52 pick-up

Six new books will join DC Comics this May as part of what they are billing as the “Second Wave” of the New 52. Six current books are also getting the axe. BLACKHAWKS, HAWK AND DOVE, MEN OF WAR, MISTER TERRIFIC, O.M.A.C. and STATIC SHOCK, will all wrap up this April with their 8th issue. Bob Harras, DC Entertainment Editor-in-Chief, says “Many of the characters from our canceled books will appear in DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 titles, and in some very surprising ways. We’re developing stories that reach from cultures around the globe to parallel worlds. We’re just getting started.

What will replace them? Well, according to Harras it’s all about world building. A variety of creative teams crossing over a few genres and themes to expand the companies new continuity. Here’s the official run down of the six new titles via DC Comics official blog, The Source:

BATMAN INCORPORATED – Writer: Grant Morrison. Artist: Chris Burnham. The acclaimed ongoing writer of ACTION COMICS, Grant Morrison, presents a fresh take on BATMAN INCORPORATED, in which the Batman brand is franchised globally in preparation for a major international threat.

EARTH 2 – Writer: James Robinson. Artist: Nicola Scott. The greatest heroes on a parallel Earth, the Justice Society combats threats that will set them on a collision course with other worlds.

WORLDS’ FINEST – Writer: Paul Levitz. Artists: George Perez and Kevin Maguire. Stranded on our world from a parallel reality, Huntress and Power Girl struggle to find their way back to Earth 2. Perez and Maguire will be the artists on alternating story arcs.

DIAL H – Writer: China Miéville. Artist: Mateus Santoluoco. The first ongoing series from acclaimed novelist China Miéville, this is a bold new take on a cult classic concept about the psychological effects on an everyman who accidentally gains powers to become a hero.

G.I. COMBAT – Writer: J.T. Krul. Artist: Ariel Olivetti. Featuring the return of a classic DC Comics series, THE WAR THAT TIME FORGOT, along with rotating back-up stories and creative teams – including THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER, with writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and artist Dan Panosian; and THE HAUNTED TANK, with writer John Arcudi and artist Scott Kolins.

THE RAVAGERS – Writer: Howard Mackie. Artist: Ian Churchill. Spinning off from TEEN TITANS and SUPERBOY, this series finds four superpowered teens on the run and fighting against the organization that wants to turn them into supervillains.

Damn it, I was just starting to ‘get’ O.M.A.C. and they go and cancel it. The only other book I am going to miss is MEN OF WAR, but I guess G.I. COMBAT will fill that void and by the sounds of it in weird war tales kind of way which could be good. If DC is rolling out the parallel earths to bring back the JSA and give Power Girl a real job rather than being a background character to Mr. Terrific, then I can support this. Grant Morrison will finally get to finish off his whole Batman Inc insanity and DC can add yet another Bat-book to cash in on.

I’ll say this much, it does look like an interesting addition to their new universe. The creative teams look nice and solid (I can not wait to see Kevin Maguire draw Power Girl again) and I am very interested in seeing how they try and update DIAL H for the umpteenth time, good luck China Miéville, whoever you are. I also wonder what they will replace THE RAVAGERS with when they cancel it to make room for wave 3. So many questions!

Hit the jump to check out some teaser images from Batman Incorporated and Dial H.


And it’s not just the lack of underwear on the outside.

The rumor mill about Zack Snyder‘s upcoming Superman reboot The Man of Steel churns. Star Henry Cavill sat down with the The Washington Examiner and leaked out a little info recently. So how similar is the movie reboot to the comic relaunch?

“When that came out, everyone went, ‘Arrhhh! Everything’s changed.’ It’s part of the evolution of the character. There is a modernization to it, and certainly our style is making him easier to associate with because it’s pretty tough to associate with an invulnerable alien.”

Well, we know that in both the red trunks are gone and the suit is ‘Kryptonian Armor’ and not something Ma Kent sewed together, however I am uncertain how similar the new movie and, say Grant Morrison‘s current run on Action Comics, can be beyond the lack of red manties on the man of steel. The movie has been in development for a couple of years so how much of the new comic continuity could be included? Granted, with the critical and sales success of the new comic version of the big blue boy scout, a little overlap might be a good idea.

