DC Announces The Return Of Their All-Star Line Of Comics
You guys remember All-Star Comics right? It was a DC comics imprint which was meant to serve definitive out-of-continuity stories, and fresh new takes for their most popular characters. The release of the first All-Star Comics title was none other than the legendary All-Star Superman series written by Grant Morrison, with his frequent collaborator Frank Quietly on art. If you’ve never checked that series out go do yourself a favor and pick it up and enjoy one of the best Superman stories to date if not the best in my opinion, and I’m not even a huge fan of Superman. This was then followed up by the still uncompleted and completely underwhelming All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder, which I guess at that point in time was brought to you by a big deal creative team with Frank Miller writing and Jim Lee on art. From that point on there were rumors of planned series such as All-Star Wonder Woman from Adam Hughes, who is more so known for his cover work, and Geoff Johns and artist JG Jones working on a Batgirl series. So despite all their plans to extend the line further with other big collaborations planned on numerous titles the All-Star line just seemed to fade away, as sometimes these things tend to do.
Well, in a complete unexpected move on DC’s part, the publisher has recently announced the return of the All-Star Comics line up, with their first planned book to be All-Star Section 8, renaming the already previously announced and planned Section 8 mini series brought to you by writer Garth Ennis and artist John McCrea. Now don’t get me wrong, I was very much looking forward to this series. I am a HUGE Garth Ennis fan. He is one of my favorite writers in comics, and I’m super glad to see him doing new stuff since these days the projects he chooses to do are few and far between. I was even more excited to see the return of the hilarious Section 8 characters, a group of weird misfit heroes from his Hitman series that he and McCrea originally collaborated on back in the 90’s for DC comics.
That all being said though I am very confused as to why they would suddenly change up their plans for this book, especially by giving it the return of the All-Star Comics line treatment. One could guess that, since not a lot of the general comics audience would know who these characters are, they decided to do this to boost the book’s sales due to low pre-orders. It could also have something to do with the fact that this is supposed to be a funny joke and or idea from Ennis to try to legitimize these wacky characters into a larger, full scale superhero story, which he is not generally known for writing unless it’s for parody’s sake. Well, whatever the reason for this sudden change, it doesn’t make my plans for checking out the series any different, although I will be interested to see what DC has planned next for the All-Star line, and if any more interesting titles will be announced in the coming months as a result.