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Ahead of the debut of the CW’s Legends of Tomorrow series next month, DC Entertainment has announced a new comic book anthology of the same name to debut in March next year.
The 80-page series will feature four different stories each issue, with the initial lineup featuring Sugar & Spike, Metamorpho, Metal Men and Firestorm — the latter being the only character of the four scheduled to appear on the similarly titled CW television series.
Anthology series have traditionally been a tough sell in the American market, with previous failed attempts from both Marvel and DC including Action Comics Weekly, Marvel Comics Presents and A+X. It’s a different story in Europe and Asia, with titles like Weekly Shonen Jump and 2000AD running for decades and featuring fan-favorite characters and creators.
What’s interesting about Legends of Tomorrow is that the page count means that each strip will run close to the page count of a regular comic book with each issue, a move that might sidestep the traditional concern that U.S. audiences don’t respond well to short chapters of each storyline per issue. (At $7.99 per issue, the cost works out to just below three issues of a regular DC release, or two Marvel books.)
Each of the four strips had previously been announced as individual series back in July, alongside four additional series. Of the remaining four, one — Katana: Cult of the Kobra — has already been folded into the January-launching Suicide Squad Most Wanted mini-series.
Legends of Tomorrow will be released digitally and in print March 9.
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