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DC Comics cancels Suicide Squad, Teen Titans and more amid massive layoffs

By Kara Santos Published Aug 17, 2020 12:00 am

DC Comics has officially cancelled a number of titles including Suicide Squad, Young Justice, Teen Titans, and more. DC Publisher Jim Lee confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the company will be reducing the number of comic books following massive layoffs.

The cancellations will start to take effect in October and November, as Batgirl, Batman and The Outsiders, and Justice League Odyssey ends in October.

Titles like Teen Titans, Young Justice, Suicide Squad, Hawkman, and John Constantine: Hellblazer, with The Batman’s Grave and the Metal Men limited series are all ending in November.

According to DC’s November 2020 Solicitations, the titles were marked with a “Final Issue” designator.

The fate of Aquaman seemed in jeopardy, as the solicitation for Aquaman #65 calls it a “finale” and writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, who took over Aquaman in 2018, confirmed her departure from the title. However, the double-sized issue does not bear a “Final Issue” stamp. 

While some news outlets claimed the King of the Seas was getting the ax, DC clarified that Aquaman would be ending a major story arc that was planned in advance, and that the comic will not be canceled. The cover by Robson Rocha and Daniel Henriques features the Atlantean power couple Arthur and Mera kissing. 

The synopsis teases an issue filled with “villains, heroes, machinations, and long-held grudges” with a finale guest-starring the Justice League.

Aquaman #65 is set to hit store shelves in November.

Aquaman #65

Solicit info:

THE BATMAN’S GRAVE #12

In this final issue, Scorn makes his final move to destroy justice in Gotham City! Injured and alone against an army of chaos, Batman has one chance to save the city: his ability to think like the victim. But the victim is always dead. The Batman can only win by using the approach of his own death.

HAWKMAN #29

He’s lived and died and lived again. But now, with just one life left to live and the reincarnation cycle at its end, will Hawkman sacrifice everything to protect the woman he loves from the cursed blade of Hath-Set? Learn the fate of Hawkman and Hawkwoman in a tale that will take you to the edge of time and space!

JOHN CONSTANTINE: HELLBLAZER #12

John Constantine faces his final reckoning with the older version of himself who’s been seeding magical chaos all around England, while the lives of all his friends hang in the balance…and that is not a good situation for John Constantine’s friends. Can the evil in John’s heart ever be contained? Or will it reach out and destroy the one life he would give anything not to corrupt?

METAL MEN #12

It’s the final issue in this epic adventure with Doc Magnus and the Metal Men! Is there more for the Metal Men out there in the world that can give them purpose? And what’s the fate of Nth Metal Man, belonging neither on his world nor ours? Everything will be answered, including some unanswered questions Tina has for Magnus!

SUICIDE SQUAD #11

The explosive final issue is here! Task Force X has been through hell and back. Now they’re the last thing standing between a human bomb and an island full of innocents. Which means that even if they win the day, there’s nowhere to run when the Justice League arrives to clean house!

TEEN TITANS #47

Robin betrayed them. Superboy abandoned them. Now the only Teen Titans left are Crush, Kid Flash, Red Arrow, and Roundhouse. As the teen heroes wrap up what may be their final mission, they’re going to get some unexpected encouragement from a group that knows a little about how hard it is to be heroes. Special guest stars the original Titans prove there may still be some good this team can do in the future.

YOUNG JUSTICE #20

For the first time in months, the entire Young Justice team comes together to face a threat bigger than anything they’ve faced before. Just as the team has come to grips with their fractured legacy, someone from Young Justice’s past has come back to murder them! Guest-starring the Wonder Twins, Dial H for Hero, and Naomi—plus some other Wonder Comics surprises too hot to mention here! Don’t miss this final issue from the Eisner Award-nominated co-writers of Naomi!

AQUAMAN #65

Villains, heroes, machinations, and long-held grudges from Kelly Sue DeConnick’s definitive Aquaman run all converge in this issue! Arthur is defeated, Mera’s held captive, and Orm’s grand plan is near completion! Together, Mera and Arthur are one of DC’s most powerful couples, and when they send out the call, you better believe that everyone answers. Guest-starring the Justice League in a finale that will amaze you!

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