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Six DC Titles Canceled, Major Shift In Creative Teams

Bob Harras and Bobbie Chase discuss the latest changes being made at DC Comics.

In a recent interview DC's Senior Vice President Bob Harras and Editorial Director Bobbie Chase revealed that five DC Comics titles are being canceled and that there will be major changes made to the creative teams. Based on the information released earlier, SAVAGE HAWKMAN, TEAM 7, FURY OF THE FIRESTORM, DEATHSTROKE, RAVAGERS, and SWORD OF SORCERY are all being canceled.

BATWING cover by Ken Lashley
BATWING cover by Ken Lashley

Some of these titles were launched relatively recently following the previous round of cancelations by DC, so the question remains, did the publisher really give these series a chance to blossom and thrive, or were they eliminated prematurely?

According to Chase and Harras, although SAVAGE HAWKMAN and DEATHSTROKE are two titles that are being canceled, we will continue to see these characters in the DC Universe in the future. For example, Hawkman will appear in JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA.

Cancelations are not where it ends, however. The heads of DC revealed that there would be major shifts made to creative teams, as well. Many creators who are seeing their titles come to an end (Christy Marx and SWORD OF SORCERY, for example) will be moving on to other titles.

According to the interview writer Michael Alan Nelson will be taking over SUPERGIRL from Mike Johnson. Writer Tom DeFalco is being replaced by Justin Jordan (DEATHSTROKE), and Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray are both moving to BATWING. Additionally, Sterling Gates (SUPERGIRL) will be taking over THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA'S VIBE for writer Andrew Kreisberg starting with issue #4.

DC is also rolling out "WTF Certified" where the publisher will push things to the limit. You can see the first "WTF Certified" moment this April.

What do you think of the news? Were you reading any of the series that have been canceled? Are you looking forward to seeing the changes made to any of these creative teams?

Source: CBR

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Posted By Sleepbutnodream15

Is that the new Batwing?

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Posted By turoksonofstone

They should just reboot again and give superman his panties back.

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Posted By reaper2923

Crap I really liked Hawkman and Deathstroke but to me it seems like DC seemed to give them the shaft a lot. Oh well as long as they arent replaced by yet another Batman or Superman title I'm alright.

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Posted By Impala

@millennium: G.I Combat was replaced with Threshold in January

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Posted By saoakden

Damn a lot of books ending. The Batwing cover looks freaking awesome though!

@crevicekid: I think since its involved with the upcoming First Lantern crossover is the reason why Red Lanterns hasn't been cut. We don't know how long the Wrath of the First Lantern, so I guess its staying for that crossover. After that, I guess anything can happen.... Unless a third Green Lantern crossover happens after the First Lantern crossover. Although the chances of that happening is very slim.

We'll have to wait and see what happens.

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Posted By bob808

Team 7 is getting cancelled NOOOOOOOOOO!

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Posted By LarryDavis

Holy crap, Sword of Sorcery got canned fast. That's too bad, I heard people liked it, I was gonna get the trade. The rest of it, whatev.

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Posted By Impala

@Jake Fury: True. To late to save the patient, harms been done

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Posted By millennium

dam i didnt see deathstroke, team 7 and sword of sorcery geting canceled so soon i figured they had at least a year befor dc would give them the axe now i dont know if i wont to keep reading their series now and all the others i knew they where going on the next wave but how did red lanterns, dial h, and gi combat not get on the list

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Posted By Jake Fury

New creative team on Batwing could be interesting. Not surprised the rest of these books got cancelled. Hawkman is better in a team book, Deathstroke series got off to a terrible start and never recovered. The rest of them didn't have a chance to begin with.

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Posted By Fantasgasmic

So, 6 books gone, standard DC practice seems to be replace with 6 more books, correct? What's the Over/Under on how many will be Batman related? (either headlining a Bat-family character or a team with a Bat character) I'm thinking 2.

@Avenging-X-Bolt said:

@Fantasgasmic said:

Seriously, we can't cancel Batwing yet? Who is reading it? And that redesign is just Iron Man crossed with Black Panther. Or maybe Batman Beyond.

Without the WINGS, the name Batwing is kinda pointless, no?

I heard rumor, one of the replacement books is Red Robin, and that's why they took Lobdell off Red Hood.

id totally buy it if Lobdell wasnt on it.

Me too.

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Posted By rav4

@animehunter said:

Except for Ravagers and Sword of Sorcery never really cared much for the others. it's just unfortunate that we don't get to see any more development of these characters: Rose Wilson, Caitlin Fairchild & Amethyst, but I hope I'm wrong and we still get to see them play a big part in some books.

This.

