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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!

DC Goes Digital In A Big Way

There’s not much to report on here except that DC is going to start releasing digital comics…today!  Available through the PlayStation Network, and via iTunes for the i-devices, readers everywhere will be able to enjoy DC comics wherever they go.  Check out the full press release for all the details including which will be the first titles, and pricing.

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NEW YORK / BURBANK, Calif., June 23, 2010 – DC Comics, publisher of Superman, Batman, Green Lantern and Fables, is partnering with comiXology and PlayStation®Network for two separate digital comics distribution deals launching today, Wednesday, June 23. In addition, a DC Comics App for the iPhone®, iPad® and iPod® Touch is available allowing consumers an easy way to access DC Comics’ content. The announcement was made jointly today by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution.

“At DC Comics, it has been a top priority that DC forges a meaningful, forward-looking digital strategy,” said Jim Lee, Co-Publisher, DC Comics. “As both a comic book creator and Co-Publisher, it was incredibly important that our plan includes not only creator incentive payments, but also an innovative component that supports comic shop owners. We see digital as an opportunity to grow our entire business.”

Both the comiXology and the PlayStation Network Digital Comics launch offerings will include classic titles from DC Comics, Vertigo and WildStorm, such as Batman: Hush, Green Lantern: Rebirth, Fables: Legends in Exiles and Planetary: All Over the World and Other Stories. Both programs will share a tiered pricing format, with digital comics priced from $.99 to $2.99 per issue. The Justice League: Generation Lost mini-series will be available through both platforms day and date with each issue’s print edition on-sale date, with both the digital and print editions priced at $2.99. Several comics will be available for free at launch, including the first installment of the ZUDA series Bayou and select stories from Batman: Black & White.

To further promote today’s announcement, DC Comics is offering a free 10-page preview of the 700th issue of Superman available through both platforms, day and date with the issue going on sale in comic book stores. The 10 page story is a prelude to writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Eddy Barrows’ highly anticipated “Grounded” storyline that will be published in Superman which will examine how Superman sees America, and how America sees Superman.

“Grounded is a major turning point in the history of Superman,” said Dan DiDio, Co-Publisher of DC Comics. “This storyline has the potential to generate national headlines and bring new readers the series.”

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About the comiXology program: The comiXology program will launch with over 100 issues, from DC Comics, Vertigo and WildStorm, including the first issue of All Star Superman. Beginning with launch, one issue of Neil Gaiman’s critically acclaimed Sandman will be available digitally exclusively through comiXology each week and over 100 additional issues from the company’s diverse imprints will be made available through the comiXology program each month. The digital comics, priced from $.99 to $2.99 per issue, will be available through:

• DC Comics app for the iPhone®, iPad® and iPod® Touch;
• DC Comics-branded storefront, located in the Comics by comiXology app for the iPhone®, iPad® and iPod® Touch;
• DC Comics-branded storefront on the web at Comics.comiXology.com.
• www.dccomics.com, later this year.

“Once readers download an issue, they will be able to read it on all DC Comics-branded Comics by comiXology-supported platforms,” said David Steinberger, CEO of comiXology. “DC’s taking a bold approach to platform convergence, and we’re thrilled to be their solution of choice.”

Staying true to comiXology’s support of comic retailers, DC’s partnership with comiXology also includes a first-of-its-kind Retailer Affiliate Program, which will collect a portion of digital revenues to be invested back to and on behalf of comic book retailers in a variety of initiatives.

“The ComicsPRO Board of Directors is looking forward to continuing our dialog with DC Comics to figure out how their digital strategy can lead to new customers for storefront retailers,” said Joe Field, owner/operator of Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff, an Eisner-Award winning comic book shop in Concord, California. “We’re pleased to be part of this important conversation about the future of the comics business.”

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About PlayStation Network Digital Comics: The PlayStation® program will launch with over 80 issues from DC Comics, Vertigo and WildStorm, including the first 25 issues of Superman/Batman. Comic book titles based on videogame properties, including Free Realms, God of War and Resistance, will be made available digitally exclusively on PlayStation®Store for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. Over 50 additional issues will be made available each month, priced from $0.99 to $2.99 per issue, available through PlayStation Network.

“With the PlayStation Network digital comics available for all PSP models, the user is able to explore a huge range of more than 1600 comics and we look forward to working with DC Comics to continue to add even more titles,” said Susan Panico, senior director, PlayStation Network, Sony Computer Entertainment America. “PlayStation Network is the premiere entertainment destination and we are excited to provide users with exclusive content and continue to expand our growing library of comics.”

About the DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution partnership:

DC Comics is working with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution to leverage its global digital platform expertise and key partner relationships with companies such as Apple, Microsoft and other online distributors. Through these efforts WBDD will help DC Comics grow their digital publishing business.

“We’re very pleased to be working with the exceptionally talented team at DC Comics to help bring digital comics to consumers,” said Thomas Gewecke, President of Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. “This innovative offering breaks new ground, and makes some truly great works available in digital form for the first time.”

“Today’s launch provides an additional opportunity to convert new readers and recapture lapsed readers while serving existing fans,” said John Rood, Executive Vice President, DC Entertainment. “We look forward to working with our partners in the industry—the creators, the retailers and the fans—as we experiment with our digital strategy, in a manner that remains additive to our traditional business models.”

DC Remember The Past With Legacies

If there’s one thing DC isn’t very good at, it’s remember their past.  They are without a doubt the oldest comic book company around, with heroes like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman still in print to this very day.  Yet, for whatever reason, DC doesn’t seem to put as much effort into their past as Marvel does.  Well that’s all about to change with Legacies.  It’s a 7-part mini-series looking back at the Golden Age of comics and ending right up to the Modern Age.  The first issue will be drawn by Andy Kubert and his father Joe Kubert.  All we know right now is that the story will show the rise of the superhero at the street level.  It seems to have a sort of Marvels feel to it, and based on that incredible mini-series, this could be really something.

The Source also confirmed that both a 15 part Who’s Who series will be launched showcasing some of the more unknown heroes in the DC universe, and The History of the DC Universe will be re-released in a brand new edition.  If you’re thinking of coming onboard any DC titles, that book is a must.

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.”