1. Action Comics
The more I think about it, the more this book feels tailor-made for me. It features my favorite character, my favorite writer, and echoes my political sensibilities. Superman is a socialist crusader once again as he was in his early appearances back in 1939. Grant Morrison is retooling his Golden Age origins for a Modern audience and making Clark more bold and relatable as he goes. For me, this book will be hard to top in the superhero genre.
2. Animal Man
Welcome back, Buddy. It's time for things to get really WEIRD... Animal Man is probably one of the most underrated characters in the DC universe which is unfortunate because he's probably one of its better characters. Ever since the early '90's when writers like Morrison, Milligan, and Delano ran with him, Buddy has been the star of some strange, insightful, and edgy tales. Jeff Lemire has brought him back to that place with the surreal art of Travel Foreman. This is an instant classic.
3. Wonder Woman
Brian Azzarello is giving us a modern Greek myth in his Wonder Woman. Like all good Greek myths, we are thrown into the dirty laundry of the gods. Zeus has another bastard child on the way and it's Diana's problem. With beautiful, stylized art by Cliff Chiang we get to see the dark and gory side to these legends. If you haven't read Wonder Woman before, now is the time.
4. Demon Knights
Alright, so none of the characters featured in this book are exactly like the DC faithful remember them. So what? This book is a lot of fun. It's Lord of the Rings or Dungeons and Dragons with mad-cap humor and the Seven Samurai all mixed together. And it works! Diogenes Neves art fits perfectly in Paul Cornell's medieval satire. An interesting time for The Demon, for sure.
5. Teen Titans
This should probably be filed as one of my guilty pleasure superhero books, but I love these kids. I felt like the old volume of Teen Titans really lost steam after Geoff Johns left the book. By rebooting the team, Scott Lobdell has managed to rework their interpersonal relationships in an interesting way. It's charming to watch Tim and Cassie's attraction build and I can't wait to see Superboy get unleashed on the team. Really, nothing says angst better than persecuted teens, and the Titans really should be all about angst.
6. Swamp Thing
This one took a little while to grow on me. Snyder's an intelligent writer who applies all the weapons the medium hands him, but he definitely put this one on the slow burn. Issue #3 has me hooked, though. Just as it was in the Moore days, Swamp Thing is a dark and twisted horror comic with a creepy undertone at all times. You can even have a Superman cameo without breaking the Stephen King-like atmosphere. Wait for this on to explode.
7. Justice League Dark
So far it's not what I expected, but it is still interesting. Peter Milligan is reunited with Shade and is put in charge of integrating John Constantine into the DCnU (since Peter writes Vertigo's Hellblazer). In a lot of ways this comic is in tribute to the early days of the Vertigo imprint. If you read these characters in their Vertigo titles then this book will mean a lot more to you. Interestingly enough, this book is also showing us the weird, sexual quirks of the dark superheroes. Shade is creating his girlfriend using his madness powers and Deadman is possessing other men to try and sleep with his girlfriend. I don't know where all this is headed, but I'm intrigued.
8. Red Lanterns
I didn't expect to enjoy this book at all. The characters never interested me before, but Peter Milligan has me hooked. Atrocitus is an odd yet fascinating protagonist. He utilizes blood rituals to gaze into the future and seems almost self-concious about his own rage. He needs to be assured that he's doing his outmost to bring about vengeance so like all bachelor's going through a mid-life crisis he brings a woman into his life. A sadist tale of torture with hidden political undertones makes this the most interesting of the Lantern books.
9. Justice League
The flagship title of the DCnU is starting to be a lot of fun. Geoff Johns is doing a good job of juggling the egos and personalities of all the team members while moving the plot along. Jim Lee's art is as breath-taking as ever with his old partner in crime Scott Williams. It's an edgier League that is not readily trusted by the world it protects. I'm down for now.
Haters are going to hate, but I think Scott Lobdell is doing a great job with his DCnU titles (of course, I don't read Red Hood and the Outlaws). His Superboy is a new take on the character. The young hero now enjoys a certain moral ambiguity thanks to the fact that he was grown in a test tube by a shadowy organization with malicious intent. In fact, all of the main characters in this series have a moral edge to them. It'll be interesting to see if Superboy can ever break free of N.O.W.H.E.R.E.'s control and learn to be a person. A better read if you're also picking up Teen Titans.