You Won't Need A PhD In DC Comics To Understand New Weekly

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DC Comics is still in love with weekly comics, judging from its latest announcements about its plans for 2008. DC will put out two more sequels to its first weekly success story, 52. But also, DC plans a third weekly comic, on the heels of 52 and the current Countdown. DC will also put out a low-priced one-off special giving new readers a chance to catch up on everything before a summer full of death, destruction and rebirths. We've got the details on the new projects under the jump.

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DC started the comic convention season early with an event intended only for comic store owners this weekend. Executive Editor Dan DiDio spilled the beans on the comics that will form the backbone of DC's 2008 plans, alongside the already-announced Final Crisis.

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April sees the release of something called DC Universe #0, a 24-page primer on just who's who and what's what for DC's super heroes just in case you've not been paying attention over the past few years. Written by Final Crisis' Grant Morrison and Green Lantern's Geoff Johns, the book will be priced at 50 cents to try and grab the young and stingy in time for the following month's launch of Final Crisis.

A couple of months after that, DC's worst-kept secret — their third year-long weekly mini-series, Trinity — will launch. Unlike previous weeklies 52 and Countdown to Final Crisis, this series does away with the universe-spanning casts and revolving creative teams, with each issue featuring a 12-page lead story focusing on Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman by current Superman writer Kurt Busiek and former Ultimate Spider-Man artist Mark Bagley. The remaining ten pages of content will be filled by stories co-written by Busiek and Fabian Nicieza filling in backstory from the Super Friends' lead.

With both of those books marking continuity-light outreach efforts, those who read the funnybooks for long-running storylines that can't be understood by those who don't have a PhD in DCU will be happy with Rann/Thanagar: Holy War, which brings the Lady Styx plot from 52 to a head, and Reign In Hell which revives the whole "With Satan gone, who shall rule Hell?" idea, after 52 saw DC's Satan, Neron, trapped on Earth.

Whether these projects will be enough to take DC back to the top of the sales charts in a year where Marvel plan to reveal a secret alien invasion across their entire line remains to be seen, but if nothing else, it's always nice to see those little-seen characters Superman and Wonder Woman get some more publicity.

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Dan DiDio, Geoff Johns on DC Universe #0 & Final Crisis' Plan [Newsarama.com]
Dan DiDio Talks Trinity [Newsarama.com]
Dan DiDio on R/T: Holy War and Reign In Hell [Newsarama.com]

DISCUSSION

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JennaW

@RRich: Your point is well-taken that it is very much a matter of taste and opinion (though not *entirely* *points to the work of Rob Leifeld*), but the way crossovers are presented to the readers makes them hard to enjoy.

I think the biggest mistake comics companies repeatedly make is to make massive crossovers that impinge on everything so that even those trying to avoid the crossovers and just enjoy their favorite titles are unable to do so. It's STUPID MARKETING. They will make sales to the completists but alienate a lot more people. Before all this infinite crossing-over began, I was buying well over 20 monthly titles on a consistent basis. I've since dropped the entire Bat-line, trimmed down most other titles to the barebones, and stopped taking as many chances on new titles. I was a consistent 20+ buyer for about a decade, and now I'm down to less than 10 with no plans to take new risks. Some of it was "bad" crossovers, but mostly it was just them demanding too much of me to play in their universe. And I have a history of really enjoying crossovers (Bat-crossovers especially).

I think the big crossovers would be fun if they would run them as special series ONLY with all tie-in moments for each charcter taking place in the related special issues. That way a person who wants to play in the mega-universe could buy up all those titles and those of us who just want a good Batman story can just keep buying Detective and also enjoy.