DC New 52 - Month 15

Week 1

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Animal Man, Detective Comics, Earth 2

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Action Comics, Phantom Stranger, Swamp Thing

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Batwing

Not Interested - Won't read it next week: Worlds Finest

Top Pick: Detective Comics

Bottom Pick: Worlds' Finest

Week 2

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Batman, Deathstroke, Suicide Squad

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Batman and Robin, Green Lantern Corps

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Grifter, Team 7

Top Pick: Deathstroke

Bottom Pick: Grifter

Week 3

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Blue Beetle, Green Lantern, Green Lantern: New Guardians

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Nightwing, Supergirl, Wonder Woman

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Birds of Prey, DC Universe Presents

Top Pick: Green Lantern: New Guardians

Bottom Pick: Birds of Prey

Weeks 4 and 5

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Aquaman, Batman: The Dark Knight, Justice League, Justice League Dark

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Flash, Fury of Firestorm, I Vampire, Superman, Talon

Top Pick: Aquaman (Week 4) and Batman: The Dark Knight (Week 5)

Bottom Pick: I Vampire

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DC New 52 - Month 14

Week 1

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Animal Man, Detective Comics, Earth 2

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Action Comics, Green Lantern, Swamp Thing

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Batwing, Worlds Finest

Top Pick: Earth 2

Bottom Pick: Batwing

Week 2

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Batman, Deathstroke, Suicide Squad

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Batman and Robin, Green Lantern Corps, Phantom Stranger

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Grifter, Team 7

Top Pick: Batman

Bottom Pick: Team 7

Week 3

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Blue Beetle, Green Lantern: New Guardians, Justice League, Wonder Woman

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Birds of Prey, DC Universe Presents, Supergirl

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Nightwing

Not Interested - Won't read it next week: Sword of Sorcery

Top Pick: Wonder Woman

Bottom Pick: Sword of Sorcery

Week 4

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Aquaman, Flash, Justice League Dark

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Batman: The Dark Knight, I Vampire, Superman, Talon

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Fury of Firestorm

Top Pick: Aquaman

Bottom Pick: Fury of Firestorm

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DC New 52 - Month 13

Week 1

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Action Comics, Detective Comics, Earth 2

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Animal Man, Green Lantern, Swamp Thing

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Batwing, Worlds Finest

Top Pick: Action Comics

A great issue for dog lovers!

Bottom Pick: Worlds' Finest

Week 2

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Batman, Deathstroke, Phantom Stranger, Suicide Squad

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Batman and Robin, Green Lantern Corps, Grifter, Team 7

Top Pick: Phantom Stranger

Bottom Pick: Green Lantern Corps

Week 3

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Green Lantern: New Guardians, Justice League, Supergirl, Wonder Woman

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Blue Beetle, DC Universe Presents, Nightwing, Sword of Sorcery

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Birds of Prey

Top Pick: Supergirl

Bottom Pick: Birds of Prey

Weeks 4 and 5

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Action Comics Annual, Batman: The Dark Knight, Flash, Justice League Dark Annual, Swamp Thing Annual

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Aquaman, Fury of Firestorm, I Vampire, Justice League Dark, Talon

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Superman

Not Interested - Won't read it next week: Batman Incorporated

Top Pick: Batman: Dark Knight (Week 4) and Swamp Thing Annual (Week 5)

Bottom Pick: Batman Incorporated

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DC New 52 - "Month 0"

Week 1

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Earth 2, Phantom Stranger, Worlds Finest

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Action Comics, Animal Man, Batwing, Detective Comics, Green Lantern, Swamp Thing

Top Pick: Phantom Stranger

This issue reveals not only the origin of the Phantom Stranger (and the crazy necklace he wears), but another DC character missing since the New 52 reboot: Spectre. I like the idea of a book focusing on the secrets of the New 52 and am looking forward to seeing where they go with it.

