Buzz and anticipation for DC Comics-The New 52 continues to build

Buzz and anticipation for DC Comics-The New 52 continues to...

By David Hyde Monday, August 29th, 2011

This Wednesday, 8/31, DC Comics-The New 52 will officially kick off with the midnight release of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s JUSTICE LEAGUE #1. Over the past few days, the excitement and chatter leading up to the just-around-the-corner launch of DC Comics-The New 52 has been amplified. Here’s a look at some of the highlights.

THE NEW YORK POST ran an exclusive preview of BATGIRL #1 (in stores next week). "It’s tremendously exciting to see her smiling on the cover of her own hit book finally, ready to kick ass against Gotham City’s worst monsters," series writer Gail Simone told NEW YORK POST. This exclusive 5-page preview of BATGIRL #1 is the first of many high profile previews running over the course of the next few weeks (but don’t worry – we’ll be linking to all of them on THE SOURCE for your convenience).

USA TODAY has a slew of exciting features. Head on over to their website to read their extensive coverage of the launch of DC Comics-The New 52, watch a new video interview from San Diego Comic-Con with DC Entertainment Co-Publisher and JUSTICE LEAGUE artist Jim Lee, read an interview with DC Entertainment’s SVP of Digital, Hank Kanalz, about the same-date initiative and see an exclusive preview of FLASHPOINT #5.

THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ran a piece on the launch of DC Comics-The New 52, with quotes from DC Entertainment’s Co-Publishers, Dan DiDio and Jim Lee. The article touched on various aspects of DC Comics-The New 52, including the addition of Cyborg to the Justice League team. "Cyborg is the 21st Century superhero," JUSTICE LEAGUE writer Geoff Johns said. "By telling Cyborg's origin story as part of the origin of the Justice League, we put a spotlight on one of DC’s greatest characters. He's part man, part machine. He's us. When we text or connect to the net with our smart phones and iPads, when we use technology as an extension of our daily life we are by definition a cyborg."

THE BOSTON HERALD featured a story on the kicking off DC Comics-The New 52. “Any time you do something like this,” Dan DiDio explained, “there’s always a level of risk. To improve the quality of material, we had to change the look of the characters, make them younger and accessible and bring new sensibilities to our storytelling.”

UGO has compiled a guide to DC Comics-The New 52, which chronicles all the changes being heralded in. Learn about costume redesigns, day-and-date and more here.

Keep checking back to THE SOURCE as we link to more coverage and exclusive previews in the days and weeks ahead.