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Next Round of DC Titles Cancelled Options
padreglcc
Posted: Friday, February 08, 2013 8:38:17 AM

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CBR wrote:
DC Comics this afternoon announced the May cancellations of six more series, a mix of first-, second- and third-wave New 52 titles: Deathstroke, The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Man, The Ravagers, The Savage Hawkman, Sword of Sorcery and Team 7.

They follow DC Universe Presents, I, Vampire, Saucer Country and Superman Family Adventures, which end with with their April issues.

“There’s a variety of reasons for when we unfortunately have to cancel a book,” DC Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras told Comic Book Resources. “The main focus on this, and this is the big picture, is we try to take a look at it as, these characters will not go away. Even though, yes, Savage Hawkman is being canceled, you’ll be seeing a lot of him in Justice League of America. We have also plans for Deathstroke going forward. So even though, as I said, the monthly title is going away, the characters are still going to be very important to the ongoing storyline of the New 52.”


The end of the six titles likely comes as little surprise to those who follow either industry rumors or monthly sales figures: According to December sales estimates, all of the series were well below the traditional “line of death” (20,000 copies), with The Ravagers the highest with 16,177. copies, and The Fury of Firestorm the lowest at just 11,997. Fledgling books Sword of Sorcery and Team 7 debuted during September’s Zero Month with an estimated 26,959 copies and 31,053, respectively, but by Decembers those figures had been lopped in half.

For Deathstroke and The Savage Hawkman, the writing seemed on the wall when Rob Liefeld abruptly walked off the books in August; the latter’s imminent cancellation was reportedly even discussed late last month during a DC panel at Amazing Arizona Comic Con. ROBOT 6′s J. Caleb Mozzocco detailed what went wrong with The Savage Hawkman on Monday, noting that by its end, the book will have gone through four writing teams and two major art teams in less than two years. That sort of creator volatility has become a hallmark of many of the New 52′s second- and third-tier series.

Asked in CBR’s monthly “B&B” interview whether he thought multiple creator shifts hurt sales, Harras said, “I think it’s more of a natural process. It’s churn. If something is working really well, you say it’s coming together. If there’s other things that aren’t quite clicking the way anyone wants — writer, artist, editor, anyone — then change happens. I don’t think there’s anything especially revolutionary or radical; in comics, some books lose readership over time.”


Between the April and May cancellations, that's 4 of my monthly books gone: DC Universe Presents, Firestorm, Ravagers, and Team 7. I was already thinking of dropping Ravagers and Team 7 anyway, so no big loss there, but I'm sorry to see Firestorm and especially DCU Presents go.

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CBR wrote:
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The end of the six titles likely comes as little surprise...
Definitely no surprise with this round.

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Posted: Friday, February 08, 2013 10:37:01 AM

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padreglcc wrote:
DC Comics this afternoon announced the May cancellations of six more series, a mix of first-, second- and third-wave New 52 titles: Deathstroke, The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Man, The Ravagers, The Savage Hawkman, Sword of Sorcery and Team 7.



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Awwwww. DC finally took out a book I read. Sword of Sorcery was cool.
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padreglcc
Posted: Friday, February 08, 2013 3:22:58 PM

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DC has already announced two new titles to begin replacing those that were cancelled. I think I'll pass on both.

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On the heels of Thursday’s wave of cancellations, DC Comics has announced two new politically themed series from creators Gail Simone and Freddie Williams II, and Art Baltazar, Franco and Ig Guara.

Debuting in May, the companion titles The Movement and The Green Team bring into the DC Universe the economic issues that propelled the Occupy movement and dominated much of the 2012 presidential election. In short, they’re a look at the 1 percent and the 99 percent — the haves and the have nots – in a world populated by superheroes.

“The Movement is an idea I’ve had for some time,” Simone tells The Huffington Post. “It’s a book about power — who owns it, who uses it, who suffers from its abuse. As we increasingly move to an age where information is currency, you get these situations where a single viral video can cost a previously unassailable corporation billions, or can upset the power balance of entire governments. And because the sources of that information are so dispersed and nameless, it’s nearly impossible to shut it all down. [...] The previous generations of superheroes were not created to address this, it’s a legitimately new frontier, both for the real world and for storytellers. ”


The Green Team, by Baltazar, Franco and Guara, meanwhile, takes a more lighthearted look at what someone with virtually unlimited wealth might have access to in the DC Universe.

“DC knew we were the right team for the job,” Franco tells Big Shiny Robot. “They knew our sense of humorwould be an important element of the book but they also knew we could bring the story that would make this something people would want to read. Intrigue, young love, money and even these superpowers beings that inhabit the world.”

Baltazar adds, “This gives us the chance of making older, obsolete characters relevant … and awesome in the new DC universe. We also had certain pop culture and social media references and questions that we wanted to bring up.”

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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.
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BurningDoom
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Fury of Firestorm is one I always just about order, then decide against it. I guess it will be easy to catch up on back-issues, now.

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With all the new Marvel books that have been coming out my weekly pull has gotten ridiculous. I knew it was time to start cutting books out and since DC is canceling two books I read (Ravagers and Team 7), that will make it easier to trim. Especially since both of the replacements sound lame.

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bummer! i liked savage hawkman and the ravagers. i was about ready to drop firestorm anyway, oh well.

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Sad to see Deathstroke and Team 7 go.
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BurningDoom wrote:
Fury of Firestorm is one I always just about order, then decide against it. I guess it will be easy to catch up on back-issues, now.


Don't count on it. According to the article, this title had the lowest print run of all the books. In a few years' time, these will be hard to find. Not necessarily high dollar, but just hard to find.
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Man I was really liking Deathstroke too Broken Heart
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