AUGUST 30, 2011 — Meltdown Comics hosted an amazingly geek-worthy night in honor of the relaunching of all of the DC Universe titles with a party including talks by DC comics writers, a costume contest, prizes for fans, and the midnight release of Flashpoint #5 (the last in the alternate-reality DC universe Flashpoint series) and Justice League #1, the first of the 52 rebooted DC comics that will be debuting this month.
Before we get to the event, here’s a little back story on this historic DC Comics reboot:
In a bold move, DC (their most commonly known characters being Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and The Flash) is revamping all of their current titles, and renumbering them, starting over again from number one. The “New 52″, as it’s being called, begins the stories of all of the DCU (Detective Comics Universe) from the start, in an attempt to remove the confusion of the past 50 or so years of continuity and give a fresh start so that the story lines and characters are more accessible to the modern reader. That’s right, now readers like us who have lapsed in our comic collecting (most common problem: We’re not sure what the hell is going on anymore!) have a chance to enter the comic universe again without worrying about that pesky back story! Some of the major changes include:
- Superman and Lois aren’t married anymore! Gasp!
- Younger characters revamped and some new ones added, and hey! Tim Drake’s Red Robin costume is pretty sweet looking! Go Teen Titans!
- Detective Comics, for which the company is named goes back to #1 again, too!
- Dick Grayson is back as Nightwing
- Barbara Gordon, is back as Batgirl, and no longer bound to a wheelchair acting in the superhero world as The Oracle.
- Wonder Woman’s costume had pants for a split second before DC got all confused with themselves and got it changed back to No-pants Land.
- But alas, Superman doesn’t have outside-red-briefs anymore! Pants-land for Supes! Oh and he’s wearing some sort of turtle-necked leotard, too.
If you’d like to learn more about the relaunch itself, here are some good summaries of the major changes happening in the New 52:
8 Questions About the DC Reboot
DC Comics Relaunch Roundup
List of the New 52 titles, cover art, and release dates
Okay! Now let’s get to the event recap!
Photos and event recap after the jump!