The DC universe has once again rebooted itself. This time everything starts anew, right after the conclusion of events in the mini-series Flashpoint.
DC has decided to launch this new Universe (DCnU) in 52 all new #1 issues.
Lets start off with one week prior. Flashpoint #5 and Justice League #1 were released on the same day, showing the readers how the new universe started and instantly showing us some of the differences in this universe.
Flashpoint #5 is the conclusion of Barry Allen the Flash’s story of being trapped in a alternate universe, in which he never became the Flash, Thomas Wayne is the Batman, Superman is an imprisoned alien, and Cyborg is the big gun in the DCU.
All along in the story, Barry Allen is convinced that The Reverse Flash is responsible for the new time line, however the real answer is surprising. In “fixing” the problem, The Flash actually creates a third time line, creating DCnU and introducing a mysterious character along the way.
I liked the Flashpoint storyline. It was a very interesting and entertaining way of creating this new universe as well as giving the creation a little depth and tragedy. So I think I can easily recommend Flashpoint as the introductory storyline for this new DC universe
Justice League #1 written by Geoff Johns, and drawn by Jim Lee.
It is noted that this issue takes place 5 years prior to all other DCnU titles. There is a lot of action is this book and some really great artwork. It shows a Batman being hunted by the law. The storyline hints at a return/introduction of a main DC villain, and the hunt for clues leads a younger version of Batman and Green Lantern to confront Superman for the very first time. I love the last line in this book, and look forward to the next issue.
OK, week one of DCnU
I’m going to go through these titles in alphabetical order.
This book takes place 6 years prior to all the other DCnU titles. I have to confess right from the start, I absolutely love Grant Morrison’s All Star Superman, so I was really looking forward to this title. Right off the bat it is a totally different Superman. This Superman is an outlaw, a renegade vigilante, trying to right perceived wrongs anyway he can, and fighting the law while doing it. Also in this issue is the standard cast of characters Lois, Jimmy, White, and of course Lex Luthor. In this story Luthor is working with the authorities to capture Superman. This book had a lot of surprises about the characters I know and love. I really enjoyed it and will continue reading this one.
Animal Man #1, written by Jeff Lemire, art by Travel Foreman
Once again I hold a special place in my heart for this character because of Grant Morrison’s brilliant run on the book twenty years ago. The character of Animal Man (Buddy Baker) is very much the same as I remember him, a family man. The book has scenes with his family from the start and then moves into some superhero stuff and then comes this dream sequence which is kinda awesome and creepy and had me thinking, “is this a horror book?”. The dream sequence also introduces the main villains of the book as well . The book ends on a creepy note that are related to events in the dream. I really enjoyed the book and this would be one of the titles that I would tell someone, they should buy.
Batgirl #1, written by Gail Simone, drawn by Ardian Syaf.
Barbara Gordon is Batgirl again (hooray!). The book is written by Gail Simone, who really knows how to write female hero characters. The book starts off with a mystery, and adds back story about “the shooting” and then mentions the miracle. So there is lots of superhero action, but a cut above the standard fair. The artwork is great and Batgirl is just plain fun.
Batwing #1 written by Judd Winick, art by Ben Oliver.
So this book is about an African Bat Character. It also establishes that Batman Incorporated is still around and funding heroes across the globe. Judd Winick has always been hit or miss for me and I consider this one a miss. Ya, it okay superhero stuff, but just okay. Nothing special and I can’t see any reason from the first issue why I would be compelled to buy any additional books.
Okay a Detective #1, there has not been one of those in over 70 years. Bruce Wayne is batman, the only Batman and he is in pursuit of the Joker. Everything is the same but just a little different, something is going on between Batman and Joker and a mysterious third party. The cops are after the dark knight but he still has an alley in Gordon. Good story so far and solid art work. ……and is Alfred a hologram?
Green Arrow #1, written by JT Krul with art by Dan Jurgens.
This is a younger version of Green Arrow, who owns a large corporation which funds his superhero activities as well as other heroes as mentioned in later DC books. This is very standard superhero stuff, nothing new, nothing exciting. There have been much better Green Arrow books in the past, the recent past. So pass this one by.
Hawk and Dove #1, written by Sterling Gates with art by Rob Liefeld (ya, Rob Liefeld)
So this is crap, garbage, shit. This book could have been released in the 90s. Oh wait Liefeld was drawing this in the 90s. The story is stuff covered in the past, oh by brother is dead, poor me. It is absolutely horrible. The only thing you really get out of it is that Crisis did happen in the new DC universe.
