Jun 01 2011
- Every DC series will restart at issue #1 and many of the characters will be younger than they were before. It’s less clear whether the plots will substantially change in noncosmetic ways. The only substantial changes announced so far are that “a lot” of series are not returning, Justice League will focus more on relationships and DC will branch into genres besides pure superhero action. “We’re going to use war comics, we have stories set in mystery and horror, we’ve got Westerns.”
- “We really want to inject new life in our characters and line. 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.”
- DC will be digitally releasing all of its issues the same day they arrive in comic stores.
- Some titles will return and “a lot” won’t. Most DC writers and artists are also getting shuffled around. “Series that are successful and writer/artist combinations that work well together won’t be tweaked too much.”
- The direction for the costume changes is to look more contemporary. They’re also trying to “alter the physicality of many heroes and villains to modernize the DC Universe.” I’m not sure what that means, but it sounds like a dangerous surgery illegal in most countries.
- “The recent emphasis on diverse characters such as lesbian superheroine Batwoman, Hispanic hero Blue Beetle and African-American adventurer Cyborg (who will be a core member of Johns and Lee’s new Justice League) also will continue.”