DC Comics will launch the second wave of its "New 52" initiative in May with six new titles, including the return of "Batman Incorporated" by Grant Morrison Chris Burnham, and the debut of "Dial H" by award-winning fantasy author China Mieville and Mateus Santoluoco with covers by Brian Bolland.
But with the arrival of the new titles comes the cancellations of six others that launched in September: "Men of War," "Mister Terrific," "O.M.A.C.," "Hawk and Dove," "Blackhawks" and "Static Shock."
The announcement was made this morning in USA Today, which reports the two series will be joined by "Earth 2," the long-teased Justice Society comic by James Robinson and Nicola Scott; "Worlds' Finest," starring Huntress and Power Girl, stranded on our Earth but attempting to return to Earth 2, by Paul Levitz, with George Perez and Kevin Maguire alternating arcs; "The Ravagers," spinning out of "Superboy" and "Teen Titans," featuring teen superheroes on the run from an evil organization as written and drawn by Howard Mackie and Ian Churchill; and "G.I. Combat," featuring "The War That Time Forgot," by J.T. Krul and Ariel Olivetti, and rotating back-up such as "The Unknown Soldier," by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti and Dan Panosian, and "The Haunted Tank," by John Arcudi and Scott Kolins.
"The New 52 was about showing the new world. Now we're just expanding on that world and furthering the story," DC Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras told the newspaper.
"Many of the characters from our canceled books will appear in 'DC Comics - The New 52' titles, and in some very surprising ways," Harras added via DC's official blog, The Source. "We're developing stories that reach from cultures around the globe to parallel worlds. We're just getting started."
As for the "Second Wave," Harras said the incoming six titles will focus more on world-building than the initial wave.
"The excitement of the initial launch of 'DC Comics - The New 52' was in seeing the re-imagining of these classic characters and concepts," said Harras. "The 'Second Wave' is all about world-building."
Look for more details later today on Comic Book Resources.
Mieville, "weird fiction" author of such acclaimed novels as "Perdido Street Station," "The City & the City" and "Kraken," previously had been set to reboot "Swamp Thing" for Vertigo, a project scrapped in 2010 amid structural changes at the publisher. This time, the writer will put a new spin on a 46-year-old property about a mysterious dial that allows an ordinary person to be a superhero for a short time when he selects the letters H-E-R-O.
"Batman Incorporated," meanwhile, will mark the conclusion of Morrison's six-year arc for the Caped Crusader, with this chapter pitting Bruce Wayne and his army of international crimefighters against Talia al Ghul -- with their son Damian caught in the middle.
"It's like 'Kramer vs. Kramer,'" the writer told USA Today, "but they've got thermonuclear capability."
DC released the following descriptions of the upcoming titles:
- 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 Mieville. Artist: Mateus Santoluoco. The first ongoing series from acclaimed novelist China Mieville, 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.