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Demon Knights & Dial H Gets The DC Comics August Axe, Too

I think my count is up to four books that will be cancelled by DC Comics as of August.

Legion of Superheroes and Threshold.

And now two new ones with Demon Knights and Dial H.

I wasn’t a fan of either of the New 52 relaunches of LOSH or Demon Knights, never read Dial H, and Threshold didn’t seem to catch on as it lasted only 8 issues.

Maybe four new Batman titles to replace them?

 

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DEMON KNIGHTS #23

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI

Art by CHAD HARDIN and WAYNE FAUCHER

Cover by HOWARD PORTER

On sale AUGUST 14 ? 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US ? RATED T ? FINAL ISSUE

The Knights are running out of options as they try to protect the Holy Grail! Plus, the fate of the Black Diamond is revealed!

 

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DIAL H #15

Written by CHINA MIEVILLE

Art by ALBERTO PONTICELLI and DAN GREEN

Cover by BRIAN BOLLAND

On sale AUGUST 7 ? 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US ? RATED T+ ? FINAL ISSUE

This extra-sized conclusion to the epic DIAL H series has all the answers you?ve been looking for, and more questions you didn?t even think to ask! Stay on the line! The entire universe is at stake!

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Review: Dial H #2

Last month, in the Second Wave which washed over the New 52-land, creators took an odd relic from the old DCU and, well, kept it odd and strange, much as Marvel writer Matt Fraction has done with Defenders.

This result last month was pure magic, and the momentum has kept going for this second issue of Dial H as Nelse utilizes the dial to metamorph into different superheroes, the crux of the concept.

In Dial H #2, writer China Meville and artist Mateus Santolouco have great fun with the concept and the heroes Nelse selects. Hopefully, both these heroes and the dials in #1 will return. It is amazing just how vivid and memorable Santolouco made these heroes – in just one panel!

I like what Meville is trying to do here, although both issues have been a little thin plotwise. Still, it has been a fun jaunt and how many of the Second Wave newcomers can claim that?

An oddball title or two is just what the New 52 needs, and Dial H #2 is certainly one of the more enjoyable reads of the week.

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DC Comics Cancels 6 Titles; Announces 6 New Ones For May

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The first of the New 52 DC Comics cancelations are upon us with issue #8, consisting of the following six titles: Blackhawks, Hawk and Dove, Men Of War, Mister Terrific, OMAC and Static Shock.

With that, DC has announced the “Next Wave” of titles that will debut this May: Batman Incorporated, Earth 2, World’s Finest, Dial H, G.I. Combat, and Ravagers.

Here’s a bit of info on each:

•  BATMAN INCORPORATED (right) – Writer: Grant Morrison. Artist: Chris Burnham. The acclaimed ongoing writer of ACTION COMICS, Grant Morrison, presents a fresh take on BATMAN INCORPORATED, in which the Batman brand is franchised globally in preparation for a major international threat.
 
•  EARTH 2 – Writer: James Robinson. Artist: Nicola Scott. The greatest heroes on a parallel Earth, the Justice Society combats threats that will set them on a collision course with other worlds.
 
•  WORLDS’ FINEST – Writer: Paul Levitz. Artists: George Perez and Kevin Maguire. Stranded on our world from a parallel reality, Huntress and Power Girl struggle to find their way back to Earth 2. Perez and Maguire will be the artists on alternating story arcs.
 
•  DIAL H (left) – Writer: China Miéville. Artist: Mateus Santoluoco. The first ongoing series from acclaimed novelist China Miéville, this is a bold new take on a cult classic concept about the psychological effects on an everyman who accidentally gains powers to become a hero.
 
• G.I. COMBAT – Writer: J.T. Krul. Artist: Ariel Olivetti. Featuring the return of a classic DC Comics series, THE WAR THAT TIME FORGOT, along with rotating back-up stories and creative teams – including THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER, with writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and artist Dan Panosian; and THE HAUNTED TANK, with writer John Arcudi and artist Scott Kolins.
 
•  THE RAVAGERS – Writer: Howard Mackie. Artist: Ian Churchill. Spinning off from TEEN TITANS and SUPERBOY, this series finds four superpowered teens on the run and fighting against the organization that wants to turn them into supervillains.
 
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And on the “Second Wave”:
 
In May of 2012, DC Comics will release a “Second Wave” of titles as part of its historic DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 initiative. Six new, ongoing series will build on the shared universe and bold concepts introduced in September 2011 with the renumbering of DC Comics’ entire line of comic books.
 
Featuring a variety of different genres and storytelling sensibilities, the titles in the “Second Wave” will be helmed by some of the most legendary writers and artists in the comic book industry, and will also feature the first ongoing comic book series written by acclaimed novelist China Miéville.
 
“The excitement of the initial launch of DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 was in seeing the re-imagining of these classic characters and concepts,” said Bob Harras, DC Entertainment Editor-in-Chief. “The ‘Second Wave’ is all about world-building.”
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