Beard: DC Comics suspends regular publishing for April eventWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Legendary comic book publisher DC Comics, home of Superman and Batman, will suspend publication of their entire line, or “universe,” of titles this spring, replacing it with a clutch of mini-series in April and May.
“Convergence” will, according to the company, bring together several alternate realities of DC characters, including that which was replaced wholesale by DC’s “New 52” line in 2011.
“The official story is that DC needs the break from their monthly publishing commitments in order to cover the move of their publishing arm from New York to California,” explains Ed Katschke, manager of Toledo’s own Monarch Cards and Comics. “I’m sure that is the biggest part of their reasoning, but another theory says that while they have had their New 52 successes, there are still many characters from the pre-New 52 DC Universe that fans are still clamoring for or, in some cases, prefer to their New 52 counterparts. Not only does this event give DC the opportunity to sate their fan’s desires on this score, but it also gives them the chance to showcase more of their Elseworlds characters who have been conspicuously absent since launching the new universe.”
Not only will “Convergence” roll out as its own two-month weekly series, but also as several two-issue mini-series that spotlight divergent Supermans, Batmans, Wonder Womans and the rest of the Justice League.
DC fans have already expressed some confusion over the layout of the event, but the company promises that “Convergence” will deliver thrills and chills like no other of their events before.
“I think that most folks will be intimidated by the thought of forty different two-part miniseries taking the place of DC’s normal publishing output,” Katschke said. “But I think in that in the end they will be drawn to adventures featuring many of their beloved — and thought to be lost — pre-New 52 favorites. Throw in the presence of many of DC’s most successful alternate earth characters, such as those featured in ‘Flashpoint’ and ‘Kingdom Come,’ will only intensify the curiosity. Of course, to capitalize on this DC will have to deliver the goods in terms of writing and art teams. Hopefully they’ll be able to come through.”
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