Apparently, Man of Steel isn’t the first time Cavill has been up for the role either. He was short listed when McG was still in charge of Superman Returns, only to be ousted for Brandon Routh when Bryan Singer came onboard.

“It’s actually been proven that just because I didn’t get Superman then doesn’t mean that I can’t get Superman now. You can’t let [losing a part] get you down. You’ve got to look at the positives. I got to meet with Warner Bros. and everyone there. It’s beneficial, really.”

Lastly, and most importantly, how fan reaction matters to him personally on this version of the first real superhero.

“There are a lot of people who have dedicated their life to loving this character. … Their opinion does matter. I’ve done my research on the source material. I have my opinions on the various bits and bobs, but sometimes there will be a little gem out there about one of the books, and I’ll say to myself, ‘Yeah. That’s a good point.’”

Not to put a fine point on it, but that last little bit there sets my comic fan side at ease. Are we set up for something new with The Man of Steel? Defiantly, but as I was with the ‘New 52’ I am cautiously optimistic. Do I miss the red underpants? Yes, I think we all do.

We’ve been up and down DC’s New 52, the comic publishers make or break reboot/relaunch/rewhatever. It was a bold move meant to re-energize says for the company, maybe even the industry. So how has it preformed? Um, better than my cynical ass thought it would, and I was mostly on board for it.

DC comics has released some interesting sales numbers. Over the past 6 weeks, the New 52 has sold 5 million copies, that’s about 75,000 on the average for each book. 5 freakin million comic books, making this past month and a half the best they’ve done in about 20 years. That means its on par with the monster events like Batman’s “Knightfall”, the “DC vs Marvel” crossover and, yes, even the much hyped “Death of Superman” story line.

From The Source, the official DC Comics blog:

How many comic books are we talking about? With New York Comic Con kicking off tonight, let’s look to some of New York’s famous landmarks for some visual context. It takes (approximately):

· 2,090,880 comic books laid end to end to stretch from one end of New York State to the other. We’ve sold enough DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 first issues to span New York State in its entirety two times over.
· 174,480 comic books stacked on top of each other to reach the top of the Empire State Building. That’s every copy of GREEN LANTERN #1—with issues to spare.
· 36,600 comic books stacked in a pile to reach the top of the Statue of Liberty. That means copies of WONDER WOMAN #1 could reach the top of Lady Liberty almost three times.

Oh, and 5 million copies sold? That’s enough copies of DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 to lay out and span the distance from New York to Chicago – with some left over.

Cute, but here’s some real numbers. The top seller so far is Justice League #1 with more than 250,000 copies. Action and Batman come in at just over 200,000. 150,000 issues sold for Detective, The Flash, Green Lantern and Superman. Aquaman, Batgirl, Batman and Robin, Batman: The Dark Knight, Green Lantern books Corps and New Guardians, and Wonder Woman have sold more than 100,000 copies a piece. That does make it look like it was a success, doesn’t it?

Noticeably absent are the b-listers and risk taking books. JLI, OMAC, Animal Man, Jonah Hex… Sure any comic with Batman on the cover next to a big number one is going to sell, you want to impress me? Sell a quarter million copies of a book featuring ‘Mazing Man, Mr. Didio.

I still say it is to early to really celebrate the next big age of comics, the industry is a shadow sales wise of its former self. That being said, I know the New 52 has had some success bringing in the lapsed reader. I was one and I know a great many more that have gone from spending $50 bucks a year on comics to spending that or more in a month. Maybe this Didio and crew have sparked some interest back in to comic books after all. Time will tell.

Personally, I bought all the new 52 books and it looks like I am doing this same this month.  That leaves about 4,999,999,927 issues being bought up by the rest of you…

Source: geek tyrant




So here we are, the end of the start of the new DC Universe! Soon, we won’t even call in the DCnU, it will just become what we are used to. We will look back on the days when Superman wore his underwear on the outside as a strange and alien time when we used to churn our own butter and married our cousins. Jaime Reyes is the only Blue Beetle there has ever been and Aquaman has always been cool.

