DC Cancels Firestorm, Ravagers, Hawkman, Deathstroke, Sword Of Sorcery And Team 7.
We mentioned there were big creative changes happening at DC. Well, they've now just been announced, ahead of this weekend's DC Comics creative conference in Charlotte, North Carlolina.
We told you Savage Hawkman was cancelled. But, a seemingly razing of the ground of anything associated with Rob Liefeld, it is joined by Deathstroke, as well asFury of Firestorm, Ravagers, Sword of Sorcery and Team 7.
Creative changes will seeMike Johnson leave Supergirl, Michael Alan Nelson (from Boom) replacing him. Defalco leaves Superboy, Justin Jordan in. Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray take over Batwing with an all-new armor. And Francis Portela comes back to Legion of Superheroes... Yeah, as we told you Keith Giffen didn't even last for soil issues he was solicited for.
There will be annualsfor Batman: The Dark Knight, Catwoman, Earth 2 and Red Hood and the Outlaws.
They really should consider setting a promisary run of these books of a certain number of issues and then establishing a benchmark for the creative teams and fans (in terms of sales, reviews, etc.) to greenlight them beyond those issues. That way there's a target to aim for.
Then again, I doubt anyone will be launching fan campaigns to renew most of these books....
I can't say I'm really surprised by any of those, but I thought Firestorm was just starting to turn around, and SoS and Team 7 don't seem like they've had long enough to really know what they're going to do.
Read all of these, enjoyed quite a few. Really sad by the loss of Sword of Sorcery and especially Firestorm, which has been fantastic since Dan Jurgens took over. At this point, I wish DC would replace these with a few more generically titled books (Adventure Comics, More Fun comics, etc.) and just switch gears as they feel like it with out the cancellations (Of course, that strategy didn't work out so well with DC Universe Presents and National Comics, so what do I know?)
Bloody hell, a couple of those are barely going to make six issues. DC, have you considered perhaps launching some miniseries? I know, I know, it's crazy, but it just might work...
The sales on the Gray/Palmiotti Freedom Fighters miniseries (Phantom Lady, Human Bomb, the Ray) have been under 8,000 I believe. So no, miniseries do not do well. Better to entice people to try the new ongoing, then turn it into a miniseries if it fails.