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And they shall call it… NEW DCU!

15 Jun

**UPDATE!** 20th June 2011 (end of post)
New info added for 2 titles continuing post October
**UPDATE!** 17th June 2011 (end of post)
 New info added for 1 new title possible starting October, waiting confirmation

 Hey folks!
Welcome once again! We have something a little extra special for you today – a full on breakdown of the new DC Universe that we can expect to see come September and the end of FLASHPOINT.
Apologies for delays with this weeks post but it was unavoidable given how much time it took to compile all this and sift through it all to find the facts! Just for you! And you should not, this post will be linked (we hope) to the main page in some fashion and all updates on the titles and on new titles not yet to announced will be added in here and updated on Facebook when it is done.
Now! According to the nice folks over at DC, there are major changes to come and while there have been any number of rumours, innuendos and speculation about what will be coming to our comic-racks come summers end – we have need of sifting through the mountains of internet “information” to get to the actual matters at hand.
So with this in mind (some of its been on my mind solidly as you’ll see shortly!) I decided to compile a database of sorts where fans such as you good people could see whats coming, what is to become of some of our beloved series that have not made it to the new Universe ahead and others that have changed drastically, while others yet seem unaffected at all.

Collected here I am listing the 52 new titles that DC will be launching after the ENTIRE existing list of monthly titles is shut down and restarted. Breakdowns are to be found here with creative teams, intended story-lines and of course – my own snippets of opinion about each and every one! These titles will be launching through September and will be the front-line of DC comics for the foreseeable future.
What I am doing here though is listing the comics in order of interest, i.e, we start with the ones Im most looking forward to and why and then follow the list down all the way till the titles Im least looking forward to and why.
But before we get to the breakdown – some things you should know so we are all on the same page here:
There are fans that read and move on and there are fans that follow a certain amount of continuity in what they are reading and care about that – I do. The ones who dont bother at all, some of my continuity problems with the new titles become irrelevant for you.
For those that try to follow it and keep track there are some problems to be realised and kept in mind when going through DC’s new plan. (Im not including obsessive fans who cant stand any change or deviation whatsoever – change is sometimes good, like in changing this damn crap-fest that has been almost every solo superman story for the past couple of years)
Now DC had an event a couple of decades ago called “Crisis on Infinite Earths” which was basically a company-wide event meant to act create an in-comic storyline which allowed them to reboot everything in the now shared universe. It was revolutionary because it used a shared universe before and after which was not a comic staple, and it was an event like none before it. It was also (and this is key) meant to be a means by which to bring all the disparate threads together from all the existing comic history and create a new unified and easier backstory and history without conflicting versions and the like.
Unfortunately they started out fine but then lost the plot and were in the same overloaded continuity boat again – and then again and then again… its why they keep having these Crisis events every couple of years and this was the big PLUS of Flashpoint for me – it was a chance for DC to do just that properly and even going by their announcements it sounded like DC was on board for precisely that.
Now going by the updates and the news on the titles its dubious… there are conflicting concepts, some books retain whats happened the last couple of years, others seem to be totally different versions of everything, others are somewhat altered but not much.
Unless DC is planning on creating a sort of new amalgam or selectively compiled reality, Im not sure what their intention is because if they are retaining things from whats happened till now then how can it not conflict with whats happening? For example, the whole thing with the Kryptonians and Supergirl in New Krypton and now she doesnt care for humans? How do you have both?
In any case, this is the crux of my dilemma at this juncture.
So then lets just get to it shall we? Oh and remember kiddies, all opinions expressed here are merely me-own and reflect not on what the comic actually might turn out to be or that of my compatriots here at CA who will undoubtedly have their own reasons to send me angry mails once they’ve found titles they might rate highly being pounded by me!
But then thats half my fun isn’t it!
Broken down in to THREE chunks by me, here is how I anticipate the new DCU:
(NOTE: All covers clickable to look at in higher resolution folks! Enjoy!)

