Friday, July 14, 2017

OPINION: How I saved DC Comics (and by extension the entire comic book industry), Part VI


The All-New, All-Different, Totally Rebirthed New 52 (+48)


And now here we are, we've finally come to it, the list of titles I would publish if I was in charge of DC Comics!

From here on in we'll he discussion specific title, character, and story ideas, so let me say this — to anyone from DC who happens across this post, no worries, you have my permission to swipe any and all idea. After all, these are the comics I want to buy from you!

As noted in previous posts in this series, I would divide the DCU into 10 editorial houses of 10 titles each (eight ongoing titles and two limited series), published in five different formats. The change would take place in May 2018, the 80th anniversary of ACTION COMICS #1. 

 As I calculate it, Action will hit #1,000 with it's second issue in March 2018. I would then institute a "skip month" not unlike the CONVERGENCE event — except there would not be any tie-in event. Creators would be picked and told, simply, okay, tell us the very best one-issue story you can of Character X, using any reality or version you like. Action would then advance to #1,008 to account for the actual number of issues of the title that have been published over the years, counting zero, million, and 24-point issues, in addition to the sequential numbering. In an epilogue of sorts to this series I will do a post no DC legacy numbering to show how I arrived the numbers used. And, FWIW, this is not a copy of the Marvel Legacy event. I first had this idea before Rebirth and posted a primordial version on a different version of Shanghalla at that time. 

I'll give just a list of titles first, following a brief group explanation, then give a larger explanation of each title below that. But keep in mind, the over all idea is ::gasp!:: another reboot. More or less. The multiverse would return with all previous versions of all characters. We could see and visit those beloved iterations at any time, but for the most part the focus would shift to a new Earth-1. The traditional pre-Crisis Earth-1 would b renumbered Earth-56 (for the year of Barry Allen's debut), while old-school Earth-2 would become Earth-38 (the year Superman first appeared). Post-Crisis continuity would be shunted (mostly) to Earth-0, while the New 52/Rebirth era would become, naturally enough, Earth-52. The more recent Earth-2 would have to become Earth-52.2, or some such, I'd say.

To recap the different publishing formats, each line would have two ongoing series and a rotating 12-issue limited series in the HERO (H) format, two ongoing series and a rotating 6-issue limited series in the TEAM (T) format, and one, each in the ANTHOLOGY (A), CITY (C), and EPIC (E) formats. Page counts below include covers

• HERO — 36 pages (18 of story), bi-weekly, $2.75
• TEAM — 48 pages (28 of story), monthly, $3.25
• ANTHOLOGY — 56 pages (34 of story), monthly, $3.99
• CITY — 64 pages (35 of story), some bi-monthly, some three times per year, $4.25
• EPIC — 80 pages (45 of story), most quarterly, some semi-annual, $4.99

All of the books will have beefed up advertising, accounting for between 28.6 and 33.3 percent of the book. All will also have at least four pages of additional editorial material, to include in the Hero, Team, and Anthology lines a letters column (3/4 pages), Ask the Answer Man column (1/4 page), Who's Who in the DCU info page (1/2 page), DC Pro-Files creator interview (1/2 page), a "Daily Planet" group promo page (full page), and a Direct Currents company promo page (full page). The City line would have eight pages of additional editorial material, with a 1-page "City Archives" text feature and the four-page centerfold featuring maps, blueprints, travelogues, and other cool stuff, in addition to the group and line-wide promo pages. Lastly, the Epic format would five pages of text material on top of the two promo pages.

 It's worth noting the center-spread in the Anthology line will be a Sunday Funnies style feature, not like how Superman was treated in ACTION COMICS WEEKLY, except that it will always be done-in-one and generally in a humorous style. Meanwhile, the "big gun" gets the BATMAN BLACK & WHITE treatment in the anthology titles, with stories by name and fan-fav creators set in any reality. 

So, are you ready for the titles? Okay, then, let's GO!


EDITORIAL GROUP ONE
Here I want a traditional Superman, taken back to his roots, yet also updated for the modern age. Let's say the Daily Planet is an internet news site a la the Huffington Post, or Brietbart, with Parry White brought in from print to lend an air of journalistic credence. Clark and Lois are not yet dating, but maybe just starting to flirt a little, and both are fairly new to their careers. Jimmy would be a teenager, hired as a kind of wunderkind programmer, although he longs to get out where the action is. Supergirl wants to mirror the CW tv show to some extent, but be set in time before that show, when she is still in high school (I know she did not have a costume until age 24 on the show, but this is Earth-1, not Earth-CW. The Legion would be set in the future of Earth-38, in a 30th century where faster-than-light travel was never developed and the United Planets is the 247 planets, moons, dwarf planets, asteroid clusters, oort cloud objects, and artificial worlds of the solar system. The series would have a very retro-future feel, looking like 2958 as imagined in 1958.

