Three More DC 52 Titles Get The Axe

Captain Atom, Resurrection Man, and Voodoo will come to an untimely demise this September as DC Comics cancels three more of its New 52 line, bringing the total tally of casualties since the inception of the project to ten.

We won’t have to wait long for their replacements, however, as filling the hole left by their departure will be four new series: Talon, Sword of Sorcery, The Phantom Stranger, and Team 7. These new series will be launching the same month as the cancellations during DC’s linewide “Zero Month” that marks the first year since the New 52 began with new-reader friendly zero issues to all New 52 series.

Previous cancelled series include Static Shock, Men of War, Blackhawks, Hawk and Dove, Mister Terrific, Omac, and (more recently) Justice League International. All these series have been later replaced by new titles to keep the number of core DC universe comics at fifty-two. Last month the DC 52 “Second Wave” replaced the first six cancellations with Dial H, Earth 2, World’s Finest, G.I. Combat, The Ravagers, and Batman Incorporated.

The solicitations for the final issues of the three books are as follows:

CAPTAIN ATOM #0
Written by J.T. KRUL
Art and cover by FREDDIE E. WILLIAMS II
On sale SEPTEMBER 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • FINAL ISSUE

  • Captain Nathaniel Adam volunteers for a dangerous experiment that will make him one of the most powerful heroes in the DC Universe!
  • How much can man lose before he is no longer human?

RESURRECTION MAN #0
Written by DAN ABNETT and ANDY LANNING
Art by JESUS SAIZ
Cover by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
On sale SEPTEMBER 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+ • FINAL ISSUE

  • Mitch Shelley discovers the truth of his existence, and even the ability to return from the dead won’t save him!

VOODOO #0
Written by JOSH WILLIAMSON
Art by SAMI BASRI
Cover by PAULO SIQUEIRA
On sale SEPTEMBER 26 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+ • FINAL ISSUE

  • The truth about Pris is revealed at last as she sets off on a mission for vengeance that can only end in genocide!

In Diamond’s Top 300 Comics for May, Captain Atom #9 was the lowest selling of the bunch, followed not long behind by Voodoo #9.  Interestingly Resurrection Man was not the third worst selling of the DC 52 in May as there were seven titles between it and its fellow cancellees: Savage Hawkman, Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E., Fury of Firestorm, I, Vampire, Blue Beetle, DC Universe Presents, and Grifter. In terms of quantity ranking, Resurrection Man came in at 135, whilst Voodoo and Captain Atom were ranked 164 and 172, respectively – which is a relatively large margin. Could it be that Resurrection Man got cancelled because it had run out of creative steam?

Personally I’m rather sad to see Captain Atom go as the existential themes of the title gave it a distinctive feel. Obviously this didn’t cross over well to the readership.

Sources: ComicBookResources, DC’s Source Blog, Diamond, Comicslist
Reporter: Dean Simons

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