THE “HELL YEAH!” ZONE!
ACTION COMICS #1

Written by Grant Morrison
Art & Cover by Rags Morales & Rick Bryant
Not a whole lot has been revealed about the direction this series is going to take – and even though I hate that this is being renumbered when it just hit #900 – I have to say it has in no time become the one Im most excited about.
For me Grant is one of the best writers in the business today and his character defining run on Batman has shown what he can do with love of a character – and for those of you that don’t know this, he has been trying to write Superman for years but has not been allowed to be DC for fear of his ‘doing something interesting’!
But now we are back with this series that brings us back to basics, in an interview recently Grant revealed that this book will start with Superman as the first superhero of earth, going back to basics, with a Superman that is not quite as godlike as he is now, like he used to be: faster then a speeding bullet, more powerful then a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound – but still able to be injured by things like mega explosions and such.
Oh and he is in a world that fears him and does not trust him. Raw Superman story-telling – this is going to be AWESOME!!
BATWOMAN #1
Written by J.H. Williams III & Haden Blackman
Art & Cover by J.H. Williams III
At last! Batwoman’s new series begins, from the multiple award-winning creative team of J.H. Williams III and Haden Blackman! In “Hydrology”, Batwoman faces deadly new challenges in her war against Gotham City’s underworld… and new trials in her life as Kate Kane.
Who or what is stealing children from the barrio, and for what vile purpose? Will Kate train her cousin, Bette Kane (a.k.a. Flamebird), as her new sidekick? How will she handle unsettling revelations about her father, Colonel Jacob Kane?
I cannot begin to tell you how intently I’ve been waiting for this book… ever since Greg Rucka announced his intended retirement from comic-writing and brought to a close the beautiful and legendary run he and J.H.WIlliams III (Alan Moore’s ‘Promethea’) had on the character of Batwoman in Detective Comics a year ago… One of the most definitive runs for any character ever with some of the most spectacular art I have ever seen, the book is finally getting its chance to shine as a solo title instead of under the Detective Comics banner and with Williams writing as well as doing art… Well lets just say Im dying to see what he can do with this!
ANIMAL MAN #1
Written by Jeff Lemire
Art & Cover by Travel Foreman & Dan Green
Buddy Baker has gone from “super” man to family man… but is he strong enough to hold his family together when Maxine, his young daughter, starts to manifest her own dangerous powers? Find out in this dramatic new series from writer Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth) and artist Travel Foreman (The Immortal Iron Fist).
I’ve been a total fan of this character for ages – ever since reading the iconic and seminal run on this series from the 80’s by Grant Morrison which for me redefined how I look at the medium of comics (alongside Watchmen and then later Gaiman’s work among a few others) and story-telling in general.
Buddy Baker has been mostly out of action since then, briefly shining during the awesome-ness that was DC’s “52” series a few years back and then after that in the mini-series he starred in with Starfire and Adam Strange. But now he is back in a great and very appropriately “human” story scribed by one of the most talented young writers I’ve seen in the last two years.
Plus I will admit, having the amazing Travel Forman who did so much amazing artwork over at Marvel on titles I loved like ‘Immortal Iron Fist’, well it nudges this book up the list!
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #1
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art & Cover by Aaron Lopresti & Matt Ryan
With the growing presence of super beings around the world, the United Nations resolves to create a new group called Justice League International.
Batman, Booster Gold, Green Lantern Guy Gardner, August General in Iron, Fire, Ice, Vixen and Rocket Red are charged with promoting unity and trust… but can they reach that goal without killing each other first?
What can I say about this title? If you know it from the old days when the JLA fell apart and these guys picked up the pieces to save the world then I need not go into it. For the rest: the JLI was one of the most ambitious projects I think DC ever undertook and one of the most out-there. A global Justice League during who’s time you simultaneously had a series for ‘Justice League Europe’ and plans for others – all written by the talented Jurgens and filled with super-heroics laced with great humour and great stories. It was this title that made me a fan-for-life of Booster, Beetle, Guy and all the rest of the JLI.
Very much looking forward to seeing where this goes, especially after the great comeback they’ve had this past year in the “Justice League: Generation Lost” limited series.
DEMON KNIGHTS #1
Written by Paul Cornell
Art by Diogenes Neves & Oclair Albert
Cover by Tony S. Daniel
Set in the Dark Ages of the DC Universe, a barbarian horde is massing to crush civilization. It’s fallen to Madame Xanadu and Jason Blood, the man with a monster inside him, to stand in their way… though the demon Etrigan has no interest in protecting anyone or anything other than himself! It’ll take more than their own power to stop an army fueled by bloodlust and dark sorcery, and some very surprising heroes… and villains… will have no choice but to join the fray!
After his work on ‘Lex Luthor’s Action Comics’, ‘Knight & Squire’, ‘Batman & Robin’ and not to mention all his Marvel Comics work, Cornell has fast become one of the most amazing writers in my view and arguably the best one DC has with them right now.
With some of the most interesting characters in the DCU alongwith Madame Xanadu from Vertigo, this series has some of the best potential thus far. Great setup and concept and the talent behind it to make this one to look out for puts this high up on my list.
And I would recommend checking out Neves’ art, the man is unreal at times! Look at that cover!
GREEN LANTERN: THE NEW GUARDIANS #1
Written by Tony Bedard
Art & Cover by Tyler Kirkham & Batt
Kyle Rayner has assembled the most powerful team in all the universe, selected from the full spectrum of corps. But can he even keep this volatile group together?
Not much to say here – Green Lantern books have been among the best books out of the DCU for a couple of years now and the premise and build on this one is extremely promising and catches the mind when you think about it – not to mention that the confusion about the extent of continuity changes is confounding many (me included) still.
But for now given that Bedard’s current awesome monthly “R.E.B.E.L.S” is being taken off the roster (so far) according to this list of DC’s, this book is replacing it and I have high hopes for it.
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1
Written by Peter Milligan
Art by Mikel Janin
Cover by Ryan Sook
The witch known as The Enchantress has gone mad, unleashing forces that not even the combined powers of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg can stop. And if those heroes can’t handle the job, who will stand against this mystical madness?
Shade the Changing Man, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Zatanna and John Constantine may be our only hope… but how can we put our trust in beings whose very presence makes ordinary people break out in a cold sweat?
Ever since those days long ago when the Infinite Crisis shook the DCU and I got to see the amazing world of DC’s magical based characters through the Shadowpact (which I followed like a junkie till its final issue of its long, epic run), I’ve been scrounging for all such titles of quality.
And now not only do I have Demon Knights by Cornell but this most wicked sounding book with some of the most awesome DC characters from across the board and its all written by none other then the legendary Peter Milligan who is also currently the man behind Hellblazer, and drawn by the amazingly great at fantastic images, Mikel Janin. Oh yes…
STORMWATCH #1
Written by Paul Cornell
Art & Cover by Miguel Sepulveda
They are Stormwatch, a dangerous super human police force whose existence is kept secret from the world. Directly following the ominous events of SUPERMAN #1, Adam One leads half the Stormwatch team to recover an item from deep in the Himalayas. Meanwhile, Jack Hawksmoor and the rest of the Stormwatch crew look to recruit two of the deadliest super humans on the planet: Midnighter and Apollo! And if they say no? Perhaps the Martian Manhunter can change their minds…
Most of you may not know this but I’m not entirely a mainstream comics guy – I love em, always have, but I like to read variety and things unrestrained by the continuity and limitations that big brand names like Superman and Batman and such tend to attract. It was for this reason that I was always a big fan of the Wildstorm universe which though it had its weak points, was some of the most bad-ass super-hero fiction ever written.
Those of you who have read The Authority, Stormwatch, Midnighter and their fellow series know exactly what Im talking about! And now months after seeing the sad demise of their entire line of comics as DC shut down Wildstorm’s entire imprint, we get to see those familiar characters brought to life in the DCU proper. I will admit, though excited by this and by the story and having Cornell handle this with Miguel’s excellent hand on art, a part of me is apprehensive for the same reasons that I am iffy about Vertigo icons like John Constantine and Swamp Thing in the main universe because there are always editorial constraints, the lack of which over at Vertigo is what made these books as amazing as they were/are.
For example, I wonder how DC plan to deal with the fact that Midnighter and Apollo are meant to be gay and were in fact married. Its this aspect of it that gives me pause.
Only time will tell…
SWAMP THING #1
Written by Scott Snyder
Art & Cover by Yanick Paquette
One of the world’s most iconic characters has returned to the heart of the DC Universe, and every step he takes will shake the foundations of the Earth!
Alec Holland has his life back… but the Green has plans for it. A monstrous evil is rising in the desert, and it’ll take a monster of another kind to defend life as we know it!
I must admit I am both highly excited and extremely weary of this title. Scott Snyder has proven himself as one of the brightest among the new crop of American comic scribes with his creator owned American Vampire and his ongoing stories in Detective Comics. He has a style and voice that is truly unique and he is one of the few writers who I would trust at this juncture to do justice to a concept and character as iconic in the comic medium as Swamp Thing.
For those that know it, you’re cool, for those that do not: Swamp Thing was nothing special but many ages ago one Alan Moore came on as writer and completely recreated and brought a new life to this character, marking the beginning of a new age of comic story-telling and just so you know, it was this series that saw the birth of the now legendary John Constantine!
Sadly though, it is this legend that this new series will have to stand next to, no matter how hard we try – those of us that have read it will always hearken back and new fans will eventually go back and so this will be its real test. Here’s hoping…
Of note: Yanick is so good at drawing the ladies, I hope he can find his feet on this starkly different kind of comic!
FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. #1
Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Alberto Ponticelli
Cover by J.G. Jones
It’s Frankenstein as you’ve never seen him before, in a dark new series from acclaimed writer Jeff Lemire and artist Alberto Ponticelli (Unknown Soldier)!
Frankenstein is part of a network of strange beings who work for an even stranger government organization: The Super Human Advanced Defense Executive! But can he protect the world from threats even more horrifying than himself? And since he’s vilified for who and what he is, will he even want to take on this mission?
Ever since Grant Morrison’s epic mini-event “Seven Soldiers” I’ve been waiting and hoping for such a series. Once again tapping into the more esoteric and wild realm of magic that DC rarely ever gets into, that event laid some remarkable groundwork and I think going by what they’ve told us so far, this series promises to live up to its expectation – and yes, for a change Frankenstein is the hero here, monster yes, but hero. And again Lemire brings me much hope as does the detailed and beautifully dense artwork that Ponticelli is capable of bringing to the table.
RED LANTERNS #1
Written by Peter Milligan
Art & Cover by Ed Benes & Rob Hunter
Atrocitus and his Red Lantern Corps return in their own series, battling against injustice in the most bloody ways imaginable!
For those of you that have been following the Green Lantern books the last year or two, I don’t need to explain the Red Lanterns to you. With one of my all time favourite art-names attached to it – Ed Benes – and Milligan on writing duty, all I can say is, “It’s about damn time Atrocitus and his hordes got their own stories to tell!”
This should be some truly brutal fun!
ALL-STAR WESTERN #1
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Grey
Art & Cover by Moritat
Even when Gotham City was just a one-horse town, crime was rampant… and things only get worse when bounty hunter Jonah Hex comes to town. Can Amadeus Arkham, a pioneer in criminal psychology, enlist Hex’s special brand of justice to help the Gotham Police Department track down a vicious serial killer? Find out in this new series from HEX writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, with lush artwork by Moritat (The Spirit)!
