It’s been six months since DC shook the comic industry and gave it a much needed boost.  Six months and six issues later, and we’ve seen (or nearly seen) the completion of the first story arcs.  While some of the titles have already been announced as being canceled, we thought it was time to take another look at the New 52 and see where we stand on each of the titles.

NOTE FROM THE BENEVOLENT ROBOT OVERLORD: Instead of making each member of the Major Spoilers staff write a review on each title, we’ve asked each of them to fill out a spreadsheet that shows what titles they are still reading, which ones they’ve dropped, waiting for the trade and so on.

GEORGE: Of course DC’s goal for the New 52 was for customers to buy more DC Comics, and at the very least, it worked on this reader. Before the relaunch, I had maybe three or four DC titles on my pull list, and right now the number must be double that. Sure, I’m not reading a huge percentage of DC books, and I am pretty close to dropping some titles on the cusp (like Batwing and Demon Knights), but I am definitely committed to more books from the New 52 than the old 52. I grew up reading Marvel, and so I have a greater fondness for characters from the House of Ideas, but the New 52 did get me to try out some titles I never would have otherwise.

My top three titles are “Batman,” “Swamp Thing,” and “Animal Man.” I didn’t pay much attention to Scott Snyder before the relaunch, and clearly I should have (it also doesn’t hurt he’s been paired with two wonderful artists). I love the shared storyline being crafted in the latter two titles, and the art on both is horrific in all the right ways. The biggest casualties from the New 52 relaunch have to be “Batman, Inc.” and Gail Simone’s superb “Secret Six,” but at least the former is returning in some fashion. I still dig the misunderstood and underrated “Suicide Squad,” even if it does not reach the heady heights of its predecessor. I am also loving the direction Brian Azzarello is taking Wonder Woman. The character has had precious few great storylines, but we’re in the middle of one now.

What has disappointed me the most is the lack of quality in the war comics. I was cautiously optimistic in my early reviews of “Men of War” and “Blackhawks,” but quickly dropped them after it was clear that those titles just weren’t doing anything for me. War comics should be a viable genre, and I am hopeful that the replacement “GI Combat” will provide what I am looking for. Able writing duo Gray and Palmiotti from “All Star Western” (another New 52 book on my pull list that wasn’t before) will be handling the Unknown Soldier, and John Arcudi, who kills over on Dark Horse’s B.P.R.D. books, is writing the Haunted Tank. I also cannot overstate my excitement that one of my favorite novelists, China Miéville, will be writing the upcoming “Dial H for Hero.”

Bottom Line:  At the very least, DC attracted me to books I probably would not have looked at before the New 52. So I’ll call that a success, even if my wallet won’t.

George’s Checklist

GEORGE     
TitlePrintDigitalDroppedWaiting for the tradeNever picked it up
ACTION COMICS #1X
ALL-STAR WESTERN #1X
ANIMAL MAN #1X
AQUAMAN #1X
BATGIRL #1X
BATMAN #1X
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #!X
BATMAN AND ROBIN #1X
BATMAN INCORPORATED #1 (2012)X
BATWING #1X
BATWOMAN #1X
BIRDS OF PREY #1X
BLACKHAWKS #1X
BLUE BEETLE #1X
CAPTAIN ATOM #1X
CATWOMAN #1X
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #1X
DEATHSTROKE #1X
DEMON KNIGHTS #1X
DETECTIVE COMICS #1X
FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF SHADE #1X
GREEN ARROW #1X
GREEN LANTERN #1X
GREEN LANTERN: THE NEW GUARDIANS #1X
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1X
GRIFTER #1X
HAWK AND DOVE #1X
I, VAMPIRE #1X
JUSTICE LEAGUE #1X
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1X
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #1X
LEGION LOST #1X
LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #1X
MISTER TERRIFICX
NIGHTWING #1X
OMAC #1X
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #1X
RED LANTERNS #1X
RESURRECTION MAN #1X
SGT. ROCK AND THE MEN OF WAR #1X
STATIC SHOCK #1X
STORMWATCH #1X
SUICIDE SQUAD #1X
SUPERBOY #1X
SUPERGIRL #1X
SUPERMAN #1X
SWAMP THING #1X
TEEN TITANS #1X
THE FLASH #1X
THE FURY OF FIRESTORM #1X
THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #1X
VOODOO #1X
WONDER WOMAN #1X

JIMMY:  I’ve been very pleased with the DC Relaunch so far, with a few exceptions. My top titles from the New 52 are Demon Knights, Batwoman and The Flash, and I’ve been loving Scott Snyder’s work on Batman. Swamp Thing and Animal Man have been great as well, though I haven’t been enjoying the last couple issues of Swamp Thing as much as the first few–but I associate my enjoyment of Animal Man with Swamp Thing, so I’m still reading it.

