DCnU – Week 2 Mini-Reviews

SPOILER WARNING! BEYOND THIS POINT, THERE ARE SPOILERS! READER BEWARE!

Blue collar Superman?

Action Comics #1 – Grant Morrison reboots Superman back to his roots as a rough and tumble Champion of the Oppressed. I approve. Superman, in reference to the corrupt billionaire in his grasp: “Sure, officer, I’ll put him down…just as soon as he makes a full confession. To someone who still believes the law works the same for rich and poor alike. Because that ain’t Superman.” I also love the later scene where ordinary working class Metropolitans are willing to put their bodies on their line to protect Superman from the military. A must read title.

Detective Comics #1 – The last page was straight out of Clive Barker. Writer/artist Tony Salvador Daniel delivers notice that things will be different from here on out in Gotham City.

Batgirl #1 – Writer Gail Simone scores a win with this reboot. I still miss Oracle, though. At least The Killing Joke events are still in continuity, so Barbara Gordon’s experiences as a paraplegic are still part of who she is even if she was never Oracle and has the use of her legs again. Simone’s Batgirl is instantly likable. Another must read title.

Swamp Thing #1 – A fine start by writer Scott Snyder on the relaunch of one of my favorite characters. Looking forward to more. I first discovered Swamp Thing in 1982 when Martin Pasko was writing the character, just before Alan Moore’s celebrated run began, after I won a DC Comics contest. My prize? A one year subscription to Swamp Thing.

Justice League International #1 – Just not feeling it for this book yet, but it’s nice to see Booster Gold and some Global Guardians back in action in the DCnU, although Booster’s character growth over the years appears to have been lost and he’s more or less back to his old glory seeking ways.

Stormwatch #1 – Not sold on this one yet, either. Apollo and Midnighter are essentially analogs of Superman and Batman, so it remains to be seen how it will work with them being in the same fictional universe as Superman and Batman now. Also, Martian Manhunter is another longtime favorite character of mine, and I don’t know that he fits the darker tone of this title.

Animal Man #1 – Nice character driven first issue written by Jeff Lemire, with a creepy twist at the end. I like Travel Foreman’s art, too. I’ve been an Animal Man fan since Grant Morrison’s run on the character in the late 1980s, so this was a title I was looking forward to. It didn’t disappoint.

Hawk & Dove #1 – Decent introduction to the rebooted characters by writer Sterling Gates, but I’m still not a fan of Rob Liefeld’s art.

Batwing #1 – Interesting character and setting, a Batman protege operating in the Congo. Nice atmosphere served up by writer Judd Winnick and artist Ben Oliver. I will definitely follow this series.

OMAC #1 – Neat Kirbyesque art courtesy of Keith Giffen really sells the story he co-wrote with DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio.

Green Arrow #1 – Just not feeling it on this one. The character feels like a generic vigilante with high tech now. Liked seeing the story is set in Seattle, though.

Static Shock #1 – This title shows some promise in the hands of writer/artist Scott McDaniel and co-writer John Rozum. Nice to see a character co-created by the late Dwayne McDuffie represented in the DCnU.

Men of War #1 – If you like war stories, you’ll probably like this title. Not my cup of tea, though.

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