Long have I been an ardent fan of the team of Palmiotti and Justin Grey – they along with the legendary Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (DnA) are my favourite comic creating team. Both are pairs that while not so successful solo, have produced some of the most amazing comics ever when working as a team.
And with the demise of the solo Jonah Hex book (as of now) which has been astoundingly awesome since it started its run with these two masters of the genre-Western till its latest issue: #64
One of the most entertaining concepts of this new DCU thus far, I have to say that I’m very much looking forward to this and its titles like this and others on this here list that show that DC is trying and really willing to push the envelope in telling stories and not just fixating on spandex sagas.
RESURRECTION MAN #1
Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art by Fernando Dagnino
Cover by Ivan Reis & Joe Prado
It’s the return of Mitch Shelly… and he’s still dead.
Resurrection Man can’t stay dead for long, though… and with each rebirth comes new and unexpected powers. But his many returns have not gone unnoticed, and forces are gathering to learn what’s so special about him… and to see which of them will finally stop Resurrection Man dead.
Ah… nostalgia…
This book is like a love letter to ardent fans! Thank you DC. Regardless of whether casual fans will get on board and like this book enough to keep it around, fans like myself will treasure each and every issue while it lasts.
A cult favourite series, lesser known outside hard-core readers who’ve been into comics for the past couple of decades worth of books and even read the off-the-wall and less conventional stories, Resurrection Man was special. One of those series that no one thought would get a second chance after all this time, and that too with the dream team of DnA helming it… Its like a dream come true… If for nothing else, we thank you DC and hope that this book is even half as good as we’re hoping!
LEGION LOST #1
Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art & Cover by Pete Woods
Seven heroes from the 31st century have traveled back to the present day. Their mission: Save their future from annihilation. But when the future tech they brought with them fails, they find themselves trapped in a nightmarish world that, for them, is the ultimate struggle to survive!
Don’t miss the start of this all-new Legion series illustrated by Pete Woods… fresh off his spectacular run on Action Comics… who is joined by writer Fabian Nicieza!
One of the more under-rated writers in comics ever in my humble opinion – Fabian has been a favourite of mine whatever he’s written, from the silliness of early Deadpool solo books to the more recent and intense Red Robin ongoing.
Ive always had mixed reactions to stories around the Legion of Super-Heroes, they tend to be either awesome or not worth bothering about for me. With Woods moving here and Nicieza scripting this potent sounding premise I’m very much inclined to add this to my pull-list at least for now.
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #1
Written by Scott Lobdell
Art & Cover by Kenneth Rocafort
No sooner has Batman’s former sidekick, Jason Todd, put his past as the Red Hood behind him than he finds himself cornered by a pair of modern day outlaws: Green Arrow’s rejected sidekick Arsenal, the damaged soldier of fortune, and the alien Starfire, a former prisoner of intergalactic war who won’t be chained again.
As a loner, Jason has absolutely no interest in this motley crew of outlaws. So what’s he going to do when they choose the Red Hood as their leader? Find out in this hot new series from writer Scott Lobdell (WILDCATS, Uncanny X-Men), featuring art by rising star Kenneth Rocafort (Action Comics)!
For this book I’m walking a very fine line – Scott Lobdell has proven himself to be both a very skilled writer but also on occasion a disappointment in ways. But when he gets it right, he really does a good job!
It is this that I’m hoping he can carry forward from his better works to this new title. Most people have either no knowledge or opinion or flat out tend to not like Jason Todd, for me though he is one of the most interesting and intense characters that DC has ever had in its tights and fights stable. Putting him at the head of a shadow team with the otherwise bad-ass but recently ruined character Arsenal and the oh-so-hot (don’t lie, you thought so too once) Starfire has so much potential for at the very least a limited run if not indefinite.
And with the talented Rocafort coming on board this is a very promising book if done well and read with an open mind.
VOODOO #1
Written by Ron Marz
Art & Cover by Sami Basri
Who is Voodoo? Is she hero, villain… or both? Learn the truth about Priscilla Kitaen as she leaves a trail of violence across America. Discover the new DCU through her eyes, because the things she sees are not always what they seem…
Many of you will not even know who this character is – like the others from Stormwatch that I listed above, Voodoo is a heroine from the Wildstorm universe of comics and I’m highly intrigued to see how they plan to fit her backstory and abilities into the DC universe.
Of course having one of the masters of such story-telling, Ron Marz penning this series with the exquisite art of Basri… well lets just say it helps an already interesting book seem even more so!
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Fernando Pasarin & Scott Hanna
Cover by Doug Mahnke & Christian Alamy
When deadly conflicts emerge across the universe, it’s up to Guy Gardner, John Stewart and an elite Green Lantern strike force to keep the peace… or else.
Nothing special to add here really – GL books have been awesome for the past few years, arguably my favourite stable of titles consistently put out by DC.
This book has been excellent and with no change in the creative team (same as the main GL book) I have no massive expectation or such, but if the book can maintain the quality its had so far then it belongs in this list. For now that’s what Im assuming, a rare bit of optimism if you would permit!
GREEN LANTERN #1
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Doug Mahnke & Christiam Almy
Cover by Ivan Reis & Joe Prado
The red-hot GREEN LANTERN team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Doug Mahnke introduce an unexpected new Lantern.
Well, again not a whole lot to say, intrigued but mostly this book stays high up on my list so long as it can maintain itself – like with a lot of the lesser detailed info titles, Im basically worried about the continuity aspect since it seems DC is not changing or retconning any of the recent GL story-lines and such so how well this will merge with the rest of the DCU will be seen.
GRIFTER #1
Written by Nathan Edmondson
Art & Cover by Cafu
The DCU’s most wanted man stars in his own series!
Cole Cash is a charming grifter few can resist. And yet he’s about to be branded a serial killer when he begins hunting and exterminating inhuman creatures hidden in human form… creatures only he can see!
Can the biggest sweet talker of all time talk his way out of this one when even his brother thinks he’s gone over the edge?
Another title bringing Wildstorm to the DCU – this is one I was actually looking forward to the most but being a little less confident of the creative team, unfortunately this book stays lower on my listing.
Grifter is one of the most fun characters from the Wildstorm lineup, he should have a lot of fun here!
BATMAN #1
Written by Scott Snyder
Art & Cover by Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion
Be here for the start of a new era for The Dark Knight from writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo (Spawn)! A series of brutal killings hints at an ancient conspiracy, and Batman learns that Gotham City is deadlier than he knew.
Helmed currently by Tony Daniel who has been doing an excellent job and I am sad to see him go – this book is one of the more promising books in the Bat-family of titles. More so since I am angered and horrified that they are taking this easy way out and making Dick Grayson Nightwing again and breaking up the spectacularly fun team of him as Batman with Damian Wayne as Robin – it was brilliant.
However, Im not a total pain and if Im going to be enjoying a Bat-book, this is most likely to be it and with Capullo bringing his amazing and beautifully dark artwork to this title there should be much to look forward to for fans of the Dark Knight.
WONDER WOMAN #1
Written by Brian Azzarello
Art & Cover by Cliff Chiang
The Gods walk among us. To them, our lives are playthings. Only one woman would dare to protect humanity from the wrath of such strange and powerful forces. But is she one of us… or one of them?
I have to say this off the bat, I don’t rightly know what to make of this series. It is one of the most unlikely choices of writer for such a series and character, you see Azzarello is a writer associated with noir and gritty, hard-boiled tales. He is a very down-to-the ground and intense writer – I would recommend checking out his graphic novel simply titled ‘Joker’ – and gained fame with books like ‘100 Bullets’.
But he has written some pretty good superhero tales and is a truly talented writer and it is on this strength and Chiang’s unique visual style that I’m intrigued enough by this book to put it up here.
BLUE BEETLE #1
Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Ig Guara & Ruy Jose
Cover by Tyler Kirkham & Sal Regla
It’s not easy being Jaime Reyes. He has to deal with high school, family and all the drama that comes with being a teenager. Also, he’s linked to a powerful scarab created by an alien race known as the Reach who seek to subjugate planets… or annihilate them. It’s up to one teen hero to turn this instrument of destruction into a force for good.
I used to be a fan of the old Blue Beetle Ted Kord and while enjoying the power-suit have been luke-warm on the Jaime Reyes character. However he has grown on me (in no small part to his role in “Batman:The Brave and the Bold”) and with Bedard penning and Guara doing art duty with his lighter, more fun style that could very much suit this book… well its up there for the nonce.
CATWOMAN #1
Written by Judd Winick
Art & Cover by Guillem March
Meet Catwoman. She’s addicted to the night. Addicted to shiny objects. Addicted to Batman. Most of all, Catwoman is addicted to danger. She can’t help herself, and the truth is… she doesn’t want to. She’s good at being bad, and very bad at being good. Find out more about what makes Catwoman tick in this new series from writer Judd Winick (BATMAN: UNDER THE HOOD) and artist Guillem March (GOTHAM CITY SIRENS)!
AT LAST!! So damn long after Brubakers legend making run on the character ended with her last solo-book, Selina Kyle gets back in the game!
Recently she’s been bobbing around with Harley and Ivy in the pages of Gotham City Sirens which was decent enough for a while, but now the lady is back in the thick of things and back to her roots and this promises to be some good fun for all involved.
Plus with Bruce back in the cowl now its time for Cats and Bats to play like they used to which was always fun – Winick has his hit and miss moments but largely is a dependable writer so Im looking to enjoy this.
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #1
Written by Paul Jenkins
Art by Bernard Chang
Cover by Ryan Sook
It’s the start of a new series spotlighting some of the DC Universe’s most exciting super heroes! First up is Deadman, straight from the pages of BRIGHTEST DAY, in a five-issue epic where the body-hopping hero meets his match in a new foe who wants to make sure the souls that Deadman helps out go straight to Hell!
I’ll admit, part of my joy with this is that they are giving the spotlight to Deadman first and foremost and he is a big favourite of mine, but more then that I like this as a concept – it hearkens back to the earliest days of DC when they used to have titles like “Showcase” (which gave us the modern Flash Barry Allen, Adam Strange, Metal Men, Rip Hunter, Creeper and so many more!)
AQUAMAN #1
Written by Geoff Johns
Art & Cover by Ivan Reis & Joe Prado
The superstar creators from “Blackest Night” and “Brightest Day” reunite to take Aquaman to amazing new depths!
Aquaman has renounced the throne of Atlantis… but the sea will not release Arthur Curry so easily.
Now, from a forgotten corner of the ocean emerges… The Trench! A broken race of creatures that should not exist, an unspeakable need driving them, The Trench will be the most talked-about new characters in the DC Universe!
The last book on my “HELL YEAH!” list before we move on to the titles I hold out lesser hope for (and then finally the ones I hold NO hope for..) and it is Aquaman by Geoff Johns.
Ordinarily I would be hesitant to put this book up here because I have not found anyone who has been able to do this poor character justice truly since Peter David’s time as the writer for his last solo Aquaman book.
The only reason this book is here is because Johns is very good at rebuilding characters as we have seen him do all over the place, especially with how he literally rewrote the book on the entire GL franchise and he has made no secret of his love for this character and wanting to do the same to him. So with that in mind and Reis on art here I think this could be one of the genuinely good revamps so here it is and here it stays until release date comes!
And look! He finally has hand back! How long do you think it’ll be before they find a reason to cut it off again? Sorry, couldn’t resist. 

