My first thought was, "Good luck with that." As Marvel just got finished cancelling their latest incarnation of Defenders written by Matt Fraction which only managed to last 12 issues. (It had one of the most precipitous second issue falls in the history of comics.) Part of me wants to say people just aren't interested in the Defenders anymore (and that may be true) but as I thought about it, I realized - Most Team Books have failed during the last ten years.
Check out this bandwidth hogging list of cancelled team books that have come out in the last ten year:
Yes, I know we all love the old John Byrne Alpha Flight, but you can't go back.
The Outsiders title will appear on this list in several incarnations I'm afraid.
There is Guardian's of the Galaxy movie coming out in 2014, so that should mean we'll see the next version of this title lasting longer than its predecessors.
This revamped Infinity Inc. came and went so quick, I have no idea how good or bad it was.
This title had the unfortunate duty of following up a really good revamp/incarnation (Justice League: Generation Lost) As it was, this title was so bad, it was in the first wave of DC 52 causalities.
Nextwave was an interesting book at first, but a little Warren Ellis goes a long way.
The announcement of this version of Outsiders caused a bit of a ruckus over at Newsarama where a reviewer by the name of Jess Lemon (a pseudonym for a famous blogger) had the temerity to suggest that it was filled with tired and retreaded ideas. At the time, Lemon's words are heresy, but ten years later, it turns out she was right.
I have a soft spot for The Power Company simply because Busiek found a way to ressurect Simonson's Manhunter.Unfortunately, my soft spot was not enough to keep the title around for long.
The most notable thing about The Order is it was originally going to be called The Champions (which might have given it more legs in the long run.) however a lawsuit kept Marvel from using that title. But a double whammy of then unknown Fraction and generic name spelled doom for this book.
Like the Doom Patrol, DC wants you to buy a Freedom Fighters comic. No matter how god awful it is. During the last ten years, they've had several ongoing and mini-series under that name.
I was reluctant to put this title on the list simply because in some ways, it's a bit like Neil Gaiman's Sandman. It really couldn't be continued without the original creators. Still, its sales didn't justify it continuation so it makes the list.
Young Avengers might have last longer if the writer hadn't left in mid story (or whatever happened.)
It wasn't until I started making this list that I discovered Marvel had tried another go with New Warriors. It sure didn't last long.
Runaways was a nice attempt by Marvel to try and do something different, but it just never caught on.
Shadowpact was a DC Supernatural Character book written by Bill Willingham. Sounds like a slam dunk, doesn't it? Unfortunately, it just never caught on.
Currently, here are the list of new Team book that were introduced in the last ten years that have not been cancelled yet:
Birds of Prey
Suicide Squad (reintroduced)
Red Hood and the Outlaws
Teen Titans (reintroduced)
Avengers: The Initiative
Of the books on that list, only Secret Avengers, Teen Titans and (strangely) Red Hood and the Outlaws are really what I would call healthy.
So you can see why I have my doubts about the success of Marvel's Fearless Defenders.
Looking at my list, were any of the comics listed one near and dear to your heart? (Like The Power Company was for me.)