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DC | The New 52 | Week 4

Running behind a little with my comics, thanks to FantasyCon last weekend. I’m still contemplating a post about that event, but in the meantime you can read a round-up of reports here.

Last week saw the final 13 books from DC Comics as part of the New 52. Obviously there will be more titles coming in the future, and this week sees the start of two 6-issue limited series (The Huntress and The Penguin: Pain and Prejudice). But in the meantime, that’s our lot.

So, another set of recommendations for good reads. You won’t go wrong with:

Aquaman, The Flash, I, Vampire, The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men, Teen Titans.

Of those, I, Vampire was the real surprise – in fact, although I’ve made such a claim each week, I think this might be my favourite new book. It’s sophisticated, and beautifully paced, and is quite brilliant. It was one of those books that was really an unknown quantity and I’m very pleased to a comic like this as part of the new line-up.

Today the first set of second issues comes out. I’m still picking my pull-list, but I do have until 7pm tonight to decide!

DC | The New 52 | Week 3

This week saw twelve new first issues from DC Comics – one short of the magic thirteen thanks to Justice League #1 coming out on its own in week 0. So once again – no reviews, no rankings, no ratings, just a list of recommendations for those who want to take a look without grabbing the whole shebang.

My recommendations for week 3 are:

Batman, Birds of Prey, Captain Atom, DC Universe Presents, Nightwing, and Supergirl.

Of those six, Batman and Nightwing are absolutely essential – brilliant art, brilliant writing, and actually brilliant lettering as well. I’d go so far as to suggest that Nightwing is my favourite of the 39 comics so far released, with Batman and Supergirl not too far behind.

This week saw the release of two of my most anticipated comics – Catwoman and Wonder Woman. Catwoman is my second favourite character, after Hawkgirl, and I’m not sure what I expected or wanted out of the first issue of this new series. As a fan of the Brubaker/Cooke run back in 2002, it’s safe to say that this new interpretation is very different.

Wonder Woman is being written by one of my favourite writers, Brian Azzarello, and while I enjoyed the first issue, I also thought it was the most inaccessible comic ever. I’m not actually sure that is a bad thing, and there is nothing wrong with a comic that makes you work for it a little, but under my entirely arbitrary rules for recommendation – to provide a selection of the week’s new titles that I would guarantee to be a good read for those who are new to comics, or unfamiliar with them, or who can’t or don’t want to get all twelve new issues – I just can’t add Wonder Woman to this week’s list.

Next week is the last of the new 52, and out of the thirteen books contains quite a few that I’ve been looking forward to for some time including The Savage Hawkman – dare I hope that Hawkgirl will feature?

DC | The New 52 | Week 2

Another week, another set of 13 brand new first issue comics from DC. Last week I picked seven recommendations, this week it’s the same.

So, my picks for those who don’t want to get the whole lot but want some great comics: you will not go wrong with Batwoman, Demon Knights, Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E., Grifter, Red Lanterns, Resurrection Man, and Superboy.

Batwoman continues to be the most visually stunning comic I’ve ever seen, but the two big surprises this week were Grifter and Red Lanterns. Grifter is a refugee from the ex-Wildstorm universe, and as I’d never read anything featuring him before, I had no clue what to expect. Red Lanterns, in theory, is a pretty limited concept (a group of primal, almost unthinking Lanterns fuelled by rage), but this comic is a heck of a lot of fun.

Next week has some real doozies. I can’t wait!

DC | The New 52 | Week 1

It’s no secret I’m a fan of DC Comics, who this week kicked off their New 52 reboot with the first full week of books (Justice League #1 having come out last week). I’ve had a few people ask me what I thought of the first 13/14 issues, but as a writer I’m not too keen on commenting on the creative works of others. So no reviews, or rankings, or anything like that.

But I’m happy to give a recommendation, because not everybody wants to buy all 52 comics this month. While I enjoyed all 13 books this week, I enjoyed some more than others. So here’s my list of books I think you’d dig, if you wanted to just sample a selection. You won’t go far wrong with: Action Comics, Animal Man, Batgirl, Men of War, OMAC, Stormwatch, and Swamp Thing.

Week 2 looks pretty interesting – another 13 books are on the way, including Batwoman, Demon Knights (written by Paul Cornell), and Resurrection Man (co-written by fellow Angry Roboteer Dan Abnett). Should be a fun week.

The best thing about the New 52 – great comic books aside – is that from their release on Wednesday, most of my social media feeds were chocker-block full of comics discussion. And that can’t be a bad thing!