I know that I’ve been on a New 52 kick as of late, but honestly, it’s all I think about. Well that and everything else nerdy. Most readers were surprised by some of the titles launched in the New 52, and again questions abounded in the Second Wave. I have compiled my thoughts and taken some of what my followers would like to see and discuss the probability and logistics behind them. So here you have it!
Captain Marvel/Shazam. I know that DC is now naming him Shazam, but I will always refer to him as Captain Marvel. He was the first, the best, and the most iconic character to bear that name. While only a back up feature in Justice League currently, Geoff Johns has said he will tie into the DCU and Justice League as a whole more in the future. This is complimented by the appearance of Black Adam in the teaser for Trinity War (which I am excited about). Despite the need to make him more prevalent in the DCU I doubt that he will star in his own solo series, and if he will, it will not be in the Third Wave. Cap has always had a hard time connecting with modern audiences, so while he had the longest running series from the 40’s-50’s, he has never made a huge come back in the modern market. I wouldn’t however doubt his appearance in DC Universe Presents. That would allow the best “next step” for the character, testing the market that would hopefully lead to his own solo series come the Fourth Wave, which is sure to happen (at least it should happen).
Cyborg. I have discussed numerous times how much I’d like to see a Cyborg series, and when talking to my followers, they all seem to agree that a Cyborg series should happen. The fact that DC needs to solidify his importance in the DCnU more, and the fact that all of DC’s diversity heroes were eliminated in the first cut, so while half man half machine, Vic Stone is an African-American. Not only that, he is high-profile, allowing DC to add back some much-needed diversity and give the only member of the big 7 without a solo series, a solo series.
Milestone Characters. Speaking of diversity, where’s Icon? Seriously the only Milestone characters we have seen were in the Static Shock title, and we know how well that went. Perhaps if you added an Icon series within the Edge or Dark Universe and tie it in with a struggling series like Stormwatch to refresh the quality of the older series, but confirm importance and continuity of the new series. It’s just a thought that a few of my followers have, one that I could easily get behind.
Wildstorm. Speaking of struggling titles: Stormwatch, Grifter, and Voodoo are the only Wildstorm titles still in the fold, and none of them have really done all that well. While Stormwatch is the most high-profile of the three, it is far from well done. The best answer I can imagine for this problem, would be to launch a new Wildstorm title, like The Authority, fold the contents of Stormwatch into it, and link it to the DCU. The problem with at least Stormwatch and Grifter is a real lack of link. There has yet to be a justification for why Stormwatch should exist when there is the Justice League, provide me a legitimate answer, get a solid writer that can stay with it for more than 6 issues, and let it do well. While this might be less about adding more Wildstorm content, I want them to make the existing Wildstorm content better. This could be done by changing the name, and tweaking it some, I think.
The Outsiders. Let’s face it, the Bat-Titles are some of the best selling franchises on the market. They almost always score within the top 50 every month, most within the top 25. Adding the Outsiders seems like the next logical step, in my mind. It would give characters like Metemorpho (or Element Woman, whichever), Black Lightning, and many other heroes a home within the New 52. You could have characters like Katana join the team, and set up an efficient force. One that not only Bat-Fans, but normal readers would probably come to enjoy.
Justice Society. While Earth 2 is busy introducing them, it will not be an on going series about the team. DC could further expand the multiverse by adding a JSA title, as either a spin-off or replacement for the Earth 2 title. The most ideal option would be to have an ongoing Earth 2 title not focusing on the team with a second one focusing on the JSA team. A special shout out to @Kapellusch for this great insight.
More Multiverse content. Why stop at Earth 2? DC could easily re-boot fan favorite characters like Ted Kord and Wally West, in another universe. While Earth 4 isn’t an appealing title, fans would read a title with Wally West or Ted Kord in it. In addition to this, The Crime Syndicate is an integral part to DC comics. All of the Earth 3 content could easily be rebooted, and an Earth 3 title does sound appealing, because any DC fan knows what that means. A reality in which our greatest heroes are all villains, fighting off our greatest villains (who are heroes), each other, and the governments of the world. It would make for some dark, edgy, but brilliant material.
The Losers. DC seems to want to have military/soldier combat in the line up, with Men of War and Blackhawks being replaced by G.I. Combat. The Losers is a fan favorite, that has generated positive media buzz, and one that could buffer DC’s soldier/military line up stronger than any other title.
Well, those are just some of my thoughts, if you have your own, I’d love to hear them. Disagree with my list? Let me know! Have your own thoughts/insights as to the Third Wave of DC, post it here! I’d be happy to discuss it.
Until the next time, live long and prosper.
For those of you who have searched and read my predictions here, I suggest you follow the link below to another post updating with more likely and rumored DC Third Wave titles. And refer back to here as we get closer to September, as I will have more in depth DC coverage than most major sites, including Comics Alliance, Comic Book Vine, and often Newsarama.
DC’s Third Wave: More Thoughts