“Everything you know is about to change!” is right up there with “dead means dead” in the comic book cry-wolf hall of fame, but DC Comics put (our) money where its mouth was in 2011 when it rebooted the entire line under the New 52 label, designed to modernize its characters, shake off cumbersome continuity and create accessible jumping-on points for new and lapsed readers alike.
The New 52, for all of its initial commercial success, has often had a rocky relationship with critics as well as longtime fans up in arms over changes to decades-old characters. Nearly four years after its debut, DC is using its cross-country corporate move to Burbank, California as an opportunity to officially end the New 52 banner and do another reshuffling, wrapping up all but 25 of its current ongoing titles and debuting 24 new series in June once the Convergence crossover wraps up.
The primary Convergence mini-series and its army of tie-ins look to be an unabashed celebration of the continuity and history that the New 52 was meant to discard, with little impact on the line going forward. The first batch of tie-ins hit shelves this week, making now a perfect time to look at the titles we’ve lost between Justice League #1 in August 2011 and Convergence #0 in April 2015.
As of April 2015, DC has launched and concluded 68 ongoing titles, encompassing a handful of books that have already relaunched (Teen Titans, Deathstroke) , a host of spiritual successors (Justice League Dark into Dark Universe), a few strong sellers that were allowed to end when their creators stepped away (Batman, Inc., Superman Unchained), and a healthy mix of fan-favorites and perplexing attempts that didn’t find a sustainable audience.
The gallery above covers every concluded ongoing series since September 2011 (including annuals, zero issues and relevant villain’s month issues) and all solicited writers and artists involved. For the sake of space and lack of consistent solicit credits, inkers and colorists are unfortunately excluded. One of DC’s initial goals with the New 52 was strict adherence to monthly schedules, which has resulted in a veritable army of fill-in pencillers, last-minute finishers, unsolicited replacements and issues with upwards of five inkers; all reasonable attempts were made to match DC’s solicit text with the actual published creative teams.
The list does not include mini-series, maxi-series or weekly series with established ends. Every limited series published since the New 52 began has been allowed to finish its projected run.