COMIC BOOK REVIEW - DC New 52 (week 3) Rapid Fire Review
Posted on September 18th, 2011

This has been a crazy week. A lot of things popped up in the personal and professional life that required my attention. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get an reviews up that showcased particular issues, but I atleast wanted to give a little review to the DC New 52 comics that came out this week. So let's be begin:
Batman & Robin #1
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Patrick Gleason

For those who are not up to date on Batman current events, Bruce Wayne actually has a son named Damian. Introduced by Grant Morrison, he's gone on to become the current Robin. If you pick up this issues, you'll get a good idea as to how he very much differs from Robins in the past. For regular readers of the Batman titles, you won't be dissappointed here. I'm definately onboard for this series.

Batwoman #1
Written by J.H. Williams III & W. Haden Blackman
Art by J.H. Williams III

This is the most beautiful book you'll see this year, or until issue 2 comes out....and then 3 and so on. I was nervous that ith Greg Rucka not being attached to this book that the script would suffer, but that's not the case. Old readers will be happy and new readers won't be lost. Do yourself a favor and pick this up.

Deathstroke #1
Written by Kyle Higgins
Art by Joe Bennet

Deathstroke is DC's most Badass Assassin. I'm not sure how long they can keep a title dedicated to a villian, but I'm gonna stick around for now since I had a lot of fun reading this. If you're a fan of Punisher over at Marvel you'll enjoy this. The ending of this issue is just so damn badass....

I'm trying really hard to refrain from telling you....

it's so badass....

badass, badass, badass....
Demon Knights #1
wWritten by Paul Cornell
Art by Diogenes Neves

Welcome to the Medieval times of the New 52 Universe. Swords, Sorcery, Dragons, Knights & the Demon!!! I'm excited to see the formation of possibly the first DC Super Team (as suggested in Stormwatch) of Etrigan the Demon, Madame Xanadu, The Shining Knight and who knows who.

There is also a fantastic love triangle between Madame Xanadu, the Demon & Jason Blood (who is the Demon's human form).

New readers should show no fear picking this up.

This book also gets the award for the best final line of a comic book, "We find the source of the problem....and we throw Dragons at it." Awesome.
Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.
Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Alberto Poticelli

Although I didn't like this as much as the version that existed in the Flashpoint Universe, this was pretty good. It's a great blend of Horror, Sci Fi, and Super Hero fun.

Although Poticelli's art did not blow me away, it does set a certain tone for the book.

After issue two I'll decide if I want to stick with the book or not.
Green Lantern
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Doug Mahnke

This book seems to have simply picked up where it's pre-flashpoint counterpart left off. Hal Jordan is no longer a Green Lantern and Sinestro has returned to the Corp.

I liked the dual stories of Sinestro dealing with being back in the Corp. and Hal trying to adjust to life back on Earth. He's been away for so long, that bills are piling up, and he's out of work.
Written by Nathan Edmonson
Art by CAFU

This was one of the stand out hits for me this week. I really enjoyed this. I only remember Grifter from the early years on Jim Lee's Wild C.A.T.S and this seems to be a reimagining of the character. So if you're a new reader this is entering on the first floor.

Actions, Adventure and Supernatural baddies.

Legion Lost
Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art by Pete Woods

This the story of the Legion of Super Heroes' Away Team. They've come back in time to stop a super villian from destroying the past only to be trapped here. A lot of people get intimidated by the Legion titles because there are SO MANY characters. This title focusses on a core groupof characters which is nice and if you just let the book take you on the ride, you should really enjoy it.

Fantastic art by Pete Woods. I'm gonna stick with this book!
Mister Terrific
Written by Erica Wallace
Art by Gianluca Gugliotta

He's the third smartest man in the world! Man o' man there are a lot of rich dudes in the DC Universe that double as super hereos.

The first half of the issues introduces you to the new52 version of Mr. Terrific and that part is great. You get a clear sense of who he is and the immediate world he lives in. He might with for best secret lair. The second begins to get the ball rolling of the first story arch. That's the part that I was a little iffy on.
Red Lanterns
Written by Peter Milligan
Art by Ed Benes

So this is the Latern color based on "Rage". I know they are not actually considered "Villians" but the Red Lanters are pretty damn evil. I'm not sure how long this title can sustain itself. I usually love Ed Benes' art but this issue seemed rushed.

Also, Dax is the famous Red Lantern that is actually just a house cat from earth, but Benes draws him too anthropomorphic.

Not sure if there enough appealing aspects of this title to outway the flaws. I'm on the fence about returning.
Resurrection Man
Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art by Fernado Dagnino

This is another new title from DC like Animal Man & Swamp Thing that has one foot in the DC Universe and another in the Vertigo world. It's great. Resurrection Man comes back from the dead with one power set and if he dies, he comes back with a completely new powerset. It's a cool concept and Abnett & Lanning are a writing duo that can keep this title interesting for a long time. I am on board.
Suicide Squad
Written by Adam Glass
Art by Federica Dallocchio

I actually was looking forward to this title and I couldn't have been more dissappointed. Jeff Parker's Thunderbolts over at Marvel is pretty much the exact premise of this comic book. A group of villians who must work for a government agency to work off their sentence. However, this title lacks the charm of its competition. It's also overly aggressive and violent for violence sake. I know people were up in arms about Harley Quinns new costume, but honestly that is the least of this books problems. FAIL.
Written by Scott Lobdell
Art by R.B. Silva

One of the overall winners this week!! I realy enjoyed the story that Scott Lobdell is putting together. We go back to the beginning of Superboy's origin as a clone of Superman mixed with Human DNA.

I'm glad that Lobdell is writing this book as well as Teen Titans. I'm hoping for some great cohesiveness between the two.
So there you have it folks. A breif review of the 13 titles that came out this week from DC. This coming week we have 12 titles coming out. I hope to spotlight some titles individually and then do another rapid fire of the others. See you soon!!

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