The Wednesday Run – August 24, 2011

Every Wednesday, JP makes the after-work run to his local downtown comic book shop. Comics arrive on Wednesdays you see and JP, fearful that the latest issue will sell out, rushes out to purchase his copy. This regular, weekly column will highlight a particularly interesting release, written in short order, of course, because JP has to get his – before someone else does!

DC Universe: Legacies
Written by: Len Wein
Illustrated by: Various
DC Comics

Yeah, DC’s having a big month for all things that end. Well, as they “end” in the DC universe, anyway. You know, right before they start up again. Fresh. Brand new. Rebranded. Rebooted. Relaunched. Huzzah!

Hold up. Some of you might not know what I’m talking about. Here’s the “411” in one sentence: DC Comics, in an attempt to streamline their entire cast of comic book characters and reposition their various monthly comic books in an ever competitive marketplace, is re-starting every publication with issue number 1’s this September.

For comic book readers and collectors, it’s a BIG deal.

And with that caveat out of the way, may I present…DC Universe: Legacies.

Written by someone who has left an indelible legacy on the industry himself, Len Wein has crafted a ten-issue series, here compiled in one 336-page hardcover, that chronicles the fictional history of the DC Universe and five generations of its legendary heroes. In these pages, you’ll find the first accounts of the Mystery Men pre World War II with subsequent chapters bringing us through the ages up to the present day starring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Justice League of America, The Teen Titans and many, many more beloved heroes and (despicable) villains.

It’s appropriate that Wein is partnered with a veritable who’s who of artistic talent. Scott Kolins is here along with Andy Kubert, his legendary father, Joe Kubert, unsurpassed veteran George Perez and the remarkable J.H. Williams III among other titans of the industry.

DC Universe: Legacies isn’t the first time the publisher has documented the “history” of its fictional characters and stories. The two-issue History of the DC Universe, published in 1986, attempted to summarize the company’s then-history of its various heroes and events. But, I suppose, in comics, things change and stay the same.

With the advent of a new DC Universe beginning this September, it’s fitting that we make the run and pick up the highly enjoyable DC Universe: Legacies. If only to remember the way things were, before they change for another twenty-five years.

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