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DC Relaunch: The Man of… Levi’s?

Comic Booked Guest Writer 06/13/2011 Reviews

Okay Superman fans, the “big day” has finally come and it is all about YOU!  About a month ago DC promised us a “bombshell” announcement to be revealed June 11th at the LA Hero Complex Film Festival.  I for one have been excited about what that could entail (fingers were crossed for Justice League movie news) since then.

Unfortunately, the announcement was concerning the comic book legacy of Superman and Action Comics.  In what has to be the final announcement about the DC Relaunch we now know that the only American title to continue running past #900 is also going to, you guessed it, reboot back to #1.  DC head honchos Jim Lee & Geoff Johns announced yesterday their flagship is starting over too and for the first time since… ever? will be getting a new look.  On a personal note, this is the first relaunch news to officially make me sad as I’m one of the few who are actually excited about the reboot.  This announcement, while important to the character that has more or less defined DC for 79.5 years, seems like a fizzle in the pan undeserving of “all the bells and whistles and rickita-racketa” attached to it.

It is unclear whether this move is being made to revamp the character for a newer (read: younger) audience or to possibly connect it with the now defunct “Smallville” or simply to get buzz going for Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel.”  As you can see the character’s classic red & blues have given way to a more “working man’s fashion” (I seriously think I have a pair of those boots) which is hardly in line with boistrous attitude DC artists have always had with their characters.  Clark Kent’s alter ego had to be bigger than life in order to be a symbol.  With this new look we can all relate to him better but can we truly idolize him?  Maybe a better question is, can we all now strive to be the Superman ourselves?

Despite my disappointment in the announcement; and to be clear, not because of its content but lack thereof, I am excited for the Superman reboot.  A more human side for everyone’s favorite Kryptonian cannot be a bad thing.  Perhaps even now Bruce Wayne will be the over-calculating inhuman member of the Justice League?  Either way, you’ll have to see for yourself come September.  For a full run down of the DC Relaunch see Jordan’s article and don’t forget to weigh in below on whether or not you’re digging the new duds.

 

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  1. Nick C 06/13/2011 at 3:59 pm

    As a comic fan, I'm honestly not sure what bothers me more: the fact that they're renumbering Action Comics in the first place or the fact that they actually seem to be bragging about it. I just find that troubling.

  2. Skott of Fables 06/13/2011 at 6:06 pm

    Amazing that they seem to think totally destroying a legacy will help. It might bring in some new readers, yeah, but while this reboot is a 'jumping on' point some some new readers it's also going to serve as a 'jumping off' point for many others.

    I'm not a DC reader outside of Lobo but this still saddens me. I was looking forward to Action Comics #1000 when I realized it was going to happen within my lifetime. Now, even if they switched back to it…the streak is gone. It means nothing now.

    And the new looks for these characters? No…just…no.

  3. Jared Walter 06/14/2011 at 11:14 am

    As long as the art & plot is good I care little for the characters' outfits. I know there is a VERY fine line between looks and art when it comes to comics so I mention only to keep an argument going!

  4. Andy Kirby 06/16/2011 at 1:25 pm

    I may jump on with some of these books….so I guess that means….the reboot worked.

  5. yllawwally 06/30/2011 at 10:45 am

    They probably changed it for P/C reasons. Tights have always been a bit of a problem, because of the bulge, especially when converting to movies/television.

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