By Adam Basciano
When Flashpoint was announced I thought it would be a fun event story, but wasn’t sure if any of the events that occurred would stick for long. DC Comics has had a habit of either ignoring major events that occur, or eventually retconning them out of existence. Then I read Flashpoint #1 and thought, Holy $#^+! If some of these changes were to stick, it could make for some great story telling. Well it appears that DC Comics may mean business when it promised that Flashpoint would change things. The company has announced that starting in September, “the publisher will re-number its entire DC Universe of titles, revamping famous characters such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and others from its 76-year history for a more modern and diverse 21st century.” This seems like more than just your average modernization. One of the knocks on the DC Universe from detractors, is that DC doesn’t deal with real world themes and issues. Evidently, this revamp will attempt to change that. “more than 50 first issues will debut, introducing readers to stories that are grounded in each character’s specific legend but also reflect today’s real-world themes and events. Lee spearheaded the redesign of more than 50 costumes to make characters more identifiable and accessible to comic fans new and old.”
I’m sure that several comic book fans are throwing a hissy fit over this news. They’re probably distraught over the fact that years of their continuity is being ignored. While I understand where they are coming from, I’d caution them to relax. At this stage, we don’t know the specifics of the revamp. All we know is that according to Dan DiDio, “this was a chance to start, not at the beginning, but at a point where our characters are younger and the stories are being told for today’s audience.” I know it’s hard for us comic book fans to take a wait and see approach, but it’s probably worth trying it, at least for now. Personally, I welcome this news. DC Comics continuity is a certified mess in its current state. Batman has been a disaster in the hands of Grant Morrison. Superman, has had more origin reboots in the last eight years, then most characters get over an entire publishing run. With the exception of a few storylines, Superman’s adventures have been mediocre, or sub par over the last decade. I won’t say anything about Wonder Woman, because her fans have been through enough pain. Then there’s the Justice League. DC’s premiere superhero team has been reduced to the Teen Titans, mixed with a talking King Kong wannabe, and a blue Avatar like character known as Starman. For me, the only consistently good title at DC right now is Green Lantern. So yeah, I’m excited about this news.
My excitement level rose since the creative team was revealed for the Justice League revamp. Justice League #1 will be brought to you by the comic book dream team of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee. The team roster will consist of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Aquaman. That creative team and roster is a success in the making. While I understand people’s reservations, I think that this could be a positive change for DC Comics. If it succeeds, it will provide great stories, and take DC Comics back to the forefront of comics, where they belong. It will also make your collection with the old numbering worth more money. If it fails, then the idea will be retconned out of existence, and the status quo will return. I’m intrigued to enter a new era of DC Comics.