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 by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION
Critically acclaimed as the best book of the New 52,this new incarnation of Batman surpassed everyone's expectations and to put it in plain words; it blew everyone out of the water! Scott Snyder's story is both dark and intricate and he introduces a new villain to the Batman mythos; The Tallons and The Court of Owls. On the other hand, Greg Capullo's art is simply superb and lends itslef perfectly to Snyder's writing. I've been a fan of Capullo since he worked on Spawn so I knew I was following Batman, but even I couldn't imagine how amazing this book has been, and most importantly, every single issue has been perfect.
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art and cover by JESUS SAIZ
I have to admit that I've been a fan of the Birds of Prey for years and I even liked the TV series (as cheesy as it may have been), so as you can imagine, I was on board with this new incarnation of the Birds from day one. But, when I first read issue #1 I was a bit upset for several reasons. First, Oracle was no longer on the team since Barbara is walking now for some miraculous reason and she basically abandoned her role as (quite probably) the most important character in the DC Universe, or at least in the Bat-family. Another major reason that bother me was not having Huntress on the team anymore; especially since she's my favorite female character in any company. That said, I was enjoying it up until the last few issues when, for some reason, they changed the artist not once, but twice! So, as of issue #12 I'm officially dropping Birds of Prey and trust me when I tell you this hurts. At least I have the complete first story arc and I'm also getting the #0 issue. So, instead of getting the new upcoming issues, I'll be getting all of Gail Simone's previous run on Birds of Prey.
Written by TONY BEDARD
Art by IG GUARA and RUY JOSE
This is a series I had very high expectations going into it and ended up being utterly dissapointed. OK, I really like Jaime Reyes' character, I like the Beetle suit and the whole concept of being a living entity and most of all, a living weapon and I very much like the art on this book. What I don't like it the stereotype of having Jaime's friend be a mexican gang member and then have him killed by Jaime? I picked up the first 5 issues of this series and i had no clue what direction they were trying to go with this so I dropped it from my pull list. I'll probably still get the rest of the issues up to #12 at the dollar sales.
Written by J.T. KRUL
Art by FREDDIE WILLIAMS II
OK, I got one thing to say about this book and it's... a CAPTAIN ATOM solo series??? I honestly have no idea why this character had a solo series other than DC wanting to try something outside the box, and I commend them for that but I honestly don't think Captain Atom has enough of an audience to keep this book afloat. The art on the cover looks really cool but I have no idea how the book looks inside, especially since it's common practice in the comic book industry to have a different art style on the cover than that of the inside. I never picked a single issue of this series and I won't be picking one anytime soon.
Written by JUDD WINICK
Art and cover by GUILLEM MARCH
Now here's another one of my favorites out of this New 52. Catwoman, from writer Judd Winick (BATMAN: UNDER THE HOOD) and artist Guillem March (GOTHAM CITY SIRENS) was recieved with mixed emotions because of the "sexual content" and the violence in the book. The series also gathered some bad press thanks to FOX News who ran a news report on the content of this book and the reaction of middle age kids, when obviously this book is strictly for ADULTS! This book is chuck full of action, intrigue, surprises and is an overall super fun ride. With that said, I've loved this book from issue #1 and I'm still very much on board.
Written by PAUL JENKINS
Art by BERNARD CHANG
It was supposed to be the start of a new series spotlighting some of the DC Universes’s most exciting super heroes and instead ended up being a boring look at one of the most boring characters in the DC Universe; Deadman. Straight from the pages of BRIGHTEST DAY, in a five-issue story where the body-hopping hero meets his match in a new foe who wants to make sure the souls that Deadman helps out go straight to Hell, I ended up dropping this book after the first issue. It was utterly boring and it left me with a sour taste of disenchantment towards what could've possibly been my favorite book out of the New 52.
Written by KYLE HIGGINS
Art and cover by EDDY BARROWS and JP MAYER
Dick Grayson flies high once more as Nightwing in a new series from hot new writer Kyle Higgins (BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM) and I couldn't be more excited about it! Mix Haley’s Circus, the big top where Dick once performed, bringing with it murder, mystery and superhuman evil add not one, but two romantic interests, an acrobat assassin looking for Dick Grayson and not for Nightwing and then join in on the Night of the Owls event. What do you get? One hell of a great book! Kyle Higgins has written a remarkable story and Eddie Borrows is killing it on the art chores. This is a must have for any Batman fan!
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art and cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
No sooner has Batman’s former sidekick, Jason Todd, put his past as the Red Hood behind him than he finds himself cornered by a pair of modern day outlaws: Green Arrow’s rejected sidekick Arsenal, the damaged soldier of fortune, and the alien Starfire, a former prisoner of intergalactic war who won’t be chained again. As a loner, Jason has absolutely no interest in this motley crew of outlaws. So what’s he going to do when they choose the Red Hood as their leader? With a premise like that, Lodbell writting the book and Rocafort destroying on art, you owe it to yourself to pick this book. I'll admit I haven't been picking this up but I'll be getting the trade.
Written by MICHAEL GREEN and MIKE JOHNSON
Art and cover by MAHMUD ASRAR
Meet Supergirl. She’s got the unpredictable behavior of a teenager, the same powers as Superman – and none of his affection for the people of Earth. This book is the best depiction of the character that I've ever read; period. Green and Johnson do a great job of showing the reader that Kara is an alien and she doesn't understand what's going on all around her. She don't know who Clark Kent is and she doesn't care about Earth. On top of that, she is as powerful as Supes? Oh man have I been loving this book or what. Plus, the art is simply beautiful!
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art and cover by CLIFF CHIANG
I've never been into the character of Wonder Woman for one reason or the other. Probably it's because it's hard to feel for a woman who can't really get hurt and is almost as strong as Superman. Or maybe it could be that there hasn't been many great stories told about the character on a consistent basis for me to catch onto a series. Whatever the case may be, I've never picked a WW title on a regular basis. This book isn't the exception. What IS an exception is that this book is actually a great one! Azzarello is doing an amazing job of showing us that Wonder Woman is an amazon and that she's a warrior. With that said, I'll be picking this up in trade as well.
Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art and cover by MORITAT
This is a book I wasn't interested in whatsoever, even though it's one of the most critically acclaimed books in the New 52 across the board. Jonah Hex has a lot of fan love and with Gray, Palmiotti and Moritat at the helm, everyone knew this was going to be a very special run on the character. I only became interested in the title when I saw a page illustrated by Moritat that depicted two characters I've never seen before and I found incredibly appealing; Nighthawk and Cinnamon. I picked the book for as long as they were on it and dropped the book when they stop appearing in it. I'm hoping the come back soon and I'll be there to buy the issues.
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
The superstar creators from BLACKEST NIGHT and BRIGHTEST DAY reunite to take AQUAMAN to amazing new depths! A character that's been the joke of the DC Universe for the past ten years finally gets his chance to shine! Johns is finally making Aquaman cool and Ivan Reis' artwork is sharp as a razor! Despite it being so cool, I still didn't pick this book. Maybe I'll buy the trade in the future.
Written by DAVID FINCH
Art by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
I was picking up David Finch's The Dark Knight since before the New 52 and really liked it, so of course i started picking it up when it relaunched in the New 52. I've always been a fan of Finch's art but I have to admit, it hasn't been up to par with this new series. The story hasn't been great either, especially since they've decided to incorporate the video games continuity and not the regular DC continuity. I still got the first 6 issues and I'm sure I'll be getting issues #7-#12 and at least complete the first story arcs, but I don't think I'll get anymore beyond that unless they make some radical changes on the book; art and otherwise.