THE “MAYBE” ZONE!!

DETECTIVE COMICS #1

Written by Tony S. Daniel
Art & Cover by Tony S. Daniel & Ryan Winn
DC’s flagship title is relaunched for the first time ever, with new Batman adventures from acclaimed writer/artist Tony S. Daniel!
A killer called The Gotham Ripper is on the loose on Batman’s home turf… leading The Dark Knight on a deadly game of cat and mouse.
I was vexed to see Snyder taken off this book and switched with Daniel, both have been doing great on their respective books and this was like a case of trying to fix what aint broken!
But as I said, he has been writing it well and while it is a vague and dubious premise (plus I dont like that they decided to take one of the longest running titles of all time back to zero from its current 876) but it could be great it could be not so it stays in my ‘maybe’ section. 
Also Im wondering as to why a book that introduces a new villain is plastered with the Joker? Well DC?  
BATWING #1
Written by Judd Winick
Art & Cover by Ben Oliver
Cover by Ben Oliver
Africa, a land of beauty… and of great horror. A land of creation and conflict. It is in desperate need of a defender, and from the ranks of Batman Incorporated comes a soldier to carry on the legacy of The Dark Knight in the most tumultuous region on Earth. Meet Batwing, the Batman of Africa!
One of the more intiguing new titles in DC’s roster, Im actually looking forward to reading this very much, but Winick is a decent writer and while I dont doubt he will do alright, this book could very easily be a sad waste.
Its a daring new direction and a change in attitude. All depends on 2 things: (1) how does this work given DC’s reboots? How does Batman Inc still work? And (2) How well the world around our new hero is constructed.
Honestly, I have high hopes for this book despite my severe reservations and hope for the best!
JUSTICE LEAGUE #1
Written by Geoff Johns
Art & Cover by Jim Lee & Scott Williams
Comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee make history! In a universe where super heroes are strange and new, Batman has discovered a dark evil that requires him to unite the World Greatest Heroes!
Im sure not a lot of folks would expect this to be the book here on this list as opposed to right on top – I mean its got the original JLA, its got Jim Lee and its Geoff Johns, the man who has been saving DC’s arse along-side Grant Morrison for some time now!
Im just not too mad-keen on this rebooting all the way back to zero – the current Justice League by Robinson has been great and I really like the line-up! I mean come on! We got Congo-rilla on the team dammit!! A GORILLA! Ah well, people want familiar and safe and so even though Im sure this will be a good relaunch of the JL, Im not overly excited…Also with the designs Lee has been putting up like the ones you see here and the fact that DC is so hard up they are taking Rob Leifeld on, its a terrifying reminder of the 90’s when cheesy outifts with too many muscles, too much bulk, shoulder pads and (in this case) for some reason collars. Im sorry that last bit just makes me laugh! 
TEEN TITANS #1
Written by Scott Lobdell
Art & Cover by Brett Booth & Norm Rapmund
Tim Drake, Batman’s former sidekick, is back in action when an international organization seeks to capture, kill or co-opt super-powered teenagers.
As Red Robin, he’s going to have to team up with the mysterious and belligerent powerhouse thief known as Wonder Girl and the hyperactive speedster calling himself Kid Flash to stand any chance at all against a living, breathing weapon with roots in another world! They… along with a few other tortured teen heroes… will be the Teen Titans in this new series from writer Scott Lobdell (WILDC.A.T.S, Uncanny X-Men) and artist Brett Booth (JLA)!
One of the most intriguing books in the new line-up, this title carries undoubtedly some of the biggest and most noticeable changes anywhere in the entire DCU.
Some changes sound great while others not so much, and though its not the best move to make, there is merit in DC’s seeming intention to emulate the new Young Justice TV series which has been great fun and better then any Teen Titans book in years, they even seem to have changed the Superboy character entirely for just this purpose.
My curiosity is very high on this book but it also shows potential for the kind of disaster that calls for the title being assumed non-existant by any discerning fan. Until further news comes to light, I’m going to leave this in limbo…
BATGIRL #1
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Ardian Syaf & Vicente Cifuentes
Cover by Adam Hughes
Yes, it’s really happening!
Barbara Gordon is back as Batgirl… and she’s going to have to face the city’s most horrifying new villains as well as the dark secrets from her past. You won’t want to miss this stunning debut issue from fan-favorite BIRDS OF PREY writer Gail Simone!
I hate this book.
No, I mean it.
I hate it because of what it does and its a horrible step for DC to be taking and Im going to hold it against them forever in all likelihood.
They’ve taken one of the most beloved and well known characters, Barbara Gordon, who is arguably the worlds favourite – the original Batgirl. But then she got shot in the seminal “Killing Joke” by Alan Moore and became so much more. She is (and you better believe it) an icon for disabled readers. It may not seem like much but she was a step in the direction of even greater diversity and character in the field and it was where she shone – taking her disability (paralysed waist down) and kept herself going and eventually became Oracle, the leader of the Birds of Prey (one of the best books ever) and indespensible information master of the heroes of the whole DCU.
Now just for the sentimentality of it, for getting sales and all that they are just bringing her back and taking away all that made her such a great character. She was a teacher, a role model and a hero – she trained at least 2 bat-girls and worked with them among all the other things.
And now yes, she is back as a hero and flying through the air… but part of me feels that it will do nothing save diminish this character in the long run and people will always look back to before this when remembering her history no matter what DC does.
Plus, it is unfair to the current Batgirl who I used to dislike but in the ongoing series she has fast become among my favourite DC characters under Bryan Miller’s pen. Now she is it seems relegated to limbo.
And damn DC for putting Gail Simone on this. She is unquestionable the ideal person to write a story with Barbara as Batgirl, she has after all been writing her for the last few years – and therefore I know it will be a good book, but I will resent it as a fan and as a story-teller no matter how spell-binding.
THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #1
Written by Tony S. Daniel
Art & Cover by Philip Tan
Carter Hall’s skill at deciphering lost languages has led him to a job with an archaeologist who specializes in alien ruins… but will the doctor’s latest discovery spread an alien plague through New York City? No matter the personal cost, Carter Hall must don his wings and become the new, savage Hawkman to survive! Witness the start of a new action series from writer Tony S. Daniel and artist Philip Tan that will take Hawkman where no hero has flown before!
Great potential but a mediocre and lower rung character who I have enjoyed only in fits and starts when a writer really takes an interest.
But I think Tony Daniel might do a solid job here, he has been proving himself well recently and that couple with Tan’s art could make this a book worth following.
BIRDS OF PREY #1
Written by Duane Swierczynski
Art & Cover by Jesus Saiz
One is wanted for a murder she didn’t commit. The other is on the run because she knows too much. They are Dinah Laurel Lance and Ev Crawford… a.k.a. Black Canary and Starling… and together, as Gotham City’s covert ops team, they’re taking down the villains other heroes can’t touch. But now they’ve attracted the attention of a grizzled newspaper reporter who wants to expose them, as well as a creepy, chameleon-like strike team that’s out to kill them.
Consistently one of the best books in DC’s lineup since its first volume launched all those years ago, I am happy to see it survive the rebooting but with this new team and a writer other then Gail Simone on it… well lets just say that Im dubious. However Duane is a proven writer and while he may screw it up, he may get it right too and so it stays on the middle ground for now…
BATMAN & ROBIN #1
