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New 52 Pickup | Week 2

It’s finally here: The first full week of DC’s New 52 brought 13 brand-new titles – only the tip of the iceberg as September progresses. If the quality of this week’s books is any indication of the rest of the New 52, there will be some very difficult cuts to make at the end of the month.

From now through the end of September, I’ll provide brief overviews of each book with the pull-list status at the end. With no further ado, it’s time to jump into Week 2 of the New 52! Prepare for a number of Bat-family books, the new JLI, Sgt. Rock for the modern age and more!

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

Animal Man
Written by Jeff Lemire with art by Travel Foreman

This book sets the benchmark for this week as to what a New 52 #1 should be. Jeff Lemire brings new life to Buddy Baker in an incredible story that both takes advantage of the character’s rich history and introduces new elements in the spirit of DC’s relaunch. Not only does Lemire give readers a welcome reintroduction to Animal Man with a stunning cliffhanger that will leave them wanting more, Travel Foreman’s interior pencils are gorgeous, only adding to the unique feel that Lemire gives this title. It’s a great first issue, and I can’t wait to read more. If I could read only one New 52 issue this week, this would be it.

Status: IN

Batgirl
Written by Gail Simone with art by Ardian Syaf

Gail Simone had a tough job here: plausibly reintroduce Barbara Gordon as Batgirl into the New DC Universe while explaining what happened following the events of The Killing Joke. Luckily, she’s had experience writing Barbara for years and handles the transition with style and grace. As a huge fan of the character, it was refreshing to see Barbara’s personal trials in getting used to walking again clash in a big way with the desire to be a hero as she pulled on the tights once more. You get a little bit of everything here: the badass superhero, the loving police commissioner’s daughter, the post-operative patient trying to get back into the swing of life, and the strong, but damaged, crimefighter. Ardian Syaf’s art is well tuned to Simone’s writing, making them a great storytelling team for Batgirl’s first issue out. It’s a great start and I love the character, so there’s really no question here.

Status: IN

Detective Comics
Written and drawn by Tony S. Daniel

As DC’s original flagship title, Detective Comics has a lot to live up to. While Tony S. Daniel meets the expectations of a traditional Detective Comics story, it doesn’t feel any different from the series before the relaunch. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but the strength of so many of the New 52 titles this week is that they take advantage of a new status quo. Daniel’s writing and pencils are solid, but it seems like a Batman story that could have happened at any point. I enjoyed reading the book, and I’m intrigued by the final page, but is it enough to keep Detective on my pull list?

Status: ON THE FENCE

Batwing
Written by Judd Winick with art by Ben Oliver

Batwing follows the story of David Zavimbe (AKA Batwing) as the protégé of Batman in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The concept is actually pretty solid, but the issue itself suffers from many jumps and quick cuts that make it somewhat difficult to get to the core of what’s going on. Judd Winick also includes Batman in this issue to help Batwing clean up the city of Tinasha, outfitting him with armor and computers, all beautifully rendered by Ben Oliver. However, this issue was just too difficult to follow and overloaded on character introductions with very little development.

Status: OUT

Green Arrow
Written by J.T. Krul with art by Dan Jurgens

This is a new take on Oliver Queen, with a complete character redesign from the ground up. J.T. Krul takes full advantage of the relaunch to give Green Arrow a new position in Queen Industries, new companions and a revamped rogues gallery – but it does make the concept seem a lot like Batman. Ollie’s got the gadgets and gizmos to get the job done, and he’s joined by computer genius Naomi and weapons expert Jax. The issue showcases Ollie’s skills and how well he works with his team, but it feels as though you could’ve replaced the cast with Batman, Oracle and Lucius. Does that merit a cut from my pull? I’m not sure, but I’m willing to re-evaluate at the end of the month.

Status: ON THE FENCE

Hawk and Dove
Written by Sterling Gates with art by Rob Liefeld

I’m a big fan of Sterling Gates, and I think the plot he lays out gives due respect to the history of the characters, and sets up some cool stuff for future issues. Rob Liefeld’s art is actually a decent fit for the tone of the book — a rock-‘em, sock-‘em action series with zombies on a plane. At the end, I wasn’t clamoring for Issue 2, but I’m still impressed with Gates’ plot and want to find out what Dawn Granger’s big secret connection is to Don Hall. Hm. What to do…

Status: ON THE FENCE

Justice League International
Written by Dan Jurgens with art by Aaron Lopresti

This book was so much fun. The team is completely assembled in the first few pages and, judging from last week’s comments on Justice League, that’s something that fans are going to be really happy about. Jurgens gets right into the action within the first few pages, sending the team on its first mission. There isn’t a huge amount of character development here, but you do get the feel of the team as a whole, which is excellent. The best moments were between Rocket Red and August General of Iron – in fact, Rocket Red nearly steals the whole show with his hilarious comments and asides. Great issue; can’t wait for the next.

Status: IN

Men of War
Written by Ivan Brandon with art by Tom Derenick
Co-feature written by Jonathan Vankin with art by Phil Winslade

Men of War is Sgt. Rock war comics for the modern age, and Ivan Brandon has made me a believer. This is a great read, serving as an origin story for the new Sgt. Rock, leaving me with a semi-Silver Age taste in my mouth … and I love it. Tom Derenick really shows a lot of range in this issue, depicting everything from a battlefield to a claustrophobic debriefing room in style. The co-feature “Navy Seals” isn’t as compelling, but it’s still an entertaining read. This book made me care about war comics, and I would take this over a full play-through of Call of Duty any day.

