Over on the Source Blog, DC keeps pumping out the announcements of new titles. The latest concerns the supernatural corner of the DCU, which is getting a major push, something that hasn't been done since 2005 during Infinite Crisis and the couple of titles that spun out of Day of Vengeance.
A lot of the announcements seem like Vertigo-lite, pulling characters like John Constantine, Swamp Thing, and Animal Man away from their familiar, mature readers milieu. The big question will be what kind of tone/rating will DC be going for here (in fact, I'm wondering that about the line as a whole with regards to finally reaching the long-promised move towards "fun" that Dan Didio promised in advance of Brightest Day).
The award for the most "what the what" announcement goes to Voodoo, which brings Jim Lee's WildC.A.T.s/Wildstorm character into the DCU. Could it follow that the likes of Stormwatch, the Authority, and other titles/characters that were mothballed in the shuttering of Wildstorm could be getting another go?
Here are the newly-announced titles and their creative teams.
DC Comics embraces its dark side. On the 40th anniversary of the character’s creation, the New York Times bestselling writer of AMERICAN VAMPIRE, Scott Snyder, teams up with Yannick Paquette (BATMAN, INCORPORATED) to bring horror back to the DC Universe in SWAMP THING #1. For years, one man served against his will as the avatar of nature. And while he may have been freed of the monster, he’s about to learn the monster will never truly let go of him.
It's a strong-start so far, with Snyder--who's a proven horror commodity with his American Vampire--taking the helm on a more monster movie-version of Swamp Thing. I've always associated the character with the more mystical horror under Alan Moore, but this would effectively be a return to the character's roots, so to speak. And I really like Yanick Paquette's work, but I wonder how his style--which I associate with bright, lively action--will fit with what's sure to be the moodiness of a Swamp Thing title. Read More...