Two big events are on the way that promise to get people talking this September in the form of 0 Month and Wave Three of DC’s New 52 initiative. While they’re not crossover events, they’re still events and DC is counting on them being another jumping on point for new readers. As with the previous wave of new comics, we’re going to be saying goodbye to a handful of titles to make way for the new ones – thankfully this time around it’s not entirely because of sales, this is purely a story driven move by DC. So here’s the breakdown for September:
Rather than releasing issue #13s of all their titles, DC is planning what they call 0 Month. September will see every title in the New 52 line released as an issue #0. “Some issues will tell the origins of a character or a team, or in some case where an origin has already been told, they will fill in the blanks in terms of questions readers may have about the New 52 DC Universe,” said Bob Harris, DC editor-in-chief. Since the relaunch fans have been confused as to the placement of this new universe – it’s neither a total reboot nor a continuation across the board and hopefully 0 Month will answer some of these questions. Anyone expecting every single question to be answered is definitely looking in the wrong place as I can guess some of these #0s will raise more questions than they answer.
Launching in September is Wave Three of the New 52! This third wave sees some pretty obscure titles return to the forefront as well as a brand new hero in the form of Talon, featured in the Court of the Owls storyline that just wrapped in the Batman titles. Here’s a short summary of what each series will be about courtesy of DC:
TALON – Co-Writers – Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV. Artist – Guillem March.Meet Calvin Rose, the only Talon to ever escape the grasp of the Court of Owls. This former assassin of the Court is trying to live a normal life … but that’s impossible when he’s being hunted by his former masters!
SWORD OF SORCERY – Writer: Christy Marx. Artist: Aaron Lopresti.
Featuring the return of Amethyst, Amy Winston leads a strange life on the road with her mother and resents it. She’s about to learn it’s all been necessary when she discovers she’s the lost princess of Gemworld—and she’s being hunted by her murderous aunt. With a back-up story written by Tony Bedard with art by Jesus Saiz, set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, the monstrous warrior Beowulf is charged with finding and defeating the evil Grendel.
THE PHANTOM STRANGER – Writer: Dan DiDio. Artist: Brent Anderson.
Spinning out of his recent appearances in JUSTICE LEAGUE and DC’s Free Comic Book Day story, learn more about the true origin of The Phantom Stranger and his connection to the mysterious Pandora.
TEAM SEVEN – Writer: Justin Jordan. Artist: Jesus Merino.
Set in the early days of DC COMICS-THE NEW 52, threads of the entire DC Universe collide. As Superman emerges, so does the world’s counter measures against him and his kind. Team 7 is comprised of Dinah Lance, Amanda Waller, Steve Trevor, John Lynch, Alex Fairchild, Cole Cash and Slade Wilson — and their story will change everything you know about DC COMICS-THE NEW 52.
Hey look, a new female writer! DC’s been in need of some fresh blood of the female persuasion for a while.
End of the Line
So we’ve got four new titles coming, obviously that means some have to go and some were to be expected. Captain Atom, Resurrection Man, and Voodoo were some of the more obvious choices to go, but I don’t think anyone really expected that Justice League International would be going so soon. Well, okay, maybe the meandering no-overarching-story aspect of that series might have clued people in that it might not last, but it was a fairly consistent seller.