We shouldn’t doddle around to much, we have a lot of ground to cover this time out. What did this week bring? Not much. If you are looking for a week to save money on comics, welcome to it. Out of the last 5 (read the reviews: Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4) this one is by far the weakest. Only 3 picks this time, Justice League Dark, All Star Western, and Aquaman. My favorite comic this week was AQUAMAN. Process that. Teen Titans and Green Lantern New Guardians are both worth looking into and might grow into something. Flash, Superman and Batman Dark Knight all fail at living up to the classic characters they contain, however they have just started so we should watch them, they grow.

Firestorm? Maybe I should read it again… it should be better than it was. Savage Hawkman was a disapointment, Carter Hall/Katar Hol deserves sorting out and being done right, this new version isn’t it. I, Vampire wasn’t all Twilighty! Still isn’t worth a 2nd issue though, and same for Blackhawks. Voodoo, why Voodoo, why do you exist? I mean, sure… tits are nice, but that’s what I have the internet for.


Let’s break out the fast and dirty probably going to have a couple of spoilers rapid fire reviews!

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Another new comics Wednesday has come and gone, so has a good chunk of the allowance my wife gives me. I’ll say this for DC Comics and the new 52, for the first time in years I am actually excited for new comics Wednesday again. I find myself hanging out at my local comic shops more (such as Unreal City… plug plug plug, third time is the charm!) No longer the once in a blue moon that I had been for the past few years. Hell, today I even debated buying a few digitally in my iPad, didn’t but… hey, it’s a small tip of the hat to the digital initiative. This week, marks up like another success for the reboot/relauch/re-whatever it is. But don’t pour the Champaign just yet Mr. Lee, Johns and, Dido. I just wonder if this breakneck pace can be kept up. Creative teams are still playing musical chairs, the ball is going to drop, deadlines will be missed.

Well, we’ve got 12 issues on tap so we better get started.

This week bought the usual mix of surprises and disappointments.  Everyone is on twitter talking about the new Wonder Woman, and for good reason. Believe the hype. Batman is great, like you’d expect, but it actually turns out really great, read it! Nightwing, Blue Beetle and, DC Universe presents also shine, and if you are looking for a fun diamond in the rough (ok, maybe cubic zirconia,) Red Hood and The Outlaws was more enjoyable than it was meant to be.  Captain Atom and Legion of Super-heroes are both worth a look if you were fans of them in the old DCU. Catwoman? Read it, just don’t let your parents find out and tuck it back in-between the mattress when you are done you dirty dirty smut reader, you. Sadly both Supergirl and Birds of Prey fall short of the mark and all you Green Lantern fans get what you deserve.

Ready for spoiler time? 12 rapid fire, fast and dirty, reviews of this week in the new DCU coming at you!


Welcome to the New DC Universe, week 3.

Let’s review. Justice League #1 and the whole midnight launch was (in my humble opinion) and successful event to a somewhat underwelming comic book [read it here]. Week 2 lived up to some of my expectations, delivered some surprises (seriously can not wait for the next Animal Man and Men of War) and some disappointment (why OMAC, why?), if you recall the reviews it was a strong full week.[read it here] Lets be honest, so far the art in this reboot/relaunch has been phenomenal. Heck, I will even go so far as to say Rob Liefeld even managed to pump out a couple panels that didn’t make me question my faith in humanity (seriously Rob, do you have feet? can you see them?). I am excited for this week already.

I’m now all set to dive into 13 all new, all different, mostly familiar issues! Off the hop here I would like to thank my lovely wife for picking this weeks haul up from the fine and very helpful staff at 8th Street Comics & Books (alright people thats TWO free plugs… these have to pay out at some point). My early prediction is this week will fair less than the last. Sure we’ve got got some sure hits like Batman and Robin and Batwoman (finally), Green Lantern is either going to be awesome or a disaster. I think Mr. Terrific is, well terrific but can he hold his own book? How bad are Grifters’ allergies that he has to wear his hanky on his face. All That and more after I hammer through all 13 of these.

