DC Comics upended its own history today by rebooting its entire comics lineup.
The comics company is starting over every comic it publishes with issue No. 1.
The change kicked off with the debut of Justice League No. 1. Comics fans are pretty excited, and are also wondering what to expect next.
I had a quick email discussion about the issue with one of the biggest comics fans I know, Rabbi Victor Urecki of B’nai Jacob Synagogue in Charleston. Here goes:
Me: DC Comics, known for superheroes like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, announced earlier this year that it would reboot its entire lineup. What was your initial reaction?
Urecki: Excitement. I have been reading DC comics since the mid-sixties. I have seen the various changes, styles, formats and re-boots. As a fan, I like things just fine now but I want to see our shrinking base expand and the line needs to retool and try to become more friendly for another generation of potential fans. This offers a perfect jump on point, something that has been tried but not on this level. Frankly, I hope it works. I am on board regardless, but hey, I am getting old. We need newer fans!
Me: The first issue of the rebooted Justice League, which is DC’s flagship super-team book, debuts today. Are you getting it?
Urecki: On my way to my LCS (local comics shop) as soon as I finish this!
Me: What other titles are you excited about?
Urecki: I will try them all. I will tell you, there are a lot of good things worth a look!
Other than the big marquee titles with the hot writers and artists, I have my sights on Resurrection Man by Abnett and Lanning.
They have put out fabulous some fabulous stuff at Marvel. Jeff Lemire is a great writer, so I will defiinitely pick up FRANKENSTEIN. I like Winnick on Batwing and Catwoman. Michael Green is awesome so Supergirl is worth it. And I am urging everyone to check out Aquaman. Geoff Johns on words and Ivan Reis on art? That can’t miss!
Me: Is there anything DC is doing that bugs you?
Urecki: I really think DC needs to have a the story so far like Marvel. That makes it so much easier to jump on when you hear a new storyline is worth looking at. I am not a TPB (trade paperback) fan but it seems DC ( and Marvel) makes it much easier for the “waiting for trades” gang than for us the monthly readers or the ones who still enjoy our “floppies” ( singles).
Me: Part of DC’s move is to make its comics available in digital format the same day comics are available at local retailers. Do you download any comics?
Urecki: Big computer fan but not when it comes to comics. I am a purist. I love going to a comic book store, I love the texture of a comic, etc. Digital doesn’t work for me.
Me: Any other thoughts on the revamped DC lineup?
Urecki: Can’t talk! Must go the comic book store! I am pumped! Hope DC does well with this new line!