- All Star DC Comics
All Star is an
imprintof ongoing comic booktitles published by DC Comicsthat began in 2005. DC has so far published two titles under the All Star banner, featuring Batmanand Superman, with a third expected to start in 2008.
The premise of the imprint is to partner DC Comics' top tier characters with the most popular and acclaimed writers and artists. The creators have access to all elements in the characters' histories and to present their interpretation for a modern audience that have not read these DC characters' comics previously, or had not seen them lately. The creative teams are not beholden to any previous and present continuities, and will tell stories that feature "the most iconic versions of these characters".
The project has been compared to the Ultimate line of
Marvel Comics, which was a successful attempt to re-introduce Marvel's most popular characters to younger readers by presenting new, updated versions unburdened by decades of plotlines. [ [http://www.popmatters.com/comics/all-star-superman-1-2.shtml www.popmatters.com] ] There are several differences between the two imprints, though. While the Ultimate titles have closely interrelated storylines, of the two All Star series so far released, there has been no effort to make them conform to each other or indicate they exist in the same continuity. Another is that All Star does not seek to introduce brand new versions of the characters so much as to present them in unhindered continuity. Although Robin's origin is rebooted in this imprint, this will not necessarily be the case for other All Star titles.
Some observers, and DC themselves, have pointed to the return of DC's major film franchises as an impetus for All Star. "No one can doubt that some kind of continuity shedding is necessary with Superman and Batman coming to the big screens," the website Comicon.com wrote. "Moviegoers entertained by these films would find the current comics storylines impenetrable [ [http://www.comicon.com/thebeat/2004/12/dc_takes_the_ultimate_chance_o.html www.comicon.com] ] ".
Current or upcoming titles
All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder" is the first title to come out of the All Star imprint. It premiered on September 2005. The first story arcfeatured artist Jim Leeand writer Frank Miller. This series features stories set in the early stages of the career of Batman, beginning with his recruitment of Dick Grayson as his sidekick Robin. Vicki Vale, Black Canary, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Plastic Man, and Batgirl also appear. Miller and Lee's run is to be for 22 issues.
All Star Superman" premiered on November 2005. The creative team of writer Grant Morrisonand artist Frank Quitelyare set for a twelve-issue run. Morrison states that this series will "strip down the Man of Steel to his timeless, essential elements".
All Star Wonder Woman" was confirmed at the San Diego Comic Con 2006 [ [http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=78030 forum.newsarama.com] ] , with Adam Hughesannounced as both artist and writer. What is known is that it will be a take on her origin story, starting with Steve Trevor crashing on Paradise Islandand focusing on Diana coming to America for the first time. Hughes describes this series as an "iconic interpretation" of the character and her more than 60 years long history. [ [http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=81341 forum.newsarama.com] ] The title is expected to launch sometime in 2008. It will be a monthly series.
All Star Batgirl" was announced at the Toronto Comic Book Expo. Geoff Johnsand J. G. Joneswill work on the first six issues. What is known about this series is that the story will present a connection between Barbara Gordon and Arkham Asylum, and a mystery to Batman on Batgirl, in John's words, like . The title is expected to launch sometime in 2008. It will be a monthly series. [ [http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=82819 forum.newsarama.com] ]
All Star Green Lantern" was confirmed at the 2006 Chicago Wizard World, no details have been mentioned as of 2007. [ [http://www.comicon.com/pulse/ www.comicon.com] ]
All Star continuity
The All Star titles are self-contained, despite sharing a label. Each story within each book has the option of also having its own continuity, without ties to previous stories.
"All Star Batman & Robin the Boy Wonder"
Miller has stated that "All Star Batman & Robin the Boy Wonder" is in the same continuity as the other storylines in his "
Dark Knight Universe" which consists of "", " Spawn/Batman", " The Dark Knight Returns", " The Dark Knight Strikes Again" and the upcoming Holy Terror, Batman![ [http://comics.ign.com/articles/685/685820p1.html Sanderson, Peter; "Comics in Context #119: All-Star Bats: The goddamned Batman according to Frank Miller. Can redemption be found for the widely-despised All-Star title?"; comics.ign.com; February 6, 2006] ]
"All Star Superman"
All Star Superman has not been stated to be tied down to a specific continuity like All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder. Grant Morrison has, however, described it as the Silver Age Superman.
"All Star Batgirl"
The upcoming "All Star Batgirl" title is confirmed not to take place in the continuity of All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder [ [http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=82819 Johns on "All Star Batgirl"] ] . It is currently on hold until enough issues are made to be released.
"All Star Wonder Woman"
In the upcoming series by Adam Hughes, neither the character nor the entire series will be connected to the Wonder Woman seen in "All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder" and the universe it is set in.
Ultimate Marvel- a Marvel Comicsimprint preceding All Star with a similar purpose.
* [http://www.comicon.com/thebeat/2004/12/dc_takes_the_ultimate_chance_o.html "DC Takes the Ultimate Chance on All-Stars"] , Comicon.com, December 21, 2004; a report on the announcement of the All Star imprint
* [http://www.popmatters.com/comics/all-star-superman-1-2.shtml "All Star Superman #1"] , by Neil Kenyon,
PopMatters, January 6 2006; review that compares and contrasts All Star and Ultimate lines
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