I have to say, even never being a hard core DC Comics fan, I found myself caught up in all the hype and as a result, I started following many of the New 52 books, most of which I still follow to this day. I'd like to share with all of you my opinions on the titles I've followed, the ones I haven't and why I have or haven't followed them. I'll be doing this in four different posts so you're not bored to death LOL! Enjoy and leave your thoughts!
Written by MIKE COSTA
Art and cover by KEN LASHLEY
This was a book that initially intrigued me because I thought they were bringing back an old combat comic from the old days, but it turned out they completely changed it and turned it into a sci-fi story. In essence they're trying to make this the G.I.Joe book of the New 52 and it comes out as forced. The premise would be interesting because there's a huge G.I.Joe fanbase out there but if you're going to try and do something like that, you need to write a good story with lots of action and cool characters; something this book has not. I never picked it up and never will..
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
The Fastest Man Alive returns to his own monthly series from the amazing writer/artist team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato! This has been, along with Snyder and Capullo's Batman, one of the key books in The New 52 and there's no denying it. The artwork is kinetic and fun, the stories are fast paced and not bugged down which makes this book a treat for new fans and old fans alike! I picked issues #1-#5 and I intend to pick the rest up pretty soon. Highly recommended!
Written by ETHAN VAN SCIVER and GAIL SIMONE
Art by YILDIRAY CINAR
Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond. These two high school students are worlds apart – and now they’re drawn into a conspiracy of super-science that bonds them forever in a way they can’t explain or control. I've never been a fan of the character, as a matter of fact, I've never read a single Firestorm comic book in my life and this simply didn't speak to me on any level. I never picked an issue and I won't pick any of them in the near future.
Written by JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV
Art by ANDREA SORRENTINO
For hundreds of years, vampire Andrew Stanton kept mankind safe from the horrors of the supernatural world, thanks to a truce he made with his ex-lover Mary, the Queen of the Damned. But now that truce has reached a bloody end and Andrew must do everything in his power to stop Mary and her dark forces from going on a killing spree – and she plans to start with the heroes of the DCU! With that premise I have no idea why I never picked an issue of I, Vampire. I just never saw it on the racks during the whole crazyness of the New 52 #1s and now I feel like I missed out on something great. Everybody seems to love this book so I'm still very much intrigued by it. I have a feeling I'll be picking the trade in the near future.
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by MIKEL JANIN
This book I wasn't interested in at all. The only character that called me was Constantine, and that's only because of the movie (which I really like!) because I've never actually read an issue of Hellblazer or an appearance of Constantine; EVER! Deadman left such a bad taste in my mouth after i read DC Comics Presents that I completely stayed away from this book, plus, they changed Zatanna's character for no real reason and the whole magic and supernatural and magic elements were never my thing. So no, I won't be picking this up.
Written by TONY S. DANIEL
Art and cover by PHILIP TAN
This book i was very excited about and ended being a HUGE dissapointment. When I heard of the title being THe Savage Hawkman I thought it was going ot be the violent version of Carter Hall that fans have been clamoring for. I also expected to see some of that Egyptian elements that define the character but instead, we get another alien being taking over a human. SIGH... I picked issue #1 and dropped it after just that one issue.
Written by GEORGE PEREZ
Breakdowns and cover by GEORGE PEREZ
Art by JESUS MERINO
This book I never picked up for many reasons, one of them being George Perez... WRTING THE BOOK INSTEAD OF DRAWING IT!!! The other thing I didn't like was that it was waaaaay too "wordy" and it bugged down the story. Also, the first story arc was about this giant monsters made of ice, fire and all kinds of crazyness like that, it felt like reading a book from the 80's. I never picked a single book and never will.
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
Tim Drake, Batman’s former sidekick, is back in action when
an international organization seeks to capture, kill or co-opt super-powered teenagers. As Red Robin, he’s going to have to team up with the mysterious and belligerent powerhouse thief known as Wonder Girl and the hyperactive speedster calling himself Kid Flash to stand any chance at all against a living, breathing weapon with roots in another world! As you might imagine, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book and in my opinion, it didn't dissapoint. Plus the whole crossing over with the Superboy book, really cool!
Written by RON MARZ
Art and cover by SAMI BASRI
This book has been one of my favorites since issue #1! I love the whole alien in disguise concept, the fact that you don't really know if Voodoo's good or evil, the fact that there's two of them and you don't know which one is the clone... this book is just FUN! Plus, the artwork is simply beautiful and the story keeps you on your toes, grabs hold of you and never let's go, Voodoo is amongst my top 10 New 52 books month in and month out. Highly recommended!