In announcing 52 new titles, DC Comics is certainly ramping up their publishing schedule. While most of their bases are covered, there are certainly books that didn't make the cut, and are effectively cancelled. Some were fantastic, and others you never thought of, which is why they don't exist anymore. Let's take a look at the books that appear to no longer be with us after August.
On the one hand, this is a sad day, because Jonah Hex is no more. Yes, it's true that All-Star Western will be continuing on with Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, and part of that book will be dedicated to Hex. But, well, it's not the same. For one thing, I'm going to miss Jordi Bernet something fierce. I can't complain, because the book last a really long time, but it's changed, and it remains to be seen whether that's a good thing. There's nothing guaranteeing Hex will appear in every issue, and I'm really going to miss the showcase of amazing artists this book brought us.
While the character, Tim Drake was a question mark, it looks like he'll show up in Teen Titans, but his solo title is no more. That's too bad, because Tim is one of the finest and most rounded out characters in the DCU. But there's always a chance he'll get to come back to his own title someday. There's less of a chance he'll ever be Robin again though.
It seems like Stephanie Brown, who we've come to know as Batgirl, isn't going to be around after this summer. She's quite beloved, and the title, written by Bryan Q. Miller, is much beloved. Yet apparently, sacrifices must be made. (It has been pointed out that there is a Batgirl book on the way. This is true, but it's a different character, and creative teams, so it's kind of like an all new thing, but with the same title. You may quibble.)
If ever there was a cult series in the DC world, it was Secret Six. This title's been around for a lot longer than it seems, and the people who were fans of this book were superfans. If you ask me, like fans of Jonah Hex, they ended up with a hell of a lot of story, and it was a good run. Perhaps Suicide Squad will be a good replacement?
Booster has had a series since the end of 52. The fact that it was still around surprised me, actually. Yet since Geoff Johns left the book early on, I haven't heard too much about this book, and Booster was doing most of his good work over in Generation Lost. It probably won't be missed all that much. If you need a little future man in your life, he'll be featured in Justice League International.
Started with much fanfare, the publisher banked on a nostalgiac return to the animated series, and the Batman after Batman, that wasn't Dick Grayson. I never heard a peep about this book after it launched, which probably had something to do with the fact that it's done. There might be hope though. Series writer Adam Beechen has hinted that there will be more.
This is another one of those cult book, even though it's a young cult book. Launched only a few months ago, it was a critical darling, but ask the producers of Freaks and Geeks what that ever did for them.
There does not seem to be a Power Girl in the new DC world, so it would make sense that she doesn't have a title. This was the little book that could. Palmiotti, Gray, and Conner set the bar very high, and Judd Winick admirably took up the cause, yet I can't say it's a big surprise we'll be saying goodbye. It could be said Power Girl is a little redundant in a world with Supergirl. DC have actually confirmed that Karen Starr will appear in one of the new titles.
I am torn here, because on the one hand, I didn't regularly read this book. On the other hand, what an amazing thing this book was. It's the two biggest characters in the DCU, but it's out of continuity, and it functioned as the tryout book for new writers. It was almost the indie corner of DC, and you can't help but respect that. As part of a streamlined publishing line though, it has no place.
This is another one I'm shocked they were still printing anyway. Launched after Final Crisis, this title didn't seem to find it's way or have a place, so it's gone too.
Justice Society of America
This is a big surprise, since the JSA has been a mainstay of the DCU for a good decade or more. It's the place where Geoff Johns cut his teeth, and delivered an exceptional run not too long ago. Yet since that time, it's been a bit lost. Matt Sturges and Bill Willingham failed to keep fans excited about the book after Johns left, and many readers forgot about it. DC said they're going to retire the concept for a little while, and maybe they'll return to it later. It's strongly attached to DC legacy, so it's a decision that sort of makes sense in the new world order.
She had a new series launch last year, and Zatanna seems to be one of those characters who is just on the cusp of being able to carry her own series. She's fantastic as a supporting and guest character, but like many female characters in comics, the readership isn't quite there to support her on her own. She has a strong legacy in the DCU, and her relationship with Batman is one of my favorite things in recent memory. It looks like she'll be sticking around in Justice League: Dark, with her pal Constantine.
Gotham City Sirens
This book focused on some of the women of Gotham, and in respect to many of the other titles, the characters are faring rather well. Harley Quinn will appear in Suicide Squad, Poison Ivy will show up in Birds of Prey, and Catwoman is getting her own ongoing series yet again.
This one, a quirky little title written by Nick Spencer, now exclusive at Marvel, never really had a chance. It was good, and had CAFU magic, but it wasn't part of continuity, and had a bunch of characters no one knew. We should feel lucky for what we did get! For more of that CAFU and BIT stuff, check out Grifter.