Status: IN

OMAC
Story and art by Keith Giffen and Dan DiDio

I found it very difficult to get into this story. Things shot off to a climax within the first few pages and continued to stay at that level for the entire issue. Of all of this week’s releases, this is actually the only one that I couldn’t get into at all. Maybe it’s not my cup of tea, maybe I’m not that interested in Brother Eye. Despite the excellent art and old-style characters introductions, I think I’ll skip this one next month.

Status: OUT

Static Shock
Written by Scott McDaniel and John Rozum with art by Scott McDaniel

I loved this cartoon as a kid. There need to be more books about teen superheroes, and Scott McDaniel gives readers one to latch onto. This version of Static is just starting to come into his own as a superhero, with a lot of help from fellow Milestone hero Hardware. McDaniel and John Rozum introduce some cool elements that will either delight or infuriate science buffs. (I’m not one, so I couldn’t say for sure whether the science is solid.) What you get here is an adventure that pays homage to the original character without sacrificing anything that made him great. Combine that with great art by McDaniel and it’s a welcome shock to my system.

Status: IN

Stormwatch
Written by Paul Cornell with art by Miguel Sepulveda

Paul Cornell has the unenviable position of introducing Stormwatch to DC Universe readers that may have never followed the title before. As one of those readers, I have to applaud him for writing a book that has not only a clear tether to the New DCU but also a science fiction story worthy of Cornell’s best work on Doctor Who. The introduction of the core team is a delight, and Apollo’s first appearance alone makes this book worth your time. In addition, the art by Miguel Sepulveda is great. Honestly, I liked pretty much everything about this first issue.

Status: IN

Action Comics
Written by Grant Morrison with art by Rags Morales

Grant Morrison, you have made me love Superman all over again. I liked him before, but you’ve made me believe that a man can fly and still be awesome at the same time. This Action Comics takes full advantage of the New DCU and sees Superman as, for lack of a better word, a know-it-all who thinks he has it all figured out. He’s at the start of his career here, and Morrison once again proves his mastery over storytelling and the character. Rags Morales does not disappoint with his interiors, either; gorgeous book. It captures the spirit of what makes Action Comics great for the modern age.

Status: IN

Swamp Thing
Written by Scott Snyder with art by Yanick Paquette

I think this one is going to be tough to pick up and read for folks who didn’t follow Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search for Swamp Thing. The story seems to follow directly from the end of that book, and there are a lot of things that it’s helpful to know going in. That said, I really enjoyed this reintroduction to Swamp Thing, although the issue is really more about Alec Holland. Snyder has crafted a very real threat in the first few pages that has a direct connection with the rest of the DCU. Throw in Yanick Paquette’s pencils and this is something that I definitely want to read for at least another month.

Status: IN

That’s it for this week. Making cuts is going to be difficult if this level of quality keeps up. For those keeping score, here’s the rundown for this week’s books:

IN
Animal Man
Batgirl
Justice League International
Men of War
Static Shock
Stormwatch
Action Comics
Swamp Thing

ON THE FENCE
Detective Comics
Green Arrow
Hawk and Dove

OUT
Batwing
OMAC

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I found the art in StormWatch to be wretched. There were significant production errors in the book, scan lines, computer coloring masking bad artwork, and general muddiness. A disappointment. This Dave Macho era of artists can’t end fast enough for me.

I only had a chance to read Action on my lunch break, and that’s a definite, definite keeper. Jesus. It’s actually an exciting comic–with Superman!

Gotta agree with almost everything, minus Batwing, which was gorgeously drawn and had some intriguing set-ups for future issues.

I was as cynical about the relaunch as anyone, but I’m changing my tune now. If the next three weeks can give us at least half a dozen books that are as well-done as Action, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, and Stormwatch, I’m ready to declare the relaunch a total success.

Agreed. Animal Man wins my pick of the week by a mile. Definitely one of the most promising series in the new 52. Swamp Thing was a close second, though, and this is coming from a guy who pretty much bleeds superheroes.

OMAC was great.

!Together we are unstoppable. You are OMAC… I AM OMAC!!!!!

I found OMAC to be goofy fun, and pretty cool, if light on actual plot. I’ll buy at least one more issue to see if there is enough meat behind the awesome Giffen art to merit my three bucks.

Stormwatch, Justice League Int’l, and Animal Man were excellent.

Detective Comics was disappointing, but I’m guessing the last page will have some of us get #2. Cringe-worthy line? “I’m Batman,” as if he needed that affirmation.

Also, I haven’t read anything Swamp-Thing related that’s come out in my lifetime — and I found issue #1 to be very strong, easy to follow, and habit-forming. It’s no Anatomy Lesson, but what is?

IN
Animal Man — the book had everything, and this was not Grant Morison’s Animal Man this was squarely Tom Vietch and Jamie Delano [with a sprinkling of Morrison but this was clearly influenced by the latter two creators in that run. [and that's a good thing]
Batgirl — great strt great art nice mystery in a few places
Justice League International .–.fun fun fun fun fun fun fun
Detective – loved the story and the great ending…. Daniel has finally won me over

Action Comics —– hit all the right notes ,tone, story , direction, art, coloring [and it made me appreciate Justice League more...]
Batwing — loved the art and the tone of the story and there was enough of a mystery to make me want to come back before the last two pages…
Swamp Thing — beautiful book but this could be the one i buy everytime, still i dont know too much about the direction but damn the art looks good and this was the book that we saw the “new” version of Superman interact with a contemporary of the DCU for the first time [JL and Action set in the past] — this happened in 1986 when the Byrne Version of Superman first appeared in Booster Gold outside of the Man of Steel mini.

