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 SCOTT SNYDER
Art and cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
One of the world’s most iconic characters returned to the heart
of the DC Universe and I couldn't care less. This book has recieved praise from all corners of the comic book world and it's been one of the shinning lights in the New 52. Mixing elements of horror with supernatural feel, Snyder has made Swamp Thing a relevant character in a way not seen since Alan Moore was at the helm. Still I find no interest in the character and/or the story so I won't be picking this book up.
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
Another book that's been critically acclaimed out of the New 52, Batman & Robin tells the story of Bruce Wayne and his son Damian and follows their adventures. This is one book I wish I'd picked up but never did. Personally I can't stand Patrick Gleason's artwork, hence, didn't picked it up. Still, this book is consistently one of the New 52's best sellers and Tomasi is telling some of the best stories in the Bat-Universe. Maybe I'll pick up a TPB.
Written by J.H. WILLIAMS III and W. HADEN BLACKMAN
Art and cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
From the multiple award-winning creative team of J.H. Williams III and Haden Blackman, Batwoman was supposed to be one of the key books in the Bat-Universe but instead it became -in the words of Comicbook Showdown's Darin- "a beautiful wreck!" The character of Kate Kane could've been handled in a great way, balancing her relationship with the Bat-family as well as her girlfriend and focus on her strengths, instead, they pushed the book as the "gay Batgirl" which became very obvious and forced in many fans' heads. Another downfall is that JH Williams III can't seem to keep a deadline and as beautiful as his artwork may be, fans hate the artists change on books. Never picked it up and won't start now.
Written by KYLE HIGGINS
Art by JOE BENNETT and ART THIBERT
“Friends die, family disappoints, but a legacy… That lives forever.” Slade Wilson is the best mercenary in the DCU, and he’s been doing this a long time. Some might say too long. But they’ll learn: Never turn your back on Deathstroke the Terminator. He won’t quit, no matter how high the stakes. You can ask Batman, the Teen Titans and many others in the DC Universe. Kyle Higgins and Joe Bennett team up to bring you the finest in mayhem and gore. I never picked this up but I know I'll be picking up the TPB in the near future. A mercenary that is on par wit hBatman as far as battle skills and can use his entire brain in battle; SOLD!
Written by PAUL CORNELL
Art by DIOGENES NEVES and OCLAIR ALBERT
Set in the Dark Ages of the DC Universe, a barbarian horde is massing to crush civilization. It’s fallen to Madame Xanadu and Jason Blood, the man with a monster inside him, to stand in their way – though the demon Etrigan has no interest in protecting anyone or anything other than himself! With that premise this book peaked my interest but due to budget issues I had to let this go. I might pick it up later since I'm a huge history fan and love medieval stories.
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by ALBERTO PONTICELLI
It’s Frankenstein, as the leader of a group of monsters? What??? This is one of those books that I couldn't even begin to understand the purpose of it been published. I guess there's an audience for fans of the Frankenstein character and fans of monsters in general but for me, this never interested me in the least bit. Never picked it up and never will. To each their own I guess.
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by DOUG MAHNKE and CHRISTIAN ALAMY
This book had no chance with me from the get go since I can't stand the character. Never liked the concept, never liked all those lanterns flying around, not a taste that's designed for me. I did like the movie for what it was and expected the same thing in the comic but it wasn't quite the same. I picked issue #1 but didn't picked up no issues after that, and won't be picking anymore anytime soon.
Written by NATHAN EDMONDSON
Art by CAFU
I remember back in the early 90's when Image first started and Jim Lee came out with this new team of superheroes called Wildcats. Right now, most of comic fans will tell you they didn't liked them but deep down inside; they're lying! That team consisted of Zealot, Spartan, Voodoo, Void, Warblade and Grifter. All of them had powers except Grifter, who's only ability was his marksmanship and his savvy personality. I have to admit I liked them and still have quite a few of those original Image books. So, when the New 52 mentioned Grifter as one of the new books coming out, I was excited about that. Still, I didn't picked it up but I will be picking up the trade for sure!
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA AND PAUL LEVITZ
Art and cover by PETE WOODS AND FRANCIS PORTELA
I had absolutely NO interest in these books whatsoever. Never been a fan of the Legion and I never will, no matter who writes or draws it.
Written by ERIC WALLACE
Art by ROGER ROBINSON
The world’s third-smartest man – and one of its most eligible bachelors – uses his brains and fists against science gone mad in this new series. I had a few pros and cons for this book. First the pros, DC has this cool black character that refreshingly out of the ordinary, he's smart, he's powerful and his costume is very different and cool; at least in my opinion. The cons, how many people actually know this character? If you're bringing this new character to the forefront with a new solo book, why not give it an A-List artist that's get people buying the book? Does this character deserve a solo series? I believe he works better as a member of another book. I didn't picked this up.
Written by DAN ABNETT and ANDY LANNING
Art by FERNANDO DAGNINO
This is another character that I had no idea why DC was giving it a solo series. How many people know this character? I mean don't get me wrong, the whole concept of a character that dies and comes back to life with new powers is kinda cool, but not as a solo book because, how many times and how many powers is he going to have in order to keep the readers interested? I think that this character, much like Mister Terrific, fit better in another character's title rather than their own. This is another book I never picked up and don't intend to pick up anytime soon.
Written by ADAM GLASS
Art by MARCO RUDY
Now this book has been a breath of fresh air! Make a team consisting of a giant haf-shark/half-man killing machine, an insane clown psychopath assassin, a fire controlling meta human convict and the best marksman in the DC Universe and what do you get? One of the best books out right now, that's what you get! This book is non-stop action from start to finish and the story takes you places you don't expect, even when you think you know where they're going, this books keeps surprising you issue after issue. I've been picking it up since issue #1 and I'll be along for the ride until the end.
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art by RB SILVA and ROB LEAN
Another pleasant surprise from this New 52 experiment, Superboy is nothing like the one we knew from the old DCU. This new version is more powerful, has new abilities and is more unpredictable than the previous versions, making him a much more interesting character than ever before. Another thing that helps this book in my opinion is that ties in with very closely with the Teen Titans and once they fight, it shows how powerful Superboy really is. I've been picking this book up since issue #1 and I'm loving every issue. I highly recommend it!