Which New 52 comic series are best?

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#1 Posted by Brad387 (62 posts) - - Show Bio

Looking to get started with reading DC Comics as the characters are much more appealing to me than that of Marvel's, and the New 52 reboot seems the most appropriate time to do so since there isn't a massive backlog of storyline or references dating back hundreds of issues, I have just finished reading the first issue of Scott Snyder's Batman. However, as variety is undoubtedly the spice of life, I'd rather not limit myself to just one single comic series. Are there any particular great series from the New 52 that I simply just have to read? Flash, Green Arrow, Detective Comics?

#2 Posted by ComicStooge (13763 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm loving The Flash right now.

#3 Posted by SmashBrawler (5978 posts) - - Show Bio

This would be my Top 10 right now:

  1. Animal Man
  2. Green Arrow
  3. Wonder Woman
  4. Detective Comics
  5. Demon Knights
  6. Swamp Thing (Snyder's run, Soule has been OK so far but I don't have enough material to judge ATM)
  7. Green Lantern
  8. Justice League Dark
  9. Aquaman
  10. Batman Incorporated/Batman and Robin (goes back and forth for me)

Action Comics used to be there but Morrison is done, Diggle was barely in the title and the current solicits aren't very promising (cough Lobdell cough) so I'm probably dropping it after this arc is over.

#4 Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6521 posts) - - Show Bio

Batwoman. :)

#5 Posted by kilomac29 (323 posts) - - Show Bio
  • Constantine
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws

#6 Posted by mpierce2690 (316 posts) - - Show Bio

As of right now, I'd say these are the top five books:

  • Aquaman by Geoff Johns
  • Batman by Scott Snyder
  • Flash by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccelato
  • Green Arrow by Jeff Lemire
  • Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello
#7 Posted by Dark_Guyver (2409 posts) - - Show Bio

My personal favorites in order:

  1. Nightwing
  2. Batman
  3. Justice League
  4. JLA
  5. Detective Comics
  6. Red Hood and the Outlaws
#8 Edited by John Valentine (16335 posts) - - Show Bio
  1. Batman Inc.
  2. Batman and Robin.
  3. Batman.
  4. Animal Man.
  5. Green Arrow (Lemire).
  6. Aquaman.
  7. Justice League.
  8. Justice League of America.
  9. Wonder Woman.
  10. Green Lantern.
#9 Edited by Brad387 (62 posts) - - Show Bio

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I just read the first two issues of The Flash (Issue #0 and Issue #1) and really like it, perhaps even more so than Batman. The artistic style is simply phenomenal, as I love the colour palette, and The Flash is really appealing to me as a hero.

#10 Edited by ChiSoxRox (235 posts) - - Show Bio

Batwoman has probably the best art of the New 52, and the story is pretty good too. It's a strong contender for best overall series in the relaunch. If you like art like this, you'll like Batwoman.

#11 Posted by Arkhamc1tizen (2146 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman and animal man

#13 Posted by Titan1930 (24 posts) - - Show Bio

Justice League and Flash.

#14 Edited by The_Tree (7870 posts) - - Show Bio
  • All-Star Western
  • Animal Man
  • Aquaman
  • Batman and Robin
  • Batwoman
  • Detective Comics (Starting with issue 13)
  • Earth 2
  • Green Arrow (Starting with issue 17)
  • Green Lantern
  • Justice League Dark
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws
  • Swamp Thing
  • Talon
  • Wonder Woman

Justice League, Justice League of America, and Batman are decent with flashes of greatness here and there, but are the best to follow if you want to know what direction the DCU is headed.

#15 Posted by Queso6p4 (1459 posts) - - Show Bio

Batwoman has probably the best art of the New 52, and the story is pretty good too. It's a strong contender for best overall series in the relaunch. If you like art like this, you'll like Batwoman.

My only problem with Batwoman was the insane number of issues it took to get through the first arc.

I can only :( recommend:

  1. Justice League Dark
  2. Green Lantern
  3. Aquaman

#16 Posted by ChiSoxRox (235 posts) - - Show Bio

@queso6p4: I see what you're saying, but Batwoman still has regular 5-6 issue arcs like the other books. What makes Batwoman's plot feel sluggish at times is that each arc grows directly out of the one before it, so the first three arcs merge into a sort of super-arc covering the first 17 issues, and characters go out and get cycled back in.

#17 Posted by lordgawain (63 posts) - - Show Bio

Im loving Aquaman, Flash, JL and animal man.

But if your starting from issue 1 then try JL international. Unfortunately they cancelled it but its still great.

