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19 Oct

Welcome my friends to yet another round of awesome previews and news for you as we inch closer and closer to this weekends sure-to-be-awesome Comic Con Express in Mumbai!

Today we bring you another crazy comic that will be launching at the Convention, ZOMBIE TALKIES! Starting off as a script for a film project that was originally titled “Shaadi of the Dead” in keeping with the legacy of zombie flicks like those of the legendary George Romero, the comcis creator had a moment of truth/ saw the light/ saw through the matrix (or whatever analogy you prefer) at the San Diego Comic Con which led him to see that the adventures of the un-dead can be just as big a genre here in India as they are in the west.
So with the blessings of film icon Shekhar Kapur and a zeal to share their vision far and wide, the creative team not only kept working on the movie (which is now on its way to theatres near you someday soon!) but also decided to do a comic book – a couple of young up-and-comers in the form of Harshvardhan Kadam and Anish Patel came on board and along with Vaspar Dandiwala formed the team that started bringing this graphic gore-anza to life.
With a working title of “Bollywood of the Dead” they threw themselves into their tasks like a sacrificial lamb to the zombie hordes below and now we finally get to see where all this has brought us.

At first glance, I must admit that it made me think of a small story from ages back by (then lesser-known) writer Rick Remender (FrankenCastle, ) called XXXombies that was about a film crew (adult films if you must know) caught unawares in a zombie apocalypse.
But then I had a chance to see that this was meant to be more then just a short story and was part of a bigger plan by the creators which makes me curious as to what they’re planning and what makes this unique beyond it being “Indian”.
With a desi cast of characters and what appear to be some unique characters and potential situations I admit I am most intrigued by all that this could become – will it be a Resident Evil style saga? More tradition Romero style fare? Perhaps it might even go the crazed 28 Days route. At this point the creators and the publishers – Pop Culture Publishing (the organisers/brains behind Comic Con India) – are playing their cards very close to the chest.
With only these few images and even less story to go by it is hard to accurately predict what will come. But the potential is great and as Level10’s attempt at the genre has shown, the market is there for it – and the art that we’ve seen looks fun and seemingly holding back little in terms of the blood and gore, keeping to a simpler comic style art-work that I think comes out quite nicely and is often under-rated in this new comic age of more real and more gritty visuals even for stories that don’t necessarily need it. And personally I like my zombie stories to have some fun with it (is that wrong) and all indications are that this book is trying to do just that. 


14 Oct


 So yes, finally on the 11th of October 2011, Marvel has released the first theatrical trailer for the Avengers.
If you have been living under a rock the size of Switzerland, you can check it out down here.
  • We know Nick Fury has some kind of information on an impending threat either from Loki or someone else in a sequel, which is why he starts assembling the team.
Yeah, I’ll take a Royale with cheese… (Click to enlarge awesome-ness!)
  • The general tone Mark Ruffalo’s Banner is being handled with seems similar to Norton’s, which will hopefully make this transition a lot smoother.
FML! (Click to enlarge awesome-ness!)
  • ScarJo farts fire.
(Click to enlarge awesome-ness!)

