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The announcement on Thursday that DC Comics will eliminate co-features as part of an effort to lower cover prices left many wondering about the fates of stories like the well-received Jimmy Olsen adventure in Action Comics and the upcoming Jim Gordon serial in Detective Comics.
In DC’s press release, Co-Publisher Dan DiDio pledged that “some of these characters will find a new platform,” but he didn’t offer any additional information — at least until Friday’s “DC Nation” panel at New York Comic Con. There DiDio told the crowd that the newly launched Jimmy Olsen co-feature, by Nick Spencer and R.B. Silva, will conclude as a one-shot. Other backup stories may get their own specials or miniseries.
According to Comic Book Resources’ panel report, DiDio and Jeff Lemire “strongly suggested” Lemire will write an Atom ongoing series. The character now stars in an Adventure Comics co-feature by Lemire and Mahmud Asrar.
DC will lower the price of all of its standard-length ongoing titles from $3.99 to $2.99 beginning in January, and cut the number of story pages from 22 to 20 in 32-page comic. The move will also mean the elimination of co-features in eight titles: Action Comics (Jimmy Olsen); Adventure Comics (Atom); Batman: Streets of Gotham (Ragman); Detective Comics (Jim Gordon); Doc Savage (Justice Inc.); Justice League of America (Cyborg); Legion of Super-Heroes; and The Spirit (The Spirit: Black & White).