Tuesday, May 31, 2011

DC, What the Heck Are You Doing?

The rumors had been swirling for a while that DC would be rebooting the universe after the Flashpoint mini-series and just yesterday it became official.  Not only are they rebooting the universe, they're also supposedly rebooting all the books back to #1 and over 50 characters are getting an overhaul in design by Jim Lee.

The first book will be Justice League #1, coming out the same day as the end of the Flashpoint event on August 31st.  I figured Flashpoint may be a cool Elseworlds-like mini-series, but now it seems as if a new DC Universe is coming out of it.  One with new origins and updated, real world connections.  The even bigger news is that with the reboot also comes day-and-date release digitally for the comics as well.  I find that to be the better news out of the two big announcements.

I just can't believe they're going to revert Action Comics and all the high numbered Batman books back to #1.  We all know that Marvel has attempted the revert to #1 before, mostly around the Heroes Reborn time.  In that case every comic eventually went back to their original numbering (Amazing Spider-Man, the now fully closed Fantastic Four, Hulk, etc.) and I also expect DC to eventually move into the old numbering too.  I just see too much of a backlash with the aforementioned books.

There was also an image released of the new Justice League.  Supposedly it will have 14 characters with the key central characters being Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Cyborg.  Biggest question is whether that is Bruce or Dick in the Batman outfit, but it is also obvious the Flash is Barry Allen with the blue eyes.

This will be interesting and I'm not to high on it at the moment, but I'll surely give it a good chance.