*play the musical interlude of your choice here*

Well, this weeks reads are good, not great, but good. I can see that I won’t be spending to much money this time next month. Sadly I didn’t find any huge break-out must reads in the stack. Superboy, Batman and Robin, Green Lantern, Batwoman and, Legion Lost all preformed like they should. The ones to watch would be Suicide Squad, Resurrection man, Grifter, Demon Knights, and I will pity the fool that doesn’t give Mr. T(errific) a chance. Red Lanterns falls a bit flat and pass on Deathstoke and Frankenstein, you’ve read those already years ago under different titles.

Please keep your hands inside the vehicle at all times and please don’t feed the Ambush Bug, we are bound for spoiler town. Here is the fast and dirty spoil infused reviews of this week in the new 52:



*Editors Note: Comic-book aficionado and friend to Nerd Bastards, Jeremy Hudson has volunteered to read and review every first issue of DC’s New 52. Jeremy is a funny bastard and knows his shit. His reviews will inform and entertain. Enjoy.

Welcome to our first full week of the New DCU!

It’s seems to be off and running. Only one real issue published by the company in the past seven days with this new continuity things are pointing towards this being successful for DC comics, and maybe the industry as a whole. Digital copies are flying off whatever the internet equivalent of shelves are. Various websites are reporting tonnes of the new number ones are selling out and moving on to 2nd or 3rd printings. Heck, some are already popping up on eBay at near 10 times the cover price (as of this writing.) Pretty good when you take into account that until this past Wednesday, the most any of us and seen was Justice League #1 and the solicits and covers for the first month or so. What I can say on an anecdotal note is that I know of a few former avid comic readers that are coming back to check out the new 52 and my local comic shops seem to be selling a few more trades of the old DC.

So, that brings us to now, I’m in my inner sanctum (the room the wife has let me have as my nerd palace), I’m set and ready to dive into this weeks 13 issues. Some big issues, like the love them or hate them historical 2nd numbers ones of Action and Detective Comics and some possible surprises like “Bat Wing” or an All new OMAC and and very new take on Sgt. Rock in “Men of War”. Let’s see how this first week unfolds, shall we?

Here is your spoiler free quick rundown and top picks:

Buy Animal Man. Seriously. By far it was the stand out book this week. Obviously Action and Detective preform solidly and are not without their share of surprises. You should also pick up Justice League International and Men of War. JLI gave me exactly what I expected and I enjoyed in and Men of War hit me with what I didn’t see coming and I loved it.

In the worth looking into pile. This rather refreshing new take on Green Arrow, the return of Batgirl, an intriguing Stormwatch along with the ‘where are you going with this’ Static Shock and Batwing. All read really well, I was entertained for the most part and my interest was at least piqued.

Just falling off into the ‘why would they waste good paper on these’. Omac. I wanted to like you Omac, I really did. Same for you Swamp Thing, we had some good times in the past, didn’t we? Let’s just leave them there. Lastly, I am looking at you Hawk and Dove. Never darken my door step again.

Want to see why? then let’s head into spoiler country with the fast and furious reviews!


*Editors Note: Comic-book aficionado and friend to Nerd Bastards, Jeremy Hudson has volunteered to read and review every first issue of DC’s New 52. Jeremy is a funny bastard and knows his shit. His reviews will inform and entertain. Enjoy.

I have just finished reading Flashpoint #5 and Justice League #1. The NEW DC UNIVERSE IS UPON US!

Funny… I half expected a thunder clap after that.

So let’s begin. It seems like only yesterday that the powers that be at DC Comics decided that the weight of years and years of convoluted continuity, self-conflicting story lines and just sheer entropy had finally impacted sales enough that it was time to hit the reset button and give the DC Universe a clean slate to work from. Grab the two biggest names in the industry and have them helm it. Take recently acquired properties from now defunct comic lines and work them into continuity. Give new readers a chance to jump in at the starting point of characters that had their start decades ago.