Two years into DC’s New 52, it’s clear that execution has been lacking in this initiative, leading to numerous title cancellations and creative shake-ups. It makes DC an easy target to ridicule.
But all is not lost when looking at the brand as a whole. Fresh blood inserted on key titles is starting to pay off. Other mediums are going strong with a good future in store as well.
Don’t believe me? Hit the Play button and get the scoop.
NO HOLDS BARRED!!
This is where we dissect the year of comics and its future. Many bold topics were discussed:
- DC losing ground with its New 52 and the falling of Vertigo
- The good (Marvel NOW!) and not so good (AvX) of Marvel
- Image having probably its best year since their inception 20 years ago
- Our favorite series and what you should be picking up that’s under the radar
- Our concerns for the industry as a whole and what 2020 is going to look like
- Who the heck may becoming a Brony?
Agree? Disagree? This was definitely the most honest podcast we’ve done and it speaks a lot to where comic books are supposedly heading. Give it a listen.
I’ll be back soon to close out the year of 2012 with the Quick Pick of the Year!
We’re about to hit the one year anniversary of DC’s New 52 soon and one had to wonder if the publisher had something up their sleeve to commemorate a historic undertaking. Turns out they had many things under that sleeve.
Word from the DC blog is September will see all current ongoing titles reset briefly to #0 to tell the origin stories of these characters in this new universe. They’ll then go back to their original numberings afterwards.
“Some issues will tell the origins of a character or a team, or in some case where an origin has already been told, they will fill in the blanks in terms of questions readers may have about the New 52 DC Universe,” said Bob Harras, DC Entertainment Editor-in-Chief. “Each of these issues promises to reveal something surprising.”
They didn’t stop there though – 4 new titles will be launching that same month:
TALON – Co-Writers: Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV. Artist: Guillem March.
Meet Calvin Rose, the only Talon to ever escape the grasp of the Court of Owls. This former assassin of the Court is trying to live a normal life … but that’s impossible when he’s being hunted by his former masters!
SWORD OF SORCERY – Writer: Christy Marx. Artist: Aaron Lopresti.
Featuring the return of Amethyst, Amy Winston leads a strange life on the road with her mother and resents it. She’s about to learn it’s all been necessary when she discovers she’s the lost princess of Gemworld—and she’s being hunted by her murderous aunt. With a back-up story written by Tony Bedard with art by Jesus Saiz, set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, the monstrous warrior Beowulf is charged with finding and defeating the evil Grendel.
THE PHANTOM STRANGER – Writer: Dan DiDio. Artist: Brent Anderson.
Spinning out of his recent appearances in JUSTICE LEAGUE and DC’s Free Comic Book Day story, learn more about the true origin of The Phantom Stranger and his connection to the mysterious Pandora.
TEAM SEVEN – Writer: Justin Jordan. Artist: Jesus Merino.
Set in the early days of DC COMICS-THE NEW 52, threads of the entire DC Universe collide. As Superman emerges, so does the world’s counter measures against him and his kind. Team 7 is comprised of Dinah Lance, Amanda Waller, Steve Trevor, John Lynch, Alex Fairchild, Cole Cash and Slade Wilson — and their story will change everything you know about DC COMICS-THE NEW 52.
These are some interesting choices for new books. Talon particularly is up my alley, as James Tynion IV is a student of Scott Snyder’s and has already shown signs of brilliance co-writing the back-up currently going on in Batman.
Now normally when you hear about new books coming in, you expect others to be cancelled. DC already did this earlier in the year when the Second Wave came out in May. So far, that hasn’t happened, though that’s not to say we won’t hear that news in the coming weeks. Justice League International is confirmed to stop at #12 in August, but that was announced a while ago. Only one can wonder if DC is considering the chopping block for some other underachievers (I’m looking at you, Savage Hawkman…)
2011 was a banner year for comics. Whether it was DC’s New 52 initiative, Marvel bringing the X-Men books back to prominence, or every other publisher bringing something unique to the market – there was something for everybody here and that can only mean great things for the industry.
Jon Stump and I give you the final main CBF podcast of the year and bring you opinions on everything:
- The State of DC
- The State of Marvel
- The State of the indies
- Best Ongoing
- Best New Series
- Best Graphic Novel / Trade
- Best Writer
- Best Artist
- Break-out Talent
Thanks for listening and have a great Christmas and New Year’s!
Let’s get this show on the road, shall we?
We’re hitting things off round robin-style in week two of new 52 land, as well as a couple of Marvel spotlights:
- Uncanny X-Force #15
- Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1
- Green Lantern #1
- Red Lanterns #1
- Batwoman #1
- Batman and Robin #1
- Deathstroke #1
- Demon Knights #1
Week 3 will be up later this week!
Music provided by Chop Suzy – Addicted To You
We’re wrapping up the 1st week of the exhausting amount of titles that is coming out of the new DCU. Believe me, it’s exhausting – wait till you hear the podcasts I’m putting up soon for week 2.
The great thing about these new DC books is that all of these have the potential to surprise me. 4 of those of the the week 1 batch epitomized that:
- Justice League International #1 was not the Judd Winick-like book I was looking for, but it was a fine Dan Jurgens book to re-introduce the classic 80′s team to new readers.
- Batwing #1 spins out of the Batman, Inc. title and gives us a taste of what Batman would do if he was set up in the Congo.
- I did not know what to expect out of Omac #1 at all and that was what made it fun. Think Jack Kirby ideas and you got a great book.
- It stumbled out of the gate for me, but Stormwatch #1 was a fine start by Paul Cornell. I attribute the stumbling to my lack of Wildstorm knowledge more than to anything else. I’m sure in Cornell’s capable hands, it will pick up and give me explanations as to why this undercover authority team needs to be around.
Week 2 podcasts are coming soon! Stay tuned!
Music provided by The Bryant C Project – You and I