#Rebirth; Why? By Matt Orso (@mattorso)

 Posted by on February 1, 2016
Feb 012016
 

#REBIRTH

#Rebirth was the headline of the day last Friday and boy oh boy, did it ever get the wheel bound hamster in my head running.  So yet again after a massive reboot back in 2011 and a soft one last June, here we are again; on the precipice of yet another possible reboot from DC Comics. At least that is what is flowing through the digital rumor-mill. As reported by www.bleedingcool.com, the #rebirth is actually may be a relaunch as opposed to an actual reboot. which if we’re splitting hairs, same difference. This is exactly what happened back in June with DCYOU. The soft reboot/relaunch that followed Convergence quickly petered out and went silently into the night. The burning question here is whether or not a reboot of any kind would be a positive thing.

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Firstly, let’s look at the reasons for a re-anything. DC Comics since Convergence back in June has seen their overall sales lower, according to www.comichron.com. Statistics aside the purpose of a reboot is to fix what is not working. Given their whole creativity over continuity mantra, it is small wonder that their sales have reflected the inconsistencies that come with the promise made in those very words.

While creativity is an amazing thing, people are not always so accepting of inconsistencies and change when they are coupled. Not only is it confusing but it also inherently breaks immersion. It still bothers me to see Batman Bruce Wayne in Justice League but then have Jim Gordon in every other book as Batman. While the idea is interesting it still is very jarring. The sad part about it is is that it would be so easy to place a time stamp somewhere on one of the panels which would give so much clarity and resolution to what many fans are dying to know.

Another reason to to rationalize a relaunch or reboot would be to give the above mentioned clarity. While it seems like a solid idea, it can also be viewed as an over complicated answer to a very simple problem. Okay, being honest maybe the problem is not that simple, considering the creative process and the multi-pronged process of making comics, that complicates things. However it does not mean that it is an impossible task. Guys, it’s not rocket science; you’re only building a universe.

When a person sets out to create a world, plot holes happen and it is an editor’s job to patch them up. With the numerous writers, editors and artists dipping their hands in creative crock-pot it is definitely not an easy thing and fans for the most part understand that. To give up every time things get a little messy and throw in the towel is not only insulting to fans but also to the people who put their blood, sweat and ink on those beautifully printed pages. We all know that new #1 issues sell and that is a good thing for all those involved. However to restart or renew inorganically leaving threads of a story hanging and bare is also an all affecting disservice to creators and fans alike.

Now I know that thus far I’ve spoken pretty poorly about the idea of a reboot or relaunch but I think it is fair to say that they come at a hefty price. I do not however think all of them are bad. I honestly Loved the New 52, while that may not be the most popular opinion, across the board, those first six or so issues were generally awesome and consistent. (I said mostly.) In the end the comic gods will decide what to do regardless of what the opinions of the masses are. Let’s just hope that the reasons for this relaunch, if it is in fact that, are the right ones.

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Capitalizing on the popularity of the Batman comics from the thirties and forties, Columbia released a 15 chapter Batman film serial in 1943. Think Buck Rogers, but featuring Batman. The serial featured actors Lewis Wilson and Douglas Croft as Batman and Robin respectively.

What becomes clear watching these old films is that they provided much of the basis for the “Batman” television show featuring Adam West which ran from 1966 to 1968. The show itself was largely a parody of these old programs. The stilted language and goofy costumes that became synonymous with the sixties TV show were all direct jokes about what, by the sixties, would have felt dated and cheesy about these films from the forties.

The series was popular during its initial run, and enjoyed a second-wind of sorts in the sixties, when it was re-released theatrically to capitalize on the popularity of the Adam West show. Perhaps now, with the sixties Batman show potentially gaining popularity among young viewers thanks to the forthcoming DVD release, and the websites that have made the show viewable (more info here), there will also be a resurgence in popularity for these old serials.

Check out the first Batman film of all time!

 

 

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For Immediate Release

HERO INITIATIVE ORIGINAL JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #50 COVERS MAKE NATIONAL TOUR

All 100 covers displayed and auctioned over three tour stops

LOS ANGELES, CA (Nov. 2, 2011) – The Hero Initiative, the charity dedicated to helping comic creators in medical or financial need, is taking its Justice League of America #50 show on the road.

All 100 original covers created by comics’ top artists are currently available for view on the Hero Initiative Website. And starting in December, you’ll be able to see them live and in person…and own them through on-site auctions according to the following schedule:

Meltdown Comics, Los Angeles, CA, December 3, 2011: World premiere display of all 100 covers and auction of first one-third

Proxy bidding will also be available for bidders unable to attend the events.

The Justice League of America 100 Project represents Hero Initiative’s first major collaboration with DC Comics. DC generously donated 100 blank-covered cardstock copies of Justice League of America #50 to Hero, and 100 well-known stars such as Alan Davis, George Pérez, John Romita, Alex Ross and many more created original covers for Hero.
“I’m thrilled to be part of such a great project, and also showcased among so many of the greatest artists in the world,” said Hero Initiative Chairman George Pérez. “And of course, it’s wonderful that sales of the covers will go toward helping many comic creators in need.”
Both hardcover and softcover editions of The Justice League of America 100 Project, a book collecting all the covers, will be available for sale at all three auction venues as well.

“We are honored to support such a worthwhile cause and encourage DC Comics fans to participate in these Hero Initiative auctions that offer one-of-a-kind JUSTICE LEAGUE #50 covers,” stated Dan DiDio, co-publisher of DC Entertainment.

Art attached: Justice League of America 100 Project cover, Charlie Adlard cover, Walt Simonson cover, Alex Ross cover

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

For more information, please visit us at www.heroinitiative.org.