DC Comics Reboots the Universe

So in the spirit of Level One being rebooted…

In the world of superhero comics, two things are certain. Death isn’t a permanent state, and titles will be rebooted frequently. But nothing quite matches the sheer scale of DC Comics’ recent announcement.

Starting in September, they are rebooting 52 titles across the entire DC Universe line. Well, technically, the first — Justice League — is on August 31st. Perhaps reboot is too strong a word. Renumbering is the term they’re using consistently, but there are going to be a lot of changes. Costumes are being redesigned, origins are being modernised, and in general, it is for all intents and purposes a fairly complete reboot.

This is a pretty risky move on DC’s part, and one that will either pay off in dividends, or one that will utterly destroy them. One of the drivers seems to be aligning the declining print line with electronic comics. Amazon have announced that they are now selling more ebooks than paper books, so this is where things will move for traditional publishers who still want to stay in business.

In fact, it’s making me think about getting back into DC. I simply can’t afford to read all Marvel and DC comics, not to mention all the non-superhero stuff I read (or rather, have piling up unread for lack of time). If the ebook versions of DC’s new line are significantly cheaper than the dead tree editions, then I’ll definitely start picking some up. Even though I love the fact that I need an entire room for my current comic collection, moving house is a pain in the shitter.

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2 comments

  1. Ol Relic says:

    It seems to me also to be a bold move. Do we know if DC are going to restart from scratch with origins for all their marquee characters and go right back to the beginning of the characters stories? With the new numbering system?
    Electronic books are the future. Comics fit that format well.
    I might have a look myself even though I’m not a huge comics fan except for Modesty Blaise.

    • tekhammer says:

      Not too sure about the depths of it. I get the impression that Batman’s origin is being left largely unmolested. Some may be nothing more than costume updates, some are a complete reimagining for a modern era.

      The electronic format is wonderful for reading, but not so good for collecting. I made another post about the combo packs that mentions the pricing structure they’re going for.

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