DC Comics is restarting most of its books with issue #1

Next month, DC Comics will be embarking on one of the strangest events ever attempted in comic book publishing: they are canceling all of their superhero books and restarting most of them with first issues. September will feature 52 “new” books featuring every superhero of the DC universe.

Why would they do something like this? To attract new or lapsed readers. The idea is that you don’t have to know anything about the DC universe or the characters that inhabit it. If you haven’t picked up a funny book in years, you will be able to walk into a comic book shop next month and buy books. Next month, each superhero book in the DC universe will be an entry point.

I don’t know if this will work, but speaking as a lapsed fan, this has me quite interested. The idea that I can pick up any book in the DC universe next month and not be hampered by prior events that I’m not privy to is quite appealing. After all, reading comic books shouldn’t be hard. You shouldn’t have to go to Wikipedia in order to read a comic book.

It’s important to note this isn’t really a reboot. We won’t see baby Superman’s rocket crash in a Kansas cornfield or see a young Bruce Wayne watch as his parents are murdered in Gotham. Books will restart with established characters.

If you’ve never read a comic book before but would like to start, now’s your chance.

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