You know, this unmarried Superman thing... I wonder. While I agree that that's likely what they're going to do, I think most of the non-comic reading world considers Superman married. Both the Superman show of the '90s (Lois and Clark) and the Superman shows of the '00s (Smallville) ended with Superman marrying Lois. Every newspaper and news show in America reported on it when they actually got married in the comics. Your average, random denizen of America probably couldn't name a single Superman story published in the last ten years, but s/he knows that Superman and Lois Lane are married.
So if the purpose of the relaunch is to draw in new readers and make the books more appealing to the mass market, as it always is... well, isn't changing one of the very few things that EVERYONE knows about Superman a bit contrary to that? (Not that it saved Spider-Man's marriage, mind you.)
I was just comming around to the idea of a total reboot and now the source is saying it isn't!!
I hate all these partial re-boots! I wish they would either have the guts to go the whole gog or leave alone.
I wouldn't be surprised if these new 52 titles are DC's answer to Marvel's Ultimate Comics line. So these could be a temporary attempt to compete with Marvel for a bigger market share. Think Age of Apocalypse. Or Heroes Reborn. Where regular and ongoing titles were "cancelled" for four months to a year before everything reverted back to the normal universe/timeline.
Or it could be set in a post-Flashpoint world. Another Earth. Didn't DC introduce a new Multiverse at the end of the 52 weekly limited series comprising of 52 different Earths? Isn't Grant Morrison working on Multiversity?
By the way, comics priced at $2.99, $3.99 and $4.99 cost RM12.60, RM16.70 and RM21.00 respectively over in this part of the world. Still wanna spend that kinda money and read something that takes less than 10 minutes to finish? I think most people have voted with their hard-earned moolah. (Yeah, we accepted Joe Quesada's challenge)
As for trades, sure, they're cheaper to get compared to singles. And we have the option of ordering from The Book Depository, Amazon, acmamall etc. However, from my own experience, even if I'd skipped the monthlies, rarely do I go back and get the trades/hardcovers later on.
These days, I only get omnibus and absolute editions. Thor by Walt Simonson Omnibus is a keeper. I am a proud owner of Absolute Watchmen, Absolute Crisis on Infinite Earths, Absolute New Frontier. And I love my Captain America Omnibus and Death of Captain America Omnibus. Madman Gargantua is a nice package. I just ordered Madman Atomica from TBD. Can't wait for it to arrive.
However, there're still some titles that I follow in their monthly format. Grant Morrison's Batman is an only current example. Minis don't count, right? I'm getting Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung's Avengers: The Children's Crusade and The Chief's Ultimate Avengers vs New Ultimates. Flashpoint and Fear Itself too. I pick and choose when it comes to Geoff Johns' Green Lantern.
So am I excited about DC's new 52 no. 1s? I'll check out Justice League by Johns and Jim Lee. Green Lantern too. And the rumored Superman series by Morrison. I wonder what's gonna happen to Batman Inc.
In conclusion, I buy monthlies. I buy trades and hardcovers. I read free online comics/webcomics too.
Is it time to end the monthlies? Is it time to kill off the direct market? Is it time to stop being a comic book fan and go watch X-Men: First Class, Thor, Green Lantern, Captain America instead?
There are no hard-and-fast-rules for these. My own comic book experience might be similar to yours but it's also different. And it evolves over time too.
Perhaps the question should be: Is it a good time to be a comic book fan?
Saw this posted over at Linkara's "Atop The Fourth Wall" website. Take it with a grain of salt, but the info seems to fit.
If the info is factual, it makes sense why this seems to be coming out of nowhere. That it's Warner Brothers pushing this to happen.
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any word on martian manhunters role in this new universe?
a jlu type john johnzz would be pretty cool in this new world order.
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The one thing that pisses me off is how this announcement is cutting the legs off Flashpoint and all the other books that are coming out before then.
i think it's extremely disrespectful to someone like Kubert who has been working on Flashpoint for a year and now they drop this bombshell knowing that a lot of fans are gonna drop Flashpoint and possibly all the other books before the reboot because those books won't "matter" anymore.
It seems like DC has this knack for shooting itself in the foot constantly.