At one point, Kraken and Embassytown author China Miéville penned a Swamp Thing comic that ended up in the dustbin (he also had written an Iron Man pitch, but that's an entirely different story).
Now, as part of the second wave of New 52 titles to launch in May, the author's writing a brand new ongoing series based on the dial-a-superhero artifact Dial H For Hero. With Brian Bolland cover art, no less! What other books got green-lit and cut? Here's the full roster below:
* BATMAN INCORPORATED - Writer: Grant Morrison. Artist: Chris Burnham. The acclaimed ongoing writer of ACTION COMICS, Grant Morrison, presents a fresh take on BATMAN INCORPORATED, in which the Batman brand is franchised globally in preparation for a major international threat.
* EARTH 2 - Writer: James Robinson. Artist: Nicola Scott. The greatest heroes on a parallel Earth, the Justice Society combats threats that will set them on a collision course with other worlds.
* WORLDS' FINEST - Writer: Paul Levitz. Artists: George Perez and Kevin Maguire. Stranded on our world from a parallel reality, Huntress and Power Girl struggle to find their way back to Earth 2. Perez and Maguire will be the artists on alternating story arcs.
* DIAL H - Writer: China Miéville. Artist: Mateus Santoluoco. The first ongoing series from acclaimed novelist China Miéville, this is a bold new take on a cult classic concept about the psychological effects on an everyman who accidentally gains powers to become a hero.
* G.I. COMBAT - Writer: J.T. Krul. Artist: Ariel Olivetti. Featuring the return of a classic DC Comics series, THE WAR THAT TIME FORGOT, along with rotating back-up stories and creative teams - including THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER, with writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and artist Dan Panosian; and THE HAUNTED TANK, with writer John Arcudi and artist Scott Kolins.
* THE RAVAGERS - Writer: Howard Mackie. Artist: Ian Churchill. Spinning off from TEEN TITANS and SUPERBOY, this series finds four superpowered teens on the run and fighting against the organization that wants to turn them into supervillains.
The six new series will replace BLACKHAWKS, HAWK AND DOVE, MEN OF WAR, MISTER TERRIFIC, O.M.A.C. and STATIC SHOCK, all of which will conclude with their eighth issues in April.
DC further noted that the characters in the nixed (and underperforming) titles will still be hanging around in the DC Universe. It's worth noting that O.M.A.C. (which wasn't half-bad) was written by New 52 co-architect Dan DiDio. Where the axe falls, it falls, I suppose. Totally uninformed guess, but I imagine we'll see a third batch of New 52 rollouts and cancellations in September to give those tanking series a chance to finish up their one-year runs.