(H) SUPERMAN #818
(H) SUPERGIRL #248
(T) THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #247
            • Superman  
• Smallville (CW show premise, used for this Superman)
(T) THE LEGION OF SUPER H.E.R.O.E.S. #458
            • LSH  
• solo Legionnaires
(A) ACTION COMICS #1,008
            • Zatanna      
• Mr. America
• Superman B&W     
• Centerfold: Krypto/Beppo/Streaky/Bibbo/etc.
(A) ADVENTURE COMICS #532
             • LSH  
• (Worlds of) The United Planets  
• solo Legionnaires   
• Centerfold: Super-Pets/Substitute Heroes/Legion Rejects/etc.
(C) METROPOLIS #1
             • Daily Planet
• Jimmy Olsen           
• Metropolis SCU      
• Planet Krypton Diner
(E) LEGION OUTPOST #1
            • Superman/boy and the Legion (realities may vary)

Limited series:
(H) AMBUSH BUG & BIZARRO: BEST FRIENDS FOR-NEVER #1-12
(T) PROJECT CADMUS #1-6




EDITORIAL GROUP TWO
The Bat titles need the least "fixing" I think, except that in my preferred universe, Damian does not exist (although I like the current Super Sons series enough that I'd keep it going elsewhere, set where it is not, on Earth-52). However, I think the bat-cow is out of the barn, so to speak, when it comes to multiple versions of Robin. For this new Earth-1, I'd have Dick Greyson college-aged and training his own protege, with Batman now working with multiple Robins (not unlike the WE ARE ROBIN concept) so that he is training Jason, Tim, Duke, and Carrie (all aged 13-16) with each getting a turn in costume, and maybe Spoiler as a potential Robin that washed out.

(H) BATMAN #817
(H) HARLEY QUINN #110
(T) BATMAN AND ROBINS #72
            • Batman       
•rotating Robins (Jason, Tim, Duke, Carrie)
(T) NIGHTWING AND FLAMEBIRD #1
            • Nightwing   
• Flamebird (new female protégé, or could be Bette Kane)
(A) DETECTIVE COMICS #985
            • Batwoman  
• Slam Bradley          
• Batman B&W         
• Centerfold: Bat-Mite/Bat-Hound/Bat-Cow/etc.
(A) POLICE COMICS #128
            • Det. Josie Mac         
• The Jester   
• Batgirl B&W           
• Centerfold: Detective Chimp/etc.
(C) GOTHAM #1
            • Gotham Central     
• Catwoman  
• Det. Harvey Bullock           
• Crime Alley
(E) THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #242
            • Birds of Prey (Batgirl, Huntress, Black/White Canary, Blackhawk, Hawkwoman, Harrier)

Limited series:
(H) THE PENNYWORTH PAPERS #1-12
(T) ARKHAM: RULE THE ASYLUM #1-6



EDITORIAL GROUP THREE
This would be the female corner of the DCU. At this point, I think it's more or less impossible to not adopt the Wonder Woman movie continuity for the comics. However, it's not really all that different from traditional lore, except that Diana will have been operating in man's world more or less incognito since World War I. Fury would be a solution for Donna Troy, making are half-sister to Wonder Woman albeit maybe with some rage issues as she takes after daddy to a greater degree, having been raised in man's world before found by Wonder Woman and sent to New Genesis as a child.