Other Thoughts: I didn't read any bad books this week, so just a couple additional thoughts. Animal Man and Swamp Thing retold the classic origin stories, but rooted them in the whole Rotworld story. In Batwing we finally learn the secret origin of Batwing's buddy's eyepatch! In Green Lantern, I think its a good idea to introduce a mainstream Arab-American character, but I'm wondering what his place will be in the GL books once Hal Jordan inevitably comes back. Surely they didn't make a big deal introducing this character just to kill him off at the end of the Third Army storyline?

Week 2

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Batman, Green Lantern Corps, Resurrection Man

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Batman and Robin, Shade, Suicide Squad, Team 7

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Deathstroke, Grifter

Not Interested - Won't read it next week: Demon Knights, Legion Lost, Superboy

Top Pick: Green Lantern Corps

I'm not Guy Gardner's biggest fan, but I think this origin story was very well done. Among other things, it dives into the reasons why Guy always needs to prove himself as the number 1 Green Lantern. It also revises GL history a little bit and makes it so there were always 2 GLs per sector (or at least as far back as Guy getting the ring). Makes you wonder... if Hal's ring came from Abin Sur, who did Guy's ring come from?

Bottom Pick: Legion Lost and Superboy

I am not a fan of the Teen Titans reboot. I struggled through the Culling crossover that engulfed these books because I knew they would go their own separate ways when it was over. With Harvest coming back in Legion Lost and Superboy apparently joining the Ravagers soon, I'm ready to bump them off my pull list and just catch up once or twice a year.

Week 3

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Birds of Prey, Green Lantern: New Guardians, Nightwing

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Blue Beetle, Justice League, Supergirl, Sword of Sorcery, Wonder Woman

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: DC Universe Presents

Not Interested - Won't read it next week: Catwoman

Top Pick: Green Lantern: New Guardians

Bottom Pick: Catwoman

Week 4

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Aquaman, Flash, Justice League Dark, Talon

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Batman Incorporated, Batman: The Dark Knight, I Vampire, National Comics: Rose and Thorn

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Superman

Top Pick: Talon

Bottom Pick: Superman

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DC New 52 - Month 12

Week 1

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Batwing, Earth 2

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Animal Man, Justice League International, Swamp Thing, Worlds Finest

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Action Comics

Not Interested - Won't read it next week: Red Lanterns, Stormwatch

Top Pick: Batwing

Bottom Pick: Red Lanterns and Stormwatch

All in all, these were not terrible issues, but both series have reached convenient stopping points and I don't feel the need to read them on a weekly basis. I'm sure I'll pick up Red Lanterns again soon to see what's going on with the Third Army, but not as frequently...

Week 2

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Batman, Resurrection Man, Suicide Squad

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Batman and Robin, Deathstroke, Grifter

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Demon Knights, Legion Lost, Superboy

Top Pick: Resurrection Man

Bottom Pick: Demon Knights

Other Thoughts: Within the past few issues, Batman, Resurrection Man, Suicide Squad, Deathstroke, Grifter and Demon Knights have all included a betrayal from someone we thought was good... overused plot device?

Week 3

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Blue Beetle, Catwoman, Green Lantern Corps, Wonder Woman

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Birds of Prey, Green Lantern, Nightwing, Supergirl

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Shade

Top Pick: Wonder Woman

I wasn't on board with the whole Greek Pantheon thing when the series started, but something about the way this series is handling it makes it fresh and interesting. This issue does a good job bringing the first (or is it the second) arc to a close and wrapping up the Zola's baby story. A few game changers and an awesome reference to the New Gods pushes this to the top of the stack this week.

Bottom Pick: Shade

Whereas Wonder Woman felt like a satisfying conclusion to a 12-issue arc, this issue just left me feeling like "um... okay?" I was enjoying the series a lot until about halfway through. The Egyptian Gods kind of came out of nowhere and didn't seem to fit with the rest of the series.

