DC Comics has recently announced 8 new comic book adaptions as mini-series debuting early 2016. These series are ,however, limited series and will only run for a few issues. Nevertheless ,these new mini-series will bring classic, fan-favorites back into the spotlight, avoiding the more popular, mainstream characters like Batman and/or Superman.
“By bringing them on to their own special limited series, we’re really spotlighting what’s so fantastic about these characters.” -DC editor in chief and senior vice president, Bob Harras.
The original creators of some of these characters will be returning to write the adventures of these heroes for the mini-series, including the likes of comic book writers Len Wein, Marv Wolfman, Gerry Conway, Mike W. Barr, Amy Chu, Aaron Lopresti, and Keith Griffins. DC co-publisher Dan DiDio says the new comics are set to “freshen up and contemporize” the characters.
“We want the best writers working on our characters, and these are the best writers for these characters,” he says.
The 8 Mini-Series Are Going To Be Based On THESE Characters:
Raven is the daughter of the interdimensional demon Trigon, a malicious and powerful being that seeks to conquer and enslave the people of Earth—and whose dark powers and influence were passed down to his daughter. Raised in the alternate dimension of Azarath, the half-human, half-demon Raven grew up having to learn how to control her emotions in order to suppress her demonic powers. But while Raven must avoid experiencing any sort of extreme feeling, one of her demonic abilities allows her to feel and control the emotions of others—letting her experience their sorrow, happiness, joy, loss and more.
Raven is extremely powerful, gifted with magical, psychic and telekinetic powers as well as the ability to manipulate energy, emotion and shadows. However, despite her vast abilities, the one thing Raven wants the most is the one thing she cannot have: to be normal. She is forever cursed to never truly be herself because of the constant threat of destruction that comes with it.
Despite her need to maintain emotional control, Raven has formed a tight bond with the Teen Titans, considering them her only real family. She is willing do anything to protect them, even if it means surrendering to her own darkness and sacrificing her life in the process.
Alec Holland was an idealistic scientist who was synthesizing a top-secret chemical in his hidden lab in the marshlands. But after a bomb in his office explodes, the young scientist is murdered. Or so it seems. Because rising in his place is the Swamp Thing, a creature made of vegetation that’s absorbed Alec Holland’s memories, personality—and grief.
The monstrous Swamp Thing can control every iota of plant life on this planet, from the fungus on stale bread to forests of towering oaks. Superhumanly strong and grotesque, he can grow himself a full array of titanic bodies from even the tiniest sprout of green. A living embodiment of the power and terror in our environment, the Swamp Thing protects both humanity and the environment—usually from each other.
The original Firestorm was distinguished by his integrated dual identity. High school student Ronnie Raymond and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Martin Stein were caught in a nuclear accident that allowed them to fuse into the "nuclear man" Firestorm. Due to Stein's being unconscious during the accident, Raymond was prominently in command of the Firestorm form with Stein a voice of reason inside his mind. Banter between the two was a hallmark of their adventures.
After the accident that created him, Firestorm took to defending New York from such threats as Multiplex (created in the same nuclear accident that produced Firestorm) and Killer Frost.
Katana is a sword-wielding Japanese super-hero with magical weaponry. Her blade is the Soultaker Sword, a relic that steals the essence of those it slays and stores them inside. It was taken in a duel with the man who killed her family, Takeo Yamashiro. Batman eventually recruited her to become a member of his black-ops team the Outsiders during a mission in Markovia. She has also been a member of the Birds of Prey. Katana was created by Mike W. Barr and Jim Aparo, first appearing in Batman and the Outsiders #1.
The Metal Men
The Metal Men are a team of robot super-heroes created by the brilliant scientist and inventor Doc Magnus. Magnus invented the Responsometer, a device that animates robots and gives them sentience. This allows them to morph into liquid shapes but retain their solid form. Each one is named after the element they are made from, and their personalities reference properties of those elements. Their original membership included Gold, Iron, Lead, Mercury, Platinum and Tin. They would later add another member named Copper. In their combined form they use the name Alloy, merging themselves together to create a more powerful being. The Metal Men were created by Robert Kanigher, Ross Andru and Mike Esposito, first appearing in Showcase #37. (1962)
Poison Ivy is a super-villain and eco-terrorist with the ability to control plants, usually an antagonist to Batman. Originally she was botanist Pamela Isley working underneath professor Jason Woodrue until an accident gave her powers and turned her insane. Protecting the sanctity and supremacy of nature at all costs, she sadistically lashes out against humanity as a blight upon the planet. Frequently she teams up with her best friend and partner in crime, Harley Quinn. Although much of her life has been spent imprisoned in Arkham Asylum for the criminally insane, she has also held down a S.T.A.R. Labs position. She has been a member of the Gotham City Sirens, the Injustice League, Injustice Gang, the Secret Society of Super-Villains and the Suicide Squad. Poison Ivy was created by Robert Kanigher and Sheldon Moldoff, first appearing in Batman #181. (1966). Now, make no mistake, Poison Ivy is an antagonist, but DC Editor-in-Chief/Senior Vice President for editorial, Bob Harras, says that this series will put the super-villain on "a really new direction."
Metamorpho is an elemental superhero with the power to shape-shift his body into various forms, using the elements contained within the human body. He also possesses the power of virtual invulnerability in his inert state. Originally known as the archaeologist Rex Mason, exposure to the Orb of Ra in Egypt changed him into one of the mythical Metamorphae. Although Metamorpho's powers allow him to fight against evil, they are also a curse in that he is trapped in this hideous form, unable even to die. He is primarily one of the Outsiders, but has also been a member of the Justice League of America, Doom Patrol, Justice League Europe and the Seven Soldiers of Victory. Metamorpho was created by Bob Haney and Ramona Fradon. His first appearance was in Brave and the Bold #57. (1965)
Sugar and Spike
The comic featured the misadventures of two toddlers named Sugar Plumm and Cecil "Spike" Wilson, who possessed the ability to communicate via "baby talk" with each other and to other infants, but not to adults. It shared ideas concerning baby-talk with P. L. Travers' Mary Poppins novel; one notable feature was that all babies spoke the same baby-talk "language", allowing Sugar and Spike to speak with not only human infants, but baby animals as well. If you're thinking how such a "baby-ish" series will do well, do not worry, because these characters will be portrayed at at time where they are much older.
"They're not spoiled kids anymore, but they're older and they're operating as private investigators handling problems and mysteries that the superheroes can't handle themselves."-Dan DiDio