ON THE FENCE
Men of War.- price point makes me wishes the Rock story stood alone. I really wish this series was a series on mini series and not a regular book…[ i can see myself waiting for the trade here but that attitude can kill a book like this]

Stormwatch – god this is the book i thought i would love the most this week…. it didn’t hit it out of the park but scored a base hit enough to make me pick it up again

Green Arrow.. again scored a base hit enough to make me check it out a second time
OMAC — this was Kirby overkill [ a good thing] but a really want to like this in the same way Men of War in snmall doses –a regular series seems like too much i would rather have a series of minis
Hawk and Dove — this may be my guilty Trade pleasure.. but with so many other choices this fell in the on the fence side…

OUT
Static Shock — boring … sorry guys but the love affair the milestone stuff is something that some people just dont get…

I picked up Animal Man, Swamp Thing, OMAC and Action Comics.

I was expecting Swamp Thing to be my pick, but Animal Man squeaked by as my favorite this week. I was smiling throughout Animal Man, was mesmerized by the dream and its reveal, then audibly was disconcerted by the last page. SO GOOD.

I don’t agree that Swamp Thing will be hard for people to pick up if they didn’t read Brightest Day Aftermath. I only ever read Moore’s entire run on Swamp Thing and nothing else, and it was very easy to understand that Alec Holland was back from the dead and trying to figure out what his place is now, and how he would rather not have to think about this whole Swamp Thing mess. I guess I’ll know if I’m missing out if future issues start referencing things from Aftermath without any explanation, but so far, this book was aces with me. it was a good read with a good reveal.

I was expecting some good ol’ Kirby love in OMAC, and was just completely non-plussed by the whole thing. It failed to nail a true Kirby feel, just a thin Kirby shell. Also, the crazy, blue computer-laser tracers over the lineart of OMAC’s mohawk was SO distracting. You don’t go old school then put an effect in like that.

Action Comics was picked up solely because I enjoyed Morrison’s All-Star Superman and Batman & Robin so much. I think I’ll stay tuned on a month-to-month basis. There was a lot in there to enjoy, a nice attitude from Lex on Supes, and a really nice, to-the-point cliffhanger that I’m interested seeing expanded upon.

So, IN— Swamp Thing, Animal Man
MAYBE— Action Comics
OUT— OMAC

I originally had both Animal Man and Swamp Thing on my pull-list, but ended up leaving the comic shop with just Batgirl, Justice League International, and Stormwatch in hand. May have to go back and give Animal Man and Swamp Thing a quick browse again to see if I’m missing out, but the art didn’t grab me and Swamp thing seemed really dense story from a casual page flip. Justice League (released last week) has also entrenched itself onto my pull-list.

Action Comics was so amazing despite me wanting to hate it so much beforehand. Animal Man was just ridiculous (in a good way) with that ending completely catching me off guard. Batgirl was disappointing to me, I hate Barbara’s character (COME ON YOU BABIES!, ughhh!) and the dialogue was kind of weird. Detective Comics was cool, the ending definitely reels you in for more. OMAC is pretty fun if you don’t take it seriously in a cheesy hulk sort of way. Overall, I was pretty surprised that all my expectations we’re flipped.

OMAC is so much fun it pains. Solid storytelling, differently from JLI which is a pain to read, with all those jumps in logic and plot. Lopresti is in top form though, but Dan Jurgens lightweight writing is hard to accept.

So JLI is on the fence, OMAC is definitely in. Best book in a while.

I’ve only read through Detective and Action so far, really liked ‘em both. Agreed that Detective didn’t fully take advantage of the New 52 status quo, but that ending packs a hell of a hook.

JLI made me regret every penny I spent on this book. It offered nothing fresh nor exciting to the table. The characterisation were very 2 dimensional. It read like something from the 80s. Stale, predictable, cliched. Total waste of ink and dead trees.

Action Comics. Now THAT’S how I like my comic book stories written!! And I have to thank Morrison and DC for giving me finally a chance to love Superman!! For the 1st time!! Ever!! Total convert! The whole DCnU should have launched with this title as its flagship rather than the deflated-but-still-edible-souffle that was JL1.

Gail Simone’s Batgirl is another pleasant surprise. A very real human was how Gordon Barbara Gordon came across in the pages. She reads like someone I may actually know/meet in everyday life. Another masterful piece of writing. Definitely a fan.

Adding to that same category is Animal Man. I love it. Though not in the whooping great cheering way Action Comics is, but more in the meeting your favourite eccentric kooky great aunt kind of way. It was not just Animal Man himself but the whole family as a unit that is the star of the show, a very rare thing to find in comicbooks anywhere anymore.

OMAC. Anything by Giffen I would buy.

I want you to retract your comments onto OMAC…
NOW !!

WOW, completely agree with Allura. Don’t understand why everyone is so high on JLI.

I’m a Booster Gold fan, so I’m in for the long haul, but I’ve gotten so tired of Jurgens’ writing. It’s not completely bad or anything, but it’s just so generic and mediocre. Hopefully this improves, but it feels like something I could have read a month or year ago.

