52 Geek-Out: Intro

The very day that DC let fly the news of its plans, come Aug. 31st, to relaunch its
main superhero line with 52 first issues and (not so incidentally) move to same-day digital release — a topic that I began to write about at length almost immediately, for a post that will hopefully appear soon — my interest was piqued by my friend Stefan's offer to pitch creative teams for any or all of the titles.

DC Swoosh emblem with '52' logo
Logos TM/® DC Comics.

It was purely a fan exercise, to be clear. Stefan Blitz, of the Rhode Island Blitzes, is a pal from our days working together in the top-notch Philadelphia comics shop Fat Jack's Comicrypt and unlike at least three other friends I made during that time has not gone on to work for DC Comics. None of us had heard yet, 25 days ago, what the 52 titles were or what the state of the DC Universe was going to be come September; Stefan was just inviting a small circle of folks to brainstorm on a lark — then planning to play editor-in-chief once suggestions were in and run the most intriguing combinations on his website, Forces of Geek. Response was a bit light and he ended up under the weather, so nothing came of the larger project, but by the time he'd told me that I'd already put together an entire roster of 52 series within the framework of a targeted continuity reboot.

Yeah, I know.

I suppose that it was freeing to undertake such an exercise as merely another long-time comics reader again, following a decade or more during which I tended to beg off this sort of thing lest it reflect inappropriately on my journalistic efforts. Given that I'm still largely outside the comics scene these days, after many years away entirely, I was frankly surprised how totally I got into it. While the superhero genre was my first love in the comics realm and DC my deepest, longest-standing preference in that genre, I don't have much connection to what the company's putting out today; I suppose that an exercise like this takes advantage of that very fact, even if my lack of enthusiasm for the actual relaunch when news broke had me wondering if I really, truly might have more-or-less outgrown caring about this stuff entirely (with sincere apologies to how that might read to any adult persons who still care about this stuff mightily; there are indeed a variety of good reasons to care).

My thoughts on what DC is in fact doing both logistically and creatively are the purview of that other forthcoming post. If circumstances allow there will be still another dispatch on my ambivalence over the current marketplace, fandom, and my place in it all after that. Now I'm letting the geek flag fly unfettered, however, as I offer up the fever dream of 52 rebooted DC titles that resulted in the couple of days following Stefan's invitation, fleshed out over several days more as I did some research to find out what some of the writers and artists whose work I followed before my forced hiatus from comics have been up to lately.

Since many of today's buzziest creators are known to me more by reputation than by experience, I've let myself reach back a bit, although I don't want this to be an exercise in nostalgia. Per Stefan's initial instructions, I tried to be mindful of such situations as the extreme unlikelihood that Alan Moore would be coming aboard yet ignored any actual exclusivity contracts or what the lack of any particular participant's previous association with DC might suggest in terms of their interest (about which you can color me fairly ignorant anyhow). This may not be a hoax, but in addition to a dream
it is certainly something of an imaginary story — as, Moore once reminded us so beautifully, are they all.

We'll start anon, technology willing.

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