Beginning in June, DC Entertainment is de-emphasizing continuity and scrapping the "New 52" branding of its superhero comics line, as the publisher launches a “bold new direction for the DC Universe” and a slew of new titles it's calling “inclusive,” "contemporary," and "accessible."
“In this new era of storytelling, story will trump continuity as we continue to empower creators to tell the best stories in the industry,” DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio says in a press release announcing the June launch, which follows the company's two-month break for its line-wide Convergence event.
In June, DC reports it will publish 24 new #1 issues to join 25 already-existing comics that will continue from their March numbering for a total of 49. New titles will be added to the line throughout the year. DC's new line will introduce some new creators to DC, like Ming Doyle and Gene Luen Yang, while also bringing back some familiar faces, like Garth Ennis and Bryan Hitch.
And to clarify: Although DC is no longer using the "New 52" moniker, the 2011-launched, rebooted DC universe is apparently sticking around — just with less emphasis on the new universe's continuity, and more emphasis on diversifying the line.
In its announcement on Friday, DC says they’re evolving their comic storytelling to appeal to a wider group of readers, and its “next generation of fans.”
Using terms like "contemporary tonality," "fresh," "inclusive," "accessible" and "modern" to describe its new comics. DiDio says the company's new line will "tell stories that better reflect the society around us."
The move appears to be a response to what DiDio recently described to Newsarama as the "changing readership" of comics.
"We're seeing more diversity in our audience. We're seeing a younger crowd," DiDio says. "We're seeing people really enthusiastic about comics. So what we're trying to do is embrace all our audiences, and to create product that I feel talks to everybody."
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25 continuing titles:
- Action Comics by Greg Pak/Aaron Kuder
- Aquaman by Cullen Bunn/Trevor McCarthy
- Batgirl by Cameron Stewart/Brenden Fletcher/Babs Tarr
- Batman by Scott Snyder/Greg Capullo
- Detective Comics by Brian Buccelato/Francis Manapul
- Batman/Superman by Greg Pak/Ardian Syaf
- Catwoman by Genevieve Valentine/David Messina
- Deathstroke by Tony Daniel/Tony Daniel
- Flash by Rob Venditti/Van Jensen/Brett Booth
- Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan/Brenden Fletcher/Karl Kerschl
- Gotham By Midnight by Ray Fawkes/Juan Ferreyra
- Grayson by Tim King/Tim Seeley/Mikel Janin
- Green Arrow by Ben Percy/Richard Zircher
- Green Lantern by Robert Venditti/Billy Tan
- Harley Quinn by Amanda Conner/Jimmy Palmiotti/Chad Hardin
- Justice League by Geoff Johns/Jason Fabok
- Justice League United, writer TBD/Travel Foreman & Paul Pelletier.
- Lobo by Cullen Bunn/Cliff Richards
- Secret Six by Gail Simone/Dale Eaglesham
- Sinestro by Cullen Bunn/Brad Walker
- New Suicide Squad by Sean Ryan/Carlos D’Anda
- Superman by Gene Luen Yang/John Romita Jr.
- Superman/Wonder Woman by Peter Tomasi/Doug Mahnke
- Teen Titans by Will Pfeifer/Kenneth Rocafort
- Wonder Woman by Meredith Finch/David Finch
24 New #1s:
- Robin, Son of Batman by writer/artist Pat Gleason
- Black Canary by writer Brenden Fletcher and artist Annie Wu
- Martian Manhunter by writer Rob Williams and artists Ben Oliver and Paulo Siqueira
- Earth 2: Society by writer Daniel H. Wilson and artist Jorge Jimenez
- Midnighter by writer Steve Orlando and artist ACO
- Bat-Mite by writer Dan Jurgens and artist Corin Howell
- Batman Beyond by writer Dan Jurgens and artist Bernard Chang
- Cyborg by writer David L. Walker and artists Ivan Reis and Joe Prado
- Dark Universe by writer James Tynion IV and artist Ming Doyle
- Doomed by writer Scott Lobdell and artist Javier Fernandez
- Harley Quinn/Power Girl by writers Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner and Justin Gray with artist Stephane Roux
- Red Hood/Arsenal by writer Scott Lobdell and artist Denis Medri
- Starfire by writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, with artist Emanuela Lupacchino
- We Are Robin by writer Lee Bermejo and artists Rob Haynes and Khary Randolph
- Justice League of America by writer/artist Brian Hitch
- Bizzaro by writer Heath Corson and artist Gustavo Duarte
- Prez by writer Mark Russell and artist Ben Caldwell
- Omega Men by writer Tom King and artist Barnaby Bagenda
- Mystic U (tentative title) by writer Alisa Kwitney and artist Mauricet
- Section Eight by writer Garth Ennis and artist John McCrea
- Dr. Fate by writer Paul Levitz and artist Sonny Liew
- Green Lantern: Lost Army by Cullen Bunn, art by Jesus Saiz and Javi Pina.
- Justice League 3001 by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis and Howard Porter
- Constantine: The Hellblazer by Ming Doyle and Riley Rossmo