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art & Cover by Pat Gleason & Mick Gray
Battling evil with his son, Damian, at his side, Batman now realizes that the hardest part of the job may be trying to work together!
As Batman and Robin try to adjust to their new partnership, a figure emerges from Bruce Wayne’s past… His name is NoBody, and he’s not happy that Batman Incorporated is shining a light on his own shadowy war against evil…
I like Tomasi and his work recently in GLCorp title has been pretty decent – and I must admit seeing Bruce fight crime with his obnoxious son as Robin could be interesting.
BUT I feel that they are forgetting something critical here. The dynamic of the Dynamic Duo was always the key, it was a balance of serious and at east, of intense and calm, of morose and lighter-hearted.
For Bruce’s brooding there was always Robins humour and playful approach to this, the dark, hard hearted hero balanced by the softer hearted partner. And then it was beautifully reversed by Grant who gave us a grim and brooding Damian Wayne as Robin, petulant and angry coupled with the happier and more jovial Batman in Dick Grayson and they worked remarkably well together.
That dynamic now gives way to grim and grimmer… maybe me but I dont know how well this will work.
And yes, I am very fond of the Dick-Damian teaming and am going to hold it against this book. So sue me.
STATIC SHOCK #1
Written by John Rozum & Scott McDaniel
Art & Cover by Scott McDaniel & Jonathan Glapion
The brilliant, slightly awkward high school student Virgil Hawkins transforms into the cocky electromagnetic hero Static!
A mysterious tragedy forces the Hawkins family to relocate from Dakota to New York City! Virgil embarks upon new adventures in a new high school and a new internship at S.T.A.R. Labs!
As Static, he dons a new uniform and establishes a new secret headquarters! But is he ready to take on the new villains who lurk in New York City’s underworld?
I used to quite like this character and honestly, Im glad to see him getting a shot to make it here. Unfortunately my confidence in his creative team remains limited and more then the story, its in the choice of McDaniel for art. I will likely give it a shot but dont expect to follow it.
SGT. ROCK AND THE MEN OF WAR #1
Written by Ivan Brandon
Art by Tom Derenick
Cover by Viktor Kalvachev
The grandson of the original Sgt. Rock assumes the command of Easy Company, a team of crack ex-military men financed by a covert military contractor, as they brave the battle-scarred landscape carved by the DC Universe’s super-villains. SGT. ROCK AND THE MEN OF WAR #1 is contemporary military story fighting under modern conditions, and will be written by Ivan Brandon and illustrated by Tom Derenick.
All-time favourite from… well forever! Anyone who knows Sgt. Rock and Easy Company knows what I’m talking about and for the rest, well I can’t really explain it other then to say these guys were the quintessential war-heroes, they were the best war comics put out by a major comic company and had some of the best stories, deep stories.
While I was at first excited to hear of this relaunch my enthusiasm has been blunted sharply by the news of updateing them from WW2 into a more modern amy unit. Chances are you may enjoy it if you are not familiar or all that picky, but for me I love these characters and am not looking forward to seeing this.
THE FURY OF FIRESTORM #1
Written by Ethan Van Sciver & Gail Simone
Art by Yildiray Cinar
Cover by Ethan Van Sciver
Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond. These two high school students are worlds apart… and now they’re drawn into a conspiracy of super-science that bonds them forever in a way they can’t explain or control. The dark secrets of the murderous Dog Team and its Firestorm Protocol force them to put aside their differences to confront a threat so terrifying that it may lead to a new Cold War! Welcome to a major new vision of nuclear terror from writers Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone with astonishing art by Yildiray Cinar!
Good writing team and at first I was so pumped about this book – but then I found this intended premise and saw the horrid and truly stupid new design for Firestorm and my taste for this book soured so fast that it barely kept itself out of the Red zone… Judge for yourself, Im biased here…
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #1
Written by Paul Levitz
Art by Francis Portela
Cover by Karl Kerschl
The Legion of Super-Heroes has been decimated by the worst disaster in its history. Now, the students of the Legion Academy must rise to the challenge of helping the team rebuild… but a threat of almost unstoppable power is rising at the edge of Dominator space, and if the new recruits fail, the Legion Espionage Squad may be the first casualties in a war that could split worlds in half!
Not much to say really – Levitz is good, he is the quintessential writer for a Legion series but Ive always, as stated before, had a mixed relationship with the Legion stories and so this remains in the neutral zone until I can get a better idea of its potential and quality.
HAWK & DOVE #1
Written by Sterling Gates
Art & Cover by Rob Liefeld
Hank Hall is not happy. He’s not happy to have Dawn Granger as a new partner in his war on crime. He’s not happy that she’s dating the ghostly Super Hero, Deadman. He’s not happy to learn that someone is trying to plunge the United States into a new civil war! Now it’s up to Hawk and Dove to root out the forces behind this conflict and stop them before they turn the U.S. into a wasteland!
And who is the monster lurking in the shadows, watching Hawk and Dove from afar? Find out in this new series from Sterling Gates (FLASHPOINT: KID FLASH LOST) and artist Rob Liefeld (X-Force, Youngblood)!
This book is one of the saddest moments in comic history for me in many ways… I’ve been loving the work of Sterling Gates, his recent run on Supergirl was excellent and all its readers have been wishing he had stayed on and what he would do next – and when I heard he was taking on Hawk and Dove I was actually very excited and really was looking forward to it.
But now this book is bordering on the Red Zone for me…
Why? Simply because I dont think I can bring myself to read page after page, panel after panel of the crap-tastic art of Rob Liefeld, a man who I cannot believe still gets work making comics considering how many great talents are out there. Its like a devious ploy! You want to read it for the story but hate the art so will likely pick it up whereas on another writers book you may have just said “screw it”. Clever DC, clever… 
And finally… THE “HELL NO!!” ZONE!
GREEN ARROW #1

Written by JT Krul

Art by Dan Jurgens & Norm Rapmund

Cover by Brett Booth & Rob Hunter
Green Arrow is on the hunt. Driven by inner demons, Ollie Queen travels the world and brings outlaws to justice… by breaking every law.
Now, armed with cutting-edge weaponry and illegally gained intel (courtesy of his team at QCore), Green Arrow is shooting first and asking questions later.
This book could have been higher up in the order of things but while it was not bad, Krul has not been able to really make this character what I wanted him to be… ever since that miserable excuse for a comic “Cry for Justice” and the more recent fall of Green Arrow and the disgusting “Rise of Arsenal”, this iconic character has been floundering.
I hold out little hope that with a reboot Krul can up his game – I hope he does, but will not be holding my breath.
O.M.A.C. #1

Written by Dan Didio & Keith Giffen

Art & Cover by Keith Giffen & Scott Koblish
The all-seeing Brother Eye satellite has unleashed a new beast upon the DC Universe in this smashing new series! Kevin Kho has become an unwilling participant in a war between Checkmate and Brother Eye as he is transformed into the One Machine Army Corp known only as O.M.A.C.!
Oh god no…
Just what we need, Dan frikkin Didio writing another book… No offense Dan, you have been a great boss over at DC but please stop writing comics! I used to be a big fan of The Outsiders but had to drop the book soon after you took over and have not been able to get back into it since then!
Why couldnt you have junked this stupid sounding book and instead let awesome books like Secret Six or Booster Gold among so many excellent titles stay alive!?
Plus looking at the cover image and seeing Giffen once again trying to badly ape the amazing style of the king Jack Kirby without the depth and dynamism does nothing but make me care less and less about this book which was not enticing even as a concept. 
Dammit…
DEATHSTROKE #1

