The DC Universe is undergoing a major overhaul this summer, with DC Entertainment announcing Friday the launch of 24 new comic book series in June, in addition to new creative teams on existing titles including Superman and Green Arrow.
In a statement accompanying the announcement of the new series, DCE co-publisher Dan DiDio said that the new launches herald “a new era for the DC Universe which will allow us to publish something for everyone, be more expansive and modern in our approach and tell stories that better reflect the society around us.”
It’s a message echoed by fellow co-publisher Jim Lee, who added “the June slate will showcase different styles and approaches to storytelling as we add offbeat, irreverently funny titles such as Bizarro, Bat-Mite and Prez. Truly there will be something for everybody as we simultaneously celebrate our rich legacy while embracing new voices and concepts.”
Some of the new titles to launch in June will include Mystic U, a fantasy-based series by novelist Alisa Kwitney, a relaunch of Constantine as Constantine: The Hellblazer by the creative team of Ming Doyle and Riley Rossmo, a new Black Canary title by Batgirl co-writer Brenden Fletcher and artist Annie Wu and new series for future movie projects Cyborg and Dark Universe. (A full list of the June line-up can be found here.)
Alongside the new projects announced, DC has revealed that Geoff Johns is to step down from the ongoing Superman series and that his replacement will be award-winning writer Gene Luen Yang, creator of American Born Chinese and The Shadow Hero.
DiDio emphasized in his statement that DC’s focus will shift away from line wide tonality and towards diversity and creative freedom. “In this new era of storytelling, story will trump continuity as we continue to empower creators to tell the best stories in the industry,” he said. The new titles will launch in June, with DC promising more new launches throughout the year.