After a few years stabbing at an alternate DC Universe, my favorite half of The Big 2 is calling for yet another overhaul. Or is it? According to journalist Joshua Yehl over at IGN, DC reports that they’re not going to be doing away with the New 52 continuity, but rather simply her imprint. Which is okay with me, because it’s been 2 years already and we can stop calling this run new.
This relaunch will come after the end of April and May’s Convergence event. DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio sent out a press release claiming this not reboot heralds in a new era of DC Comics! “Whether you’ve been a DC fan your whole life, or whether you are new to comics – there will be a book for you beginning in June”. 24 of them, to be exact. Taking the place of some of my favorite lines such as Batwoman. But let’s face it, DC let that line down when they allowed W. Haden Blackman and J.H. Williams III to walk.
This is what happens…
When Johnathan Kent lives too long!
Honestly, I’m a bit conflicted by all of this. I know that DC is mercilessly trying to rope in new consumers intimidated by larger numbers on covers. That can be annoying, but it seems to be a working strategy in this modern and booming industry.
Lastly, throughout the multiverse, this past 2 or so years, we’ve seen characters not bound by a linear timeline drop hints that things in the New 52 just weren’t right. Such as Lois and Superman not being together, or the early death of his father, being possibly detrimental to the current reality. I’m wondering when and if DC is going to bring that to fruition, or if it’s going to get strung along into this new repackaging without an end.