My previous article focused on just how effective large events are on the universes they take place in. I griped about how some events are promised to carry on and eventually hold no true relevance to current events, well be careful what you wish for. The relative silence of post Flashpoint DC was ended yesterday with DC’s biggest announcement since Crisis of the Infinite Earths. “The rumors of a massive DC Universe reboot have been confirmed. In September, comic fans will be the recipients of 52 #1 issue as the entire line of DC Universe titles gets a re-launch. Everyone from Superman to Booster Gold will be getting a revamp, which includes redesigns and a “younger” continuity,” this was stated by DC in their press release May 31st.
From what they have announced it would seem that every current beloved series will in fact be ending in just a few months. Some of these titles are young and barely out of their single digits, and although they are strong these titles too will be subject to cancellation. Even with the promise of 52 initial reboots, the fate of beloved series abroad is still unknown.
Just why is DC planning such a large and risky event? According to their press release they hope to bridge the gap between new readers, and provide a starting point for true digital release. Although it is great that they are attempting to reach new and younger readers, I have to wonder if they have taken their current, and dedicated longtime readers into consideration. Over the past several years the DCU has had its share of large events; for the most part they have been great. DC has undergone some of the better story lines in the comic industry in the past five years, resulting in a more solid and largely accepted Universe. Blackest Night, arguably one of the most entertaining events to take place in the DC universe, was a monumental success. Then there are the Batman events, Dick Grayson taking up the mantle, along with Bruce’s estranged son Damian Wayne. Bruce himself returning from the past, and created an international corporation for Batman. These events have truly shaped the DCU into a fascinating universe that borders on epic mythology. So I ask, why mess with a good thing?
Geoff Johns and Jim Lee are the two men responsible for this drastic change. Geoff Johns has, for the most part, been one of my favorite comic writers over the past four years. He was responsible for completely altering how I looked at the Green Lantern Corp. From the Sinestro Corp, through Blackest Night, past Brightest Day and right into War of the Green Lanterns, I have been with him through thick and think. Loving every single minute of it. So why is it, after all this hard work he seems content to simply erase everything he has done?
It would honestly seem to me that the DC Company is willing to risk alienating their dedicated fans in hopes of attaining an audience that simply may not exist. This type of gamble reeks of desperation for change. In hoping that newer readers will be more attracted to a less burdened universe, they fail to realize that those very readers will likely grow bored of any stories within six months. However, I can’t make such assumptions now. I can’t even say for sure what will exactly happen. For all we know, this announcement could have been poorly written and we are not looking at a complete reboot. In fact, there are some elements of this reboot that intrigue me.
Take for instance the number of first issues that will be release, 52. As most DC fans know, there are 52 universes in the DCU. It can’t be a coincidence that they chose this number, and with that in mind it could be believed that this reboot has something to do with the multiverse. For a while now authors like J Michael Straczynski have wanted to create an alternate universe for marvel. Earth One to be more exact. In this Earth the heroes are much younger, and the initial events of the heroes live are happening now in the modern world. I found it too coincidental that the superman posted in the teaser image looks alarmingly similar to the one from Earth One. Could this be the start of DC’s own Ultimate Universe? Will this reboot simply spin off into a new Earth? I hope so, because if that was the case then this would in fact be one of the better decisions DC has made in the past years. This would allow for their suspected new readers to step into the comic universe, without alienating the dedicated fans.
Time will only tell though, until then I will remain quite concerned with this recent chain of events. In fact it saddens me, prior to today I never thought I would reach a point where putting down DC comics was a possibility.