4 weeks of non-stop rebooted content from the new DCU has come to a close and we have an all-star panel here ready to share their thoughts. CBF’s own Mike Buechele and QAQN’s Daniel M. Clark join me to discuss the good, bad, ugly, and controversial of the 52 new titles that came out of this new universe. Come listen as we ramble on about:
- The sex controversies in the re-boots of Catwoman and Starfire.
- DC’s pick and choose of which characters get a full reboot while others get a soft relaunch.
- The diverse approach of branching out their books into different genres.
- We might also talk about comics on this show too.
All the comics discussed here are in the DC Re-Launch Store if you want to give them a shot. Enjoy the show and let us know your thoughts on the reboot!
Music provided by Unquiet Nights – Shoulda Said Something
We’re getting there, people! One more week and you get to do it all over again with the #2 issues. Or you can mix and match with the other publishers out there. I’m not one to judge.
Week 4 has one of the more diverse weeks for the new DCU and it can be shown in the following:
- Aquaman #1 acknowledges the large elephant in the room that is Aquaman’s lame duck status, but does it in a very good and deconstructive way that doesn’t demean the new direction. Thank Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis for getting this off on the right note.
- All-Star Western #1 is Jonah Hex’s foray into the land known as 1800′s Gotham and it’s a great start. If you know Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti’s work on Hex’s previous run, then you know what to expect in the great characterization of the bounty hunter.
- You never know what to expect when somebody writes and draws a book, but Francis Manapul pulls it off with Flash #1. Easily accessible and in a re-boot that has been comprised of lots of dark and gritty tales, this one can be considered an all-ages pick-up.
- I had high hopes for Justice League Dark #1 and while it shows potential, the heavy exposition and character introductions takes away from the story. Hoping that is not a trend to come in this series.
Part 2 coming up later this week! And don’t forget to check out the our iTunes feed to download the latest and greatest from CBF!
I’ve expressed great praise for Bryan Q. Miller’s work on Batgirl for the longest time and issue #22 shows why he continues to receive this praise. The already light-hearted antics of Stephanie Brown combined with Squire brings those antics up another notch. Much as there’s excitement behind Batgirl’s re-launch with Barbara Gordon returning to take the cowl, it’s still a sad state of affairs to see Stephanie and Bryan go soon (at least for the immediate future).
Flashpoint tie-in madness continues to rage in the DCU. Two great things come together in Wonder Woman and the Furies #1 – the Wonder Woman side of the Amazonian/Atlantean war and Dan Abnett/Andy Lanning. There’s a lot of political intrigue in this issue and gives you some great context as to what’s going on in current Flashpoint continuity.
And then we also have Deadman and the Flying Graysons #1. I was sold on this issue with Cliff Chiang’s cover alone. Then we got a nice outlook at the Grayson clan back in the circus, but fleeing the ongoing war ravaging Europe. This is a solid start and preps us for things we know of well if you know how the Graysons’ story ends.
In the midst of the DC re-launch chaos, Flashpoint seems to have slightly fallen off people’s radars. Now that DC is set for September, we can get back into the journey that is going to lead us into this massive undertaking.
This variant cover by the talented duo of Ivan Reis and George Perez seems to indicate we’re in for more Atlantean/Amazon battles in issue #3. Bear in mind that variant covers don’t always tell you what really goes on in the book and it seems like Geoff Johns is putting the focus on Barry Allen and Thomas Wayne’s attempts to fix the timestream in the main story. But it’s always fun to imagine, especially knowing how well Tony Bedard put together his first issue of the Emperor Aquaman tie-in.
Flashpoint #3 is scheduled to come out on July 6th.
The DC news just keeps on coming this week. We already know Geoff Johns and Jim Lee are kicking off the big re-launch on August 31st with Justice League #1. Now the DC Source blog has just announced what 11 of the 52 books will be as part of this massive undertaking. Key highlights for me at least include:
1) Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang
Wonder Woman gets a bad rep for not having the most relatable stories, but Azzarello should bring some grittiness to it that you come to expect from the guy behind 100 Bullets and the Joker OGN. Chiang on art is already guaranteeing us some great splash pages.
2) Flash written AND drawn by Francis Manapul
This was a big surprise to me. I’m all for it, though knowing that this book had been late before when Manapul was just drawing, you have to wonder how long he could fully commit to both.
3) Firestorm written by Ethan van Sciver and Gail Simone with art by Yildiray Cinar
Another superstar artist taking the writing reigns? This is getting really ambitious on DC’s part. Still, having Simone to assist will assure we get some funny banter between Jason and Ronnie as they deal with their post-Brightest Day lives.
4) Justice League International written by Dan Jurgens and drawn by Aaron Lopresti
We saw this coming a mile away, though it’s surprising that Judd Winick is not carrying over to the title after his successful year-long run on Justice League : Generation Lost. Still, if it’s any close to being remotely humorous and full of great characterization like its predecessor, it will be a hit.
5) Aquaman written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Ivan Reis
Guaranteed high sales if you know their collaborations well on Blackest Night and Brightest Day.
All in all, a mix of promising material with some less than exciting material to spare. I’m not sure how people are going to take J.T. Krul sticking with another Green Arrow re-launch or even taking on Captain Atom, especially after how much that character’s popularity rose during Generation Lost. There’s still more to be announced from DC though, so keep those eyes peeled…
We’re winding down the Brightest Day saga and issue #20 is not letting up on the action or cliffhangers. This is the conclusion of the Aquawar arc where Aquaman and Aqualad look to drive the Atlantean rebels back to their prisons. Johns and Tomasi came up with some great sequences to really make the Aquaman family shine. A darn shame for the king when he meets an untimely fate to close out the war – or so we’re led to believe…
Green Lantern #62 doesn’t stray too far behind despite a delay. This concludes the year-long New Guardians arc that reveals Krona’s hand and marches us towards the War of the Green Lanterns. This issue gives us more great Doug Mahnke visuals and paints Hal Jordan in a light that could bring the universe down upon him, which is just fine with us. As a whole, the arc dragged by taking on too many characters and drifting from the main plot every now and then, but it ended in a good way by taking us back to what Hal Jordan represents.
S.H.I.E.L.D. #6 wraps up the initial volume in the battle of ideas between Issac Newton and Leonardo da Vinci. It’s always fun reading historical characters put in interesting situations in a comic book world. The premise Hickman has brought to this series has been intriguing, giving us a lot of stories he could play with in the coming years. I was still put off by the bi-monthly schedule, but I’m sure in trade form, it will read brilliantly.