31 August marks 'historic' renumbering of entire line of comics, but the apps aspect is equally intriguing.
US publisher DC Comics has announced plans to reboot its DC Universe line of comic books, releasing 52 first issues that will bring its classic characters into the modern age. And yes, there's a big digital angle.
The issues will be released digitally - including through apps - the same day as they go on sale in printed form. What's more, DC will adopt this policy for all releases going forward.
DC notes that this will make it "the first of the two major American publishers to release all of its superhero comic book titles digitally the same day as in print", cocking a snook at rival Marvel.
USA Today has more details on the changes, which will include comics based on characters including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.
"We're allowing people who have never bought a comic book in their lives to download them on portable media devices and take a look," says artist Jim Lee. "Having the ability to give people access to these comics with one button click means we're going to get a lot of new readers."