  • What exactly is Loki doing under SHIELD custody? And why is Nick Fury stupid enough to think he can keep him there?
Now you see me… (Click to enlarge awesome-ness!)
  • Aaaaaand we have a Quinjet.
Who the hell put a flame-thrower on a plane?!!? (Click to enlarge awesome-ness!)
  • Stark’s armour looks pretty much the same from Iron Man 2.
(Click to enlarge awesome-ness!)
  • My hopes are still up for the Hulkbuster armour, though.
Oh man this makes peeping at hotties so much easier! (Click to enlarge awesome-ness!)
  • Cap’s uniform looks much better in action than in the leaked set pics. There’s a lesson in this, folks.
Nah… too far away… (Click to enlarge awesome-ness!)
  • Sleeveless Thor!!!!!!
Is she looking? Maybe I should flex more… (Click to enlarge!)
  • RDJ is awesome as always.
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  • There appears to be an ego clash between Stark and Cap. This is consistent with Joss Whedon’s comments a couple of months ago about each of them considering themselves to be most qualified to be leader.
Oh yeah?! Well I’m taller shrimpy. (Click to enlarge!)
  • Nick Fury + Bazooka = Win.
His cool-ness will blow you away. Literally. (Click to enlarge!)
  • I wish we’d seen more of Hawkeye. All we’ve seen is him running around shooting arrows.
…And my bow. (Click to enlarge awesome-ness!)
  • Cap vs. Thor. Poor Cap.
Worst! Trust exercise! Ever! (Click to enlarge awesome-ness!)
  • At 1:29, we have the Quinjet flying past, wait for it, Stark frickin Tower.
(Click to enlarge awesome-ness!)
  • At 1:31, Loki appears to have either the cosmic cube or the mind gem from the infinity gauntlet on top of his staff.
Haaaa-duken! (Click to enlarge awesome-ness!)
  • More Stark one liners, it does look like he’ll be somewhat leading the movie, if not the team.
I’m sorry, can’t hear you over the sound of how awesome I am! (Click to enlarge!)
  • Also, we finally have Ruffalo’s hulk. We don’t see much, but it thankfully looks to have more in common with Norton’s hulk than Bana’s.
I’m coloured like a giant booger dammit! (Click to enlarge)
  •  Your move, DC!


11 Oct
Who says you can’t write a Graphic Novel about Islam? 

 There have been a lot of issues for anyone trying to depict Allah or his Prophet Muhammed. 
Cartoons, like that which was published in Jyllands-Posten, a Dutch newspaper caused controversy which ended up with the cartoonist having a Fatwa (holy kill order, assassination) placed on him. The offending cartoon can be found below. 
And that was from a Dutch cartoonist. 

Recently, a very important and interesting graphic novel was written by Child Psychologist Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, a Kuwaiti. The 99 series is based around the 99 names of god in Islam. 

A documentary about the controversy surrounding this graphic novel series is going to be broadcast on October 13th. If you aren’t able to see – which I am sure will be a large portion of us – lets hope some nice people will place it on YouTube as the documentary is made by American PBS TV station, called, Wham! Bam! Islam! 

Award-winning NZ Cartoonist, Mark Winter

For over a century and more, cartoonists have expressed the populace’ thoughts against the governing body. Sometimes these have have ended up with the cartoonist losing their life at the hangman’s noose or the guillotine. 

The offending artwork!!

Religion and Art have a very close love/hate association. Christianity has also been target with South Park’s “Bloody Mary” episode. I was amazed by this, and since it came about while I was at Film School, I decided to research the place of cartoons in the world and also, the main issue with the episode, which was the bleeding (virgin) Mary statue. I interviewed a well known New Zealand cartoonist, 

Sadly, YouTube which is owned by Viacom, who own Comedy Central, decided that I had breached their copyright by placing a Student Documentary on YouTube. They removed trailer part 1, but part 2 is still up as you can see and its the one about the cartoons. 

Okay, I think that’s enough of a background on cartoons, religion and popular medium. I have included a fair amount of recent controversial cartoon history because its important to know what came before, before entering the whole grail of graphic novels that is HABIBI

HABIBI, is a just as big in perspective as was Craig Thompson’s previous hit, BLANKETS. That graphic novel was written from a personal experience on Christianity and has won many Comic Industry Awards, as well as being translated into 20 different languages. That’s a huge achievement for a Slice of Life/Drama genre book. BLANKETS, was controversial and HABIBI, is no less controversial. 
Blankets page 444

Sadly I haven’t read, BLANKETS, yet. So, I don’t have any reference point with what Thompson is bringing to this new opus of his. The book is over 600 pages long and it has taken Chris 6 years to finish. One look at above page answers the question, ‘Why so long?’. 

