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Following their announcement that they were starting everything over and relaunching all their titles with new first issues this fall, DC Comics today announced the creative teams for ten of the titles.
And while Tom may have other thoughts on his mind this week, here are some of my quick thoughts on those announcements:
Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang on Wonder Woman: Now all we need to know is whether she’s forming a rock band or not … but seriously, art wise, in my eyes, perfect choice. I’m a huge fan of Chiang’s, so I was just hoping we’d see him on any regular title. And Wonder Woman seems like a great fit. Azzarello, meanwhile, probably isn’t the first name I would have thought of when thinking about Wonder Woman, but the more I think about it, the more I like the idea. Of the creative teams revealed so far, this is probably becoming my favorite, or is at least tied with …
Ethan Van Sciver, Gail Simone and Yildiray Cinar on Firestorm: Back at WonderCon in 2010, Simone and Van Sciver teased that they were working together on something. Could they have been talking about Firestorm? Maybe; Simone also said on Twitter that she and Van Sciver have another as-yet-unannounced project they’re working on, so it could have been something else. I like the fact that Van Sciver is co-writing the book (rather than drawing it), and it’s getting a bit of a reboot. “Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond are two high school students, worlds apart – and now they’re drawn into a conspiracy of super science that bonds them forever in a way they can’t explain or control.” So you have two writers with very different worldviews writing a character composed of two other characters with wildly different worldviews. That’s actually pretty cool. Yildiray Cinar, meanwhile, has been killing it on Legion, so he’s a plus to a team I was already liking.
Dan Jurgens and Aaron Lopresti on Justice League International: Fans of Justice League: Generation Lost probably weren’t surprised to see this one, since it was teased in the last issue of the miniseries. I think what surprised and disappointed me about it, though, was the lack of Judd Winick, who did an awesome job with these characters. I can’t imagine we won’t see his name somewhere among the 52 titles, but I would have loved to have seen it on this one.
Tony Daniel and Phillip Tan on The Savage Hawkman: Wait, what happened to James Robinson?
Francis Manapul on Flash: Francis Manapul on art is always plus, and like a lot of artists at DC (like Daniel and Dave Finch) he’s making the jump to writing as well.
Eric Wallace and Roger Robinson on Mister Terrific: Besides the Ink miniseries that followed Final Crisis, I don’t think I’ve read anything Wallace has done. That being said, I like that DC is giving one of their more interesting team characters, The Justice Society’s Mister Terrific, his own series, so I’ll at least check out the first issue.
Also announced, but I don’t have anything to say about them: Green Arrow by JT Krul and Dan Jurgens, Captain Atom by JT Krul and Freddie Williams III and DC Universe Presents, an anthology title that’ll kick off with a Deadman story by Paul Jenkins and Bernard Chang. And of course Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis on Aquaman, which we already had confirmed.
Overall thoughts: I can’t say anything here really surprised me, in terms of the creators who are involved. Thinking back to Crisis on Infinite Earths and the reboot that came after it, DC made several big announcements and bold moves– John Byrne on Superman, Frank Miller on Batman, Mike Grell doing Green Arrow: Longbow Hunters, even Tim Truman on Hawkworld. Granted this is only the first wave of titles, so we still have plenty of room for some big surprises in the next 40 or so titles they have to announce, but so far the only ones that really came across as potential wild cards were finding out Ethan Van Sciver and Francis Manapul would be writing instead of drawing, and the pairing of Azzarello with Wonder Woman. That being said, none of these really came across as particularly bad movies, either, although whether you agree or not will likely vary based on your own comic preferences.
Of course there’s a long list of names we haven’t seen yet who are currently working for DC and who I’d expect to see in upcoming announcements — Robinson and Winick, of course, as well as Grant Morrison, Paul Dini, Marc Guggenheim, Palmiotti and Gray, Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire, just to name a few writers. And while it’s probably not very likely we’ll see Brian Michael Bendis writing Batman or Jeff Smith taking over Superman, are there some unusual suspects who might pop up? Darwyn Cooke hinted he was up to something with DC. I’m sure there are plenty of other potential wild cards out there — who would you like to see on a DC title?