DC Comics has begun a massive rollout of titles for its September reboot of the entire DC Universe line, dropping ten of the creative teams and first issue covers (of the 52 planned new series announced earlier this week) on their "The Source" blog.
The line starts with three Justice League mainstays standing in their own titles as the already announced "Aquaman" by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis will be joined by "Wonder Woman" courtesy of the "Dr. 13" team of Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang and "The Flash" both written and drawn by Francis Manapul and collaborator Brian Buccellato.
While the blog post doesn't appear to reveal too many continuity changes for that classic trio of titles at the outset, the case is not the same for three traditionally "B-list" heroes graduating to their own series. First up, a new "The Fury of Firestorm" book written by the team of Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone and drawn by Yildiray Cinar (with a Van Sciver cover) will revert Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond to high school friends "drawn into a conspiracy of super science that bonds them forever." Meanwhile, "The Savage Hawkman" sees artist Philip Tan joined by writer Tony Daniel (not James Robinson who's been linked to the series since New York Comic Con) tackle a new take on the origin of the archeologist turned winged warrior as when "Carter Hall’s skill at deciphering lost languages has led him to a job with an archeologist who specializes in alien ruins – but will the doctor’s latest discovery spread an alien plague through New York City?" And a final DC second string mainstay sees possible continuity changes while keeping the same scribe as JT Krul teams with Dan Jurgens and cover artist Brett Booth for a "Green Arrow" book where an orphaned Ollie Queen takes up the bow and arrow.
Filling out the company's claims of a more diverse line, the DC relaunches also include some title with global twists such as "Justice League International" – this time written by Jurgens and drawn by Aaron Lopresti – featuring Booster Gold, Guy Gardner, Vixen, Fire, Ice, August General In Iron of the Great Ten, Rocket Red, a version of Batman and someone who appears to be a newly costumed Donna Troy as "internationally-drafted superheroes" who "fight each other and their bureaucratic supervisors as much as they do global crime." Michael Holt also steps up to his own book as "Mister Terrific" #1 gets a launch from Eric Wallace and Roger Robinson while Krul and Freddie Williams II (along with cover artist Stanley "Artfem" Lau) kickstart "Captain Atom" with hints of a struggle to maintain his humanity in the description.
Finally, a new anthology series highlighting other DC heroes in solo arcs kicks off with "DC Universe Presents" #1 featuring a Deadman multi-parter by by Paul Jenkins and Bernard Chang under a Ryan Sook cover.
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