DC comics are about to undergo an exciting overhaul that completely shakes up the universe

Joshua Rivera

You may have heard plenty about Marvel's entry, "Secret Wars," which began in May and essentially ended the Marvel Universe as we know it. Less discussed has been DC's big event, "Convergence," a nine-issue series released through the months of April and May. There are a few reasons for that, but the biggest one is simple: It was pretty bad, with bland visuals and a story you could probably sleep through without missing much if someone read it to you out loud. 

DC also published a metric ton of two-part tie-in comics at the same time, some of which were pretty good! But the main, nine-issue "Convergence" miniseries? Ouch.

But now that it's over, I'm pretty excited for DC's upcoming comics, more excited than I have been for a long time—thanks to a number of reallypromising previews and from the first wave of titles that launched June 3. You might be, too.

Here's why:

Your favorite characters have all been remixed and it's great. 

Superman has been outed—Lois Lane has told the world that he's been masquerading as Clark Kent his entire life, and it couldn't have happened at a worse time. Locked out of the Fortress of Solitude, stripped of his costume, and less powerful than he's ever been, the Man of Steel is in a vulnerable place and may no longer have the adoration of the public. 

It doesn't stop there: Batman was killed off, and has been replaced by Commissioner Gordon in a mech suit. Green Lantern Hal Jordan is now the most wanted man in the universe, ditching his power ring to go on the run. Wonder Woman is about to discover a new nemesis in Darkseid's daughter. And White Lantern Kyle Rayner appears to have been murdered on a live broadcast by an obscure group known as The Omega Men.

DC is finally getting serious about its creators. 

While talent hasn't necessarily been lacking at the publisher—stellar creators like Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato, Gail Simone, Scott Snyder, and Greg Capullo have had long runs on great books over the past few years—but the books they worked on often felt like exceptions to a rule and less like idiosyncratic entries in a library full of them. 

In the months leading up to "Convergence," DC seemed committed to reversing this, first with its much-publicized "Batgirl" revamp by Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, and Babs Tarr and then later with new books like "Gotham Academy" by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl.

Post-"Convergence," DC seems to be really doubling down on exciting talent, like putting "Boxers and Saints" cartoonist Gene Luen Yang on writing duties for "Superman" and David Walker, writer of the excellent "Shaft" comic, on a new "Cyborg" series. 

Lower profile characters get a chance to shine. 

There are two aspects to DC's big summer revamp: 21 new series that will slowly be rolled out over the next few weeks, and 25 continuing series returning from their two-month hiatus (that's where most of the aforementioned revamping will be happening). 

Some of these new series are legitimately fun and exciting—like "Prez," a book about a teen girl who becomes president of the United States via the country's first Twitter vote, or "Section Eight," a miniseries following the eponymous terrible superteam from the pages of the cult classic "Hitman" by Garth Ennis and John McCrea (who are also behind the miniseries).

Oh, and do you like The CW's "Arrow" or  Marvel's "Hawkeye?" Then you might want to check out DC's new "Black Canary" series, with art by Annie Wu (whose work you might recognize from the Kate Bishop arc on "Hawkeye") and a story by Brenden Fletcher that recasts its hero as the frontwoman for a hot new rock band. It should be pretty great. 

Superhero comics are a notoriously fickle genre, where sharp spikes and jarring dips in quality can happen at a moments notice due to lots of churn behind the scenes and the occasional sweeping editorial mandate. It's one of the reasons why following writers and artists you like instead of characters and companies makes a lot of sense if you decide to get serious about diving into comics. 

It's been really easy to rag on DC in recent memory for its long line of poorly-received attempts to revamp its comic book characters and keep them fresh and exciting. "Convergence" was just the latest example, but there are many from the past decade, going back from the rocky launch of The New 52 in 2011 to the mid-aughts misery of "Countdown." Even this new, exciting wave of comics is couched in some pretty embarrassing branding: they're calling it "DC You."

As terrible or tone-deaf as its marketing efforts and initiatives may seem, DC Entertainment does seem newly committed to making it easier for great comics to happen in the only way that works: by letting a diverse set of talented people make the books they want to make. In abandoning the iron grip it had over its various properties and demonstrating a willingness to play fast and loose, the company might finally have a chance at taking part in a conversation that has been overwhelmingly dominated by its chief competitor, Marvel. 

Besides, that mech suit Batman story looks like all kinds of fun.

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