HABIBI is a formidable piece of work from start to finish. Each page (Black/White interior) is a testament to this amazing artist and writer. There is a huge amount of research having gone into this book. I am sure by its sheer existence, it has broken many records. 

Chris Thompson is definitely going to ruffle some feathers with this book. We are going to see both the Christians and Islamist upset due to the nature of the content and the way Islam is portrayed.

What makes the work so amazing and interesting as a story is the vast amount of resource material, topics and characters that it encompasses. At it’s center is the love between Habibi, the black child and his adopted mother, Dodola, an Arab. And the bond that pulls and tears at the love over the years from child to adulthood. Its a bitter sweat story and yet it infuriates with the terrible and sometimes arrogant look at the culture of the people thats portrayed. 

Central to the story is the religion of Islam and the discourse of the various aspects of the belief system, from the rich king and his harem to the poor fisherman drinking water from a polluted river to he children who beat up the old man for bread and the eunuchs who serve the palace. There are moments of sheer joy and pleasure in the graphic novel. But that is drowned out by the misery of the main characters and the minors ones. 

The book is sure to win a vast number of awards. It is a brilliant masterpiece and will go down as one of the greatest graphic novel ever written. A must read.
I am still reeling from the affects the book has had on me as a writer and an artist.  
Aru (Aruneshwar Singh, is a writer and graphic novelist who has several unpublished works currently being worked on as well as working with other Illustrators and Artists he also illustrates his own comics. His webcomic Zero can be viewed here. Aru has a BA in Digital Media- Digital Filmmaking and is the CEO and Owner of New Zealand’s only Online Comic Store, Comic TradeFacebook

Comic Con through Campfire and brimstone!

22 Sep

Campfire’s experience at the last Comic Con
At Comic Con Delhi ’10
Fifteen thousand comic book fans gathered together in Delhi for India’s first ever comic con. The two-day convention was a phenomenal success, far exceeding the expectations of both the organisers (Twenty Onwards Media) and the participants.
Campfire graphic novels, for example, raked in more revenue during the first day of the comic con than in 10 days at the 2010 Delhi Book Fair.

Awesome covers! (Click for wallpaper size)
As it was an event that focused on Comics, the response was phenomenal. Campfire launched its Indian Mythology series at the Con, including ‘Sita: Daughter of the Earth’, ‘Ravana: Roar of the Demon King’ and ‘The Offering: The Story of Ekalavya and Dronacharya’.
The titles were sold remarkably well and the demands of the comic afficandos were impressive.
Mumbai next.
Speaks for itself I think!
We look forward to the next innings of Comic Con happening in Mumbai next month. We have a large readership in Mumbai and we are eagerly waiting to meet our fans there. We have added a large collection of titles in our Biography and Originals category, apart from the titles we showcased in the last Con.
With new titles like ‘Nelson Mandela’, ‘Ali Baba and the forty thieves: Reloaded’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ and ‘Muhammad Ali’ on the stands, we are planning to launch our forthcoming Classic ‘The Jungle Book’.
We have also planned something special for the launch, which will only be disclosed at the event.
Comic Con and the Comic Industry
Comic Con is a perfect platform to keep the Indian comic culture alive. As we all know that the Indian comic market is still in a fairly nascent stage and events like these are very important for the growth and success of the industry.

SPECIAL PREVIEW: Jason and the Argonauts!

15 Sep

Welcome folks to a special preview of one of the most unique looking books to be published out of the Campfire library.

Now, Greek mythology is one of the most widely known and the stories among the most respected and iconic across the globe. From the Trojan war to the twelve tasks of Hercules to the various tales that define their pantheon of Gods, among so many more, it is a rich and powerful family of stories that have inspired people for generations.

So it is small wonder that Campfire has taken it upon themselves to make their successful adaptation works finally touch on these tales of adventure and humanity.

