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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):
JUSTICE LEAGUE #1
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
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
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
Written by DAN ABNETT and ANDY LANNING
Art by FERNANDO DAGNINO
Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
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
Written by SCOTT McDANIEL and JOHN ROZUM
Art and cover by SCOTT McDANIEL and JONATHAN GLAPION
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.
Written by GEORGE PEREZ
Breakdowns and cover by GEORGE PEREZ
Art by JESUS MERINO
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
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
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.
So it turns out one of my followers on Twitter (and I follow him as well) worked on Supreme #1 doing coloring and background work. This is awesome news. His name is Kevin Broden and he has a blog over here- http://kevinpsbroden.blogspot.com/2010/09/secret-origin-of-masked-ghost.html (Which he kindly mentions the site and the review, thanks again.)
Now for the reason of the follow-up is to correct something. In the review I stated something along the lines of “If Bloodstrike can get a solo title before you then something is wrong” This is in reference to the team Heavy Mettle. Well Kevin pointed out to me that Heavy mettle was created by Brian Murphy in hopes in getting a spin-off but never did. Why it never got one wasn’t explained but I just wanted to correct my citation in that Brian Murphy created Heavy Mettle (and Kevin did the backstory work on it too) and not Rob Liefeld.
In other news- I plan on releasing a special Field Guide next week in place of Superman #123. The Superman review is actually finished (just needs editing and picture placement) but the review I am working on is something I’ve been meaning to tackle for a while and it should be fun. So expect special review next week, then Superman #123 the following week. I do have an order in my mind on how I want to release these things and any overall themes. I can say I plan for October to be a Halloween themed month and that’s about it. Not really comfortable putting out a schedule and not being able to meet it again. So I am effectively winging it. Also I am taking suggestions and recommendations for Field Guide entries. Now the only stipulation for it to qualify as a Field Guide is for it to be something you found in a Bargain Bin or anything before the year 2000. Just shoot me an email at email@example.com
It’s Halloween, dear viewers, and I think it’s a perfect time to do two things. First, to get back to the reason why I started writing these articles, which is to look at comics from the perspective of a relative outsider. And Second, to talk about the largest event in the DC universe at the moment, Blackest Night. As a huge fan of horror, and a huge fan of DC, this seems like it could be a winning combination, and upon the recommendation of Mr. Jennings, I decided to pick up Blackest Night: Superman #1 of 3.
Summary: It opens like a classic horror film, with “Kal-L of Earth 2” rising from his grave, commanded by an unseen force that speaks in black text boxes shaped like a green lantern symbol. After some establishment that we are in Smallville and a mysterious shape is flying through the sky. We cut to Superman and Conner (Superboy?) and the Kent farm, having coffee with Ma Kent. (Side note, Jonathan Kent is apparently dead, it’s not discussed why or how in this comic). During their nice sit down, we see things from the perspective of Zombie Superman 2 (He is still technically Superman, right?) as he stalks about town. It is here we are shown that not only can he see people’s base emotions, he also keeps talking about his power level (does he feed on the emotions? Never explained).
“Well no wonder he’s afraid, apparently Zombie Superman is also a Super-SAIYAN! (That’s the last one I swear…)”
Eventually, Superman and Conner find Zombie Kal-L in the graveyard, digging up the grave of Jonathan Kent (I think). A fight ensues, with Zombie Superman wooping ass and almost killing Conner. He then leaves, and during this, zombie Lois Lane (from Earth-2 as well, I think) shows up and kidnaps Ma Kent. Then Superman and Conner track the zombie honeymooners to town square, where they notice the town is abandoned. Then, the Zombies reveal themselves, posing for the final page of the comic, holding Ma Kent hostage.
“What? Now Conner’s a 28 Days Later zombie? I just don’t get this comic at all…”
Writing: The story does a good job at creating a homage to a slasher film, as advertised. It builds mystery and tension to the reveal of Zombie Superman, and even afterward you are left wanting to know what he’s really after, which hopefully the other 2 issues resolve. However, from a new reader standpoint, this comic is confusing as hell. The whole Earth 2 really blindsided me, as did the New Krypton thing (it was a brief side plot I glossed over because it had nothing to do with the main story). I considered myself at least a bit knowledgeable about the DC universe, but I have no idea what the crap they are talking about. The black lantern rings would also probably throw a new reader off. However, there is a lot of stuff at your local comic book store that contains “checklists” of sorts, so you can read the Blackest Night stuff in order, which will makes thing more clear, I hope.
