Two Of DC's Greatest Recent Comics Are Coming To An Early End

Illustration for article titled Two Of DC's Greatest Recent Comics Are Coming To An Early End

DC have been killing it lately with their range of awesome, enjoyable “Digital First” comics. That range is getting a little less awesome and enjoyable at the end of the year, with the cancellation of Batman ‘66 and Sensation Comics.

Advertisement

Ahead of DC’s release of their December solicitations earlier today, reports spread that a bevy of current DC titles—Doomed, Lobo, The Omega Men, Gotham By Midnight and Justice League United—would be coming to a close in November and December. These cancellations were later joined by three more: Green Lantern: The Lost Army, and as sadly, as mentioned above, Batman ‘66 and Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman.

It’s a sad blow, as Batman ‘66 and Sensation have led the vanguard for DC’s digital first initiative, and in the mean time, told some fantastic stories. Batman ‘66 was a loving tribute to the camp brilliance of the classic TV show, and had recently begun to add its own unique sixties spin on iconic Batman villains that didn’t appear in the show’s original 3 season run, like Bane, Harley Quinn, and Two-Face.

Illustration for article titled Two Of DC's Greatest Recent Comics Are Coming To An Early End

The news of Batman ‘66’s demise isn’t all bad though: it seems like the series will live on as a limited-run event comic. We already know that it was teaming up with the classic British spy team the Avengers, but today’s solicitations also revealed the comic will team up with another ‘60s icon for a six-issue miniseries written by Jeff Parker, with art from David Hahn: The Man From UNCLE. On any other day this would be fantastic news—but now, the excitement is tempered by the loss of the main series.

But what of Sensation Comics? There appears to be no future for the Wonder Woman anthology series, which we recently sang the praises of as one of the best sources of fantastic Wonder Woman storytelling in recent memory. Is there a future for all these different interpretations of Wonder Woman, alongside the version we currently get in the main Wonder Woman comic series? It doesn’t seem so, and that’s tragic. Sensation wasn’t just one of the best digital series DC had on offer, it was one of their best series, full stop.

Advertisement

Hopefully DC will find something to fill the huge hole in its digital roster left behind by these two icons after December.

[Via Newsarama]

Advertisement

DISCUSSION

venatosapiens
venatosapiens

Alex de Campi, late of Sensation Comics, dishes on why it was canceled and, more generally, the biggest problem with corporate comics right now.

(Spoiler alert: it’s stuff like this: “The main Wonder Woman comic is part of the Superman office. Now, the Superman office allegedly employs no women, and a cursory glance over the mastheads of several Superman titles and Wonder Woman seems to confirm that allegation. The reason, I’ve been told by several people who work or used to work at DC, is because one of the most senior editors is a sexual harasser with multiple incidents on his HR file. I don’t use “alleged” here because at least one incident (grabbing a woman’s breasts) happened publicly at a corporate social gathering with multiple witnesses. There was also something about sticking his tongue down an artist’s girlfriend’s throat when the artist was in the bathroom. Again, public gathering.

It is not known to me whether the no-chicks-in-Supes-office diktat is the preference of the harasser, or whether it’s the HR department crossing its fingers and hoping to Jesus they don’t get hit with a liability lawsuit so big it’s visible from space. This guy was kept in the move to Burbank despite his record – allegedly because he has blackmail on one of DC’s most senior staff members.”)