The CCXP Worlds virtual pattern was held this past weekend, and DC Comics came out in force with a slew of information and bulletins coming out of their countless streaming panels. Perhaps most interestingly, nearly a dozen inventive teams were discovered for both brand-new and returning post-Future State series debuting in March. These teams can tell us a lot about what DC has schemed move forward, and how the two-month Future State event plays into things.
In all, ten entitlements and inventive teams were announced for March. Those include crews coming on to existing lines 😛 TAGEND
Mariko Tamaki& Dan Mora taking over on Detective Comics as of question #1034
Gene Luen Yang& Ivan Reis picking up Batman/ Superman starting with problem #15 Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad, Travis Moore,& Tamra Bonvillain on Wonder Woman with matter #770
And new serial launching 😛 TAGEND
Wonder Girl, a new miniseries performing a younger form of Future State Wonder Woman Yara Flor, by Joelle Jones
Stephanie Phillips, Riley Rossmo,& Ivan Plascencia on the next Harley Quinn ongoing succession
Ram V, Mike Perkins, Mike Spicer,& Aditya Bidikar on a new Swamp Thing series A relaunched Justice League Dark series, likewise written by Ram V with art by Alejandro Germanico A new Suicide Squad series, The Suicide Squad, by Robbie Thompson, Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira,& Marcelo Maiolo
Geoffrey Thorne& Tom Raney on a relaunched Green Lantern series A new Titans successions, Teen Titans Academy, from Tim Sheridan& Rafa Sandoval
That’s a lot to grasp, but one thing jump-starts out immediately: each of the newly-announced imaginative crews peculiarities all or some of the Future State imaginative crews for those working reputations/ sequences. All of serials are written by their Future State writers, and Detective, Green Lantern, Swamp Thing, Wonder Girl, and Teen Titans Academy are all too selected by the same artist as their Future State predecessors( though Wonder Girl is kind of cheating since Jones is both returning writer and illustrator ).
When Future State was announced, there was a fair amount of grumbling from devotees and retailers alike that this was another Convergence- a two-month detour with no connection to what’s going on in the’ main’ DCU, that could easily be hop-skip. Back when the phenomenon was first announced, we made the disagreement that Future State’s relative self-containment would make it new-reader-friendly and able to tell satisfying two-issue floors, and I do think that will still be the case. But now knowing that many of those miniseries will serve as the launchpad for what’s coming in the present-day DCU starts them can’t-miss.
It’s also nice to see DC continuing to give opportunities to new pioneers, another component of Future State that we praised back after it was announced. The publisher has pushed that aspect of the occurrence hard, with a feature in the DC Nation Presents Future State promotional store introducing 12 developers bragged as “the Next Generation of DC Voices.” Now two of those brand-new columnists, Phillips and Sheridan, are helming streaks post-event, and it seems likely we’ll envision more of the’ next generation’ carry over as more advertisements for DC’s March projects roll out. It’s likewise worth noting that, while she’s not new to DC, Mariko Tamaki is, after Devin Grayson, time the second woman to helm a Batman series on an ongoing basis, and the first to write DC’s flagship streak regularly. New blood is definitely necessary to keep the DCU fresh and interesting, and hopefully we’ll read more of that as 2021 progresses.
Perhaps the most interesting implication of the weekend’s announcements( to me, at least) is what it means for how DC is exercising Future State’s anthology format. One of the succession, Ram V and Alejandro Germanico’s Justice League Dark, invents out of the backup narratives/ second incorporated in the Future State: Justice League series. Yes, JLDark has had its own series before — and even one written by Ram V — but it’s still evoking to see that the Future State back-up stories may be being used as testing grounds for brand-new ongoings or miniseries, specially when some of those, like Vita Ayala& Aneke’s Batgirls, Sean Lewis& Cully Hamner’s The Guardian, and L.L. McKinney, Alitha E. Martinez,& Mark Morales’s Nubia look to be among the most interesting stories coming as one of the purposes of Future State.
All of these notices have unquestionably was an opportunity to beat up even more interest in Future State, and have me agitated for where the DC Universe is headed in the new time. With as much uncertainty as there’s been around the publisher following several rounds of layoffs, some brand-new hires apparently in the works, and an ever-churning rumor mill around AT& T’s plans for the line, it looks at the very least like the immediate future for the DCU is going to be an interesting one.
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