DC Comics “Convergence” to Bring Diversity, 24 New Titles
DC Comics is doing another major overhaul this June, and their message is clear about one thing: They want to increase focus on diversity, reflected in their creators, their characters and their storytelling styles. DC Comics is keeping 25 of the highest-profile series, and they’re bringing in 24 new titles. If you are pretty good at math, that brings us to a total of 49 DC Universe titles so far. This overhaul also spells the end for the “New 52” branding, DC’s reboot and relaunch that started out strong in 2011 but quickly found itself in a downward spiral.
Long-time comics vet Bryan Hitch will return to DC to write and draw a new Justice League of America series. The creative team for Hitman — Garth Ennis and John McCrea — will bring us a limited series titled Section Eight, featuring characters originally introduced in Hitman.
Vertigo artist Ming Doyle joins the DC Universe to write for Constantine: The Hellblazer, which replaces Constantine in DC’s publishing line. Riley Rossmo from Image Comics will illustrate.
Additional new titles include:
Black Canary written by Batgirl co-writer Brenden Fletcher
Starfire by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti (who are also writing a new Harley Quinn/Power Girl series)
DC Comics is looking to reel in a wider range of fans and even introduce titles that are “inclusive” and “accessible” to a new generation of readers, according to their press release. These changes are to occur after the two-month-long “Convergence” event, which will run this coming April and May. This event coincides with DC’s editorial department uprooting themselves from its home in New York City and moving to Burbank, California.
“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,” says DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio. “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.”
He goes on to say that “In this new era of storytelling, story will trump continuity as we continue to empower creators to tell the best stories in the industry.” (What? They were concerned about continuity before???)
The 25 ongoing series that are staying: Action Comics, Aquaman, Batgirl, Batman, Detective Comics, Batman/Superman, Catwoman, Deathstroke, The Flash, Gotham Academy, Gotham By Midnight, Grayson, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Harley Quinn, Justice League, Justice League United, Lobo, Secret Six, Sinestro, New Suicide Squad, Superman, Superman/Wonder Woman, Teen Titans and Wonder Woman.
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