52 First Issues for DC in September
DC really seems to love the number 52. I’m not sure if they picked 52 on purpose but it’s been announced the the current Flashpoint mini-series will be leading into a reboot of a lot of titles as well as creation of a lot of new ones. On August 31, DC will only be putting out 2 comic books. The books will be the last issue of Flashpoint and the first issue of the new Justice League series. Justice League #1 will relaunch with the more traditional team including Batman, Superman, Flash, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman. The team, which will ultimately reach 14 members, will also include Cyborg. (All we need is Firestorm and we’ve got The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians.) The way the current team has been going, it may be a good idea to reboot this book. Given the cover shot seen, it seems the Green Lantern and Flash will be Hal and Barry, but the Batman appears to be Dick Grayson given the chest emblem shown. I guess we’ll have to see who is in there. Despite my earlier joke, I wouldn’t mind Firestorm in the group. I’d also like to see other classics like Hawkman, Green Arrow, Atom, and Zatanna.
DC has also announced the following titles will be rebooted as issue #1s: Wonder Woman, Flash, and Green Arrow. A number of new titles will also be launched including Aquaman, Captain Atom, Firestorm, The Savage Hawkman, Mr. Terrific, Justice League International (already announced in the final issue of Justice League: Generation Lost), and the anthology series DC Universe Presents. Comic Book Resources has also announced (with information from anonymous sources) that Birds of Prey, Teen Titans, Justice Society of America, and Green Lantern will also be rebooted and that all the relaunches were be accompanied by reboots of continuity.
That last bit of information would be dour news. After all that happened with the whole return of the multiverse and such, I don’t think we need to redo continuity again. I also wonder how many of these renumbered series will keep their new numbers and how many will do the “let’s pretend we never restarted and go back to the old numbering” trick that has happened so often lately. I’m sure that a lot more news will be announced in the weeks to come. I’ll withhold an overall prediction of how good or bad this will be as a whole until I hear more confirmed news.