All right, big changes are coming to DC Universe in an effort to condense their ever-so-convoluted history and attract new readers with a simple and safe, #1. A lot of characters are getting new back stories, different histories, and some might not even exist anymore! Needless to say many, many comic book fans are freaking the fuck out. Unless you only woke up from a coma, like 20 minutes ago, you haven’t heard the apocalyptic news that DC is rebooting their universe. Well, reboot might not be a fair word. Relaunch? Revamp? Shake-up? Slight alteration of everything just enough to piss off your die-hard fans? Yeah, it’s something like that.
Of course this isn’t the only time DC decided change was needed. There’s a reason we refer to certain eras in comics as ‘golden’ or ‘silver’, they predominately refer to differences in characters and stories as they reflect their time period. We’re entering a new age now and it’s exciting, thrilling and a little disconcerting.
Listed here, all in one handy post is every new #1 title beginning in September in the post-Flashpoint DCU. Their covers, their quick solicits and a few snarky comments from myself. I admit now I am no DC expert, just a fan. And there are going to be some books I’ll have little to say about, others I could probably devote an entire post to, but I’ll try an keep ’em short. If I don’t share the same concerns you do about a title or I just say little about your favorite new book please, please, please share your thoughts and feel free to contradict me in the comments section. On to the books!
JUSTICE LEAGUE #1
Written by GEOFF JOHNS, art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS.
On sale AUGUST 31 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US RATED T • Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee make history! In a universe where super heroes are strange and new, Batman has discovered a dark evil that requires him to unite the World Greatest Heroes! This spectacular debut issue is also offered as a special combo pack edition, polybagged with a redemption code for a digital download of the issue.
I think this sounds solid. We’re going to be introduced to our favorite heroes as younger, more inexperienced people and with the team of Johns and Lee, it’ll rock. They want to put their best foot forward with this book, this’ll be the title that introduces new fans to the core of DCU. It’s great to see Cyborg being included in such an iconic group, too. They’re starting out strong with their whole plan to diversify the DCU. We’ll just see how long that plan continues…
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #1
Written by DAN JURGENS, art by AARON LOPRESTI and MATT RYAN. On sale SEPTEMBER 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
With the growing presence of super beings around the world, the United Nations resolves to create a new group called Justice League International. Batman, Booster Gold, Green Lantern Guy Gardner, August General in Iron, Fire, Ice, Vixen and Rocket Red are charged with promoting unity and trust – but can they reach that goal without killing each other first?
Because one Justice League apparently isn’t enough. And Batman gets to be on both teams? Really that makes no sense, everyone knows Batman’s a terrible team player. It’s good to see some of these characters featured in this book, considering some are losing their own. ::cough:: Booster Gold ::cough:: Plus, damn, four woman on this team?! Four?! And one of of them is a black chick?! I gotta say, I’m impressed DC. Two for two.
Written by GEOFF JOHNS, art and cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO. On sale SEPTEMBER 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The superstar creators from BLACKEST NIGHT and BRIGHTEST DAY reunite to take AQUAMAN to amazing new depths! Aquaman has renounced the throne of Atlantis – but the sea will not release Arthur Curry so easily. Now, from a forgotten corner of the ocean emerges… The Trench! A broken race of creatures that should not exist, an unspeakable need driving them, The Trench will be the most talked-about new characters in the DC Universe!
Dude, look how fierce Aquaman is lookin’ on this cover! This is one of the titles I’m most excited for. Johns has done magical things to the Green Lantern titles, I loved Blackest Night and Brightest Day wasn’t the worst series I’ve read. I cannot wait to see what the guys bring to Aquaman, a character really deserving of his own kick ass series. He’s King of the seas…well, maybe he won’t be anymore but he can still breath under water and talk to marine life, and that’s baller. Hush all you Aqua-haters!
WONDER WOMAN #1
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, art and cover by CLIFF CHIANG. On sale SEPTEMBER 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The Gods walk among us. To them, our lives are playthings. Only one woman would dare to protect humanity from the wrath of such strange and powerful forces. But is she one of us – or one of them?
Has this woman had a rough year or what? Her television hopes are dashed and she was already rebooted by J. Michael Straczynski and got a whole new fancy outfit from Jim Lee only a year ago. An outfit with pants! And apparently pants are something DC would like to see all of their women in as they begin dressing them in more practical clothing. Again, we’ll see how that turns out. But this Wonder Woman solicit leaves a lot to the imagination, and I’m sure they don’t have every plot completely nailed just yet. What will be awesome? Artwork from Cliff Chiang, this book’ll be beautiful!
THE FLASH #1
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO, art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL. On sale SEPTEMBER 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The Fastest Man Alive returns to his own monthly series from the writer/artist team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato! The Flash knows he can’t be everywhere at once, but what happens when he faces an all-new villain who really can! As if that’s not bad enough, this villain is a close friend!
Fairly certain this Flash is Barry Allen, no word yet on the whereabouts of Wally West or Bart Allen or Jay Garick. Should we put out a missing persons ad? This won’t be the first title that has me wondering where some characters are, but that’s what we should expect, missing people. Any thoughts on who this villain is? I’m not to up to speed on my Flash comics (Ha! Yeah, you see what I did there.) but somehow I doubt this is Zoom or someone we’ve seen before.
