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My Life in Comics: A whole new Universe (no, not that one) to explore – Part 2

In the wake of the DC Universe altering Zero Hour, a whole bunch of jumping on points were deemed necessary as well as new series to start and new continuities to establish and in a smart (albeit cynical) move, DC had a 0 issue for almost all of their ongoing series. These would be origins, or stories about the past, or even things like re-stating the series’ premise and status quo. This led to a lot of issues in the months of August and September 1994 being good starts for new readers and I was one of them.

The first week started strong with the following issue 0s
Batman, Deathstroke: the Hunted, Flash, Legion of Super Heroes (more on that story later), Primal Force, Spectre, Superboy, Superman: The Man of Steel and Wonder Woman.

It was also the time that I started to frequent the other comic shop and for the first time since I was 10 or so, found my people. I spent much of the next 6 years spending my weekends there, both as a customer and then as staff, working a part time job for comic-money. Needless to say, I had a LOT of comics reading done in that time.

The following week brought Batman: Shadow of the Bat, The Demon, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Justice League America, New Titans, Starman and Superman.

The next week introduced Adventures of Superman, Detective Comics, Fate, Gunfire, Justice League Taskforce, Legionnaires (again, we’ll get to that) Outsiders, R.E.B.E.L.S. 94, The Ray, Steel and Xenobrood.

Finally the 0 issues came to an end with Action Comics, Anima, Aquaman, Catwoman, Damage, Darkstars, Green Arrow, Guy Gardner: Warrior, Lobo, Manhunter and Robin.

Some characters had multiple series, both Batman and Superman having one a week and the Legion of Super Heroes having two per month and those linked, but the rest were one offs giving you a taste of these new characters as well as a refresher on who they are and what they were about. Amongst those were new titles, Xenobrood, Manhunter, Fate, the retooled L.E.G.I.O.N. 94 (now known as R.E.B.E.L.S 94) and the critically acclaimed Starman. It was a big push by DC to gain new readers and market share and at least in my own case this was true.

I was already a fan of Superman, but here is where I started seriously collecting it, alongside Green Lantern, I also added Flash, Fate, Guy Gardner, New Titans, Damage, Manhunter and Justice League America to my rapidly expanding pull list.

It was a new world for me to run around in and it brought a new appreciation to this rival to Marvel and it set up a cycle of my rediscovering DC every few years as they tried this idea again and again.

As I look back, seeing what stuck and what didn’t, the thing that strikes me is how DC was trying something different in this era. We had a new Green Lantern, Wally West owning his position as the Flash, a new Green Arrow, new titles like Starman, Damage and Manhunter. This was daring and risky, but to me it was working and many of the characters that this era brought to prominence I followed for many years after, until the versions before that came back.

Anyway, I had no idea what I was saying here, but I leave with a question internet people. Do you remember this era? Do you remember it fondly? What worked for you, what didn’t? Did this work better or worse than say the Nu 52?

Ttfn Internet People, I am outta here

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Liverpool based family man and unrepentant geek, trying to understand what's going on in my own head, which is not always being a good place to be. Remember always, we live in a world of wonders.

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