Reboot fever has hit DC Comics, who have announced a new line of graphic novels to debut next year, retelling the stories of Superman and Batman from the very beginning updated for new audiences, called Earth One.
The line will start with Superman: Earth One, by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis, and Batman: Earth One by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank. Not unlike Marvel’s similar Ultimate line of new continuity (or, for that matter, DC’s earlier All Starattempt at the same), these new books look set to try and create a movie-friendly entry point for curious readers.
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There are two sides to this graphic novel coin…on one hand, starting over could introduce non-graphic novel and comic book readers to each story from ‘their’ respective beginnings and gain new fans. On the other hand avid readers will be upset by the lack of continuity and throw their hands up in dismay, but will continue reading them regardless. But you know what they say…”you can’t please everyone all the time”. Either way it looks to be a win-win situation for DC Comics.
What are your thoughts about the idea of DC starting their story lines over? Do you think it will help or hinder their fan base?