New Comics Wednesday (2/16/11)

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.


3 thoughts on “New Comics Wednesday (2/16/11)

  1. oddfellow February 17, 2011 / 11:14 am

    Funny thing about the numbers. JSA All-Stars has better sales than Green Arrow or Powergirl but neither of those books got cancelled, so it’s not all about the numbers. As for Freedom Fighters being a short term concept, on that I think you are wrong. The creators were just interview and where talking about all the long term plans they had for the book and the characters. And the characters where on the cartoon Brave and the Bold not to long ago, finally getting some exposer and then the book get’s pulled. Kinda like Blue Beetle. That doesn’t make much sense to me. Doom Patrol and REBELS at least got to run for over two years and that is better than Marvel lets things go. The biggest shame I think about all these titles being pulled is it take all the diversity out of the DC *Universe*.

    *I’d say more on the subject because of course I read *all* of these books but my meds are kicking in I think I’m starting to not make sense.*


    • Eric P. I. February 17, 2011 / 9:04 pm

      I don’t disagree with anything you wrote. More diversity in titles and characters is great. I was just offering my opinion about the concept or idea of a FF comic.

      Don’t you wish that someone at DC could tell us why one book got the axe and not another?


      • oddfellow February 19, 2011 / 7:59 am

        Yes, I wish they would tell us and in a couple of weeks when we are at Emerald City Comicon I plan on asking them that.


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