It’s clear from all the buzz The Avengers and The Dark Knight have generated that comic book characters are still a pretty huge aspect of our culture, and for good reason! We’ve always needed heroes and there may not be a time that we won’t. The comic book universe has given us something we can’t find anywhere else. Its long history has given us heroes with every power we can imagine and just about any story we could want. It’s a strange and great combination of writing and illustration that’s an art all while largely not being considered one. Comics are still, by and large, considered for kids, despite years and years of movie success and a demographic switch aimed at adult white males. People of every age and gender walked out of The Avenger with a favorite hero, and that was only a team of 5.
The comic launch planned by DC has made mainstream news, and for good reason. American classics such as Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are getting new backstories, new costumes, and maybe even new personalities. All 52 of the titles released starting today will begin a new number cycle, starting at issue #1. This move is an attempt to bring new readers back into the comic world at a time where print media is suffering.