Well, it's been a full two days since I mentioned any PR announcements from either of the Big Two super-comics publishers, so I guess I'm due for another post on the subject, huh? This one's another one from DC, who have been announcing things like crazy all week.
Yesterday their Source blog pointed to another of the pre-arranged exclusive interviews on one of their announcements, this one on the subject of a fifth weekly series, following 52 (hooray!), Countdown (Gah!), Trinity (not bad, not bad) and Wednesday Comics (hooray!).
Strangely, this weekly is in addition to the two 26-part bi-weekly series already announced, Brightest Day and Justice League: Lost Generation.
It's going to be called DC Universe: Legends, and it's going to be based on DC Universe Online, a "massively multiplayer online action-RPG," which I know, um, next to nothing about. So basically it's a weekly series based on DC super-characters, but ones distinct somehow from the DCU versions.
Distinct how? I don't know. The IGN.com interview with Executive Editor Dan DiDio was definitely geared towards people who already knew what DC Universe Online is, exactly.
I don't know whether it will be any good or not—I'm excited in general about DC weekly series, but it will depend as always on who exactly is making it, I suppose. The only creators involved that have been announced so far are writers Dan Jurgens and Tony Bedard, the former of whom did back-ups for 52 and the latter of whom was one of the writers involved with Countdown.
In the IGN interview, DiDio mentioned that Marv Wolfman would be involved at some point, and I guess Jim Lee did initial designs for the characters in the game/community/whatever-it-is.
Anyway, here's my question. What's the difference between the DCU of the comics and the universe/continuity of DC Universe Online. Like, how different are the two, and in what ways? (From what I've seen so far, it seem mostly a matter of costuming and freedom from the month-to-month goings-on of the comics line, like Cassandra Cain being Batgirl instead of Stephanie Brown, Superman being on Earth, Batman not being dead, etc).
Are the two close enough that one will probably be able to read the comic without playing/knowing anything at all about the game? Will one want to be able to read the comic in that case?
If anyone's knowledgeable of DC Universe Online and wants to weigh in, please do!