#18 Posted by noj (1094 posts) - - Show Bio

My favorites are

Batman

Batman and Robin

Justice League

Flash

Green Arrow(start at 17)

Wonder Woman

Justice League of America(read first 12 issues of JL first for full appreciation)

Batman Incorporated(very continuity dependent with alot of knowledge about past events to be FULLY appreciated. I recommend checking out Grant Morrisons run starting with Batman:The Black Glove Deluxe Edition)

Aquaman

Red Hood and the Outlaws

Animal Man

Swamp Thing

I Vampire(unfortunately was just canceled but is still an awesome read)

there are plenty of other great books and runs from the new 52 but IMO these are the cream of the crop

#19 Posted by Joygirl (20146 posts) - - Show Bio

Demon Knights is the best as far as I can tell.

#20 Posted by TDK_1997 (15084 posts) - - Show Bio
  • Animal Man
  • Aquaman
  • Batman Inc.
  • Batman and Robin
  • Swamp Thing
  • Green Arrow
  • Talon
  • Wonder Woman
  • Green Lantern
#21 Posted by Black_Claw (3042 posts) - - Show Bio

1. Aquaman

2. Batman

3. Wonder Woman

4. Demon Knights

5. Justice League

#22 Posted by akbogert (3227 posts) - - Show Bio

Batwoman is unlike anything else you might pick up from DC, pretty much guaranteed.

Red Hood & The Outlaws is really fun. I got hooked from the first arc, but some people hated it and only liked it because of the second arc. I suppose if you really want a fresh start you could just begin with the most recent issue, as the book just got a new writer and kicked off a whole new direction.

#23 Edited by SupBatz (1814 posts) - - Show Bio

It's definitely not the best but (Justice League of America's) Vibe has been a pretty fun read if you're looking to get started on DC with something simple. And it's only three issues in so catching up is pretty easy.

As for best series, my vote goes to Batwoman in terms of consistantly amazing. Aquaman has also been consistently good. And Batman is good but has had a few slow issues.

#24 Posted by Queso6p4 (1459 posts) - - Show Bio

@chisoxrox: Ah, they did all kinda run run together for me.

#25 Posted by Exia009 (75 posts) - - Show Bio

My top picks in order of pure awesomeness:

  • Batman
  • Batwoman
  • Green Arrow (following #17)
  • Green Lantern
  • Justice League Dark
  • Justice League of America
#26 Edited by Extremis (3363 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman and Green Arrow. If you try Green Arrow though I wouldn't bother starting before ish 17. That's when Jeff Lemire took over and since then it's been a great book. Poor Oliver has been getting his ass handed to him by Komodo though. You really admire his grit.

#27 Posted by Stronger (4948 posts) - - Show Bio

1.Batman

2.Batman and Robin

3.Nightwing

4.Deathstroke

5.Red Hood and The Outlaws

6.Superman

7.Justice League of America

8.Green Arrow

9.Catwoman

10.Batgirl

#28 Posted by Rich711 (259 posts) - - Show Bio
  1. Batman
  2. JLA
  3. Aquaman
  4. Earth 2
  5. Green Arrow
  6. Constantine
  7. Green Lantern
  8. Wonder Woman
  9. Threshold ...Yeah, I said it! Threshold
  10. Green Lantern Corp

#29 Posted by RustyRoy (13554 posts) - - Show Bio
  1. Batman and Robin.
  2. Flash.
  3. Batman Inc.
  4. Batman.
  5. Detective Comics.
  6. Batwoman.
  7. Animal Man.
  8. Earth 2.
  9. Talon.
  10. Animal-Man.
#30 Posted by Arkhamc1tizen (2146 posts) - - Show Bio

batman ,justice league

#31 Posted by MattGalvatron (14 posts) - - Show Bio

1. Batman
2. Justice League
3.Batman Inc
4.Animal-Man
5.Wonder Woman
6. Aquaman
7.DeathStroke
8. Batman and Robin
9.Action Comics
10. Justice League Dark

#32 Posted by Strider92 (16763 posts) - - Show Bio

I, Vampire was the best :(

#33 Posted by Frobin (97 posts) - - Show Bio

1. Earth 2
2. Green Lantern (so far, don't know what's coming with #21 and the new team)
3. Justice League
4. Justice League of America

Besides I hear that Animal Man, Swamp Thing and Demon Knights are good books, but I don't read them.

Aquaman has been ok so far, but now with Pelletier as penciller it lost some attraction to me. Green Lantern Corps is ok too, same for Batman ... though I don't read it monthly.