CAPTAIN ATOM #1
Written by J.T. KRUL, art by FREDDIE WILLIAMS II, cover by STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU. On sale SEPTEMBER 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Charged by nuclear energy, possessing vast molecular powers, Captain Atom has the potential to be a literal god among men – a hero without limits. But the question is: Will he lose himself in the process? Don’t miss the start of a legend from writer J.T. Krul (GREEN ARROW, TEEN TITANS) and artist Freddie Williams II (JSA ALL-STARS)!
Correct if I’m wrong, but I believe this is the first time Atom is gettingh is own series. Which I fully support, Atom may be a character I know little about but I know he should at least get a book when guys like Batman have a half dozen. And I haven’t completely hated what Krul has been doing on Green Arrow.
THE FURY OF FIRESTORM #1
Written by ETHAN VAN SCIVER and GAIL SIMONE, art by YILDIRAY CINAR, cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER. On sale SEPTEMBER 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
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. The dark secrets of the murderous Dog Team and its Firestorm Protocol force them to put aside their differences to confront a threat so terrifying that it may lead to a new Cold War! Welcome to a major new vision of nuclear terror from writers Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone with astonishing art by Yildiray Cinar!
Firestorm really grew on me throughout the Brightest Day saga and if one thing will get me to read a comic it’s putting Gail Simone’s name on it. It’s interesting the cover seems to imply there are two Firestorms, I think? And they form one, giant, angry Firestorm? Yeah, it’s not too clear on that aspect.
GREEN ARROW #1
Written by J.T. KRUL, art by DAN JURGENS and NORM RAPMUND, cover by BRETT BOOTH and ROB HUNTER. On sale SEPTEMBER 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Green Arrow is on the hunt. Driven by inner demons, Ollie Queen travels the world and brings outlaws to justice…by breaking every law. Now, armed with cutting-edge weaponry and illegally gained intel (courtesy of his team at QCore), Green Arrow is shooting first and asking questions later.
Like I mentioned above I haven’t completely hated Krul’s run on Green Arrow and I’m happy with him staying on the book. I think the biggest improvement is getting Ollie out of that damn forest! I also would like to know if Mia Dearden, Speedy, will be featured in this book. She’s favorite of mine and I haven’t seen her in forever. Please don’t say she’s another of DC’s missing persons. Also, what the hell is QCore? I figure the ‘Q’ stands for Queen but, huh?
THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #1
Written by TONY S. DANIEL, art and cover by PHILIP TAN. On sale SEPTEMBER 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Carter Hall’s skill at deciphering lost languages has led him to a job with an archaeologist who specializes in alien ruins – but will the doctor’s latest discovery spread an alien plague through New York City? No matter the personal cost, Carter Hall must don his wings and become the new, savage Hawkman to survive! Witness the start of a new action series from writer Tony S. Daniel and artist Philip Tan that will take Hawkman where no hero has flown before!
Another first, Hawkman getting his own series. Is he a strong enough character to pull it off? Hopefully, I like the sounds of mixing in a little Indiana Jones-archaeological stuff. This is one of the solicits that seems most fleshed out so I’m guessing DC has a good grasp on where they want to go with this character. My concern? What the hell happened to Hawkgirl? She was oh-so-unnecessarily killed-off…again, in Brightest Day but I want to see her return in this book eventually. She has to, right? They’re forever fated lovers or some jazz.
MISTER TERRIFIC #1
Written by ERIC WALLACE, art by ROGER ROBINSON, cover by J.G. JONES. On sale SEPTEMBER 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
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 from Eric Wallace (TITANS) and Roger Robinson! Michael Holt is the head of a successful high-tech corporation and an institute that recruits and encourages the finest minds of the next generation to excel. As Mister Terrific he inhabits a world of amazement few others know exists, let alone can comprehend.
I’ve got to admit I know jack shit about Mr. Terrific except that he has may have the most concieted name in DC. Terrific? He better be. What I appreciate is DC giving a black character his own ongoing series, that’s a big win.
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #1
Written by PAUL JENKINS, art by BERNARD CHANG, cover by RYAN SOOK. On sale SEPTEMBER 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
It’s the start of a new series spotlighting some of the DC Universes’s most exciting super heroes! First up is Deadman, straight from the pages of BRIGHTEST DAY, in a five-issue epic 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!
This is one of the most intriguing and brilliant titles DC has announced. An ongoing series that will feature a rotating roster of characters as well as creators.It’s a title you can add or drop as you please depending on who’s writing, illustrating or starring and I like that idea. Fresh thinking, DC.
ACTION COMICS #1
Written by GRANT MORRISON, art by RAGS MORALES and RICK BRYANT, cover by RAGS MORALES. On sale SEPTEMBER 7 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
The one and only Grant Morrison (ALL-STAR SUPERMAN) returns to Superman, joined by sensational artist Rags Morales (IDENTITY CRISIS), to bring you tales of The Man of Steel unlike any you’ve ever read! This extra-sized debut issue is the cornerstone of the entire DC Universe!
