Friday, August 13, 2010

What's Happening with DC's Kids Comics? Part II

Back in late July I blogged about the uncertain future of DC's line of kid-friendly comics. Three weeks later we now have a bit more clarity:

  • Although they didn't appear in the online solicitations, both Tiny Titans and the Tiny Titans/L'il Archie comics showed up in Previews. It appears that the Archie crossover will not be replacing the regular Tiny Titans comics on the schedule, meaning for four months we'll get double the usual TT goodness. Aww Yeah!
  • At SDCC, Dan Didio revealed what many have always suspected, that DC's kids' comics lose money for the company. But he also affirmed DCE's commitment to publish titles aimed towards younger readers regardless.
  • Also at SDCC, Didio said that there is a DC Kids version of the DC Comics App in the works. This seems like an excellent idea, especially if they keep the cost of the digital comics at 99¢. They have so much past material to draw from, and most of the stories are single-issue or less.
  • Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! is indeed ending, going out with a two-parter. 
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold is being replaced on the schedule with The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold. The new series will team up Batman with bigger names from the DCU, such as Superman and Captain Marvel, rather than the B- and C-listers. While I must admit that I prefer seeing the far reaches of the DCU explored, I'm fairly confident that the new creative team of Sholly Fisch & Rick Burchett will give us fun and interesting stories.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If DC is smart, they will add a lot of their family friendly output from their entire publishing history into that DC Kids iphone app (Sugar and Spike, classic Shazam comics, Silver Age Superman/Lois Lane/Jimmy Olsen (especially the Jack Kirby Fourth World stuff)/Legion of Super-Heroes etc., Amethyst and so many other books that kids today would love!).