Starting in September, DC comics will offer new versions of classic characters and 50 new #1 titles, according to an article in USA Today.
JLA #1 by Geoff Johns, with art by Jim Lee, will be the first book released, re-uniting the original line-up of Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Wonder Woman and Aquaman.
According to Dan DiDio, who co-publishes DC with Lee:
“In September, more than 50 more first issues will debut, introducing readers to stories that are grounded in each character’s specific legend but also reflect today’s real-world themes and events. Lee spearheaded the redesign of more than 50 costumes to make characters more identifiable and accessible to comic fans new and old.
“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.”
The new titles will be available in both comic book and digital form on the same day.
“We’re allowing people who have never bought a comic book in their lives to download them on portable media devices and take a look. Having the ability to give people access to these comics with one button click means we’re going to get a lot of new readers. We’re trying to set the table for the DC Universe’s future success and health.”
I’m thinking this is a great way to get new readers into the fold, not to mention reboot story lines of characters who have become dated since they were originally created. It gives people who have never picked up a comic a place to start without knowing the history of characters, some which date back to the 40’s and 50’s. As far as offering digital issues? To me, that’s a no brainer.
So what do you think? Good idea?