So this is interesting. Since DC Comics’s New 52 relaunch last year, there are a number of characters and concepts that we haven’t seen return yet. Even with 52 monthly series, there are thousands of characters in DC’s stable who haven’t had a chance to appear yet. (Especially when you consider that four of those 52 books star Batman.)
So in July, DC is reviving the Golden Age title National Comics. This book, DC says, will consist of single-issue stories by different creators showcasing a different character each month. Basically, just like their DC Universe Presents series is a way to do miniseries without calling them miniseries, National Comics will be a chance to do one-shots without calling them one-shots.
I’m really very much in favor of this. DC has so many great characters that haven’t been revived yet, and this is a fine chance to get to more of them in a short period of time. If reaction to a particular issue is very good, they can bring that character back in another issue, or a miniseries of his own, or even kick off a new ongoing. It’s a (slightly safer) way to test out characters, and while it’s true that anthology titles haven’t performed very well in the last few years, I still appreciate them as a chance to try new things.
Granted, DC will also be able to use this to renew trademarks on several characters, something that I’m sure hasn’t escaped their notice, but I’m going to be positive. This could be a great opportunity to tap into an enormous reservoir of characters, not just those that originated from DC Comics, but those libraries of other publishers that they’ve bought up over the years — Fawcett, Quality and Charlton Comics, and Jim Lee’s Wildstorm Studios are all eligible to be part of the DC Universe.
And what’s more, this could even be a good opportunity to try out new writers and artists. Guys who impress them at a convention portfolio review. Small press creators who have shown an interest in working in the mainstream. Maybe even humble internet reviewers and columnists who also happen to have authored a well-received superhero novel available for just $2.99 on the Amazon Kindle, not to mention two short stories and an upcoming prequel novel set in the same universe. Man, I would love to see a guy like that take a crack at an issue or two.
That would be sweet.