(H) WONDER WOMAN #716
(H) VIXEN #1
(T) FURY OF THE NEW GODS #1
             • Fury (Donna Troy, another daughter of Mars, raised on New Genesis)
• Forever People
(T) SECRET SIX #65
             • Secret Six (Wonder Girl, Stargirl, Cyclone, Bumblebee, Tsunami, Wildcat)             
• solo Sixer
(A) SENSATION COMICS #135
             • Power Girl (Earth-38, set in the 1970s)  
• Wildcat (new teen female version, Hispanic)     
• Wonder Woman B&W      
• Centerfold: Wonder-Tot, etc.
(A) YOUNG ROMANCE COMICS #209
             • Stargirl        
• The Maniaks          
• Romance B&W (genre story, could feature super-hero, or not)  
• Centerfold: Sugar & Spike, etc.
(C) THEMYSCIRA #1
             • Queen Hippolyta’s Court  
• Gen. Philippus        
• Special Agent Etta Candy 
• Temple of Aphrodite
(E) THE NEW GODS #89
            • Fourth World

Limited series:
(H) FIRE & ICE: TIME OF OUR LIVES #1-12
(T) BARDA: BIG IS BEAUTIFUL #1-6



EDITORIAL GROUP FOUR
Here I think the comics need to adopt, more or less, the CW tv show continuity. Maybe not exactly, but let's make Joe and Iris black as well as Wally, and have Barry raised in the West household, with Joe a loving surrogate father, not the stereotypical bad dad he is in the comics. Also, of course, Wally goes from nephew to brother, and (unfortunately) we lose white Wally but for multiverse crossover appearances. Use of the CW continuity would extend to Jessi Quick, making her the daughter of the Harrison Wells of another earth (Earth-CW.2?), who is lost in the multiverse and teams with various speedsters from different worlds as she tries to make her way back home

For the GL's, we can keep Hal et. al. but I really want to emphasize the space-cop aspect of the set-up, really thinking of the stories almost as police procedurals in a lot of cases. One of the problems Hal as had over the years is that writer's have never really been able to latch on to a civilian identity for him that clicked. Let's not even try and give him one. He was an astronaut at one point, with a military background (let's de-emphesize the "Emerald Dawn" stuff to a certain degree), who is not a veteran police officer — in space.

(H) THE FLASH #627
(H) GREEN LANTERN #602
(T) ALL-FLASH #34
            • Flash           
           • Kid Flash
(T) GREEN LANTERN CORPS #190
             • GL Corps (Think: Hill Street Blues in Space)      
• solo GLs
(A) FLASH COMICS #105
             • Jesse Quick (tv version, lost in the multiverse, visiting other speedsters)
• Johnny Thunder (classic character, but a new “Millennial” version) 
• Flash B&W  
• Centerfold: Super-Turtle, etc.
(A) ALL-AMERICAN COMICS #104
            • GLs Hal Jordan & Simon Baz (Think: Adam-12 in space)         
            • Hop Harrigan (soldier of fortune, willing to hop into any world hotspot)
           • Green Lantern B&W                      
• Centerfold: Gnort, etc.
(C) CENTRAL CITY #1 (3x year)
            • S.T.A.R. Labs
• Det. Joe West          
• Anchorwoman Iris West   
• Jitters
(C) SECTOR 2814 #1 (3x year)
            • other Lantern Corps (rotating)   
• Star Hawkins          
• Guy Gardner          
• Space Cabbie (i.e. Space Cab Confessions)
(E) S.T.A.R. LABS #1 (semi-annual)
            • Team Flash
(E) MYSTERY IN SPACE #127 (semi-annual)
            • GL Corps (Think: Green Lantern Corps: SVU)

Limited series:
(H) CAPTAIN COLD: KING OF THE ROGUE #1-12
(T) SINESTRO: FEAR NO EVIL #1-6



EDITORIAL GROUP FIVE
As with The Flash, I really think the comics need to adopt the CW tv version continuity. Not exactly, this is a different earth after all. But that is the version most casual readers are going to be familiar with. The Seven Soldiers concept plays on the weapon clan idea Jeff Lemire brought to the series, marrying it to the old kid rhyme (rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief, doctor, lawyer, Indian chief) with aspects of the original Seven Soldiers of Victory and iconic occupations or heros most young boys aspire to. So, we'd have Green Arrow (Rich Man/Arrow clan/Robin Hood), Guardian [John Diggle] (Poor Man/Shield clan/soldier), Shining Knight (Beggar Man/Sword sword clan/knight), Crimson Avenger [new character] (Thief/Mask clan/reporter), Persuader [Pat Dugan] (Doctor/Hammer clan/scientist) Skyman [Slyvester Pemberton ] (Lawyer/Spear clan/politician), Vigilante [Pow-Wow Smith] (Indian Chief/Hatchet clan/police man), with Black Canary (boot clan) and Lady Shiva (hand clan) in tow.

