The New 52 Power Rankings-December 2011

Top 10 Books

Ranking

Title

Last Month

Total Months in Top 10

1

Batman Inc: Leviathan Strikes

N/A

 1

2

Green Lantern

3

 4

3

Swamp Thing

4

 3

4

Demon Knights

N/A

 2

5

Animal Man

1

 4

6

Justice League

5

 3

7

I, Vampire

6

 4

8

Wonder Woman

8

 4

9

Green Lantern: New Guardians

7

 4

10

Aquaman

 N/A

 2

There were some pretty big happenings in the last month of 2011. The first “season” of Grant Morrison’s Batman Inc finally wrapped up with the Leviathan Strikes one-shot, and the identity of Leviathan now stands revealed. It’s a huge payoff for those who have read Morrison’s Batman from the beginning and I can’t wait to see how it the story ends in next year’s Batman: Leviathan. In Demon Knights, we finally learn something about this team’s connection to the present day Stormwatch and learn of a possible connection between Merlin and Stormwatch’s Adam One. In Justice League we see the birth of Cyborg, the introduction of Aquaman and the coming of Darkseid, which is not bad for a story that has been pretty decompressed so far. I, Vampire featured an appearance from John Constantine, a character who I believe is written better here under the pen of Joshua Fialkov than under Peter Milligan in Justice League Dark. In Green Lantern: New Guardians we finally learn who is behind the ring theft and see Ganthet and Sayd reunite for the first time since Blackest Night. Unfortunately it isn’t the heartwarming reunion one would hope for, but I’m excited where the story goes from here. Aquaman wrapped up its first story arc, a feat that I wish more titles could’ve accomplished, while teasing next year’s storyline dealing with the sinking of Atlantis. While I thought the Trench story was a little light on substance, the resolution was satisfying and Ivan Reis’ art was better than ever. I expect the Trench’s story to be fleshed out further down the line as Geoff Johns continues to build up Aquaman in the same way he did GL.

Next month should see several more books concluding their first arcs. Soon the DCnU will settle into its foundation and we will truly see if DC’s grand experiment pays off. Check back next month for the next New 52 Power Rankings!

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