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DC Comics announces massive shakeup, 24 new comics with focus on diversity

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Ever since DC Comics announced Convergence, a line-wide crossover that will see all of its books go on hiatus for two months, the future of the DC Universe has been a pretty big mystery. What would DC Comics look like after this huge storyline—full of characters spanning every era of DC history—look like? Turns out the answer is “very different.” And it’s pretty exciting. 

Beginning June 3, DC will launch 24 new series which will join 25 “fan-favorite” series returning from their two-month Convergence hiatus. According to DC, this isn’t just another wave of new titles, but a bold new mission statement for the company and its characters. The company is striving to make diversity a priority, and aims to emphasize “storytelling over continuity.”

“This heralds in a new era for the DC Universe which will allow us to publish something for everyone, be more expansive and modern in our approach and tell stories that better reflect the society around us,” said DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio in a press release.  “Whether you’ve been a DC fan your whole life, or whether you are new to comics—there will be a book for you beginning in June.”

It’s a complete 180 from 2011’s New 52 initiative, which reset the entire DC Universe with the ostensible purpose of making its comics more accessible to new readers—when in fact, it ended up homogenizing most titles, barring a few notable, excellent exceptions like Wonder Woman and Batman

Speaking of The New 52—you won’t be seeing that phrase atop DC’s comics anymore. The rebooted universe isn’t going away, however—which is a good thing, given that there’s been a pretty remarkable uptick in quality in the company’s output over the past few months. From the press release: 

DC Comics will be keenly focused on going back-to-basics with its legendary characters, like BATMAN, SUPERMAN and WONDER WOMAN, while also reinventing key characters, such as BLACK CANARY, BIZARRO, CYBORG and STARFIRE, with a new contemporary tonality to ensure a diverse offering of titles.  Top writers and artists, as well as emerging fresh voices, are on board to help create an expansive lineup of comics that appeals to a broad audience of fans.

Some genuinely exciting creative teams will be taking the lead on these books: Boxers and Saints writer Gene Luen Yang is joining John Romita Jr. on Superman. Brenden Fletcher (of Batgirl and Gotham Academy fame) and Annie Wu (Hawkeye) are starting a new Black Canary series. David Walker (whose Shaft series you should be reading) is launching Cyborg with Ivan Reis.

Annie Wu

DC willl be giving readers a sneak peek at upcoming storylines in its Free Comic Book Day special issue, DC Comics: Divergence.

There really are a ton of interesting books announced, so check out the full list as published on DC’s website

New Titles

Title Creative Team
Batman Beyond W: Dan Jurgens

A: Bernard Chang

Bat-Mite W: Dan Jurgens

A: Corin Howell

Bizarro W: Heath Corson

A: Gustavo Duarte

Black Canary W: Brenden Fletcher

A: Annie Wu

Constantine: The Hellblazer W: Ming Doyle

A: Riley Rossmo

Cyborg W: David Walker

A: Ivan Reis

Dark Universe W: James Tynion IV

A: Ming Doyle

Green Lantern: Lost Army W: Cullen Bunn

A: Jesus Saiz & Javi Pina

Doomed W: Scott Lobdell

A: Javier Fernandez

Earth 2: Society W: Daniel Wilson

A: Jorge Jimenez

Dr. Fate W: Paul Levitz

A: Sonny Liew

Harley Quinn/Power Girl W: Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner & Justin Gray

A: Stephane Roux

Justice League of America W: Bryan Hitch

A: Bryan Hitch

Justice League 3001 W: Keith Giffen

A: Howard Porter

Martian Manhunter W: Rob Williams

A: Ben Oliver

Midnighter W: Steve Orlando

A: ACO

Mystic U W: Alisa Kwitney

A: Stay tuned for artist info!

Omega Men W: Tom King

A: Alec Morgan

Prez W: Mark Russell

A: Ben Caldwell

Red Hood/Arsenal W: Scott Lobdell

A: Denis Medri

Robin, Son of Batman W: Patrick Gleason

A: Patrick Gleason

Section Eight W: Garth Ennis

A: John McCrea

Starfire W: Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner

A: Emanuela Lupacchino

We Are Robin W: Lee Bermejo

A: Khary Randolph

Continuing Titles

Title Creative Team
Action Comics W: Greg Pak

A: Aaron Kuder

Aquaman W: Cullen Bunn

A: Trevor McCarthy

Batgirl W: Cameron Stewart & Brenden Fletcher

A: Babs Tarr

Batman W: Scott Snyder

A: Greg Capullo

Detective Comics W: Francis Manapul & Brian Buccelato

A: Francis Manapul

Batman/Superman W: Greg Pak

A: Ardian Syaf

Catwoman W: Genevieve Valentine

A: David Messina

Deathstroke W: Tony S. Daniel

A: Tony S. Daniel

The Flash W: Robert Venditti & Van Jensen

A: Brett Booth

Gotham Academy W: Becky Cloonan & Brenden Fletcher

A: Karl Kerschl

Gotham By Midnight W: Ray Fawkes

A: Juan Ferreyra

Grayson W: Tom King & Tim Seeley

A: Mikel Janin

Green Arrow W: Ben Percy

A: Zircher

Green Lantern W: Robert Venditti

A: Billy Tan

Harley Quinn W: Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner

A: Chad Hardin

Justice League W: Geoff Johns

A: Jason Fabok

Justice League United

Stay tuned for creative team info!

Lobo W: Cullen Bunn

A: Cliff Richards

Secret Six W: Gail Simone

A: Dale Eaglesham

Sinestro W: Cullen Bunn

A: Bradley Walker

New Suicide Squad W: Sean Ryan

A: Carlos D’Anda

Superman W: Gene Luen Yang

A: John Romita, Jr.

Superman/Wonder Woman W: Peter J. Tomasi

A: Doug Mahnke

Teen Titans W: Will Pfeifer

A: Kenneth Rocafort

Wonder Woman W: Meredith Finch

A: David Finch