For Aquaman, what I want is for a creative team that will really work hard to imagine what an underwater society would be like, and keep in mind that there must be many realms besides Atlantis, and many forms of semi-human underwater life. What I'm really looking for is something akin to what the DCEU Aquaman appears to me — underwater Conan meets Lord of the underwater Rings, with a fair degree of Asgardian technology so advanced it looks like magic, under water. But again, in the language used and the scenes depicted, I really want the creators to think long and hard about what an submerged society would look and sound like

(H) GREEN ARROW #375
(H) AQUAMAN #314
(T) SEVEN SOLDIERS #3
          • Seven Soldiers
           • solo Soldiers 
(T) THE OUTSIDERS #130
            • Outsiders (formerly The Others)
           • solo Outsiders
(A) LEADING COMICS #34
            • Crimson Avenger   
• Mr. Terrific (like the most recent version)
• Green Arrow B&W 
• Centerfold: Li’l Deathstroke, etc.
(A) SMASH COMICS #87
            • Sea Devils   
• Prisioner-of-War   
• Aquaman B&W                  
• Centerfold: Topo, Aqua-baby, etc.
(C) STAR CITY #1 (3x per year)
            • Guardian (John Diggle)    
• Harrier (Felicity Smoak)   
• Det. Quentin Lance
• Big Belly Burger
(C) POSEIDONIS #1 (3x per year)
            • Tula of the Royal Guard    
• Queen Mera           
• Lord Vulko  
• Widowhood Peak
(E) DC COMICS PRESENTS #98
            • various (spotlight on characters without regular feature and new creations)

Limited series:
(H) NEPTUNE PERKINS: DEEP STATE #1-12
(T) WILD DOG: THE SULTAN OF SUICIDE SLUM  #1-6



EDITORIAL GROUP SIX
So, on this new Earth-1, we've got some new versions of Golden Age characters, but Superman (the first hero) would not have begun operating until early in the current millennium. Although there were early proto-heroes, Wonder Woman, the Challengers, Congo Bill, etc., most of these updated Golden Age characters are new versions, not necessarily. legacy characters. Thus, our Justice Society and Justice League may have a mix of characters inspired by the originals, these are new versions, leave the originals on their alternate earths for annual team-ups. Instead, the focus here is that the JSA is mostly street level and magic user heroes led by Batman, while the JLA is cosmic-level powered and science-based heroes, led by Superman. A brownstone for the JSA, a satellite HQ for the JLA.

Hawkman and Atom will be new versions, more or less. Hawkman, in my ever so humble, is a lost cause, so this Earth kicks him to the curb and instead of archeologist Carter Hall or space cop Katar Holl, we have Central American land developer Carlos Alvarez, who became possessed of the Mayan hawk-god deity after uncovering a lost temple and has since been the only thing holding it back from wiping out humanity and starting a new age. The Atom would become a version very like the CW character (but lose the iron suit), who has taken a teaching job at Ivytown University, which just happens to sit on one of the ley lines of the multiverse, allowing all sorts of invaders, monsters, and other big bads to seep though. He keep the baddies at bay with the help of his students Ryan Choi (and his dog Nuklon), Alexis Pratt, Adam Crey, and Rhonda Pineda. Think: Honey, I Shrank the Scooby Gang!

(H) THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #192
(H) THE MIGHTY ATOM #99
(T) JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #165
            • JSA    
• solo JSA members
(T) JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #665
            • JLA 
• solo JLA members
(A) ALL-STAR COMICS #77
            • Hourman (rebooted version)        
• Dr. Fate (Khalid)   
• Golden Age B&W (various characters)   
• Centerfold: Ma Hunkle, Scribbly, etc.
(A) WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #346
            • Super Sons (current version, on their own Earth)
• Element Woman    
• Silver Age B&W  (various characters)                  
• Canterfold, Starro, the Conqueror, L'il Despero, etc.
(C) KEYSTONE #1
            • Black Lightning       
• Liberty Belle           
• Keystone Cops       
• JSA Docents
(C) THE HALL OF JUSTICE #1
            • Martian Manhunter          
• JLA Mission Monitor Board           
• Hall Custodian Dale Gunn
• JLA Visitors Center
(E) JLA/JSA #1
            • team-up (often also with other-Earth versions)

Limited series:
(H) JUSTICE SYNDICATE OF THE AMERICAS #1-12 
          • Set on a world in which 90s versions of the characters and other 90s-era heroes are THE definitive versions
(T) STAR TSAR: HIGH SOCIETY  #1-6
          • A world in which the JSA are Cold War era super-spies (non-powered for the most part i.e. Flash might be known to his colleagues for lighting quick reflexes, but his speed is not meta-human), tracking communist infiltrators in Rat Pack Hollywood.




