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DC Announces New Limited Series For Swamp Thing, Poison Ivy, Firestorm And More

USA Today has revealed that DC Comics will bring a number of characters back into the fold via eight six-issue limited series launching in early 2016.

Among the limited series are "Swamp Thing," "Metal Men," "Raven," "Firestorm," "Katana: Cult of the Kobra," "Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death," "Metamorpho" and "Sugar & Spike." The new series will feature a mix of creators both classic and modern and, as DC Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras said in the announcement, will spotlight "what's so fantastic about these characters."

Len Wein will write both "Swamp Thing" and "Metal Men." Wein co-created Swamp Thing in 1971 with artist Berni Wrightson, and this new series will reintroduce the character following the end of his ongoing series earlier this year. '80s "Teen Titans" architect Marv Wolfman will return to write the new adventures of "Raven" while Firestorm co-creator Gerry Conway will handle writing duties on "Firestorm." This will be Firestorm's first lead role since the end of "Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men" in 2013. Mike W. Barr, who created Katana in 1983, will write "Katana: Cult of the Kobra."

The new voices involved in the initiative include Amy Chu, who will write "Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death," and artist-turned-writer Aaron Lopresti, who will tackle "Metamorpho." Lastly, Keith Giffen will handle "Sugar & Spike," a series described as a "grownup spin on Sheldon Mayer's popular comic-book toddlers of the 1950s and '60s."

"They're not spoiled kids anymore, but they're older and they're operating as private investigators handling problems and mysteries that the superheroes can't handle themselves," said DC co-publisher Dan DiDio about Giffen's surprising new series. Artists for the eight new limited series have yet to be announced.

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