DC ROUND-UP: 2020, the end of an era at DC Comics

THIS WEEK: With a small week of records, we instead take a look at the year that was, and the changes that impacted DC in 2020.

Note: the review below contains spoilers. If you require a immediate, spoiler-free buy/ pass recommendation on the comics in question, check out the bottom of the article for our final verdicts.

2020: The Death of an Era

This year was a rough one for nearly everyone in the world, and the comics industry did not escape unscathed. No comic companionship is coming out of 2020 quite as changed as DC though. It all started in February when the Dan DiDio era of the company came to a swift and rapid end.

From there, the world countries descended apart, doing damage to the entire industry in the wake of the most devastating pandemic in a century. Diamond Comics Distributors, who have had a virtual stranglehold on comic dispensation for decades now was forced to shut down for several months, clearing the industry as a whole scramble in response. DC wound up leaving Diamond for Lunar Distribution and UCS Comics Distributors in order to get their diaries back on shelves as quickly as possible.

In July, DC put out the final issue of the succession that is my pick for the best series of its first year in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen # 12, which I spoke more about in detail when it came out.Little did we know then, that this would also foreshadow the end of the Bendis era on the Superbooks.

August proved to be the biggest signifier of change for DC Comics in a year filled with them. In August, various members of the DC Comics staff were laid off, including longtime Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras. More layoffs would follow in November, completely cutting down the active staff at DC Comics. We remain heartbroken for everyone accomplished by these layoffs and hope they all discovery a perfect landing spot.

In September, DC hired Daniel Cherry to be the brand-new General Manager, and Cherry spoke on wanting to take advantage of DC’s diverse lineup of superstars. For all the fears that came with the layoffs about the company as a whole, Cherry’s hiring should be a good indicate, as it’s indication that AT& T is still investing in the division.

Finally, in November, DC formally promoted longtime writer Marie Javins to the role of editor-in-chief, again in a signed that they’re still invested in maintaining the comics way. This recognizes a remarkably diverse leadership squad in charge of DC Comics as we ability into 2021. One hopes that that is a sign of what is to come for the company as we come out of the most terrible year most of us have ever experienced.

With the end of the DC Rebirth era in 2020, we look forward to Future State in the first two months after 2021, and the fresh spokespeople on DC names that soft relaunch after.


Endless Winter ceased, I guess? It was certainly a fill-in arc that existed exclusively to buy time for Future State. Batman Annual# 5 actually reached me care about Clown Hunter? God, how can Tynion take two characters I absolutely hated in the main book and flesh them out so well in one-shots that I actually care about them now? What occult is that? Neither of the Dark Nights one-shots did much for me, but I’m too kind of burned out on the episode as a whole.

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