Posted by: Brian Hibbs on October 3, 2011
Tags: All Star Western, Aquaman, Batman The Dark Knight, Blackhawks, Brian, Green Lantern: New Guardians, I Vampire, Justice League Dark, nuDCU, Superman, Teen Titans, The Flash, The Fury of Firestorm The Nuclear Men, The Savage Hawkman, Voodoo
Running low on time, and I didn’t have “clever” subcategories to go with it this week, so, here’s the final 13 books in a single post.
ALL-STAR WESTERN #1: What a terrific comic! I thought there was a lot of thought and density in this book, and the art was scrumptious. VERY GOOD.
AQUAMAN #1: A solid debut, though it’s really hard to judge what the series will actually be like — this was mostly a bunch of “Aquaman is lame” jokes, and, clearly THAT’s not a sustainable direction, month-after-month. I’ll go, for the moment, with a solid GOOD, because the monsters seemed interesting.
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #1: Hey, look, ANOTHER breakout from Arkham! Hey, look, we end with a wrongly named character! This just seems like “the unnecessary Batman comic” to me. It wasn’t terrible, or anything, but I don’t see the reason for this to exist other than “showcase for Finch”… and does anyone expect him to be monthly on this book for 2-3 years? I don’t. So: OK.
BLACKHAWKS #1: I mean, for what it is, it is absolutely competently done, but I don’t really like GI Joe in the first place, and a DCU version doesn’t fill my black heart with joy. I think, after reading all 52 now, this is probably the first one that will be cancelled because there’s just nothing to draw me in (though, honestly, it might work fine as a TV show) when compared to “proper” superhero comics in the same universe. EH.
THE FURY OF FIRESTORM #1: Oh, god, ow. Wow, that was miserable. First, Jason and Ronnie as contemporaries kind of sucks. Second, having “Firestorm” without a disembodied co-pilot kind of misses the entire point of the premise. Third, the “Fury” idea is kinda sorta amusing, but way way too much of being Firestorm in the first place was just skipped over to get to that last page beat. Fourth, scientists in the DCU are now just handing out “superpower bombs” to high school students now? Fifth, really? THAT’S the origin? “he presses a button” Really? Sixth, um what’s with the other girl who was there, why didn’t she get powers too? I thought this was pretty lousy overall — AWFUL.
By the way, I guess this means that the whole “Firestorm is, like, a bomb that’s going to explode” or whatever that plotline was… that will never been resolved, eh? I’m super curious to what the intended resolution of that one was. If you knew it, drop me a line, eh? I KNOW someone from DC is reading these….
THE FLASH #1: Nice art, nice page layout, solid enough story — more enjoyable than the Flash has been in a long while — GOOD.
GREEN LANTERNS: NEW GUARDIANS #1: Interesting choice to start with the origin of Kyle, which made this easy enough to follow, but then it leads into the Rainbow Corps stuff, and I’m all meh about that — no real plot here yet, or notion of what the book is ABOUT. So… OK?
I, VAMPIRE #1: Beautiful moody expressive art… but I had a really hard time following the who and the what and the when of it all. That’s probably because I read thirteen comics in one sitting! OK
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1: Going in with extremely low expectations helps, yes it does — I thought this was solid, if unspectacular. A low GOOD?
SAVAGE HAWKMAN #1: Textbook of how NOT to do a reboot — it’s predicated on (at least I think) wanting to break the curse of Hawkman (which I take to mean the through-the-years romance dealie?), but you have to KNOW that to understand the who and what at all. And then when he tries to burn the suit, it somehow bonds to him or something equally incomprehensible. The art was vaguely nice, but there’s nothing sympathetic on display, and I felt like I walked into the middle of someone else’s D&D campaign where they has a bunch of poorly explained house rules. Pretty AWFUL.
SUPERMAN #1: It MIGHT be in relationship to ACTION, but I sort of think this was a bad comic all on its own. You know what it felt like to me? A comics by and for old people, but who were really really trying to be “hip” or modern, but not at all seeing what and why and how they were entirely missing was IS modern. Also, a special double-ugh to Clark’s new hairstyle, which almost sorta worked in ACTION, but looks beyond shitty here. This book smells covered with group-think, and I thought it was sadly AWFUL. (Yet, it was ironically the best-seller this week of the 13)
TEEN TITANS #1: Not enough happened for me to judge the tone or direction of this series, but it sorta worked for me anyway… at least as long as I tell myself “this is the only Titans, ever” OK, I thought.
VOODOO #1: Late night cable in comics form. It started off like some sort of cheesy Skinamax soft-core, then, boom! rubber monster at the end of it. I don’t think you can do a book that’s nothing but antagonists, and find an audience, but I guess we’ll see? At least it was pretty, but oh so very EH.
Sheesh, finished! I never want to do that ever again!!
I have a notion for a “what did I learn?” piece, but it might be better suited after we’ve got most (or all) of a month of #2s behind us.
Still, as always, what did YOU think?