A lot of people we’re seriously pissed Action Comics and Detective Comics are being renumbered. Like, a lot. I’m not one of them because, really what’s in a number? Action Comics #1, the one where Superman is introduced will still be that milestone comic. Besides, they’ve got Grant Morrison working on this so you know it’ll be epic. Maybe not great, but epic. But, what the hell is Superman wearing? Was it casual day at the office? Seriously, Supes, you’ve looked much better.
Written by GEORGE PEREZ, breakdowns and cover by GEORGE PEREZ, art by JESUS MERINO. On sale SEPTEMBER 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The new adventures of Superman begin here! What is The Man of Steel’s startling new status quo? How does it affect Lois Lane and The Daily Planet? There’s no time for answers now, because Superman must stop a monstrous threat to Metropolis – one that he somehow is the cause of!
Are Clark and Lois no longer married? That’s a lot of people’s suspicions, mine included. Which is sad, they really were like the Paul and Linda of comics. Or like Peter and Mary Jane, oh wait, yeah…, as long as DC doesn’t have their marriage end because of some deal with the devil to save Ma Kent, I’ll be okay. If they’re single again we’ll get more bumbling Clark and Lois being the best reporter to not get that the dude with the glasses is also Earth’s mightiest champion. Also, where the hell is Jimmy Olson #1?! Anyone?
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL, art by RB SILVA and ROB LEAN, cover by ERIC CANETE. On sale SEPTEMBER 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
They thought he was just an experiment – and a failed one at that! Grown from a combination of Kryptonian and human DNA, the Clone was no more than a set of data to the scientists of Project N.O.W.H.E.R.E. But when the scope of his stunning powers was revealed, he became a deadly weapon! Now the question is: Can a clone develop a conscience?
I’m mostly familiar with his version of Superboy from the recent Young Justice cartoon. And that’s cool, but really, I only like Superman because I feel I’m required to, so his clone is only so interesting to me. Will he have Krypto in this series? Please tell me they haven’t erased Krypto!
Written by MICHAEL GREEN and MIKE JOHNSON, art and cover by MAHMUD ASRAR. On sale SEPTEMBER 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
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. So don’t piss her off!
Oooh, angry teenager with the power of a god. This could be interesting but I’m not too sure how this differs from Superboy other than she’s a girl and not a clone. Whatever, on those points alone I would read this over Superboy. So shoot me, I’m gender biased and I’m allowed to be as there are so few women being showcased in this relaunch. I also noticed she’s not wearing pants, which is all right, this outfit is classy.
DETECTIVE COMICS #1
Written by TONY S. DANIEL, art by TONY S. DANIEL and RYAN WINN, cover by TONY S. DANIEL. On sale SEPTEMBER 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
DC’s flagship title is relaunched for the first time ever, with new Batman adventures from acclaimed writer/ artist Tony S. Daniel! A killer called The Gotham Ripper is on the loose on Batman’s home turf – leading The Dark Knight on a deadly game of cat and mouse.
I was loving Dick Grayson as Batman, I really was. It was thrilling to read a different man in the cowl, and it was great to have it be someone we knew and loved as well as the original Robin. But making Bruce the one and only goddamn Batman, well that’s just spectacular. How can you not be excited to have Batman back in Gotham again, prowling the rooftops. No more time-traveling, no more globe-trotting to make more Batmen (except, Batman Inc. will continue, still kind of confused on how).
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, art by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION, cover by GREG CAPULLO. On sale SEPTEMBER 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Be here for the start of a new era for The Dark Knight from writer Scott Snyder (AMERICAN VAMPIRE, BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM) and artist Greg Capullo (Spawn)! A series of brutal killings hints at an ancient conspiracy, and Batman learns that Gotham City is deadlier than he knew.
If I had to pick a Batman book to read this would be it. Scott Snyder has been doing some fucking brilliant work on ‘Tec , Gates of Gotham is shaping up to be an amazing mini involving the whole Bat-family, and American Vampire, have you read any of that? Crazy, good shit. Like I said early he’s been handling Dick Batman (Hahaha! Oh, can we call him Dick Batman forever now?) wonderfully so reading what he does with Bruce, this is going to be a fantastic book.
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #1
Written by DAVID FINCH, art by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND, cover by DAVID FINCH. On sale SEPTEMBER 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The Dark Knight struggles against a deadly – yet strangely familiar – foe in this phenomenal debut issue from superstar writer/artist David Finch (BRIGHTEST DAY, ACTION COMICS)! As a mysterious figure slinks through the halls of Arkham Asylum, Batman must fight his way through a gauntlet of psychos, and Bruce Wayne faces the unexpected legal ramifications of Batman Incorporated!
Clearly this is 100% David Finch’s book, his name is all over it! What can I really say about this? It’s another Batman book, story sounds good, art looks good. You’re probably looking at a safe bet here for a solid Batman book. The question is, how many Bat-books do you want to be reading come September?
