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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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@TommytheHitman said:

Damn Deathstroke's ending. HEY LIEFELD FANS don't you find it weird how every title Liefeld has written since the New 52 began has gotton cancelled?

Liefeld still has fans? Since when?

@Zeeguy91 said:

@JakeN7 said:

@Zeeguy91 said:

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

Because he's taking over writing duties on both Superboy and Green Lantern: New Guardians. Also, poor sales.

thanks, but I already got like ten other replies explaining.

Yeah I figured. Oh well. lol.

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Posted By Zeeguy91

@JakeN7 said:

@Zeeguy91 said:

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

Because he's taking over writing duties on both Superboy and Green Lantern: New Guardians. Also, poor sales.

thanks, but I already got like ten other replies explaining.

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Posted By JakeN7

@Zeeguy91 said:

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

Because he's taking over writing duties on both Superboy and Green Lantern: New Guardians. Also, poor sales.

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Edited By Dman1366

So they are basically getting rid of every Wildstorm book. fck that. I hope that they replace these with gen 13 and w.i.l.dcats

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Posted By Avenging-X-Bolt

@Signs said:

I hope they give John Stewart his own series green lantern corps suck had to drop it.

GL Corps is getting a new creative team soon so you might be able to pick it up

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Posted By Hanson724

@braynehurricane said:

@crevicekid said:

I wonder when Red Lanterns will finally get the chop? I only get it so I don't miss anything Lantern related.

@millennium said:

how did red lanterns, dial h, and gi combat not get on the list

For all of you asking about Red Lanterns - it's selling at around 40K. That's about three times as much as most of these listed. It economically makes sense to keep the book around. Though I agree it's a very mediocre book and I'd much rather have seen that gone (and potentially replaced with a better Lantern spin-off) than Sword of Sorcery which I liked quite a bit and is being cut very short.

I love the Red Lanterens. Atrocitus is a great character and its a different take on the Lantern universe. I'm surprised at all the hate but to each their own. Sword of Sorcery would have done much better at $2.99. I bought the first two issues and liked them but couldn't spent the $4 on it after that I mean is it as good as Batman? Justice League? Probably not. Having said all that yeah...DC needs to focus on content and not their amount of books theyre trying to keep up with.Katana? Nocenti killed Catwoman so I don't have much faith it will last. Vibe feels the same DOA. However I can't wait for JLA so what do I know? :))

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Posted By slade_wilson

We need a Red Robin title ASAP. I'm over my title getting canceled. Leifeld killed it and there was not enough time for Jordan to resurrect it despite the fantastic past three issues.

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Posted By Spawn92

Im getting really fed up with DCs cancellation spree. Some of these books will have LESS than 10 issues when they get cancelled. The only book Im reading right now is Green Arrow anyways.

Im not giving DC a chance until they give their characters and creative teams a chance.

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Posted By RedLanternRage81

I like the Red Lantern Title... They are the yin and yang of the Green Lanterns. The only title I read was Savage Hawkman, Carter Hall is a bad ass.The other ones i dont know much about, but I hate to see any title go.

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Posted By TommytheHitman

Damn Deathstroke's ending. HEY LIEFELD FANS don't you find it weird how every title Liefeld has written since the New 52 began has gotton cancelled?

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Posted By thatlad

this wtf thing is a really really awful idea. The best selling comics tend to be "good writer, agood story" gimmicks don't sell long term. Eg there were loads of holy shit moments in hickmans ff run but I stayed in that book because of the smaller character driven moments. I remember Ben and Johnny look thru the barrier more fondly than the oncoming horde of annihalus

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Posted By hamlet33

Nooooo not Deathstroke! oh well. At least Suicide Squad and Red Hood and The Outlaws arent on the chopping block just yet...

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Posted By RayeGunn

Sad to see some of these go, but it's not unexpected, if they're not selling, they're not selling... I think Sword of Sorcery and Team 7 could have been given more time, but realistically I know they probably weren't going to find the readers they needed any time soon. :-/

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Posted By Zoch81

lm little sad see Team 7 and Ravagers getting cancelled but other hand Im glad there going be new writer on Superboy the book needed a new direction Im not sure why Supergirl needed new writer have wait and see.

