Looks like the rumors were true. Sorta. DC has taken notice of declining sales figures and grousing, increasing in volume, from its hardcore faithful readership, and is now willing to admit—sorta—that the “new 52” has been a failure. Sure, it snagged plenty of attention at the outset. But as the new series all plodded on, fans soon began to pine for the good ol’ days when Superman wore red underwear (with yellow belt) over his blue suit, and Barbara Gordon was paralyzed from being shot by the Joker in the classic THE KILLING JOKE graphic novel. If the New 52 was DC’s attempt at having an Ultimate version of their universe, ala Marvel, then it came to an end much quicker than did the latter “reimagining.” Sorta.
Geoff Johns, the Chief Creative Officer over at DC, has promised that its upcoming event, REBIRTH, is NOT a reboot. However, he states that the event will restore the “legacy” of the DC Universe, giving back those elements that fans have been missing. Personally I suspect the hesitance to call it a “reboot” has to do with fan fatigue connected with the term in general, as REBIRTH certainly fits all the criteria, by definition, of a reboot. They aren’t throwing away EVERYthing from the New 52, though, but splicing back into the fabric enough of the “classic” DC Universe to appease longtime fans while hanging onto the new ones they acquired via their LAST reboot. Just how much will the new DC resemble the old, and arguably better, one? (I admit I hope to
see the return of Superman’s red underwear. But that’s just me.)