Reboot the Comics Continuity

There are rumors circulating that DC Comics is rebooting their continuity again. Not 5G which has been cancelled with creators receiving kill fees and all, but something else. Whether true or not I thought it’d be fun to see how you guys would reboot the comics. What would you wanna see happen?

Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing DC start from scratch and work it’s way back up. It’d take awhile to get my favorite characters (Nightwing & Titans) back, but I think it’d be worth it cuz the universe has something to work towards. And it’s the perfect opportunity to add new stories to the lore like they tried to do with Court of Owls (loved that story but never understood how or why they’re just now showing up in Batman’s career; always thought they should show up in his early career). I think it might also be good to bring in new titles and grow the universe in phases with a big event or milestone ending each phase, for example phase one leading to the formation of the JL. It’d also be cool to see titles not set within the current line of comics and I think Detective, Action Comics, and Batman Beyond are great candidates for that. Beyond could start back at 1 back in it’s own Bruce Timm universe, while Detective and Action comics continue their legacy numbering (since people seem to like that sorta thing) and maybe set together in an old universe or something starting up where they left off?

How would you do it?

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I’d do it several years from now. :stuck_out_tongue:

They could always do what I thought they should do with the New 52: pick a certain number of titles that exist in that new universe (e.g. Batman and Superman) while keeping plenty of titles going strong in the previous universe (e.g. Detective Comics and Action Comics). I think that’s what you might have been suggesting, too, but I’d probably place less than 50% of the line in the new universe. New readers aren’t going to be picking up 20 titles a month.

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Yeah I agree!

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Don’t think this is a popular opinion, but I wouldn’t reboot, relaunch, soft reboot, or re-whatever.

I would make the beginning of every arc a jumping on point for new readers. If the writer wants to tie into stuff from older issues, be it recent, old or old old, just dedicate a page or two (or 10) to catch the reader up, and give reference to the source material if the reader wants to explore said material. If the writer wants the story to stand on its own, so be it.

I like big epic stories with sprawling events; my preferred story type actually. They just don’t all have to to change the DC universe as we know it.

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I agree not all events have to changes continuity. I honestly wish they’d do more events that weren’t that scale.
However, I do think building timelines is a must and honestly that’s something that really lacks in DC right now. Also don’t like all these imprint like wonder and stuff. I don’t understand the purpose. Like why can’t it all be one print one universe, etc.? If you need more teen heroes then put out more teen here titles. They don’t need a whole other imprint to themselves.

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I get that a good segment of the fanbase is into continuity/canon/timelines. Can’t say I’m not intrigued by it to some degree myself. I don’t dig into it too much though. In the past 6 months, I went from Kirby’s New Gods & Jimmy Olsen, to John Byrne’s Superman, to Loeb’s Superman Batman, to Miller’s Dark Knight stuff (out of universe, I know). Even dabbled a bit with Grant Morrison Batman (I did it wrong; started at the end :joy:). That’s in addition to the current series I’m following. Honestly, I find that how the stories are interconnected or related (if at all) affects my enjoyment much less than the actual events of said stories. I may be in a minority here, but it’s how I honestly feel.

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That’s cool. I mean, for I just like to establish some sort of history with characters. Like when New 52 started writers just seemed to choose where each character was in their career and eventually started contradicting each other and I hated that. That’s as far as I’m worried about a timeline. Just lmk what really happened and how this connects to whatever it connects to. And then when they tried to fix all of it with those big events it was never really said what was really the truth. Like an official timeline was never set. Yknow what I mean?

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I personally think the imprints is a good idea. It helps consumers find titles that suit them. Also to be honest, they are better imo. Wonder Comics, Zoom, Ink and Black Label have all delivered better books than the mainline the last years.

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While that may be true (honestly I wouldn’t know) I just don’t understand the point. You say it helps consumers find titles that suit them but I mean if you’re looking for teen heroes then look for titles with teens front and center. Why does it need an imprint and why does it need to be different than the main line?

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They have different curators. Teen in main line continuity gets brainwashed by Bdsm fetishist and put in leather and made to hurt children when Snyder wants an edgelord.

Teen books curated by Zoom/Ink management think more about what they do because they explicitly target younger readers.

Wonder Comics is spearheaded by Bendis and does good work at improving diversity. Main line is bats and friends.

Different imprints are managed differently.

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With the exception of the “Bendis Horror Show And Total Disrespectful Run” on the Superman books the DC universe is fine the way it is. Superman can be fixed By having Lois Wake up and the say the last two years was just a bad nightmare.
No reboot needed now…just good writers on the titles.

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I think part of the issue that fans are all over the place on what they want. All of our opinions, outside of loving DC, are going to be different. What I would love to see is an understanding by the fans that these are just stories and acting like they need to fit into continuity stifles creativity. I don’t need a Batman story to acknowledge Knightfall. I need it to be an entertaining read, since this is for entertainment. Rebooting takes away some of the awe of DC though. Legacy was what they were known for and they were respected for that. Now they aren’t. I would say they need to figure out what they want to currently be first. I wish they had leaned into infinite earths and told stories that they said were on different earths so they didn’t have to connect every single story. If they wanted something to be main continuity, they could just say hey this is sticking with the character. It isnt like they couldn’t make this publicly known in the social media world we live in. Telling the most entertaining stories though is by far more important to me. This is my leisure time and rebooting every few years makes me unsure what to buy. It is disorienting, but it can also keep things fresh if that is what they are wanting. If they were to reboot, I would want them to go back to classic versions being represented

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At this point, I think I would want it to mostly stay the same but find ways to retcon Jon/Superboy, Wally, Alfred, and the newest sociopathic Damian. Those are just my personal problems with writing rather than continuity.
And reintroduce a bwahahahaha JLI.
I think they botched New 52 by picking and choosing who rebooted and who was a soft reboot and who wasn’t really a reboot at all. By his 5th year, Bruce had a teenage son with an archenemy and at least 3 other grownup Robins?
I wouldn’t want to go back to pre New 52 though because then you would lose things like Court of Owls.

I really really really want a new Who’s Who and a new History of the DC Universe.

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Damien has been around 14 years now and he is loved/hated by many but I doubt he will go away at this point.
They have done a few BWAHAHAHAHAHHA JLA mini series and I do wish they would do more.

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Then somebody need to add Nightwing and Titans to a damn imprint. I’m tired of DC doin my ppl dirty!

Damian was 12 for years and just for rebirth was given a birthday to be 13 so they could add him to Teen Titans

I would love them to actually write Nightwing correctly and manage him right!!! That’s what I want.

I meant his most recent sociopathic turn in Teen Titans not to get rid of him altogether.

Oooo…Sorry I haven’t read the title…I thought you just meant his natural disposition.

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Then they have to bring back Chuck Dixon.

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