BATMAN AND ROBIN #1
Written by PETER J. TOMASI, art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY. On sale SEPTEMBER 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Battling evil with his son, Damian, at his side, Batman now realizes that the hardest part of the job may be trying to work together! As Batman and Robin try to adjust to their new partnership, a figure emerges from Bruce Wayne’s past: His name is NoBody, and he’s not happy that Batman Incorporated is shining a light on his own shadowy war against evil…
Another book where Dick Batman ::snicker:: is being replaced by Bruce. But this will be a fascinating book because for the first time we’ll see Bruce interacting with his son, Damien, on a regular basis. Bruce has always played father figure to slews of Robins and Batgirls but this is the first time he’s an actual father. You can’t say this isn’t intriguing.
Written by GAIL SIMONE, art by ARDIAN SYAF and VICENTE CIFUENTES, cover by ADAM HUGHES. On sale SEPTEMBER 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Yes, it’s really happening! Barbara Gordon is back as Batgirl – and she’s going to have to face the city’s most horrifying new villains as well as the dark secrets from her past. You won’t want to miss this stunning debut issue from fan-favorite BIRDS OF PREY writer Gail Simone!
Okay, this comic is the HUGE elephant in the room. Everyone has an opinion on this book. Some feel betrayed Oracle is being displaced. And rightfully so, Oracle was an incredible role model and a great representative of the disabled. Now she can walk again, eek, you can see how this is a touchy subject. (To read an eye-opening interview with Gail Simone by The Nerdy Bird, Jill Pantozzi, click here.) I can’t help but be excited to read Barbara as Batgirl, though. She is the Batgirl we often see in any other medium, particularly cartoons, but I’ve never read much of her in the cape and cowl. It’ll be written by Gail Simone which gives me a lot of confidence in the book.
What happens to the other Batgirls, Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown? I hope they don’t erase them as they’re great characters. The biggest disappointment is we won’t have Steph as Batgirl anymore, which I was loving! There better show up somewhere DC or I’m calling lie on the whole diversify thing.
Written by J.H. WILLIAMS III and W. HADEN BLACKMAN, art and cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III. On sale SEPTEMBER 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
At last! Batwoman’s new series begins, from the multiple award-winning creative team of J.H. Williams III and Haden Blackman! In “Hydrology,” part 1 of 5, Batwoman faces deadly new challenges in her war against Gotham City’s underworld – and new trials in her life as Kate Kane. Who or what is stealing children from the barrio, and for what vile purpose? Will Kate train her cousin, Bette Kane (a.k.a. Flamebird), as her new sidekick? How will she handle unsettling revelations about her father, Colonel Jacob Kane? How is she dealing with the supposed drowning of her sister, the villain known as Alice? And why is a certain government agency suddenly taking an interest in her? The road to the answers begins here!
Finally! Fans have only been waiting for this issue for about a year! I covered a while ago how this title was constantly being pushed back with the final push being to this September. Now we learn it was part of this relaunch. I was excited for this when I picked up issue #0 in November, I’m still excited. Don’t dissapoint, DC, you’ve left us hanging for a long freakin’ time.
Written by KYLE HIGGINS, art and cover by EDDY BARROWS and JP MAYER. On sale SEPTEMBER 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Dick Grayson flies high once more as Nightwing in a new series from hot new writer Kyle Higgins (BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM)! And as he embraces his destiny, Haley’s Circus, the big top where Dick once performed, returns to Gotham City – bringing with it murder, mystery and superhuman evil. Nightwing must confront his past, among former friends and enemies from his circus days, while uncovering a much greater evil!
Mentioned earlier how reading Dick Batman had turned me into a Dick Grayson fan. Well, obviously I’m gonna be all over this series. There is something fun and freeing about the Nightwing persona. The red is a little more sinister, which is interesting, we’ll have to see how they work that in. Right now he looks like Batwoman’s sidekick or something.
Written by JUDD WINICK, art and cover by GUILLEM MARCH. On sale SEPTEMBER 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Meet Catwoman. She’s addicted to the night. Addicted to shiny objects. Addicted to Batman. Most of all, Catwoman is addicted to danger. She can’t help herself, and the truth is – she doesn’t want to. She’s good at being bad, and very bad at being good. Find out more about what makes Catwoman tick in this new series from writer Judd Winick (BATMAN: UNDER THE HOOD) and artist Guillem March (GOTHAM CITY SIRENS)!
If you’ve been reading Gotham City Sirens you already know they’ve been leading to a split between the girls, which I find kinda sad. I liked the concept of the three villainous palling around, trying to live the good life. It was like the evil Birds of Prey. It was unfortunate Paul Dini rarely wrote for the book as the series was advertised with his name attached. But I have high hopes for each of these women in their separate books. Catwoman’s the only one with a solo, but eh, that’s not surprising. What is surprising is how stupid this solicit reads. Catwoman’s a Bat-junkie, good to know. And the cover? Sure, it’s sexy but anyone else think it’s dumb she’s pouring diamonds down her chest and off the roof? No? Yeah, you’re all looking at her tits. Hey, at least she’s wearing pants.
Written by JUDD WINICK, art and cover by BEN OLIVER. On sale SEPTEMBER 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Africa, a land of beauty – and of great horror. A land of creation and conflict. It is in desperate need of a defender, and 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. Meet Batwing, the Batman of Africa!
