It’s been a few months now since DC debuted it’s New 52 relaunch, and I have to say that their gamble totally paid off. Before hand, the only thing anyone really cared about in DC was Batman’s “death.” Yes there were big events and the die hards have been buying issue after issue forever, but overall interest was pretty limited. The New 52 changed all of that. Yes, there was controversy over what happened to the female characters, but that got a lot of people talking about them too. While major events usually only boost sales in a single comic, this reboot boosted sales of an entire line of comics. Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman will always sell. But people are talking about Flash and Aquaman again. Anyone even know who Animal Man was before this year?
I had read comics a lot when I was younger, and as I got older I stopped reading. I think it had something to do with girls. Anyway, with the boom in comic book movies I began to get interested again. I occasionally bought a graphic novel but never considered getting any new issues because I didn’t want to start in the middle of an arc. Besides, who wants to start with issue 456? In this way it’s as if the New 52 was made just for me. I got a chance to buy comics at the very beginning of it’s story. Nothing happened before it. It’s very nice to know that I don’t need to know what happened in the previous 6 months worth of material just so I can understand everything going on in my comics.The best of part? It’s good! Batman is just as entertaining as ever, and watching the Justice League encounter each other for the first time ranges from refreshing to fascinating (If you have no idea who Batman is going in, he’s really kind of a dick).
The New 52 brought me all the way back. I’ve been buying new comics once a month just like when I was a kid. It’s even gotten me back into Marvel by relation (If you get the chance, read the new Venom and Uncanny X-Force, both are awesome). Of course this idea of the New 52 will only last so long. Eventually the history behind the revamped characters will grow to a point where it’s hard to keep up with everything, and it’s up to the individuals to decide if they are going to stay on board. However even if only a small percent of the new readers continue visiting their local comic books shops, it will still be more going than there were before, and wasn’t that the whole point? Much to the dismay of my wife, you can put me among the new readers that are hanging around.