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Posted By 00 Raiser

Batwing looks WICKED!

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Edited By depinrock3587

Go batwing go !!!

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Posted By jstndmnd

I am just looking forward to Superboy's new writer. So much potential with the character but none of the writers seem to have found it yet. It looks like Justin is going to take a darker approach with Superboy.

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Posted By BatWatch

@Impala said:

@BatWatch: It's not like this books are cancelled immediately they all were solicited for April so they can surely finish this arc on Ravagers

Well, I am sure they will finish out the arc. I'm just saying it was too bad it did not go longer since the new writer was doing well.

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Posted By BatWatch

@cagedleo730: Well, I guess that's true, but the impression I get is that unless you are a real big name, DC will usually put you on a title for an arch and then pick you up if it does well. I knew Fabian had not been promised anything, but I was hoping it would turn in to something.

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Posted By Signs

I hope they give John Stewart his own series green lantern corps suck had to drop it.

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Posted By Bitchgurl

Only affects Deathstroke for me, though still  love the guy. 
 
Hope he shows up in Batman.

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Posted By Impala

@Perfect 10: As of this month Green Arrow will be very good if not superb with jeff lemire on it. And 4 of this 6 were lowest selling. And i don't consider 2-3 books as plenty.

December Sales:

  • Legion of Superheroes – 16.9K
  • Dial H – 16.2K
  • Ravagers – 16.1K
  • Stormwatch – 15.4K
  • Team 7 – 15.3K
  • Demon Knights – 15.1K
  • Batwing – 14.7K
  • Sword of Sorcery – 13.8K
  • Hawkman – 13.6K
  • Deathstroke 13.5K
  • Firestorm – 12K
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Posted By Perfect 10

im official done with dc. this is ridiculous. crap like green arrow keeps getting a chance but books like sword of sorcery that has been good from the start and sales well you drop? they obviously arent basing this on sales because they have plenty of other books that sale either the same or less so what is their problem? this limiting to 52 titles gimmick is so annoying. bye bye dc, see you if and when you ever get your act together

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Posted By Avengers_4everXX

@hazmat103: It's a Batman title they won't cancel it no matter how bad the sales are. Thus why Batwing stays even though it's sales are lower than some of the cancelled titles, and of much worse quality.

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Posted By Agent_Prince

Good article, very informative and to the point too. It is a shame when books get cancelled (happening a lot at DC), but these cancellations don't surprise me

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Posted By kagato

Red Lanterns, Stormwatch and Batwing really need to go, i feel they have all been living on borrowed time, uninteresting characters, lack of interesting enemies to battle or any chemistry between their extended cast, surely they all have to be in the next round?

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Posted By Black_Claw

And yet another Young Justice book cancelled. Why is DC screwing up chances for the teen heroes to shine?!

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Posted By mesosteros

How about they cancel Batwing instead Sword of Sorcery? Seriously Sword of Sorcery is being awesome and it's too recent to cancel. Batwing has been a boring piece of crap since day one.

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Posted By MyComicStoreDotNET

Quite a few cancels, can't wait to see the new titles!

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Posted By bloggerboy

Oh man, I'm so happy Demon Knights hasn't been cancelled yet. I bought the trade of vol. 1 as soon as it was possible. Now I'm thinking I should get a hardcover of vol. 2 when that's out.

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Posted By wallywest55

these comics should of been cancelled a long while ago to be honest. Well Deathstroke was alright but it did seem like a lot of random killing with no real plot. Seems like Geoff johns needs to write everything in the new 52 to make it a 5 star comic series.

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Posted By Grey56

@Rixec: Ah, I had thought that's what the Previews said. Sort of surprised me that I was getting the news there as opposed to another source. But fair enough.

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Posted By Comiclove5

Please, Please DC, give us a Red Robin book.

