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My Opinions on the New52 – Wave 4

Oh thank the maker it’s the final week!  I didn’t even get through all of last weeks titles because this whole reboot has been a big disappointment.

HAWKMAN – From reading the solicitations it really sounded like this book was going to be a full reboot of Hawkman which is greatly needed.  Did they do that?  Of course fucking not!  He’s even more confusing than ever.  Ugh, terrible.

FIRESTORM – Here’s a book that is a full reboot and didn’t need it!  Not only that, it has bullshit forced racial issues and makes whitey look bad.  I’m sick of it.  Jason Rausch (black) use to have an abusive father.  Now in Post New 52, he’s this nice fatherly type.  Ronnie Raymond (white) asks his mother why they have no black friends because Jason bitched to Ronnie that the school didn’t have any black quarterbacks.  Huh?  Besides that, the origin was muddled and an all around terrible book.

ALL-STAR WESTERN – Ahh!  So refreshing!  This book was amazing!  It had a great narrative, buddy cop feel, action, mystery and a great setup of what’s to come.  Palmiotti and Gray knocked this out of the park. This and Animal Man are tied for my top choices of all the New 52 books.

AQUAMAN – I didn’t expect much from this but Geoff Johns always delivers a solid story.  It addresses all the memes regarding Aquaman and was pretty humorous in doing so.  I will be checking this one out.

FLASH – Wally West is, and always will be, my Flash.  This was a solid superhero book and was a fun read.  I loved te ring/costume combo but still nothing really jumped out and grabbed me.  I will be following it for a few more issues to see if it goes anywhere.

GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS – I see the direction they are going with this and  like it.  I’ve never been a big Hal Jordan fan and when Kyle was introduced I started following Green lantern.  I’m glad he’s back and not stuck as a second stringer.  My one complaint is the flashback sequence wasn’t really identified and (of course) more continuity issues.  Allegedly Emerald Twilight was written out of continuity (which is what introduced Kyle) but the way Kyle gets his ring is exactly how it happened in pre-Flashpoint continuity.

I, VAMPIRE

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK

SUPERMAN – This book should be titled ANGRY SUPERMAN.  It was also very wordy for a comic book and was the longest read of all the New 52 issues.  It’s pretty typical Superman fare and nothing really makes it jump out.

TEEN TITANS – Another full on reboot book that didn’t need it.  It was a decent read but I just absolutely hate the changes they made.  Also it fucks up continuity as some of the other books do.  I can’t see myself reading many more issues.

VOODOO

BLACKHAWKS

My Opinions on the New52 – Wave 3

I did not finish this weeks books.  It stems from losing interest in reading some of the books, trying to save some money and…  some of them just sucked so bad it ruined it for me.

Week three is upon us and I took home a bigger haul than I thought I would. So far there aren’t too many books I can see myself getting past the third issue so let’s see if Week 3 makes a difference.  Be warned, there are spoilers ahead.

BATMAN – Very good book.  Good backstory and good narrative.  I also like how this is more detective than Detective is.  In other words, this has more of a mystery feel to it than Detective Comics did.  The art styling was fantastic! Capullo did a helluva job and is a great sequential story teller.

BLUE BEETLE – A wonderful and to the point prologue.  Also a real jumping on point for new reader, something most titles in this reboot do not do well.  I like the changes to his origin (Mayan instead of Egyptian) and this book is going on the pull list.  The only thing I didn’t care much for is the ‘cultural diversity’ that seems to permeate DC’s books when they have a minority character in the lead.  It feels too forced.

CAPTAIN ATOM – Another DC book that is not a starting point for new readers… or old readers for that matter.  I’m not sure what’s going on with his background or this organization he works for but the writing style itself was easy enough to follow.  I will give it a few more issues.

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES – No way for new readers!  Almost as bad as Green Lantern when it comes to that but.. (but!) I’m a huge LSH fan and I’m happy that Levitz is writing it too.  Even if I’m confused.  On the pull list!

NIGHTWING – I don’t have experience with any of Kyle Higgins’ work before so I’m glad I can go in without any prior bias.  I liked. A lot!  He made great use of the narrative, great characterization, some good background on Dick’s time in the circus and a good intro to a new villain.  This is definitely on the pull list.

WONDER WOMAN – This is a very different take on Wonder Woman.  Very.  Different.  I did like what I read and have always thought Azzarello’s work was solid.  This book has gotten my interest and I will be following it.

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS – Ehh…  Terrible.  Just terrible.  This one and Mr. Terrific are on the top of my DC Deadpool List.  Google the reviews on this book and go from there.  What they did to Starfire was just terrible.

