The DCnU and You
By Arnie Ross on July 19, 2011
Ahoy, Comic-Nerdists and the people who love them.
Do you love DC comics but lately you’ve been out of touch and the weight of years of continuity and the volumes of back-issues it would take to play catch up are so over whelming that the very thought reduces you to tears and soiled undies?
Well, I have great news for you…
Do you love DC comics and have been collecting every title since “Crisis on Infinite Earths”, buying two copies of each issue (one to read and one to store with acid-free boarding in a hermetically sealed, temperature controlled vacuum chamber) and the thought of having your computer-like knowledge of all things continuity undone or at least altered, reduces you to tears and soiled undies?
I’m sorry, but I have some terrible news for you…
This September, DC Comics is “restarting” the universe with a soft reboot lovingly referred to as “DCnU.” The new universe is spinning out of events in the currently running mini-series, “Flashpoint.” Basically the Flash’s arch enemy (aptly named, “Reverse-Flash”) effs the timeline and boom goes the dynamite… DCnU.
Get prepared for 52 (DC’s magic number ever since the very successful weekly book, “52” back in 06) titles starting at issue #1. In a nutshell, DC is de-aging their most popular heroes by a few years and starting them out earlier in their superhero careers than where they are in current continuity. They’re sporting familiar but modernized costumes (no more panties on the outsides). Plus they seem to have incorporated some of their other imprints into the DCnU, with characters from the Wildstorm, Milestone and Vertigo lines getting their own books. We’ll have to see once these books start in earnest just how much of their history remains intact.
The 52 (in no particular order):
Justice League • Wonder Woman • Aquaman • The Flash • Green Lantern
Green Arrow • Justice League International • Mister Terrific • Captain Atom
DC Universe Presents • The Savage Hawkman • The Fury of Firestorm
Green Lantern Corps • Green Lantern: The New Guardians • Red Lanterns
Batman • Detective Comics • Batman & Robin • Batman: The Dark Knight
Batwoman • Batgirl • Catwoman • Birds of Prey • Nightwing • Batwing
Red Hood & the Outlaws • Swamp Thing • Animal Man • Justice League Dark
Demon Knights • Frankenstein: Agent of Shade • Resurrection Man
I, Vampire • Voodoo • Legion Lost • Legion of Superheroes • Teen Titans
Static Shock • Hawk & Dove • Stormwatch • Blackhawks • All-Star Western
Sgt. Rock & the Men of War • Deathstroke • Grifter • Omac • Blue Beetle
Suicide Squad • Action Comics • Superman: Man of Tomorrow
Superboy • Supergirl
For a listing with creative teams and cover images, check out:
My take? I’ve been following comics for more years than I care to share with the general public. I think the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” mini series in 1985 was a real growing up point for comics as a whole and one of the best things DC comics ever did. So… I’m game.
DC, show me what you got.
Thanks for reading,
Your Pal, Arnie
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