DC has put out some great comics over the years. The company has produced some all-time classic tales starring the greatest heroes and most dastardly villains. They also have some of the longest-running comics in the American comic industry, with books like Action Comics and Detective Comics having been published continuously since the 1930s. Legacy and longevity have long been the name of the game at DC.
However, the comic industry can be a fickle mistress, so a lot of great comics have been cut short for a variety of reasons. Fans and new readers alike missed out on some hidden gems.
10 SuperSons Was Undeniably Popular But Has Only Gotten Two And A Half Years Of Stories Since Their Debut Six Years Ago
SuperSons was one of the biggest books of the Rebirth era. Launched by writer Peter Tomasi and artist Jorge Jimenez, it followed the adventures of Jon Kent and Damian Wayne as they bickered, fought evil, and became the best of friends. The first series ran for eighteen issues before being replaced by a twelve-issue maxi-series, by Tomasi and artist Max Raynor.
The first series built up massive buzz, but the second one got hamstrung by Brian Michael Bendis aging up Jon Kent in the Superman books. Fans looked forward to years of the two young heroes hanging out, and it never materialized.
9 Superwoman Was Affected By Changes To To The Superman Line
super woman was a DC Rebirth launch title, written and drawn by Phil Jimenez. The book started out starring the New 52 Lois Lane and Lana Lang, both having gained powers from the fallout of the death of the New 52 Superman acting as two Superwomen. Lane was killed off in the first issue, and it became a Lana Lang book, dealing with her time as a hero, her new powers, and how it all affected her life.
Jimenez left the book early, replaced by writer Kate Perkins and artist Stephen Segovia, and Superman: Reborn changed the continuity, leaving the book adrift. Fans can only dream of what Jimenez had in store before the rug was pulled out from under him.
8 Justice League United Had Everything Going For It
The New 52 Justice League books were a mixed bag, but few of them had as much going for it as Justice League United. The roster was stacked with fan favorites like Stargirl, Animal Man, Adam Strange, and more and was launched by writer Jeff Lemire and artist Mike McKone. There was a lot to love about the book, and it kept it up when new writer/artist team Jeff Parker and Travel Foreman took over.
Justice League United suffered from the New 52 curse, as fans had already started to check out on the secondary DC titles of the time. It should have been a perfect storm of awesome but instead went out with a whimper after seventeen issues.
7 Legion Of Superheroes (Vol. 6) Seemed Poised For Big Things But Fizzled
The Legion of Superheroes have been a hard sell in the 21st century. The team is one of DC’s most storied, but the publisher’s multiple continuity reboots hurt it a lot over the years. Post-InfiniteCrisis, the Silver Age Legion was brought back into continuity and got their own book, written by Legion legend Paul Levitz with art by Yildray Cinar.
The creative team worked so very well together, and the stories were exciting. Unfortunately, most readers didn’t really care about the Legion, and the team’s fans had dwindled to a level where they couldn’t sustain a book.
6 Wonder Girl Never Got A Chance
Future State introduced some great new characters, and one of the best was Yara Flor’s Wonder Girl. DC realized what they had and put writer/artist Joelle Jones on the book. It seemed like a slam dunk- a hot new character, a great creator given the reins, and a new corner of the DC Universe to explore. DC didn’t exactly push the book, though, and it never got to reach a large reader base.
wonder girl was canceled way before its time. The book only got eight issues, less than most ongoings get before being canceled, and the whole thing just felt unfair, especially with the current big Wonder Woman family push going on.
5 The Bendis/Maleev Checkmate Book Went From An Ongoing To A Miniseries Before The First Issue Came Out
Brian Michael Bendis’s time at DC has had its ups and downs but Event Leviathan, with art by longtime collaborator Alex Maleev, was a high point. A group of heroes and spies- Lois Lane, Green Arrow, Manhunter, Steve Trevor, Mister Bones, the Question, and Talia al Ghul- joined together to reform Checkmate to fight the new spy group. Fans were pretty excited about the book.
The pandemic struck before the first issue dropped, and it was shelved. By the time it was given a release date, it had gone from an ongoing to a six-issue miniseries. The book’s whole premise was right up Bendis and Maleev’s ally, which makes it sad it ended early.
4 Suicide Squad (Vol. 6) Had A Dream Team But Got Under A Year
The Suicide Squad is one of DC’s deadliest teams, as well as one of the most popular. 2019 saw a relaunch of the book under writer Tom Taylor and artist Bruno Redondo. This should have been enough to keep the book going for ages, but it only lasted eleven issues. The sales were never high, the pandemic didn’t help, and it didn’t even last twelve issues.
On the one hand, losing a Taylor/Redondo suicide squad book was a tragedy, but the team reunited for Nightwing not long after suicide squad ended. This is definitely a case of a “Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away” situation.
3 Chronos Was A New Take On An Old Villain Mantle
Ray Palmer’s time as the Atom saw him fighting other science-themed villains, and his most well-known is the time traveling villain Chronos. In the mid-’90s, a second Chronos took over and was given an ongoing series. Chronos, by writer John Francis Moore and artist Paul Guinan, saw the second one traveling through time, stealing, and trying to figure out what was happening to the original Chronos.
Mid-’90s DC was all about trying new things, and Chronos was an example of that. Moore and Guinan did a great job with the second Chronos but readers just never showed up in the numbers the book needed to survive.
two Chase Followed The DEO’s Newest Agent
The DC Universe is full of spy organizations, and the DEO has always been one of the most important. chase, by writer Dan Curtis Johnson and artist JH Williams III, followed by Cameron Chase, the newest DEO agent, as she dealt with all of the dirty secrets of the DC Universe. It was a great premise, anchored by an intriguing lead, and had killer art by Williams III.
DC had never really done spy books as much as Marvel did, so chase was something new. It was basically the X Files with superheroes, and the few people who did read it loved it. Those few weren’t enough to keep it going, and it ended after ten issues.
1 Aztek The Ultimate Man Teamed Writers Grant Morrison And Mark Millar
Grant Morrison is one of DC’s greatest writers, and Mark Millar would become one of the biggest writers in the industry. The two were good friends for a time, with Morrison helping Millar get jobs at DC. The two worked together on a book as well, co-writing Aztec: The Ultimate Man, with artist N. Steven Harris. It starred the titular character, a brand new hero trying to protect the world from an ancient threat.
The book only lasted ten issues, which for a book written by Morrison and Millar is bizarre, to say the least. Aztek was full of the big ideas and craziness the two writers were known for but suffered the fate of many books anchored by new characters.
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