A day couldn't pass by with a new round of post-Flashpoint announcements from DC. This time, the teen characters of the DCU get their time in the spotlight, with revamps of Teen Titans, Hawk & Dove, Legion (it wouldn't be a relaunch without a new Legion), and Static Shock.
An overall note based on a thought that's still kind of taking shape in my head about the direction of some of the titles in the relaunch: along with the character redesigns -- making their threads more uniform-like and less like costumes -- and the tone of the some of the announcements (the Titans facing off against teen-kidnapping/killing organizations, John Constantine joining a sort of A-Team of magic) there's a sort of militarist vibe from the whole thing. It's not consistent, and I could very easily be tugging at an imaginary thread here. But if that is the case, it really reshapes the character of the DCU into something a little more hard-edged, for good or bad.
Anyway, on to the new books!
Seven heroes from the 31st century have traveled back to the present day. Their mission: Save their future from total annihilation. When the future tech they brought with them fails, they find themselves trapped in a nightmarish world and an ultimate struggle to survive. LEGION LOST #1 will be written by Fabian Nicieza and illustrated by Pete Woods, fresh off an acclaimed run of Action Comics.
Also: Pete Woods and Fabian Nicieza seem like a great team for the book. Of all of the DC relaunches, this one may have the most difficult concept to explain--not insurmountably so, though--and it's the only title in the relaunch that's directly referenced by another title in the relaunch (see below).
In the 31st century, the Legion of Superheroes is reeling from the loss of seven of their finest — and trying desperately to keep their youngest recruits alive against a series of terrible new threats. LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #1 will be written by fan-favorite Legion writer Paul Levitz and illustrated by Francis Portela.
Seriously, where's Brainiac?
DC must have been happy with the legendary Paul Levitz's recent return to the Legion, so it's nice to see he's sticking around. I'm actually kind of surprised DC didn't take advantage of the popularity of the Superman and the Legion of Superheroes animated series and maybe give this book some of its flavor. I think any way you can lend at least a little bit of familiarity to the Legion, the better.
Tim Drake is forced to step out from behind his keyboard when an international organization seeks to capture or kill super-powered teenagers. As Red Robin, he must team up with the mysterious and belligerent powerhouse thief known as Wonder Girl and a hyperactive speedster calling himself Kid Flash in TEEN TITANS #1, by Scott Lobdell and artists Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund.
- I don't understand what's going on with a single one of those costumes.
- There's just a confusion of lines and uncertain textures, with elements seemingly grafted on at random. What's going on with that patch on Superboy's back? And the inexplicable S-shield barcode tattoo?
- It looks like Wonder Girl's (upper left for those of you not in the know) will grab a little bit of Donna Troy's style.
- I wonder if that means there will be no Donna Troy in this new universe.
- Does anyone have any idea who the other two female characters are? Because I have no idea.
Virgil Hawkins has been gifted with incredible electrical powers. Adopting the persona of Static, he faces super-powered street gangs, raging hormones, homework, and girls in STATIC SHOCK #1, co-written by John Rozum and Scott McDaniel, with McDaniel also illustrating along with Jonathan Glapion.
This seems clear and simple enough to communicate to new readers and might just draw in a couple of fans of the Cartoon Network series.
It’s up to the living avatars of war and peace to root out the hidden forces who look to plunge the country into a deadly civil war in HAWK AND DOVE #1. The exciting new series will be written by Sterling Gates and illustrated by legendary superstar comics artist Rob Liefeld.
Yup. That's a Hawk and Dove book with art by Rob Liefeld. You either already have an opinion, or you don't.
These titles will be hitting shelves in September.