This title springs out of Batman Inc. It’s the first time ever there will be a black Batman operative such as this and that’s awesome. It’ll be interesting what kinds of stories they’ll tell with a setting like Africa. Also, Africa’s a big place. Does he seriously patrol the whole continent? And the name? Yeah, it sounds silly, like some weird love-child of Batman and Nightwing. Ew.
BIRDS OF PREY #1
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI, art and cover by JESUS SAIZ. On sale SEPTEMBER 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
One is wanted for a murder she didn’t commit. The other is on the run because she knows too much. They are Dinah Laurel Lance and Ev Crawford – a.k.a. Black Canary and Starling – and together, as Gotham City’s covert ops team, they’re taking down the villains other heroes can’t touch. But now they’ve attracted the attention of a grizzled newspaper reporter who wants to expose them, as well as a creepy, chameleon-like strike team that’s out to kill them. Don’t miss the start of this hard-hitting new series from mystery novelist/comics writer Duane Swierczynski (Expiration Date, Cable).
This lineup is weird. I’m not the only one who thinks this, right? Oracle can’t be here, duh, and that’s strange since she has always been the BoP leader. It’s surprising they didn’t include her as Batgirl. What, Batman is the only one who can have multiple solo titles and team books? And whose Starling? Is that Katana? She’s pretty awesome and it’s great to see her in a book. And what Other huge concern,where are Lady Blackhawk and Huntress? This solicit only raised questions. I’m interested but very, very worried.
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #1
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL, art and cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT. On sale SEPTEMBER 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
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? Find out in this hot new series from writer Scott Lobdell (WILDC.A.T.S, Uncanny X-Men), featuring art by rising star Kenneth Rocafort (ACTION COMICS)!
Really? This is an actual book? Were they picking character names out of hat or throwing darts at pictures on the wall? I thought the BoP team was weird, this, this is a weird team. First off, we’re giving Red Hood is own book? Why? (Oh, cause every former Robin is getting a book. Except for Stephanie Brown. Fuck her. -DC) And Arsenal and Starfire? Seriously, this is bizarre. Maybe it’ll be so weird it’s good?
GREEN LANTERN #1
Written by GEOFF JOHNS, art by DOUG MAHNKE and CHRISTIAN ALAMY, cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO, On sale SEPTEMBER 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The red-hot GREEN LANTERN team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Doug Mahnke introduce an unexpected new Lantern.
That’s short. I wouldn’t expect much of the Green Lantern line to change. It’s one of their most popular series, a big, blockbuster movie is coming out in a week, they only want the shiny #1 to attract new readers.
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1
Written by PETER J. TOMASI, art by FERNANDO PASARIN and SCOTT HANNA, cover by DOUG MAHNKE and CHRISTIAN ALAMY. On sale SEPTEMBER 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
When deadly conflicts emerge across the universe, it’s up to Guy Gardner, John Stewart and an elite Green Lantern strike force to keep the peace – or else.
Yup, again, not much change. I’ve started reading more GL books in excitement for the movie, but even these new solicits don’t have my wanting to jump on monthly.
GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #1
Written by TONY BEDARD, art and cover by TYLER KIRKHAM and BATT. On sale SEPTEMBER 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Kyle Rayner has assembled the most powerful team in all the universe, selected from the full spectrum of corps. But can he even keep this volatile group together?
It’s cool Raynor has his own book. I wonder when they’ll reveal these other Guardians. I mean some are kind of obvious, Saint Walker for the Blue Lanterns and is that Arkillo as a Sinestro Corps member?
RED LANTERNS #1
Written by PETER MILLIGAN, art and cover by ED BENES and ROB HUNTER. On sale SEPTEMBER 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Atrocitus and his Red Lantern Corps return in their own series, battling against injustice in the most bloody ways imaginable!
Okay, I lied, I’m kind of interested in this book. All of the other colored Lanterns fascinate me. (Fuck yeah, Dexx-Star!) I would be more excited if Larfleeze, the Orange Lantern was getting his own book, but maybe, one day. Larfleeze is awesome.
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1
Written by PETER MILLIGAN, art by MIKEL JANIN,cover by RYAN SOOK. On sale SEPTEMBER 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The witch known as The Enchantress has gone mad, unleashing forces that not even the combined powers of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg can stop. And if those heroes can’t handle the job, who will stand against this mystical madness? Shade the Changing Man, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Zatanna and John Constantine may be our only hope – but how can we put our trust in beings whose very presence makes ordinary people break out in a cold sweat?
An entire magical team? This could be cool. I feel like the magic characters are getting a big push since Brightest Day. It’s sad to see Zatanna losing her solo series, hopefully she’ll shine here. And really? Justice League Dark? Is it special dark?
SWAMP THING #1
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, art and cover by YANICK PAQUETTE. On sale SEPTEMBER 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
One of the world’s most iconic characters has returned to the heart of the DC Universe, and every step he takes will shake the foundations of the Earth! Alec Holland has his life back…but the Green has plans for it. A monstrous evil is rising in the desert, and it’ll take a monster of another kind to defend life as we know it!
