From around the Twitterverse, an array of reactions to DC’s news that they are rebooting their line in September and going to simultaneous digital release. New comics universes are a dime a dozen, but the digital news is really a game changer — it’s hard not to see every other publisher following suit quickly.
The next big announcement for this move would seem to be June 11, when Jim Lee and Geoff Johns are expected to “drop bombshells” at the Hero Complex Film Festival. Although HeroesCon, one of the bigger shows on the circuit, is this weekend, there are no official DC panels so no big announcements. Executive Editor Eddie Berganza is attending, however, so catch him on the bar and hope he didn’t sign an NDA.
Anyway, here’s some of the virtual bar talk:
So is DCU continuity finally going to stop exploding? It’s been a while.
@andydiggle Yeah, is this is the end of constant events?
Call me silly but I don’t think the reason readers aren’t buying DC books is their issue numbers and lack of V-necks. I can’t help but think that DC is essentially rolling out New Coke. They’re admitting defeat and committing brand suicide.
The beginning of the end of what we once called “comics.”
The functional problem with reboots: If you don’t go all the way to the beggining, you’re not REALLY rebooting……you’re just rewinding to an arbitrary point. Has Batman met Two Face? Catwoman? If so, then it’s not REALLY a reboot. It’s just a dis to the writers and artists of the past few years. If you DO go all the way back to the beggining, like the Ultimate U, THEN it’s a real reboot, BUT…… Then it could very easily turn into a much different story with much different characters than what people used to like.(The Ultimate line was full of that problem)
I haven’t been this excited since they announced morrison and lee were relaunching wildcats!! :)
Former DC digital VP Ron Perazza, whose last day was today:
Glad to see DC going day & date w/entire line. Digital publishing is critical at this point. To treat it as a second hit is to undermine it.
Retailer Chris Butcher sounds a very cautionary note.
Every one of the Marvel day-and-date digital comics releases sells fewer copies than comperable, non-day-and-date titles. Worrying trend.
Bottom line, I don’t/won’t bet against @jimlee00 or @GeoffJohns0 not a good idea.
And finally, from the LA Times’ Geoff Boucher, who is hosting the Lee/Johns bombshell sesssion, a quip:
If DC wanted to real shock me, they’d restart all their titles but start at No. 2.
Also, on the digital topic, some analysis from Todd Allen:
Will this only be the superhero titles? What about Vertigo titles or non-superhero titles like Jonah Hex?
What price will these same-day releases be? The seemingly standard $1.99? The print cover price of $2.99? A premium of $3.99? If the price is higher than $1.99, will it eventually go down?
When you look at Vertigo, those titles have traditionally made their money in world of trade paperback collected editions, so digital may not be the priority. Ironically, Vertigo titles might have more appeal to the casual reader many super hero titles. However, when they make a point of calling out “superhero” titles, you get the feeling that’s the only thing that’s going for the “day and date” (simultaneous digital and print) release.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.