Add the fact that the art had a very traditional house style, and it just didn’t feel special and new like the other books at all.

Action was the only one I’ve read so far. It was stunning. Grant Morrison did it again! Wow!

I hope Brian Bendis reads this comic and learns about pacing.

To me, this new “Superman” is really the SuperBOY I always wanted to read about.

“General” Lane? Are we ripping off Hulk’s General Ross?

I still think Luthor is one dull character, but I enjoyed the way he was drawn.

HellBlazerRaiser

September 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I was stunned by STORMWATCH. I thought it was terrific. This is the first Cornell DCE book that I’ve enjoyed.

Yeah, sorry to say, but I found the artwork in Stormwatch to be very amateurish. Munged faces and feet that would make Liefeld’s pagework look museum worthy. So sad for the book that was once “The Authority”.

Scott Snyder… You got me to read Swamp Thing. I hope you’re happy. I am.

Also, Batgirl was intriguing, as was Detective Comics. Keeping those. Gonna try Animal Man after all i guess, and Keeping Action Comics, JLi and Justice League.

Im pretty happy with the relaunch so far. The only thing that might make me sad is if the Green Lantern books aren’t as good as I’m hoping they will be.

“General” Lane has been around since 1987. Maybe that is a rip off but that conversation happened in… 1987. You are on the internet Nigel…. use it.

Good quick looks at the books Steve. Keep it up.

Grant Morrison made me hate superman for the first time ever. That is accomplishment.

From the ones I’ve read so far, Justice League, Action Comics, Green Arrow and Men of War, I fully agree. The others that I have on the pull for the week are Stormwatch, Swamp Thing, Justice League international and Detective Comics.

Action comics was great, and brings a fresh look and feel to the comic that launched the Golden Age. With Morrison at the helm, I was expecting no less.

Green Arrow was alright, but it did feel like reading a Batman book. I mean, he basically is Batman if the Dark Knight were an archer.

Men of War was fantastic, pacing just enough to get me into the life of Joseph Rock. Obviously with someone like the original Sgt. Rock as your grandfather, it’s hard not to live in his shadow. It’s also hard, when writing a book about war, to allow your characters to be both human and hero at the same time. Thankfully, Men of War does just that in the first issue. My hat’s off to the creative team on this one.

I found Rocket Red in JLI to be really offensive actually. He spoke like a complete idiot, a complete stereotype of the goofy foreigner. Its offensive, do people think Russians speak like that because of how they were portrayed on The Sopranos?

This is how Superman book should be. A guy who WANTS to be Superman. Who is not Superman for one person. Who is Superman for the people, the ones who can’t stand up for themselves, who enjoys himself while he does it and it is not some chore and while he is capable of making mistakes, he is learning.

DC please don’t give us a Superman in Perez’s book that is back to the same old reactive goody two shoes bore of the last 20 years. Superman really needed to go back to his roots. He is fascinating when he does.

Action Comics I hope is setting the tone for the modern Superman. He is once again he star in his own book and that is how it should be.

Given Green Arrow was created as a Batman analogue so Batman didnt have to appear in all the original JLA adventures (as Martian Manhunter was basically a green Superman) I can see why it would be hard for him to not seem like Batman.
Even if they make him a Jetsetting sustainable/renewable tech gearhead Branson style entrepreneur there may always be the ol shadow of the bat. Part of the problem is that Batman is now a) a global operator too with Batman inc and so on, rather than focused on Gotham, and b) over exposed in the DCU… do they honestly think that having him appear vaguely linked to JLI will attract crossover readers?
Maybe that’s why early writers gave GA left wing politics? so he would have some point of difference. Are they going to give him this in this incarnation?
Theres an essay on the net about Bruce Wayne as Plutocrat, that talks about how what he does as Batman is protect the property and institutions of the rich, of which he is one. If DC had the guts to pick up on this they could offset Queen from Wayne quite distinctly – colleagues on the hero feild but adversarys on the corporate/social one.

I wound up buying everything but Green Arrow this week. Here’s my take:

IN
Action Comics, Animal Man, OMAC, Stormwatch, Swamp Thing

ON THE FENCE
Batwing, Detective Comics, Hawk & Dove, Static Shock

OUT
Batgirl, Justice League International, Men of War (and, of course, Green Arrow)

Read eight:

IN
Action
Animal Man
Batgirl
Batwing
Swamp Thing

ON THE FENCE
Static Shock
JLI

OUT
Stormwatch

I was completely surprised by the books I loved and didn’t love. Im definitely excited about more comics than I thought I’d be, so that’s a interesting sign for future success.

In – OMAC (book of the week!). Talk about being stunned by the quality.
Animal Man – Creepy but great cliffhanger.
Hawk and Dove – the art was not great but the story really caught me.

On the Fence – Static – I enjoyed this but will go month to month to see if it sticks.
Men of War – I was most excited to read it, but it was only okay.

Out – Green Arrow – A once engrossing character is so bland and forgettable.
JLI – as bad as they come. I read this story before and it was way funnier back in the day.
Batgirl – Uninspired and boring. The last page made me sigh with relief it was over.

