By AMP - Seeker of Lost Knowledge 0 Comments
Since August 31st to September 28th, DC Comics relaunched their ENTIRE books with 52 new books. After an entire month of new books, here are my concerns:
-Justice League: The FIRST book after FLASHPOINT. Somehow I knew that Barry was going to do something to fix everything that happened after all the craziness between heroes and villains. Too bad that everything starts all over again but with a few twist: characters from Vertigo (i.e.Swamp Thing and Animal Man) and WildStorm (i.e. Grifter, Voodoo, and Catlin Fairchild) return to the new mainstream. With Justice League, sold 200,000 copies and second printings are coming (I hope it beats Jim Lee's X-Men #1, which sold 8.1 million copies). Overall, it's great to see an all-star writer teaming up with an all-star artist.
-Action Comics and Detective Comics: Ever thought you would say to your friends, "Hey guys, I got Action Comics #1". Your friends would be thinking #1 from 1938 (the first comic book), but in reality you have a new piece of history that echoes from the Golden Age of Comics. Detective Comics, on the other hand, also echoes through past experiences of the Cape Crusaders as it's YEAR ONE all over again (there were moments that looked like FRANK MILLER), with a new villain. It's only been somewhat of 73 years and now we have a new age is upon us before DC is 100 years old.
-Aquaman: Ever since his creation, Aquaman was never a serious character until Blackest Night. Aquaman has been coming interesting for me. He was a zombie until he was brought back to life (again) with a second chance in Brightest Day, where he recruits his arch-enemy (Black Manta)'s son to become the new Aqualad as they fight against both Manta and Atlantean colonialists (from Xebel), and in the alternate timeline of Flashpoint he stinks most of Europe and goes to war with Wonder Woman (who was going to marry Aquaman to bring peace between two ancient civilizations until her mother killed by an "Atlantean") and her Amazons. NOW, we get to see the Sea King takes on creatures from the deep, which is cool because the bottom of the ocean continues to reveal more ancient sea creatures.
-Red Hood & The Outlaws: I've kinda notice something when it comes to Batman relate stuff, most members of the Batman family join a new team that starts with "O" (i.e. BATMAN and NIGHTWING have formed the OUTSIDERS, two different generations of the team). The thought about a former sidekick forming a team with a rejected sidekick who became a damaged soldier of fortune and (Arsenal) an alien princess (Starfire) who was a prisoner of intergalactic war would be interesting, but three people is hardly enough for a team. After the first issue there's been a MAJOR controversy about Starfire being a oversexialized character (she did Arsenal) and that she has no memory about anyone from TEEN TITANS. I know that Starfire was a key character to the Teen Titans (a lustful character) and a great romance with Dick Grayson, but since DC wants everything to all new again, that's what we are now witnessing...a "new" Starfire.
-Superboy: He was created from Project Cadmus, INSTEAD he is created by the mysterious NOWHERE to be a living, breathing weapon as they seek to control young metahumans on Earth. My only surprise is that RAVAGER returns (as a hired mercenary, with no connection to her "father" - DEATHSTROKE) as well as WildStorm's own CATLIN FAIRCHILD from GEN-13 as members of NOWHERE.Why these two women have become supporting characters for Superboy I can possibly understand. Since Teen Titans #88, Ravager began fliterting with Superboy after he officially broke-up with Wonder Girl. Then in #100, the last issue, after defeating Superboy-Prime and his "Legion of Doom" and Superboy clone, Superboy gives Ravager (who has the killing nature of an assassin) the kryptonite used against the clones in case he went rogue again. Catlin, on the other hand, is an interesting case. She once thought she WAS Supergirl in Superman/Gen-13 crossover story.
-Static Shock: Since the loss of Milestone founder Dwayne McDuffie in February 2011, their was going to be a new Static series by Felicia Henderson (which takes place after Teen Titans #87) before the relaunch...but apparently the idea was better for the new 52. So far the new costume and disk are kinds cool, but I hate the fact that he ad his family moved from Dakota to NEW YORK CITY as he takes on new villains and no familiar faces.
-Teen Titans: I love the New Teen Titans Marv Wolfman and George Perez created and Geoff Johns revived the team in 2003. After he left, the book has been many ups and downs with team roster size, new writers, and fallen comrades....and the sad part is that there are still so many cliffhangers (see my Blog entitled "To Be Continued: Teen Titans"). Now with this new book history is rewritten has their is no Fab Five as founders, no T-Tower, no CYBORG and STARFIRE. We do however have Red Robin/Tim Drake - Batman's former sidekick, Wonder Girl/Cassie Sandmark - now a belligerent powerhouse thief, Bart Allen/Kid Flash - a hyberactive speester and NOWHERE'S Superboy, those kids have been together since Young Justice back in the late 1990's and Teen Titans in 2003. Soon the team will have a gay, Mexican hero named Bunker (who was once called The Wall, yeah not much of superhero name myself but Bunker works better and didn't the Titans had a gay member before?), a insect girl named Bugg and another girl who has been unofficially called "Charcoal Girl" (sounds racists I know, Abyss would sound a WHOLE lot better).
Overall: With the first month over, it's kinda interesting how DC has given us a fresh new start with 52 new #1's as we move on with #2's and so on and so forth. It's still strange that the JUSTICE SOCIETY, the MARVEL FAMILY, the MIGHTY CRUSADERS, and other MILESTONE MEDIA characters (ICON & ROCKET, XOMBI, SHADOW CABINET) and the WILDSTORM Universe (GEN-13, WETWORKS,, THE AUTHORITY) have not returned yet...but they one day will return. As for me, I'm going to wait until trade paperbacks/ hardcovers come out with many issues collected together instead of waiting for each issue to come out month after month. Until then, I'm going to be focusing on my education in college, my job, and eventually get more comics from Dynamite Entertainment (KIRBY GENESIS, KG - CAPTAIN VICTORY, KG - SILVER STAR, Kevin Smith's Bionic Man) and Boom Studios (Stan Lee's Starborn) and get somethings off my comic book search/hunt list (DC, Marvel, etc.).