I feel my blog has been DC biased as most of my posts have been about their new comics. It’s hard not to post about DC though, they are generating a lot of news since they announced the big changes. This is week 2 of the new comics and I thought I’d list them and what books I’m getting. I will be doing reviews of them later in the week as well. As this is the first week with multiple books let’s see what DC is offering. The links below also conveniently go to the DC comics website solicitation for each book!
Action Comics seems like a great one to launch early. A lot of people probably will be looking to get into the Superman books. Grant Morrison and Rags Morales should be providing a really strong book that readers ought to enjoy. I’ve never been a huge Superman fan and never read Action Comics, but I am a fan of Morrision. After Grant’s All-Star Superman story I have to see what he does with the book. The preview pages that were released seemed pretty good.
Animal Man I’m not very familiar with, but I think a lot of Animal Man fans and old readers will be giving this book a shot. Not familiar with Animal Man’s writer, but Travel Foreman did a great job on Immortal Iron Fist for Marvel. The book should look great.
Batgirl seems like a no brainer for a hit comic. Gail Simone is a very popular writer and has recently tweeted positive reactions for Batigrl orders. This is a book that I will be picking up. I’m happy it’s here, but also sad only because Bryan Q. Miller did a great job with Stephanie. Still this should be a fun one.
Batwing is probably one of the books I’m most looking forward too. I’ve blogged earlier about my excitement. Judd Winick is writing and he won me over as a fan with his Power Girl stories. The preview art has looked phenomenal. African Batman? Hell yes.
Detective Comics is another book that is perfect to start with. Batman fans old and new alike should be checking this book out. Tony Daniel has been working in the Bat universe for quite some time and he should provide an excellent book.
Green Arrow is another character I don’t follow closely. Again J.T. Krul is familiar with the character and I think the old Arrow fans will . Although it may be hard for new fans to get into Green Arrow, but I could be wrong.
Hawk and Dove is one book I could see struggling. I do think Sterling Gates is a great writer, but Rob Liefeld’s art is not really my cup of tea. These are 2 relatively obscure characters that I think will be hard to reach new audiences. Maybe some new fans will find something interesting here. I don’t want to predict a flop because that’s not fair, but I think this book will pull low numbers.
Justice League International could be a winner. It’s got a cast filled with a lot of fan favorites. I was debating getting this book because of Batman, Vixen, Fire, Ice, and Guy Gardner. I didn’t reserve a copy so I guess I will make a decision at the comic shop. Hopefully there are copies still available, otherwise I’m SOL. Not familiar with the writer, but I do enjoy Aaron Lopresti’s artwork.
Men of War I expect to do well. Sgt. Rock and Easy Company are quite popular. This book seems like it would also be easy to bring in new readers. There’s no real convoluted history that has been associated with the super hero books. I’m not familiar with the creative team but this is one title that should be very accessible to new comers and war comic fans alike.
OMAC I’m not sure about. Old DC readers are very familiar with OMAC, but I’m not sure how new readers will approach this book. Not many new fans will recognize this character. Dan Didio and Keith Giffen will write and Keith Giffen and Scott Koblish will handle art duties. Keith is a great writer and I’m not sure I feel about Dan’s writing. Dan hasn’t done anything recently to wow me, but working with Keith is a good thing.
Static Shock will probably be familiar to some new fans from his cartoon show a few years back. That might attract new readers. I don’t follow Static Shock closely but haven seen efforts by DC to bring him into the mix. Maybe teenagers and hardcore Static fans will be picking this up. The solicitation on the DC website sounds like it could be a good book though. Hopefully it does well. I’d like to see more prominent characters of color.
Stormwatch is a bit of a mystery to me except for the Martian Manhunter. The other characters I’m not too familiar with. Stormwatch was originally in the Wildstorm Universe, which was under Image Comics. Before this explanation gets anymore confusing just know Wildstorm was an indy company established by Jim Lee. DC has been integrating these characters into their main universe. The solicitation sounds like it could be an action packed and lots of sci fi. This should be successful among Wildstorm fans and DC fans alike. I could also see this bringing in new readers as well. It seems like something they could jump into easily.
Swamp Thing should do great under Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette, 2 very talented creators at DC. Swamp Thing is incredibly popular and I bet he brings in more old fans than new. New readers may think of the old movie and TV show and the sheer weirdness and coolness of such a title might draw in a lot. This is another title I was on the fence about. I’m a fan of both Scott and Yanick, but not very familiar with Swamp Thing. His appearance in Brightest Day was cool. This will be another in store decision. Again I hope I’m not SOL with this and JLI.
That’s it for week two! I usually get to my comic shop in the afternoon so it will be interesting to see how many copies of the titles have or haven’t been taken. I’ll try to make good mental notes and share my experience.