HOLY SHIZNIT OMAC WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

also,

Animal Man was unlike anything ive read before

Hawk and Dove is the most fun comic book ive read since Incredible Hercules was at its nadir

JLI, as upset as i am about generation lost not cannon anymore, is an incredibly rad superhero comic. Rocket Red, August General in Iron FTW

Hey, I was just wondering if anyone noticed the red hooded character in the new 52 books released, he/she is a little difficult to spot in some books. I first noticed him (I’ll assume its a guy for now) in Action Comic #1 on the the train with Lois and Jimmy as the train shakes after Superman catches it. He’s got a bit of a glow or red smoke to him. He shows up in the other books also, not always with the glowing smoke but always with a hood and usually in a crowd. I haven’t picked up some of the other titles like O.M.A.C. but let me know if you spot him. It would be cool to compile some scans of those panels for comparison.

Haha, should have read the previous article, my bad

i really liked swamp thing and omac was great fun as well

Grant Morrison probably owes a big gift basket to author Tom De Haven…

“This is how Superman book should be. A guy who WANTS to be Superman. Who is not Superman for one person. Who is Superman for the people, the ones who can’t stand up for themselves, who enjoys himself while he does it and it is not some chore and while he is capable of making mistakes, he is learning.

DC please don’t give us a Superman in Perez’s book that is back to the same old reactive goody two shoes bore of the last 20 years. Superman really needed to go back to his roots. He is fascinating when he does.”

This is exactly how I feel. I’m really hoping that the “modern day” version of the character will still hew close to Morrison’s populist crusader version, even if he’s slightly more mature and less impulsive. Morrison’s take has gotten readers excited about the character in a way I don’t think I’ve seen since the days of the Byrne relaunch. It would be a huge mistake on DC’s part to throw that momentum away

I’m shocked. After that clunker, JUSTICE LEAGUE, that stunk like a wet dog, I was expecting to hate everything nuDC except Grant Morrison’s ACTION. Well, I was right to have faith in Grant Morrison. ACTION was the best Superman story I’ve read since Action #775, ten years ago.

I do question, since DC chose the option of starting from scratch, why they bothered keeping dead weight like Lois Lane. If DC wants to attract today’s kids (teenagers), why are they saddling this fresh start with a character named Lois? That name went out of style about 1952. And boring old Luthor could have been jettisoned, too. If DC wants to make Superman a success again, they need to come up with a decent rogue’s gallery. But Morrison gave Superboy (er, they called him Superman, didn’t they?) more personality than he’s ever had. And the art was exceptional in its clarity of storytelling.

I expected BATGIRL to stink like a toilet that hadn’t been flushed in three days. But like all DC’s titles this week, I gave it a fair chance by thumbing threw the pages at the store. The art seduced me into buying it and taking it home. Turned out to be a fine comic book, containing more story than a whole 6-issue arc of NEW AVENGERS. There was not one stupid line of dialog in the whole book, and not one crappy panel of art, and that’s saying something these days. The art/storytelling was very clear (unlike the aforementioned JUSTICE LEAGUE). The Mirror is the first truly scary villain I’ve seen in ages! Brrr!

DETECTIVE was excellent, also. I don’t really care for the way Tony Daniels draws Batman. And sometimes he overdoes it with the shadowy face, as if he was too lazy to draw the whole face. But I love the way Daniels draws cityscapes, and the mood he sets. He told a fine story — a complete story — another failing of the JUSTICE LEAGUE comic and many other current comics. (Lesser writers would have stretched this out over multi-issues.) But what I liked most about this book is that Daniels took that stupid-ass clown, the Joker, and made him actually seem frightening. I’ve never before viewed the Joker as being frightening. Hmmm.

ANIMAL MAN was the biggest surprise. The art was very different, very fresh! I can’t actually say that it was *good* — more like a young artist “finding his style.” But I can dig it. I like the openness of Travel Foreman’s linework. It’s totally the opposite of that scratchy Jim Lee/David Finch slop, where they can’t figure out which line is right, so they draw three lines instead. The ANIMAL MAN story was adequate. Can’t say I’m hooked, but I’ll give it another try next month.

STORMWATCH had some excellent moments, although the book was mostly set-ups for further development. And there were too many characters for an “introductory comic”. So not much immediate satisfaction here (compared to BATGIRL, ACTION and DETECTIVE, which had more complete stories and more in-depth characterization). Enjoyed the fresh take on Apollo, and also the way Martian Manhunter was handled. I guess STORMWATCH is going to be fighting the Justice League pretty soon, eh? This book was not as good as the AUTHORITY at its best, but I do want to read this next month.

I looked through the other eight nuDC titles at the store, but they didn’t seem to be my cup of tea. I was hoping to like MEN OF WAR, but the grayness bored me. I love World War II war comics, perhaps because World War II remains at a safe distance. But this contemporary war comic doesn’t seem like something I would *enjoy* reading. And I read a few pages of JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL, but quite frankly, I’ve had enough Booster Gold and Bwa-ha-ha humor to last me a lifetime. If DC wants me to ignore their comics, all they need to do is put Booster Gold or Guy Gardner in it.

So after giving up on nuDC after reading JUSTICE LEAGUE, they surprised me with four above average books and one that was great (ACTION)! I will be buying all five of these next month.

IN
Everything

I got a Awesome deal from my LCS 85 bucks for the first month if I prepaid so I’m getting everything. I’ll reevaluate after three Months.

