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Race + Comics: A Racialicious Scorecard for the ‘New’ DC Universe

By Arturo R. García

With just over a quarter of the promised 52 new DC Comics titles announced as of Sunday night, the company continues vowing to deliver “more diverse” set of stories and characters. But it’s going to have to make up some ground if it wants to deliver more than the typical lip service.

So far, none of the POC characters revealed so far are brand-new; all but one are black; and none are women. A more detailed listing, as well as a look at notable missing names, is under the cut.
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Race + Comics: DC Promises A ‘More Diverse’ Do-Over On Infinite Earths

By Arturo R. García

Once again, let’s take a comic-book company’s statement and compare it to what’s being presented. Our subject this time is Bob Wayne, Senior Vice-President of Sales for DC Comics. Here’s an excerpt from a letter he sent to comics retailers Tuesday:

In the time I’ve worked at DC Comics, I’ve witnessed any number of industry defining moments. But today, I bring you what is perhaps the biggest news to date.

Many of you have heard rumors that DC Comics has been working on a big publishing initiative for later this year. This is indeed an historic time for us as, come this September, we are relaunching the entire DC Universe line of comic books with all new first issues. 52 of them to be exact.

In addition, the new #1s will introduce readers to a more modern, diverse DC Universe, with some character variations in appearance, origin and age. All stories will be grounded in each character’s legend – but will relate to real world situations, interactions, tragedy and triumph.

Here’s the punchline: the statement was released the same day as the picture posted above: an almost all-white cast for a new Justice League comic. So right off the bat, this “more diverse” DC Universe looks like those “more colorful” NBC ads. But there’s other reasons Wayne shouldn’t be crowing just yet.

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