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The DC Announcement May 31, 2011

Posted by vorpalkeith in Comic News.
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Hold on to your underwear, kids.  It’s getting all Crisis of Infinite Crises up in this piece.

It was announced today that beginning in September DC comics will apparently be rebooting nearly their entire line and putting out fifty new number one issues with younger versions of our heroes in revamped costumes designed by Jim Lee.  And I can’t shake the feeling that haven’t we done all this before?  At least twice?

There hasn’t been much announced yet (all we know is that Justice League of America will relaunch in September with Geoff Johns and Jim Lee, and that the team will be composed of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and the Flash), so I’ll reserve any real judgement.  Rather this blog post will detail a list of questions I have.

1) How far backwards in age are we taking the characters?  Are they all literally going to be at the start of their careers again, or will the main heroes have been around a bit?

2) What about older heroes like the Justice Society?  Do they vanish from existence?  Best case scenario I see here is if we get a period piece JSA book set in the thirties.

3) I guess Superman is American again?  Fox News can relax, at least.

4) More important . . . is Superman going to once again indeed be the last Kryptonian?  As much love as so many people have for Supergirl, Connor Kent, Kandor, and hundreds of Phantom Zone prisoners . . . it certainly does take something away from the whole “Last Son of Krypton” angle.

5) Apparently dead only means dead until the whole of reality gets rebooted?  So much for the promise at the end of Blackest Night.  Who are we going to see come back, and if they’re rebooting everything so soon afterwards, what was the point of there being a select few resurrectees in Brightest Day?

6) Can Ted Kord be around now?  How about Ryan Choi?  Please?

7) I guess all of the horrible crap that went down with Red Arrow/Arsenal is now a moot point.  I can’t help but feel good about that.  But then again, will there even be such a character in this world, or will Roy Harper be Speedy in the Teen Titans?

8 ) The thing I’m most excited about is the prospect of the changes Grant Morrison made to Batman being undone.  No more psychotic brat Damien Wayne, please?

9 ) Then again, if Damien is gone and we’re going back to square one, I guess that means that my favorite Robin Tim Drake ceases to be as well?  If we’re back at the beginning Dick Grayson is Robin, and while that’s okay, I don’t wanna see Tim not exist.  Some kind of roll for him in the universe, at least eventually please?

10 ) Will there be a Batgirl book?  Will it be Barbara Gordon?  Does it take something away from the character to pull her out of the wheelchair?  I don’t know.

11) What’s up with the collar on Superman’s costume, yo?

12) Is this Earth-1, Earth-2, New Earth, Newer Earth?

13) Billy Batson as Captain Marvel?  Yes?  Please?

I guess the most that I can hope for is good stuff to come out of this.  I’m curious, but also worried.  Don’t burn us, DC, please. 

I really want to read an awesome Batman book . . . .

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