DC Comics Announces “Second Wave” of New 52 – Cancelling 6 Titles and Adding 6 New Ones

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The New 52 was about showing the new world. Now we’re just expanding on that world and furthering the story,” says Bob Harras, DC Entertainment’s editor in chief.

So what exactly does that mean? Well, basically it means that the there’s going to be a swap in the DC Universe.

The six comics that did not make the cut, and are on the chopping block for cancellation, are as follows: Men of War, Mister Terrific, O.M.A.C, Hawk and Dove, Blackhawks, and Static Shock. All of these series will end at issue number eight. Harris promises, though, that you will be seeing some of the characters in these cancelled titles “popping up in places you don’t expect.”

Now, for the more uplifting part of this announcement, DC has also announced the introduction of six new titles that will be filling in the holes left by the ones mentioned above.

Take a look what you can expect:

BATMAN INCORPORATED – Writer: Grant Morrison. Artist: Chris Burnham. The acclaimed ongoing writer of ACTION COMICS, Grant Morrison, presents a fresh take on BATMAN INCORPORATED, in which the Batman brand is franchised globally in preparation for a major international threat.

EARTH 2 – Writer: James Robinson. Artist: Nicola Scott. The greatest heroes on a parallel Earth, the Justice Society combats threats that will set them on a collision course with other worlds.

WORLDS’ FINEST – Writer: Paul Levitz. Artists: George Perez and Kevin Maguire. Stranded on our world from a parallel reality, Huntress and Power Girl struggle to find their way back to Earth 2. Perez and Maguire will be the artists on alternating story arcs.

DIAL H – Writer: China Miéville. Artist: Mateus Santoluoco. The first ongoing series from acclaimed novelist China Miéville, this is a bold new take on a cult classic concept about the psychological effects on an everyman who accidentally gains powers to become a hero.

G.I. COMBAT – Writer: J.T. Krul. Artist: Ariel Olivetti. Featuring the return of a classic DC Comics series, THE WAR THAT TIME FORGOT, along with rotating back-up stories and creative teams – including THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER, with writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and artist Dan Panosian; and THE HAUNTED TANK, with writer John Arcudi and artist Scott Kolins.

THE RAVAGERS – Writer: Howard Mackie. Artist: Ian Churchill. Spinning off from TEEN TITANS and SUPERBOY, this series finds four superpowered teens on the run and fighting against the organization that wants to turn them into supervillains.

Undoubtedly you noticed a few big names in the listing above such as Grant Morrison and Paul Levitz. But particularly take note of write China Miéville. Miéville is an acclaimed English science fiction and fantasy writer and recipient of several awards, including the British Fantasy Award, Locus Award for Best Young Adult Book, the Arthur C. Clark Award and nominations for many more! “I cannot believe that I get to just make up superheroes. It’s what you did as a kid,” Miéville says. “The whole point of Dial is that the roster of capes is changing every single month, often two or three times.”

As for the other eye catching title in this list, Batman Incorporated, Harris answered a few necessary questions for Comic Book Resources on this topic this morning:

What’s going on with [Editor] Mike Marts and Scott Snyder and Tony Daniel and Grant [Morrison] — the Bat office works very well together. They talk a lot, they’re very keen on the fact that this is a shared character and a shared universe. What Grant has got planned is very well known to both Scott and Tony, and is, quite honestly, phenomenal. I really think Batman fans are going to be ecstatic about what’s coming down the pipe on all the major Batman books, but “Batman Incorporated,” especially, is going to be a lot of fun for people.

The images you see here in this article are previews from of Batman Incorporated by Chris Burnham and the Cover for Dial H #1 by Brian Bolland.

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