Late last month, word came out that DC Comics was putting an end to “First Wave” – it’s line of licensed pulp-hero comics which included Doc Savage and The Spirit. It wasn’t the first cancellation in comics – or the latest – but when you pair it with the mid-February announcement at the ComicsPro conference that several titles in the core DC line – namely Azrael, Batman: Streets of Gotham, Batman Confidential, The Outsiders, Freedom Fighters, Doom Patrol, R.E.B.E.L.S. and JSA All Stars – it brings to mind a big culling of DC’s line. All of the titles floated at the lower rungs of the sales charts and could be attributed to the economy as well as DC’s stringent $2.99 price point meaning individual sales mean even more than ever.
But with those cancellations, this writer’s eyes turned to other titles floating out on the lower rungs of DC’s ladders to wonder what other titles might be on the verge of cancellation. While DC’s Kids line and Vertigo titles rely more on sales outside the Direct Market than the DCU core titles, there remains a few DC titles you might worry about.
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents: Launched with much aplomb and with critical praise high on it, Nick Spencer’s reboot of this storied DC franchise has yet to be a bit hit with comic retailers. January 2011’s sales put as #165 in the Top 300 titles of the month, lower than recently cancelled titles like Outsiders, Batman Confidential and JSA All-Stars. Factoring in the news last week of Nick Spencer’s exclusive agreement with Marvel, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents needs to brace itself for a big change in the coming months.
Booster Gold: Just months away from 50th issue, Booster Gold was never destined to be a top seller but the sales continue to lag – dropping over 15% in the past six months.
Power Girl: Launched by the power trio of Palmiotti, Gray and Conner,Power Girl has been a major part of some of DC’s over-arching storylines but has yet to find a rock-solid platform for her own solo stories. The team of Winick/Basri has done an admirable job after the original creative team’s departure, but I could see where DC might want them to work on a higher selling book.
Gotham City Sirens: Launched with writer Paul DIni in 2009, the title has experienced numerous creative shake-ups, with a total of four writers in the first eighteen issues and the current one, Peter Galloway, being a newcomer to comics.It’s January sales put it at #85, two below the cancelled Batman: Streets of Gotham but still above some of the other floundering titles.