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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

DC Comics to Reboot Everything. And Embrace Digital Distribution. Hard.

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Tue, May 31, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Whoa. Via Newsarama:

The center of intense rumor and speculation for months now, DC confirmed today that the fictional shared universe of Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Green Lantern and more will undergo a revamp of their oft-rewritten 76 year-plus history of shared continuity....

"We looked at what was going on in the marketplace and felt we really want to inject new life in our characters and line," added co-publisher Dan DiDio. "This was a chance to start, not at the beginning, but at a point where our characters are younger and the stories are being told for today's audience."

Along with the revamp, and sure to cause uproar among those who buy comic books as collectibles, all DC Universe titles will also be renumbered with new #1 issues.

More importantly, there's this:

DC also announced they plan to make all of their titles available for sale in digital format on the same day as their published counterparts, starting with Justice League #1. While the decision could probably be described as inevitable, the announcement will still likely be poorly received among some segments of "Direct Market" comic book retailers, whose stores account for the current backbone of monthly comic book sales.

Things are changing. Even more than they already were.

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