Written by Kyle Higgins

Art by Joe Bennett & Art Thibert

Cover by Simon Bisley
“Friends die, family disappoints, but a legacy… That lives forever.”
Slade Wilson is the best mercenary in the DCU, and he’s been doing this a long time. Some might say too long. But they’ll learn… Never turn your back on Deathstroke the Terminator. He won’t quit, no matter how high the stakes. Kyle Higgins (BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM) and Joe Bennett (TEEN TITANS) team up to bring you the finest in mayhem and gore.
This guy is one of the most bad-ass tough guys in comics, he was the inspiration in some ways for so many including Marvel’s Deadpool.
But for me he’s become something of a joke, this most dangerous and deadly man who almost no one can beat and in Identity Crisis took on Flash, Green Arrow and several A-list JL-ers all by himself – now he’s nothing but a pathetic second-rate villain who spends his time trying to beat children trained by the big-guys, the heroes he used to smack around. Maybe Higgins can give him the shot in the arm he needs to make this happen… but I dont imagine so unless there are some major changes coming. Again until Im clearer on DC’s continuity plans this book stays on my “to avoid” list.
MISTER TERRIFIC #1

Written by Eric Wallace

Art by Roger Robinson

Cover by J.G. Jones
The world’s third-smartest man… and one of its most eligible bachelors… uses his brains and fists against science gone mad in this new series from Eric Wallace (TITANS) and Roger Robinson!
Michael Holt is the head of a successful high-tech corporation and an institute that recruits and encourages the finest minds of the next generation to excel. As Mister Terrific he inhabits a world of amazement few others know exists, let alone can comprehend.
A poor substitute for the great titles DC is cancelling, the JSA and Power Girl. Im happy to see Mr. Terrific get his solo shot here and to see a member of the JSA at least still have a book in the line-up and I was even intrigued by the story and potential of it all.
But Titans has been such an abysmal book (what I managed to get through of it) that I have little faith that Wallace can pull this off. For Terrific’s sake I hope Im wrong.
SUICIDE SQUAD #1

Written by Adam Glass

Art by Marco Rudy

Cover by Ryan Benjamin
Harley Quinn! Deadshot! King Shark! They’re a team of death-row super villains recruited by the government to take on missions so dangerous… they’re sheer suicide! Who will be the first to crack under the pressure? Find out in SUICIDE SQUAD #1, written by Adam Glass with art by Marco Rudy.
Don’t really care for what I know of the work of either of these guys and nothing to make me look up and take notice anyway.
Couple that with this – taking Harley, an all time favourite, and Deadshot (from the soon to be late-lamented Secret Six which has been an exquisite pleasure I will miss) and creates this book for no good reason. Not to mention I find the character designs on the promo cover art look flat out stupid and gimmicky… well you get the idea.
SUPERBOY #1

Written by Scott Lobdell

Art by R.B. Silva & Rob Lean

Cover by Eric Canete
They thought he was just an experiment… and a failed one at that! Grown from a combination of Kryptonian and human DNA, the Clone was no more than a set of data to the scientists of Project N.O.W.H.E.R.E. But when the scope of his stunning powers was revealed, he became a deadly weapon! Now the question is: Can a clone develop a conscience?
One more book given to Lobdell, no offense to the guy but – really?
Potential is there in the premise but not too much. Plus the design is pretty mediocre and nothing overly exciting so far so this stays low until I know anything that might make me consider picking up and reading this thing.
CAPTAIN ATOM #1

Written by JT Krul

Art by Freddie Williams II

Cover by Stanley “Artgem” Lau
Charged by nuclear energy, possessing vast molecular powers, Captain Atom has the potential to be a literal god among men… a hero without limits. But the question is: Will he lose himself in the process?
Don’t miss the start of a legend from writer J.T. Krul and artist Freddie Williams II!
Good artist, decent writer – excellent cover artist.
Its a good start for any book and Captain Atom has gotten more interesting the last couple of years then he’s ever been, but Krul has not proven himself all that capable and so unfortunately this second title with his name on it will likely not make my pull list unless it shows some serious potential right out the gate!
NIGHTWING #1

Written by Kyle Higgins

Art & Cover by Eddy Barrows
Dick Grayson flies high once more as Nightwing in a new series from hot new writer Kyle Higgins (BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM)! And as he embraces his destiny, Haley’s Circus, the big top where Dick once performed, returns to Gotham City… bringing with it murder, mystery and superhuman evil. Nightwing must confront his past, among former friends and enemies from his circus days, while uncovering a much greater evil!
There is nothing at all to inspire confidence in the title for me, couple with the fact that I am most unhappy to see them cop out and make Grayson Nightwing again for no good reason – topped off with this really daft sounding premise. I mean evil circus. Really… this is the best they got?Plus I have to say it, that cover art looks really, really bad – its like a bad attempt at recreating a similar image from a Moon Knight issue which was soooo much better!
Never mind, Im not bothering with this.
SUPERGIRL #1

Written by Michael Green & Mike Johnson

Art & Cover by Mahmud Asrar

Cover by Mahmud Asrar
Meet Supergirl. She’s got the unpredictable behavior of a teenager, the same powers as Superman… and none of his affection for the people of Earth. So don’t piss her off!
Yet another Super-book that has given me little reason to bother. Her redesign is probably my favourite out of the three Super-family heroes and the story-line is one that makes me curious, but not enough. Another wait and see book not to be bothered with unless it shows more positivity. Though in fairness I will admit, a book with a bitchy supergirl who isnt all sunshine-y and conflicts with other heroes and such could be good if handled very, VERY carefully. Its the kind of story that could go to hell in a heartbeat if the writer is just a little weak. 
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #1

Written by David Finch

Art & Cover by David Finch & Jay Fabok
The Dark Knight struggles against a deadly… yet strangely familiar… foe in this phenomenal debut issue from superstar writer/artist David Finch!
As a mysterious figure slinks through the halls of Arkham Asylum, Batman must fight his way through a gauntlet of psychos, and Bruce Wayne faces the unexpected legal ramifications of Batman Incorporated!
A crap book now and Im sure a crap book when it comes back -so far its had only 2 issues, neither of which has been worth the paper it was printed on and Im not even going to bother trying this one.
FLASH #1

Written by Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato

Art & Cover by Francis Manapul
The Fastest Man Alive returns to his own monthly series from the writer/artist team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato! The Flash knows he can’t be everywhere at once, but what happens when he faces an all-new villain who really can! As if that’s not bad enough, this villain is a close friend!
I have been enjoying John’s recent work on the Flash franchise which he has ben reinvigorating like the GL books and Manipul has been doing a good job on the art – but having him take over writing duties… well Im far from convinced he is capable enough to handle this so until I have more or it shows itself worthwhile Im avoiding this.
I, VAMPIRE #1

Written by Josh Fialkov

Art by Andrea Sorrentino

Cover by Jenny Frison
For hundreds of years, vampire Andrew Stanton kept mankind safe from the horrors of the supernatural world, thanks to a truce he made with his ex-lover Mary, the Queen of the Damned. But now that truce has reached a bloody end and Andrew must do everything in his power to stop Mary and her dark forces from going on a killing spree… and she plans to start with the heroes of the DCU!
Nothing about this book really excites me. In fact Im forced to ask myself what the point of this book in the DCU is at all?Haven’t we all had just about enough Vampire drama? I mean come on, DC has so many amazing mystically inclined books as you’ve seen so far so this was just overkill and a waste of a slot that could take a better book. 
SUPERMAN #1

Writing, Breakdowns & Cover by George Perez

Art by Jesus Merino
The new adventures of Superman begin here! What is The Man of Steel’s startling new status quo? How does it affect Lois Lane and The Daily Planet? There’s no time for answers now, because Superman must stop a monstrous threat to Metropolis… one that he somehow is the cause of!
I really, REALLY don’t care for some of the redesign being done here and I wish so much that they had given this book to Grant Morrison too because this is not sounding like anything other then the boring superman crap that DC has been stuck on for the last few years. And of course maybe its still too early but no clue on how much of his life has changed, is he still married or available for super-chica’s now for starters? Watch this space for updates!
So, nothing changes, I dont buy Superman now. Good for me!
BLACKHAWKS #1

