For months now there have been internet rumors circulating regarding DC Comics and their plans to try and do something to celebrate the one year anniversary of the lauch of their New 52. Today the rumors turned out to be true.
Here’s what DC said on their blog:
In September 2012, DC Comics will release 0 issues—and we don’t mean we aren’t publishing any titles—but what we will be doing is numbering every DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 title #0.
#0s will be stand-alone stories. “Some issues will tell the origins of a character or a team, or in some case where an origin has already been told, they will fill in the blanks in terms of questions readers may have about the New 52 DC Universe,” said Bob Harras, DC Entertainment Editor-in-Chief. “Each of these issues promises to reveal something surprising.”
Here are some preview covers for several of the #0 releases:
Also announced today, was the inclusion of four new titles into the New 52 beginning in September.
Story By: James Tynion IV with co-plotter Scott Snyder
Art By: Guillem March
Description: Meet Calvin Rose, the only Talon to ever escape the grasp of the Court of Owls. This former assassin of the Court is trying to live a normal life … but that’s impossible when he’s being hunted by his former masters.
Sword of Sorcery
Story By: Christy Marx
Art By: Aaron Lopresti
Description: Featuring the return of Amethyst, Amy Winston leads a strange life on the road with her mother and resents it. She’s about to learn it’s all been necessary when she discovers she’s the lost princess of Gemworld—and she’s being hunted by her murderous aunt. With a back-up story written by Tony Bedard with art by Jesus Saiz, set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, the monstrous warrior Beowulf is charged with finding and defeating the evil Grendel.
The Phantom Stranger
Story By: Dan DiDio
Art By: Brent Anderson
Description: Spinning out of his recent appearances in JUSTICE LEAGUE and DC’s Free Comic Book Day story, learn more about the true origin of The Phantom Stranger and his connection to the mysterious Pandora.
Story By: Justin Jordan
Art By: Jesus Merino.
Description: Set in the early days of DC COMICS-THE NEW 52, threads of the entire DC Universe collide. As Superman emerges, so does the world’s counter measures against him and his kind. Team 7 is comprised of Dinah Lance, Amanda Waller, Steve Trevor, John Lynch, Alex Fairchild, Cole Cash, Slade Wilson — and their story will change everything you know about DC COMICS-THE NEW 52.
Despite how good or bad these titles may sound this means that four current books will be getting canceled to maintain the 52 monthly title count. We know that Justice League International is one of the titles as that series is set to wrap-up in August, but what will the other three be? Sound off in the comments below!