As exciting as talking about "The New 52" from DC was in the first weeks of the announcement, in the back of my head I was always aware that we'd have a couple of months' worth of solicitations available before the first issue of the New 52 hit the stands (and we'd be spinning our wheels all summer as DC geared up for the effort). With the New 52, I've felt obligated to get an idea of what I might (and might NOT) spend my money on.
Monday afternoon, the solicitations hit for November's releases, the third month of DC's New 52. DCNu effort. And maybe I'm tired or in a bad mood, but... If there was any doubt that New DC is the Old DC, somehow rebooting the line with the same heads and talent in place, curiously, did not seem to shake things up a whole lot, and we're already back to simple tricks and nonsense.
That said, a few things still have me absolutely excited. And this is where my personal taste comes into play.
Here's my favorite copy of the November solicits:
FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. #3
Frankenstein and The Creature Commandos crash-land on the invading alien planetoid and all-out mayhem ensues, but nothing can prepare them for the coming of The Titans of Monster Planet! And just when they thought things couldn't get worse, Father Time receives a troubling message from his past.I don't know what any of that means, but its exciting!
Its also telling that I actually like this cover:
|I am not sure this is what Mary Shelley had in mind, but I'm gonna run with it|
1) Both VooDoo #3 and Captain Atom #3 are ALREADY relying upon guest-star appearances from un-related characters. We'd be fine if, say, Superman showed up in Supergirl (he does in issue #2, and we''re assuming its story-driven), but I don't need The Flash showing up to give Captain Atom a pep-talk or team-up before I know who Captain Atom actually is.
2) I want to want to read Azzarello's Wonder Woman, but he's given her an evil sibling with the name "Strife". Not only is that totally 90's, it is totally 90's.
3) Superman #3 looks like they don't actually have any idea what's happening yet based upon the solicitations, or who is going to write or draw the comic. Not a good sign, and I miss Roberson already.
And that cover might inform you why the red shorts were key to the design of the costume.
|behold the power of Superman's steely super-butt|
-Batman and Batman and Robin BOTH feature "someone from Batman's past back to haunt him".
-Detective features a "new" villain who is another dime-a-dozen serial killer character that Alan Grant would have done on a bad day when he wanted to work on something else
-and pretty much everything else looks like boilerplate stories for those characters from Nightwing to Penguin to Huntress.
5) I like and trust Peter Tomasi of GL Corps, but DC needs to slow down a bit on the GL body count ratio. When killing truckloads of GL's is now just SOP for kicking off an issue, you sort of lose the shock value.
6) This cover confirms every suspicion I had about the Constantine-starring Justice League Dark comic and why I will not buy it.
8) It looks like DC Direct is either really cutting back or shutting down. These don't even appear to be New 52-look JLA figures.
9) Blackhawks - can't help but notice that "Lady Blackhawk battles the Internet!". If that's a new villain's name, hellllllloooooooo 1992!
10) What, exactly, is Black Canary kicking at here on the BoP cover?
|that's just awkward, Dinah. Quit trying to participate.|
There is some stuff I quite liked:
1) The Jim Lee cover to JLA #3 is all-action and interesting.
|I'm getting use to WW without gold in her costume, but I don't love it. Also, someone please tell me those are Nu-look Parademons so I can get excited about the storyline.|
3) The Elseworld's 80-Page Giant looks fun!
4) yes, yes, I'm plenty pleased about Morrison and Morales on Action, but I saw that solicit forever ago now.
5) Vertigo is reprinting Sgt. Rock: Between Hell and a Hard Place as a Vertigo Resurrected comic. I can recommend.
6) If you've never read Waid's Life Story of the Flash, its being released as a DC Comics Presents volume. Crucial Barry Allen reading.
7) I'm a little embarrassed about being happy to have 3 separate Legion comics with two by Levitz.
8) I'd sort of given up on Scott McDaniel, but I really like this cover to Static Shock
Unfortunately, the solicitation copy isn't anything to write home about.
9) And I'm glad to get my hands on another REBELS trade.
All in all, its not that bad, but for a "New 52", its not exactly got me wondering what its all about. We got a new Superman and Superman Family, and, for reasons I don't get, a new Flash and Wonder Woman. But as the months roll by before I get my hands on these first issues, my skepticism is growing, and that's not what I was hoping for.
*one day we will talk about why I prefer the covers of comics as done up until the modern age, especially the Bronze and Silver Age comics with characters exclaiming their dilemmas directly on the cover.
|Enemy Ace. He has prblms.|