DC Comics ongoing breakdown of its 52 new #1 issues set to launch in September got a turn for the weird today with a string of series dedicated to the darker corners of the DCU.
Entertainment Weekly's Shelf Life blog had the news that leading off the latest pack of comics coming in the wake of the current "Flashpoint" event would be a new "Swamp Thing" series by Scott Snyder (the cover shown was drawn by Yanick Paquette).
Snyder's pal and current DC scribe Jeff Lemire will carry over some version of the characters from his incoming "Flashpoint" tie-in series to the new DCU as he launches "Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE" inspired by Grant Morrison's "Seven Soldiers of Victory" character. Lemire will also be at the helm of another likely Morrison indebted series as "Animal Man" returns to monthly comics. Artists on the series were not mentioned.
Rounding out the spooky corners of the relaunch are well-known UK talents Peter Milligan and Paul Cornell. Milligan takes on "Justice League Dark" which features a team of sorcery-based heroes Constantine, Deadman, Shade the Changing Man and Madame Xanadu - the first of whom gets work under the writer's pen in a much different form in Vertigo's "Hellblazer." Cornell's new comic - "Demon Knights" - transplants the superteam concept to medieval times, although more creators or cast members were not mentioned.
For more on these comics, see EW's Shelf Life blog, and stay tuned to CBR for more from DC Comics in the days ahead.
DC has announced more titles from this dark side of their universe, including the return of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning on a new "Resurrection Man" series, Ron Marz returning to the DCU with Wildstorm's Wildcat' "Voodoo" and more.
Priscilla Kitaen has just found out she's a monster. A half-alien hybrid, the woman known as Voodoo must confront the secrets of her past to make sense of the nightmare her life has suddenly become. VOODOO #1 will be written by Ron Marz with art by Sami Basri.
A cult favorite character returns in a new series written by his classic creative team of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. Joining them is JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST artist Fernando Dagnino. RESURRECTION MAN #1 is the story of a hero who wakes up with new powers each time he's killed.
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