So the DCU staff are making changes to the known universe. Great sounds really exciting for people just hearing about, sounds like a way to bring in new readers to different titles. Renumbering 52 issues back to number 1, wow the first time in history Action Comics, Superman, Batman, and Detective Comics being restarted to number 1. wow very exciting, but is it worth it? I will speak of what I "know" from DC I read bat-titles, not their team up books (unless it crosses over) just the bat books. Azrael, Batman, Batman and Robin, Batman INC., Batgirl, Detective Comics, and RedRobin.
Azrael they cancelled due to poor sales but did it have an awesome finish.
Batman will be ending his vol 1 run at issue # 713. Since issue 1 first hit stand back in 1940 that's 71 years of history with this title GONE! Why would DC do that oh wait gimmick, new readers, make history honestly I hope for new readers but couldn't they have just advertise that instead, you know a new era in Batman begins in issue 714 of his iconic title. Nope went straight for issue 1. Lets hope everything pans out for the best.
Batman and Robin now this is a title I loathed when Grant Morison said "We are going to put Batman back at his silver aged feel." NOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! I screamed then I picked it up and began reading one of the best comic series to date. Short 3 issue arcs telling a combined story or at least for the first 16 issues, now its just very good dynamic stories between Dick and Damian. This Title will stop at issue 26 while I would think this is stupid this is something that has to be done Bruce and Damian finely making an appearance in panel fighting back to back. I just hope two of the world's scowling grumpiest people in the world can work together without stepping on each other's toes. This I am excited for.
Batman INC. now this is a very strange thing not only has DC said it will start with a new issue 1 but it gets the issue one in 2012. Is this relaunch just to catch up new readers while figuring out what sales? Strange piece of information from the relaunch.
Batgirl will end and possibly cease to exist after her final issue, #24. I have honestly became more attached with her than I thought I guess because she was so unique and light from what I normally buy. her book was the Yin to the Yang I purchase. Now with issue 24 on the horizon its like knowing your friend is going to die and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it. When Sept. gets here we will have a "new" Batgirl her name is Barbara Gordon, I have nothing against Barbara Gordon as Batgirl or That she has finally made it out of the chair. I do have a problem that its being done as a "current" event, past yeah that's fine have a mini (i.e. Batgirl YearOne I really liked that series.) Couldn't DC come up with something fresh something new? Oh wait 2 years ago they did her name is Stephanie Brown. Hoping Barbara does half as good as Stephaine.
Detective Comics these last few arcs have been amazing not to mention the above level of hype that has been given to Jock and Snyder on the book. Issue 1 debuted in 1937 staring Slam Bradley 27 issues later Batman would take the reigns now after the 881st issue and 74 years of publication a character that appeared in issue #38 ends The Detective Comic run as Batman, Dick Grayson. Again another title that should not be renumbered, but is, make history DC before History takes you.
Red Robin the "fanboy" Robin, this is a title I hoped would continue through a long time developing his own cast and become a legacy title to much the like of Batman and Superman. This title is disappearing so that he can get one of the Marvelest Costumes of all of DC. I guess we now know that DC looks up to Marvel.
On a closing note the majority of people I speak with are upset about Barbara just "jumping back in." The renumbering yeah I understand there is a reason to make a big deal about something like this but its another no go. While some of these ideas are really good a few just leave you scratching your head like WTF!? While I am on the fence about some cough** cough* Batgirl others I am excited for namely Batman and Robin. I rate this business adventure for DC with an 8.5-out-of-10. It would have been higher but I disagree with some costume changes and the alternate ID changing. Dc will pick up new readers at least for 3 months before they go back down.
To answer the question "Is it worth it?" Yes and no, yes it will increase sales (at least for a limited time) and no the destruction and regressive treatments of characters should never fall victim to greed as these are our Gods and Goddess.