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You Decide: Should DC Have Re-Numbered Detective Comics at #900?

I forgot to post this last week.

This time around, we ask whether you think DC should have re-numbered Detective Comics at #900 with its 990th issue (well, technically it would be 901 if you count #0)?


Why would you count #0 as #890-something? It’s #0. Admittedly, there have been two #0s of the series, but still. As a zero, it defies progressive numbering.

I don’t understand why they would do this. What’s the point supposed to be?

There’s also a #1,000,000. I don’t know–maybe the two #0s should be considered #0a and #0b at this point.

Well, for me, they never should have renumbered in the first place.

Having said that, what irritates me is the fact that they are trying to have it both ways; they didn’t renumber, but they still put out a giant, expensive 900th issue special. It’s just cheesy. Either or, guys.

I think they should have have done it, 900/19. I think Marvel did something like that for a few comics a while back. Have both the old and new numbering.

DC restarted their numbering as a cheap sales gimmick and to change this issue to #900 would have been yet another cheap sales gimmick. Butchering the numbering of long-standing titles is one of the many trends I hate Marvel for starting.

Why would they renumber this? It wouldn’t be Issue #900. It’s issue #19 of Detective Comics volume 2. The previous series is closed, it’d be a cheap gimmick to go back,

Les Fontenelle

April 15, 2013 at 8:42 pm

I agree with ACmc – if DC restarted the numbering then it’s a new series and its 19th issue is in fact not #900, which I’m sure comes as a relief to math. The old series that would be reaching #900 was cancelled before it could’ve gotten there, and not getting that milestone anymore is simply the price they pay for having started over the numbering; it comes with the package.

@Randy – Yeah, in the early 2000’s Marvel began numbering all the titles with their original run number, as well as the post-Heroes Reborn reboot number. Then they just returned the issues back to their original numbering. Confusing and a bit pointless, but it was interesting to see.

I’m personally against re-numbering. The last straw for me was when Uncanny X-Men was re-number. Yes, it has a new #1 issue that might sell well, but it still won’t negate the past 500+ issues in the continuity. If I recall correctly there wasn’t even a break in the publishing schedule. How does that make this a “new” series?

It’s going to be interesting to see how DC handles Action Comics #1,000. It’d be a shame if they didn’t return to the original numbering for that.

I’d be surprised if DC didn’t return to the original numbering after the massive event in just over two years time when the first wave of New 52 titles reach issue 52…

DC never should’ve started the numbering over in the first place. As far as I’m concerned, everything since Identity Crisis (Dr. Light was a rapist?? Really??) has been complete crap. And I have hated, do hate, and will continue to hate the New 52 until the day I die. Or even longer if possible.


I think it’s a guarantee DC will return the titles to the original numbering, counting all the current issues as though the previous volumes never stopped. It’s just a question of when. As a matter of fact, in the cases of Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, etc. I would fully expect them to start numbering the titles as though their pre-Crisis books had never stopped. It’s the same crap Marvel pulled and it would allow DC to quickly reach so-called milestone issues to boost sales.

Let it be said that Detective 19 was really really good. So who gives a crap what the number was on the outside?

In…Fantastic Four 6 (the latest one), there’s a letter dealing with this issue, and the editor’s response is that they’re moving towards a “magazine-like” way of numbering, where each year is a new volume of the book.

In other words, don’t get too attached to the idea that they’re going to renumber the old way.

They should only go back to the old numbering if they plan on the book taking place pre-NEW 52. The reason for the numbering change (other than cheap sales trick) was the fact all the books were entering the New 52. To change that number to the old numbering should signify a revert to the old universe. I’m not even saying this is what they should do, just saying this should be the only reason they go back to the old numbering with 900

Ah, leave it to comics to figure out how to look to the future and move towards the model of…..magazines. Because they’re doing so well right now too.

Which doesn’t even make sense. Entertainment Weekly just had issue 1260. Sports Illustrated just does dates. Maybe he meant they wanted to be more like Journals…..and I’ll point them to my medical library that just packed away all those and close the stacks for electronic access.

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