The big news in comic books is that following the current intertitle crossover Flashpoint, DC intends to relaunch/reboot its universe ONE - MORE - TIME, with 52 titles starting over at #1 in September.
The most interesting element of this reboot is that starting in September DC comic books will be available for online download on the same day the physical books are released. This last bit could be great for the fans and company alike but as I see it, probably not great for the Mom and Pop retailer.
See, Graphic Novels are great items for Barnes and Nobles and Amazon and such but it's unlikely they're doing great selling individual issues. The average magazine shop and candy store can barely keep up with all the titles Marvel and DC put out as it is. So if the books are available online, unless you're a dedicated comic book store, why carry individual issues at all?
Now from a DC comic book fan angle, all I can say is...Stop. Plleeeeaaassse just stop. I want to enjoy stories about my favorite characters. Stop making those stories invalid. Stop trying to build a continuity and then erasing it. Either don't make any attempt to have continuity or let it build and let it alone.
I also find some of the reboot elements a little pointless. Not bad mind you, just silly. Case in point - You are altering Superman's costume and Wonder Woman's costume (which should last about 6-12 issues before it looks the old way to make it match how they appear in animation or on a lunchbox or as a figure or whatever) and yet Aquaman remains unchanged. WTF?! This is your chance to give him a cool look and you raise Superman's collar? That is just a wasted opportunity.
I don't really know what to say. I am a diehard DC fan and yet...I'm tired of the reboots. I'll check it out, read anything that's good and then wait for the next one.
Should be about five years before they reboot again.
The Guardians of the Universe don't need Green Lanterns. They need a decent IT guy to check out their server. It seems to randomly reboot the system.