The dust from DC’s bombshell: If you missed it, and I’m not sure how you could have, here’s the USA Today article featuring the announcement itself. Here’s Tom Spurgeon’s more-cogent-than-most reaction to the news (that Spurgeon is one cogent fellow, isn’t he?). Here’s Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald’s round-up of creator and retailer tweets on the matter. Here’s Brian Hibbs’ reaction, offering the retailer’s point of view, and really focusing on those 52 titles. (Which is a strangely exact number, particularly if you’re having trouble thinking of, say, 10 DC characters capable of selling more than 20,000 books a month…or ten DC writers whose work you want to read monthly. It occurs to me as I write this that 52 is the same number of worlds in the current DCU multiverse, which may suggest there will be, like, five different Batman titles starring five different Batmans from five different earths or something, but also suggests a real randomness to this output explosion—those 52 worlds came about simply because there were 52 issues of 52, which was determined because it was a weekly series, and there are 52 weeks in a year. Huh.) Here’s J.K. Parkin of Robot 6. Here’s Michael Cavna of The Washington Post. Here’s Flash-focused blog Speed Force taking a close look at Jim Lee’s Flash redesign (it’s boring old Barry Allen, based on the eye color). Here’s Tom Foss. Here’s Snell, who notes that the people who are announcing all these new titles which are going to be better than the old titles are the exact same people responsible for all those old titles that sold so poorly they needed rebooting. Here’s Jim Smith. Here’s Kiel Phegley, objecting to an omission in the new Justice League line-up, which seems particularly glaring given the new teams sartorial choices. And finally, here’s my own initial reaction from last night, which admittedly consisted mostly of disgust at the JLA’s matching dumb collars. I’m honestly having trouble even processing this announcement (or the reboot/redesign half of it, anyway), as it seems like a out-of-control line expansion applying the “Brand New Day” formula to not just a single franchise, but every single thing DC publishes. It just seems so…risky.
Hmm, did they ever consider just making all their comics really good…?: Here’s David Bitterbaum on four recent DC comics, three of which he liked and one of which he hated.
Supergirls rock and rolling: My God I love Cliff Chiang…is he drawing all 52 of those books? Because that might work…
I’d second this, so long as there are parades involved: “Geek Pride Day”