DC Relaunch: What we know so far…

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The announcements from DC Comics are far from over, and following yesterday’s Intardwebz cracking announcement that the company is relaunching its titles with new number ones, and new creative teams, many are still shocked, angered, and dismayed over the news.

It’s a new day in America, and here’s what we know so far.

Keep in mind, this is the news we know about as of this writing.  I half expect more news and clarification will come out in about 20 minutes… so consider the following part rumor, part fact, and part wild speculation on our part.

In all of the announcements and stories we’ve seen so far, we have yet to find anyone at DC who says the company is rebooting the DC Universe.  Instead we are simply being told, “We really want to inject new life in our characters and line,” says Dan DiDio, co-publisher of DC with (Jim) Lee. “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.”

So does this mean, the company is stepping back and simply allowing new creative teams to lend their unique talents to titles, and simply retconning here and there?  One of the masterminds behind this project, Geoff Johns, has been doing this to the DCU for years, without anyone getting too up in arms about everything.

And what about those titles and characters?  We know there are 52 series involved in tis event, which in itself is interesting, considering the last really big DC event I got behind and loved the hell out of was 52 – which if you’ll remember reintroduced the multiverse and opened the door for Flashpoint to begin again.

While we don’t know all the titles and all of the creative teams, we’ve pieced together the following:

Grant Morrison and Superman.  While I totally hated what Morrison did to the Bat-titles when he first came on board, time and distance have given me a better perspective on what he did there, and if he can shake things up with the Superman books, then I say go for it.

Birds of Prey – Unfortunately, Gail Simone won’t be writing the relaunched Birds of Prey, and that appears to be okay by her, according to her Twitter feed yesterday.

“The news is true. I WILL be making two sandwiches starting later today. Fantastic, creative sandwiches! Is that what we’re talking about?.. I am psyched about working with the ingredients in my new sandwiches. A delightful mix of new and old meats and cheeses. Mmm. Old meats!… I don’t know what the other chefs are making, but my understanding is that some favorites will still be on the menu…. Holy crap, that Hawkman sandwich by Phillip Tan looks DELICIOUS! Wow!….It’s time for an adventure. Yes, we are walking the high wire. But I suspect the view will be amazing. Come walk with us.”

When I had the pleasure of meeting Gail at the Kansas City Comic Con a few months ago, she said she was working on an exciting new project with Ethan van Sciver, but couldn’t say anything more…

Of course we already knew Philip Tan and James Robinson were working on a new Hawkman series.  That news was announced last year at the San Diego Comic Con.  And with news that Hawkman is looking to get the movie treatment, now is as good a time as any to bring the winged hero back from the dead/alternate universe/Thannagar/whatever…

Teen Titans #1 will get a new start from Fabian Nicieza.

While the Blackest Night/Brightest Day/War of the Lanterns thing is still having an impact in the Green Lantern titles, it looks like Green Lantern will get the number one treatment as well.  And with a movie coming out, I don’t expect too many drastic changes will occur.

Also, Aquaman by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis shouldn’t be a big surprise, that book was announced a while ago as well.

Since Booster Gold’s renumbering hasn’t been affected by Flashpoint (yet), I’m wondering if the effects of Flashpoint will somehow be a central point in this number relaunching.  A few people have speculated that the better part of the next year will feature everyone trying to reset the status quo…

While it may seem like a rash decision, one that hasn’t been thought out, some of the numbers, characters, and titles that have been tossed around the Intardwebz these last couple of days indicates that DC has been thinking about this for a long, long, time, and they are doing their best not to screw it over in a way that alienates the current reader base.  At least that is what Jim Lee is hoping.

Justice League was my favorite book as a DC Comics fan- Fave era was the 100 pages for.60cents w/art by Dick Dillin. I won’t F*#K this up.

In June DC solicited 58 superhero comics.  52 are getting the relaunch, which means some things are going to change and some things are going to have to stay the same.  What might change?  Rumors are already floating around that the relaunch will undo Superman’s marriage to Lois, which has more than likely put a bad taste in the mouths of a lot of people.

And it is the fan reaction that is most interesting to watch.  Some have already declared this stunt the end of DC Comics, while others are taking the more pragmatic “wait and see approach”.  I say, let’s see what happens. It may certainly tank, but what if it doesn’t? What if this news ushers in a brand new age of comics just like Showcase #4 did way back before most of us were born? DC made the claim that yesterday’s news was historic, and it just may be…

Keep watching the site for more information as it spills out – and believe me, it will spill out over the coming weeks and months leading to the San Diego Comic Con in July.