 

 

 

My Opinions on the New52 – Wave 2

I quickly go over my initial impressions of DC’s New52 Week 2 while trying not to spoil too much.  This week, I may have found a title I don’t want to read past the first issue.  It was bad, really bad.

LEGION LOST – I’m a huge Legion fan and I thought Nicieza did a great job with this.  They picked underused characters with a lot of potential (plus T-Wolf has always been one of my favorite characters).  They also picked the most alien looking ones of the bunch to be stranded in the past.

MR. TERRIFIC – Hated it.  Hated the art, hated the pretentiousness of the character, hated the dialogue and mostly hated the forced (non) race issues.  If a black guy ever saved my life and my response was “Thanks black guy”, I would deserve a punch in the mouth.  Doesn’t have a bright future with me.

BATMAN & ROBIN – Bat-poles!  I haven’t read much of the Bat-Family but it seems that’ll be changing.  This was a great issue.  I got a clear sense of what Damien is all about, a good reference to the past, excellent characterizations, plot and a good intro to a new(?) villain.  This is on the pull list.

BATWOMAN – I’ve never read an issue of Batwoman before this and I liked this quite a bit.  I’m not sure what the double page spread flashback/narrative was about at the end of the book but hopefully it’ll be better explained in future issues.  I just want to know why the hell is she so pale?  I mean she’s chalk white.

DEATHSTROKE – Another surprisingly good book that had a good story and great characterization.  Slade most certainly is a badass and the twist at the end not only proved it but was great.  This is going on the pull list.

DEMON KNIGHTS – This was a great book!  Cornell did a great job of introducing the characters and the twist at the end was well done. The art for this book is just stunning!  On the pull list.

FRANKENSTEIN: AGENT OF SHADE – Why is that Lemire can take the oddball characters I have no interest in and make them cool?  He made use of the S.H.A.D.E.-net as a narrative tool and it worked wonderfully to advance the story.

GREEN LANTERN – A good book but there is no way in hell that this is a jumping on point for new readers.  No flashbacks, no narrative and no clue to tell new readers what is going on.  This reboot is failing in that sense.  I’m getting the same vibe from the Bat-books too but everybody knows what Batman is about.

RED LANTERN – This was very well done.  I don’t know too much about the Red lanterns but through flashbacks and Atrocitus’ narration I got a good idea of what they are about.  The foreshadowing grabbed my attention and I’m curious as to what is going to happen next.

GRIFTER – Meh.  The main character was panicky and freaking out over hearing voices in his head but later you find out he’s a former Delta (Force) operator.  It didn’t seem too in character with someone with that level of training especially in a world with superheroes.

RESURRECTION MAN – This was OK overall.  They didn’t delve too much into Mitch’s background as to why he can resurrect but the story kept my attention and introduced a supernatural element to a hero who gained his abilities through technology (at least in pre-Flashpoint continuity).

SUICIDE SQUAD – Great pacing, great intro to the characters, this looks like it’s going on the pull list.  One question, is the cliffhanger supposed to be Amanda Waller all skinny, younger and better looking, or am I missing something?

SUPERBOY – I have to say, I didn’t have much hope for this book.  They are changing his origin a bit because the Death of Superman storyline is no longer supposed to be within continuity but Superman himself hinted at it in Swamp Thing.  So who knows.

My opinions on the New 52 – Wave 1

I would like to say that all of these books will be given at least two more issue to hit their stride.  On that note, here’s what I think.

ACTION – First off, I love Superman’s tough guy attitude!  It’s very indicative of his first appearance in Action Comics #1 (1938).  I get the whole jeans and t-shirt thing and I really liked how Lex Luthor was introduced.  Morrison’s writing can be very hit or miss for me but he really uses a lot of silver age/pre-crisis references in his work and I can appreciate that.

DETECTIVE – I haven’t been reading much Batman lately but if this is the way Tony Daniel is going to keep writing Detective, I may be on board for more issues.  It certainly had a darker, edgier feel and with the cliffhanger ending made it feel more like a horror comic than action/adventure.

GREEN ARROW – I like that he’s more of a gadgeteer type hero, I find his team interesting and I’m happy to see the trick arrows back.  You don’t find out much about what his motivations are but I don’t doubt they will be in the next few issues.  He also looks like Connor… a lot.

STORMWATCH – I don’t have much experience with the characters and again as with most of the DCnU relaunched titles there isn’t a lot of backstory but I liked this book quite a bit.

