In what will probably be the biggest comic book news this year, DC Comics announced today (via USA Today article) that beginning August 31st over 50 of their biggest titles will be renumbered back to #1.
Although renumbering a title isn’t new, or even that uncommon, each title will also be getting a fresh reboot. DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee has been involved with many character costume redesigns, all in an attempt to make characters in the DCU (DC Universe) more recognizable and more appealing to a contemporary audience.
The DCU reboot will begin Aug. 31st with Justice League #1, written by DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns with long time comic book legend (and previously mentioned Co-Publisher for DC Comics) Jim Lee. Justice League #1 will include the classic cast : Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, and Aquaman.
The two comic book industry heavyweights will lead the charge on DC’s Flagship book as the following rebooted / renumbered books will come out in September. While rebooting a huge portion of the 76 year old comic universe is big news by itself, DC also announced a move that may finally put the company ahead of it’s long time rival Marvel Comics in the comic book industry.