The New 52 Power Rankings-January 2012

Top 10 Books

Ranking

Title

Last Month

Total Months in Top 10

1

Batman

N/A

4

2

Swamp Thing

3

4

3

Action Comics

N/A

3

4

Aquaman

10

3

5

Justice League

6

4

6

Animal Man

5

5

7

Green Lantern

2

5

8

Stormwatch

N/A

2

9

The Flash

N/A

3

10

Batwoman

N/A

1

January had perhaps the best and most exciting set of books since the #1 issues hit in back in September. Many storylines reached resolutions, and those that didn’t pulled out all the stops in preparation for a big finale in February. Scott Snyder’s Batman was far and away the star in January. We’ve seen Batman go a little batty (haha) before, as recently as Grant Morrison’s R.I.P. story arc and last month’s Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes one-shot. In Batman #5 Snyder take it to a new level of bizarre. As Batman begins to lose his mind within the labyrinth of the Court of Owls, the comic itself begins to rotate until the point that the book is being read upside down. It’s a great effect that isn’t used very often. Snyder also had some great moments over in Swamp Thing, and set events in motion for what seems to be a major confrontation next issue.

Two books that really stood out for me this month were Action Comics and Aquaman. Both books have been enjoyable up till now, but I never felt either was reaching its full potential. Issue #5 of Action Comics featured Andy Kubert on art, a step up from Morales in my opinion, as well as the trademark Morrison non-linearity and zany-ness that I’ve come to expect. Factor in an appearance by adult Legion of Super-Heroes members and a mysterious anti-Superman squad and this book was near perfect. Speaking of near perfect, Aquaman #5 hit all the write points in a one-shot story featuring Aquaman landing in the middle of the desert. The story was juxtaposed with the events leading up to Aquaman’s predicament and culminated with some really interesting revelations about Atlantis and it’s past.This issue also featured spectacular Art from Ivan Reis, who in my opinion keeps getting a better with each passing issue.  I really like how quickly Johns is moving his Aquaman story along, compared to the slower paced Justice League and Green Lantern. Speaking of which, Justice League moves ever closer to the conclusion of its first arc with issue #5. This issue saw some great interactions between Batman and Green Lantern, and the final page cliffhanger is awesome in the vein of Grant Morrison’s JLA.

Green Lantern, Animal Man, The Flash and Batwoman all wrapped up their first story arcs with issue #5, and each stuck the landing well. I’ll definitely be on board to see what comes next in GL and Animal Man, but I think I might take a break from the Flash. Manapul’s art continues to be astounding and there are a lot of really great ideas presented, I’m just not enjoying it quite as much as I did earlier in the series.

That’s it for January’s New 52 power rankings, check back next month for more!

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