Day 5 kicks off and looks to be edgier titles than the rest we’ve seen this week.
First up is Stormwatch #1 from Paul Cornell and Miguel Sepulveda, which is where The Martian Manhunter has been stuck. He looks surprisingly comfortable there, but it’s weird that such a mainstay character has been moved. There’s also a completely rebooted, entirely revamped Blackhawks #1 by Mike Costa and Ken Lashley which re-envisions the team as mercenaries on a “kill them before they kill us” mission. Sgt. Rock almost gets a bit of a makeover as the characters grandson takes over Easy Company, now a team of ex-militar working as covert private contractors in Sgt. Rock and the Men of War #1 by Ivan Brandon and Tom Derenick.
Jonah Hex’s on-going looks like it’s been canceled in the reboot, but he is headlining All-Star Western #1, which sees Hex in Gotham at a key point in it’s history. The book, written by Jonah Hex writers Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti, and illustrated by Moritat, will also include back up features from other DC western stars.
Titans mercifully appears over, but Kyle Higgins brings us Deathstroke #1. Wielding Cloud Strife’s sword (seriously, look at the size of that thing) and stealing an old pair of Batman’s pants, the series has Deathstroke aiming to reclaim his legacy as a deadly assassin, and features art from Joe Bennett and Art Thibert. Meanwhile, Dan DiDio picks up new writing chores with artists Keith Giffen and Scott Koblish for OMAC #1, the story of a man transformed into a killing machine by Brother Eye.
There’s also the official annoucement of Grifter #1 from Nathan Edmondson, with art by CAFU and BIT of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents. The series will follow the popular WildC.A.T.S. mercenary as he hunts down aliens who hide in human form. Between this and Voodoo, how long will it really be before the two lead to a relaunched WildC.A.T.S. series?
This puts us at 46 out of 52 titles announced. Tomorrow, expect the remaining titles to be announced and be tied in with Superman. When you factor in the still unofficial announcements of Superman and Action Comics, we know 48 of the 52 titles. We’ll have the final titles as soon as DC announces them; until then, you can read about the previous announcements here, here, here, here, and here.[nggallery id=51]