I have been a big fan of these characters since the Silver Age. It was the first superhero universe I discovered after Marvel and DC. I'm also a big fan of the "DC Kids" line (Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Green Lantern: TAS, Young Justice) and think it's just nice to see a superhero universe comic in that style that is really accessible to the entry-level comic reader (8-12 year old kids). Nowadays the median age of a comic reader is something like 30-35. No wonder that the average comic book's sales have been shrinking for 20-30 years. Comics for adults are great, but there needs to be somebody cultivating the next generation of comic book readers. Doesn't mean these comics need to be "childish", just suitable for all ages (as comics were in the 1960s).
Plus I love the fact that they're incorporating the continuity of their older comics from the 1940s, 1960s, and 1980s. DC tried to "re-imagine" these characters twice (once in the 1990s, once in the 2000s) but I don't think either reboot was particularly successful.
To those that asked about reprints, Archie already did trade paperbacks a few years back for The Shield (1940s), The Fly (1960s), and the Mighty Crusaders (1960s). Not sure if they're still in print, but they can still be found on Amazon and eBay. But I agree, a nice deluxe hardcover series of reprints (ala Marvel Masterworks or DC Archives) would be welcomed by this fan.
Wasn't too excited at first about this, but the more I read about preserving continuity and characters' histories and legacies, the more excited I am for this. Those are the things I liked best at the old DC that were wiped out in the New 52 reboot.
Last edited by positronic1; 04-14-2012 at 04:10 AM.
i really dig The Web & Jaguar's costumes.
i didn't like the artwork at work but now i really like it.
So far, every announcement about this project has been what I've wanted to hear -- very excited! If you want new reprints of the old stuff, the best bet is to support the NEW in every way possible. I hope this is available via subscription too!