What’s this I hear about a reboot? by Mandy Stegall

Seriously, getting information about the DC reboot happening in September has been very hit and miss for me.  I just finished school today (Wednesday), so I’ve been very preoccupied with finals and research papers lately.

Honestly, I’m very torn about the reboot.  I’m excited about seeing what Francis Manapul can do as the writer on The Flash.  I’m excited to finally have a chance to read a Justice League book with all the “heavy hitters.”  I don’t think they’ve all been active members at the same time since I started reading.  But at the same time, I’m having a hard time accepting some of the changes that have been made.  I’m not sure about the new Teen Titans.  I’ll probably give it a shot, but it will be one of those books I keep a close eye on for the first couple story arcs.

I’ve had to stop myself on numerous occasions over the last week or so from getting really bent out of shape over some of the changes that are being made, especially when it comes to characters.  I have some of the obvious questions about characters who appear to have their back story changed in some fundamental ways.  (For example, is Tim Drake actually a former Robin in the Teen Titans reboot?  If he’s not, then he’s not the Tim Drake I know and love, and that worries me.)

Naturally, I’m most interested to see what changes will happen in the Superman universe with this reboot.  I think that this would be the perfect opportunity to start a Lois Lane ongoing series.  With the idea that the characters are being de-aged (and it most likely that the marriage of Clark Kent and Lois Lane is being undone), a younger Lois Lane who is doing anything and everything possible to get the story that could make her career is very appealing to me.

One thing this reboot is going to give me a chance to do is reassess my pull list and get on board with books and characters from the beginning.  And while I have some concerns–ones I haven’t found a way to effectively articulate yet–I’m going to give it a chance.  My one request: Stephanie Brown.  Her run as Batgirl has proven her worth in the DCU in my eyes.


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