Today DC Comics released their full solicitations for December 2012, and among them was a little bit of a surprise: G.I. Combat #7 will be the series final issue. I say “little bit of a surprise” because the series has been selling horribly since it launched back in May. Could this just be making room for Geoff Johns’ recently announced Justice League of America, or will this cancellation usher in a Fourth Wave of new DC titles?
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After the announcement that Geoff Johns and Grant Morrison would be leaving Aquaman and Action Comics respectively after each series’ sixteenth issues in January, it’s been assumed that DC might be gearing up for an early-2013 Fourth Wave of new comics. With their cancellation of G.I. Combat, it seems that we’re not too far off from the Fourth Wave.
DC’s solicits for December, however, only show that the one series will be ending. G.I. Combat is the only title whose solicit reads “FINAL ISSUE,” but they could just be holding back on telling us what else is getting canned. It also doesn’t necessarily mean that there’ll only be one new title come January (to fill the 52 books per month quota) as this current #0 month features the final issues of three series as well as the first issues of four others (Justice League International ended last month rather than this month).
Along with G.I. Combat ending, December brings the news as to who will be taking over writing duties on Rob Liefeld’s books after he made his very public departure from DC Comics last month. Grifter and Savage Hawkman will both be written by Frank Tieri while Deathstroke will be written by Justin Jordan. However, if I had to guess, I’d say that those series aren’t too far of from being on the chopping block as well given the fact that they’re a few of DC’s lowest selling titles at the moment.
I’m sure we can look forward to seeing news from DC in the coming month about new creative team shifts, what series will be canceled, and new ongoing titles to be launched (possibly the rumored Man of Steel series by Scott Snyder and Jim Lee, and whatever Jeff Lemire’s been teasing for the past couple of months), but until then all we know is that DC should take this as a sign to stop putting all their eggs into war comics baskets.