The Splash Page Blog: May 8th 2015

In this edition of The Splash Page; One of the Grayson writers joins the Omega Men, DC Comics talks canon, Tynion & Doyle exit the Dark Universe, and Constantine leaves NBC.


To date, much of the buzz surrounding DC Comics June mini-relaunch has focused on the stylish teens of Gotham City or the epic adventures of the classic Justice League heroes. But if Tom King has his way, the breakout stars of the month will be a down and dirty team of space murderers.

On June 3, the writer and artist Barnaby Begenda launch “The Omega Men” — a brand new take on the cult sci-fi team created by Marv Wolfman and Joe Staton. Freedom fighters with a drastic sense of right and wrong, the team kick started their mission this week in an eight-page story where they murdered White Lantern Kyle Rayner in a style reminiscent of the videos dispatched by terrorist groups on earth.

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DC Comics Just Made Their Entire History Officially Canon

Since the mid-eighties, things at DC Comics have gone back to the beginning no less than four times. The continuity reset button was used to destroy the multiverse, to reset some timelines, and to restart the multiverse all over again. Now, thanks to Justice League #40 from Geoff Johns and a host of artists including Kevin Maguire, Phil Jimenez, Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Scott Kolins, Jason Fabok, Jim Lee and Scott Williams (phew! Plus colorists Brad Anderson and Alex Sinclair for good measure!), all of those things happened, and not just in fans’ memories or longboxes. DC Comics has created a meta-continuity, a canon that encompasses every story in every universe that DC Comics has ever had, and not just for a silly event.

Indeed, the writing was on the wall, at least a bit, when it came to Convergence, the April-May event going on now, which brings together universes and timelines previously thought lost. Now, thanks to Metron, the not-quite-a-new-god, we find out that all those old continuities are part of one big story, one that he has sat outside of in his Mobius Chair and watched unfurl.

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Writer James Tynion IV and artist Ming Doyle have departed yet-to-debut DC Comics’ series “Dark Universe,” as revealed by Tynion Friday via a series of tweets.

“Unfortunately, @mingdoyle and I had to step away from Dark Universe because of a few more pressing matters,” Tynion wrote via his Twitter account. “We ended up folding a lot of our ideas into our Hellblazer run which we are still very excited about and committed to. We look forward to seeing what DC does with the rest of the Dark line. And for fans to see what else the two of us have in store for 2015 and beyond!”

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After the show spent months lingering in limbo, “Constantine” has officially been cancelled by NBC, according to a Tweet from creator Daniel Cerone.

Premiering in October in 4.28 million, “Constantine” boasts a vocal fanbase and decent reviews, but hasn’t been able to find an audience on Friday nights (the fabled “death slot”). The series wasn’t among the network’s initial early renewals and there has been talk that it would move to NBC’s sister network Syfy. In his Tweet, Cerone seems hopeful that such a deal can still rescue the show.

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