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So this week we see another epic selection of comics from the DCnU. While nothing has been given away about the exact nature of the tie in to the old universe, I’m sure some of you will have noticed the hooded woman from the final pages Flashpoint showing up in all of the comics. I really don’t know anything about that just yet, though I have read one spoiler, for the life of me I can’t remember where, alas.
As you know, I don’t have the time nor the money to buy every single comic that hits the shelves every week, but I do try my best to get as many as I can. This week I picked up Mr Terrific, which I was part of my “original” pull list for the new 52. I promised myself when I updated my pull list that I would still keep an eye out for this one. I feel quite disappointed about this comic, truth be told. Ok, the cliffhanger is there, some things have been left unexplained, but I guess I just didn’t like the pacing on this one. I just wasn’t gripped. I do enjoy the cover art though, so I may save this book for another project.
Next up was Suicide Squad which unfortunately reeks of a poor man’s version of Secret Six. What secret six had was a good balance of gender (3 men, 3 women, and Rag-Doll, the he/she wonder) which is distinctly lacking from this book. I like Harley, I like that she pulled a great Harley face, but having her as the only woman on the team *and* dressed in even skimpier clothing than before? This just smacks of pandering to the male audience, which is a shame because I know of a lot of female readers who liked the Secret Six dynamic. We also see Amanda Wallace in this issue, while appearing a lot younger than before (as most characters are), she has also lost a lot of weight, which again seems pointless and actually quite insulting. All this said, however, I did thoroughly enojoy reading this book, with it’s quick introductions to the characters working seamlessly into the story to stop new readers from feeling left out. Well worth picking this one up.
Superboy was the next on my list. A nice little recap of the Superboy creation story, which covers all bases and a little more. The scientist in charge of Superboy doesn’t have a name and is constantly referred to as Red, so I’m interested to find out what role she plays in all of this. I have a suspicion that she’s going to become Conner’s partner/love interest for the next year or so. Speaking of “Connor,” although he isn’t named yet, I think it’s safe to assume that’s the name he will pick up, but some people are aware that the Kent family is dead, so I’m interested to see if he will be raised in Smallville and by whom.
I was quite lucky to get my hands on Batman and Robin today. When I called my comic shop at 10.30 (half an hour after they opened) to reserve it, I was told that it was the last copy on the shelves! Looks like the bat series is going to be insanely popular. A very strong bat book, this one, coupling classic bat intrigue, awesome Damian one liners, and a brilliant insight into both Bruce’s gentle side and his serious, hard has nails side. Nothing at all to complain about in this book and I’m looking forward to reading what else Tomasi has in store for us.
Finally, we have the book that we’ve been waiting for since the Elegy story arc finished in Detective Comics 860. Batwoman is back, kicking more ass, looking more goth, and hitting more ladies than ever before. Bette Kane, Kate’s cousin, makes a return to the Universe, though not yet as Flamebird. Though it seems tacky to bring a sidekick in for one of the most badass characters in the DC Universe, I won’t pass judgment just yet. It may not be Greg Rucka writing this one, but I have a lot of faith in J.H. William III and W. Haden Blackman to pull off something bigger and better than the last time we so the red dark angel of the night grace our pages.
Well, that’s it from the DCnU this week, but I also managed to get my hands on Buffy season 9 (1 normal cover and the 25 year variant!). Although it’s sad not to have buff on our screens any more, the comics are a great replacement and I strongly advise any fan to go out and buy them. This one was a great start to the new series, with the usual mix of willow-speak, sexual tension and wild parties that you expect from the Buffy universe. There is an epic ending to this issue which I really don’t want to spoil. Go out and buy it, if only to complete your Buffy collection.
I’m a massive Batfan, so do you know what I noted about both Flashpoint and Justice League? The former ended with the bat, and the latter started with him. It’s pretty clear from the number of Batbooks that there’s going to be a lot of focus on my favourite part of the universe
I guess we all did the same thing yesterday.
I wandered into my local comic shop, possibly more excited than I have ever been to buy a comic. I gazed at the shelves containing this week’s new releases and muttered to assistant how bare it was. She laughed. As I reached out to pick up Flashpoint issue 5, she looked at me and said “here, you’ll want this,” and handed me issue 1 of the new Justice League. Handing over the least money I had ever paid on a Wednesday, I walked out of the shop, happier than anything.
Now I’ve had my chance to read through the two comics, I must confess I have over joyed by how they turned out. I’m a little bit upset that there really seemed to be no continuity between DCU and DCnU, but I guess it might not have been easy. All we really need to know is that it starts again from here. I won’t talk much about DCU (what’s the point), but I will mention a few things I’ve noticed about JL1.
First of all, I love the writing. Hal as Green Lantern was as witty as every, and Bats was as gritty as I’d expect. Supes, of course, comes across once again as the ultimate boy scout, which means that DC are playing to each characters strengths right off the bat. I enjoyed Jim Lee’s excellent artwork – I have a feeling that this is going to be a new stage in comics, as we see more and more beautiful drawings brought to life on our pages.
I also note that Justice League is called just that, and there is no America tacked on to the end. I hope that we don’t see Superman being considered a US citizen any more. I look forward to seeing what other subtle changes there are when I pick up the new books.
Let me know what you think!