With the release of its March solicitations, DC has revealed that it will cancel 13 titles this spring, shipping the last issues in March before the two-month Convergence event that will cover the period of DC’s move to California. That removes a quarter of the DC Universe titles, clearing the decks for a major retooling of the line when the regular DCU titles return in June.
The titles represent a surprisingly wide range of sales, from Star Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie, which sold only 7,546 copies in November, to Green Lantern Corps, which sold 34,109. The thirteen titles, with their November sell-in numbers to comic stores are:
34,109 Green Lantern Corps
30,907 Arkham Manor
25,654 Red Lanterns
21,377 Secret Origins
19,709 World’s Finest
16,840 Swamp Thing
15,859 Aquaman and the Others
15,681 Green Lantern: New Guardians
15,097 Trinity of Sin
9,350 Infinity Man and the Forever People
7,546 Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie
The Archie characters will get a reboot, beginning with a newArchie #1, in 2015. The creative team for the relaunch will be Mark Waid and Fiona Staples, according to the New York Times. The reboot is planned to tie into the property’s 75th anniversary.
Waid promised a more modern take on the characters. “Over the years, some of the sharp edges have been sanded off,” he told the Times. “They are kids, and they should act as kids.” Publisher Jon Goldwater did promise that the title would retain its “lighthearted and family-friendly tone.”
Marvel SVP Sales and Marketing David Gabriel confirmed to Comicbook.com that initial orders on Star Wars #1, due out in January, have topped one million copies. Strong orders from comic shops and a large number of exclusive covers, sold through outlets new to comics, drove the numbers, according to Gabriel.
But the very heavy variant plan and the exclusive covers are not the only thing driving the numbers, the core demand is also very strong, Gabriel said. “I can safely say that even without the massive variant plan on this first issue, the numbers on the regular cover alone would make this the highest selling debut of 2015,” Gabriel told the site.
Warner Bros. has announced Michelle MacLaren as director for the upcoming Wonder Woman feature starring Gal Gadot Deadline is reporting. The announcement also confirms the film will release on June 23rd, one of two dates the studio reserved in 2017.
MacLaren has directed episodes of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and Walking Dead, and was an executive producer on Breaking Bad and X-Files. This will be the first time she’s directed a feature film.
Yes, it would seem [again] that UPS has had yet another sorting problem which means that this weeks comic books will be arriving on Wednesday [aka New Comic Book Day] vs Tuesday [early delivery day]. What time will the new comic books be ready? That all depends on when UPS delivers them and how long it take to sort through and process the order.
Again, sorry for any problems that this might cause. [