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4 of the New 52


DC 52: New Reviews

More and more DC reboots are popping out of the press as the company ushers in its new era. After Justice League # 1, more of the iconic titles like Action Comics and Detective Comics follow suit. Here are some quick reviews for the long awaited reboot books.


Action Comics # 1

After years of existence, Superman has finally returned to his roots. In the Grant Morrison written reboot, Superman is a good-hearted angst-filled alien-slash-hero. He has the purest intentions to help people but none whatsoever to play friends with the government. The Justice League angle of heroes being feared works well for the alien of steel. For a superhero alien you’d expect there’s a level of unfamiliarity or at least some semblance of distance from Superman and the humans. Grant Morrison penned an opener that clearly laid out the character premise set against future and current conflicts like let’s say Lex Luthor. Pick this up for sheer cover-to-end fun.



Detective Comics # 1

A detective is only as good as his mystery. And did Tony Daniel give Batman a Joker mystery. Tony Daniel’s Batman might be a too chatty, perhaps he was trying to establish some of Bruce Wayne’s character for the new readers. But Joker on the merit of his insanity alone should get his own book. SPOILER: Heroes hide their faces with a mask, Joker changes his face to hide his. Get this one and stick to it.


Red Hood and the Outlaws # 1

To be blunt, this book fails as an intro piece. Red Hood is Bruce Wayne’s fallen Robin and in this book he leads a druggie Green Arrow protégé in Ron Harper and sexually charged alien, Firestar. The writer, Scott Lobdell, seems to have forgotten that we are now in the 21st century and no longer in the 90s. It’s like X-Force all over again. But Red Hood’s character is one rich in back story and is a moving piece of the Batman family in the recent years. If he properly taps into this, Lobdell will surely have a winner. I’m still not so sold on Starfire being, uh, sexually…charged. Ron Harper will be Red Hood’s foil/friend and that will eventually find its way in the story. The concept of reluctant-renegade heroes still is intriguing and the art is really great. These are very good reasons to keep an eye on this title. But right now, it feels like Y tu mama tambien with powers or even worse Melrose Place with guns.


Note: Catwoman # 1 is as racy, if not racier than this book.


Green Lantern # 1

Did the Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern movie disappoint you? You’re in luck. This book won’t. Of all the DC reboots, the Green Lantern title feels like the one that smoothly transitions from the old universe. And yet, it’s reader friendly. The story begins with Hal Jordan, the iconic Green Lantern, with no ring and Sinestro being bestowed with a Green Lantern ring. The fall of Hal Jordan channels a little bit of Tony Stark’s bad days. But this is a great conflict to hook new readers. Showing the lead down and out while his obvious rival is on the rise. The scenes might be too slow since ring slinging is kept to a minimum. But fear not, with Geoff Johns writing you can expect action to come your way soon. Buy the book and stick to it.


With 52 books coming out, DC will certainly hit many good spots as well as bad ones. A comic fan can be thankful that DC is taking its chances to boost not only their stock but the industry’s as well. Keep buying, stop downloading.



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