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DC Comics Announces New Diverse Lineup to “Make Room for More Types of Storytelling, More Fans.”

New solo series for Black Canary, Starfire, new creative talent, and more!

DiverseDCstarfireCropDC Comics made some pretty big announcements today – new titles, new creative teams – in what they’re calling “even more inclusive and accessible to a wider group of readers as the publisher continues to evolve comic storytelling for its next generation of fans.”

Have you been keeping up with DC’s Convergence business? Well, never mind all that, they’ve done something you’re going to want to know about. DC Comics is saying they’re going “back-to-basics” on June 3 with “24 brand-new series that will begin at issue number one, as well as 25 on-going, bestselling fan favorite series that will continue without a break in the issue numbering. The total number of periodicals in the DCU will be 49, with additional new titles debuting throughout the year.”

“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,” DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio said in a statement. “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 important to note, DC isn’t throwing away continuity, they aren’t getting rid of the books they know sell, but they are making room for new things and that’s huge. There’s been plenty of doubts over the new direction of Batgirl, and while it may not be the book for the tried-and-true DC collectors, it is the book for a whole other segment of society previously ignored by the publisher. A segment that is without a doubt very much needed. New readers are a good thing for the industry as a whole and publishers like DC and Marvel weren’t doing much to make their comics alluring or accessible to them. This is that move and it’s a bold one.

“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,” said Co-Publisher Jim Lee. “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.”

Speaking of which, let’s take a closer look at what was announced. The gallery below features brand-new art along with creative teams, and underneath that you’ll find titles/teams that were announced without art.


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New Titles:

Batman Beyond
W: Dan Jurgens
A: Bernard Chang

Constantine: The Hellblazer
W: Ming Doyle
A: Riley Rossmo

Dark Universe
W: James Tynion IV
A: Ming Doyle

Green Lantern: Lost Army
W: Cullen Bunn
A: Jesus Saiz & Javi Pina

Earth 2: Society
W: Daniel Wilson
A: Jorge Jimenez

Dr. Fate
W: Paul Levitz
A: Sonny Liew

Harley Quinn/Power Girl (6-issue limited)
W: Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner
A: Stephane Roux

Justice League 3001
W: Keith Giffen
A: Howard Porter

Martian Manhunter
W: Rob Williams
A: Ben Oliver

Mystic U
W: Alisa Kwitney
A: Stay tuned for artist info!

Red Hood/Arsenal
W: Scott Lobdell
A: Denis Medri

Section Eight (6-issue limited)
W: Garth Ennis
A: John McCrea

Ongoing Titles:

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; Brian Buccelato & Francis Manapul
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
W:Stay tuned for creative team info!
A:

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

It’s not a New 52 level shakeup, but wow. Take a good look at the gallery and list of writers and artists and let us know what you think of the big changes and what you think is missing!

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