by: the Moleman source: USA Today
Not just one title gets reset to Number one, they ALL do.
According to an article in USA Today DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan Didio talks about the reset of the DC Universe this fall. Apparently not just one book is getting revamped/ reborn, all of them are. Most titles will return, some will not.
According to the article, DC will re-number its entire line of superhero titles, beginning with all-new No. 1 issues starting Aug. 31 — 52 in all, including a new Justice League No. 1. Fittingly, the publisher put its creative superteam on its trademark superhero superteam.
Guided by writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee, Justice League will begin its first year with an updated secret origin reflecting DC’s new initiative, giving the group a reason for coming together that it lacked when the league first appeared in 1960. And while it will ultimately boast 14 members, at its core will be DC’s A-list do-gooders: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern and Aquaman.
In the rollout of the revamped DC Universe, some titles will return, a lot of titles won’t, and DC will have a wider range of books starting in September, DiDio says. In addition, three-quarters of the creative teams will be shuffled around — series that are successful and writer/artist combinations that work well together won’t be tweaked too much, he says.
“We’ve got a new set of creators coming in with new voices in the DC Universe,” DiDio says. “We really want to bring a new energy and excitement to our books.”
The characters also are getting a makeover. While most of the specifics are still top secret, Lee says he worked with both staff and freelance artists to redesign costumes in a contemporary way as well as alter the physicality of many heroes and villains to modernize the DC Universe.
The recent emphasis on diverse characters such as lesbian superheroine Batwoman, Hispanic hero Blue Beetle and African-American adventurer Cyborg (who will be a core member of Johns and Lee’s new Justice League) also will continue.
There will also be a lot of diversity in the products as well, DiDio promises. “It’s not just about straight superhero characters and stories. We’re going to use war comics, we have stories set in mystery and horror, we’ve got Westerns.”
While Lee allows that this kind of wholesale change is risky for DC, it’s far more perilous to play it safe and not periodically examine these characters and how they relate to the readership.
“If we can convince the people here we’re doing something brand-new and fresh, we have a good chance to really get the people outside on board,” DiDio says.
Seriously that last comment has me worried. For better or worse, this change is coming. I for one am a DC Fan above a Marvel, but this move has me worried. There are very creative people behind what they’re trying to do here so that does give me some sense of comfort, but at the same time it has me worried. It seems more and more that DC Entertainment as a whole (comics & movies) doesn’t seem to have a plan as to what they’re doing. They just keep trying new things, which I can applaud but there doesn’t seem to be any kind of road map here. There’s a monkey at the wheel and he’s fast asleep. There’s nothing wrong with taking things in a new direction, but for Pete’s sake pick one direction and stick to it. Please stop making it up as you go along.
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