UPDATED: No more New 52, says DC Comics

UPDATED: FULL LIST OF NEW TITLES NOW AVAILABLE

After three and a half years, DC is finally calling it quits on The New 52. Starting June 3rd, 2015, they plan to launch 24 new titles, complete with new writers and new artists to helm them. This will be in addition to 25 titles that are currently running, but will no longer have the iconic New 52 stamp on their covers.

“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.”

We’re going to see a tighter focus on what made the Top Three (Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman) great, but we will also see a reinvention of other characters like Cyborg, Black Canary, and Starfire.

FCBD-DIVERGENCE-CV-55cacWe will also get a preview of the new universe to come at this year’s Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 2, with DC Comics: Divergence, which will feature three 8-page previews of Snyder and Capullo’s Batman, Johns and Fabok’s Justice League, and newcomer Gene Luen Yang’s partnership with “Amazing” (did you get it?) artist John Romita, Jr. for Superman.

But the focus for DC this time around seems to be making sure there’s something for everyone, according to DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee.

“More than ever before, DC Comics fans are being exposed to our rich portfolio of characters through multiple sources, including an unprecedented number of highly successful TV shows, video games and upcoming major motion pictures. We are looking to extend that experience within publishing to ensure there is a comic book for everyone.  For example, fans of the Arrow television show may want more stories about Black Canary. Now they can find modern, fresh takes on the character in the pages of her standalone series both in stores and digitally.”

Could this new direction mean a possible connection between the live action DC shows across television networks and DC’s comic book library? If so, the DC Universe is about to get a whole lot bigger. With the critical and commercial successes of ArrowThe Flash, and Gotham, and the launch of future television shows Titans on TNT and Supergirl on CBS, being a comic book fan is becoming much more exciting. Some people may not like the rush into the mainstream (or even outright despise it), but change is coming and the universe DC is building is on track to continue growing and thriving across multiple forms of media.

Check out the official list of new and current titles that will make it to store shelves after the Convergence storyline ends, and the gallery of preview art:

24 CONFIRMED NEW TITLES (UPDATED)

  • Batman Beyond by writer Dan Jurgens & artist Bernard Chang
  • Bat-Mite by writer Mark Russell & artist Ben Caldwell (6 issue mini-series)
  • Bizarro by writer Heath Corson & artist Gustavo Duarte (6 issue mini-series)
  • Black Canary by writer Brenden Fletcher & artists Annie Wu and Irene Koh
  • Constantine: The Hellblazer by writer Ming Doyle & artist Riley Rossmo
  • Cyborg by writer David L. Walker & artists Ivan Reis and Joe Prado
  • Dark Universe by writer James Tynion IV & artist Ming Doyle
  • Doomed by writer Scott Lobdell & artist Javier Fernandez
  • Dr. Fate by writer Paul Levitz & artist Sonny Liew
  • Earth 2: Society by writer Daniel Wilson & Jorge Jimenez
  • Green Lantern: Lost Army by writer Cullen Bunn & artists Jesus Saiz and Javi Pina
  • Harley Quinn/Power Girl by writers Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner & artist Stephane Roux (4 issue mini-series)
  • Justice League of America by writer/artist Brian Hitch
  • Justice League 3001 by writer Keith Giffen & artist Howard Porter
  • Martian Manhunter by writer Rob Williams & artist Ben Oliver
  • Midnighter by writer Steve Orlando & artist ACO
  • Mystic U (tentative title) by writer Alisa Kwitney & artist Mauricet
  • Omega Men by writer Tom King & artist Barnaby Bagenda
  • Prez by writer Mark Russell & artist Ben Caldwell
  • Red Hood/Arsenal by writer Scott Lobdell & artist Denis Medri
  • Robin, Son of Batman by writer/artist Patrick Gleason
  • Section Eight by writer Garth Ennis & artist John McCrea
  • Starfire by writers Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner & artist Emanuela Lupacchino
  • We Are Robin by writer Lee Bermejo & artists Rob Haynes and Khary Randolph

25 ONGOING TITLES

  • Action Comics by writer Greg Pak & artist Aaron Kuder
  • Aquaman by writer Cullen Bunn & artist Trevor McCarthy
  • Batgirl by writers Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher & artist Babs Tarr
  • Batman by writer Scott Snyder & artist Greg Capullo
  • Detective Comics by Brian Buccelato & artist Francis Manapul
  • Batman/Superman by writer Greg Pak & artist Ardian Syaf
  • Catwoman by writer Genevieve Valentine & artist David Messina
  • Deathstroke by writer Tony Daniel & artist Tony Daniel
  • Flash by writers Rob Venditti, Van Jensen & artist Brett Booth
  • Gotham Academy by writers Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher & artist Karl Kerschl
  • Gotham By Midnight by writer Ray Fawkes & artist Juan Ferreyra
  • Grayson by writers Tim King, Tim Seeley & artist Mikel Janin
  • Green Arrow by writer Ben Percy & artist Richard Zircher
  • Green Lantern by writer Robert Venditti & artist Billy Tan
  • Harley Quinn by writers Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti & artist Chad Hardin
  • Justice League by writer Geoff Johns & artist Jason Fabok
  • Justice League United by writer TBD & artists Travel Foreman, Paul Pelletier
  • Lobo by writer Cullen Bunn & artist Cliff Richards
  • Secret Six by writer Gail Simone & artist Dale Eaglesham
  • Sinestro by writer Cullen Bunn & artist Brad Walker
  • New Suicide Squad by writer Sean Ryan & artist Carlos D’Anda
  • Superman by writer Gene Luen Yang & artist John Romita, Jr.
  • Superman/Wonder Woman by writer Peter Tomasi & artist Doug Mahnke
  • Teen Titans by writer Will Pfeifer & artist Kenneth Rodafort
  • Wonder Woman by writer Meridith Finch & artist David Finch

Sources: DC Comics, Comic Book Resources

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Roy Ranous

I've been writing on many different websites, blogs, and news outlets since 2004. I am well-versed in all things Batman, and love reading new comics every week. I am also an audio producer, podcaster, and aspiring voiceover artist. When I'm not writing/editing, I enjoy playing old video games, watching Transformers with my kids, and reading "Star Trek" novels.
  • Re-inventions…? Does this mean they will have a costume change too?! Oh, please! get rid of Harley’s SS disgusting prostitute “costume”…. just, please.
    I’m actually quite excited for this. The New 52 was on and off for me so hopefully this means something better and not the same or shittier.

  • Natalie Walsh

    God, I am just so excited for a Black Canary standalone! It’s been too long!

    • Robbie Ellinor

      Sarcasm? lol

      • Natalie Walsh

        No….? I genuinely am excited, I love Black Canary!

        • Airea

          So do I,I’ve been a BC fan my whole life, but I hate what Arrow did to her. I’d love her to have a title, but this is an Arrow based reinvention. Sara, pills, booze, taking four freakin’ years to learn how to throw a punch. This may not be a good thing for her at all, sadly.

  • Anthony Pilone

    Good. But why reboot after reboot? Just GIVE US BACK THE OLD DCU AND IT’S CONTINUITY BACK ALREADY!!!

    • Barbara Gordon

      I think there is a mistranslation of the situation by fans. The new 52 isn’t being rebooted, it’s being renamed. The basic continuity itself will continue.

  • James Bachmann

    Since when is Black Canary supposed to be a Courtney Love stand-in? WTF?

  • Dana Snyder

    Still no Conner Kent? 🙁