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    DC Adds Two New Series, Cancels Six More, Changes Creative Teams on Six, Announces Four Annuals

    By | February 8th, 2013
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    In advance of Monday’s to-be-released May solicitations, DC announced a ton of changes to their publishing line yesterday.

    Announced via the Huffington Post, DC has added two new series to their publishing slate as of May: “The Green Team,” written by Art Balthazar and Franco, illustrated by Ig Guara with covers by Amanda Connor, and “The Movement,” written by Gail Simone and illustrated by Freddie Williams II.

    Big Shiny Robot has brief interviews and solicitations for both of the Occupy movement inspired series, one of which, “The Green Team,” is actually an old DC property, originally subtitled “Boy Millionaires.” The current run will be subtitled “Teen Trillionaires.”

    THE GREEN TEAM #1
    Written by ART BALTAZAR and FRANCO
    Art by IG GUARA
    Cover by AMANDA CONNER
    1:25 Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANG
    On sale MAY 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

    This issue will ship with two covers.
    INVENTORS! EXPLORERS! ADVENTURERS! Do you need money to finance an important project? Then you should set up a meeting with THE GREEN TEAM!
    • Nature of world-changing idea:
    • Amount requested:
    • Does your project have the potential to:
    Fracture space-time?
    Replace the combustion engine?
    Attract extraterrestrial attention?
    Prove/disprove existence of deities?
    Piss off The Justice League?
    Render the human body obsolete?
    If any of the above are checked, please fill out liability release form GT2013-05. Send any 82 drawings, plans, models, or photos with request.

    THE MOVEMENT #1
    Written by GAIL SIMONE
    Art by FREDDIE WILLIAMS II
    Cover by AMANDA CONNER
    1:25 Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANG
    On sale MAY 1 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
    Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
    We are faceless. We are limitless. We see all. And we do not forgive.
    Who defends the powerless against the GREEDY and the CORRUPT? Who protects the homeless and poverty-stricken from those who would PREY upon them in the DARK OF NIGHT?
    When those who are sworn to protect us abuse their power, when toxic government calls down super-human lackeys to force order upon the populace…finally, there is a force, a citizen’s army, to push order BACK. Let those who abuse the system know this as well: We have our OWN super humans now. They are not afraid of your badges or Leagues. And they will not be SILENCED.
    We are your neighbors. We are your co-workers. And we are your children.

    On the heels of last month’s axing of “I, Vampire” and “DC Universe Presents,” DC has announced via the B&B column at Comic Book Resources that six other books will be joining the ranks of the cancelled: “The Savage Hawkman,” “Deathstroke,” “The Ravagers,” “Team 7,” “Sword of Sorcery” and “The Fury of Firestorm.” None of these can really be considered a surprise, however “Sword of Sorcery” and “Team 7” are new enough (they will wrap after 8 issues) that they were probably expected to last a few more months.

    DC has promised to keep the characters from these books active in the New 52, mostly, it appears, in team books (Hawkman is part of “Justice League of America,” Amethyst has popped up in “Justice League Dark”).

    Some of the creators of those cancelled books are moving on to new things also. As reported last month, Christy Marx, writer of “Sword of Sorcery,” is taking over “Birds of Prey” as of March, but it was announced yesterday that “Team 7” and “Deathstroke” writer Justin Jordan will be taking over “Superboy” as of May. “Supergirl” is also changing writers, with Mike Johnson stepping down and Michael Alan Nelson coming on board, and Justin Grey and Jimmy Palmiotti are joining “Batwing” as the new writing staff after Fabian Nicenza’s short run. MTV Geek reports that Sterling Gates is taking over “Justice League of America’s Vibe” as of issue #4 from Arrow scribe Andrew Kreisberg, Francis Portela taking over pencils on “Legion of Super-Heroes” from George Perez, and, as we reported yesterday, “Suicide Squad” is getting an entirely new team as well, with Ales Kot and Timothy Green II on pencils.

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    Finally, DC announced four annuals for May: “Earth 2,” “Batman: The Dark Knight,” “Red Hood and the Outlaws” and “Catwoman.”

    Full analysis of these moves will be released when the full DC Comics solicitations are released next week. Let us know what you think of all of these changes, and what six books you think will take their places, in the comments.


    Brian Salvatore

    Brian Salvatore is an editor, podcaster, reviewer, writer at large, and general task master at Multiversity. When not writing, he can be found playing music, hanging out with his kids, or playing music with his kids. He also has a dog named Lola, a rowboat, and once met Jimmy Carter. Feel free to email him about good beer, the New York Mets, or the best way to make Chicken Parmagiana (add a thin slice of prosciutto under the cheese).

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