC to sideline them when it was announced that the Dawn of DC was coming. Admittedly, publicity spoke of ‘the next generation of characters’ but I took that to mean one down from the classics – the New Titans period characters, legacies like Green Arrow Connor Hawke, Green Lantern Kyle Rayner and so on. We did see a great publicity image this week for the new Oliver Queen Green Arrow book, and Connor Hawke is in there, so that’s something.
But where’s Kyle, once one of DC’s brightest new stars but shunted aside when Hal Jordan was cured of being a murderous madman? On a similar note, where’s Firestorm, whose solo title was a massive seller back in the day? I believe he’s upcoming as part of the Lazarus Planet ‘event’ but why not put him in the big publicity push? I’ve seen preview images, but none with him in there.
Zatanna is also mentioned as being among the Lazarus Planet cast, it’d be great if she comes out of it with a new series. In the couple of years pre-New 52, writer Paul Dini emphasised what a fascinating character she is; the Goth chick version seen in Justice League Dark is a shadow of the classic character. Sticking with that gal would be a backwards step.
The JSA currently has a series, but it’s announced as just a 12-issue deal – where’s the faith that the original super-team, a best-seller more than once, can sustain a book? Similarly, how the hell does DC keep botching the beloved Legion of Super-Heroes? The Doom Patrol is emerging with a limited series, so that bears watching.
But where are the likes of Blue Devil and Captain Atom? What are the Secret Six up to? Is the Power Company still in business? Whatever happened to Primal Force? Would it be too much of a stretch to bring back Metamorpho and Plastic Man, and indeed, their team, The Terrifics?
DC has such a Who’s Who of once big characters and an even bigger backlog of those whose potential is yet to be tapped. Is DC so sure that a new take on The Brave and the Bold or DC Comics Presents wouldn’t succeed that it’s not worth even a year’s worth of one or the other to showcase recently inactive characters, to see if readers respond to any in particular?
Hmm, ‘Showcase’, that rings a bell…
Heck, a new B&B would star Batman, which fulfils what seems to be DC’s current publishing plan – look at what they offered us this past New Comic Book Day
Nothing but Batman and spin-offs. I’ve been a huge Batman fan in my day, but this is far too much… there wasn’t a single one that grabbed me, which is why there are no DC books reviewed this week.
Seriously, there must be more DC can do with their library of lost heroes than allow Tom King to mangle them?