There is some speculation among comic book websites that the solicits for DC’s New 52 September issues might be pointing towards one of two things: renumbering AGAIN or a re-reboot. I’d like to comment on both of these concepts and add what I think is actually going on.
First of all: renumbering. I have heard a theory that comics, since they like to release #1 issues so often, should work more like “seasons” rather than just straight numbering. So, for example, Superman should be Superman #1-12, then can REDO the #1-12 issues by labeling them “Season 2.” Well, Season 2, Series 2, Volume 2, etc, etc, etc… then, you can have your #1 issue every year (or maybe go to 24 or 25… or hell, maybe even 50!)… then, when you want to “restart” or refresh your universe, you just start things over with #1 Season 1. If the idea is just to arbitrarily renumber everything back to #1, I will be disappointed in DC’s marketing department… or DC as a whole.
Second: re-reboot. To reboot your universe and, after some fan complaints and whining about whether or not Superman is wearing his underwear on the outside, reboot your universe again (or return to the original one)… that’s just asinine. Ridiculous. DC needs to be concentrating on building this world they spent so much time developing… or do what Marvel did and just make an “Ultimate” line… something more realistic.
Side note: DC’s universe, compared to Marvel’s, is far less realistic… yet, their stories are interesting enough to get me involved in them. Conversely, the Ultimate Comics imprint is more realistic than Marvel’s 616 (well, sorta) and they’ve got me super interested, too… so, what I’d suggest, to DC, is to start angling at least some form of DC universe towards more realistic… because I think that would REALLY get be dropping some coin on them.
What do I think is happening? I think the #0 issues are just the “place holder” for an anniversary of the reboot. I think that there may be something interesting happening in them but I think that the whole point is just to draw attention to the fact that we’ve made it through a whole year and nobody died, despite the cries of whiners and curmudgeons.
We’ll see what happens after September, though…