Suicide Squad 1
A bit of a clichéd storyline for the first issue is apparently just what the doctor called for. Suicide Squad gives us a nice rundown of its members whilst running us through their last test and showing us their mettle. Particular favorites were Deadshot, who I never really took to BR, and Harley Quinn, who seems much more disturbed and believable in this universe. Amanda Waller is thin and apparently people who aren’t me care about this fact but whatever. I rarely share other people’s cares in regards to stuff like this.
What this means to you: If you don’t mind villains doing villainous things this might be the book for you. Well written and drawn, it kept me engrossed throughout the issue.
OK this was the first PR book that made me realize that the old DC universe was not there anymore. Superboy is brand new again with different powers and a different mindset. While I’m not sure about his physical power levels he seems much more focused and that seems a good thing. While I haven’t watched young justice that much, I am inclined to believe that this Superboy seems much more like his cartoon counterpart. This issue sets up the boy of steel as the main foe of the new teen titans team but we will see how long that lasts.
What this means to you: The book was well written and the art was alright but it didn’t really catch me. You Young Justice fans may get a kick out of it but I do not think it is going to be on my monthly pull list.
Batman and Robin 1
Not happy with this book. After taking so long to believably change Damien’s character we have got an almost 180. Inferring that he killed criminals and not really revealing whether or not he lies about it? I call shenanigans. I will say that this Batman seems to be more on his game than in Detective #1 so that’s a plus.
What this means to you: If you read and loved Batman and Robin then this may not be the book for you. The relationship between Dick and Damien was very different that is is with Bruce and his son. I encourage you to give it a try but I do not have high hopes for this book.
Green Lantern 1
A slow start for a promising book. Sinestro gets his feet wet as a Green Lantern and Hal Jordan feels sorry for himself. I guess all is well in the green lantern universe. Well see where this book goes though as Sinestro pops up in the last panel to offer Hal Jordan a deal with the devil.
What this means for you: This book is going somewhere, of that I am sure. It may take a few issues though. Do not give up on it though. Geoff Johns has yet to steer us too wrong.
Red Lanterns 1
This was an interesting book. Full of the exposition needed to catch new readers up to who the Red Lanterns are, I think Red Lanterns 1 shows some promise. I think what will really make or break this book is if we can get some Red Lanterns who can speak coherently. To me this is a slow part of the book. I am also eager to see if they go through with making one of the kids from earth into a Red Lantern. There is some foreshadowing but we will see what is what.