In September of 2011 DC rebooted their entire continuity with 52 new #1 issues called the “New 52”. This has been the primary “Earth 0” canon for DC over the last few years, but that is being swept aside this June when DC will be relaunching about half of their titles with brand new #1 issues.
Following the Convergence storyline DC is doing a soft reboot. This isn’t going to be a New 52 style continuity reset, but many books are going away and others are seeing all new creative teams. Some characters have costume redesigns (such as Starfire) while others will retain the current New 52 looks.
Here’s how DC explains it in their press release:
Beginning June 3rd, the DC Comics line of comic books will consist of 24 brand-new series that will begin at issue number one, as well as 25 on-going, bestselling fan favorite series that will continue without a break in the issue numbering. The total number of periodicals in the DCU will be 49, with additional new titles debuting throughout the year.
Depicting some of these iconic characters in a more contemporary light include National Book Award finalist Gene Luen Yang who will join artist John Romita Jr. in the ongoing adventures of SUPERMAN. Comic superstar artist Bryan Hitch will write and draw new tales of the world’s greatest heroes in JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA. The pitch perfect team of Garth Ennis and John McCrea returns to DC Comics for a limited series called SECTION EIGHT featuring characters from their popular Hitman comic. VERTIGO creator Ming Doyle will be lending her talents to DC Comics, penning CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER along with newcomer artist Riley Rossmo.
Breakout star, Brenden Fletcher, co-writer behind the all new, highly successful BATGIRL book will also be writing the new BLACK CANARY series launching in June. Fan favorites Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti will be the creative team on new titles STARFIRE and HARLEY QUINN/POWER GIRL and will continue to helm the perennially bestselling HARLEY QUINN.
This would explain why a lot of the New 52 books (such as all of the Green Lantern titles except the core book) were ending right before Convergence. Personally this doesn’t phase me much as it doesn’t seem like they’ll be touching the core DC books, and I’m very excited about the three books by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Pamiotti as their Harley Quinn has been great.