Though I have grown quite fond of the book and the characters within, The Movement is coming to an end in May. Making it a full twelve issues since it launched. DC has recently cancelled multiple books, including new concepts such as Vibe, Green Team, and now this. Innovation is a must to keep the industry fresh and a company competitive, yet none of these innovations has seemed to stick on. I have prepared a list of 10 books that I would like to see from DC. Normally I try to predict what will replace the lost books, but that isn’t what this is about. This list contains what I personally think the DCU would benefit from.
1. Cyborg has been the only Justice League mainstay that has gone without a solo series. The reasoning behind that is unknown to me, but it’s a book DC should put some serious effort into. If Cyborg is supposed to be a founding member of the Justice League, it’s time for him to step up and leave the Watchtower.
2. Shazam has long been one of my favorite characters, and I still use his real name of Captain Marvel in hushed circles that don’t jump to Carol Danvers upon hearing the name. Johns and Franks went to great lengths to revamp the character and his origins before the universe hurtled towards Trinity War and Forever Evil. We saw Batson go from a bratty kid to an aspiring hero. Capable of truly doing good. Given his increased significance in the post Forever Evil universe, I think it’s prime time for him and a new solo series.
3. Lex Luthor will be stepping up and leading the Justice League following Forever Evil. Seeing how he balances the life as he’s used too and being the headlining hero of the worlds greatest super hero team would be fascinating. Luthor’s characterization is currently the greatest thing about Forever Evil, and with Sinestro getting a solo series, it seems like the right time.
4. The Rogues are another pivotal aspect of DC’s villains. While the rest of the world is embroiled in chaos, the Rogues are just trying to take care of their own. The dynamic of the team is fundamentally different without both Snart’s, and that would be a fascinating read. Seeing how the Rogues operate without Captain Cold would be a strong enough book, add in their complex but dynamic relationships with one another, and you have a compelling series on your hands.
5. The Authority was the big team on the block in the Wildstorm universe, with Stormwatch on its way to ending there are now no Milestone or Wildstorm characters represented in the New 52. A team that contains the best of both worlds would not only give a chance for characters from both universes to shine, but would also allow for the two imprints to interact with each other for the first time. Add in some DC Stalwarts, and you have a team that is ready to take the place of Stormwatch and help prevent Future’s End.
My roster: Icon, Rocket, Grifter, Jack Hawksmoore, Booster Gold, Voodoo, and Steel. Zaney, but you can get the concept.
6. Red Robin is now homeless with Teen Titans ending, following the fallout of that book and with his limited appearances in the upcoming Batman Eternal book, Tim Drake could be poised for a serious status change. Seeing the hollow shell that is Tim Drake get fleshed out in the New 52 is not a bad idea by any means, and could restore faith in the character and in the New 52 in general.
7. Speaking of Teen Titians, why worry about the teen part? Why not make the cast comprise of the generation above them. Characters like Arsenal and Nightwing. If DC won’t give Cyborg his own solo series, why not allow him to create his own team on the side. This could allow for the fan favorite characters to reunite again. You know who I’m talking about, the golden era of the Titans. Beast Boy, Cyborg, Raven, Starfire, and Dick Greyson. If not the New 52 versions of Roy Harper, Jason Todd, Jaime Reyes, and others could all fit into a more adult version of the teenage team.
8. Multiversity. Come on, we’ve been waiting for it since 2006.
9. Trinity of Sin: The Queston would complete the “trinity” of books. Being the most mysterious of the three, the Question series could go anywhere. And allow the chance for familiar faces such as Lady Shiva, Vic Sage, Rene Montoya, and even the Cain family to get fleshed out. The book is full of possibilities, and leaving it undone is a well of untapped potential.
10. Suicide Squad is coming to an end in April, despite the best efforts of everyone involved. If you add that and the ending of Justice League of America, then you are left without Amanda Waller in any prominent position. Rather than just see her work behind the scenes, I think she would be more likely to make a new team. Something like Task Force X or Checkmate would historically be the next logical step.
These are then ten DC Universe books I want to see next. What are you dying to see DC do?
Until the next time,