Tag Archives: New 52

On My Radar In 2013

At the beginning of 2012 I posted a list of things I was most looking forward to. Some of them delivered (Green Lantern, Earth 2), some were a bit of a let down (AvX, Rotworld), and some have carried over into 2013 (Pandora, Multiversity). So, like last year, here’s a list of the things I’m looking forward to the most in 2013.

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Batman Incorporated #1

I’ve been a huge fan of Grant Morrison’s Batman run since the Batman R.I.P. arc. I know I’ve talked about it a lot in this blog, very recently in fact. The story was set to conclude in vol. 1 of Batman Inc., which launched back in 2010. The series was very good, but was plagued by delays. Ten issues were solicited, but only 8 were actually released before DC launched the New 52 and the book was put on hiatus. The last two issues were released as a single issue titled “Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes” late last year, wrapping up what Morrison called the “first season” of Batman Inc. Now, as a part of DC’s second wave of New 52 books, we have vol. 2 of Batman Incorporated. The big questions here is how is Morrison going to finish his multi-year long epic now that DC’s universe has been rebooted. How much of the original run still happened the way it was presented and how will this affect the conclusion of the story? Well, going off of this issue, the answer is not very much. Morrison comes back in full force with a first issue that rivals that of his own Batman and Robin #1.

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Annual Extravagana!

From what I garner from the history books, there was a time where it was common for comic book companies to issue special “annual” issues in a series. These annuals would usually deviate from the normal ongoing storyline of the book, would contain a far greater number of pages than a normal issue, and would sometimes tie into other annuals to tell a bigger story. Now, I speak of annuals as old hat somewhat sarcastically. DC and Marvel have both still released annual issues of some of their series through recent years, though it has been on an inconsistent basis and with even more inconsistent quality. DC looks to be shaking that up a bit in the New 52. DC currently has 8 annual issues slated, 3 of which are to be released this month and 5 in August. It’s worth noting that May and August are months with 5 Wednesdays and that 7 of the 8 annuals are to be released on the 5th Wednesday. If this is an ongoing trend we can expect another batch of annuals in October as well.  I’m going to take a look at what we know about the currently announced annuals, because some of them look pretty darn interesting.

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FCBD The New 52 #1

Note: I started writing this post about a week ago, but then I got my tonsils taken out and kind of forgot it, sorry. Here it is now, posted as originally written although slightly dated.

This past weekend was a busy time for me. It was graduation time at my alma mater and several of my close friends graduated. My fiancée and I are less than a month away from our wedding (Aw Yeah!) and now that school is out she’s headed home to start getting everything ready for the big day. I also went and saw The Avengers with a big group of friends and I absolute loved it. Why can’t DC get their act together and pull off something like this. Well, they did get one thing right and that was their offering for Free Comic Book Day this year. If you aren’t familiar with FCBD, it is a day, usually the first Saturday in May, where comic book publishers release special free books to entice readers to visit their local comic shop. In recent years the bigger comic companies have used FCBD to tease upcoming storyline or events, such as DC’s Blackest Night #0 a few years back. This year they have outdone themselves with The New 52 #1, a full length story by Geoff Johns with art by Jim Lee, Ivan Reis, Gene Ha, and Kenneth Rocafort. It doesn’t get much better than that.

 

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Dial H #1

Wow, DC really went all out this week, huh? Wrapping up my reviews of the first four books of DC’s second wave of New 52 books is Dial H by China Mieville and Mateus Santolouco. China Mieville, a best-selling novelist with a PhD and a hand in politics, almost made it into DC (Vertigo to be exact) a few years ago with a Swamp Thing series that never got published. Now he’s making his DC debut on a book that by all accounts should be a Vertigo book, but the DCU is all the better for its inclusion. Click more to read on.

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G. I. Combat #1

DC decided to cancel two of its war genre books that launched with the New 52 at issue #8. Those books were Men of War, a by the books tale of soldiers living in a world with superhumans and Blackhawks, a kind of DC version of G.I. Joe. These were consistently the two lowest selling books of the New 52 and received lukewarm reviews, so it’s not very surprising that they got the axe. What is kind of surprising is that DC decided to launch a new war book as part of its second wave. This time the book will revive three DC war concepts, the main feature being “The War That Time Forgot” with rotating stories “The Unknown Soldier” and “The Haunted Tank.” I really admire taking chances with lesser known concepts and genres outside of super-heroics. Unfortunately, this book sucks, and that is all. (Actually there’s more, read on).

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Worlds’ Finest #1

Today I’ll be continuing my review of DC’s second wave of New 52 books with Earth 2’s sister book, Worlds’ Finest, written by Paul Levitz with art by George Perez and Kevin Maguire. World’s Finest has traditionally been the designation for various Superman/Batman team up books, but this book shakes that up a bit. Worlds’ Finest focuses on two survivors of the parallel world Earth 2 #1; Helena Wayne, Daughter of Batman and ex-Robin, and Kara, cousin of Superman and ex-Supergirl. Picking up 5 after Earth 2 #1 in the present DCU, the two have assumed new identities as the Huntress and Power Girl, respectively. How does this book compare to its companion? Does it buck the trend of oversexualized female lead books? Click on to find out!

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Earth 2 #1

Here it is, the first books of the second wave of DC’s New 52 have arrived. With them comes a book that I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for, the first issue of James Robinson and Nicola Scott’s Earth 2. The New 52 has been one of the industry’s worst kept secrets since its inception, with leaks coming months before official announcements and creative changes being outed  left and right before word comes from DC. Earth 2 managed to avoid all, remaining cloaked in secrecy up until release. Is this the book I’ve been waiting for, is it better than I could’ve hoped, or is it Cry for Justice all over again? Keep reading to find out!

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New 52 Power Rankings: April 2012

You know the drill. I’m here to talk about comics I like and stuff. Here are my 10 favorite books from DC’s New 52 in April. (P.S., to my non-existent loyal following, sorry for the lack of content in April, I’ll try to do better next time.)

Top 10 Books

Ranking

Title

Last Month

Total Months in Top 10

1

I, Vampire

 2

7

2

Batman

 3

7

3

OMAC

 5

4

4

Swamp Thing

 1

7

5

Green Lantern

 7

8

6

Justice League

 8

7

7

Aquaman

 4

5

8

Animal Man

 6

7

9

Wonder Woman

 9

7

10

Red Lanterns

 N/A

1

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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

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