Something stood out to me from the preview of this week’s Green Arrow #12 (Potentially the last of the Brightest Day tie-ins, ignoring the Aftermath series? Have I missed anything?):
Jason Blood has to “reclaim” the Demon, just like the Swamp Thing had to be “reclaimed” by Alec Holland at the end of Brightest Day (the series). Scenes like this are really the best argument against rumors that DC is planning to reboot the entire DCU following Flashpoint, because… Well, if you were going to reboot the entire DCU, why spend so long telling stories that restore old status quos beforehand?
Think about it: Blackest Night and Brightest Day combined restored Aquaman, Hawkman (and, for a short while, Hawkwoman), Firestorm, Martian Manhunter, Reverse Flash, Captain Boomerang, Max Lord, the 1980s version of Hawk and Dove, Swamp Thing, a DCU John Constantine and now the Demon, all to something closely resembling their “classic” status quos, while also relaunching Green Arrow and Birds of Prey books to something resembling prominence. If DC really planned on rebooting its universe, wouldn’t that all seem like a waste of effort…?
It depends, I guess, on whether the restorations of titles and characters really “took” with readers. If they didn’t, then the gamble of starting all over may seem worth it, despite the fact that that’s pretty much just happened – although, given reactions to the second relaunch of Marvel’s Ultimate line in three years, you have to wonder at what point reboot lethargy starts to kick in, and everyone stops caring altogether.