So I’ve been giving some thought as to which relaunched titles I will be picking up, and I figured for the sake of journalistic integrity, I need to be fair and read every issue one, and give them all a fair chance to impress me, and I will drop them the moment they start to fail me. I came upon this idea after realizing the hidden gems that a company publishes are almost never realized until they are cancelled due to low sales, or when they are given the spotlight by the comic press, even though critically acclaimed books still get cancelled due to low sales. Well, it was that and my LCS (Krypton Comics in Omaha, NE) was having a deal where you save 25% off the cover if you order all 52 issue ones, and that was a deal that gave me an excuse to read all of them, and maybe I’ll like some of the ones nobody else seems to care about. To let you know just what I will be putting myself through, I suppose I should break down just what the titles are going to be, so I will be going over all 52 books, and giving a brief idea of what my thoughts are on each.
Justice League of America- big 7 JLA, reminds me of what the Morrison JLA did in the late 90’s, hope this does the same
Wonder Woman-probably a continuation of the JMS Wonder Woman storyline
Aquaman- been waiting for an Aquaman book since Brightest Day, and written by Geoff Johns no less
Flash- love the Flash, looks to still be a Barry Allen book
The Fury of Firestorm- another book I’ve looked forward to since Brightest Day ended, written by Gail Simone, I’ve been hearing some awesome things about it
Savage Hawkman- I’ve never been a Hawkman guy, and Brightest Day didn’t really change my mind, still, I’m curious about this one
Green Arrow- that’s my jam son, same writer as before, plus Jurgens on art? Should be great
Justice League International- Oh hell yeah, been wanting this since Generation Lost ended, hopefully they keep the character development from previous storylines, because Booster Gold is way more interesting now than he was as a goofy clown in the original JLI, with Jurgens writing, I think he’ll still be the more mature Booster that dates back to 52, and Geoff Johns involvement.
Mister Terrific- haven’t heard much about this one, frankly the character has always been a little boring to me, but this being the first JSA member mentioned without any JSA books, it may flesh out what happened to the JSA in the DCnU
Captain Atom- might be interesting, never been much of a Cap fan, but I liked some of the character in Gen. Lost
DC Universe Presents- not sure of what to think of this one, looks like a showcase for c-list characters that can’t carry their own titles, might be fun
Green Lantern- written by Geoff Johns, need I say more?
Green Lantern Corps- I believe same team as before, not much different from last volume
Green Lantern the New Guardians- I think it’s a 7-color team book with Kyle in the lead, might be fun
Red Lanterns- not sure the rage corps can lead their own book, but it might be good for a storyline
Batman- its Batman.
Detective Comics- its Batman.
Batman and Robin- nice to see Damien get some time with his father, though I enjoyed the Dick/Damien relationship
Batman the Dark Knight- David Finch’s Bat book, if you liked the last one (whenever it came out) you’ll like this one
Birds of Prey-HOW CAN BOP EXIST WITHOUT ORACLE!!!!1111HJFJ LNGLNMHF. /KHC (sorry had a bit of nerdrage for a moment)
Catwoman- liked her in Gotham City Sirens, hoping her solo title will be good
Batgirl- I loved Stephanie Brown, her Batgirl was fun and interesting, throwing Babs back seems a huge step back for the character, erasing 20+ years of character development, but Gail Simone is writing, so I have a little hope
Batwoman-J. H. Williams’ book, about time it gets launched
Nightwing- again, a step back for the character, as well as a color change for his uniform, I think Nightwing looks better with blue not red, but nitpicking
Red Hood and the Outlaws- might be fun
Batwing- Batman Incorporated’s Batman in what looks like Egypt from the cover (Pyramids in a desert) looks fun
Swamp Thing- never been a huge Swamp Thing guy, but I’m curious if it will be interesting to me
Animal Man- Jeff Lemire on Animal Man? Might be the best take on the character since Morrison, and that’s some high praise
Justice League Dark- stupid title, but it looks good, sort of a new Shadowpact
Demon Knights- it’s a Paul Cornell book, should be good, regardless of the subject
Frankenstein Agent of Shade- meh, but Jeff Lemire, might prove to be fun
Resurrection Man- Abnett and Lanning on Resurrection Man? Awesome
I, Vampire- not looking forward to this one, not very hopeful
Voodoo- once again, meh, might surprise me though
Legion Lost- time displaced Legionnaires? Should be fun
Legion of Super-Heroes- love me some Legion
Teen Titans- oh god the character designs, still Titans has been my team for a while with a few notable gaps due to an overall lack of quality, no telling if this leads to another gap
Static Shock- might be good, my hopes are pretty low though
Hawk and Dove-four words, Rob Liefeld on art, yeah
Stormwatch- another Paul Cornell book, looks interesting
Blackhawks- a WW2 book, or maybe a team from WW2 in modern times, not sure, but I’ve never been crazy about war books
Sgt. Rock and the Men of War- war anthology maybe? same thoughts as the last one, never been crazy about war books
All Star Western- Jimmy Palmiotti, as close to a Jonah Hex continuation as we’re going to get
Deathstroke- not sure on this one, I’ve liked Deathstroke before, but not in the last couple years
Grifter- a solo book for a wildstorm character I’m not too familiar with, still might be fun
Omac- meh, I repeat, meh
Suicide Squad- in the absence of Secret Six, this is where you get your Deadshot and King Shark fix
Blue Beetle- more Jaime, not sure if it’ll be as good as the last Blue Beetle series, but I’m hoping
Action Comics- Grant Morrison on Superman, need I say more?
Superman the Man of Tomorrow- George Perez on Superman, should be great
Supergirl- hate the new costume, or rather I hate the way the cape is, and the boots’ stupid knee things, but I mostly enjoy Supergirl, so unless her character is screwed around with, it should be good
Superboy- stupid unnecessary costume redesigns, what was so wrong with the jeans and logo t look? It worked and was elegant in its simplicity, still, I like Conner, so it might be good
I will be giving a review of each when they come out, and I will keep a tally of how many series I stick with.
Current score- DC-52, Me-0