Karen: We don't talk much about current comic books here at BAB, because we're focused on the books we dug in the past. But I can't help but notice what DC is now doing with their line. Soon, they'll be renumbering all their titles, starting at number 1, and there will be changes to the characters and the history of the DCU. It sounds like another restart that isn't a restart, in the same way that some books and characters were sort of rebooted after the original Crisis and some weren't. We all know how well that worked out. To me, it feels like DC is desperate to find some path to topping Marvel in sales. I have my doubts whether this will work, but time will tell.
The thing that surprised and disturbed me the most however, was to read that Superman will now once again be the first super-hero -which means that all those heroes from WWII, the JSA and others, no longer existed. There isn't even a JSA title announced. I've always thought that the multi-generational aspect of the DC universe was appealing -and also set it apart from Marvel. With the JSA, JLA, and the Teen Titans, we had three generations of heroes all co-existing. There was an aspect of passing the baton, of the older generation helping to spur on the next . I for one liked that. I liked the Jay Garrick Flash meeting up with the Barry Allen Flash. Or Alan Scott's Green Lantern teaming with Hal Jordan. Heck, I even liked it back when there were two Supermen, two Batmen, etc! Of course, that was also back when the JSA was in a different reality...
I'm wondering if these characters are being shelved because DC thinks its too confusing for readers? DC hasn't said exactly what they are doing with these characters (not anywhere that I've read anyway) although Dan Didio said they will be "resting the JSA concept", whatever that means.
I'd like to hear your thoughts, how do you feel about DC losing the multi-generational concept that has been around so long? Or if you'd like, comment in general about DC's plans.
Kull #14 - Mike Ploog art, Jim Starlin cover
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