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DC Comics to Mark the One-Year Anniversary of the New 52 With ‘Zero Month’ and Four New Series

It’s been rumored for a little while, but now it’s official. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the New 52 this September DC Comics will be releasing a issue #0 for each of the new series, which will provide some origins and backgrounds on that character as well as (hopefully) answer a lot of unanswered questions. They’ll also be debuting four new series as well. Hit the jump for all the details and some sweet covers!

From DC Comics:

Timed to the one year anniversary of the launch of the historic DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 initiative, DC Comics will introduce 0 month.

In September 2012, DC Comics will release 0 issues—and we don’t mean we aren’t publishing any titles—but what we will be doing is numbering every DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 title #0.

#0s will be stand-alone stories. “Some issues will tell the origins of a character or a team, or in some case where an origin has already been told, they will fill in the blanks in terms of questions readers may have about the New 52 DC Universe,” said Bob Harras, DC Entertainment Editor-in-Chief. “Each of these issues promises to reveal something surprising.”

I’m personally completely on-board with this, especially due to their potential to flesh out the continuity of past events a bit better. They can show us stuff like, I don’t know, what the hell happened between Stephanie Brown and Barbara Gordon after her surgery that let Barbara to become Batgirl again. There are a lot of series that need background knowledge to truly understand and appreciate as well, such as the Green Lantern books, and hopefully this will fix that.

DC also announced four new series that will be debuting in September with issue #0s, following by regular issues starting at #1 in October:

TALON – Co-Writers: Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV. Artist: Guillem March.
Meet Calvin Rose, the only Talon to ever escape the grasp of the Court of Owls. This former assassin of the Court is trying to live a normal life … but that’s impossible when he’s being hunted by his former masters!

SWORD OF SORCERY – Writer: Christy Marx. Artist: Aaron Lopresti.
Featuring the return of Amethyst, Amy Winston leads a strange life on the road with her mother and resents it. She’s about to learn it’s all been necessary when she discovers she’s the lost princess of Gemworld—and she’s being hunted by her murderous aunt. With a back-up story written by Tony Bedard with art by Jesus Saiz, set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, the monstrous warrior Beowulf is charged with finding and defeating the evil Grendel.

THE PHANTOM STRANGER – Writer: Dan DiDio. Artist: Brent Anderson.
Spinning out of his recent appearances in JUSTICE LEAGUE and DC’s Free Comic Book Day story, learn more about the true origin of The Phantom Stranger and his connection to the mysterious Pandora.

TEAM SEVEN – Writer: Justin Jordan. Artist: Jesus Merino.
Set in the early days of DC COMICS-THE NEW 52, threads of the entire DC Universe collide. As Superman emerges, so does the world’s counter measures against him and his kind. Team 7 is comprised of Dinah Lance, Amanda Waller, Steve Trevor, John Lynch, Alex Fairchild, Cole Cash and Slade Wilson — and their story will change everything you know about DC COMICS-THE NEW 52.

If you ask me, Team Seven is the book to grab this September. Putting so many of the background characters into one book will definitely help strengthen and define the continuity in place, and setting it five years in the past at the time of Action Comics can also influence their appearances in other books, set in the present day.

Talon sounds interesting, and James Tynion IV is a fantastic up and coming writer, but I wonder really just how many issues the concept could run for. They’d have to turn him into a full on hero at some point to make it work. I guess we’ll see.

The Phantom Stranger is probably definitely going to be the book to pick up if you’re looking forward to the upcoming Trinity War crossover, because now I can almost guarantee the event will be spinning out of Justice League and Phantom Stranger. September should be an interesting month.

Finally, let’s look at some new zero issue covers, shall we?

  1. June 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    I agree with you that Team Seven is the most interesting of the 4 series starting next month. Not only because I’m a big fan of Grifter, but also because I like the concept of focusing an entire series on background characters: we learned everything about DC classic superheroes, so now it’s time to make room for the ones we know less, because this lack of knowledge means a lot of interesting starting points and unexpressed potential.

    • June 10, 2012 at 10:44 PM

      You have a point, man. I have to say it’s pretty insane, if you had told me five years ago that Steve Trevor and Amanda Waller would be starring in a team book with Slade Wilson I would never have believed it. Can’t wait to see how it plays out.

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