EDITORIAL GROUP SEVEN
The Titans group returns Cyborg to the teen fold. If DC wants a black JLA co-founder, great, use Black Lightning, or Vixen, or invent a new character. But Vic really belongs with the Titans. This group would kind of turn the tables a bit, basing the first generation of Titans (operating on the east coast) largely on the classic "New" Teen Titans, with the younger west coast set including a lot of heroes based on Golden, Silver, and Bronze Age concepts.

(H) THE UNSTOPPABLE CYCBORG #44
(H) THE UNBEATABLE BEAST BOY #5
(T) TITANS EAST #1
            • 1st generation(ish) Titans, led by Cyborg           
• solo Titans
(T) TITANS WEST #1
            • New(er) Teen Titans, led by Beast Boy  
• solo Teen Titans
(A) DYNAMIC COMICS #1
            • Starfire       
•Redstar        
• Classic Teen Titans B&W  
• Centerfold: Titans GO!, etc.
(A) THRILLING COMICS #82
            • Blue Beetle 
• Miss Martian          
• Modern Teen Titans B&W
• Centerfold: Mas y Manos, etc.
(C) HUB CITY #1 (3x per year)
            • Raven                      
• Wonder Twins       
• Snapper Carr         
• Gabriel’s Horn
(C) LOS COSTA #1 (3x per year)
            • Solstice        
• Space Trek 3030   
• Prevalent Studios  
• Tattler Magazine
(E) TITANS TOGETHER #1
            • Titans East/West team-up

Limited series:
(H) BLUE BEETLE AND THE CULT OF THE FATAL SCARAB #1-12
(T) GREAT FROG  #1-6



EDITORIAL GROUP EIGHT
And here we get into some multiversal action. I really want to SHAZAM family to be as divested as possible from mainstream DCU continuoty. So, set the characters on Earth-S, where everything about their world makes sense. Allow for modern world aspects such as the internet and cell phones, but give the look a real art deco style. I never really loved the group of orphans verson that Geoff Johns gave us (sorry, Geoff!), so let's move this more to the classic versions, but also taking kind of a Marvelman approach to take a half-step back from the Captain Marvel, Mary Marvel, Capt. Marvel Jr. codenames. In this group I am also rolling in Earth-X, with the Quality Comics characters set on a world circa 1953 where the Nazi's won World War II (except for Plastic Man, who might actually be better suited to Earth-S in a high-charm-factor version I'm thinking of), and a Ditkoverse series, utilizing his creations in versions closer to his concepts and unique to that world.

(H) WITH ONE MIGHTY WORD . . . SHAZAM! #273
(H) PLASTIC MAN #110
(T) THE SHAZAM! FAMILY #90
            • Lady SHAZAM (i.e. Mary Marvel)    
• SHAZAM Jr.
(T) FREEDOM FIGHTERS #41
            • Freedom Fighters (on Earth-X, circa 1953)       
• solo Fighters
(A) WOW COMICS #70
            • Black Adam
• Phantom Eagle      
• SHAZAM B&W        
• Centerfold: Hoppy the Marvelous bunny, Mr. TawkyTawney, Uncle Dudley.
(A) HIT COMICS #66
• H.I.T. Squad (Ditko characters as covert Homeland Integrity Tacticians: Hawk & Dove, Creeper, Question, Odd Man, Shade, with Stalker and Prince Gavyn, led by Madame A)       
• solo H.I.T. members           
• Uncle Sam B&W                 
• Centerfold: Bozo the Robot, etc.       
(C) THE ROCK OF ETERNITY #1 (3x per year)
            • WHIZ Radio
• Old Wizard SHAZAM         
• Fawcett City Bulleteers                 
• Uncle Dudley’s Comics & Stories
(C) EARTH-X #1 (3x per year)
            • Human Bomb         
• Espionage Black X             
• Torchy        
• Freedom Train
(E) DC SPECIAL EDITION #1
            • various characters, new and rebooted, generally set ourside the main DCU

Limited series:
(H) FIREBRAND, SJW #1-12
(T) MINUTE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF TOMORROW #1-6




