From Newsarama, DC will be publishing Death of the New Gods by Jim Starlin later this year. Apparently, the series will close the book on Jack Kirby's New Gods, clearing the decks for whatever DC plans to do with the concept next, and really, this is long overdue. I'm not a big New Gods fan, I have no great affection for the characters, and I really can't think of any standout New Gods stories that weren't created by Jack Kirby. The original story is rightfully hailed and fondly remembered, but continuances have ranged from abysmal to "eh".
Among the better attempts, Mark Evanier and Rick Hoberg made a game try at continuing the mythos in the late '80s, then John Byrne and Walt Simonson tried another revival in the mid-90s, but New Gods have long been a very hard sell in comics fandom. This is another of those groups of characters that are so strongly identified with their creator that they usually suffer in others' hands, and for that matter, I can't imagine that innovator Jack Kirby would have wanted his creations kept on life support, as they have been for decades.
I'm quite sure that when its all said and done, the DCU will contain characters called "New Gods", named Orion, Black Racer, Mister Miracle et al, but there's no telling what they'll look like, or what their status in the DCU will be. It makes me wonder if the urban "street" versions of the New Gods that appeared in Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle a couple of years back will ever be referred to again, or if that whole plot line is going to be swept under the rug. Whatever the case, this should provide a clear dividing line between "Kirby's vision" New Gods and the New Gods that are DC's intellectual property to be exploited in perpetuity. Let's let Kirby's Fourth World rest in peace and reprints.