Beyond that, this comic is good, although the seeing emotion thing got kind of tiresome after a while. Also, I don’t normally talk about lettering and the like, but the Black Lantern narration style boxes are very clever.
Art: The art is fine, nothing special, but well executed nonetheless. For the most part, anyway. There are a couple moments where I question some facial expressions, mainly this one close up of Superman where it looks like he’s possessed by the Devil.
“Um…that’s not the evil Superman, right?”
Also, for no reason I can gather (aesthetic choice, I guess) the panel order will shift from left to right on one page to a two page left to right format. It’s pretty jarring, although not deal breaking.
Overall: It’s an enjoyable story about Superman, although I would have to read the rest of this three part mini-series (and for that matter, the rest of Blackest Night) to figure out not only if it’s good, but also what the hell is going on.
But more than that, this comic poses the most pressing dilemma that the DC universe has ever faced:
Does being a Zombie make Superman more or less invulnerable?
“Gimme Some Sugar, Baby.”
Hello everyone. Today I am going to take a break from the comic reviews and speak to you about something slightly more personal. Don’t go away. It is still about comics, but instead of reviewing a single comic or TV show, I am going to do something else. I am going to tell you why I have such an obsession with the funny books.
The reason this blog is being posted today is for many different reasons. One being I have a ton of class work this week and couldn’t review a comic. The other being I just celebrated my 19th birthday yesterday. I am not one to look back on my life, as I prefer to look to the future, but yesterday I reflected on my life. Seemed fitting at the time. Well I started to wonder why do I am I into comics in such a degree that I am today. Well I mentioned in an earlier review that the Justice League TV series got me into comics. That was a lie. I was into comics in the late 90’s. Heroes Reborn was going on and I actually remember reading a lot of the Avengers and Iron Man comics of the time. My very first comic was this:
That is right, the first issue of Blue Superman. To most people it would anger them and burn the book. Yet, I loved it. I don’t know why. Maybe because my obsession actually begins before I got my first comic.
I was a child of the 90’s and like every child of a decade, I had my iconic cartoons. The 80’s had Transformers and GI Joe; the 90’s had Batman, X-men, and Spider-man. I grew up watching these cartoons and loved every minute of them. My Dad was a child of the 80’s (actually 70’s/80’s) and was a fan of such shows as Transformers and Battle of the Super Friends.
See my father is a nerd at heart but due to financial constraints when he was young, he never got to experience comics. Shame because he would have been around for Crisis on Infinite Earths and Secret Wars. Well my dad’s love for superheroes and all things geeky carried over to when I was born. My Dad was already watching these shows before I could even walk. See I wasn’t raised in front of a TV like most kids my age. I was raised with my dad spending time with me watching TV, reading books, and playing X-men. My earliest memories are watching shows like Batman and X-men with him.
Now I have come of age. I have grown wiser and more mature with time. I now see what I shared with my dad. I didn’t see why he wanted to see all these superhero movies with me or watch the cartoons until now. He is trying to capture the memories of when I was young and in the same way; I watch them with him because I cherish those memories.
I guess you can say I only like comics because they are all I know given what I was raised with. I like to think otherwise. I want to think that I am into comics because of the memories with my father. I was raised with a supportive father. Despite my mother’s concern for my comic buying habit, my father was always there supporting me. He even reads some comics with me. I may have to explain some things for him, but I love spending time with him just reading comics-even if it is just the Sunday funnies. I can only hope when I have kids I can be like him. I want to share this same experience with my kids, if I do have them.
There are actually several reasons why I love comics, but this is really just the basis of this obsession. Today all I presented was just one: My dad. My dad is a major piece into the greater puzzle that is my undying flame for comics. He influenced me young and in a way I read comics for nostalgia. We will learn in the next few parts of this series that is not always the case.
Thanks for reading. Join me Friday when I review the newest comics of the week. Also tomorrow I will have a special post concerning when the next “In Defense of” is going to be posted and who is the client. Again thanks for reading and good day.