Today, Pierre gives his thoughts on the news that the JSA will be coming back in the DC relaunch (or DCnU as he calls it) and what that might mean for the whole DC Universe.
I am one of those who had a fun time reading Flashpoint even before the HISTORIC announcement that it would be the starting point of the DCnU.
I loved the main series… and most of the tie-ins. Citizen Cold has to be my favourite…. And I loved the Flash issue before that that was labeled as The Reverse-Flash Rebirth (The Flash issue #8). I really got a kick out of it.
Many compared Flashpoint to the Age of Apocalypse at Marvel…. or worse… House of M (yuk) but I think it was better than both of those events.
But then DC threw us a curve ball…. and announced that Flashpoint would lead us into the New DC Universe…. or DCnU.
One question that keeps on popping up since then…. “What do you think of DCnU??”
Although for non-comic readers… the question is more like… “I hear they are going to change Superman?? What do you think of this??”
Well… once more… I think we see history repeat itself.
I have this sense of déjà vu like when DC had their Crisis 25 years ago.
And it seems like they are still repeating some of the same mistakes they made 25 years ago.
Since they are re-launching the whole line with new #1 issues…. They should also reboot the entire line.
By rebooting most of the line… but not the Batman or Green Lantern comics…. They are asking for trouble. It will be a mess to keep track of what comics are still part of continuity… and what comics no longer matter.
Since they are renumbering the whole line… why not reboot the whole line so that the continuity can start fresh in every title?? But the answer is quite simple…. money. They do not want to re-launch comics that have strong sales for fear of risking losing those sales.
So let’s restart those comics that don’t sell as much as we would like…. And keep those that do sell as they are.
It makes sense not to fix what isn’t broken…. But now the continuity will be a mess from day one.
So just like with Crisis…. They will keep on needing to try to fix/explain all the contradictions that there will be in their new timeline.
So be prepared for more attempts to fix the timeline like Zero Hour…. Or tales like Who is Wonder Girl/Donna Troy? to try to explain stories or characters that no longer match within the DCnU.
That would have been so easy to avoid that mistake by simply rebooting everything… and starting every series fresh from day one… and move on from there.
As for re-numbering Action Comics with a new #1…. not too crazy about that. This close to reaching the venerable number of #1000 issues?? Could they not have Action Comics and Detective Comics skip the re-launch?? Have them skip being published the month where DC has all their shiny new #1 issues… and have them continue in October on their way to their #1000 issue.
This way… DC could have had their 52 new #1 comics in September…. and Action Comics and Detective Comics could have kept going in October until their 1000th issue.
Would that have been so hard to do??
Oh well…. I have no doubt that by then… they WILL renumber both Action Comics and Detective Comics so that they can have their sales boost from those magic 1000th issue numbers. But it seems that DC threw us another curve ball this week-end by announcing that we would get more tales of the JSA…. on Earth 2. And now…. It all makes sense.
Multiversity” (or something like that by Grant Morrison)… having something to do with the Multiverse.
But now that the Earth 2 announcement has been made… it fits perfectly within what seemed to be the game plan at DC for some time.
Ever since Green Lantern Rebirth…. It has been clear that DC was trying to return their comics to the status quo of the Silver Age.
First the return of Hal Jordan in Rebirth… then the return of Barry Allen… the return of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl… etc… and now the return of the dynamic between Earth1 with the Silver Age heroes, and Earth 02 with the heroes of the Golden Age.
I predict that there will be some sort of Crisis on 2 Earths tale before long.
Mark my words.
If it was me… I would start things off with a new Flash of 2 Worlds tale… but that is just me. ;)
Although we don’t know what the DCnU Earth will be called yet. I doubt that it will be Earth 1 because they already have their line of Original Graphic Novels that is called “Earth One”. So what will they call it?? Earth Prime?? Earth 00??
We don’t know yet.
But it does illustrate a desire for DC to return to the Silver Age status quo.
Strange since the DCnU reboot was to streamline their line to make it less confusing to new readers… but they are bringing back the Earth 02 that was removed because it apparently was too confusing to new readers 25 years ago.
Personally… I never bought the excuse that it was too confusing to begin with. I was 10 years old when I read the tale “Flash of Two Worlds”… and if to was not confusing to a young 10 year old like me… I fail to see how it was too confusing for anyone else.
But maybe that is just me.
It could be.
Or will it be a mess?? Will the Doomsayers be correct?? Will it be a disaster of EPIC roportion and put not only DC comic… but the whole industry out of business??
We will have to wait and see.
Until next time.