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DC Cancellation Report: Five Books Ending in 2015 and Ideas on How to Save the Rest

As those of us reading the reports of what’s been going on at DC lately feared, yes five books are ending in December 2015. Those books are Justice League United, Lobo, Doomed, Gotham by Midnight, and The Omega Men. I’ve personally been reading Justice League United and Gotham by Midnight and it is such a shame. I was actually planning on getting into The Omega Men but sadly it is now ending. Oh man, it’s sad to lose your favorite titles. Yet I would say I have the biggest connection to Gotham by Midnight as I had been reading that from the start and really liked it. I did dig the first trade of Jeff Lemire’s run with Mike McKone on Justice League United and made a point to check out Jeff Parker’s run on JLU this week. Now I wonder with these cancellations, what is going to happen next for the rest of the series in DC You?

I imagine right now many people are getting a little nervous about the future of their favorite DC You books. I’m curious in reading the next sales chart for August off of The Beat to hear more as to how things are faring. I know from looking at the July numbers for a lot of DC You titles it wasn’t pretty to see. It’s why I’ve been on my twitter today saying that if you got a book you dig, now would be the time to support it and tell your friends. Another piece of advice if you’re into a book and haven’t done it already, put it on your pull list. That way the store knows you want it and you’ll be getting it month to month. If you’re a digital comics reader, subscribe to the book on Comixology. Not sure how that impacts month to month sales but every little bit helps at this point. I say though, spread the word on your books and show your support to them.

I feel like I’m repeating myself from the DC Rumors but now that the DC Rumors look like they’re coming to pass, it’s not a bad thing to restate. It’s a shame that five books are ending but hopefully with a little push we can stop more from getting cancelled. So if you have a book you like, don’t be shy and let people know. DC You has been a cool movement and I’d love to see it keep going. I don’t claim to have all the answers here I’m just doing my part from what I know. The time for action is now rather than later.

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Wow Jeff Parker’s Justice League United Run is a Blast!

Justice League United #11 Cover

I’m having one of my comic book reading moments where somehow I missed a thing. I missed a cool thing. I’ve only read the first trade of Jeff Lemire’s run on Justice League United and dug the heck out of it. I’d been hearing about Jeff Parker’s run on the book and I read the preview talking about how it is using everyone and everything in the DC Universe. That intrigued me but didn’t totally sell me on it yet. I was reading other books too and this week with a few clearances in my pull list it was time to take the Justice League United plunge. Man alive was I rewarded with such a cool reading experience. It’s got that nice mix of unpredictability with anyone in the DC Universe able to be part of the team mixed in with endless weird. That is my cup of tea. Lots of weird, lots of fun, and a whole lot of unpredictability. It’s a nice amount of weird DC comics that you don’t see that often anymore. A superhero book that isn’t afraid to go into the realms of the strange and wonderful, heck yes Jeff Parker!

The overall concept of Adam Strange being stuck inside a Zeta Beam and floating around with Alanna Strange running point for the team is cool. It’s how the concept of all these DC Universe characters come into play. Adam Strange can see the threats and uses Alanna to communicate those threats to the team. It’s how we learn of the Breakers and why they have to be dealt with. They’re able to break things in time and space and cause a lot of havoc. So many cool ideas and why the teams that come together are seemingly random but fit any given situation they get summoned for.

When your first team is The Demon Etrigan, Mera, Poison Ivy, new hero Equinox, and Swamp Thing, it’s oddball but it works. They’re dealing with this new threat of the Breakers. Hence why the strange team I mention works. You see where the unique abilities of each member fits into the overall puzzle and ultimate solution to the battle at hand. It’s so cool and beautifully rendered, thanks to the amazing art team of Travel Foreman and Jeromy Cox. Drooling over gorgeous art, a new villain idea and inventive stories, I’m a happy reader right now. In #11 and #12 so many things happen and that’s what I love about this so far.

Of course what got me curious about this was #13. DC and World War II stories are usually pretty strong. Adding in the Breaker concept into the mix and you get a good time. The team for this one is Vandal Savage, Stargirl, Steel, Robot Man, and Batgirl. Really random but already in this issue you see where they start to fit. By the way, I am a sucker for Vandal Savage in anything so him on a team for a short while makes me happy. So far so good and Paul Pelletier is a cool artist for this World War II adventure along with Rob Hunter’s inks and Jeromy Cox’s great coloring. Pelletier has always been an artist I’ve dug anyway so him on a WWII adventure already has me sold.

I cannot believe I nearly missed out on Justice League United this time around but I’m in for the long haul. Sign me up for the rest of the journey immediately! Oh DC Comics, you are winning me over once more slowly but surely.

The DC Comics Rumors and You: Support Your Books!

You hear about DC Comics being on and in an instant it becomes time to get a little nervous on comics internet. When you start hearing the rumors about DC cancelling titles and going back to a quote “meat and potatoes” style of comics, I see why people get concerned. Comics are a weird beast and DC Comics lost money with Convergence as even in my own comic store they got stuck with a lot of books. Then DC revealed the DC You movement and it piqued interest initially. DC Comics has burned a lot of fans though as the DC 52 rolled on and Convergence did an even bigger number on fans. DC You though has created good buzz for most of the line and in reading them I find that they’re all solid to great books. Yet it is not translating to sales as I research into this further. You get a lot of interest in #1 then tumbling down brutally as #2 hits. Usually there’s always a slight drop with #2 with a book but this is brutal to behold, which makes me wonder, what the heck happened?

Well for a lot of people it is DC Comics burn out. In dealing with DC Comics you realize that many readers got battle scarred from what they’ve done. As they’re moving forward in an overall stronger direction I feel as though people are still gun shy about DC Comics. This is why I’m saying if you’re out there reading this, support your books now. If you got a series that you’re digging talk about it as much as humanly possible. Talk up those books that you’re digging and get people curious about them. If you’re wondering which books to check out and since it mirrors my list of books check out Comicosity’s list of DC You books. I would say most of the books I’m reading are on this list and they are books that I can easily tell you to support.

I’m linking the sales info below too as I want you all to see for yourselves why I’m posting this. The best way to understand a lot of these rumors and what’s going on further is to look at the sales. It’s a time at DC Comics where things could be on the verge of being pretty cool and I’d love it to stay that way. Check out the Comicosity list of books you might dig, see the sales, and talk up your favorite books. Thanks for reading and if you have any comments feel free to fire me a line below. Take care everyone and support your books!

Source for Sales info if you’re curious for July 2015: http://www.comicsbeat.com/dc-comics-month-to-month-sales-july-2015-life-the-universe-and-everything/