Week 4

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Batman: The Dark Knight, Flash, I Vampire, Justice League Dark

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Superman

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Green Lantern: New Guardians

Top Pick: I Vampire and Justice League Dark

I would be remiss if I didn't mention both of these series this week. I think JLD has been consistently awesome since Lemire took over, but I Vampire knocked it out of the park with this issue. First off, we have one of the best mixing of titles since New 52 began with the guest appearance of Stormwatch that I enjoyed more than all of the actual issues of New 52 Stormwatch I've read thus far. Then they drop at least three major game-changing bombshells in a row that sets up a new era for the title. Justice League Dark is mostly a set up issue leading to the annual, but still manages to be awesome. Lemire has already added Dr. Mist, Black Orchid and others to the mix, but this issue adds even more familiar faces and places and teases the mastermind villain of the arc whose identity is shrouded in mystery (but will hopefully be revealed in issue #0?)

Bottom Pick: Green Lantern: New Guardians

Some spoilers may follow... This isn't a particularly bad issue, there are just a couple things that annoy me. I'm not a fan of the "Evil Guardians" set up, but I'm especially not happy with Ganthet and Sayd also being evil (or at least really crazy). Also, I'm a little confused why the whole team broke up at the end. So if Larfleeze had stolen the rings because he was greedy its okay, but if Sayd stole them to unite the Corps then everyone's mad they were manipulated and has to go their separate ways? Whatever.

Week 5

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Flash Annual, National Comics: Looker

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Aquaman, Green Lantern Annual, Justice League, Justice League International Annual

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Superman Annual

Not Interested - Won't read it next week: Phantom Lady

Top Pick: Flash Annual

Combined with Flash #12, this is an excellent issue. We get more insight into new character Darwin Elias, we see how the Rogues got their new powers, team-ups and betrayals and alliances all over the place plus guest appearances from Pied Piper, Trickster, Turbine and Gorilla Grodd.

Bottom Pick: Phantom Lady

It's okay, but not as fun as the Ray miniseries. Also, Phantom Lady's powers are getting a little too close to Nightshade. Also, how many times do we have to reboot the Freedom Fighters until someone finds them interesting?

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DC New 52 - Month 11

Week 1

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Animal Man, Batwing, Earth 2

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Action Comics, Justice League International, Worlds Finest

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Red Lanterns, Stormwatch

Top Pick: Batwing

Bottom Pick: Red Lanterns

Week 2

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Batman, Grifter, Suicide Squad

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Deathstroke, Resurrection Man, Shade, Superboy, Swamp Thing

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Batman and Robin, Demon Knights, Legion Lost

Top Pick: Grifter

Bottom Pick: Legion Lost

Week 3

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Blue Beetle, DC Universe Presents, Wonder Woman

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Justice League, Supergirl

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Birds of Prey, Catwoman, Green Lantern Corps, Nightwing

Top Pick: DC Universe Presents

Bottom Pick: Nightwing

Week 4

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Batman: The Dark Knight, Flash, Justice League Dark, National Comics: Eternity

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Aquaman, Green Lantern, Green Lantern: New Guardians

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Batman Incorporated, I Vampire, Superman

Top Pick: National Comics: Eternity

Bottom Pick: Superman

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DC New 52 - Month 10

Week 1

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Action Comics, Animal Man, Batwing, Earth 2

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Justice League International, Stormwatch, Swamp Thing, Worlds Finest

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Red Lanterns

Not Interested - Won't read it next week: Dial H, G.I. Combat

Top Pick: Earth 2

Bottom Pick: Dial H

Week 2

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Batman, Batman and Robin, Green Lantern

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Grifter, Legion Lost, Resurrection Man, Shade, Suicide Squad, Superboy

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Deathstroke, Demon Knights

Not Interested - Won't read it next week: Frankenstein Agent of SHADE

Top Pick: Batman and Robin

Bottom Pick: Frankenstein

Week 3

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: DC Universe Presents

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Birds of Prey, Blue Beetle, Catwoman, Green Lantern Corps, Nightwing, Supergirl, Wonder Woman

Top Pick: DC Universe Presents

4 words... "Bring me a sextant!"

Other Thoughts: Week 3 has a lot of solid books, but nothing extraordinary this week. Out of the good books, I'd say Birds of Prey and Green Lantern Corps are laying some good groundwork. Blue Beetle is getting ready to return home (as I was hoping he would), Catwoman reveals more about the Dollhouse (creepy, but interesting bad guy) and has a very expected twist at the end.

