Tuesday, June 7, 2011
DC Comics Relaunch - The List
But what do you think? Which of these books appeals to you? Which ones don't? Or perhaps are you one who thinks this is a bad move and are completely enraged by even said attempt?
1. Batman - Scott Snyder takes the reigns of this one with Greg Capulo providing the art. Snyder has been kicking ass and taking names with his work on Detective Comics. Really, it's been fantastic. Seeing him moved over to the main Batman book is a little odd, but to think that he won't continue to provide great Batman stories is silly. This man loves the characters (which comes through his writing) and seems to be able to write his way out any problem. Capulo on art is...interesting. The last thing I remember him working on was Spawn, so yeah, it's not a great piece of news. That said, artists change and evolve over time. He may rise to the challenge. I'm curious, especially after seeing the teaser for the cover of #1.
2. Detective Comics - Tony Daniel both writes and draws. Tony Daniel as an artist, has really improved over the years. His style has evolved and become much cleaner and more vibrant. His writing on the other hand is a still a bit shaky. Also, for Detective, Batman should be a detective who solves crimes using his mind. That's what Snyder brought to this book and showed that its a premise that's doable. I'm unsure if that's something that Daniel has in his utility belt. We'll see though.
4. Batwoman - JH Williams, Hayden Blackman & Amy Reeder. Sold. Williams alone is one of the best artists there is. Teaming him up with Amy Reeder, who recently worked on Madame Xanadu, is just icing on the top of a very sweet cake.
5. Catwoman - Seems Judd Winick is at the helm for this one, which I find exciting. A lot has been said about Winick as a writer, but lately he has really been stepping up his game. I also think he's one of the best writers of action that DC has. Putting him on Catwoman is an very cool move. Rumor is that Guillem March, the brilliant artist behind the launch of Gotham City Sirens, will be providing the art. If that is true, then I imagine Catwoman may fast become a favorite of mine.
6. Batman & Robin - The team behind Green Lantern Corps, Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, are going to be telling the stories of Bruce Wayne and his son Damian. A part of me is ecstatic that Damian is still going to be around. It seems odd for a relaunch that he would be, but it's pretty cool. As for the creative team, these guys are tried and true. They made a group of space aliens likable and told some pretty great stories, something that I'm sure they'll be doing again.
7. Nightwing - Dick Grayson returns as Nightwing written by Kyle Higgins, a writer that I'm actually not super familiar with. Since Dick is a favorite character of mine, I'm hoping Higgins can rise to the challenge and put forth some great stories. With Eddy Barrows, who's worked on 52 and Teen Titans and a host of other DC properties, I know that it will look solid.
8. Batwing - The Batman of Africa (so it seems Batman Inc. is not being completely shuffled to the grave) is the focus with this one. It's a strange call, but I typically like strange calls. Putting Judd Winick on it intrigues me a bit and Ben Oliver, who recently impressed me with his work on the Alpha Flight .01 issue makes me even more interested.
10. Green Lantern - Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke continue to do Green Lantern-y type things. If you're already a Green Lantern fan, I imagine that won't change with a writer/artist combo such as this.
11. Green Lantern Corps - Peter Tomasi & Fernando Pasarin provide a book that sees Guy Garnder and Jon Stewart lead a strike team to keep the peace. Seems like a buddy cop movie, one that I think will work. Tomasi has proved himself on Green Lantern Corps before and Pasarin has done some great work on several of DC's smaller books (and of course the first issue of Brightest Day).
12. Green Lanterns: New Guardians - This one holds the most interest for me as we see Kyle Rayner in charge of a group of lanterns composed of the Rainbow Corps. Yes, it looks like even the Black Lanterns are included in this one. Tony Bedard is a solid enough writer and Kirkham has really improved over the past few years. This one could be the surprise hit of the Green Lantern-verse.
13. Red Lanterns - Atrocitus getting his own book? Sign me up. Peter Milligan, who sounds almost perfect for this one, handles the writing side while Ed Benes, who hasn't be a favorite of mine in recent years, handles the art. I think Milligan's take, which sees the Red Lanters as a group fighting injustice as judge, jury and executioner, will prove to be as much fun as it sounds. Also, Milligan is really the guy to be able to make you somehow care for these band of essentially villains.
14. Swamp Thing - Scott Snyder snags this one along with artists Yanick (Batman Inc.) Paquette and Franceso (Detective Comics) Francavilla. About perfect if you ask me. Should be a dark, morally ambiguous and gorgeously drawn. Please take my money.
15. Animal Man - Bringing back the strange with Animal Man seems to be the name of the game with this book, launched by Jeff Lemire and Travel (Immortal Iron Fist) Foreman. I really haven't been a huge fan of Lemire's Superboy, but his work on Sweet Tooth seems to fit with this book in a way. The oddness might be off putting, but if you were a fan of Morrison's run, I would imagine this will be the best Animal Man book we could hope for.
