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DC Announces Complete Restructuring Of The DC Universe

In an unpresidented move, DC Comics has announced plans to renumber each and every comic they have in print starting with Justice League #1 on August 31st.  From there all 52 superhero comics they put out will be renumbered back to #1.  Some titles will be completely rebooted, while others will simply face drastic changes and alterations.  The idea is to bring the DC Universe into modern times and make a much more cohesive and flowing universe for all these beloved characters.  50 heros will also see costume redesigned to make the characters more identifiable with today’s setting.

Co-Publisher Dan DiDio said:

We looked at what was going on in the marketplace and felt 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’s Senior Vice President-Sales Bob Wayne followed with:

[These issues] will introduce readers to a more modern, diverse DC Universe, with some character variations in appearance, origin and age. All stories will be grounded in each character’s legend — but will relate to real world situations, interactions, tragedy and triumph.  Some of the characters will have new origins, while others will undergo minor changes.  Our characters are always being updated; however, this is the first time all of our characters will be presented in a new way all at once.

As you can see from the accompanying picture the heroes costumes have only been slightly altered, but altered just the same.  More radical changes will likely hit some of the lesser-known characters.

This is major news and will completely change everything we know about DC comics moving forward.  If you haven’t been following Flashpoint now would be a very good time to start as the story wraps up on August 31st, the same date as the Geoff Johns and Jim Lee Justice League #1 commences.  We’ll have more information as it breaks.

Update #1:

Not only will DC be rebooting virtually the entire DC universe, but the company also confirmed every new book they publish will be available for digital download on the same day and date.  This marks the perfect time to get into the format for all you readers out there asking us.  All new #1s, all new stories and origins and a new way to purchase your books.  What have you got to say about this news?

Update #2:

We’ve got some more details for you.

Superman #1 will be written by Grant Morrison.

– A new Birds of Prey that will not be written by Gail Simone is in the works as well.

– Teen Titans #1 will be written by Fabian Nicieza.

– Justice Society of America #1 will not be written by Marc Guggenheim.

– JMS will not be involved with Wonder Woman #1.

Geoff Johns will remain the writer on Green Lantern and we can confirm Blackest Night will remain as part of continuity.

Hawkman #1 will be written by James Robinson.

Aquaman #1 will be handled by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis.

– We can confirm certain events will remain intact, but a large portion will have never existed before.

More details as the news breaks.

Breaking: Comic Prices Dropping To $2.99

In what has to be some of the biggest news to hit the comic industry in a while, it was announced today that comic pricing will be going down.  To ensure the survival of the print industry amongst digital platforms like Apple’s iPad, and the recently announced BlackBerry PlayBook, DC Comics announced a complete restructuring of their comic line.  Here are all the changes going to take shape starting in January.

As of January, the following titles standard length ongoing titles, previously priced at $3.99 for 32 pages/22 story pages, will be priced at $2.99 with 32 pages/20 story pages:

American Vampire;
Batman: The Dark Knight;
Batman Incorporated;
Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors;
JSA All-Stars.

As of January, the following licensed titles, previously priced at $3.99, will be priced at $2.99:

Gears of War;
God of War;
Kane & Lynch;
Ratchet & Clank.

As of January, the following ongoing titles previously priced at $3.99 for 40 pages/30 story pages including co-features, will no longer include co-features and will be priced at $2.99 for 32 pages/ 20 story pages:

Action Comics;
Adventure Comics;
Batman: Streets of Gotham;
Detective Comics;
Doc Savage;
Justice League of America;
Legion of Super-Heroes;
The Spirit.

In January, five books are $3.99 for 40 pages/30 story pages:

Batman: Europa # 1
First Wave # 6
DCU: Legacies # 9
Weird Worlds # 1
World of Warcraft: Curse of the Worgen

The following oversized anniversary issue will be $4.99 for 48 pages/38 story pages:

Hellblazer # 275

Major props to Comic Book Resources for all the details.  Now that DC has done this, you can bet Marvel has something to say on the subject.  Well would you look at that, they do have something to say.  It turns out that Marvel is lowering the prices of all new titles in 2011.  Their reasoning is a bit different than DC.  Instead of talking about the long-term survival of the print market, they’re saying their digital comics are selling so well that they can afford to lower the print costs.

Whatever the case may be, this is excellent news for old and new comic fans alike.  The number one hurdle has been the insane $4 price point.  This is a comic we’re talking about here.  When I was younger comics were around $0.85 or so.  Now look at the price!  At $2.99 I think old fans will buy more, and new fans introduced to the market via platforms like the iPad and PlayBook will be less afraid to buy a print comic for the lower price.

Do any of you have any comments on this topic?

Huge Superman Movie News

From time to time we like to mention some of the bigger movie news hitting the inner-webs.  Today such an announcement was made that is worthy of your attention.  Warner Bros. just announced that Zack Snyder, from 300 and Watchmen fame will be directing the new Superman reboot.  Batman director, Christopher Nolan, will be producing and overseeing the picture, and word has it that General Zod will be the main villain.  There’s nothing else to go on right now except for the fact that the man behind the stories of the last two Batman movies, David S. Goyer, will be writing the story for this picture as well.  Are you excited for a Superman reboot?  Do you think Hollywood has it in her to create a new compelling Superman like the 70’s Richard Donner movie? Only time will tell!

Marc Guggenheim Takes Over Action Comics

According to the official DC blog Marc Guggenheim will be take over writing duties for Action Comics sometime next year.  This is quite special as Marc just left the Amazing Spider-Man writing team.  Marc has written a bunch of Hollywood scripts used for movies including X-Men Origin: Wolverine, and several television shows.  Most recently he started writing for Flash Forward.  Here’s what he had to say about coming onboard Action.

“One of my earliest memories was reading — not even reading, just looking at the pictures, actually, as I was too young to read – Action Comics. It’s an enormous thrill and a humbling thing to write a comic you literally grew up reading. When D.C. called, I understood how President Obama must have felt when the Nobel Committee called him. Now I just have to work hard not to screw it up.”