Updated: DC Comics Announces Historic Renumbering of All Superhero Titles and Landmark Day-and-Date Digital Distribution


Sorry about the short piece, but this story broke just as I was heading to bed, so I’ll have to be brief.

From the DC Blog

This year, change is in the air at DC Comics.

On Wednesday, August 31st, DC Comics will launch a historic renumbering of the entire DC Universe line of comic books with 52 first issues, including the release of JUSTICE LEAGUE by NEW YORK TIMES bestselling writer and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and bestselling artist and DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee. The publication of JUSTICE LEAGUE issue 1 will launch day-and-date digital publishing for all these ongoing titles, making DC Comics the first of the two major American publishers to release all of its superhero comic book titles digitally the same day as in print.

DC Comics will only publish two comic books on August 31st: the final issue of this summer’s comic book mini-series FLASHPOINT and the first issue of JUSTICE LEAGUE by Johns and Lee, two of the most distinguished and popular contemporary comic book creators, who will be collaborating for the first time. Together they will offer a contemporary take on the origin of the comic book industry’s premier superhero team.

In the hours, days and weeks to come, we’ll have more news about the other titles. Tomorrow, we’ll hear from Co-Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee about this momentous occasion. Keep checking THE SOURCE for updates about the other first issues.

This year, make history with us.

According to a USA Today article, the #1 issues will introduce “a more modern, diverse DC Universe.” They also revealed that the changes include costume redesigns for more than 50characters , sprearheaded by Jim Lee, which are intended “to make characters more identifiable and accessible to comic fans new and old.”

“We looked at what was going on in the marketplace and felt we really want to inject new life in our characters and line,” Co-Publisher Dan DiDio told USA today. “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.”

According to CBR, in a letter to retailers, DC’s Senior Vice President-Sales Bob Wayne explained that the new No. 1 issues “will introduce readers to a more modern, diverse DC Universe, with some character variations in appearance, origin and age. All stories will be grounded in each character’s legend — but will relate to real world situations, interactions, tragedy and triumph.”

“Some of the characters will have new origins, while others will undergo minor changes,” he wrote. “Our characters are always being updated; however, this is the first time all of our characters will be presented in a new way all at once.”

I don’t know what to think about this right now, but the cynic in me is really baulking at the idea. I’ve been reading DC Comics for decades now, and have endured reboot after reboot after reboot, and quite frankly, I’m sick of it. Final Crisis was supposed to stop all of this crap, and reboot the DCU to make it more accesible to new readers. That was only 2 years ago. What the hell happened.

Please don’t let them have Hal Jordan rebooted as NASCAR driver, or Superman rebooted as a rock star…

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