DC today revealed plans to launch more than 20 new titles next year in the wake of their close-to-ending Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths and the upcoming DC Universe: Lazarus Planet. Dawn of DC, their new publishing initiative for 2023, will feature not only new titles but will also spotlight “fan-favorite superheroes and super-villains that haven’t been front and center for some time.”
“After the near-Multiverse-ending events in Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths and DC Universe: Lazarus Planet, the DC Universe will be heading toward the light,” said Jim Lee, DC publisher and chief creative officer. “With brand-new series and story arcs from some of the top creative members in comics, Dawn of DC is one of our most ambitious initiatives ever and is a chance for us to tell bigger and bolder stories across our line.”
Here’s the teaser image for what’s to come, which features icons for several upcoming titles that were announced today — with more to be revealed on the right side in the future:
Here are the details on what to expect next year:
Dawn of DC will actually kick off with Action Comics #1051, which we previously learned sets a new direction for the Superman family of titles. Oh, and let’s not forget about Lazarus Planet, which was also previously announced.
From Lazarus Planet comes a new Doom Patrol title, Unstoppable Doom Patrol by Dennis Culver and Chris Burnham. It’ll be set in the DCU, unlike its predecessor, which was part of the Young Animal line. It arrives in March.
Here’s a preview of the interior artwork:
April bring the winner of the most recent DC Round Robin competition:
Superboy: The Man of Tomorrow is by Kenny Porter and Jahnoy Lindsay. “Determined to find his place in a strange universe, Conner Kent/Superboy leaves Earth behind. But his journey of self-discovery brings him face-to-face with a group of freedom fighters who challenge not just everything Conner stands for but what it means to bear the Superman crest.”
Also coming in April is not only but two Green Lantern titles — Green Lantern: Hal Jordan and Green Lantern: John Stewart, written by, respectively, Mariko Tamaki and Phillip Kennedy Johnson, with artists “to be announced.” Hopefully whoever they get can work fast. Another “green” hero will also get a new series, as Joshua Williamson and Sean Izaakse launch a new Green Arrow title.
May will bring the return of a classic team-up title by a variety of creators. Batman: The Brave and the Bold feature stories by Tom King, Mitch Gerads, Guillem March, Gabriel Hardman, Dan Mora, Rob Williams and more. DC also said they planned to launch a new Cyborg title in May, but did not announce a creative team.
Fans of Batman/Superman: World’s Finest will be happy to know the creative for that title, writer Mark Waid and artist Dan Mora, are working together on a new Shazam! title — in addition to World’s Finest. Shazam! takes flight in June.
Billy Batson is back as the champion in the action-comedy comic about a boy with powers that rival Superman’s and a whole lot of growing up left to do. We’ll see Shazam hanging out at the Rock of Eternity, his secret clubhouse that can travel through space and time, as well as punching dinosaurs in the face, seeing how long he can hold his breath on the moon, and getting into wild and fun adventures with his tiger, Tawky Tawny, by his side.
Also in June will come a new Penguin title by writer Tom King and artist Stefano Gaudiano, and Steelworks, featuring John Henry Irons and his niece Natasha. The creative team for Steelworks was not revealed.