Swamp Thing is back. I know little about him except the basic premise: he’s no longer human, crazy science experiment, had his consciousness duplicated by planerians or some crazyness and now he’s a living vegetable. Oh, and he was in love with this girl and grew her a psychedelic tuber which she ate and imagined they had sex. Will there be more stuff like that in this book? Please say yes, Scott Snyder.
ANIMAL MAN #1
Written by JEFF LEMIRE, art by TRAVEL FOREMAN and DAN GREEN, cover by TRAVEL FOREMAN. On sale SEPTEMBER 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Buddy Baker has gone from “super” man to family man – but is he strong enough to hold his family together when Maxine, his young daughter, starts to manifest her own dangerous powers? Find out in this dramatic new series from writer Jeff Lemire (SWEET TOOTH) and artist Travel Foreman (The Immortal Iron Fist).
They are just handing out solo series to anyone they please, aren’t they? Again, another character I know little about and find myself surprised they have their own book. The bit about dealing with his daughter’s newly manifested powers sounds interesting, but not enough to have me reading it monthly.
FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. #1
Written by JEFF LEMIRE, art by ALBERTO PONTICELLI, cover by J.G. JONES. On sale SEPTEMBER 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
It’s Frankenstein as you’ve never seen him before, in a dark new series from acclaimed writer Jeff Lemire (SWEET TOOTH) and artist Alberto Ponticelli (UNKNOWN SOLDIER)! Frankenstein is part of a network of strange beings who work for an even stranger government organization: The Super Human Advanced Defense Executive! But can he protect the world from threats even more horrifying than himself? And since he’s vilified for who and what he is, will he even want to take on this mission?
Frankenstein is a DC character and he’s getting his own book. News to me, but I kind of like the sound of this. If they can make it creepy and compelling I might just pick this one up.
I, VAMPIRE #1
Written by JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV, art by ANDREA SORRENTINO, cover by JENNY FRISON. On sale SEPTEMBER 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
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!
Sounds interesting. I’m honestly kind of sick and tired of vampires now but American Vampire proved new and edgy vamp stories could be told. Will this be one of them? A strangle title to see in the DCU, is Vertigo dead or something?
RESURRECTION MAN #1
Written by DAN ABNETT and ANDY LANNING, art by FERNANDO DAGNINO, cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO. On sale SEPTEMBER 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
It’s the return of Mitch Shelly – and he’s still dead. Resurrection Man can’t stay dead for long, though – and with each rebirth comes new and unexpected powers. But his many returns have not gone unnoticed, and forces are gathering to learn what’s so special about him – and to see which of them will finally stop Resurrection Man dead.
Okay, you guys are just making up characters now, aren’t you? This guys gets a book but Power Girl doesn’t?
DEMON KNIGHTS #1
Written by PAUL CORNELL, art by DIOGENES NEVES and OCLAIR ALBERT, cover by TONY S. DANIEL. On sale SEPTEMBER 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
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! It’ll take more than their own power to stop an army fueled by bloodlust and dark sorcery, and some very surprising heroes – and villains – will have no choice but to join the fray!
This sounds awesome. Medieval super heroes?! I’m there. Plus it’s written by Paul Cornell and if you had a chance to read Knight & Squire you know he can produce really interesting and innovative tales. And Etrigan, that can be fun.
Written by PAUL CORNELL, art and cover by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA, On sale SEPTEMBER 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
They are Stormwatch, a dangerous super human police force whose existence is kept secret from the world Directly following the ominous events of SUPERMAN #1, Adam One leads half the Stormwatch team to recover the [INFORMATION REDACTED] from deep in the Himalayas. Meanwhile, Jack Hawksmoor and the rest of the Stormwatch crew look to recruit two of the deadliest super humans on the planet: Midnighter and Apollo! And if they say no? Perhaps the Martian Manhunter can change their minds…
Apparently this is was a Wildstorm title, or at least contains a lot of Wildstorm bits. Don’t know anything about them, but I do like Martian Manhunter and was a little upset to not see him in the Justice League line-up. Plus, another Cornell book. If we learn more about this book I might consider giving it a try. But could this solicit be more vague? DC is really going to have to improve on how they tease their books if they’re hoping to attract new readers.
Written by RON MARZ, art and cover by SAMI BASRI. On sale SEPTEMBER 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Who is Voodoo? Is she hero, villain – or both? Learn the truth about Priscilla Kitaen as she leaves a trail of violence across America. Discover the new DCU through her eyes, because the things she sees are not always what they seem…
Yes, who the hell is Voodoo and why should I care? You haven’t grabbed me with this title or this cover. Though it is a beautiful cover, it’s just kinda vapid.
Written by NATHAN EDMONDSON, art by CAFU, cover by CAFU and BIT. On sale SEPTEMBER 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The DCU’s most wanted man stars in his own series! Cole Cash is a charming grifter few can resist. And yet he’s about to be branded a serial killer when he begins hunting and exterminating inhuman creatures hidden in human form – creatures only he can see! Can the biggest sweet talker of all time talk his way out of this one when even his brother thinks he’s gone over the edge?
Another Wildstrorm character coming into the DCU fold, I think. Again, I’ve got no clue who this guy is, but does anyone else think he looks a bit too much like Deadpool?
