In extremely disappointing news for people like me who want to see the Big Two move away from single issues, it would appear that DC Comics is already scuttling its Earth One line of OGN books that was announced last year.
There hasn't been an official announcement from DC Comics, but CBR reported this exchange at the Superman panel at San Diego Comic-Con involving J. Michael Straczynski, the writer of Superman: Earth One:
The fan asked whether [Straczynski] plans on continuing the “Earth One” stories. The writer revealed that the hardcover release will be followed up with by single issues, which will later be collected.
I was really excited about this announcement last year. It seemed like DC was finally taking a progressive step forward into the future but I should have known better. Whether it's publishing a line of original graphic novels to sell in bookstores or fully embracing digital comics, it seems like DC (and Marvel as well) always seem to get cold feet and scurry back to the warm embrace of single issues and the ever shrinking direct market.
UPDATE: Heidi MacDonald over at The Beat asked DC for comment on this story. What she got in response was a cookie cutter corporate response that didn't clear up the format issue. You can check it out here.
Did J. Michael Straczynski misspeak? DC's comment certainly didn't clear anything up.