DC 52 “Second Wave”: Six New Titles, Six Cancelled

DC announced via USA Today that they wo uld launch a “Second Wave” of DC New 52 titles in May, including the long-awaited return of Batman Incorporated and the previously rumored James Robinson/ Nicola Scott Earth 2 title, as well as the first ongoing comic work by acclaimed novelist China Miéville.

As elaborated on DC’s The Source blog, the six new titles, and their creative teams, are as follows:

• BATMAN INCORPORATED – Writer: Grant Morrison. Artist: Chris Burnham. The acclaimed ongoing writer of ACTION COMICS, Grant Morrison, presents a fresh take on BATMAN INCORPORATED, in which the Batman brand is franchised globally in preparation for a major international threat.

• EARTH 2 – Writer: James Robinson. Artist: Nicola Scott. The greatest heroes on a parallel Earth, the Justice Society combats threats that will set them on a collision course with other worlds.

• WORLDS’ FINEST – Writer: Paul Levitz. Artists: George Perez and Kevin Maguire. Stranded on our world from a parallel reality, Huntress and Power Girl struggle to find their way back to Earth 2. Perez and Maguire will be the artists on alternating story arcs.

• DIAL H – Writer: China Miéville. Artist: Mateus Santoluoco. The first ongoing series from acclaimed novelist China Miéville, this is a bold new take on a cult classic concept about the psychological effects on an everyman who accidentally gains powers to become a hero.

• G.I. COMBAT – Writer: J.T. Krul. Artist: Ariel Olivetti. Featuring the return of a classic DC Comics series, THE WAR THAT TIME FORGOT, along with rotating back-up stories and creative teams – including THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER, with writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and artist Dan Panosian; and THE HAUNTED TANK, with writer John Arcudi and artist Scott Kolins.

• THE RAVAGERS – Writer: Howard Mackie. Artist: Ian Churchill. Spinning off from TEEN TITANS and SUPERBOY, this series finds four superpowered teens on the run and fighting against the organization that wants to turn them into supervillains.

Fantasy author China Miéville was at one point slated to write a Swamp Thing book for Vertigo before the relaunch, but his pitch was scrapped when it was decided to move the character back to the main DC universe.

Also notable is the reintroduction, in a big way, of the Earth 2 concept. This parallel world circumvents the “Five Years Ago” rule set in the New 52, allowing for the Justice Society to have existed before Superman debuted in the DCU timeline. It is unknown how World’s Finest and its parallel Earth story will relate to the current Huntress miniseries, though they share the same writer.

The six new books will replace Blackhawks, Hawk and Dove, Men of War, Mr. Terrific, O.M.A.C., and Static Shock, all of which conclude with their eight issue in April.

DC Entertainment Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras made it clear that the cancellations wouldn’t be the last of these characters. “Many of the characters from our canceled books will appear in DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 titles, and in some very surprising ways,” Harras told the source. “We’re developing stories that reach from cultures around the globe to parallel worlds. We’re just getting started.”

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