I need my Rose, damn it >.< Ravagers just got a new writer that actually looked like he was taking the book in a good direction. I wanted to see Rose finally get some freaking development in the New 52, but noooo. Ugh, she'd better show up somewhere else. Maybe even find her way back to Superboy, I don't care. I just need my Rose fix.

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Posted By The Stegman

DAMN!! 
 
Deathstroke was /just/ starting to get good again...I'm also going to sorely miss I Vampire, which was on my top ten best of the New 52 since the beginning. I'm surprised that they're cancelling Ravagers so soon, although to be honest, the book wasn't that great anyway, I was reading it solely for Beast Boy and Rose Wilson. With the cancellation of Team 7 too, I just hope Deathstroke sticks around. Although, I can't help but wonder why they're cancelling three fairly new titles, is it because JLA, Snyder's Superman Vibe, Katana etc are coming and they want to stick with this "There can only be 52" mentality? 

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Posted By CodyRADkinson

Nooo!!!! I just started reading Deathstroke with #15 and 16 and its been awesome. Definitely sad to see it go so quickly after picking it up.

Wonder if/what will replace these titles?

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Posted By doordoor123

@Avenging-X-Bolt said:

@doordoor123 said:

@Avenging-X-Bolt said:

@Fantasgasmic said:

Seriously, we can't cancel Batwing yet? Who is reading it? And that redesign is just Iron Man crossed with Black Panther. Or maybe Batman Beyond.

Without the WINGS, the name Batwing is kinda pointless, no?

I heard rumor, one of the replacement books is Red Robin, and that's why they took Lobdell off Red Hood.

id totally buy it if Lobdell wasnt on it.

LOL I'm pretty sure I started that rumor.

.........why do you like crushing my dreams?

LOL don't make your dreams so crushable. ;)

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Posted By Jonny_Anonymous

@doordoor123: Jordan only had 2 issues on Deathstroke and 4 on Team 7

@GothamRed said:

@Jonny_Anonymous: Yup, I foresee 4 new bat-books and 1 or 2 new lantern spin-offs to come, maybe a new superman title since he's got big plans this summer.

sounds about right.

also changing creative teams on books that aren't even out yet? That is a bad sign.

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Posted By mattwing87

I am glad Batwing wasn't cancelled! I am digging the new suit!!

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Posted By Avenging-X-Bolt

@doordoor123 said:

@Avenging-X-Bolt said:

@Fantasgasmic said:

Seriously, we can't cancel Batwing yet? Who is reading it? And that redesign is just Iron Man crossed with Black Panther. Or maybe Batman Beyond.

Without the WINGS, the name Batwing is kinda pointless, no?

I heard rumor, one of the replacement books is Red Robin, and that's why they took Lobdell off Red Hood.

id totally buy it if Lobdell wasnt on it.

LOL I'm pretty sure I started that rumor.

.........why do you like crushing my dreams?

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Posted By doordoor123

@Avenging-X-Bolt said:

@Fantasgasmic said:

Seriously, we can't cancel Batwing yet? Who is reading it? And that redesign is just Iron Man crossed with Black Panther. Or maybe Batman Beyond.

Without the WINGS, the name Batwing is kinda pointless, no?

I heard rumor, one of the replacement books is Red Robin, and that's why they took Lobdell off Red Hood.

id totally buy it if Lobdell wasnt on it.

LOL I'm pretty sure I started that rumor.

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Posted By lifeboy

Send amatheyst to vertigo for a chance to redeem.

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Posted By lightsout

(although I read it) I'm shocked Firestorm lasted this long. Especially that it outlasted Blue Beetle (I'll never understand how that guy got so little love).

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Posted By Impala

@doordoor123: Yes sales started at mid level and in 2 months they entered the danger zone.

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Posted By Avenging-X-Bolt

@Fantasgasmic said:

Seriously, we can't cancel Batwing yet? Who is reading it? And that redesign is just Iron Man crossed with Black Panther. Or maybe Batman Beyond.

Without the WINGS, the name Batwing is kinda pointless, no?

I heard rumor, one of the replacement books is Red Robin, and that's why they took Lobdell off Red Hood.

id totally buy it if Lobdell wasnt on it.

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Posted By doordoor123

It is like a movie flopping and you're upset that it didn't get a sequel.

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Posted By kuma_far

I didnt knew that Harras was working in DC comics, that explains a lot

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Posted By doordoor123

@Shazam78 said:

Seems like every few months sense the new 52 started there about 3 to six titles getting cancelled. Way to go D.C. send me to Marvel.

You were buying any of these books? The sales don't show that there are many people buying it.

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Posted By doordoor123

@LumberJacktheRipper said:

Red Lanterns is like that d bag on survivor who never gets voted off because no one likes him and the other survivors know they can take them to the end as they won't get any votes...