Recently Campfire Graphic Novels has released a graphic novel on the story of ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ and their adventures trying to win the fabled Golden Fleece. Filled with very raw looking but intriguingly quality artwork that confounds with its combination of savage beauty, it all seems to suit the tale, the time and the place.

Courtesy the good folks over at Campfire we have for you today these sneak previews of some of the final pages from the graphic novel as well as an album at the end with loads of amazing black-and-white pages in high-res for you to enjoy and feast your eyes upon!

The Rundown (for those unfamiliar with the basics of the story):

The rightful prince of Iolcus, brought up in exile by the great centaur Chiron, Jason has just one goal in mind – to save his people from the tyrannical rule of his uncle, Pelias. Warned about his downfall by Apollo’s Oracle at Delphi, Pelias challenges Jason to do the impossible – retrieve the Golden Fleece from the kingdom of Colchis – in return for the throne. Thus flags off one the greatest voyages in Greek mythology – the voyage of Jason and his group of warriors, the Argonauts.

Overcoming tremendous odds, Jason moves relentlessly towards his goal. But he is not unaided in his mission. Insanely in love with him, the sorceress Medea ensures Jason’s success at every turn, while being unaware of the larger divine intervention at work. So then what is Jason’s achievement, what is his victory in a preordained world? Does Jason remain ignorant of the truth of his triumph, or does he come to terms with his flaws to gain a deeper realisation of his destiny?

Retold in the graphic medium with amazing visual effects, this enduring tale of adventure, comradeship, temptation, and betrayal makes one reflect on the true meaning and value of heroic success.  

And here we have an album brimming with wickedly awesome artwork for you all to enjoy! Have at it!

Preview Album
Till next time Addicts!

A day in the park with Daksh’s creator!

6 Sep
Welcome back addicts! Today brings an EXTRA special treat for one and all!

We have for your pleasure, an interview with Shamik Dasgupta, Indian comic scribe extraordinaire, and uber-brain behind the already iconic “Daksh”.
In our last interview with Shamik he promised that he would be revealing all about this new comic that has built a whirlwind of energy around it, to us here at ComicAddicts. And true to his promise, here he is in a candid conversation with us on Daksh
(Also, we have been graciously given some sample pages of spectacular art to preview especially for all of you – click them to see them in all their wicked glory!!)
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CA: Shamik, thanks again for taking the time to be here. If you don’t mind we’re in total fan-mode and will dive right into the deep end!

CA: After a stormy start and a lot of great fan-approval, Daksh has finally reared his head again! Admittedly, we couldn’t have been more pleased, except perhaps if it had been sooner. Where has Daksh been so far and why did it take so long for him to come back again?
SD: Well actually there had been some disruptions after the first issue which took us some time to get back in gear, but when we did we went full steam ahead. There were speculations whether we would follow the usual conventions with Daksh and keep it for all ages or we should go completely mature on this title. Finally and thankfully Level 10 decided to establish their brand Comic Jump as a full fledged mature oriented magazine and my shackles were broken. This is possibly the most fun I ever had writing a series with no holds barred.

CA: Whats the master plan for Daksh now? Are you thinking mini-series, ongoing, whats the future?