17. Birds of Prey - Mystery writer Duane Swierczynski takes over for Gail Simone on this one. Not quite sure what to make of that, as Swierczynski's Cable series never really wowed me. Still, a Covert Ops team in Gotham drawn by Jesus Saiz has me. His art always impresses and the team, which looks to have Black Canary, Katana, someone that looks like Poison Ivy and another person that could be Grace Choi or an updated Zinda, is a really strange group of people. Color me curious.
18. Fury of Firestorm - Gail Simone teams up with co-writer Ethan Van Sciver to give the story of two high school students, Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch. There seems to be more to the story, but the idea of two people who have such opposite view points coming together to create a single comic really interests me. Yildiary Cinar on the art is also great news as I've really enjoyed his work. The image of Firestorm that's already leaked is crazy looking, sort of a Ghost Rider in feel, but I'm really pumped for this one. An easy pick for me.
20. Savage Hawkman - Tony Daniel and Phillip Tan. Tan's a good artist and I like that they're getting away from all of the supernatural elements that have plagued many of the incarnations of Hawkman in the past and focusing on the Archeologist who puts on wings storyline. Daniel's writing is still in question, but I think he could really bring something to the table, especially with his ability to write action.
21. Aquaman - Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis. Again, with Johns, I'm giving most anything he does a glance. He might not have been able to make Flash as great as Green Lantern, but his track record is damn good at this point. Since Aquaman has been a favorite character of mine (thanks to my brother), I want this to be good. With Reis (Blackest Night) on art, is should look shiny and new and very slick.
22. Flash - Written and drawn by the team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato. I'm worried about Manapul with this one, as his writing is an unknown factor and his speed as an artist isn't exactly Flash-like. Still, maybe with the help of Buccellato a balance will be found. Flash is a great character and certainly deserving a great title. I'll try to this one, of course, but it doesn't sound like a complete winner yet.
23. Green Arrow - JT Krul again writes the character. It's not my perfect choice, as I think Hester or Winick would have been better suited to come back to the character. That said, I'll give it a shot...though I did utter a might MEH when I heard the news. Dan Jurgens on art however piques my interests a bit.
24. Mr. Terrific - A great concept for this. Third smartest man and most eligible bachelor Mr. Terrific fights crime. That sounds pretty damn nifty. Eric Wallace, who's main claim to fame in the comic industry is Final Crisis Aftermath Ink, which was merely okay. That he's written for television show Eureka makes me have hope though, as I've always found the writing on that smart. Don't know if the character can sustain a solo series, but I'm willing to give it a shot.
and Oclair Albert bring back Etrigan the Demon with this one. Cornell has fast become a favorite writer of mine with things like Captain Britain and MI-13 and Action Comics, so to see him write The Demon is a treat. I wonder if he'll talk in rhyme? I imagine cool action and sulfur imbued demons abound in this one.
26. Resurrection Man - Abnett & Lanning return to the character that they created with this one. I know next to nothing about the character really, other than the fact that each time he dies and comes back, he returns with a new power. Whether or not that status quo remains the same, I don't know. Bluntly said though: I WILL READ ANYTHING BY DnA! They've sold me on so much and have reminded me what comics should be. I can't wait to see what they can do in DC Universe.
27. Justice League International - Dan Jurgens and Aaron Lopresti tackle the team of International Heroes. It looks like an interesting lineup of characters (especially with the inclusion of The Great Ten member), but I have a little worry with Jurgen's writing. Lopresti's work has always been gorgeous, so while I am quick to say that this will be a favorite of mine, I have a bit of doubt in me as well.
28. Batman the Dark Knight - The David Finch book that focuses on Batman and Arkham Asylum. My interest in this, especially because of the grim stories by Finch in his first few issues of this exact same book in its previous incarnation have me super underwhelmed. That he is not the book's artist may help, but I don't know.
30. Captain Atom - JT Krul again...I want to be excited about a Captain Atom book. I loved how they handled him in the Justice League Unlimited cartoon, but I've never really been super partial to any iteration of the character in comics. Yes, in JLI, he worked, but this new one seems to be a much more serious take, to the point that he sounds a little like Dr. Manhattan (which makes a certain amount of sense considering). Do I think Krul can bring that sort of thing to the page? I don't know. We haven't seen him do it yet, but it's possible.
31. I Vampire - A more serious take on the character (unlike how he was show in Dr. Thirteen). Seems that he will be a brooding vampire who must take up arms against his own people to save the world. Simple premise, but not super exciting. Handling this one is Josh Filakov and Andrea Sorrentino.