I’ve only read Action and Batwing so far but I didn’t find Batwing that confusing. It starts out in the present and then jumps 6 weeks into the past to tell the story of the Villain and how they got to where they are at the start of the book. I really liked the Issue overall though and Think it will make my Permanent Pulllist by the end of three months.

@Jake:

“I do question, since DC chose the option of starting from scratch, why they bothered keeping dead weight like Lois Lane. If DC wants to attract today’s kids (teenagers), why are they saddling this fresh start with a character named Lois? That name went out of style about 1952. And boring old Luthor could have been jettisoned, too. If DC wants to make Superman a success again, they need to come up with a decent rogue’s gallery. But Morrison gave Superboy (er, they called him Superman, didn’t they?) more personality than he’s ever had. And the art was exceptional in its clarity of storytelling.”

Have you any idea how asanine that sounds? While DC’s at it, why don’t they just change Clark’s name altogether as well? I mean, who in the 21st century, in their right mind, would name their child “Clark” as a first name?

The stuff that so-called comic fans bitch about, totally amazes me.

No Lois, no red shorts, he can’t fly, looks 20….WTF have you done DC?!?! Trying to attract younger readers? I work at a school with over 700 kids and I have yet to hear any comments about the new and improved DC. New Coke anyone?

MEN OF WAR had a lot going for it–I even liked the back-up a lot–but it violated kind of a cardinal rule of comics: Genre titles are there for the reader who doesn’t want superheroes. There might be a title out there that combines superhero thrills with gritty war stories, but I don’t think this should be it. Keep your chocolate out of my peanut butter. Of course, this is from the company that plans to put Jonah Hex in Gotham…

BATGIRL is all I’d hoped it would be. My only concern is that the roommate will have to be portrayed as progressively denser not to realize that Babs is Batgirl, and that’s not the kind of character Gail writes.

JLI is tied with JUSTICE LEAGUE as the most charmless title out of the gate. It’s like they took all the things that didn’t work with the book’s previous incarnation and kept the things that didn’t.

I only picked up Action #1 and O.M.A.C. #1 yesterday. I found Action to be a very good setup, introductory piece, which I look forward to following for some time; I rather hope Grant Morrison takes his time developing this new but retro Superman. I’d rather we experience the joy of discovery, as it was back in the early days, rather than ramping up to a current full-powered status, with all the friends and background in place, too quickly.

About O.M.A.C. – I LOVED IT!!!! I’ve read two negative reviews so far, and I suspect there will be more. I think they will negative because it’s truly a retro, faux-Kirby comic, which is the very reason I loved it. It encapsulates the visual impact and rapid-fire action and storytelling that I truly relish in comics–which, in this time of discursiveness, decompression, character development, and a general attempt to novelize comic books, is not very much in the current fashion. But I hope, I really, really hope, that people will try O.M.A.C., and like it for bucking the trend, and make it successful enough to last beyond the 6-issue trial period.

Picked up Action Comics, Detective Comics, Batgirl, JLI, & Swamp Thing. AC was probably my least favorite. I can’t get into a Superman who’s a dick. Even if he is starting out and cocky I just can’t believe Superman was ever this obnoxious.

Batgirl, JLI, & Swamp Thing were worth every penny.

I only picked up Action #1 and O.M.A.C. #1 yesterday. I found Action to be a very good setup, introductory piece, which I look forward to following for some time; I rather hope Grant Morrison takes his time developing this new but retro Superman. I’d rather we experience the joy of discovery, as it was back in the early days, rather than ramping up to a current full-powered status, with all the friends and background in place, too quickly.

About O.M.A.C. – I LOVED IT!!!! I’ve read two negative reviews so far, and I suspect there will be more. I think they will be negative because it’s truly a retro, faux-Kirby comic, which is the very reason I loved it. It encapsulates the visual impact and rapid-fire action and storytelling that I truly relish in comics–which, in this time of discursiveness, decompression, character development, and a general attempt to novelize comic books, is not very much in the current fashion. But I hope, I really, really hope, that people will try O.M.A.C., and like it for bucking the trend, and make it successful enough to last beyond the 6-issue trial period.

I’m a week late and a lot of stuff was sold out, but:

Justice League: Was maybe a little TOO “fun,” but I thought it was a great intro.

Action: I LOVE Morrison, and think this take is brilliant and obvious (which somehow makes it more birlliant). His disjointed dialog is starting to jar (love his dialog, yet the characters increasingly sound like they’re talking across each other) and I COULD. NOT. FIGURE OUT how Superman knew about the train (it seemed like we saw Glenmorgan’s entire confession).

OMAC: A lot of fun, but DiDio needs to relax on the banter.

I expected Green Arrow to suck based on Krul’s work thus far and the preview but was gonna try anwya based on GA love; it was sold out. Was looking forward to Stormwatch but it, too, was sold out. Couldn’t bring myself to pull the trigger on Animal Man (art was beautiful, writing appeared drab), Swamp Thing (I just don’t care), or Batwing (I’m a Winnick fan but I balked). I think I’m gonna try Batwing and Animal Man next paycheck.

Now that it’s staring me in the face, I really don’t understand how Batgirl can be more compelling than Oracle, much less so compelling that she can carry a title. Despite my status as a bleeding heart liberal (note GA and Winnick love above), I don’t feel DC can be held hostage by special interest groups (although I personally thought it was sad that we’ve lost the only kickass wheelchair-bound superhero that I know), so my feeling isn’t based on philosophy but the reality of seeing a Batgirl comic and thinking “Meh.”

