DC Comics To Relaunch the DCU 52

On Wednesday, August 31st, the 52 titles in the DC Comics publishing universe will be brought back to #1.  

In a statement issued by DC Co-Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, they gave their main reason for the decision.

This initiative be compelling for existing readers, it’ll give new readers a precise entry point into our titles.

It’s a move similar to Marvel’s Point One initiative, which began in February.  All issues bearing the .1 were intended as a jumping-off point for any new readers who wanted to pick up a Marvel book, but did not want to face the daunting task of knowing and understanding previous events and intimate character history. 

Another feature to come out of this undertaking will be the day-and-date digital release of all books, making DC the first to release a digital edition of a comic on the same day at the printed issue.

At the forefront of this drastic move is DC’s flagship grouping of its core heroes, The Justice League of America.  Justice League #1 will be crafted by powerhouse pair, writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee, DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer and DC Comics Co-Publisher, respectively.  The newly released cover of the issue features several of DC’s most iconic heroes looking more or less like their old familiar selves, with the exception of Superman and Wonder Woman, who sport some costume changes: Superman’s costume no longer included the red shorts, and Wonder Woman continues to wear the biker pants first seen in Wonder Woman #600.   

Justice League #1; Art by Jim Lee and Scott Williams; Colors by Alex Sinclair; Copyright: DC Comics

Since the aforementioned Wonder Woman costume had an apparent influence on the unsuccessful NBC television pilot, speculation about Superman’s costume change have led to questions regarding the upcoming Zack Snyder film.  Is this what we will see on actor Henry Cavill in December 2012?  We shall see.

The release of Justice League #1 will follow the wrap-up DC’s current major event, Flashpoint this August.

Written by: Rob "T3K" Piontek

Rob is excited to be contributing to The Fridge. With one finger on the pulse of Marvel/DC and another on that of Hollywood's superhero franchises, no multi-issue arc or casting rumor is too small to report. When Rob opens The Fridge, the light inside shines green!

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