Review – DC’s New 52 – Part 3

Posted by Spat on October 28, 2011 in Comics, Reviews |

Week 3 brings us 12 new number 1 comics!!

Batman #1. Written by Scott Snyder, art by Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion.

What should have been a re-introduction to the Batman of this new Universe, was instead a drop in on a already established Batman. The Universe of Supers is supposed to only be 5 years old, yet Batman already has a Batcave stocked with 4 Batmobiles, a Batcycle, Batjet, Batcopter, Batglider and his standard set of trophies (Riddler question mark, giant penny, T-Rex, Joker card). He even has an old Robin costume in a case. All in the course of 5 years? Really?

Either way, it’s Batman. And he has a new mystery to solve! Someone wants to kill Bruce Wayne! Shhhh… Bruce Wayne is actually Batman!

It’s Batman. I have to keep reading it!

Birds of Prey #1. Written by Duane Swiercynski, art by Jesus Saiz.

So, Black Canary (in a new costume), teams up with Starling and is putting together a team (the Birds of Prey). But they’re being hunted by some covert ops people.

Seems interesting, and the cover shows Katana and Poison Ivy (so they may be joining at some point), but I think I may pass on this one.






Blue Beetle #1. Written by Tony Bedard, art by Ig Guara and Ruy Jose.

Really great intro to the whole Blue Beetle Universe. It even goes back to ancient Mayan times to explain where the Beetle comes from and what it does. then jumps forward to show the beetle finding it’s new host.

Probably one of the best re-introductions in the new Universe so far!

But sadly, not super into the character, so will probably skip it.





Captain Atom #1. Written by J.T. Krul, art by Freddie Williams II.

Kind of a Dr. Manhattan thing. There are monsters, a volcano in NY, and Captain Atom is losing his powers. All sorts of craziness.

Not really my cup of tea.








Catwoman #1. Written by Judd Winick, art by Guillem March.

So, someone is hunting Catwoman and is blowing up her apartments! So she has to turn the tables and go on the hunt herself.

Oh, yeah. There’s a Batman cameo, and (spoiler alert!) they hook up!

Lots of controversy over this one due to the last page.

Seems like something worth following!





DC Universe Presents: Deadman #1. By Paul Jenkins and Bernard Chang.

Deadman was a classic, yet odd character in the old Universe. Former daredevil was killed and now is basically a ghost that kind of “leaps” into other peoples bodies and takes them over so he can fix something in their lives.

Interesting, but not a keeper for me.







Green Lantern Corps #1. Written by Peter J. Tomasi, art by Fernando Pasarin and Scott Hanna.

Guy Gardner is a Green Lantern, but still needs to find an Earthly job to pay his bills with! It’s nice to see the comic showing a bit of unemployment in super heroing!

In the meantime, someone (or something) is going around killing Lanterns and now the team is out to find out the truth!

I think this is one I will pick up again next month!






The Legion of Super-Heroes #1. Written by Paul Levitz, art by Francis Portela.

Set in the 31st Century like before, Legion is a lot like the comic from the former Universe.

If you were a fan before, you’ll probably like this one, but for me, Legion has always just had way too many characters in it for me to follow.

But if that’s what you’re into….






Nightwing #1. Written by Kyle Higgins, art by Eddy Baarows and J.P. Mayer.

Nightwing is all about the former Robin (Dick Grayson) all grown up and out there as his own hero.

Trained by Batman, but with his own distinct style, Nightwing is working to find his own way in Gotham in the shadow of the Bat.

Interesting idea, but I think I have enough comics set in Gotham that I’m reading right now.






Red Hood and the Outlaws #1. Written by Scott Lobdell, art by Kenneth Rocafort.

Lots of controversy on this issue because Starfire mentioned that she likes sex.  Like that was a shock!

So, Jason Todd (former Robin) is now the Red Hood, and apparently has one of those “Total Recall” style fat suits that you can hide in.

So, Red Hood, Speedy, Starfire and Essence are on the run (Outlaws), but go around doing good deeds, but are on vacation in the tropics when some kid snaps a pic of Starfire and uploads it to Facebook blowing their cover.  Or something.

Gonna skip this one.



Supergirl #1.  Written by Michael Green and Mike Johnson, art by Mahmud Asrar and Don Green.

Ok, so Supergirl is Superman’s cousin, and escaped Krypton at about the same time as Supes, but arrives on Earth as a teenager, not a baby.

I like that they’re starting this one off fresh.  Literally, off the boat (as it were).

She crash lands on a strange planet (Earth).  Doesn’t speak the language, and for a bit thinks she’s having a strange dream.

And since she’s new to the effects of the Yellow Sun, she’s just learning that she has powers.

Nice start to the saga, and I always liked the Supergirl character, so I will be checking this out again next month!

Wonder Woman #1.  Written by Brian Azzarello, art by Cliff Chiang.

The new Wonder Woman is a lot different from the old one!

This first issue is very complicated and confusing.

War of the Gods, some mortal woman stuck in the middle.

The Oracles, Hermes, and all sorts of other notable God stuff, and Wonder Woman is stuck right in the middle.

I am curious as to where this is going, but I think I’ll skip this one for now.

Next up is the 4th and final week of the New 52!

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