The New 52 That I’m Still Reading

  • Superboy #1 by Scott Lobdell and R.B. Silva and Rob Lean
  • Swamp Thing #1 by Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette
  • Batman And Robin #1 by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
  • Catwoman #1 by Judd Winick and Guillem March
  • Action Comics #1 by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales
  • Wonder Woman #1 by Brian Azzarello #1 and Cliff Chiang
  • Flash #1 by Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul
  • Animal Man #1 by Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman and Dan Green
  • Aquaman #1 by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis
  • Static Shock #1 by Felicia Henderson, Scott McDaniel and Jonathan Glapion.
  • Stormwatch #1 by Paul Cornell and Miguel Sepulveda
  • Green Lantern #1 by Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy
  • Resurrection Man #1 by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Fernando Dagnino
  • Supergirl #1 by Michael Green, Mike Johnson and Mahmud A. Asrar
  • Teen Titans #1 by  Scott Lobdell, Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund
  • Batwoman #1 by J.H. Williams III, Haden Blackman and Amy Reeder
  • Batman #1 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo.
  • Superman #1 by George Pérez and Jesus Merino
  • Red Hood And The Outlaws #1 by Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort
  • Voodoo #1 by Ron Marz and Sami Basri.
  • Nightwing #1 by Kyle Higgins and Eddy Barrows
  • Birds Of Prey #1 by Duane Swierczynski and Jesus Saiz
  • Justice League #1 by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee
  • Green Lanterns: New Guardians #1 by Tony Bedard, Tyler Kirkham and Batt
  • Green Lantern Corps #1 by Peter J. Tomasi, Fernando Pasarin and Scott Hanna

The 1st Week of New 52 Ranked

  1. Swamp Thing
  2. Stormwatch 
  3. Batgirl 
  4. Detective Comics
  5. Justice League
  6. Animal Man
  7. Action Comics
  8. Static Shock 
  9. Men of War
  10. Batwing
  11. Green Arrow
  12. Justice League International
  13. O.M.A.C. 
  14. Hawk and Dove

Swamp Thing #1 Review

Swamp Thing #1

by Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette

Art: Great, wow, I could recognize the plants myself. Really stunning work.

Story: Great, introduced the character, set in motion several areas of tension, introduced a genuinely frightening badguy, really a solid comic.

Character: I don’t know much about the character and we don’t learn much about Swamp Thing, his powers or his mission, but he is visually interesting.

Issue Review: it seems like the writer is avoiding the cliche primitivism that could easily beset such a nature hero. A flat narrative of nature = good, man = bad would be boring and biologically naive, so I’m happy that the writer avoided it.

Subscribe: If I had the money I would. I have to be extra stingy with my funds otherwise I had it added to my list.

Stormwatch #1

Stormwatch #1

by Paul Cornell and Miguel Sepulveda

Art: Good with some missteps.

Story: It’s extremely hard in these team books to set the table, introduce the characters, include some action and interaction and of all the team books I read Stormwatch was the best. The concept is solid though, secret super team.

Characters: I read The Authority so I liked many of the characters already and Martian Manhunter won me over to his character immediately, but I’m not sure of some of the new characters, particularly The Projectionist, which seems like such a thinly veiled Drummer character with all the likable attributes of Drummer + boobs. But Cornell seems to have his heart set on over the top action bombast, which I want.

Issue Review: There’s some unexplained need for Apollo. What does he add that you don’t get with Martian? The big moments were big enough that some lesser issues are given a pass.

Subscribe: Yeah, mostly because of the cover of issue 3 which looks awesome.

Batgirl #1 Review

Batgirl #1

by Gail Simone, Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes

Art: Solid.

Story: Set story elements up well, hinted at some mysteries, some excitement, and a taste of the upcoming drama.

Character: Probably the most gratuitous fanboy reboot. Befuddling because the Oracle was a rich character that lent weight to all heroes she encountered as a reminder that being a hero sometimes comes with dire consequences. I would have preferred she remain the Oracle and have her be the mentor of a younger character, perhaps Cassandra Cain.

Issue Review: My disappointment at the loss of Oracle kept flaring up to keep me from fully enjoying the issue, yet it had some good moments.

Subscribe: I’d be happy to read more, but I’m a tightwad.

Detective Comics #1 Review

Detective Comics #1

by Tony Daniel

Art: Fine, I’m not a Daniel fan. I just don’t find anything dynamic about his work.

Story: Blah. I guess I’m tired of this sort of story even though I haven’t read comics regularly for a long time.

Character: Batman is a great character, but I see the difficulty in making one more book that encapsulates who he is. I thought that Batman and Robin did a great job of that, but Detective just trots along like it’s no big deal.

Issue Review: A very tidy issue. Nothing special.

Subscribe: I might see if the story does something more, but I was so underwhelmed I’m not grabbed at all.

Justice League #1 Review

Justice League #1

by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee

Art: Jim Lee was the first artist I loved. Over the years my taste changed, but I’ve never disliked his work.

Story: Fine, I suppose. GL and Batman are hot so you start there and move to Superman. No time for much character work, but it’s understandable.

Characters: Like I said with JLI, I don’t understand Batman being in these books. JL is better in that there seems to be a reasonable array of powers. Flash, Aquaman, WW, Superman, Cyborg, GL, and Batman all have different talents that blend well. What’s lacking is an Aleph character from Ellis’s Global Frequency that directs and calls the heroes according to the threat. That’s the book I’d like to read.

Issue Review: Not my thing, but I suppose it’s fun to see all the bigs playing together.

Subscribe: Nah.

Animal Man #1 Review

Animal Man #1

by Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman and Dan Green

 Art: It was good, but I hated the coloring, really sapped the power out of the frames.

Story: A bit over burdened at first, but once he set off on his adventure it improved.

Character: Interesting, though I hate his costume. Seems so backwards in terms of modernizing the character.

Issue Review: I enjoyed it, even though the family tension seemed overwrought.

Subscribe: No, ultimately it never grabbed me.

Action Comics #1 Review

Action Comics #1

by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales

Art: Good, though the coloring flattens the images out.

Story: I thought it was really choppy and awkward.

Character: Superman is the great American mythological character. I’m glad they’ve removed the underwear and I even approve of making him a virgin. Assuming he’s a vigin.

Issue Review: I was somewhat disappointed because of the high expectations I had. I’m still excited to see what happens.

Subscribe: Yes, I want to read a Superman story. It’s where I first started in comics.

Static Shock #1 Review

Static Shock #1

by Felicia Henderson, John Rozum, Scott McDaniel and Jonathan Glapion.

Art: Okay. The art was better at the action scenes than the quotidian, but I hate the framing of the page.

Story: Jumped right into the hero side of things before sweeping back to the alter ego. I felt like I got a good grasp of his powers and his character.

Character: They’ve set up some nice areas to explore. Personally, I wish they’d set him in a more distinct city away from the heavies, b/c such a  minor character can gain no weight in the big city with the more powerful heroes running around.

Issue Review: In terms of expectations I had this book right above Hawk and Dove, but it surprised me. I enjoyed it and thought the use of some of the other Milestone characters really beefs up the book.

Subscribe: No, but I could see myself reading through an issue if I was in a bookstore.