January solicitations reveal that another four titles of the DCnU will be joining December’s issue of G.I. Combat in carrying the ‘Final Issue’ tagline. It’s a mixed bunch, and the NYCC has done little to confirm what will replace them.
The latest round of casualties are Legion Lost, Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E., Grifter and the Blue Beetle. Although it may sound counter-intuitive, as a Legion of Super-Heroes fan, I am only too pleased to see the demise of the latest Legion Lost series, which has failed to hold a candle to the original Legion Lost, or even be engaging to the current Legion Reader. It certainly has failed in answering the question of just how the Legion has changed in the post-Flashpoint continuity (considering that this is pretty much still the pre-Crisis Legion), and on top of that, it has been boring, reducing Dawnstar and Wildfire to caricatures of themselves and not exactly delving into Yera’s motivations, or even why she had suddenly become a member.
Losing Frankenstein, Agent Of S.H.A.D.E. however, is a true tragedy. Although previous appearances of the character may have promised more than the title has delivered, it has nevertheless been a fun romp through a Grant Morrison/Uncle San and the Freedom Fighters inspired world.
Only the replacement of G. I. Combat has been announced so far, that being a cosmic anthology title by Keith Giffen called Threshold. Now, with the two phrases ‘cosmic’ and ‘Keith Giffen’, I am sold already, but such projects disappointingly never seem to maintain the sales figures to justify an ongoing series. Comic buying public! Prove me wrong! Please, prove me wrong.
So, what projects could DC launch to replace these four titles? DC keeps talking about how the new Fifty-Two are to be more reflective of the world we live in, and more ethnically diverse, so why not some of the Milestone titles? Specifically, Blood Syndicate? The old Paris Island gang of Bang-babies and freaks would fit right in alongside the current crop of youth titles like the Teen Titans and the Ravagers, or alongside some of the Wildstorm characters.
Or how about the Shadow Cabinet? Maybe in some long drawn out power struggle between Dharma and Shadow Council, the powers-that-be behind the current incarnation of StormWatch?
What better way to demonstrate their commitment to diversity? Or to provide tribute to the memory of Dwayne McDuffie?