We’ve been sitting on our Flashpoint news for a while, skipping this week’s Flashpoint Facts since no news has really drifted out of DC… Until now. Turns out, the rumors we’ve been hearing for weeks, that the publisher would be rebooting their entire line post-Flashpoint to new number ones is one hundred percent true. And that’s only the beginning.
The news just broke, simultaneously on USA Today and DC’s The Source blog that on August 31st, not one, but two DC Comics would be released… And that’s it. The first one we knew, it’s Flashpoint #5, the conclusion of the event written by Geoff Johns, and penciled by Adam Kubert, that finds Barry Allen – the superhero known as The Flash – stuck in an alternate version of the DC Universe created by one of his greatest enemies.
The second one? Another long rumored title: Justice League #1, by DC’s own Geoff Johns, with pencils by industry legend Jim Lee. Not only that, but the title will team up – for the first time in years – Grant Morrison’s famous Big Seven: Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman. Yes, we know that’s only six. Shut up.
So that’s pretty big news, right? But it gets bigger. Throughout September, DC will debut 52 (in total) brand new number ones, featuring redesigned and rebooted superheroes for a new era. The new takes on the classic heroes will feature new costumes, new origins, and reflect the changing wants and needs to today’s whippersnappers. Or as Dan Didio, DC’s co-publisher states in USA Today, "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."
So in other words, turns out Superman: Earth One was more successful than we thought.
Side-note for newbs, before we get to what we think is the biggest news of all: DC currently has 52 alternate universes, total. Wonder if that will play into the titles at all? Hmmm…
Second side-note, for non-newbs and newbs alike: these are superhero titles that are being rebooted. That certainly leaves the definition of what they're going to reboot up to guessing. Does Jonah Hex count as a superhero book? What about Secret Six? We'll have to wait and see, I GUESS.
Anyway, the biggest news? Every single one of the 52 new titles will be published simultaneously on digital platforms as well as print. This isn’t the first for the industry, but it’s certainly a huge step in what we think is the right direction, and the first of the big two (Marvel and DC) to make that leap. There’s a lot of question marks of course, like where they’ll be releasing digitally, and for how much, but for now, let’s take this as a good thing.
There’s going to be a Gorilla Grodd’s worth of info coming out about this from DC in the next few days, as they try to stay in front of certain comic book rumor websites we won’t name, and we’ll be back with more news – and speculation – on this, as it happens. Stay tuned, comics fans, and remember: as long as the stories are good, this is good news.