New 52 Power Rankings: July 2012

It’s one month away from the end of the first year of the New 52. I’ll be giving a much bigger overview on my thoughts for year one next month. For now, here’s my top 10 New 52 books of the month.

Top 10 Books

Ranking

Title

Last Month

Months in Top 10

1

Animal Man

 7

10

2

National Comics: Eternity

 N/A

1

3

Green Lantern

 1

11

4

I, Vampire

 4

9

5

Swamp Thing

 2

10

6

Dial H

 6

3

7

Earth 2

 10

3

8

Action Comics

 N/A

7

9

Justice League

 5

10

10

Green Lantern Corps

 N/A

1

There’s not a lot of new blood on the charts this month. The biggest new entry on the list is National Comics: Eternity #1, by Jeff Lemire and Cully Hamner. I really liked the format of the book, and the plot and art were spot on. By the end of the book I was left immediately wanting more but unfortunately there’s no word on whether Lemire and Hamner will get to continue their story.

Green Lantern continues to be extremely awesome as this issue reintroduces Black Hand in an extremely disturbing way. This issue harkened back to GL #43, Doug Mankhe’s first issue as the book’s penciller, which was extremely cool. Green Lantern Corps also jumps onto the list for the first time. Tomasi’s original run on GLC was fantastic, but this book has had trouble finding its footing since the relaunch. No offense to Fernando Pasarin, but I’d love to have Patrick Gleason back on the book.

Animal Man and Swamp Thing both had some really great moments as they wrapped up their individual story lines in preparation for the long-awaited Rotworld crossover. It’s taken a little too long to get here in my opinion, but I have no doubt the wait will be worth it.

Dial H and Earth 2 are still strong entries from the Second Wave of the New 52. In Earth 2, Alan Scott received the mantle of Green Lantern as the series’ first villain was revealed to be Solomon Grundy. Both of these characters now have ties to the Green/Rot mythos from Swamp Thing, which is an awesome touch. Dial H just keeps getting weirder and weirder in the best way possible.

I was getting a little bored with Action Comics, but issue #11 was a slight improvement. With the news of Grant Morrison’s imminent departure from the book, each issue is now something to be cherished. Speaking of Morrison, it’s worth noting Batman Incorporated #3 was delayed due to the Aurora shooting, otherwise it would have likely found its way onto the list.

That’s all I have for this month, check back next month as I celebrate one year of the New 52, and the one year anniversary of Earth 53!

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