EDITORIAL GROUP NINE
This is our war and sci-fi group, with chracters set mostly in the main DCU, but across divergent eras, including WWII and the revoloutinary war, as well as the far-future. For Sgt. Rock, let's say the original version had a son, who had a son, etc., such that the tales might be set in any way from WWII the present day, sometimes criss-crossing back and forth. Tomahawk would be set pre-revolution, with the character acting as a guide to young George Washington in the events that led up to and became the Frech & Indian Wars (the first true World War). The Blackhawks would be a modern multi-national version of the classic team based since the 1960s on the dark side of the moon, where there protect mankind from all manner of alien threats, as well as the thing that lives inside the moon! Meanwhile, the Time Hunters would team young heroes from different times. Think: DC's Legends of Yesterday.

(H) SGT. ROCK #302
(H) TOMAHAWK #142
(T) THE CREATURE COMMANDOS #9
            • Creature Commandos (undead, so used in several eras)                
• solo Creatures
(T) BLACKHAWK SQUADRON #302
            • Blackhawks (Moon base, guarding against alien invasions — and what lives in the moon!)
• Detached Service Diary (solo Blackhawks)
(A) G.I. COMBAT COMICS #297
            • Gravedigger           
• Enemy Ace 
• Sgt. Rock B&W                    
• Centerfold: Boy Commandoes, etc.
(A) STRANGE ADVENTURE COMICS #258
            • Atomic Knights      
• Star Hunters          
• Tammy Tomorrow (yes, “Tammy”)        
• Centerfold: Zook, Star Hawkings, etc.
(C) EASY COMPANY #1 (3x per year)
            • Easy Co.      
• O.S.S. Spies at War 
• Operation: Overwatch      
• Old Soldiers Home
(C) TIME WARP #7 (3x per year)
            • Time Hunters (a.k.a Time-Lost Teens: Anthro, Silent Knight, Bomba, Binky, Miss Liberty, 
                Goldstar, possibly others)          
• Booster Gold (with Rip Hunter)   
• Vanishing Point     
• Space Museum
(E) OUR FIGHTING FORCES #102
            • various war features, different era each issue

Limited series:
(H) COMMAND-D: A SECRET HISTORY OF THE GREAT DISASTER #1-12
(T) THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER: LIONS OF BABYLON #1-6




EDITORIAL GROUP TEN
And we wrap with westerns, action-adventure heroes, and mystery books. The Red Bee would not be a super-hero who carries trained bees in his belt. Instead he'd be a Cold War era spy (who may in fact be an amateur apeist, a hobby that gives him think and pholosphize), who is named for his stinging left hook and knock-out gun. I'd be looking for the kind of spy book Ed Brubake and Sean Phillips might put together. Scalphunters would be the Native American motocycle gang to which Pow-Wow Smith once belonged on this Earth. For this series, Think: Sons of Anarchy meets Longmire. The Danger Patrol would be an update of the Dingbats of Danger Street, recast as a multicultiral young neighborhood watch group (but still with adult issues).

(H) JONAH HEX #238
(H) THE RED BEE #1
(T) SCALPHUNTERS #1
            • Scalphunters Motorcycle Club        
• solo Scalphunters
(T) THE DANGER PATROL #1
            • Danger Patrol      
• Rex, the Wonder Pup
(A) WEIRD WESTERN COMICS #12
            • Cinnamon   
• Bat Lash      
• Super-Chief
• Centerfold: Baby Trigger Twins, etc.
(A) UNEXPECTED COMICS #232
            • Doctor 13   
            • Zynthia (as host of genre story)  
• Gentleman Ghost   
• Centerfold: Percival Popp Super-Cop, etc.
(C) OPAL CITY #1 (3x per year)
            • The Dibnys (Think: Ralph and Sue as Nick and Nora)           
• The Fightin’ O’Dares         
• Madame Xanadu   
• Opal Observatory  
(C) THE HOUSE OF MYSTERY #375 (3x per year)
            • Phantom Stranger 
• Deadgirl (Like Deadman, only a girl)      
• mystery/horror genre  (try-out space for new creators)
• Madame Xanadu's Parlor
(E) CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN #120
            • Challs (chasing conspiracy theories and doomsday scenarios)

Limited series:
(H) SILVERBLADE: THE LAST RASCAL #1-12
(T) THE BLACK PIRATE: MOLASSES AND SLAVES #1-6



So, there you have it. Those are the titles I'd put out if I was in charge of DC Comics. Thoughts in the next column on preferred creators and story lines, then a summary of all we've covered, and an epiogue detailing how the legacy numbers were calculated. 



