Posted on 15 September 2011 by DM
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.
Posted on 31 August 2011 by VinnieAve
So in my 2 or 3 years of reading comics regularly, there has never been a more interesting week. This is the week is quite possibly the most important week yet. DC only released two books. One was Flashpoint #5 and the other was Justice League #1. I’m going to review this and try to keep them in context of what I’ve seen in DC comics. I’m reviewing them in the order that I encourage you to read them; it just makes sense that way.
Flashpoint #5 – So for this past summer we’ve had the experience of seeing this darker world, it hasn’t been the smoothest ride and this book is no exception. It wasn’t quite a story but more of an exposition book that explains why this happens. I wasn’t really impressed with it overall. The ending is pretty much a forgone conclusion. It has a bit of a Lord of the Rings feel in that there are all these threads from the side books that have going on (the best part of the Flashpoint Universe) all come together to help end the war between Aquaman and Wonder Woman. I don’t usually notice art or things like that but the splash page when the resistance shows up is something that I hope gets made into a poster. The book ends with the Flash going back but when he travels he sees three different timelines. Part of me says that this might suggest that there could be a way to bring back things from the previous DC. I’m not suggesting that this will collapse the new universe but a way to filter in ideas that should be brought over. For a brief comment, if you haven’t already read Flashpoint there is no reason to read #5, however, I suggest if you haven’t read Flashpoint and enjoy superhero comics pick up the collection that is coming on in October (only the main story, not the side books, which are coming out in March).
Justice League #1- Also for the past summer there has been a lot of build-up to the New 52. Today it started its landing with Justice League. This is a smart choice since it can be used a way to bring in characters and see where they’ve been. The first thing I noticed was that it say “5 Years Ago” in the first panel. To me this says that the main DC Universe is going to take place after this book (with exception to Action Comics which will take place before this). This is a very tone establishing issue. This is before heroes became well known. Most of the book is making sure you know this in the dialogue between Batman and Hal Jordan. The book isn’t bad, it’s a little slow but I think that this is a good start. I didn’t expect too much action in this book. The art is slick and clean throughout the book. This book would be a good starting point for any super hero fan. It’s not an action packed start but the action is good and Hal shows off his powers pretty well. There is something of an over-arching story but it’s really front and center, as JL progresses I’m sure it will be more a part of it as the gang forms up. I’m actually glad they didn’t rush the formation in one book and will spread it out.
So there it is the end of the old and the beginning of the next stage. These books are not going to bring in people who don’t like the superhero thing but this will be a good way to make stray sheep back.