XV: DC Comics – The New 52 Launchesby Bobby Acosta on Sep. 07, 2011, under Comic Books, DC Comics, Opinion, Reviews
So it is official: The New DC Universe is in full swing. Well, the first swing. Last week, at midnight in some places on Wednesday, comic shops sold the last issue of “Flashpoint”, where The Flash finally confronted the villain for changing the timeline and causing the events of those most important in the world of comics lives to change. We the readers were treated to an alternate, classic science fiction timeline where Batman wasn’t what he normally was, Superman was a government experiment, Wonder Woman was a crazed up feminist Amazonian warlord, and so on and so forth.
This is the last of a very classic sort of comic book tale, one that draws on decades of character history and events. This is the kind of story that you couldn’t fully enjoy unless you truly know each of the characters or heroes and their back stories.
Truly one of the last, since now DC Comics is totally all about the accessible and making comics available for any and all.
“Justice League” #1 is their first foray. Heralded as the flagship series for this whole relaunch, since it will feature the largest and most well known characters DC has in their arsenal. And it starts, with only three of the seven.
From what I can tell from the first issue, the first story is going to be primarily focused on how the League came together and what massive threat they all realized was way outside their realm. Batman is doing what he does best, chasing vagabonds down by the dock. Gotham Police Department hot on his trail, seeing how this was five years ago and the world never knew what superheroes were. In fact, from what I can tell, they didn’t even trust them.
This is a world much different than the one we were used to for as long as we can remember. The heroes have never met, and it shows. Author and DC Comics leader, Geoff Johns, handles these characters down to their core. Batman is the stoic, reserved badass that knows everything about everybody. Green Lantern is a cocky, headstrong, brave space cop who wields a ring that can do everything and anything he wants it to. Definitely opposite ends of the spectrum, and Johns handles that well, showing their clashing systems and methods.
Art chores, handled by DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee, show the new outfits of the two already discussed characters, and the third and final surprise character. Detailed and based solely on realistic human proportions, accompanied by dynamic panel composition and action, it is no wonder that Jim Lee is considered the rock star of the comic book world. Here’s hoping he can keep it up.
So why buy this? Why check out the beginnings of a cultural, revolutionary turn around? Because this issue does what team superhero books do best: show how even though characters might possess different personalities and traits, seeing them work together, argue together and even fight against each other is completely awesome.
With promises of the events to come upping the ante in every way, and with some of the best art in comics today, “Justice League” is posed to be a wonder of a ride. I know I’m going to constantly be there. It’s fun, huge, smart and witty.
Get this book.
So, off the get go, I believe the New DC 52 is doing exactly what it’s supposed to by creating a new environment for new readers to flock to and enjoy epic, grand, character driven stories. They have something to offer everyone, I believe, but there is no way I can muster up enough time to review all 52 series.
With the help from the wonderful crew at Heroes and Villains Comic Store here in Tucson, we are going to create an extensive review database of as many of the new #1s as possible. I think divvying up the work is definitely the way to go, to show that no matter what your poison DC will have something for you to love.
Maybe not “poison”. Maybe “delicious drink that you will love” is a better descriptor.
- In addition to writing for the column “Comic Matters” for the Tucson Citizen website, Bobby Acosta is also a 5th Grade Elementary school teacher, frequenter of local comic book shop Heroes & Villains, and explorer of the importance of comics. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org