DC Comics has released its August solicitations, which reveal the final issues of "Legion of Super Heroes," "Demon Knights," "Dial H" and "Threshold" set to drop in August. The move by DC doesn't come as much of a surprise -- Diamond's April 2013 sales estimates show the ongoing series as the publisher's four lowest-selling, not-already-cancelled books.
As the latest New 52 launch titles set for the chopping block, "Legion of Super Heroes" and "Demon Knights" will end at issue #23 with two years' worth of issues. "Legion of Super Heroes" struggled to find an audience throughout its New 52 lifetime, and the cancellation of the Paul Levitz-written series means only one title in the Young Justice category of the New 52 remains: Scott Lobdell's "Teen Titans."
"Demon Knights'" numbers have definitely dropped in recent months, and the cancellation comes before the beginning of series writer Robert Venditti's run on "Green Lantern." "Demon Knights" was also the only DC series to explore the creation and development of the DCU during medieval times. With "Sword and Sorcery" also cancelled, it leaves DC's catalogue nearly void of any high fantasy titles.
Fantasy writer China Mieville's "Dial H" was one of the New 52's Second Wave of titles, but it -- like "Legion of Super Heroes" -- struggled to find an audience. Perhaps most notable about the series was that it was a DC Universe book edited by Vertigo editor Karen Berger, who stepped down from her role as Executive Editor and SVP of Vertigo in March. Berger stopped editing the series with issue #10, which released in March.
"Threshold" launched in January under writer Keith Giffen and was notable for both its co-feature on Larfleeze as well as a main story with a remained version of Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew, and Blue Beetle.
Check out the solicitation info and covers for the final issues below.
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #23
Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art and cover by KEVIN MAGUIRE
On sale AUGUST 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • FINAL ISSUE
In this final issue, the Legion picks itself up after the brutal attack from the Fatal Five nearly destroyed civilization across the cosmos! While some Legionaires bury their dead, others fight for the future of the Legion against a society that now doesn’t trust them. Don’t miss surprises galore in this landmark issue drawn by Kevin Maguire as the true nature of the Legion is questioned—and the future of the DCU is changed in a way you’ll never expect!
DEMON KNIGHTS #23
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CHAD HARDIN and WAYNE FAUCHER
Cover by HOWARD PORTER
On sale AUGUST 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • FINAL ISSUE
The Knights are running out of options as they try to protect the Holy Grail! Plus, the fate of the Black Diamond is revealed!
DIAL H #15
Written by CHINA MIEVILLE
Art by ALBERTO PONTICELLI and DAN GREEN
Cover by BRIAN BOLLAND
On sale AUGUST 7 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T+ • FINAL ISSUE
This extra-sized conclusion to the epic DIAL H series has all the answers you’ve been looking for, and more questions you didn’t even think to ask! Stay on the line! The entire universe is at stake!
Written by KEITH GIFFEN
Art by TOM RANEY and PHIL WINSLADE
Backup story art by TIMOTHY GREEN II and JOSEPH SILVER
Cover by HOWARD PORTER
On sale AUGUST 14 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • FINAL ISSUE
The game is over for the Hunted! Who lives and who dies is sure to set the universe ablaze. Plus, a major villain emerges from the shadows!