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.