The 6 Cancelled 52 Titles Decided
Hello. My name is Field, Lyle Field.
- Men of War
- Mr. Terrific
- Hawk and Dove
- Static Shock
These are the first six titles from DC New 52 line-up that will be cancelled ending their runs with #8 in April 2012. I have mixed reactions to these titles cancellations and I will give you my opinions. However, the basic reason for these six titles cancellations… low sales.
I am going to start with Men of War and Blackhawks. The reason is that I have not yet given my initial reviews on those titles and the rest of the Edge titles as well as the Batman, Green Lantern and the Dark titles.
The simple reason why Men of War and Blackhawks did not make the cut is that both titles were too realistic and did not offer enough escapism for moi (and other people) to temporarily forget their ordinary lives. I only picked up the first issues of Men of War and Blackhawks and each book provided a decent story and art. But if I wanted to read about terrorist insurrections of a non-super hero aspect, I can always read the newspapers for those stories.
Mr. Terrific was one of the New 52 titles that I was looking forward to reading as the Michael Holt character is one of my favourite heroes in the pages of the JSA. I guess one of the reasons is that we have something in common—multiple education degrees. Writer Eric Wallace took the best of Mr. Terrific and turned him into DC’s version of Tony Stark, which wasn’t a bad idea. However, I believe why the series lost its focus is way too much reliance on theoretical physics and pseudo-science in an effective manner that Julius Schwartz accomplished during the early days of the Silver Age of DC Comics.
The New 52 version of Mr. Terrific is still a viable character but maybe put him back into a team book like say the Justice League, Justice League International or even Stormwatch. However, I think Mr. Terrific will be more effective in the pages of the upcoming World’s Finest series (set for May 2012). The Karen Starr that appeared in the early issues of Mr. Terrific could quite possibly be Power Girl from Earth-2, which means that she and the Earth-2 Huntress could have been stranded on Earth-0 for some time.
OMAC and Static Shock were two titles that I truly enjoy but would never normally read, which is a bit hard for me to take that they are cancelled.
The team of Dan Didio and Kieth Giffen mixed sarcasm and action very effectively in the pages of OMAC with a flavour of the absurd and weird. In a warped way OMAC reminds me of the TV show The Big Bang Theory especially the relationship between OMAC/Kevin Kho as Leonard and Brother Eye as Sheldon. Giffen’s ever adaptable art has been stylized in paying homage to Jack Kirby’s art, especially during the 1970s OMAC series. One problem Kieth, I’m still waiting for the famous “Kirby dots”.
The future of OMAC following his cancellation could go the more traditional direction. Cadmus Labs and the majority of characters surrounding it could very well be transplanted into the Superman title, since Giffen (along with Dan Jurgens) will be writing the series beginning in #7. However, the events of OMAC #5 and Frankenstein #5 could possibly relocate story elements from OMAC to Frankenstein. However, I do know that it looks like that OMAC will more than likely join the Justice League International in the near future. And what is the Justice League International without Maxwell Lord in it.
Static Shock on the other hand was the biggest surprise. With the popularity of the cartoon series and his subsequent appearances in the page of the Teen Titans a few years back, I really thought Static Shock would be one of the mainstays of the New 52. Scott McDaniel’s plotting and art should have been the clincher that should of made this title a very long lived title. Other that the departure of writer John Rozum after the first few issues, I truly did not think anything major was wrong with the title. I’m still shaking my head over Static Shock’s cancellation.
The future of Static and his unresolved storylines is expected to be uprooted into the pages of the Teen Titans as he is a natural to becoming a member of the New 52 team. Heck, he is already making a guest-appearance.
Hawk and Dove. What can I say about Hawk and Dove… it is quite possibly the worst of all the New 52 titles for the simple reason that Rob Liefeld is drawing the series. I guess the writing was on the wall when scripter Sterling Gates decided to leave the series early on and have Rob Liefeld play double duty as writer/artist.
Personally, I would have let Hawk and Dove go on despite the sales as that is the only title that can keep Liefeld contained. What scares me is the fact that Liefeld will draw another DC title, possibly one of my favorite titles. I cringe at the fact that Liefeld could contaminate other DC titles. Brrr!!!
Anywho, DC did keep their promise to give all the New 52 titles a decent chance to succeed and eight issues is more than I expected. I was figuring between four to six issues. Also, they kept another promise to reprint all the New 52 titles in either HC or TPB formats, including any of the cancelled ones.
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