There’ve been a couple titles that’ve disappointed me–Detective Comics has been absolutely awful, which is unfortunate considering it’s supposed to be DC’s eponymous flagship title. I’m not sure why they put Tony Daniel on the book, especially considering how poorly his writing has been on every other Bat-book he’s written, but DC isn’t always good at picking its writers (as we’ve seen with the addition of Rob Liefeld to half the books in the New 52). I also was disappointed with Deathstroke, not because of any flaws with the creative team but because I couldn’t get behind the direction they took with the book. Another let-down was Justice League International, with Jurgens jettisoning everything that made the original JLI a good book and instead making it a JL-lite book written for the preteen demographic.

The one book that I absolutely wanted to love and just couldn’t get into it was Batgirl–I loved Gail Simone’s work on Secret Six and Birds of Prey, and feel like she did a great job of making the Barbara Gordon character her own. Unfortunately with the de-aging of Babs she seems to have lost her sense of the character, and Gail just can’t identify with the 20 year old Batgirl anymore.

Bottom Line:  Overall the New 52 has been highly successful for me. I’m reading more comics now than I was before–and it’s not JUST DC titles; I’m reading more Boom! Image and Dynamite comics than ever before. This move by DC is having a snowball effect that is benefiting the entire industry.

Jimmy’s Checklist

JIMMY     
TitlePrintDigitalDroppedWaiting for the tradeNever picked it up
ACTION COMICS #1X
ALL-STAR WESTERN #1X
ANIMAL MAN #1X
AQUAMAN #1X
BATGIRL #1X
BATMAN #1X
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #!X
BATMAN AND ROBIN #1X
BATMAN INCORPORATED #1 (2012)X
BATWING #1X
BATWOMAN #1X
BIRDS OF PREY #1X
BLACKHAWKS #1X
BLUE BEETLE #1X
CAPTAIN ATOM #1X
CATWOMAN #1X
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #1X
DEATHSTROKE #1X
DEMON KNIGHTS #1X
DETECTIVE COMICS #1X
FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF SHADE #1X
GREEN ARROW #1X
GREEN LANTERN #1X
GREEN LANTERN: THE NEW GUARDIANS #1X
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1X
GRIFTER #1X
HAWK AND DOVE #1X
I, VAMPIRE #1X
JUSTICE LEAGUE #1X
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1X
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #1X
LEGION LOST #1X
LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #1X
MISTER TERRIFICX
NIGHTWING #1X
OMAC #1X
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #1X
RED LANTERNS #1X
RESURRECTION MAN #1X
SGT. ROCK AND THE MEN OF WAR #1X
STATIC SHOCK #1X
STORMWATCH #1X
SUICIDE SQUAD #1X
SUPERBOY #1X
SUPERGIRL #1X
SUPERMAN #1X
SWAMP THING #1X
TEEN TITANS #1X
THE FLASH #1X
THE FURY OF FIRESTORM #1X
THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #1X
VOODOO #1X
WONDER WOMAN #1X

MATTHEW:  I think the biggest problem that I had with the all-new all-different DCU was how little was actually different.  Much has been made of the decision to do a “soft” reboot on the successful Bat and Lantern franchises, but I actually support that.  I’m talking more about the fact that entire teams of characters made it through essentially unaltered, how many of the changes to the higher-profile characters were merely cosmetic, and how (with the exception of Martian Manhunter) we’re back to a “Big Seven” Justice League.

For any complaints on that score, though, DC did gamble quite a bit on this relaunch, and to their credit, the didn’t choose to play it entirely safe.  Not every book had what it took to be a long-term seller, but I’m quite certain that this was factored in at the beginning, and taking risks on properties like Mr. Terrific, O.M.A.C. and Voodoo was daring from an editorial standpoint.  Best of the relaunch in my eyes: Animal Man, I Vampire, Batwoman and Wonder Woman.  Matthew’s Least of the relaunch:  Hawk & Dove, Deathstroke, Flash and Grifter.