Justice League International #1, written by Dan Jurgens with art by Aaron Lopresti
Again we have another title that seems to be almost right from the 90s. An International version of the Justice League which is lead by Booster Gold. The series is written by Booster Gold creator Dan Jurgens who had some popularity on his 90s run of Superman. The Team consists of Guy Gardner, Rocket Read, Fire, Ice, Vixen, , August General of Iron and Godiva. Batman is also among them as an unsanctioned member. This version of Justice League, unlike Justice League #1 takes place in current DCnU continuity. Now I was a fan of the 90s version of the team, but that had to due a lot with the humor of the book. This current title has no humor and is pretty much playing it straight. I’m not really sure what the point of the book is and why the need to have a title filled with lots of unknown characters, but it was a pretty decent first issue and I’ll stick by it (for a while).
Men of War #1, (Joseph Rock, written by Ivan Brandon, art by Tom Derenick, Navy Seals, written by Jonathan Vankin, art by Phil Winslade.)
Okay So there are two stories in the first issue. The first introduces a new Sgt. Rock (ugh…), thats right the grandson of the original, but now deployed in the Middle east. I can’ tell you how much I hate this concept. Sgt Rock, was not only a DC character he was pretty much Joe Kubert’s character. I feel that the two are so much part of each other, you cannot have one without the other (even if its a new version).
The next story Navy Seals, just seem to be a really cliché war melodrama, piece of crap.
Both stories have cardboard characters in cardboard situations with no cartoony war stories which you can’t feel invested in at all. Seems to me the only reason they did this book was to try(and fail) to keep the Sgt. Rock franchise fresh and modern. Maybe in the future, with a better writer, but not with this guy.
I’m a big Jack Kirby fan. I really loved the 70s stuff he did for DC, and OMAC was no exception. So that being said I really enjoyed this version. Unlike the original series this one takes place in present DC continuity and not the future. Also this book contains a new version of the Cadmus Project, another Kirby creation. The story in this first issues does not have much of a storyline so far, just OMAC breaking into Cadmus and stealing something and hints about upcoming stuff. What sells me on the book is the Giffen/Kirby style artwork and the energy it gives off. The panels are fun to look at and really has a very Kirby feel to them. I want to see what happens and I really just want to stare at the pages each month, so I’m In.
Static Shock #1, written by Scott McDaniel with art by John Rozum.
I never read the original Static Shock series or watched the cartoon. The book is set in a future version of the DCnU future. It an okay read, lots of standard superhero stuff going. However, I did not love the character, or really care about him. Also since this is the future of the DC universe, if its not Legion who cares? No, I don’t think this is my taste. Gonna skip it from now on.
Stormwatch #1, written by Paul Cornell with art by Miguel Sepulveda.
I’m not really sure how to take this one. Apparently Stormwatch is now part of the DC universe. So the question is how can a team like this exist along side of the Justice League, would the Justice League let this team go on, if so why? Also I am sure there are gonna be lots of geeky Apollo vs Superman stuff going on. A surprise is Martian Manhunter is in this book, but it also refers to him belonging to Justice League in the past. So this one has lots of question for me. Therefore, I am going to keep picking it up, until I get my answers.
I have been a Swamp Thing fan, since I discovered the character back in the 70s and then just went wild about the character during Alan Moore’s run in the 80s. However, after that there was never really a writer who, well could write the character. It was like Alan Moore created this Swamp God, and nobody knew what to do with him. Recently the Swamp Thing came back to light, during Brightest Day (heh).
The book starts off with Alec Holland, thats right Alec Holland alive and (maybe not so well). Also there is an appearance by Superman in the book who is acting very much like the old Superman we know, other than a costume change.
In the end we do finally see the title character, in a I can’t wait for the next issue kind of way.
The story is moody and well written and the artwork is amazing and I love the Swamp Thing, so of course I’m gonna keep picking it up. 🙂
Okay thats week one, I know not a lot of detail about each book, but just enough to let you know if I’m gonna keep collecting each issue. So far the DCnU is really not so so new, but its kind of fresh, and still there are larger question about what really has changed in this universe and why? Well I guess for that reason alone, we all will probably keep reading DC, to find out 🙂