Written by KYLE HIGGINS, art by JOE BENNETT and ART THIBERT, cover by SIMON BISLEY. On sale SEPTEMBER 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
“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. Kyle Higgins (BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM) and Joe Bennett (TEEN TITANS) team up to bring you the finest in mayhem and gore.
Another character where I’m like, really, you’re own series? I like Kyle Higgins for Gates of Gotham but I think even he couldn’t make me excited for this series. Maybe they’re choosing these random characters for solo series because new readers won’t recognize them as weird choices? Maybe.
SUICIDE SQUAD #1
Written by ADAM GLASS, art by MARCO RUDY, cover by RYAN BENJAMIN. On sale SEPTEMBER 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
They’re a team of death-row super villains recruited by the government to take on missions so dangerous – they’re sheer suicide! Harley Quinn! Deadshot! King Shark! Defeated and imprisoned, they’re being interrogated about their mission – and about who’s pulling the strings behind this illegal operation. Who will be the first to crack under the pressure?
You may have noticed I haven’t had too much to say about the last few solicits. They just involve characters I couldn’t really give a damn about. But this one, this one involves Harley Quinn, a character I hold very near and dear. And what the fuck did they do to her!? Remember when I mentioned DC was aiming for more practical clothing for female characters. You know, sensible things like pants. Well, let me let you in on a secret DC, these are not pants. That is not a shirt. This is not Harley Quinn! Ivy and Catwoman seemed to have survived GCS fairly intact but what the hell happened here. She looks like a goth-reject, Hot Topic, Insane Clown Posse groupie. Where’s the mirth? Where’s the gleeful if not psychotic fun? This is ugly, impractical, and hell, borderline offensive.
I don’t have issue with someone showing a little skin, a girl like Harley would have the nice body and be proud to show it off (particularly for Mr. J, who I see no mention of and that also seriously pissed me off). But no goverment operative, not matter how crazy, would be working wearing this. Again, I ask you, what is so terrible about her original, skin tight leotard that you, DC, feel the need to change it so drastically? Grr, look to see my ongoing essay, The Redesigning of Harley Quinn to be expanded sometime soon.
Secret Six, the book this is supposedly replacing, was way more twisted and fun than this sounds at all. I mean, King Shark, okay, could be fun but Deadshot, really?
Written by DAN DIDIO and KEITH GIFFEN, art and cover by KEITH GIFFEN and SCOTT KOBLISH. On sale SEPTEMBER 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The all-seeing Brother Eye satellite has unleashed a new beast upon the DC Universe in this smashing new series! Kevin Kho has become an unwilling participant in a war between Checkmate and Brother Eye as he is transformed into the One Machine Army Corp known only as O.M.A.C.!
You guys are so hard-pressed to find interesting characters you have to make an O.M.A.C book? The more I go through these books the less and less excited I am by this relaunch. I don’t know, maybe I’m missing something, if that’s the case I beg someone to tell me why I should be reading some of these books come September.
Written by MIKE COSTA, art and cover by KEN LASHLEY.On sale SEPTEMBER 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Welcome to a world waging a new kind of war that’s faster and more brutal than ever before. It’s fought by those who would make the innocent their targets, using computers, smart weapons and laser-guided missiles. The new enemy is hard to find – and closer to home than we think. Between us and them stand the Blackhawks, an elite force of military specialists equipped with the latest in cutting-edge hardware and vehicles. Their mission: Kill the bad guys before they kill us.
I like everything about his title except one thing, where the hell is Zinda, Lady Blackhawk? I was already a little peeved to see her and Huntress no in BoP, so why isn’t she in the book entitles, Blackhawk? This makes me worried she might be a disappearing character.
MEN OF WAR #1
Written by IVAN BRANDON, art by TOM DERENICK, cover by VIKTOR KALVACHEV. On sale SEPTEMBER 7 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T+
On the ground and on the front lines, a young, headstrong soldier known as Joe Rock assumes command of Easy Company – a team of ex-military men turned contractors. Will they survive the battle-scarred landscape carved by the DCU’s Super-Villains? Find out in this explosive new series from Ivan Brandon (Viking, DOC SAVAGE) and Tom Derenick (JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA)!
Awesome, totally awesome and refreshing title from DC. But this is what I fear will happen in this relaunch. Titles like these, about the more unknown characters, how long do we expect them to last? Launching all of these 52 titles at once is going to kill titles like this. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, they are going to overshadow the Mr. Terrifics and Deathstrokes.
ALL-STAR WESTERN #1
Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI, art and cover by MORITAT. On sale SEPTEMBER 28 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T+
Even when Gotham City was just a one-horse town, crime was rampant – and things only get worse when bounty hunter Jonah Hex comes to town. Can Amadeus Arkham, a pioneer in criminal psychology, enlist Hex’s special brand of justice to help the Gotham Police Department track down a vicious serial killer? Find out in this new series from HEX writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, with lush artwork by Moritat (THE SPIRIT)!
Unfortunately I know not a thing about Jonah Hex other than his movie was awful. I’ve heard from so many people though that the current series is golden, so will this new one be a hit, too? The idea of him operating in old-timey Gotham is pretty spectacular.