SD: Daksh Season 1 will be three issues of 44 pages each, coming in three separate instalments in Comic Jump. Each issue is gonna be bigger badder and better than the consecutive one. I cannot reveal much, but Daksh will be integrated in the ‘Level 10 Universe’ more organically in near future
CA: Daksh was seemingly a magnet for controversy from the moment it saw print, is that still the case or is it past?
SD: First of all I do not believe in that controversy to begin with. The person in question was contacted by me personally and I was in favour of settling the disputes. I suggested the best possible solution months back and now I am still waiting to hear from him regarding his decision. However the first issue has gone for print and henceforth whatever solutions I was interested in are not viable anymore since he never reverted back to me.
CA: Do you expect anymore of a backlash from any of the audience/other companies regarding Daksh?
SD: All I can say is everyone is entitled to their opinions and the freedom to voice them out. I can only keep on working harder trying to entertain the readership. To me they are the judge, jury and executioner, to me they are GOD. If Daksh is destined to be a success it will be because of them. If they decide to reject Daksh solely on the merit of the quality of story, concept or art I will humbly accept that too.
CA: What should all the fans be looking forward to in this new volume?
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SD: A bold step ahead in presenting a super-heroic/supernatural character shedding all inhibitions and going full throttle ahead breaking all norms of Indian comic book characters. I will reiterate this comic book is definitely not for kids. Kids can f#*k off and bury their bratty heads in video games and Harry Potter. If someone comes to me and complains why this comic is not meant for kids? or perhaps one kid picked it up and learnt some slangs from it I will humbly flip the bird at that individual since he/she is an illiterate and cannot read that big ‘Rated M – Mature Readers’ written in bold on the cover. He/she shouldn’t have bought it for his/her kid in the first place. This is possibly my best vengeance against people who believe comics are meant for kids. Daksh is a very personal creation of mine and I have created it for people who thinks like me and shares a similar mental space.

CA: We have to ask now, what is the first issue all about? We’re dying for some peeks at what to expect!.
SD: Well here’s a bit of a spoiler and slight advance disappointment – the September 2011 issue of Jump will contain two stories of Daksh, one we have already read in the December 2010 Jump Independent special, the beginning and origin of Daksh and the next one will be spanking new, featuring one of the adversaries we had glimpsed at the end of the first issue. However the first issue that will be printed in this one will be the uncensored version (rated R), this is how it was meant to be…with an explosion of expletives, some more skin show and the print quality and format will be far better than the previous one. This will also help bringing in the new readers, the number of Comic Jump fans have grown considerably in the past few months.
CA: We heard that Devmalaya Pramanik is taking over art duties now. So what happened to the amazing Biboswan Bose who brought the first story to such amazing life?
SD: You have heard right, Devmalya Pramanik is helming the art of Daksh henceforth. Biboswan Bose unfortunately cannot continue as he has chosen academics over comics (which is quite practical if nothing else *chuckles*), pursuing his B.A degree in history and does not have the time to dedicate in the sequential art medium.
CA: Are we likely to see Bibo’s artwork anywhere else in comics in the future?
SD: The last I heard he is interested in doing independent pieces like covers and pin-up art but sequential pages will be a bit hard on his busy schedule.
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CA: How has it been, working with Devmalaya?
SD: Possibly the best experience in my life and I have considerable experience when it comes to collaborate with artists. The other very enjoyable team-up I had was with Jeevan Kang on Ramayan 3392 AD Reloaded issues 1-7, working with Dev is very reminiscent of that. Devmalya has an impeccable perception of reading my mind and sometimes it freaks me out since he is as telepathic as a kid version of Charles Xavier when it comes to me. He is possibly the hottest new talent out there and the amount he is improving with each page is phenomenal…all this at the age of 20. He is presently working on the 4th issue of Daksh and I can vouch that it is nothing but international in quality. I am really proud and honored that I have him on board as the artist for Daksh.
CA: Can you walk us through the day-to-day creative process for Shamik and Devmalaya, that brings the comics from thought to paper to the final-page?
SD: Like I said there is very little to this creative process as his skills fit over mine like a snug little glove, whatever I write he visualizes it perfectly. I am an extremely finicky bastard when it comes to art but to my amazement I have very little to say when he finishes each page and sends them across to me. Honestly most of the times I am too awestruck to say anything and very few artists have that effect on me. Also I would like to mention Neeraj Menon, who has been like a pillar of strength and has collaborated with the same dexterity with his colors as he did in the first issue. Last but not the least Tazeen Shaikh whose letters bring life to the world of Daksh. Did I forget to mention Jeevan Kang whose incredible cover graces the September issue of Comic Jump? Fie on me!
CA: Before we begrudgingly take our leave and let you get back to work, could you in 5 lines or less tell everyone out there why people should read Daksh?
SD: Hmmm…two lines – Nothing like this has ever happened in the pages of Indian comics which so far have been dominated by directionless do-gooders. You might love Daksh, you might absolutely despise him, but once you read the September 2011 issue of Comic Jump you just cannot ignore this BASTARD anymore! 

