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Your Periodic DCnU Update: More Indications That, For Better Or Worse, It’s Not A Reboot

The Daily Blam! happened to be attending a panel on DC’s upcoming reboot (a word which everybody continues to use, despite DC’s protestations), and managed to get a bunch of pictures out of it, including the Flash (above),


Jonah Hex,

Frankenstein (yes, that Frankenstein’s monster, yes, he is a DC character, yes, public domain is an interesting thing),

and Batgirl.

Even more pictures at The Daily Blam!

DC Women Kicking Ass has a round up of various different coverage of another panel in Burbank, California, with some more wordy news.

There is a definite link between the end of Flashpoint and the beginning of “The New 52.”  Additionally, the company’s most successful books currently, most notably the Batman and Green Lantern family of titles, will be continuing directly from their current storylines with little to no interruption.  Another book they mentioned changing very little was Green Arrow.  While some of the characters in these books may be in slightly different situations and/or costumes and be slightly younger or more inexperienced than they were in August, the storylines will remain intact.

The more we hear of the DCnU the more it sounds less like the full reboot (that DC keeps saying it isn’t) and more like a cheap renumbering gimmick plus the arbitrary and controversial reboot of a very, very small minority of characters. You know, DC, it’s possible to say “look, we’re relaunching a lot of titles that aren’t doing well for us right now, because they’re not doing well for us right now,” without throwing renumbering and re-costuming into the mix.

(via The Daily Blam!, DC Women Kicking Ass.)

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  • Anonymous

    Wait, now we’re arguing FOR a full reboot? Or are we just arguing with anything DC does because it’s a large company in charge of our childhood treasures and will therefore never be satisfactory? Just trying to stay up to date…

  • Wesley Smith

    Well, it’s kind of both. While the original announcements have gone out of their way to avoid the word “re-boot,” that was uniformly the impression they gave about this re-launch. How else can you explain things like Barbara Gordon reclaiming the title of Batgirl, Ronnie Raymond becoming a high-school student in Firestorm, or any one of a dozen either implied or explicit changes mentioned?

    Then, out of the Bat-camp first and later the Green Lantern editors, comes the line, “Oh, no no no. Everything we’re doing is strictly story-based. Everything you see after September will be evolved from what you are reading right now.” But you could say that about Crisis on Infinite Earths or Superboy Prime’s punch in Infinite Crisis. Are they re-boots in the strictest sense that Man of Steel was? No, but they’re big enough to shake up the status quo pretty dramatically. 

    So either it’s a complete re-boot, which is scary for everybody; or it’s just a relaunch, which smacks of being a marketing stunt and completely undermines the prestige of Action and Detective. And more and more older fans are beginning to fear the latter and get fed up with the way DC and Marvel are being run in general.

    It’s a no-win situation for both DC and the fans.

    Personally, I’m standing on my viewpoint that all the relaunched titles will be taking place on a completely different Earth than the one we’re reading right now, where some things (Bat-verse) are very much the same and others (Firestorm) seem very different). That’ll allow DC room to wiggle free if this project begins to tank too badly.

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  • Anonymous

    I’m aware of the details, but that’s not the issue. I don’t think there’s been a single shift in Marvel or DC in the last 20 years that doesn’t elicit end-of-the-world Sturm und Drang and general loathing before the facts are straight. First it’s terrible because it’s a reboot. Then it’s a sham because it’s not a reboot. Now it’s too much of an enigma for being a partial reboot. What are we comparing this to? How we feel these companies should be run, or how we thought they were run when we were children and the status quo felt timeless? It’s one thing to get into the nitty gritty and review books, but right now we’re just making judgements abou different varieties of hype. It reflects more on the state of mind of the fandom than it does on anything going in the books themselves. This isn’t in response to this particular article as much as the general response across the internet.

    However, I do agree that the renumbering of Action and Detective were serious mistakes, regardless of the content of the books. Those two books should be exempt from this sort of thing. They’ve transcended normal comic publishing rules and should have been set aside as matters of public interest. I wish we could have put Historical Landmark plaques on them before this whole thing got started. I don’t feel the same way about any other books, even Superman and Batman, old as they are. Action and Detective are foundational for the medium.