TEEN TITANS #1
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL, art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND. On sale SEPTEMBER 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
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! They – along with a few other tortured teen heroes – will be the Teen Titans in this new series from writer Scott Lobdell (WILDC.A.T.S, Uncanny X-Men) and artist Brett Booth (JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA)!
Hmm, don’t know how I feel about this description of Wonder Girl. And whose Kid Flash, I noted before we’ve heard nothing about Wally West, but would they really de-age him that far? Lots of questions here. Especially, whose the spider chick? But a thumbs up on the Red Robin costume.
STATIC SHOCK #1
Written by SCOTT McDANIEL and JOHN ROZUM, art and cover by SCOTT McDANIEL and JONATHAN GLAPION. On sale SEPTEMBER 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The brilliant, slightly awkward high school student Virgil Hawkins transforms into the cocky electromagnetic hero Static! A mysterious tragedy forces the Hawkins family to relocate from Dakota to New York City! Virgil embarks upon new adventures in a new high school and a new internship at S.T.A.R. Labs! As Static, he dons a new uniform and establishes a new secret headquarters! But is he ready to take on the new villains who lurk in New York City’s underworld?
This title was annouced not to long after Dwayne McDuffie’s death and I’m stoked to see it actually come to fruition. Static in his own series is fantastic. Moving him to NYC is a fun too, I’m excited to see where this series goes.
HAWK AND DOVE #1
Written by STERLING GATES, art and cover by ROB LIEFELD. On sale SEPTEMBER 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Hank Hall is not happy. He’s not happy to have Dawn Granger as a new partner in his war on crime. He’s not happy that she’s dating the ghostly Super Hero, Deadman. He’s not happy to learn that someone is trying to plunge the United States into a new civil war! Now it’s up to Hawk and Dove to root out the forces behind this conflict and stop them before they turn the U.S. into a wasteland! And who is the monster lurking in the shadows, watching Hawk and Dove from afar? Find out in this new series from Sterling Gates (FLASHPOINT: KID FLASH LOST) and artist Rob Liefeld (X-Force, Youngblood)!
For as many flaws as Brightest Day had, I really enjoyed the relationship between Deadman and Dove. Maybe just because it was so off-beat, but I liked it. Of course at the end of Brightest Day, Deadman was dead again so I’m interested to see what this relationship is like now. Does Deadman costantly jump into Hank’s body because that could be hilarious as well as really weird. Plus it’s nice to see someone from Birds of Prey getting their own title.
BLUE BEETLE #1
Written by TONY BEDARD, art by IG GUARA and RUY JOSE, cover by TYLER KIRKHAM and SAL REGLA. On sale SEPTEMBER 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
It’s not easy being Jaime Reyes. He has to deal with high school, family and all the drama that comes with being a teenager. Also, he’s linked to a powerful scarab created by an alien race known as the Reach who seek to subjugate planets – or annihilate them. It’s up to one teen hero to turn this instrument of destruction into a force for good.
What fantastic news! Jaime is still the Blue Beetle. Not only is it a win for their goal of diversifying the DCU, he’s a fun, young character who kids are already familiar with from Batman: Brave and the Bold. This is a title you use to attract new and younger readers.
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #1
Written by PAUL LEVITZ, art by FRANCIS PORTELA, cover by KARL KERSCHL. On sale SEPTEMBER 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The Legion of Super-Heroes has been decimated by the worst disaster in its history. Now, the students of the Legion Academy must rise to the challenge of helping the team rebuild – but a threat of almost unstoppable power is rising at the edge of Dominator space, and if the new recruits fail, the Legion Espionage Squad may be the first casualties in a war that could split worlds in half!
Of course, were ending with two titles I know diddly-squat about. And unfortunately for them, these solicits really aren’t enticing me to read. I know the Legion is a huge group of super-powered teens in the future, and Supergirl hung out with them for a while. And they have weird names like Princess Projecta or some crazy shit. Sorry, pass.
LEGION LOST #1
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA, art and cover by PETE WOODS. On sale SEPTEMBER 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Seven heroes from the 31st century have traveled back to the present day. Their mission: Save their future from annihilation. But when the future tech they brought with them fails, they find themselves trapped in a nightmarish world that, for them, is the ultimate struggle to survive! Don’t miss the start of this all-new LEGION series illustrated by Pete Woods – fresh off his spectacular run on ACTION COMICS – who is joined by writer Fabian Nicieza (RED ROBIN)!
Good creative team, series I don’t give a damn about. Sorry. But the fish out of water scenario makes this one sound a little more interesting than the previous.
Whew! Why didn’t any tell me 52 new series is a lot of new fuckin’ issues. I’m spent. And for all this work, every one of these series, of which am I adding to my pull list?
Justice League, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, DC Universe Presents (depending on the team and topic, not the first Deadman series, though.), Batman, Batgirl, Batwoman, Nightwing, Birds of Prey.
Only nine series made the cut. Now of course there will be mini series and other titles that will come and be added over time. But of this relaunch these are the ones I’m willing the spend my hard earned cash on monthly. There are definetely other titles here I’m interested in, but they’ll have to wait till their in trade.
What looks good to your?