Week 4

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Batman: The Dark Knight, Batman Incorporated, Justice League Dark

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern: New Guardians, I Vampire, Justice League, Superman

Top Pick: Batman: The Dark Knight

To be honest, I was very surprised how good this turned out to be. I thought the Penguin mini was okay, but wasn't sure how that would translate into a monthly book. The result is a Batman book strong enough to stand among the likes of 'Batman' and 'Batman and Robin'. Now all we need is Detective Comics to get better and we'll be set! Of course, this may be over-eager praise considering I'm only one issue into the new writer's run, but this has certainly been the best issue of this book so far. Things to look forward to: a creepy revival of a classic Batman villain, a look at Bruce's dating life and one page of Damian that's pretty funny.

Bottom Pick: Aquaman

Everything got at least a "good" rating this week. Aquaman is the bottom pick because it felt really short this month, like not a lot actually happened.

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DC New 52 - Month 9

Week 1

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Batwing, Swamp Thing

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Action Comics, Animal Man, Earth 2, G.I. Combat, Justice League International, Stormwatch, Worlds Finest

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Dial H, Red Lanterns

Top Pick: Batwing

Bottom Pick: Dial H

Week 2

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Batman, Batman and Robin, Green Lantern, Resurrection Man, Suicide Squad

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Demon Knights, Grifter

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Deathstroke, Legion Lost, Superboy

Top Pick: Green Lantern

Finally! Some answers about the Indigo Tribe!

Bottom Pick: Superboy & Legion Lost

Not a fan of "The Culling"...

Week 3

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: DC Universe Presents, Green Lantern Corps, Justice League, Nightwing, Wonder Woman

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Birds of Prey, Blue Beetle, Catwoman, Supergirl, Shade

Top Pick: DC Universe Presents

A solid story featuring a new character, exactly what this book should have. It appears to borrow pretty heavily from "Silence of the Lambs" in this first issue, but I'm looking forward to seeing how it progresses!

Other Thoughts: Since I said everything was "great" or "good" this week, it didn't make sense to have a bottom pick. Some random thoughts on other issues... Birds of Prey was good, but the artwork didn't really seem to be a good match for the book. I'm interested by the Shazam back-up in Justice League, but am finding myself liking pretty much every character in the story more than Billy (even Sivana!) More on the secret origin of Richard Grayson in Nightwing this week, check it out! Green Lantern Corps is solid, but a little predictable, certainly seems to be building to the "Third Army" storyline.

Weeks 4 and 5

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Batman Annual, Flash, Justice League Dark

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Animal Man Annual, Aquaman, Batman: The Dark Knight, Green Lantern: New Guardians, I Vampire, Superman

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Batman Incorporated

Not Interested - Won't read it next week: Savage Hawkman, Ravagers

Top Pick: Justice League Dark

I enjoyed Milligan's run on this book, but I'm far from disappointed by Lemire's first outing and think he's going to be a good fit for this book. There's a lot of humor (primarily from Constantine's banter with other characters), familiar faces from the DCU resurfacing (Felix Faust, Dr. Mist and Black Orchid), and the beginning of what looks like an interesting storyline.

Bottom Pick: Savage Hawkman

Liefeld's revamps to two other New 52 titles changed those books for the better (Grifter) and worse (Deathstroke) in my opinion. This issue of Hawkman is a little better than the previous ones, especially the artwork. Unfortunately, its not enough to draw me in... I'm just not a Hawkman guy I guess.

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DC New 52 "First Wave" round-up

Today is the official start of DC's "Second Wave" of New 52 titles. What better time to step back and take a look at what we've seen so far from the New 52? So far, all of my blog entries have been about single issues on a weekly basis. This post will be about the entire series that has been released so far (8 issues for most, less for miniseries) I'll try to organize my thoughts as best I can, but mostly I'll just be giving random "awards" to series I liked over the past 8 months.