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Posted By SuperSlayin

@Red_Robin212: I'm so with you. Except for the Shazam thing. But I think I heard what was going to replace them and none of those were mentioned. At least Cyborg and Martian Manhunter are in team series.

Maybe Booster Gold is too, I'm not sure

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Posted By SuperSlayin

@wdchefdave said:

Hawkman is like a bar of soap!

You get a hold of him... and he slips out of your hands!

Way back in the '60s, with Joe Kubert drawing him... somehow Hawkman always got cancelled.

I do not understand the whole Deathstroke thing...

Aquaman, Atom, and Firestorm are ALWAYS doomed.

I think Nova and Firestorm came out at about the same time.

And, both have had just about as many re-starts!

So, I shouldn't complain... because I have not bought ANY D.C. comics in years.

True. You should not complain

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Posted By CrimsonAlchemist

@crevicekid:Me 2 I've got like practically every issue that's been released really surprising it hasn't got the axe yet.

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Posted By TheSmallvillefan12

Not Deathstroke

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Posted By wmwadeii

Thought Team 7 was only supposed to be temporary anyways. I have noticed most of the titles that get canned relate more with the Wildstorm Universe. I think DC is trying to hold these books to the same sales figures as Superman and Batman when they are more demographic specific. I also dont think the creative teams are keeping the same vibe that made these characters and comics popular in the 90s.

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Posted By LordRequiem

I bet they replace it with something silly. Shazam needs his own title.

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Posted By Mannequin

I just kicked out money to catch up on Ravagers because I wanted my Beast Boy fix and now there cancelling the title. I think it's way too early for DC to have even considered cancelling the title as it was still fresh, sure there wasn't anything magnificent about the title, but given a new creative team it could've gone somewhere. I think what killed the book had to be the fact that they weren't functioning as a team for quite a few issues and it just didn't feel like there was a need for them. Oh well, DC your breaking my heart.

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Posted By rav4

@Serberus08 said:

@Zeeguy91: @Zeeguy91 said:

All I'm saying is that Jordan better be given another book and Deathstroke better still be around. Maybe they could give Suicide Squad over to Justin.

That would be worth some thought, I'd start reading it if that were the case.

Jordan is being moved to Superboy, I believe.

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@Zeeguy91: @Zeeguy91 said:

All I'm saying is that Jordan better be given another book and Deathstroke better still be around. Maybe they could give Suicide Squad over to Justin.

That would be worth some thought, I'd start reading it if that were the case.

@CircularLogic: I agree, after Leifeld ran the old creative Pineapple through Deathstroke and Heawkman there was really only a matter of time before people just forgot about said titles. A shame though, I was following those two as well.

And for further verification, when is the cancellation? Effective immediately?

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Posted By Sekele

Sword of Sorcery will be missed

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@Ravager4 said:

@doomsilver said:

They were showing Rose wilson dieing(did I spell that right?) on a teaser. What happned?

What? What is this? Where was this? What teaser? When did this happen?

Oh, wait a second *breathes sigh of relief* you're talking about the preview to The Ravagers #9, aren't you? Where Rose is "dying" from being infected with radiation... well, obviously she will survive, but damn it, you nearly gave me a heart attack.

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Posted By CrimsonAlchemist

It's a shame they're canceling Deathstroke wish I would of kept up with it alot more.

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Posted By cagedleo730

@TheHulk said:

Hulk don't know why it so hard for DC to make up their minds on what comics they want to make. Hulk think they running out of ideas.

If you're running out of ideas shouldn't it be easier to make up your mind? DC has ideas. They just don't know how to prioritize and advertise their ideas.

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Posted By CrimsonAlchemist

@RedheadedAtrocitus: I'm surprised RL isn't on the list so happy camper they weren't canceled just yet.

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Posted By rav4

@doomsilver said:

They were showing Rose wilson dieing(did I spell that right?) on a teaser. What happned?

What? What is this? Where was this? What teaser? When did this happen?

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Posted By mrtrickster

almost all of these titles are shitty, team 7 is probably the only half way decent book