LOL -- BUT HE CAN CHANGE!

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Posted By GothamRed

@Jonny_Anonymous: Yup, I foresee 4 new bat-books and 1 or 2 new lantern spin-offs to come, maybe a new superman title since he's got big plans this summer.

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Edited By doordoor123

@Zeeguy91 said:

Seriously?? Both of Justin Jordan's books are being cancelled????!!! Why??!

Hes going to be on Superboy now. The books just had bad sales.

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Posted By inferiorego

If only Kyle Higgins was allowed to stay on Deathstroke....

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Posted By Dark_Vengeance_

What? Deathstroke? Even after it was getting good again?

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Posted By akbogert

Just a note, that a lot of confusion and questions in these comments would be unnecessary if people read the original article which is linked at the end of the OP...

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Posted By Impala
09/2012: Team 7 #0 -- 34,503 10/2012: Team 7 #1 -- 27,661 (-19.8%) 11/2012: Team 7 #2 -- 19,510 (-29.5%) 12.2012 Team 7 #3 – 15.3K
09/2012: Sword of Sorcery #0 -- 29,954 10/2012: Sword of Sorcery #1 -- 23,947 (-20.1%) 11/2012: Sword of Sorcery #2 -- 18,080 (-24.5%) 12.2012 Sword of Sorcery #3 – 13.8K It's not DCs fault that this titles get axed, its the people who don't buy and support the titles No wonder they get canceled. They surely get below 10K till April. No leveling out in sight.
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Posted By Notathug78

Seems like every few months sense the new 52 started there about 3 to six titles getting cancelled. Way to go D.C. send me to Marvel.

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Posted By cameron83

@Fantasgasmic said:

Seriously, we can't cancel Batwing yet? Who is reading it? And that redesign is just Iron Man crossed with Black Panther. Or maybe Batman Beyond.

Without the WINGS, the name Batwing is kinda pointless, no?

I don't think that it's that black/white.And we don't even know who that is and if that is permanent or a temporary costume.

And that doesn't look like iron man at all,I can understand the black panther part....and sorta the iron man part,but at the same time It is barely reminiscent of iron man,in my opinon.

What I just said makes little to no sense,and at the same time makes some sense.....

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Edited By SwampPing

That's too bad abou d-stroke and team 7... though at least were probably getting snyder superman...

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Posted By Jonny_Anonymous

@Outside_85 said:

@NightFang: @Jonny_Anonymous: The Edge seems to be doing a lot better than the Young Justice line, which is now down to 2 books...and only 1 sells atm.

Yea but it also has a new upcoming book, The Edge now has three books, none of which sell.

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Posted By save.me.now

@thenexusrebound said:

I am sad Sword of Sorcery is getting cancelled. I like the Amethyst story and I loved the Beowulf story.

I know! The Beowulf backups were the main reason I read Sword of Sorcery, it was a really interesting take on The Future of the DCU. I'll also miss Ravagers, which I personally thought was a great book. Except for Firestorm I thought all these comics were good.

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Posted By Bluefox170

Guess I'm done with comics.

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Posted By whitelantern64

I can get them canceling all of them except sword of sorcery....that was actually a good title!

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Edited By Fantasgasmic

Seriously, we can't cancel Batwing yet? Who is reading it? And that redesign is just Iron Man crossed with Black Panther. Or maybe Batman Beyond.

Without the WINGS, the name Batwing is kinda pointless, no?

I heard rumor, one of the replacement books is Red Robin, and that's why they took Lobdell off Red Hood.

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Posted By Outside_85

@NightFang: @Jonny_Anonymous: The Edge seems to be doing a lot better than the Young Justice line, which is now down to 2 books...and only 1 sells atm.

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Posted By Impala

It's Batwing

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Posted By roboadmiral

So. . . no chance of an explanation on the cyber-looking Batman picture?

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Posted By StMichalofWilson

What's with the metal Batman?

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Posted By longbowhunter

I never picked up a single issue of any of these titles.

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Posted By thenexusrebound

I am sad Sword of Sorcery is getting cancelled. I like the Amethyst story and I loved the Beowulf story.

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Posted By Fuchsia_Nightingale

More Batman !

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Edited By wessaari

Red Lanterns has out stayed its welcome a long time ago, but this new direction for Batwing has me peaked. David is apparently quitting, so this may be a new Batwing

Definitely loving the new armor, great art and hopefully that person stays on

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Posted By akbogert

@Dark_Guyver: Yeah, I've never actually seen the character before so I'm looking forward to his role there, for sure.

@chalkshark: I keep trying to wrap my mind around the fact that they tried to fire Gail Simone. All their other creative decisions pale in comparison to how baffling that one was.