Overall thoughts

Best group: The Dark
Worst group: The Edge

Best ongoing series: Aquaman
Worst ongoing series: Legion of Super-Heroes
Best limited series: The Ray (complete), Shade (still going)
Worst limited series: Huntress
Best art for series: Batwing, Huntress
Worst art for series: Captain Atom

Pleasant surprise series: Red Lanterns, Demon Knights
Big disappointment series: Mr. Terrific, Firestorm
Series that I dismissed too quickly: I Vampire, Wonder Woman

Writer changes

GOOD - liked series more after the change
Green Arrow #4 - J.T. Krul to Keith Giffen & Dan Jurgens
Superman #7 - George Perez to Keith Giffen & Dan Jurgens
OKAY - opinion of series didn't change much
Legion Lost #7 - Fabian Nicieza to Tom DeFalco
Fury of Firestorm #7 - Gail Simone & Ethan Van Sciver to Joe Harris & Ethan Van Sciver
BAD - liked series less after change
Voodoo #5 - Ron Marz to Joshua Williamson
Green Arrow #7 - Keith Giffen & Dan Jurgens to Ann Nocenti

Characters benefiting from 52: Aquaman, Cyborg, Godiva, Animal Man, Resurrection Man
Characters hurt by 52: Martian Manhunter, Starfire, Oracle, Superboy, Kid Flash
Characters vanished by 52: Wally West, Donna Troy, Outsiders? (other than Katana,Looker)
Best continuity change: Adding back Vertigo characters
Worst continuity change: Removing Martian Manhunter from JLA

Series Ranked by family/group (top to bottom = best to worst)

Justice League group

-Aquaman
-Justice League
-Flash
-Justice League International
-Wonder Woman
-Green Arrow
-DC Universe Presents
-Captain Atom
-Savage Hawkman
-Fury of Firestorm

Batman group

-Batman
-Batwing
-Batman and Robin
-Birds of Prey
-Nightwing
-Catwoman
-Batwoman
-Batman: The Dark Knight
-Batgirl
-Red Hood and the Outlaws
-Detective Comics

Superman group

-Action Comics
-Supergirl
-Superboy
-Superman

Green Lantern group

-Green Lantern
-Red Lanterns
-Green Lantern: New Guardians
-Green Lantern Corps

The Dark

-Animal Man
-Swamp Thing
-Resurrection Man
-Justice League Dark
-Demon Knights
-I Vampire
-Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE

The Edge

-Suicide Squad
-Deathstroke
-Voodoo
-Stormwatch
-Grifter
-All-Star Western

Young Justice

-Blue Beetle
-Legion Lost
-Teen Titans
-Legion of Super-Heroes

First of the Fallen - closing thoughts on canceled series

OMAC - better than I thought it would be, I'll give him another try through JLI
Men of War - a little better than I thought, but not interested in genre
Blackhawks - a little better than I thought, but not interested in genre
Static Shock - Like this character, but think he could have been used a lot better
Hawk and Dove - Dislike these characters a lot, this series did little to change that
Mr. Terrific - Love this character, but series had too much pseudo-science jargon
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DC New 52 - Month 8

Week 1

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Animal Man, Batwing

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Action Comics, Justice League International, Swamp Thing

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Red Lanterns

Not Interested - Won't read it next week: Green Arrow

Top Pick: Animal Man

Bottom Pick: Green Arrow

Week 2

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Batman and Robin, Green Lantern, Legion Lost

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Deathstroke, Demon Knights, Resurrection Man, The Shade, Suicide Squad

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Superboy

Not Interested - Won't read it next week: Batwoman

Top Pick: Batman and Robin

Bottom Pick: Superboy & Batwoman

Week 3

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Batman, Blue Beetle, Justice League, Nightwing

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Birds of Prey, Catwoman, Green Lantern Corps, Supergirl, Wonder Woman

Top Pick: Batman

Bottom Pick: Birds of Prey

Week 4

Great - Awesome, top picks of the week: Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern: New Guardians

Good - Solid book, want to read next week: Justice League Dark, Superman

Okay - Not the best, but will give another shot next week: Batman: The Dark Knight

Not Interested - Won't read it next week: Teen Titans

Top Pick: Flash

Bottom Pick: Teen Titans

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