Posts Tagged ‘New 52’

Batwoman Vol. 1: Hydrology remains a frustrating read for me because it’s nowhere near as fun as it should be when you look at the parts making up its whole:

  • It is drawn by J.H. Williams…
  • Starring a lesbian punkabilly socialite with military training who runs her Batwoman operations as combat missions with the help of her version of Alfred, her army colonel father…
  • Missions that usually involve monster-men, ghost-ladies, the Religion of Crime and an Alice-in-Wonderland themed crazy who is actually Batwoman’s presumed-dead twin…
  • While trying to evade the eyes of the Department of Extranormal Operations, which is headed by a skeleton in a suit who smokes cigars.

Honestly, how is this thing not better?  (more…)

I don’t think I have to review Batman #1: It was Good. But really, just read the Comics Alliance review, I concur with everything Sims said over there.

So I want to focus on one of the odder results of The Flash screwing up time-travel and remaking the universe (or whatever the hell reason we’re using to explain why Green Lantern hasn’t undergone any changes and yet there never was a Justice League International):

Jim Gordon is smoking again.

And not cigars, or pipes. That there is a cigarette he’s gesturing at the dark knight with. Which is, I guess, a slightly more modern tobacco intake device for a cop to smoke than the others, but nevertheless. In the Nu52, James Gordon still smokes.  (more…)

This week, we’re checking out two of the most generally anticipated (and quickly sold out) comics of DC’s relaunch – Grant Morrison’s young-Superman-adventures Action Comics, Gail Simone’s opening argument for why Barbara Gordon is sans wheelchair in Batgirl, and finally Stormwatch, the first book integrating Wildstorm concepts into DC Proper.

And what a mixed bag we get. What surprised me most about these three titles is how each one managed to not quite match my expectations.

The low point: Batgirl

This was pretty disappointing. I was actually hoping for the best here, because while I didn’t agree with DC’s decision to get Barbara Gordon out of the wheelchair and back into her Batgirl identity, I at least understood it. The Barbara version is the most recognizable to the public, the premise (the mousy daughter of Batman’s cop best friend is inspired to become an acrobatic crimefighter) is rock-solid, so sure, I get it.  (more…)

So what did I think of Handsome Geoff Johns’ and Jazzy Jim Lee’s opening outing with the Justice League?

I’d love to tell you…in another five months, once the story’s actually over.

That should probably give you some indication right out of the gate, but let’s talk about WHY. WHY I lacked the impulse control to wait for the trade – or at LEAST, until I could get to Comics & More to buy a print edition?

There were a few reasons:

1. I fully intended to buy this as part of a month-long series of reviews of the DC relaunch expect to buy tomorrow). Not every book, mind you, but there’s about 15 of which I’d definitely try out the first issue at least, and hey, despite my misgivings, the whole event’s certainly been enough to get me curious

2. I’m EXACTLY the lapsed reader they’re hoping to bring back in with this. It’s been years since I’ve picked up a DC book, for reasons I’ve outlined, but if at the end of this month there’s even a few books that make me think, “Yeah, I’d pick up the collected edition of that in a few months,” then this initiative has to count as a partial success, at least, and

3. Having never downloaded one before, I wanted to know what a digital comic really looked like. While I plan on buying the collections of what I like, a big part of this whole experiment is figuring out if digital comics really are the way of the future – and if not, what needs to happen for them to become that.

So let’s start with Justice League #1, break it down to its good parts, its iffy bits, its outright questionable bits, and see what we can find.  (more…)