Taking the Plunge, the DC 52 Plunge!!!!!

Written by Shaun Daniels and Edited by Sharon Wong

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for most of the summer, you have to know that DC Comics is renumbering (or is it rebooting, relaunching, or restarting?) their entire main DC Universe.  A few of the characters and titles will see little change and a few will see more dramatic changes while several titles will not be returning, at least not in the foreseeable future.  Initially, we were sad knowing that some of our favorite titles like Secret Six, Zatanna and Batman Beyond were not coming back but on the opposite end, we were excited by new titles like Justice League Dark, Swamp Thing, Blackhawks and Men of War.  When the news first broke, our plan was to purchase just the titles that we were excited about and then the deals for all 52 #1’s started popping up all over the interwebs.  Thus, we couldn’t help ourselves, and decided to take the plunge and buy the set just under the wire for the cutoff date.

Reboots certainly aren’t anything new in the world of comics but the new 52 is more unique than previous attempts.  This reboot is renumbering, something that comics haven’t seen since 1985’s Crisis on Infinite Earths.  Yes, there was Zero Hour and other events but not like this.  Not only are we reading the first issues but also the first five issues of each title.  The main crux of reading all the titles is to better assess the whole body of work than the sum of the parts, to better critique the reboot.  Undoubtably, there will be titles we don’t like and ones that surprise us.  Here is a quick breakdown of what we are looking forward to and a few that we weren’t going to buy but due to the unbelievable deal, our interest was peaked.

What We Were Going To Buy:

Justice League Dark

Written by Peter Milligan, Art by Mikel Janin
All we have to say is the Justice League book features Shade the Changing Man, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Zatanna and… John Constantine.  This is the one book that we are looking forward to the most, especially since Constantine, who until Brightest Day, hasn’t been in the DCU since 1985’s Crisis on Infinite Earths.  Written by Milligan, who also wrote the must-read series Shade The Changing Man, with fantastic art by Janin, where could this book go wrong.

Swamp Thing

Written by Scott Snyder, Art by Yanick Paquette
Constantine is back and so is Swamp Thing… yes, Mr. Green Jeans himself is back.  The question is: Is Alec Holland back?  From his creepy version of James Gordon Jr. to his take on vampires, Snyder has been killing it on Detective Comics and on his creator-owned series American Vampire.  As for the art, we’ve seen little of Paquette’s work but since he’s working with Snyder then we’re right along for the ride.

Blackhawks

Written by Mike Costa, Art & Cover by Ken Lashley
This reimagine has our Y chromosome atingle especially since its being written by Mike Costa, who actually made us care about Chuckles in the pages of G.I.  Joe Cobra.  The art team of Graham Nolan and Norm Rapmund for issue #2 has us salivating at the character designs, and with hopes of air combat and big action.

Men of War

Written by Ivan Brandon, Art by Tom Derenick
Sgt. Rock was a favorite of ours growing up and this new version features the grandson of Sgt. Rock.  Although this series follows the exploits of Easy Company “military contractors” instead of the lovable Joes we came to know, we’re on board.  This series is shaping up to be an interesting look at modern warfare in a world with supervillians but if there is somebody who can handle it, it’s Easy Company.

Batgirl

Written by Gail Simone, Art by Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes, Covers by Adam Hughes
The past incarnations of Batgirl have been great books but we missed Barbara as Batgirl, just like we miss our high school sweetheart(s).  With Gail Simone penning the character again, though in a new light, nothing can go wrong.  Simone could write a comic book about a rock and we’d read it.  Artside, Syaf and Cifuentes have us falling in love with Babs all over again.  Finishing it all off with Adam Hughes’ covers, and you have awesomeness.

Frankenstein and the Agents of S.H.A.D.E.

Written by Jeff Lemire, Art by Alberto Ponticelli
First, you have Frankenstein and the creature commandos in their own book.  Second, you have writer Jeff Lemire and artist Alberto Ponticeli.  Sign us up?  YES!  We loved Jeff in Essex County and of course, in Sweet Tooth, and we poured over Ponticelli’s art on Unknown Soldier.

Demon Knights

Written by Paul Cornell, Art by Diogenes Neves and Oclair Albert, Cover by Tony S. Daniels
Paul Cornell wrote a series that made us Anglophiles speak with a British accent alongside Captain Britian and MI-5.  When we heard he was going to be writing a new book, we definitely took notice.  As Cornell puts it, it’s the Magnificent Seven in Medieval times.  The art team are no slouches either with the Medieval never looking this good.

What We Are Interested In:

Animal Man, DC Universe Presents, I, Vampire, Ressurection Man, Static Shock, Voodoo and Wonder Woman

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2 Responses to “Taking the Plunge, the DC 52 Plunge!!!!!”

  1. That’s a good selection! 🙂
    Glad to discover your site!

    • Thanx we’re going to be double dipping on your book not sure if we can wait for our comics to arrive we’re going to download it from the DC app when it goes live

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