Written by Mike Costa

Art & Cover by Ken Lashley
Welcome to a world waging a new kind of war that’s faster and more brutal than ever before. It’s fought by those who would make the innocent their targets, using computers, smart weapons and laser-guided missiles. The new enemy is hard to find… and closer to home than we think.
Between us and them stand the Blackhawks, an elite force of military specialists equipped with the latest in cutting-edge hardware and vehicles. Their mission: Kill the bad guys before they kill us.
Although it sounds all exciting… Im not enticed. Plus I’m wondering what this has to do with Lady Blackhawk of the Birds of Prey (if anything) and how that affects her part in all things. 
Well folks! 
That covers the 52 primary titles but unlike the first indication, DC is not limiting itself to ONLY the above lot of books. 
There will be others as well though details are scarcer on these then all else. So in my capacity as your touchstone builder for all things DCnU, I will also be keeping this little checklist below with names of what titles will be premiering post the big 52 launch in September:
Coming up in 2011 (thus far slated for October or just beyond)
1) Batman Inc. #1
For the life of me I can’t understand what the frag DC is up to. They are rebooting the universe and de-aging characters and changing so much, but retaining something like Batman Inc., how does that even work logically within a continuity? I hope they sort it out because I like this book a lot and would hate for them to bugger it up. 
2) T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents
A comic about a group of heroes in an unusual place – espionage and intrigue based action! The team comprises poor saps at the end of their rope given super-powers that will eventually kill all of them – For those of you NOT reading this, you really should even if its only till its amazing scribe Nick Spencer stays on. The book is confirmed it appears for later this year but Spencer just signed an EXCLUSIVE contract for Marvel comics so how long he’ll be able to stay on it is anyone’s guess. (God does that mean he’ll stop writing Morning Glories over at Image??!? NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!)
3) My Greatest Adventure #1 (due in October)
I don’t imagine many of you read the more off-beat on DC’s roster – books like the recently concluded mini-series “Wierd Worlds” volume 2? Well it fully lives up to that title and is just plain old fun reading, the 6 -issue mini followed adventures of the original bastich, the main man Lobo, a fellow called Garbage Man (yes, thats what he is, literally!and no not a collector, I mean made from…) and a bad ass purple space babe named Tanga – an anthology style book following each of their truly strange adventures. It seems two of the three – Tanga and Garbage Man are being continued in this new book out October. 

4) Batman Odyssey
Personally I hate that this book is coming back along with Finch’s Bat-book instead of amazing titles like Secret Six, REBELS, Red Robin, Freedom Fighters and Booster Gold (at least for now) but I guess it has a following – so if you like it, REJOICE, just dont expect me to do the same… 😦
Coming up who knows when (no date or details announced or teased yet)
1) Batman Beyond #1
Could not care less since I dont really follow it but for fans of the franchise and the cartoons, its been pretty decent actually*! 
*(If Beechams mini series prior to this ongoing is any indication anyway)
2) Justice Society of America #1
Only one of a number of current titles that will welcome a creative team shift, the future of the original superhero team will apparently not involve current writer Marc Guggenheim. Thank you lord for taking this pathetic writer off from this most excellent book and for keeping it alive.

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More then just a Flash-in-the-pan?

1 Jun

 Good day folks!
Welcome back to another Weekly sit-down with yours truly. A pleasure, as always, bringing comic thoughts to you.
I was going to write about a new madcap series in an effort to top last weeks Kill Shakespeare piece which Ive actually been told was enjoyed by more than a few – but at the last minute decided to shelve that till next week because there’s something I really want to talk about NOW!! (While there’s still time…)
Those of you who saw the previous post here by our venerable leader himself know have read DC comics announcement of the relaunch of all DC title post August when the latest event “Flashpoint” by the nigh-legen-waitforit!-dary Geoff Johns comes to a close.

What I want to touch on is a little more of a readers perspective on the event itself and the aftermath. I have to admit right off the bat that my eagerness for this series is predicated on three points primarily:

  1. I love alternate world titles, some of the best ever have been in this genre!
  2. Im a MEGA fan of Booster Gold, even more so since DC’s iconic “52” event and how that has tied into this event! 🙂 Love it!
  3. And finally, because the teams of writers and artists working this event… I dont think Ive been this awed by the writing talent in a LOOOOOOONG time! 


Don’t believe me about the guys behind it? Check it out then in this handy-dandy list of all things Flashpoint! (for the sake of keeping things interesting, the list is at the end of this whole thing!
So we have a basic alternate reality created through the actions of one evil sonofagun (hey, Im trying to be family friendly here!) named Professor Zoom a.k.a. The Reverse Flash who is one of the sickest b******s (key word being ‘trying’) in the DCU(niverse), his history with The Flash (Barry Allen) was that he was a future born villain who ‘loved’ Flash and then realised he (Zoom) was destined to become a villain and went nuts, powered himself up and even made himself look like Barry, then made Flashes life hell and eventually killed his wife by vibrating his hand through her head when she rejected his advances! BUT WAIT! There’s more! He then came back and kept at it and then later tried to kill wife #2 on their wedding day but Flash snapped his neck before he could. There’s even more still because don’t forget that between time-travel mechanics and this being a fictional story – he doesn’t stay dead (obviously!) and does a WHOLE lot more – leading up to now, this mega alternate reality.
Not a bad resume if you’re going for the whole “Maniacal arch-villain” thing.
So anyway, in Flashpoint we have The Flash of the DCU proper waking up to find himself without his costume or anything in a strange new world where Wonder Woman are Aquaman married and the kingdoms of Atlantis and Themyscira waging war on the rest of the world including killing 30 odd million folks in Europe and sinking a country – or something to that effect…
Then we find Superman never existed because (it seems) when he crashed as a baby he was found by some secret agency/group and has been living in contained conditions ever since and turns out to be this super-powered malnutrition-ed looking kid-thing because he was never allowed to develop or his growth was retarded – your guess is as good as mine! Oh and for those that don’t know this, all rights to this character revert to the original creators family in 2013 and they can literally take it to a new publisher and tell DC to jump off a cliff if they want to so I wonder if DC is planning for this possibility?

On top of that we have Batman now being Thomas Wayne (Im still trying to figure that out!) who watched his wife and son die – I imagine logic would make him 70 years old so maybe he uses Lazarus Pits? Oh and he runs ‘Wayne Casino’ in Vegas and is a bit of a douche-bag.

And there’s a whole load of other madness with Villains and familiar characters not being what we know them as at all, good is bad, bad is good, new faces formed from old and some that we don’t even know anymore coming back to the light. I think its going to be a total wild ball and all fans of superhero comics will likely love the no limits renditions of this familiar and almost family-like world that is the DCU for so many of us who’ve grown up with it.
Next of course we must move on to the aftermath!

As you all know by reading the DC announcement that Manks kindly posted up – with Flashpoint shutting shop in August, every title in DC is being relaunched with a brand spanking new #1 and not just that – DC is literally recreating the DCU in a way that is totally unprecedented and even more so for a line of characters and books with this much back-story. They’ve played around with continuity and events for decades both here and at Marvel, but this magnitude of change is truly a deadly gambit!

On the one hand the potential for this being just what DC needs given how theyve been massively over-burdened by continuity and history and all the baggage that theyve built (unlike Marvel who have that sliding timescale thing going) up since the first real big event – the now legen-waitforit-dary! CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS. If you haven’t read it, go now. I mean it. Go and read it. Folks tend to overlook how amazing the older stories are sometimes amid the flood of comics and stories we get today.
But by the same token a change like this can be disastrous – Marvel tried something similar once called Heroes Reborn. Man was that utter crap! I mean really, it was some of the worst re-imagining of things and left such a horrid taste with most folks that it was left behind and the reboot got rebooted back! Of course I hold far greater hope for this new one seeing the talent behind it unlike that reworking which was headed by the one man I would never let near a comic if I had my way – Rob Liefeld. But I’m not going to talk anymore about him lest I lose my famous cool and start tirading! (yes I know thats not a word…)

In any case, back to the matter at hand – There is no clear answer as to what will happen to the characters.
Will Batman be Bruce, Dick or someone else?
Will Superman still be who is and will he still be married to Lois?I doubt it. more so given the very recent teaser of Kal-El and Diana getting *ahem* together in some fashion…
What happens to the Green Lanterns and the Martian Manhunter?
What happens to the various Flashes? Who takes up the mantle now that they are all back and which ones will survive Flashpoint?
All these and more are among the swirling mass of questions that have been on my mind the last couple of days and the scale and impact of this on these books and characters. Some of them could do with some modification and others would be better served left alone.

