Collectors may want to start saving their money. Come September, you may need it to pick up all the number one issues DC will be publishing.
The new issues will feature some familiar faces including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman. It’s all part of DC’s plan to reinvent itself and take a larger stake in comic book sales with a company wide relaunch.
Starting with a new Justice League from Geoff Johns and Jim Lee on August 31, DC will release 52 number one issues in the month of September.
The relaunch will introduce stories that are grounded in each character’s specific legend but also reflect today’s real-world themes and events. Lee spearheaded the costumes’ redesign to make characters more identifiable and accessible to comic fans new and old.
“We really want to inject new life in our characters and line,” says Dan DiDio, co-publisher of DC with Lee. “This was a chance to start, not at the beginning, but at a point where our characters are younger and the stories are being told for today’s audience.”
In an even more important move in the competitive comics industry, DC is making all of the re-numbered titles available digitally via apps and a DC website the same day they arrive in comic shops. It marks the first time that a major comics publisher has done so with its popular superhero titles.