ADDENDUM:
Within a few minutes of making this post I got a question via email, "Hey, all you're mini series only go for six months. What do you propose for after that?" Well, I had actually been mulling that, that here's is a list of limited series that would cover the second six months of this new launch


Group One:
(H) THE KENTS: FAMILY MATTERS #1-12

— The current Mr & Mrs. Superman + Jon
(T) SUPERMAN: KNEEL BEFORE ZOD #1-6
— Although he knows he can't alter the course of events, to understand the mindset of his nemesis and his own family history, Superman travels back in time to participate in Zod's war of insurrection against Krypton's Science Council. 


Group Two:
(H) BATMAN: MITE MAKES RIGHT #1-12

Bat-Mite makes mayhem across multiple realities in search of the single greatest version of the greatest hero of all time.
(T) OWL-MAN #1-6
Origin of the Earth-3 Owl-Man, where the Court of Owls is an underground resistance movement fighting against the world's crime-based society, a group young Tom Wayne Jr. infiltrates and betrays, ultimately taking their own name as his own.

Group Three:
(H) PHANTOM LADY: HIDDEN ASSETS #1-12

Recasting Sandra "Stormy" Knight as a double agent, seeking info on supposed Russian interferance in the recent U.S. election, who discovers instead collusion between the two super-powers to launch a new World War for mutual economic gain.
(T) WONDER WOMEN: SILENT SENTINELS #1-6
In America for the first time following the close of World War I, Wonder Woman particpates in the women's suffrage movement


Group Four:
(H) HEAT WAVE: CREATIVE SPARK #1-12

The pyromaniac and petty thief comes to terms with his past.
(T) NO MAN ESCAPES THE MANHUNTERS #1-6
The robots are back, they've got a job to finish — crush the Lanterns of every Corps!


Group Five:
(H)  THE GUARDIAN: ARGUS ASCENDANT #1-12

John Diggle solo series
(T) THE GOLDEN AGE OF AQUAMAN #1-6
I've decided the new Aquamn will actually be an old man, with the drive of the ongoing series being the battles of Garth and Kaldur'ahm to succeed to the thone of Atlantis given lack of an heir. This series would chronicle the adventures of Aquaman, no spring chicken then, during World War II, when his son was killed


Group Six:
(H) DOCTOR MID-NITE: FIGHTING BLIND #1-12

solo series, fighting corruption in the medical industrial complex.
(T) THE LATIN LEAGUE #1-6
An Elseworlds that imagines the JLA members on an Earth of 2018 in which the Roman Empire never declined and fell.


Group Seven:
(H) BLUE BEETLE AND THE MARK OF THE MYSTIC BLADE #1-12

Picking up from the previous series in a slightly Potterized motiff.
(T) KID SIDEKICKS #1-6
An Elseworlds asking what might have happened if Robin of Golden Age Earth-38 had teamed with other kids sidekicks like Speedy, Dan the Dyna-Mite, Pinky, and Merry, Girl of 1,000 Gimmicks .Think: Teen Titans meets the Dead End Kids.


Group Eight:(H) NEON THE UNKNOWN #1-12
Haven't decided yet. I just like the name and the old Lou Fine illustrations

 (T) SPY SMASHER: GEEKS AND GANGSTERS #1-6
The Fawcett hero a.k.a Spy Smasher works undercover against organized crime and communist agitators in pre-war New York City, bringing him into the same circles as early comic book creators and eventual DC Comics owner Harry Donenfeld.

Group Nine:
(H) THE LOSERS: FEAR THE FIGHTIN' PANDAS #1-12
The team China before and after the U.S. entry into World War II, fighting alongside Sandman co-creator
Bert Christman and his Panda Squadron unit of The Flying Tigers defending Burma.
(T) CAMELOT 3001 #1-6
A sequel to the ground-breaking original series.

Group Ten:
(H) CONGO BILL: WEEPING GORILLA #1-12
An aging Congo Bill fights against poachers to save a dwindling mountain gorilla habitat amid a deadly African civil war.
(T) DOCTOR OCCULT: MYSTIC SYMBOL OF THE SEVEN #1-6
New origin for the original Super-Man.














 

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