Dawn of DC kicks off with new titles for Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Shazam!, Superboy, and more

Green Arrow #1 variant cover art
Green Arrow #1 variant cover art (Image credit: DC)

Dawn of DC is peeking over the horizon, with the new publishing initiative kicking off in January. And in November the publisher revealed now Dawn of DC will actually look, with a preview of the publisher's plans for the initiative along with the announcement of eight new titles scheduled for launch in 2023 as part of the new line.

(Image credit: DC)

Dawn of DC launched in January with a new coat of paint on the Superman franchise, with a quick expansion into the rest of the DC Universe to follow, including the eight new titles and more still unannounced to follow. 

The eight announced titles start off with a new era of the Doom Patrol in March with the title Unstoppable Doom Patrol from writer Dennis Culver and artist Chris Burnham. Unstoppable Doom Patrol spins directly out of the January-launching Lazarus Planet event in which the world is remade by the power of the life-giving Lazarus Pit.

Then there are a pair of new Green Lantern titles, each focusing on different members of the Green Lantern Corps. First, in April, there's Green Lantern: Hal Jordan from writer Mariko Tamaki and an artist yet to be named. Then, later in the year, writer Philip Kennedy Johnson will launch Green Lantern: John Stewart, also with an artist to be announced.

Speaking of green, Green Arrow also gets a new title from writer Joshua Williamson and artist Sean Izaakse also in April, in which Oliver Queen, still missing after the events of Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths, tries to reunite with his family.

On January 4 Williamson tweeted the cover of Green Arrow #1 by Izaakse, which the writer says "is full of clues as to what happens in the Green Arrow series!" which seems to mean a huge cast of past supporting characters. We name them all right here

Green Arrow #1 cover (Image credit: DC)

Williamson subsequently tweeted artist Ejikure and then artist David Nakayama's variant covers to the debut issue (seen above and below in the gallery.)

Also starting in April is DC Round Robin winner Superboy: The Man of Tomorrow from writer Kenny Porter and artist Jahnoy Lindsay, in which Conner Kent ventures into space to find a place for himself.

And what would a new DC line be without some Batman? In May, DC relaunches the classic title Batman: The Brave and the Bold, which teams Batman up with a different hero and different creators, such as Tom King, Mitch Gerads, Gabriel Hardman, Dan Mora, and Rob Williams, in each issue.

Also starting in May is Cyborg, a new ongoing title spinning out of Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths, with a creative team yet to be announced.

Meanwhile, starting in June, Batman/Superman World's Finest creative team Mark Waid and Dan Mora will launch Shazam!, an action comedy title starting Billy Batson hanging out on the Rock of Eternity with his tiger pal Talky Tawny.

And that same month, writer Tom King and artist Stefano Gaudiano will launch The Penguin, a new Batman spin-off that brings Penguin out of retirement and into the service of the US government.

And finally, the eighth title announced is Steelworks, a title pairing John Henry Irons, the original Steel, with his niece and successor in the mantle, Natasha Irons, celebrating 30 years since the introduction of Steel.

Here's a gallery of art released so far for the announced Dawn of DC titles:

"After the near-Multiverse-ending events in Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths and DC Universe: Lazarus Planet, the DC Universe will be heading toward the light," states DC publisher and chief creative officer Jim Lee. "With brand-new series and story arcs from some of the top creative members in comics, Dawn of DC is one of our most ambitious initiatives ever and is a chance for us to tell bigger and bolder stories across our line."

DC promises more information about Dawn of DC titles planned for the second half of 2023 at a later date.

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George Marston

I've been Newsarama's resident Marvel Comics expert and general comic book historian since 2011. I've also been the on-site reporter at most major comic conventions such as Comic-Con International: San Diego, New York Comic Con, and C2E2. Outside of comic journalism, I am the artist of many weird pictures, and the guitarist of many heavy riffs. (They/Them)