I agree with most, especially Animal Man defnitely my fave but I disagree with Batwing and Green Arrow. I thought both were rock solid. It was nice seeing Ollie be more fun and less moody. And yes the compairson to Bats can be made but that’s been true since day 1! I like the tech-up and frankly it’s a relief after too much time spent in the forest.

Character development….. Really in 32 pages of issue 1 of a title! Ridiculous comment used on some of the reviews – development occurs over time, I’d be worried if it didn’t. These books are introductions! That saidi agreed with pretty much everything else said except that detective was awesome!

Can’t see the love for MEN OF WAR. We got like five PAGES of men standing in the dark talking about their mothers, and “Are you in or are you out?” Kanigher would have given that four PANELS and motivation besides: the guy’s out to prove something, he’s trying to compete with an older brother, he’s a bad guy trying to rehab himself – something. And combat missions are planned carefully. Men don’t just jump out in front of bullets and hope for the best.

Best comic was Action. So exciting, so gritty, so surprising, and the dialogue was spot-on. I loved how the squatters ran to Superman’s defense, facing down tanks! Go, Grant Morrison. When you hit, you knock it out of the park.

Milestone Medias

September 8, 2011 at 6:34 am

To people saying they’re on the fence about static: WHY EXACTLY?

@ Samurai36
I see nothing asinine about it. Do you know anybody under age 60 named Lois? And at least I’m smart enough to know how to spell asinine.

@Milestone
My review was an honest, intelligent critique. Just because my opinions are different from yours doesn’t make me a troll. I would say a troll is someone who posts stuff like “Lame troll is lame Stay AT Marvel you idiot.” Are you out of puberty yet?

OMAC was incredible. Just pure fun.

Batgirl – yes great fun
Justice League – on the fence, love booster, not nuts about his current incarnation
Detective – looks good
Animal Man – was a no until I saw the preview, after the read. Good story, art is so-so, pencils are okish, colour is flat, vepid and boring. On the fence due to art.

Omac was incredibly stupid I predict a quick cancelation for that title. And get over the Kirby fixation. There’s a point where an homage becomes just becomes an offensive mocking of Kirby’s work and shows a shocking lack of creativity.

I guess some people don’t like fun

Read seven books. OMAC was the standout for me but I also liked Action, Swamp Thing, Animal Man and Stormwatch.

All titles were sold out at my local comic shop except OMAC – which they had tons of copies of. Luckily I pre-ordrred BATGIRL, ACTION, STORMWATCH and JLI. Read them all last night. Feels like an Elseworlds event that isn’t going away.

Anybody else thrown by the ads in the book for clothes, Midtown comics, etc that show the characters in tehir old get-ups? One story page in Action where they had a splash of the new costume and then the opposing page had a big image of old-Supes w/ trunks. Really kinda jarring.

In:
Action
Batgirl
Detective (for now)
Justice League

Fence:
Swamp Thing
JLI

To be read:
Animal Man
Men of War

I really hope readers old and new alike will give O.M.A.C. another go for very selfish reasons- I want to keep reading more of it beyond just 6 issues, To that end I put forward some reasons why it should get the level of readership it deserves-

1. He’s got a MOHAWK!!! Mohawks are the best thing in the world besides sliced bread!!

2. It is a gorgeous exercise on old school visual story telling. Retro is always cool. Look at miniskirts! Aren’t you guys glad that the 60s never went away?!! We need to preserve this for posterity! It is our duty to keep that flame burning!

3. Keith Giffen is a god amongst men, artistically speaking. From Legions to Ambush Bug, this man is responsible for some of the best, most dynamic visuals comicbooks we have ever seen and should be encouraged to produce more and fulfill his duty to enrich our lives with retinal pleasure!!

4. It is quirky!! QUIRKY and weird but DC! Everyone needs quirkiness in their lives. There’s too much ‘realisim’ in comic books these days. An unabashedly fun romp in the quirky forest is good for our health and must be encouraged!

5. It provides a new channel for the creation of strange Kirby-esque ideas!! It will be our loss if an avenue for the birth of weird and wonderful Kirby-esque monsters and gods and robots and demons and robots and Kirby spots is halted prematurely.

So there you go. SUPPORT O.M.A.C.!!!!!!

I flipped thru all of em at the comic shop and took home action, animal man and swamp thing. all terrific reads i highly recommend to anyone.
i like paul cornell’s work but the art on stormwatch kept me from giving it a try. it i got to midnighters ridiculous new costume, laughed out loud at its horribleness, and put it back on the shelf after pointing out how bad it was to the store owner.

I totally disagree with you on OMAC, I thought it was a classicaly fun comic book. I was sold on the characters, although some of them were a bit bold for my taste. I liked the concept of the whole thing with OMAC. And I absolutely love Brother Eye.

In

Batgirl – I didn’t think Barbara was portrayed properly, but it’s a reboot/retcon so who knows what her history is now? I will stick around to see how it goes.

Haven’t read yet but In

Justice League International. The preview looked good and If for nothing else the nostalgia factor.

On the Fence

Tony Daniel is not a writer so I am not expecting a lot from Detective, other than it looking good. Hopefully the other Bat-titles will be better.

I have no interest in:

Batwing – I would not be surprised if it didn’t last 6 issues.

Green Arrow – Reboot sounds like his Smallville portrayal and I’ve already seen that. So no.

