PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Wonder Woman, Firestorm, Captain Atom and Aquaman are among the DC Comics characters getting new series this year as the publisher relaunches all of its superhero titles in September.
The company is planning 52 separate new series as it retools its major characters and moves to sell digital copies of its comics on the same day that the printed ones are sold in stores.
The first batch of series includes "Green Arrow," written by JT Krul and drawn by Dan Jurgens; "Justice League International," which Jurgens will write and Aaron Lopresti will draw; "Mister Terrific," from writer Eric Wallace and artist Roger Robinson; "The Fury of Firestorm" by Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone with artist Yildiray Cinar; and "Captain Atom," by Krul and artist Freddie Williams II.
DC's chief creative officer, Geoff Johns, will write the new "Aquaman" series, reuniting with artist Ivan Reis. Both worked together on titles about Green Lantern and the epic story arc "Brightest Day."
Brian Azzarello will write the new "Wonder Woman" with art by Cliff Chiang, and Tony Daniel will handle writing chores for "The Savage Hawkman" with art by Philip Tan.
Francis Manapul will share scripting and illustration duties with Brian Buccellato on the relaunch of "The Flash," a character Manapul is familiar with having drawn the speedster's recent 12-issue series. The new series marks Manapul's debut as a writer.
The anthology title "DC Universe Presents," with Deadman in the first issue, will focus on multi-issue story arcs featuring different heroes. The first issue starts with a story by Paul Jenkins and Bernard Chang.