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I am limiting myself to a hard budget cap of roughly 25 bucks a month for new comics. I don’t really have the money to buy all of the 52 titles or all of the titles I’m interested in. So, I’m limited to about eighth titles a month after taxes. I have decided to pull seven titles a month and keep the eighth title open for month-to-month off the shelf purchases.

The seven I decided to pull span the various brands of the DCnU and I am giving some titles I’ve never read before a chance here. I am going to explain my reasoning for picking these titles. I also want to note that I am planning to give each of these titles 3 months. After that I am going to re-evaluate the seven titles and decide what to keep/drop and pick up. This way I am reading what I enjoy and not what I feel like I should be reading. I do find this to be the best way for me to purchase comics. I keep things fresh and I don’t get tired of a series for too long.

Now to get to the point, my New DC 52 pull list (Including the solicits, just because):


Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
On sale AUGUST 31 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US RATED T • Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

Comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee make history! In a universe where super heroes are strange and new, Batman has discovered a dark evil that requires him to unite the World Greatest Heroes!

I’ve decided to pick this one for a couple big reasons. First, Geoff Johns is a mastermind with team books. If you haven’t read JSA before, you should do yourself a favor and get his entire run. It’s amazing. Second, it’s Jim Lee. I don’t care if he doesn’t last more than an arc on the book, I will love what I can get. The dude is amazing and the art is a delight to look at. Those two reasons aside, I like the line up on the team and establishment of a new origin for the team.

I’ve always felt that the Justice League needs to be a loaded team. You can have your B-list and C-list members on the team, but Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman need to be there in some capacity. The fact Geoff Johns is on the title and the fact the universe is being relaunched should mean that the line-up won’t be hindered by various editorial mandates like it has in recent years. I hope this Justice League is comparable to Grant Morrison’s run in terms of greatness and impact.

Edit: At the time of originally writing this post, which I started a month ago, Justice League #1 came out. Expect a review here soon.


Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
On sale SEPTEMBER 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The superstar creators from BLACKEST NIGHT and BRIGHTEST DAY reunite to take AQUAMAN to amazing new depths!
Aquaman has renounced the throne of Atlantis – but the sea will not release Arthur Curry so easily.
Now, from a forgotten corner of the ocean emerges… The Trench! A broken race of creatures that should not exist, an unspeakable need driving them, The Trench will be the most talked-about new characters in the DC Universe!

Long before the New DC 52 was announced and before even rumors of DC relaunching their entire superhero universe started surfacing, I was looking forward to Aquaman #1. Heck, I wasn’t too hung up on was writing it.  I just wanted to read Aquaman. DC has done a horrible job with releasing any collections of the amphibious hero, so getting an Aquaman fix was quite difficult. The fact Geoff Johns is writing it with Reis on art is just delicious icing on the cake. I was going to pull this months before the relaunch anyway, but DC just sold me even more on this title.

I’m hoping that this run can equal Peter David’s in term of critical success and surpass it commercially. If there is one character that has struggled keeping a title, it’s Aquaman. I want this one to last for a while.

Wonder Woman #1

The new cover is pantless

Art and cover by CLIFF CHIANG
On sale SEPTEMBER 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The Gods walk among us. To them, our lives are playthings. Only one woman would dare to protect humanity from the wrath of such strange and powerful forces. But is she one of us – or one of them?

I’ve never bought a Wonder Woman comic before and I’ve only read the ones that directly tied into some event via collected editions (Our Worlds at War). So this is a new title for me. I am not lying when I say the past Wonder Woman stories, while they’ve interested me somewhat, I was never sold on them. Just something about her character that bores me. I figured with this relaunch and the talent on this series, I should give Wonder Woman a shot. This relaunch is about attracting new readers and I’ll admit that it has attracted me to reading Wonder Woman for the first time.

Resurrection Man #1

On sale SEPTEMBER 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
It’s the return of Mitch Shelly – and he’s still dead.
Resurrection Man can’t stay dead for long, though – and with each rebirth comes new and unexpected powers. But his many returns have not gone unnoticed, and forces are gathering to learn what’s so special about him – and to see which of them will finally stop Resurrection Man dead.

This is my oddball pick of the DCnU. I’ve always found this character’s gimmick interesting and actually kind of fun. If you have ever read DC One Million then you know that this character can be all kinds of crazy. One thing I am curious about is if the JSA are back on Earth-2 will Vandal Savage be going with them, or will there be a Vandal Savage on this new Earth that can play the role of antagonist for Resurrection Man? This book is on my likely to be cancelled first list, but I don’t care. I will enjoy it while it lasts. It helps that DnA is on the creative staff.

