New comics are out today! Here’s what I’m getting:
- Brightest Day #20
- Green Lantern #62
- JLA #54
- LSH #10
- Wonder Woman #607
DC Comics recently announced its May solicitations, and among the solicitations were some Final Issue notices. I thought that Doom Patrol and R.E.B.E.L.S. were doing well enough (but I don’t know what that really means–what is the number that a comic must sell to keep it safe?), and certainly seemed to have fan support, so them getting cancelled is a little surprising. However, Freedom Fighters didn’t sounded like a long-running concept to me (a limited series, sure), and JSA All Stars never seemed like a good idea–why have two JSA books when the first one wasn’t all that good in the first place? I knew JSA All Stars wouldn’t last when it was announced.
The one thing that bothers me about the Bleeding Cool article (though “article” is using that term very loosely) is that apparently DC has said (though there’s no quote to confirm this that I read) that it was cancelling these books to make way for some Flashpoint titles. That makes no sense to me. Why piss off those titles’s fans for a short term event and/or bump (possibly) in sales? Twitter, at least, was abuzz with many people complaining that DC only wants to publish the big names (Superman, Batman, etc.) at the expense of lesser characters/titles. This criticism is justifiable to a point–DC is a business, after all, wanting to make money off its product. In fact, responding to an irate comics fan, Jimmy Palmiotti wrote, “Wait for the big picture. things get cancelled and others get green lit. the nature of publishing”. I like to think he’s right about the big picture comment–I do love DC characters, after all, and want DC to succeed in general, but it would be nice if the lesser known properties got more of a chance.