Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
This was a book that when I first heard of the creative team that was going to be working on it, I was super excited. The first 2 issues were really good and I liked each character's introductions very much. I followed the book for the first Darkseid story arc and what really dissapointed. I felt that Johns was dragging the first story arc for 5 issues and the pay off just wasn't there. The fight with Darkseid was dull and it left me not caring for the book. Jim Lee's artwork was pretty good but not his best work in my opinion. I know for a fact that I won't be picking this book up any longer.
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art by RAGS MORALES and RICK BRYANT
This book I never picked up for a few reasons. First of all Im an artist and as such, I buy comics mostly for the artwork. With that said, I've never been a fan of Rags Morales so I wasn't going to invest my money on something that didn't appealed to me visually. On the other hand, I loved the Smallville TV series and I thought this should've had a continuation of that story by Grant Morrison decided to go another route, which may have worked for some fans but for me, it just didn't. Clark was portrayed as reckless and defying, two characteristics that don't define who Clark Kent is in my eyes.
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Again, not a Travel Foreman fan AT ALL!!! I literally hate his work and I was never a fan of Animal Man to begin with so no, I never picked this up and don't intend to anytime soon. The story is interesting but not enough for me to pay for this book. Another thing that bothered me about the story is that it's dragged for a whole year, something that bothers me as a reader and as a collector because as a reader, you don't want to be reading the same thing for a whole year to get a pay off that might or might not be worth the time invested, and as a collector it bothers me because you want to at least collect a story arc if you buy issue #1, and finding out that the story lasts 11 or 12 issues to complete is just enraging. Not interested.
Written by GAIL SIMONEArt by ARDIAN SYAF and VICENTE CIFUENTES
This book intrigued me from the get go. Barbara Gordon back as Batgirl? Out of the wheelchair? Written by Gail Simone! I picked up issues #1-#6 and I've been picking up the rest little by little but I was a little dissapointed that Gail hasn't even explained how she recovered from being paralyzed, it lost it's lure for me. There's two other things that bother me even more than that, first of all, it isn't like Barbara to recover from being paralyzed and just leave her role as the leader of Birds of Prey, and second, where's Stephanie Brown? I resent Gail Simone for taking Stephanie Brown from us.
Written by JUDD WINICK
Art and cover by BEN OLIVER
Now this book was a total surprise for me and quickly became one of my favorites of the New 52 and the character has become one of my favorites of any company. From the ranks of Batman Incorporated comes a soldier to carry on the legacy of The Dark Knight in the most tumultuous region on Earth, Africa. Meet Batwing, the Batman of Africa! The story has been engaging, brutal and "real" and the artwork by Ben Oliver has been a feast for the eyes. I'm upset that DC took Oliver off the book to put him on Action Comics (of course!) but I'm glad they at least brought Marcos To, who has quickly become one of the rising starts at DC Comics. I've picked every issue and I'll continue to pick it up until they cancel it; hopefully that won't happen anytime soon.
Written by TONY S. DANIEL
Art by TONY S. DANIEL and RYAN WINN
DC’s flagship title is relaunched for the first time ever, with writer/artist Tony S. Daniel? This started off with a lot of buzz surrounding it because of the importance of the title; Detective Comics! Being re-launched for the first time ever, Tony Daniel had his hands full and the expectations were set at an impossible standard, in my opinion, nothing he would've done on the title, as amazing as it may have been, would've pleased the fans simply because they expected perfection, and that my friends is impossible. I picked issues #1-#5 and dropped off but I intend to pick them up at less than cover price.
Written by J.T. KRUL
Art by DAN JURGENS and NORM RAPMUND
Thanks to Smallville and to past DC continuity I began to like Green Arrow as a character. He was a no BS, straight forward kinda guy who even stood up to Batman, and his relationship with Black Canary was as much a part of comic fans lives as his ability to use a bow and arrow. And what does DC Comics editors decide to do? Forget about his entire back story and make a new one. Really? I didn't recognize this version of Green Arrow and quite frankly never cared about the new version of character. I haven't picked up any of the previous issues and I'm not starting anytime soon.
