After weeks of speculation about the future of the DC Universe and the possibility of a full relaunch, DC has broken their silence.
And it appears the relaunch is a go. Starting on August 31st with Geoff Johns and Jim Lee on Justice League #1, the entire line is getting jumped back to number one. This includes the longest running books in comics, Action Comics and Detective Comics.
It’s a ballsy move, one that DC revealed in USA Today, and one that will no doubt raise the ire of fans everywhere. Reboots don’t generally go over flawlessly, especially right at the period where they were announced. Right now instead of asking which creative teams will be on which books, or which characters will wear which mantles, I’m being bombarded by people flipping out that Superman looks ‘like a teenager’.
In September we’re being promised more than fifty first issues, and over fifty Jim Lee costume redesigns. Lee’s goal? To make the characters identifiable and accessible to fans of all ages and experience. Dan DiDio, co-publisher of DC Comics, chimed in as well….though his words might do more to raise the fear of the bigger worriers.
“We looked at what was going on in the marketplace and felt we really want to inject new life in our characters and line. This was a chance to start, not at the beginning, but at a point where our characters are younger and the stories are being told for today’s audience.”
It’s also been announced that with the relaunch, all titles will be same day digital releases. The company has previously attempted it with Justice League: Generation Lost, but to do so with their entire line…they must have really enjoyed the sales figures. Jim Lee said the following.
“We’re allowing people who have never bought a comic book in their lives to download them on portable media devices and take a look. Having the ability to give people access to these comics with one button click means we’re going to get a lot of new readers.”
For as much as me, as a long time reader and loyal fan, would like to complain that my books are being shifted about in yet another attempt to bring in new readers….I’m also an optimist. I can see the potential in a reboot, and while yes, there are titles I would like to see remain untouched, there are countless others that I feel could truly benefit.
Tags: Dan DiDio, DC Comics, DC Comics Relaunch, Flashpoint (DC Comics), Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, JLA, Justice League
Source: USA Today