Static Shock #1

On sale SEPTEMBER 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The brilliant, slightly awkward high school student Virgil Hawkins transforms into the cocky electromagnetic hero Static!
A mysterious tragedy forces the Hawkins family to relocate from Dakota to New York City! Virgil embarks upon new adventures in a new high school and a new internship at S.T.A.R. Labs!
As Static, he dons a new uniform and establishes a new secret headquarters! But is he ready to take on the new villains who lurk in New York City’s underworld?

Static’s back and he’s in a series that’s not written by the butcher of Teen Titans! There was much rejoicing. I’m a life long fan of this Milestone Hero and I will probably be buying this series till the wheels fall off. Also I really dig the costume and I like the Spider-man feel they are going for.

Superman #1

Breakdowns and cover by GEORGE PEREZ
On sale SEPTEMBER 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The new adventures of Superman begin here! What is The Man of Steel’s startling new status quo? How does it affect Lois Lane and The Daily Planet? There’s no time for answers now, because Superman must stop a monstrous threat to Metropolis – one that he somehow is the cause of!

This is my controversial pick or at least it’s controversial if you consider that I AM NOT buying Action Comics #1 and instead choose Superman to be my Man of Steel comic of choice. Reasons why? I know the Grant Morrison comic is going to be great. I know it’s going to sell gang busters and honestly wouldn’t be shocked to see it outsell Justice League in the future. I know it’s a year one story. I know it will read great in trade and that’s why I am going to wait. I decided to pick Superman because I don’t know where they are going with this. I actually like the costume and I’m really excited to read Superman again. Which I haven’t done in nearly 3 years due to New Krypton, the Walk, and lack of funds.

Teen Titans #1

Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
On sale SEPTEMBER 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Tim Drake, Batman’s former sidekick, is back in action when an international organization seeks to capture, kill or co-opt super-powered teenagers.
As Red Robin, he’s going to have to team up with the mysterious and belligerent powerhouse thief known as Wonder Girl and the hyperactive speedster calling himself Kid Flash to stand any chance at all against a living, breathing weapon with roots in another world! They – along with a few other tortured teen heroes – will be the Teen Titans in this new series from writer Scott Lobdell (WILDC.A.T.S, Uncanny X-Men) and artist Brett Booth (JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA)!

The Teams of the DC Universe are getting the hardest of the reboots. Justice League is getting a new origin, Justice League International looks to be formed by someone other than Maxwell Lord, Justice Society of America is on another Earth, and Teen Titans are getting a fresh start. Of all of these reboots, Teen Titans is probably one that really needs it. Ever since Geoff Johns left Teen Titans the title has struggled. JT Krul made it a solid title in it’s death throws but it failed to meet sells expectations so he is not on the Reboot. Shame really. Now, Lobdell said he originally devised the pitch for the team not as a Reboot but a fresh start. Now with the state of the Wolfman Perez era New Teen Titans up in the air, I am believing this to be a full on hard reboot that ignores Young Justice and Geoff John’s Titans along with the past series. I think DC should’ve canceled the Young Justice animated comic and instead replaced it with a in continuity Young Justice series instead of Teen Titans, if they are truly trying to reach the readers.

That said I am looking forward to this series and it may be the XTREME Holofoil kool aid talking but I like the new costumes.

Well those were my DC: The New 52 pull list picks. As for the 8th title I am going to pick up something random, I’m thinking Batman #1 from Scott Snyder.


I was so busy last week that I didn’t have the time to make last week’s Aquaman post. Here is the preview!

Aquaman_v.5_1Of all of the original founding members of the Justice League, Aquaman (Arthur Curry) seems to have the most difficult time holding down a series. He has six ongoings under his belt and a seventh one is on the way after Brightest Day wraps up. The character has under gone several reboots and at one point was replaced with a younger version from the multi-verse in hopes to make him look cool. It is as if no writer can capture what Aquaman is about without him coming off as lame so DC has to reboot the series constantly. Aquaman #1 (vol. 5) is one of these reboots.

Read the full article here-

Now, this week’s XHE, in which I take a look at New Mutants #87, the first appearance of Cable!

1046580-new_mutants_87_2p_superNew Mutants #87

Creative Staff:
Writer: Louise Simonson
Penciler: Rob Liefeld
Inker:  Bob Wiacek
Letter: Joe Rosen
Color: M. Rockwitz

This one started it all. This is the comic that spring boarded Liefeld’s career and the eventual birth of Image. Sure Rob Liefeld had some work before New Mutants #87, but nothing on the level of this comic. “Hawk and Dove” and the Nightshade story do not have anything on how critical this one issue is to the comic book industry. New Mutant was Liefeld’s big break. This issue was his very first issue on the title and he quickly introduces some key characters into the X-men universe. First being, The Mutant Liberation Front, which hasn’t been big in the recent years but in the 90’s they played a role in majority of the events. Next key character was the introduction of Stryfe, who is the evil clone of Cable and leader of the MLF and was in the recent Messiah War crossover. Finally, New Mutants #87 includes the very first appearance of a personal favorite character of mine, Cable.


