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DC’s November Solicits Bring Cancellations

DC is streamlining it's publications by cancelling multiple titles in November

October saw the cancellations of Batgirl, Batman and The Outsiders, and Justice League Odyssey and November seems to be following suit. The recently released November Solicits confirm that Teen Titans, Young Justice, Suicide Squad, Hawkman and John Constantine: Hellblazer are all scheduled to end, and writer Kelly Sue DeConnick is set to leave Aquaman after its 65th issue. Without a new creative team established, the book’s fate is dubious at best.

Teen Titans, the longest running title in this newest batch of cancellations will conclude with issue #47, marking a short run by the book’s new creative team, Robbie Thompson and Javier Fernandez, who came onboard with issue #39. The end appears grim for this newest batch of Teen Titans, if the solicit is any indication.

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“Robin betrayed them. Superboy abandoned them. Now the only Teen Titans left are Crush, Kid Flash, Red Arrow and Roundhouse. As the teen heroes wrap up what may be their final mission, they’re going to get some unexpected encouragement what knows a little about how hard it is to be heroes. Special guest stars the Original Titans prove there nay still be some good this team can do in the future”

Artist Scott Godlewski and frequent co-writer David F. Walker join Brian Michael Bendis for the finale of Young Justice. The beleaguered title’s cancellation marks the first ongoing cancelation of DC’s Wonder Comics imprint since its launch last year. Eagle-eyed fans will notice that Tim Drake appears to once again be in his Robin uniform, possibly signaling the end of his time as “Drake”.

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“For the first time in months, the entire Young Justice team comes together to face a threat bigger than anything they’ve faced before”, the solicit for Young Justice’s 20th issue reads, “Just as the team has come to grips with their fractured legacy, someone from Young Justice’s past has come back to murder them! Guest-starring the Wonder Twins, Dial H for Hero, and Naomi – plus some other Wonder Comics surprises too hot to mention here! Don’t miss this final issue from the Eisner Award-nominated co-writers of Naomi!”

Much like recent issues of the title itself, the solicit for Young Justice #20 seems to be reliant on Naomi’s coattails, a rather inglorious limp to the finish line for some of DC’s most recognizable legacy heroes.

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Having recently concluded a short stint on Justice League, Robert Vendetti is set to pen the finale of his Hawkman saga alongside artist Fernando Pasarin as the book comes to a close with issue #29.

“He’s lived and died and lived again. But now, with just one life left to live and the reincarnation cycle at its end, will Hawkman sacrifice everything to protect the woman he loves from the cursed blade of Hath-Set? Learn the fate of Hawkman and Hawkwoman in a tale that will take you to the edge of time and space!”

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Following the surprise revelation of Deadshot’s death in Suicide Squad #9, the rockstar creative team behind Injustice God’s Among Us; Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo conclude their brief run on Suicide Squad with issue #11.

“The explosive final issue is here! Task Force X has been through hell and back. Now they’re the last thing standing between a human bomb and an island full of innocents. Which means that even if they win the day, there’s nowhere to run when the Justice League arrives clean house!”

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Simon Spurrier and Aaron Campbell’s run on the DC Black Label title John Constantine: Hellblazer will conclude with the series’ 12th issue.

“John Constantine faces his final reckoning with the older version of himself who’s been seeding magical chaos all around England, while the lives of all his friends hang in the balance…and that is not a good situation for John Constantine’s friends. Can the evil in John’s heart ever be contained? Or will it reach out and destroy the one life he would give anything not to corrupt?”

While Aquaman issue #65’s solicit does not specify it as a final issue, it does indicate that the current story arc will come to a sweeping conclusion. “Guest starring the Justice League in a finale that will amaze you!”. This appears to be an obvious tip of the hat to the long awaited wedding of Arthur and Mera, but given how the pair’s happily ever after keeps getting snatched away from them at the last moment it is hard to be certain how this momentous occasion will shake out.

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