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DC Solicits September's "Future End" Comics, Doesn't Name a Single Creative Team

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LOLtron

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Postby LOLtron » Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:34 pm

DC Solicits September's

Want to know who's writing DC's September comics? TOO BAD.



Source: Newsarama

DC has released solicitations for their September "Futures' End" event, a linewide event month which will see the books take place five years into the future.  The solicitations were released two months early, as DC will need additional time to produce the 3D covers associated with the event, thus avoiding the "3DNado" clusterfuck that occurred last year.  

Below is an example of one of the solicitations released a few minutes ago:

JUSTICE LEAGUE: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 10
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
The mystery of the Martian Manhunter is revealed at last as his decades-long plan for world domination comes to fruition! Continues in this month’s JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED: FUTURES END #1!

Does anyone notice what's missing in the solicitations?  The creative credits.  That's right, DC has released an entire month's worth of solicitations without bothering to name a single creator attached to the event.  Instead, the company is expecting retailers and customers to order these books based off of one-sentence plot summaries alone.  Retailers won't even get covers to help push their ordering decisions, as they weren't ready to be released either. 

I'm sure that DC will be announcing creative teams in the next month or two, but these solicitations represent a dangerous trend.  DC is hoping that retailers and fans will be more attracted to the characters and titles of a book than the quality of the story or the strength of the creative team. For all retailers know, all forty-one books could be written and drawn by Rob Liefeld, but DC will expect retailers to order them en masse since they're connected to their latest September gimmick month.  Furthermore, these solicitations represent a clear sign that editorial is coming up with these stories first and then finding creators instead of allowing creative teams to....well, be creative and come up with their own stories. 

Sadly, we all know these books are probably going to sell regardless of who writes and draws them.  Judging from last September's sales, comic fans seem to be attracted to mediocre comics with fancy covers, regardless of how bad the content is.  And it seems DC is banking on that to sell their latest gimmicky event. 



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3MJ

Postby 3MJ » Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:35 pm

Ugh. The exact opposite way of where comics should be going. Not surprising though.
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sdsichero

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Postby sdsichero » Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:06 pm

Jubilee wrote:Ugh. The exact opposite way of where comics should be going. Not surprising though.

But 3-D covers!!!!
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prozacman

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Postby prozacman » Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:11 pm

I wonder how long it will take for this batch of 3D covers to melt in Zech's car?
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sdsichero

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Postby sdsichero » Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:17 pm

prozacman wrote:I wonder how long it will take for this batch of 3D covers to melt in Zech's car?

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Grayson

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Postby Grayson » Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:26 pm

LOLtron wrote:The mystery of the Martian Manhunter is revealed at last as his decades-long plan for world domination comes to fruition!


Can't really say that this idea really leaves me with a great deal of confidence and that is coming from somebody who is actually somewhat excited about this event. :?

Did the New 52 run out of Oreos (Chocos) or as a result of Barry Allen's twisted time caper, did they ever even exist at all?! :shock:
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Juan Cena

DANG!

Postby Juan Cena » Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:38 pm

This was the really interesting one:
BOOSTER GOLD: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 24
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US

Trapped out of time on a world that defies reason, Booster Gold struggles to escape the fate that has held him and so many forgotten heroes captive!
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Grayson

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Postby Grayson » Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:27 pm

Juan Cena wrote:Trapped out of time on a world that defies reason, Booster Gold struggles to escape the fate that has held him and so many forgotten heroes captive!


:shock:

And just like that, I am intrigued again.
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IvCNuB4

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Postby IvCNuB4 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:33 pm

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 17
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
In the concluding chapter of the epic story that began in this month’s JUSTICE LEAGUE: FUTURES END #1, the armies of Mars rise against the unsuspecting population of Earth – and only the combined might of the Justice League and the Legion of Super-Heroes can stand against them!
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Juan Cena

DANG!

Postby Juan Cena » Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:53 pm

IvCNuB4 wrote:


I noticed that.

I'm not sure exactly which Legion of Super-Heroes will be used. The one from the Legion comic which was supposedly retconned as being from Earth-2, or the Grant Morrison version from Action Comics? At this point there's no telling.
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achilles

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Postby achilles » Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:08 pm



They just mean every hero not named Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, or arguably Green Lantern. Well, and Supergirl who technically is in every book DC publishes.

So, pretty much all the rest.
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IvCNuB4

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Postby IvCNuB4 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:18 pm

achilles wrote: Well, and Supergirl who technically is in every book DC publishes.



Please explain this :smt017
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guitarsmashley

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Postby guitarsmashley » Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:19 pm

the lack of creators is pretty ridiculous, i hate to say it but, reset the counter.
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achilles

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Postby achilles » Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:37 pm

IvCNuB4 wrote:

Please explain this :smt017


Okay, it's a bit of an exaggeration, but let's see:

Supergirl
Red Lantern
the newest Justice League

Plus random Superman books.
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HNutz

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Postby HNutz » Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:13 pm

Juan Cena wrote:Trapped out of time on a world that defies reason, Booster Gold struggles to escape the fate that has held him and so many forgotten heroes captive!


Grayson wrote:
:shock:

And just like that, I am intrigued again.


See, I'd like to be optimistic about who that might include, but I can't shake the feeling that they're talking about characters who are forgotten in the context of this story and it'll wind up being someone like that purple Teen Titan...


achilles wrote:
Okay, it's a bit of an exaggeration, but let's see:

Supergirl
Red Lantern
the newest Justice League

Plus random Superman books.


But not the Batbooks. So 50% of DC's books are out. :P

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