Action Comics or Superman – De-aged, less experienced hero. Erased marriage. Of all the things for DC to steal from Marvel they pick One More\Brand New Day???

I’ve read all of them. I didn’t like the stories in “Hawk and Dove”, and “Men of War”. “Stormwatch”, “JLI”, “Green Arrow”(COOL HERO IN WORLD-COMICS), and “Detective Comics” were my favorite ones. I really enjoyed the outstanding painting, but in “Animal Man”, “Static Shock”, and “Men of War”.
I really like the new DC Universe. “Stormwatch”, and “Static Shock” are very welcome! But “Static” needs a better painting. I can’t wait for the new “Blue Beetle”, “Mister Terrific”, and “Teen Titans”.

Wow, some really polarized opinions, I guess that’s why they need 52 comics out there.

I did not plan on getting Animal Man or Swamp Thing, but will definitely snag AM based on all the positives. maybe Swampy.

Of what I read:
IN-Action Comics (just right) JLI: not seeing the hatred OMAC: Danged Fun but needs more than nostalgia to keep it going for longer than 6 issues

OUT-Nothing: I was gonna try Stormwatch but the artwork was such a turn off I couldn’t get past it.

FENCE-Green Arrow: I enjoyed it well enough, need a bit more character development but I think I see it coming. The new angle is fun but Ollie wasn’t challenged hardly at all and the most endearing aspect of him.. his unique perspective on, well.. EVERYTHING hasn’t come out. YET.

In – Stormwatch, JLI, Action Comics, Hawk and Dove (I don’t get all the Liefield hate. It was a very good book.) Animal Man, and O.M.A.C. (I thought it was fun.)

On the Fence – Swamp Thing (Good first issue. Will buy #2)

OUT – Batwing

That’s all I bought. I may go back and get Static Shock.

Reading through the comments, I see such diverse reactions. Each book has its fair share of supporters and doubters. I feel that speaks to the success of the relaunch thus far. It hopefully signals to more books living on.

Animal Man is my pick of the week. Everything I wanted and more.

“But first, call your girlfriend. She’s worried about you”. Best closing line ever! O.M.A.C. was simply great fun.

Stormwatch is the universe book. Loved it. The characters, the banter, the scenarios, all zany glory that plays right into Paul Cornell’s strengths as a writer. And the art was solid. Do not understand all the complaints toward that end.

That is probably my top three. I dug Swamp Thing and over time that may be my favorite book but for this first issue, it is just outside my favorites. action Comics would probably round out my Top 5. Very good start.

I enjoyed Batgirl. Batwing had a wild finish. Detective Comics was an entertaining but flawed romp. Some of the writing is downright awful but the action and flow is crisp and the tone and artwork is sweet.

Green Arrow, to me, was a pleasant surprise. I feel like people are forcing the Batman comparison. To me it is like saying “That car is from JPN, it must be a Toyota’. Ollie definitely needs to be tested more but I can see that on the horizon. Kudos to Krul for impressing me.

Men of War was quite cool. I like the mix of a hardcore military book within the superhuman realm. The back-up was dreadful, though. Generic crap. Waste of the extra dollar.

JLI was nothing special but I’m not dogging it either.

Static Shock was all right. A tad forgettable. But there are worse fates…

Hawk and Dove, as expected, was by far the worst book of the bunch. O.M.A.C.’s homage felt inspired. ‘Tec felt a bit misguided (it’s there fellas). This just felt lazy. And Liefield is a poor artist. Sorry. This is the only book I am considering not giving a second chance.

Overall, I am very happy. I love the feel of this whole thing. A lot of work seems truly inspired. Even the weaker titles do not trouble me as much.

OMAC was totally awesome, and was my favorite book so far. Action and Batgirl close second.

I’m also reading all of the new 52 for my blog, and it’s definitely an interesting experience. Action, Animal Man, and Swamp Thing were my favorites for the week. Batgirl and Stormwatch were not too far behind them.
The only ones I won’t be reading next month are Green Arrow and Hawk & Dove. GA was just awful, and Gates’s plot was not strong enough to overcome the Liefeld “art.”

Haven’t got to read my comics this week! I get them sent out so I won’t have a complete opinion till I get them!

But I am super excited to hear so many positive things about Action, Batgirl, Animal Man and Swamp Thing. Cause I am getting them all!

One thing I didn’t realise is that Miguel Sepulveda is drawing Stormwatch. His pencils on the pre Heroic Age Thunderbolts was absolutely stunning! But after checking out a preview for Stormwatch, it doesn’t look as good as Thunderbolts at all! – in fact, apart from one panel (last on page 5) it looks like a completely different artist :(

Read Detective last night. So now it’s a horror book?

I’m not seeing the JLI hate either. If every comic were complex and brooding, we wouldn’t need 52 new ones. There’s more than enough room for a little levity, and I for one like having a good mix of serious and funny as I read through my pull list.

Plus, Booster’s “adult diapers” line was the funniest thing I’ve read in a comic for a long time.

OMAC was fun, and I’ll be buying it again, but I really can’t see it lasting very long.

Animal Man was amazing. I think Jamie Delano’s run was the best from the old series (yes, better than Morrison’s), so I’m very glad to see the new series is sticking with a lot of what Delano was doing (at least in the way of themes and general feel, etc.). I really hope it stays on this track; I’ll buy it forever.

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