Written by STERLING GATES
Art and cover by ROB LIEFELD
This book never had a chance of succeeding in my opinion because of the hatred that artist Rob Liefeld (X-Force, Youngblood) gets from many fans, I felt people wouldn't give it a chance. I did, and it was a fun and crazy ride. Now keep in mind that when you pick a book by Liefeld don't expect correct anatomy or the best art in the world, just expect to read a comic book that is in your face and it's something a 13-15 year old would love! I picked up the entire series until it got cancelled and enjoyed it quite a bit, not on the same level as, let's say Batwing, but I liked it for what it was.
Written by DAN JURGENS
Art by AARON LOPRESTI and MATT RYAN
Here's another pleasant surprise; LJI! Now keep in mind, I've never been a fan of ANY of this characters before, in fact I hated Guy Gardner with a passion, the only reason why I had a little bit of interest was Batman and because someone recommended it to me; so I gave it a chance. Boy was i in for a treat! The character development, the witty banter, the mix of characters, Batman's role on the team and the introduction of Batwing to the JLI ranks... count me in. I have every issue since #1 and I'll be there till' the last one DC puts out. A truly great book!
Written by IVAN BRANDON
Art by TOM DERENICK
This book I was excited about because I love Sgt. Rock, especially Joe Kubert's run on the character. It had something to do with him but not in the way I wanted. But with a premise of soldiers fighting super villains? How about this for a premise: "Afghanistan 2011. After the attacks on 9/11 the United States have engaged in war against an evil terrorist group know as Al Qaeda led by a ruthless tyrant called Osama Bin Laden. Now, on the ground and on the front lines, a young, headstrong soldier known as Joe Rock assumes command of Easy Company and takes on terrorists in a battle for global peace. Will they survive? Will he lead them to victory? Will he live up to the legend that was his grandfather?" C'mon DC Comics, I think this would've been a story a lot of people would've gotten behind of.
Written by DAN DIDIO and KEITH GIFFEN
Art and cover by KEITH GIFFEN and SCOTT KOBLISH
This book reminded me of Jack Kirby's New Gods series in the sense that it's all epic and big and vast and spanning the entire universe. Another reason might be that Keith Giffen's artwork aped Kirby's style which was kinda funny but cool at the same time.
But O.M.A.C. as a character don't doit for me, never been a fan of him and I don't think I ever will be but I might pick this up in trade for my son because if I'm correct, this is a book that doesn't have cursing and/or sex scenes in it, so I think it could be a fun book to get him into comics.
Written by SCOTT McDANIEL and JOHN ROZUM
Art and cover by SCOTT McDANIEL and JONATHAN GLAPION
This book never caught on and many people wondered why it was being published and I'll tell you why? The brilliant, slightly awkward high school student Virgil Hawkins transforms into the cocky electromagnetic hero Static, this in my opinion was Spider-Man for black kids all over the world (before Miles Morales came on the scene). Many black kids don't have a young character they can relate to like white kids can relate to Spider-Man, for obvious reasons, so Static fills a big gap that's been missing in comics; a black, young, smart and cool superhero that they can relate to. Maybe the audience isn't there for Static, but maybe it just needed a different creative team. I do believe this character should have a role somewhere in the DC Universe, maybe as a member of the Teen Titans. I'll be picking this up in trade.
Written by PAUL CORNELL
Art and cover by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA
They are Stormwatch, a dangerous super human police force whose
existence is kept secret from the world, previously known as the Authority? This book I had no interest in from day one. Apollos? We have Superman, why do we need Apollo? Midnighter? We have Batman, why do we need Midnighter? They're gay? Not interested in that aspect of the characters in my comics. They took away Midnighters fondness of whiskey? Why? Martian Manhunter on the team? Wasn't he a valuable member of the Justice League? Anyhow, you get my point, haven't picked it up and I won't start now.