Wednesday, August 31, 2011

DC Comics hits reset button today

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Speaking of gimmicks to rename/renumber/relaunch comic books, DC Comics resets the odometer on a grand scale beginning today. As co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio explained in a preview issue, "This September, DV DC Comics explodes with 53 new #1 issues! The entire line of comic books is being renumberd with new, innovative storylines featuring our most iconic characters helmed by some of the most creative minds in the industry." The first title in "The New 52" is Justice League #1, penciled by Lee and written by Geoff Johns, on sale in comic book shops and digitally today, Aug. 31. (Here's a guide to all of them.) Local comic book folks involved with the relaunch include writer Paul Jenkins, who's taking on Deadman with DC Universe Presents, and writer Nathan Edmondson, who'll be reviving the con man Grifter.

This amusing short by young filmmaker Patrick Willems pokes fun at the event mentality of comics publishers and the obsessiveness of fanboys:

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