This week sees the release of DC’s National Comics: Madame X, the latest and seemingly-final issue of the National Comics series of one-shots that was announced this May. With no National Comics issues solicited for November through January, it appears that the series of books put together by the West Coast division of DC Entertainment to retool obscure characters and provide them with pilot episodes in comic book form has quietly disappeared after publishing the four titles announced at launch.
It’s possible that National was always intended to be released in short waves, with breaks in between, and as such it’ll return at some point. But considering that the line/series has never broken the Top 100 in terms of sales, it’s even more likely that the plug has been quietly pulled on the experiment. If that’s the case, it’s a shame; I like the “pilot” format one-shot, and even moreso, like the chance to see non-marquee creators and characters get their day in the sun. If National Comics has gone away, I hope something similar comes up to replace it soon.