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DC’s New Books Look to Shake Up the DCU

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 6:00 am by Tyler Waterman

The folks at DC have been pulling the curtains back on some of their upcoming new titles, and love them or hate them, you can’t deny that big changes are coming to the DC Universe.

Perhaps the most jarring is Grayson, a new series written by Tom King, with art from Tim Seeley. In the wake of Forever Evil, the world is left with the knowledge of Grayson’s identity as Nightwing, but also is left believing he was killed by the Crime Syndicate. In Grayson, Dick is no longer a mask-wearing vigilante, but instead takes a position working for Spyral, the secret agency revealed in Batman, Incorporated. What’s more, the only person who knows Dick isn’t really dead is Batman, so Grayson will find Dick starting life completely fresh, unable to let those who loved him before know he isn’t dead.

The first look at Dick Grayson in his new work clothes

The first look at Dick Grayson in his new work clothes

While Nightwing will be missed, there’s no doubt Dick will make a fantastic superspy. What’s more, King is a former CIA operative himself, which will lend an air of credibility to the work no other writer could bring. While change can be scary, I’m extremely optimistic for this new take on Dick Grayson’s life, and suspect a lot of folks who are yelling now will find themselves eating crow in the coming months.

Another book getting a major shakeup is Suicide Squad. The current run is coming to a close with issue #30, but Task Force X isn’t going anywhere. Instead, new members are coming into the fold, including Deathstroke, Black Manta, and the Joker’s Daughter. Combine these with Amanda Waller losing her control of the team, and it’s safe to assume the team that was already difficult to control is going to be nothing short of a nightmare now. Bad news for Waller, but great news for readers!

Seems like everyone's getting along great with the new folks!

Seems like everyone’s getting along great with the new folks!

New Suicide Squad will feature words from Sean Ryan and art from Jeremy Roberts.

The Suicide Squad isn’t the only team getting the new title treatment. Teen Titans will also be restarting, this time featuring the creative team of Will Pfeifer and Kenneth Rocafort. The Teen Titans brand has been a strange one for DC. In the animated realm, shows like Young Justice and Teen Titans GO have been big hits with rabid followers. However, that success hasn’t seemed to translate over to comics since even before the New 52, and the current run hasn’t done much to change that. However, this new title seems to mimic the animate shows a bit closer, and with a new team comes new opportunities to bring fans into the fold.

Will this be the Teen Titans that get cartoon fans into the book?

Will this be the Teen Titans that get cartoon fans into the book?

The final reveal isn’t a change to a current book, but just might be a change to the entire universe as a whole… or, more appropriately, the multiverse. Marking his triumphant return to DC Comics, Grant Morrison brings us Multiversity, a limited series coming in August. Now, you may feel like you’ve heard this before, and you’d be right. The book was originally announced nearly half a decade ago, but constant delays shifted this book firmly into the “Duke Nukem Forever” category of projects no one expected to come true. However, it appears this time it’s for real, and regardless of the delays my excitement is still strong. The book will reveal dozens of new DC worlds, and will pair Morrison with a who’s-who of artists, including Ivan Reis, Joe Prado,  Frank Quitely, Cameron Stewart and more.

CBR's first look at an alternate take on Superman

CBR’s first look at an alternate take on Superman

According to Morrison, “Prepare to meet the Vampire Justice League of Earth-43, the Justice Riders of Earth-18, Superdemon, Doc Fate, the super-sons of Superman and Batman, the rampaging Retaliators of Earth-8, the Atomic Knights of Justice, Dino-Cop, Sister Miracle, Lady Quark, the legion of Sivanas, the Nazi New Reichsmen of Earth-10 and the LATEST, greatest superhero of Earth-Prime — YOU!”

From the Mulitverse to superspies and everything in between, DC is shaking up the status quo this summer. Are you excited for all the shiny new things, or do these new books make you want to jump off the DC ship? Let us know in the comments!

Sources: USA Today, IGN, IGN, CBR

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