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DC Cancels Several Ongoing Books, But Don’t Panic Yet

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 7:31 am by Tyler Waterman

DC’s March solicits hit the internet yesterday, revealing the end of over a dozen ongoing books from the publisher, including many that have been running since the start of the New 52 reboot back in 2011. Here’s a list of the affected titles:

  • Green Lantern Corps
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians
  • Batman Eternal
  • Batwoman
  • Arkham Manor
  • Red Lanterns
  • Swamp Thing
  • Aquaman and the Others
  • Infinity Man and the Forever People
  • World’s Finest
  • Star-Spangled War Stories ft. G.I. Zombie
  • Trinity of Sin
  • Secret Origins
  • Klarion
  • The New 52: Futures End
  • Earth 2: World’s End

At first glance this looks pretty alarming, but don’t grab your pitchforks and torches just yet; there are a lot of factors to take in before rushing to judgement on these cancellations. March is the start of some major changes for DC, both in their fictional universe as well as the real world. These cancellations take place right before the entire line takes a two-month break for the upcoming Convergence event, which looks extremely likely to change the entire New 52 continuity, as well as DC’s move from New York to LA. What this means is that these “cancellations” might just be an ending that comes before a new beginning; when the line restarts in June post-Convergence, there very well may be a new Green Lantern Corps #1, or books like Green Lantern: New Guardians might just become Kyle and Carol #1. (That’s a hypothetical example, but you get my point.)

A few of these are also “writing on the wall” scenarios, for a few different reasons. In the case of Futures End and World’s End, those were weekly titles designed to lead up to Convergence; it makes sense that they’re ending before it. Batman Eternal is only ending it’s first season; series co-creator Scott Snyder has already confirmed a “Year Two” will kick off after Convergence. (Which also happens to be more evidence towards the idea that many of these books are simply restarting.) And, of course, you must remember that comics are a business. Red Lanterns and Swamp Thing are written by Charles Soule, who just signed an exclusive deal with Marvel; you can’t fault a company for ending two books written by someone who can’t write for them anymore. And several of these titles simply didn’t sell well enough to merit continuation; you may really love Star-Spangled War Stories ft. G.I. Zombie, but you’re fooling yourself if you think that title is flying off shelves, and you can’t expect DC or any publisher to lose money every month because a small number of fans like a particular title. Whether we like it or not, comics are a business, and no business can survive in the red. If anything, be grateful that DC took a chance on smaller niche titles in the first place. Think about it; isn’t it better to have a small number of issues instead of nothing at all? I only got sixteen issues of my long-time favorite Grifter, for example, but having sixteen issues on my shelf instead of zero certainly seems better to me.

Obviously seeing your favorite books getting the axe always sucks, but a little perspective is necessary before running to the internet and cursing everyone on the DC payroll. Big changes are coming to DC, and sometimes change hurts, but try to keep in mind that solicits for June (the restart of the line after Convergence) may be filled with new titles that feature the characters you think you’re saying goodbye to today.

 

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