Hey, remember last September when DC Comics released 52 new #1 issues? Completists, get your bags and boards ready, because it’s about to happen again. No, it’s not another reboot or relaunch. But DC Comics is preparing to unleash another 52 new books in September.
This time, they’re doing the indomitable Brian McKnight one better and starting it back at zero.
That’s right. #0 issues.
Each existing book in the current DC Comics roster will pause for a special one-shot set in or around the characters’ origin. These books will all be labeled #0. Presumably, the books will return to their normal numbering and previously scheduled programming in October. The #0 cover treatments we’ve seen depict younger takes on the characters bursting through desaturated versions of their #1 covers, similar to the Batman Inc. #0 cover seen above.
In addition, DC is launching four new ongoings, also starting at #0. Note: We’re amending this list from DC’s Source Blog based on Scott Snyder’s comments on Twitter; While he has a story-by credit for Talon, the scripts will be written fully by James Tynion IV.
TALON – Writer:
Scott Snyder and co-writerJames Tynion IV. Artist: Guillem March.
Meet Calvin Rose, the only Talon to ever escape the grasp of the Court of Owls. This former assassin of the Court is trying to live a normal life … but that’s impossible when he’s being hunted by his former masters!
SWORD OF SORCERY – Writer: Christy Marx. Artist: Aaron Lopresti.
Featuring the return of Amethyst, Amy Winston leads a strange life on the road with her mother and resents it. She’s about to learn it’s all been necessary when she discovers she’s the lost princess of Gemworld—and she’s being hunted by her murderous aunt. With a back-up story written by Tony Bedard with art by Jesus Saiz, set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, the monstrous warrior Beowulf is charged with finding and defeating the evil Grendel.
THE PHANTOM STRANGER – Writer: Dan DiDio. Artist: Brent Anderson.
Spinning out of his recent appearances in JUSTICE LEAGUE and DC’s Free Comic Book Day story, learn more about the true origin of The Phantom Stranger and his connection to the mysterious Pandora.
TEAM SEVEN – Writer: Justin Jordan. Artist: Jesus Merino.
Set in the early days of DC COMICS-THE NEW 52, threads of the entire DC Universe collide. As Superman emerges, so does the world’s counter measures against him and his kind. Team 7 is comprised of Dinah Lance, Amanda Waller, Steve Trevor, John Lynch, Alex Fairchild, Cole Cash, Slade Wilson — and their story will change everything you know about DC COMICS-THE NEW 52.