#34 Edited by JamesKM716 (1995 posts) - - Show Bio

1. Aquaman

2. The Flash

3. Batman

4. Talon

5. Green Lantern

6. Justice League of America

7. Justice League

8. Batman and Robin

9. Animal Man

10. Earth 2

This list is subject to change

#35 Posted by ssbm (92 posts) - - Show Bio
  
#36 Posted by CalebHara (2329 posts) - - Show Bio

It's been underrated so far in the new 52 IMO, but the Deathstroke comics have been phenomenal.

#37 Posted by Extremis (3363 posts) - - Show Bio

It's been underrated so far in the new 52 IMO, but the Deathstroke comics have been phenomenal.

I've heard this and wanted to check it out because Justin Jordan was apparently killing it on Deathstroke but I haven't bothered because I heard they were cancelling the title :( I'm assuming this is still true?

#38 Posted by CalebHara (2329 posts) - - Show Bio

@extremis: Unfortunately, yes. However, there are already 20 or so really good Deathstroke comics already out there, all phenomenal reads.

I wouldn't worry about DC cancelling the title, he will make some great appearances in the other new 52 titles. As it should end with a bang. It seems like Slade is set up to fight Mr. freaking Majestic in his final issues.

#39 Posted by sinestro_GL (3284 posts) - - Show Bio

1. Batman

=. The Flash

=. Green Lantern

#40 Posted by kilowog52 (566 posts) - - Show Bio

Out of the series I am currently reading, I'd strongly recommend Green Lantern, Green Lantern: New Guardians, Threshold, Earth 2, Aquaman, Flash, Justice League, Justice League Dark, Justice League of America, Green Arrow, and Justice League of America's Vibe. I also have full confidence in Jim Starlin, who took over Stormwatch last issue to make that series great. As for meh titles, there's Green Lantern Corps, Batman Incorporated, Red Hood and the Outlaws, The Savage Hawkman, Demon Knights, Red Lanterns, Team 7, and Justice League International. I'd say steer clear of both Katana and the Phantom Stranger. You might hear people complain about how JLI, Red Lanterns, or Team 7 are bad, and it's quite true, but Katana and the Phantom Stranger are infinitely worse. Also GLC and GL:NG were both awful for like two issues right after the Wrath of the First Lantern started, but have picked back up.

#41 Edited by novi_homines (1338 posts) - - Show Bio

@chisoxrox said:

Batwoman has probably the best art of the New 52, and the story is pretty good too. It's a strong contender for best overall series in the relaunch. If you like art like this, you'll like Batwoman.

Probably? she DEFINITELY has the best art in DC, and she probably has the best art in all of comics. Her covers are amazing.

#42 Posted by gregroyj42 (59 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman has probably been the best. if you are newer to dc Justice league was entertaining up to issue 16 same with Aquaman, Green Lantern has been great imo but if you are a GL historian you might think it is crap. I couldn't get into Green Arrow story was awful and the art didn't pull me in.

#43 Posted by Al_capOWN (537 posts) - - Show Bio

No love for the detective comics?:(

#44 Posted by Hanson724 (565 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman , Green Arrow(starting at issue 17), Aquaman, Green Lantern, JLA these are all solid imo

#45 Posted by Hanson724 (565 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman , Green Arrow(starting at issue 17), Aquaman, Green Lantern, JLA these are all solid imo

#46 Posted by IgiMancer (42 posts) - - Show Bio

Constantine, The Flash, Batman, batman and Robin, green arrow (lemire) JLD.

#47 Posted by JJ62 (1299 posts) - - Show Bio

Aquaman and Green Lantern are pretty much the cream of the crop in the DC reboot, at least IMO.

#48 Posted by thejman251 (435 posts) - - Show Bio

- Hmm

- for issues 19+ (as both RHATO 19-20 and B&R 19 -20 were asinine drivel):

- 1. GL

-2.GL NG

-3. The Flash

-4. GL Corps

-5. Superman

-6. Suicide Squad

- 7. Nightwing

-8. Batgirl

-9. Birds of Prey

- 10. JLA

- for issues 1-18

- 1. RHATO

- 2. B&R

- 3. GL

- 4. GL NG

- 5. The Flash

- 6. GL Corps

- 7. Superman (Not a fan of the H'ell on earth crossover)

- 8. Suicide Squad

- 9. Nightwing

- 10. Batgirl.

#49 Posted by JairamGanpat (957 posts) - - Show Bio
  1. Animal Man
  2. Swamp Thing
  3. Earth 2
  4. I, Vampire
  5. Demon Knights
  6. Batwoman
  7. The Flash
  8. Wonder Woman
  9. Aquaman
  10. Adventures of Superman... not New 52 but its a really cheap digital series on comixology and you should definitely check it out. :)
#50 Posted by Rich711 (259 posts) - - Show Bio

Animal Man and Swamp Thing started really strong two years ago but are they really the top book for people still with the new writers and direction?

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