Wednesday Comments – DC Drops The Axe

By now I’m sure everyone has heard about relatively large number of titles that are ending just before Convergence begins. Thirteen titles are ending in March. A baker’s dozen. That’s kind of a big deal.

Of the thirteen books getting axed, I’m reading eight. And I’d be lying if I didn’t say that some of these cancellations come as a relief. But there are still others that I’ll genuinely miss.

Here’s what’ll be pulled from my list.

Secret Origins – This book is pretty paint by numbers and now that it’s no longer receiving Lee Bermejo covers it’s even less attractive. Still, the thought of DC using Secret Origins to give us the origins of characters who haven’t had their own New 52 book, was very appealing. I wanted to see Niles Caulder get the spotlight or even the occasional villain. Sadly that won’t come pass.

Green Lantern Corps – I’ve written numerous times (most recently last week) about my dissatisfaction with the entire GL line, so I’m kind of relieved. That said, I’m disappointed that the sole DC book with a Black lead is getting cancelled.

Green Lantern: New Guardians – I’m actually ok with this cancellation. I enjoyed the book, but if the run is wrapping up, it’s ok to end things. I just hope that there’s a bit of resolution with the whole Kyle/Carol/Hal triangle. Or not.

Red Lanterns – Again, I’m fine with this ending. Charles Soule is a Marvel guy now and he’s really the one who made this book enjoyable for me.

Worlds’ Finest – This is a curious one for me. Clearly Earth 2 World’s End is detailing the end of Earth 2 (as seen in Futures End), so it makes sense that Worlds’ Finest would end, given that it started with Earth 2 exiles and is now focusing on the secret history of Earth 2. But shouldn’t Earth 2, the title, also be ending? Anyway, I’m ok with Worlds’ Finest ending, especially since it’s kind of lost it’s focus and is now just complimenting World’s End.

Batwoman – Let’s be real; DC should have just allowed Williams and Blackman to wrap up Batwoman on their own terms. But DC didn’t do that, so now Batwoman is limping to and end, a victim of becoming the book that DC dictated it be rather than the work it art it could have been. Marc Andreyko had a hard act to follow and still managed to make Batwoman a solid read, but it wasn’t what it used to be.

Swamp Thing – Much like Red Lanterns, Swamp Thing really blossomed up Charles Soule’s helm. And again, like Red Lanterns, there was really little point trying to follow up on his run.

Infinity Man & the Forever People – Come on, did anyone really expect this book to make it this long?

Of course we know that come June, we know that DC will be launching plenty of new books (I’m guessing 20) so I won’t really have to deal with a diminished pull list for long.

How do you feel about DC’s newly axed books and which ones will you miss the most?

Well, that does it for another week. Remember it’s Wednesday, so go out and get some fresh new comics from your local comic shop.

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