From time to time Outright Geekery brings you a slanted and biased opinion on some trivially specific topic of geekery. We call it Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot.
Every so many years our favorite ongoing titles get bit stretched. New ideas become harder and a little restricted by what has been done already. So sometimes publishers scrap everything established and start fresh. Reboot the story and start anew. Some of flat out hate the idea of a Reboot. Some of us think of the c.g. show from the 90’s. Most of us comic readers associate the word with DC who seem to really enjoy it. We do have to understand Reboot usually is for one thing. New Readers. We can think of other reasons, like cleaning up continuity, updating origins, but come on. This weeks Top O’ the Lot we are going to count down our favorite Reboots, in honor of the supposed two Reboots coming to us this year.
Honorable Mention: Heroes Reborn
The 90’s was very unforgiving for Marvel and when they were knocking on the door of bankruptcy they decided to kill off all their mainstream heroes and Reboot them into something a little more relevant to the current readers. Heroes Reborn was not your parent’s Marvel and quite frankly it wasn’t yours either. However it had the right idea and I give them credit for that. New designs, new origins, while maintaining a lot of the integrity of the character. It was just bad time for something this new though and Marvel decided to just go back to the old 616.
5. J. Michael Straczynski’s THOR
I know exactly what you are thinking, how is this on the list? Well Thor had effectively ended before this. Marvel’s 616 may have gone on without Thor, but what’s Marvel without their god of Thunder? So JMS with the help of Olivier Copiel Rebooted the franchise and created a very different Thor then what we had. The entire status quo changed, Asgard itself didn’t even comeback and neither did Odin. This Reboot brought a whole new side to the Thor tale, one solely about Thor. In this Reboot we watched Donald Blake slowly fade away, and we watched the rise of Thor as his own character. This reboot took Thor into a more expansive exploratory place that has made him more into the God of Thunder we understand now.
4. The New 52
One of two DC Reboots I will talk about. The New 52 came at the right time, DC was apparently running out of ideas. In the Modern Age of Comics, DC began to revitalize all of its Golden and Silver Age heroes and did not know what to do what them. SO they decided to start fresh, but not only did they start fresh but they pulled in characters from Vertigo and Wildstorm imprints into the New 52. Awesome launching creative teams, sweet new designs for old favorites and absolutely perfect for new readers. Some of the best things to come out of the New 52 in my opinion got cut short early, minus Scott Snyder/Greg Capullo’s Batman which has been stellar and its the only New 52 title to retain its launch creative team.
3. IDW Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Forgot what you heard this was everything this title needed. As someone who grew up reading/watching the Ninja Turtles I’m not afraid to say prior to IDW the Turtles had gotten a little stale. With the dark gritty roots washed away with years of campy cartoons and movies, it was hard to reclaim their street cred. Brand New Publisher, input from creators, totally different Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but perfect for new/old readers. If you haven’t checked that reboot, you are missing out.
2. Post-Crisis DC
At one point DC had way to many titles of each hero and it was getting a little confusing. Imagine like 4 different Superman titles where each Superman was different and had nothing to do with any of the other titles. Where you had no idea if Batman on the Justice League had anything to do with Batman in Detective Comics. Too many elseworlds, so DC decided to consolidate. What came was a DC I came to know and love. After Crisis on Infinite Earths, DC become a very seriously connected universe. Also Wally West as the Flash, Kyle Rayner as Green Lantern. That is all.
1. Summer of Valiant
Do you remember the original Valiant? All those awesome hallographic covers? Each page was something to gawk and awe at. Valiant back in the day was the industry’s best and brightest artist. I would call most of the stories great back issue material, but it was pretty. However Valiant faded and went bankrupt. Then 2012, forget anything that happened before. A whole new Valiant was born with no restrictions. Aimed more for adults the rebooted Vailiant Universe looks similar to the original but is completely new. With much of the focus on the stories of each character. It has been a renaissance for the folks at Valiant and they have left the original universe in the dust.
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