Why do I love Cable? Could be something to do with the fact I owned a Cable toy as a child and it was one of my favorite toys. It could be the fact he was a total Boss in the X-men cartoon. It could also be the fact he screams cool to me. I am a child of the 90’s after all and the renegade thing is awesome. The fact this comic is his first appearance was a major deciding factor for me to buy it.  With that all said, let’s talk about New Mutants #87

You can read the rest here-

That does it for this week. Be sure to read and comment on the reviews.

With Silver Surfer #50 out this week (go read it by the way) I feel it’s time to tell the rest of the schedule for the next two months.

For April:

April 13th- Aquaman (Peter David’s) #1

April 20th- New Mutants #87 (Liefeld’s first appearance on XHE)

April 27th- Savage Dragon/TMNT Crossover Double Feature (Savage Dragon #2 and Savage Dragon/TMNT one-shot)

In May, I am bring out my first theme month. The theme: Heroes Reborn.

May 4th- Captain America #1

May 11th- Fantastic Four #1

May 18th- Avengers #1

May 25th- Iron Man #1

You can read them all only at

Foreword: Welcome everyone to what I hope is going to be a new series of blogs/text reviews. “In defense of:” is basically where I defend often hated or ridiculed characters in the best way possible. The setting is usually going to be a courtroom case. It is written from the perspective of a defense attorney.

Today Orin, alias Aquaman and Arthur Curry,  is being brought up on charages of being lame.

Art credit goes to Alex Ross.

Art credit goes to Alex Ross.

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury I am here today to prove my client, Orin, is not indeed “Lame” but instead a person that should be treated in the highest respect and placed along with such heroes as Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman in the pantheon of greatness.  For too long my client has been ridiculed and been made a punch line by the very people he saves. So here is why Aquaman is not just another pair of tights, but instead a hero to one and all.

Exhibt #1: His Powers

Exhibt #1

Exhibt #1

The powers my client possesses are generally unknown to the public. Sure we all know of his ability to breath underwater and talk to fish, but how many know that he can leap four stories? How about the fact he can hold at least 6 tons if not more? What about telepathy which allows him to mentally talk to other humans and has been comparaed to one “Martian Manhunter”? Also, how many people know that my client has the ability to use Magick and possesses a hand that is magical in nature that grants him the ability to see into the future, among other things? Or that he is resistant to bullets and sharp objects.

The issue is that not many people know about the powers my client possesses. My client has been misrepresented in certain television series such as Superfriends. The truth is that my client is more than capable to function as a super hero and even has more abilities than the average hero. Even more than the “Sub Mariner”. Yet, he is still considered to be a weak excuse for a hero. I ask you, people of the jury, to reconsider your thoughts on Aquaman.

Exhibit #2: His Stories

Aquaman: Time and Tide by Peter David
Aquaman: Time and Tide by Peter David

Aquaman, like many heroes, is mythical by nature. Aquaman’s main city and kingdom are that of Greek Mythology, and he has fought Greek gods and goddesses.  My client has also been known to interact with members of European mythology such as The Lady of the Lake. Aquaman has fought wars and treasonous usurpers during his career.  His main villain, “Black Manta”, has threatened my client’s kingdom on countless times, and my client prevailed each time. My client has also fought off several Alien Invasions that threatened his cities.  These adventures are not even taking into consideration the time spent with various forms of the Justice League.

My client has been to edge of the universe and back. He has fought Aliens and sea monsters, as well as Gods. His stories are mythic in scope and should be heard and read. He is not just a fish man but a man entrenched in mythology.

Exhibit #3: His Bravery

You dont mess with Aquman.

You don't mess with Aquaman.

This is the best example of Aquaman’s bravery and power. The man single-handedly took on an Imperiex Probe. These same probes were wiping the floor with the JLA, and Aquaman put on his armor and charged the probe by himself.  He also defeated the probe by himself. This feat has only been done by Superman, Wonder Woman, and Hippolyta. He then survived the blast from the probe, only to have his whole kingdom transported to the past.  Wonder Woman was in ICU from the blast, and Hippolyta died. You have to be either brave or stupid to do this, and my money is on he wasn’t stupid.

In conclusion my client is not deserving of jokes made about him. He has actual powers outside of talking to fish, his stories are mythical and grand, and he is brave even in the face of more powerful enemies. This man deserves more respect than he is given and should be considered one of the top heroes in the world.

The defense rests.

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