On to DCnU Week 3:
A nice, well drawn mystery. One nitpick: everyone in the Bat Family seems to way too short. That being said, I’m ready for more.
Birds of Prey 01
We’re treated to a great intro to the stars of the book, Black Canary (I’m still on the fence on her costume redesign) and Starling (a new character). Think Alias (the TV show) meets Dukes of Hazzard (the TV show). Great art and all-out action.
Blue Beetle 01
Looks like a retelling of BB’s origin mixed with an appearance by the DCnU version of the Brotherhood of Evil (Doom Patrol then Teen Titan’s villains in the old universe). Things I don’t like: 1) Speaking in English, but throwing one Spanish word per sentence so we don’t forget that BB is Latin. 2) The whole teen, “no, we’re just friends” thing has been used to death.
Captain Atom 01
The Captain’s redesign makes me think of Dr. Manhattan crossed with Wonder Man’s (Marvel Comics) Ionic energy form and comes complete with a new power-set. The book reads like science fiction meets science class.
This book is sexy. The art is dynamic and reminds me a bit of Manga (but not too much, just right). It’s a simple plot so far, but I’m in.
DC Universe Presents 01
It’s a good introduction to Deadman but I would have liked some more action. I mean, it IS a comic book.
Green Lantern Corps 01
A day in the life of a Green Lantern with beautiful art. It’s kind of an ultra violent cop story.
Legion of Superheroes 01
Out of all of the DCnU #1’s, this book feels like it stepped right out of the old universe. All the characters are right were we left them and that’s not necessarily a good thing. This title seems to lack focus.
Beautifully drawn. We’re given a short and sweet transition from Batman back into Nightwing. It’s a high-action story and a bit of a gamble having the main character get his ass handed to him in the first issue.
Red Hood & The Outlaws 01
Bad Title/great art. It’s the misadventures of two former sidekicks with tarnished reputations. The original Teen Titans and an unknown chapter in Jason Todd’s life are alluded to, and, therefore, my interest is piqued.
I like the new design for Kara’s costume, it’s nice and alien/futuristic. One panel in particular features Supergirl super-hearing lines from some of the other DCnU titles… that’s a great touch. The only thing we’re missing is a plot.
Wonder Woman 01
1) The art has a deceptively simple, Alex Toth-like look. It’s gorgeous.
2) A completely unexpected horror element.
3) WW comes off like a total ass-kicker.
That’s 3 yeses.
This was a particularly good week of titles. Especially art-wise. Also, please note, these books are NOT all ages; They are seriously dark, and violent. By the time you read this all of the first issues have gone into second printings and should be easily available at your local comic shop.
In a nutshell:
Do NOT Miss: Birds of Prey, Green Lantern Corps, Red Hood & the Outlaws, Wonder Woman
AVOID: If you’re not already a huge fan of the Legion of Superheroes, you can skip this one.
The other titles feature some nice art and decent stories, I’m just looking for a little more “wow.”
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