In May of last year, DC finally shipped the first issue of DC Universe Legacies, a long-promised ten-issue series retelling the history of the superheroes of the DC Universe, from their late-thirties beginning, through World War II and all the way up until the present day.
It was written by Len Wein, and while it would presumably tell a unified story of some sort, it would essentially be retelling parts of pieces of scores of series DC Comics published throughout their history, there were still two really strong selling points to the series.
First, there were some pretty stellar contributors handling portions of the art, including the legendary Joe Kubert (working with his son Andy), Jose Garcia-Lopez, George Perez, Walt Simonson, Jerry Ordway, Brian Bolland, Frank Quitely, Bill Sienkiewicz and Dave Gibbons, as well as J.H. Williams III, Keith Giffen, Al Milgrom, Dan Jurgens, J.G. Jones, Scott Kolins, Gary Frank, Tom Derenick and Jesus Saiz. That's an awful lot of super-comics masters drawing piece of any one book.
Secondly, it was pitched as the definitive account of the history of the DC Universe after the 2006-2008 era stories fiddling around with the consistency and continuity of that university, and the death, rebirth and remixing of various alternate universes (This would include the changes brought about by Superboy Prime's battering the walls of fiction to escape his "heaven dimension," the creation of "New Earth" in Infinite Crisis, the revelation of and recreation of the 52 parallel Earths in 52, the changes wrought by Darkseid's deicide of Orion in Final Crisis and the subsequent de- and re-creation of existence).
While both points made it a series I was really looking forward to reading—especially the prospect of Joe Kubert drawing Golden Age heroes!—Legacies was being released just as I was moving to a comic shop-free city, and deciding that I'd start buying new series I was interested in only in trade collections moving forward.
The tenth and final issue of Legacies shipped this past March...a mere three months before DC announced that they would be rebooting their entire universe and thus its history/continuity yet again. The hardcover collection ships in August of this year; one month before it's likely made at least somewhat irrelevant by DC's September relaunch.
Obviously the first selling point (all that art by all those great artists) won't disappear from the collection or anything, but the second one sure seems awfully irrelevant now. This particular project is also one more piece of evidence that this September relaunch, as big and ambitious as it is, couldn't really have been in the works all that long. After all, why bother making and publishing this comic if you knew you were going to change the history it covered anyway in about a year? Why not wait until October 2011 to start publishing it, so it could reflect the new state of that history?