Till next week Addicts! 

EXCLUSIVE! Preview of Shakespearean proportions!

9 Aug
“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble.” 

This line is one of the most iconic quotations of all time, heard and vaguely known even by those unfamiliar with its well-aged roots. 

For those unfamiliar, this is from the play Macbeth which some of us have had the fortune (good or bad is your call) of studying it in school in some fashion or other. Others have perchance seen it on stage, seen it parodied and in numerous other forms. 

We have exclusively for you good Comic Addicts out there, this exclusive preview from Campfire of their upcoming Graphic Novel adaptation of one of William Shakespeare’s most respected and well-known plays, adapted by Jyoti Bhansali and illustrated by the clearly very talented Naresh Kumar.
‘Fair is foul and foul is fair’ – so said three weird women in ghoulish glee, predicting a subversion of order in fair Scotland…

In the reign of King Duncan, Scotland is a just and hospitable land, with loyal, warlike thanes guarding the best interests of people…
…Till the very best among them, Macbeth, gives in to a fatal temptation and commits regicide. But will the crown of Scotland sit easy on his head? Will justice be restored to Scotland? Or will Macbeth remain invincible?

One of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, Macbeth goes beyond a mere tragedy of moral order to a deeply psychological study of a mind preyed on by ambition, insecurities, fear, and regret.
Are you excited? Intrigued? Like the art? Share with us your thoughts on this next venture from the good folks over at Campfire!
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Raj Comics Exclusive Preview: 72 Ghante

26 Jul

Comic Addicts is proud to present yet another exclusive preview of the upcoming spectacular from Raj Comics72 Ghantre, featuring Raat Ka Rakshak DOGA!

The upcoming set includes a thrilling and spine chilling script, with none other than Mr. Sanjay Gupta featuring as the co-writer along with inimitable Tarun Kumar Vahi!

Imagination Vivek Mohan and Anuragh
Script Sanjay Gupta and Tarun Kumar Vahi
Art Image Studios
Inking Sagar Thapa
Calligraphy Harish Sharma
Effects Shadab
Editor Manish Gupta

Here are 5 preview pages for your viewing pleasure!

72 Ghante – Opening Page with Credits
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Kali Chacha in the hospital – 
with his well wishers getting antsy
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Adrak Chacha being arrested as Doga watches!!!
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Doga and his Kutta Fauj comes to the rescue
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Doga interrogates the police!!!
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Hungry for more?? Who can blame you?
Rush to your comic book dealer or the Raj Comics’ Online Store to buy 72 ghante – NOW!!!

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!)


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!!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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…
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…
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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. 



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?  
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!
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! 
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…
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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!

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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!

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.

Exclusive Preview : Jump issue 3 (season 2) – Shaurya..

22 Apr
Level 10 comics have kindly shared the previews form their upcoming comic anthology Jump (season 2 volume 3), series – Shaurya..

If you haven’t been reading level 10 comics, you are missing out on a revolutionary comic company in India. They are doing a tremendous job in bringing back the comic culture that we used to love and enjoy so much..

Their stories have been fresh and energetic. They have been experimenting with art styles recently, which is good as far as we are concerned.. slowly and steadily they are becoming a force to reckon with.

We at Comic Addicts love Jump anthology and wait for it every month with bated breath …Watch out for our special article focusing on Jump and level 10 next week right here!

We are also going to make a very special announcement relating to Level 10 next week.. so stay tuned and enjoy the preview pages below..

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