DC Comics Cancels Four Books In August

By Mike Andronico , Updated May 14, 2013 09:07 PM EDT

In an industry as vast and and diverse as the comic world, not every title is destined to survive. While niche titles and older heroes are great, there are only a handful of books that can compete with powerhouses such as Batman, Spider-Man, and the growing trend of successful indie comics.

Comic cancellations are an unfortunate necessity in the business sometimes, and not even mega-publisher DC Comics is exept from the harsh reality. The publisher recently announced the cancellation of four "New 52" titles, which will all see their end in August.

According to ComicVine, Demon Knights, Dial H, Legion of Super-Heroes, and Threshold will all be getting the axe at the end of summer. This is a good opportunity for collectors and fans to purchase the final few books of these lesser-known storylines, as they could end up growing in value someday.

Written by Robert Venditti, the final issue of Demon Knights will focus on the Knights' struggle to protect the holy grail. It will be available on August 14 for $2.99.

China Mieville's Dial H will come to a close on its 15th issue. The $4.99 bonus-sized issue promises a tale of universal proportions, and will be available at your local comic shop on August 7. 

The final release in Paul Levitz' Legion of Super Heroes also promises an epic send-off according to ComicBookMovie.com.

"Don't miss surprises galore in this landmark issue drawn by Kevin Maguire as the true nature of the Legion is questioned-and the future of the DCU is changed in a way you'll never expect!" reads the description for the book, available August 21 for $2.99.

Closing out DC's quartet of cancelled titles is Threshold, which will end at a mere 8 issues on August 14. Written by Keith Giffen, the book is set to reveal the final fate of the Hunted.

While comic cancellations are never a happy occasion, here's to hoping DC can re-focus creatively and continue to deliver stories that readers love. Are you going to miss any of these lesser-known titles?

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