BATGIRL – Gail Simone crammed a lot of stuff into this book, a new villain, some background on the whole wheelchair thing, character development and a new supporting character.  She did a good job doing it too.  If it wasn’t for her and her work on Birds of Prey I probably would have passed in this book.  So far so good.

MEN OF WAR – I want a war book in DC that combines real military interaction with super-powered beings.  I didn’t quite get Rock’s motivation nor did I really care about the dialogue or how he interacted with his superiors.  What I thought was great was the Navy SEAL backup story.

HAWK & DOVE – Don Hall died in ‘The greatest crisis the world has ever seen’.  I tweeted writer Sterling Gates about it;

Me: Nice job with H&D #1! Quick question, are you going to expound upon the ‘crisis’ that killed Don? I’m continuity confused.

Sterling Gates: “Maybe. Stop worrying about the continuity of it, though! It doesn’t have to be COIE! Just a “crisis.””

Don’t worry about continuity?  Did he really say that?  DC rebooted their entire franchise because of it.  Anyway, I can do an entire blog post on this but I will give it a few more issues to see if anything pans out.  Oh yeah Liefield’s art is as shitty as usual.

STATIC SHOCK – Damn… I forgot to read it.  Rumor has it that Hardware shows up too.  Must get on it.

OMAC – I love Giffen but this issue was pretty forgettable.  The main character hardly even appeared in the book and we got no background at all.

JLI – Batman backing up Booster Gold as a capable leader?  Oh yeah, big time revised continuity.  And what’s with his footie pajama costume?  Not too bad overall but definitely not pre-Flashpoint JLI.  I’ll take a wait and see with this one.

ANIMAL MAN – Loved it, loved it, loved it!  I never gave two craps about this character until I read this book.  Well paced, great dialogue and a great cliffhanger.  Absolutely on the pull list.

SWAMP THING – Another character I didn’t care much about.  This was a well done issue, good character development and apparently being the Continuity Whore that I am, it seems Superman died and came back too even though that was ejected from current continuity.  And why am I learning that in a Swamp Thing title?

BATWING – Another book that was meh.  It was standard superhero fare, standard love interest and standard new villain type (Massacre = African Joker?) and no explanation at all why Batman hooked him up with his technology.  I don’t see myself getting this beyond a few issues.

My Top 5 DCnU Comics for the Week of 9/7

This is the book that I have been looking forward to the most.  It’s his second major reboot but (it looks like) they are bringing him more in line with his Golden Age roots.  I’m hit or miss on Morrison’s writing but I’m too much of Superman fan to not have hope for it.

 

The only reason I am even thinking about getting Batgirl is because Gail Simone is writing it. Period.  Batgirl was lame to begin with but her Oracle character has been fleshed out (and written better) for many years.

 

Being former Army, I want to see how they are going to pull this off.  Putting the realism of combat troops into a supervillain battleground has me intrigued.

 

I saw the sneak preview of Green Arrow a couple of days ago and I liked it.  His new costume has a Smallville vibe to it, he’s back to being a rich CEO (again) and using high tech toys (again).  This time he’s working with a team to help him on his missions.

 

More of a curiosity thing.  I don’t think the Wildstorm characters fit into the mainstream DCU even with the addition of the Martian Manhunter.  Just as with Batgirl, the only reason I’m giving it a try is because of the writer.  

Best Synopsis of Justice League #1 I have read

 

Brian Hughes over at his ‘Again With The Comics‘ blog sums up Justice League #1 quite eloquently.

Batman argues with Green Lantern, they fail to stop a monster from blowing up the sewer, then, Superman! To be continued! That’ll be $4.00, please!

The 'new' Justice League

Maybe it was the reduced page count but there just didn’t seem to be anything of substance in the book.  When I got to the end I was like ‘That’s it?’.  It also felt like I was reading an issue of Green Lantern guest starring Batman.  Other than a cameo of pre-Cyborg Vic Stone and 1 panel of Superman no other member of the Justice League appeared.  Too little content, they should have gone with a double sized issue.

I’m really hoping that the New52 takes off and they gain (and keep) tons of new reader.  I find some of what they are doing exciting (Action, All Star Western) and others… well not so good (Teen Titans, Batwing).  I will be checking out all first issues and which ever one grabs me gets collected up to issue #3 and from there up to issue #6.  If they make it that far they stay on the pull list.  I  have said to my buddy Jason “I predict 50% of these titles will be cancelled by issue 12”.  I still stand by that.  Time will tell.

A Sneak Preview of Action Comics #1

So far I’m liking what I see.  He’s acting very Golden Age and that makes me happy.  Click here.

Action Comics #1 (2011)

Nice boots.