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In the course of talking to comic creators this year, I started to think about their unique talents and what I think they would be best suited to. Inspired by all kinds of wonderful ideas I’ve seen online and heard from creators, I’ve put together my New 52. These are the 52 books I would publish if DC’s offerings were up to me and, as my friends and I have had a good time discussing them, I thought I would share them with you.

I tried to consider the actual feasibility of these titles, not only in the sense of immediate sales but in their ability to expand DC’s brand long-term. I also recognize that this is a dramatically simplified version of what DC actually has to do. As such, I made a couple of rules for myself. First, as I don’t have the same knowledge of the creators’ availability and timeliness as an actual editor, I decided that I would allow myself access to any writer currently working in comics, but that I could only assign a creator to one book. Second, I tried not to put a writer on the same book that they’ve already worked on, though some were moved to similar concepts or allowed to expand short work they’ve already done. Finally, while an actual relaunch might do well to include some new books, I limited myself to preexisting titles and IPs for this project.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, on why I’m right, why I clearly screwed up, who should be illustrating the series, etc. But, regardless, I hope you enjoy.

Blame Fredric Wertham if you like, but the truth is that DC is a superhero company. They invented the superhero, they revitalized them during the Silver Age, and they brought them to the masses through cartoons and movies. Especially with the Comics Code Authority banning horror and pirates and the demand for mysteries and westerns fading over time, it’s unsurprising that superheroes took over the comics industry. It’s gotten to the point where, when DC announced three horror books, a pair of military comics, a fantasy series, and one western – less than a seventh of their 2011 reboot – the industry was a abuzz with congratulations on their bold move to eschew superheroes to such a degree. I say that with a bit of sarcasm, but it actually was a huge step away from Capes for the company.

At this point I don’t think that any one company, even one as influential as DC, can make a significant change in the comic industry’s preoccupation with superheroes by itself, however, if the growing success of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is anything to go by, there is something that can be done to provide a little less homogeneity among the New Year’s 52.

If DC is a superhero company, so be it. But I think it’s time we reminded the world how varied Cape comics can be.

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Godzilla The Half Century War

To some he’s a punch line, Barney the dinosaur by another name. To others, he’s a cherished symbol of spectacle on a budget. But to me, and countless others, he’ll always be far more. Godzilla, that tortured titan of the nuclear age, started as a serious and deeply unsettling reaction to the fears of a nation that sees god in all things. They say that he’s immortal; he shrugs off missiles, gas, and sixty years in a changing world. Godzilla has endured because he is a symbol, and a changing one, for his nation and the world. With this in mind, and a clear love of the character in his heart, James Stokoe has given Godzilla another playground. And, lucky us, we get to watch – and without hazmat suits, no less!

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