UPDATE: Lots of Questions, But Now a Few Clues About DCNu
More Questions, Clues About DCNu
Tuesday's announcement that DC would be launching 52 new #1 comics in September had everyone asking: How will the DCNu be different from the former DCU?
Now that DC has been trickling out a little information, people are getting a few answers to the questions.
The clues we've seen so far:
- Familiar But New: This reboot of the DCU is not a horribly drastic change, according to the covers and solicitations for the September issues we saw today. Sure, costumes look tweaked. Teams have a little different make-up. Histories are presumably streamlined. But the Justice League International is still pretty much the JLI that fans know and love. The Justice League team has all the big-gun characters we'd expect (although, where's Martian Manhunter?). The Jason/Ronnie Firestorm from Brightest Day is still the duo that makes up Firestorm. Mr. Terrific has tattoos now, but he still appears to have the same power set. There are a few other changes, but one thing is clearly the same...Geoff Johns just confirmed to Newsarama in December that there will be a second Flash title called Speed Force. We can only assume that, if those plans are still in place, the series would be among the 52 titles launched in September.
- Aquaman's Still Here: Sure, Geoff Johns announced a while ago that he'd be on Aquaman with his old Green Lantern collaborator Ivan Reis. But Johns is also the guy who said he'd write All-Star Wonder Woman. So it's nice to see the solicitation confirm the book's release so fans can cheer, since most readers would agree that Johns' take on Aquaman worked well in Brightest Day. And best of all, we already know a few details about this one, because Johns talked to Newsarama about the series in March. Mera is in the comic, and so are Black Manta and Aqualad. But will Aquaman truly be starting from scratch?
- New Carter Hall?: Hawkman's title solicitation reads like it's an origin story. Does that mean Carter Hall will be completely rebooted? Or does this merely re-tell his origin story to simplify the character for new audiences?
- Big Justice League: DC said its first announcement of titles were series that "spin out of the pages of Justice League." The titles they labeled this way include heroes that we already knew were on the Geoff Johns/Jim Lee Justice League, like the Flash, Wonder Woman and Aquaman. But there are also titles announced for Green Arrow, Mister Terrific, Firestorm, Captain Atom and Hawkman. If these series spin out of Justice League, does this mean those heroes are among the eventual 14 members? And if they are, then what about Mr. Terrific and Hawkman's roles in the Justice Society?
- No Justice Society?: Newsarama wondered yesterday if the Justice Society even belonged in the DCNu, which executives described as "brand-new and fresh." With the new comics for Hawkman and Mr. Terrific -- both fairly recent members and leaders of the Justice League -- now described as spin-offs from the Justice League, does that mean there's no Justice Society at all?
- Hal Jordan's Ring?: We don't know if this is an artist's mistake or if it means something, but in that Justice League cover, why doesn't Hal Jordan have on a ring? With the Green Lantern movie coming out soon, we've got to assume this is a mistake, because the new readers who come to DC from the movie will know -- Hal most definitely has a ring.UPDATED: Jim Lee has revealed why Hal is missing the ring. He posted his pencils, proving that he drew it. Apparently the inker just made a mistake. So no change there. See the image above.
- Gotham Still the Same?: There were no Gotham series announced today, but there is evidence that the world of Batman will experience few changes. First, David Finch just confirmed to Newsarama that his series, set in Gotham, would continue as a monthly.
Also, when Newsarama contacted J.H. Williams a few weeks ago about the status of his new Batwoman comic, he indicated the decision to push back the release of the first issue of his series was not because the issue wasn't finished. It was a DC decision. That implies that DC pushed back Batwoman so that it would be among the 52 new #1 issues released in September.
Williams told Newsarama months ago that he'd already written Issue #6, which artist Amy Reeder has already started drawing. So his series was presumably written in the pre-Flashpoint world of Gotham. And Finch's title started pre-Flashpoint as well, and it's allegedly in continuity. So we can only assume that their Gotham will still be the DCNu Gotham. And, of course, Finch's comic stars Bruce Wayne, which brings us to...
- Do they remember Flashpoint?: While there's very little evidence in today's solicitations to support the idea that anyone remembers the Flashpoint universe, Geoff Johns might have given us a clue in an interview he gave Newsarama when his Aquaman series was announced. When we asked about environmental issues, Johns said Aquaman does care about the Earth. But then he added that there's something happening in the DCU that could allow Aquaman to approach the issue of the environment. "There are some twists and turns coming up that involve some of that, but I don't want to get into it just yet," he said, then added, "I'll just say this: It's all about responsibility." We already know that, within the world of Flashpoint, Aquaman and the Atlanteans destroy Europe, sending it underwater. Could the comments from Johns about Aquaman's approach toward the Earth being one of that's "all about responsibility" point toward him remembering his own actions against the Earth in Flashpoint?
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