I wonder what this means for titles like Batman Inc.? Will the JSA be majorly affected? (I hope not because its been consistently the best team book on DC lineup since this current run began – though I will be happy to see Guggenheim get taken off it!) Will the fantastic recent runs on Action Comics and Detective Comics (the numbering of these two is uncommented on…) be changed too? This last one I really hope not because between Paul Cornell and Scott Snyder they have made these two arguably the best books DC is putting out right now. Excepting of course this cruddy Doomsday thing theyve shoehorned into Cornells otherwise impeccable run on the title!
We have a new JLA (as seen below) with J’Onn replaced by Cyborg, all redesigned by Jim Lee – who normally I like but he has limitations and it shows in things like his cyborg design which is cheesy 90’s style overkill in my view and details like all the guys having that V-cut in their collars and of course that crotch cannon he’s given GL here!

Im just kidding, there are always flaws but I have to admit that overall I hold great hope for this event because unlike all the Crisis’ that came before this leading up to the recent “Final Crisis” (yeah right…) this one actually seems to be likely to change the world and reboot the history and the potential for DC to get it right this time and not get mired down by all the heavy luggage that hampered its previous events – plus an actual desire to change it all – I think feel it could be great.

A DCU which can tell fresh stories, recreate characters and play with EVERYTHING almost like wiping a slate – or at least most of it. The potential for awesomeness is epic! Of course we can all expect the hardcore nuts (Id rather just call them that then names like fanboy which just make the rest of us look bad) who will be up in arms about Wonder Woman not having the right colour underwire on her bustier or Clark Kents glasses being shaped wrong or maybe even Power Girls boobs being the wrong size – I think its better to skim the surface of their clamor for valid angst, ignore the din, enjoy the good books as they come and if there’s something truly heinous *COUGH*One-More-Day!*COUGH* then the fans can make some noise and honestly, if you dont like – DONT BUY IT!
Thats what I do… at the end of the day, if there are enough fans who will happily shug out for some of the crappy stuff Ive read in Spidey books, Super-book, Bat-books, Rulk and X-books in the past… well they’ll keep making them! So Id rather not burn my money or my brain cells on them, buy the ones I truly like or think are worth seeing more of to add to their sales, enjoy the book and hopefully do my part to keep some of the good ones going as long as possible.
So here’s hoping that this event is all we hope it will be! See you all on the other side! (Umm, yeah, I mean of course that I’ll be back on Flashpoint after the event but I will be back next week!) Cheers till next time Wayfarers!

…OH! and here as promised is the list of books you can look forward to the next few months, many with some great cover artists like Francis Manapul attached as well!…brought to you faithfully by this wacky wayfarer:

Preludes
Time Masters: Vanishing Point #1–6
The Flash #9–12
Flashpoint titles
Flashpoint #1–5
Booster Gold #44–47
Mini-series
Whatever Happened to Gotham City?
– Flashpoint: Batman Knight of Vengeance #1–3, scribe Brian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Risso
– Flashpoint: Deadman And The Flying Graysons #1–3, scribe JT Krul and artist Mike Janin

Whatever Happened to the Aliens?
– Flashpoint: Abin Sur – The Green Lantern #1–3, scribe Adam Schlagman and artist Felipe Massafera.

– Flashpoint: Project: Superman #1–3, scribe Scott Snyder & Lowell Francis and artist Gene Ha.

Whatever Happened to Europe?
– Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #1–3, scribe Tony Bedard and artist Ardian Syaf & Vicente Cifuentes.
– Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #1–3, scribe Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning and artist Scott Clark & David Beaty with covers by Ed Benes.
– Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance #1–3, scribe Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning and artist Eddy Nunez & Sandra Hope.
Whatever Happened to the World’s Greatest Super Villains?
– Flashpoint: Citizen Cold #1–3, scribe and artist Scott Kolins.
– Flashpoint: Deathstroke & The Curse of the Ravager #1–3, scribe Jimmy Palmiotti and artist Joe Bennett & John Dell.
– Flashpoint: Legion of Doom #1–3 scribe Adam Glass and artist Rodeny Buchemi & Jose Marzan
– Flashpoint: The Outsider #1–3, scribe James Robinson and artist Javi Fernandez
Everything You Know Will Change in a Flash
-Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost #1–3, scribe Sterling Gates and artist Oliver Nome with covers by Francis Manapul.
-Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint #1–3, scribe Rex Ogle and artist Paulo Siqueira
He Never Got the Ring
-Flashpoint: Hal Jordan #1–3, scribe Adam Schlagman and artist Ben Oliver
Whatever Happened to Science & Magic?

– Flashpoint: Frankenstein & The Creatures Of The Unknown #1–3, scribe Jeff Lemire and artist Ibraim Roberson
– Flashpoint: Secret Seven #1–3, scribe Peter Milligan and artist George Perez and Scott Koblish

One-shots

– Flashpoint: Grodd of War #1, scribe Sean Ryan and artist Ug Guara
– Flashpoint: Reverse Flash #1, scribe Scott Kolins and artist Joel Gomez
– Flashpoint: Green Arrow Industries #1, scribe Pornsak Pichetshote and artist Mark Castiello
– Flashpoint: The Canterbury Cricket #1, scribe Mike Carlin and artist Rags Morales

DC universe gets a reboot following Flashpoint #5 in September..

1 Jun

DC comics have confirmed the rumors going about in the comic reading circles… starting September, DC comics is rebooting its entire line with the relaunch of 52 titles with new first issue. Long time readers will understand the significance of the number 52 – the number of parallel worlds within DC universe. If this holds any significance to the relaunch is yet to be determined. 

Apart from these 52 titles , what else will change is not yet clear. 
DC comics is going to ship only two comics in the final week of August ; Flashpoint #5 and a new Justice League of America #1(by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee)

The following letter was sent to retailers by Bob Wayne, SVP of Sales for DC Entertainment
To our comics retail partners,

In the time I’ve worked at DC Comics, I’ve witnessed any number of industry defining moments. But today, I bring you what is perhaps the biggest news to date.
Many of you have heard rumors that DC Comics has been working on a big publishing initiative for later this year. This is indeed an historic time for us as, come this September, we are relaunching the entire DC Universe line of comic books with all new first issues. 52 of them to be exact.
In addition, the new #1s will introduce readers to a more modern, diverse DC Universe, with some character variations in appearance, origin and age. All stories will be grounded in each character’s legend – but will relate to real world situations, interactions, tragedy and triumph.
This epic event will kick off on Wednesday, August 31st with the debut of a brand new JUSTICE LEAGUE #1, which pairs Geoff Johns and Jim Lee, together for the first time. (Yes, this is the same week as FLASHPOINT #5.)
We think our current fans will be excited by this evolution, and that it will make jumping into the story extremely accessible to first-time readers – giving them a chance to discover DC’s characters and stories.
We are positioning ourselves to tell the most innovative stories with our characters to allow fans to see them from a new angle. We have taken great care in maintaining continuity where most important, but fans will see a new approach to our storytelling.
Some of the characters will have new origins, while others will undergo minor changes. Our characters are always being updated; however, this is the first time all of our characters will be presented in a new way all at once.
Dan DiDio, Bob Harras and Eddie Berganza have been working diligently to pull together some of the best creative teams in the industry. Over 50 new costumes will debut in September, many updated and designed by artist Jim Lee, ensuring that the updated images appeal to the current generation of readers.
The publication of JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 will also launch digital day-and-date for all ongoing superhero comic book titles – an industry first.
On Wednesday, June 1st, this initiative is expected to be announced in a nationwide feature article, and we’re hopeful the news will be picked up by media outlets around the world. Throughout the month we’ll reveal more details of our plans with articles in both the mainstream and comics press and on June 13th the Diamond catalog solicitations for all of the September titles will be released, followed by the June 29th street date of the print version of Previews.
DC Comics will support this initiative with an innovative mix of publicity, promotional efforts and retailer incentives designed to maximize your opportunity to increase your DC sales. We will discuss additional details of these incentives when we get closer to solicitation later in June.
We’ll be updating you more through email as September nears. But today, I hope your share our enthusiasm for this historic news!
Sincerely,
Bob Wayne
SVP, Sales
DC Entertainment