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August 31, 2011

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The New 52 Launches Today With Justice League #1

Posted by on Aug 31, 2011

Back in early June, DC announced that coming this fall, they would be rebooting 52 different comics franchises.  This meant that each of them would start over at issue #1 and each storyline would start from zero.  This allows DC to update many characters, origin stories, and events to be more relevant and contemporary.  It also means that new readers to comics will be able to more easily approach a given hero, since they won’t have to be familiar with literally decades of back story to understand a given character.

This reboot starts today with the brand new Justice League issue #1.  I haven’t read it yet, but one would imagine that since it’s the flagship title in this entire relaunch, it will probably be pretty good.  And given that the issue was written and drawn by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee respectively, you can safely make that an almost definitely.  The remaining 51 titles will launch their own issue #1 by the end of September.  I’m particularly looking forward to the Green Lantern run, as it’s also being written by Johns, Chief Creative Officer at DC and writer of previous Green Lantern runs, such as Rebirth and Blackest Night (Johns is writing a number of other titles in the reboot, too, but is best known for his Green Lantern and Flash contributions).

So what about you?  Will you be picking up Justice League #1 today?  Which other series are you looking forward to, and what are your thoughts on the whole reboot?   Let us know in the comments.

  • I have been nervous about this for a long time. I will continue to be nervous about this reboot for months, as the real test will be how they conclude these story arcs. The initial introduction of these characters (which is silly, because for the most part they will be characters we have all known for a long time) will probably be very predictable, no matter how clever Johns is about it. But the ending? That’s where they get to show just what the New 52 is about. That said, I should probably go buy this book now to see what’s what.

  • Oh, hey, also, don’t take my word for it as to why you should be skeptical – take Grant Morrison’s word for it. You know, only the guy who wrote Action Comics #1 and redesigned DC’s flagship property Superman for the reboot. This guy is in charge of the thing, and, uh, he doesn’t sound so sure about it.

    http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/grant-morrison-on-the-death-of-comics-20110822