As September is only a few days away, dozens of loyal comic book fans in Fresno wait in excitement, or dread, as the entirety of the DC Comics universe is about to be reset.
Tomorrow, August 31, DC will launch a new stream of comic titles that will take the previous continuity that fans have followed since the end of 1985’s Crisis on Infinite Earths, and replace it with a brand new continuity ripe with new creative opportunities and free range to do reinterpretations of their iconic characters. This will follow in the wake of DC’s “Flashpoint” storyline. Naturally, some fans have taken well to the news while others have voiced serious concern over the decision. Some fans, like the contributors to Earth-2.net, have even posted their own fond farewells to the Post-Crisis continuity.
All issues as of this Wednesday will be reset with a new numbering system, meaning that tomorrow’s issues will each be #1 issues, making them easy prey for collectors. Still, those Fresno fanboys going into Heroes tomorrow had better have a heavy wallet because there will be a lot to choose from.
Those looking for more information on the reboot can look at DC’s official webpage on what they are calling “The New 52” to see what the first issue lineup will be, or can check numerous other sources, including the reboot’s very own Wiki page, to learn more.
A lot of the mixed reception for this reboot comes from confusion about how much of the previous continuty is being thrown out and how much wil be maintained. What this examiner does know is that all Superman titles will be reset to show the Man of Steel at the beginning of his career, once again presented as the first true superhero. His marriage to Lois Lane has never happened and both of his adoptive parents, the Kents, have passed away. Superman will also be sporting a new look in this continuity, that being jeans and a blue T-shirt with the famous S shield emblazened on it, thus loosing the red underpants that have always been part of the classic costume.
On the other hand, must of the continuity of the Batman titles will remain intact, reinstating Bruce Wayne as the one true Dark Knight and presenting him as a mysterious vigilantee that had been operating on Gotham years before Superman’s first appearance, long enough in fact that all of the previous Robin’s (Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, etc) have been accounted for. One of the most controversial changes made to this new Batman lineup is the treatment of Barbara Gordon, who will be returned to her old mantle as Batgirl even though her time as the wheelchair-bound heroine Oracle will still remain canon.
Even more confusing, the Green Lantern line of comics will reportedly not be affected by the reboot at all. Instead, they will pick up right after the event of the “War of the Lanterns” storyarc, with Sinestro rejoining the Corps and taking Hal Jordan’s ring.
Headlining thie reboot will be the Justice League comics, with the first storyarc reportedly taking place during the dawn of the superheroes, about five years from the present year, and serve as a retelling of the first meeting of the League’s founding members.
Other changes to the new continuity will be the full integration of DC’s WildStorm imprint, which accounts for such publications as Stormwatch, into the broader DC Universe.
But all of this begs the question: “How do fans in Fresno really feel about all of this?” This examiner would like to hear the opinions of fans both in Fresno and anywhere else in the country about the comic book history that is going to be made tomorrow, for better or worse.