Bottom Line:  The streamlining of DC, Vertigo and Wildstorm worked better than I expected, though, and I kind of enjoy seeing Gen 13, Authority and WildCATS characters swanning about alongside Cyborg, Superboy and the Martian Manhunter.  For me, there’s still enough going on to keep me reading not-quite 30 of the books with some doubt as to the longevity of a couple.  Superman has left me cold, while Batwoman’s change in art has been quite jarring, and the move to present day in Action Comics makes me worried that the ennui I feel about the Superman title will carry over.  DC has cancelled three of the titles I follow (Static Shock, OMAC and Mister Terrific), but I’m provisionally intending to pick up four of the Second Wave books.  In short, I’m currently reading about half of the New 52, enjoying about 85% of that, and I’m pleased with DC’s handling of the revamp from both a reader and a retailer perspective.  The real question for me is how long it will take the legendary venom of comics readers to start seeing this Brave New World as the Same Ol’, Same Ol’ and cry for things to go back to the way they used to be.

Matthew’s Checklist

MATTHEW     
TitlePrintDigitalDroppedWaiting for the tradeNever picked it up
ACTION COMICS #1XOn The Bubble
ALL-STAR WESTERN #1X
ANIMAL MAN #1X
AQUAMAN #1X
BATGIRL #1X
BATMAN #1Dropped after issue #1
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #!Dropped after issue #1
BATMAN AND ROBIN #1Dropped after issue #1
BATMAN INCORPORATED #1 (2012)
BATWING #1Dropped after issue #1
BATWOMAN #1XOn The Bubble
BIRDS OF PREY #1X
BLACKHAWKS #1Dropped after issue #1
BLUE BEETLE #1X
CAPTAIN ATOM #1Dropped after issue #1
CATWOMAN #1Dropped after issue #1
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #1X
DEATHSTROKE #1Dropped after issue #1
DEMON KNIGHTS #1X
DETECTIVE COMICS #1Dropped after issue #1
FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF SHADE #1X
GREEN ARROW #1Dropped after issue #1
GREEN LANTERN #1Dropped after issue #1
GREEN LANTERN: THE NEW GUARDIANS #1Dropped after issue #1
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1Dropped after issue #1
GRIFTER #1Dropped after issue #1
HAWK AND DOVE #1Dropped after issue #1
I, VAMPIRE #1X
JUSTICE LEAGUE #1X
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1X
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #1X
LEGION LOST #1X
LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #1X
MISTER TERRIFICXCancelled At #8
NIGHTWING #1Dropped after issue #1
OMAC #1XCancelled At #8
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #1X
RED LANTERNS #1Dropped after issue #1
RESURRECTION MAN #1X
SGT. ROCK AND THE MEN OF WAR #1Dropped after issue #1
STATIC SHOCK #1XCancelled At #8
STORMWATCH #1X
SUICIDE SQUAD #1Dropped after issue #1
SUPERBOY #1Dropped after issue #1
SUPERGIRL #1X
SUPERMAN #1XOn The Bubble
SWAMP THING #1Dropped after issue #1
TEEN TITANS #1XDropped
THE FLASH #1Dropped after issue #1
THE FURY OF FIRESTORM #1X
THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #1Dropped after issue #1
VOODOO #1X
WONDER WOMAN #1X

ROB:  I have been enjoying the The New 52.  Most of the titles that I”ve dropped was stuff that I checked out a few months in instead of on launch and may still continue to go that route, kind of a waiting for the trade without the trade being involved.  Only three titles got dropped from my pulls, Batman & Robin, Captain Atom, and Hawk & Dove.  The first one failed to hook me at all in issue one, was more of a retread of the last two years of Morrison.  The second drove me away with the art and got the axe because of a dull story.  The third I only picked up to do the review and knew I wouldn’t be getting anymore because it’s Leifeld.

As for the rest of what was picked up and dropped: the Legion titles, which will likely be obtained in trade, the two war/army titles were kinda dull, and DC Presents because it was picked up for the full Deadman arc.  I’m still picking up 30 titles a month and am enjoying them for the time being.

Bottom Line:   I’m happy with how the grand experiment has gone so far and am very much looking forward to the majority of it in the future.  I know some titles I like are going away and others are likely to be dropped due to the creative change, but that’s how the business goes.  I say let it continue and more good should come forth.

Rob’s Checklist

ROB     
TitlePrintDigitalDroppedWaiting for the tradeNever picked it up
ACTION COMICS #1x
ALL-STAR WESTERN #1x
ANIMAL MAN #1x
AQUAMAN #1x
BATGIRL #1x
BATMAN #1x
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #!x
BATMAN AND ROBIN #1xx
BATMAN INCORPORATED #1 (2012)x
BATWING #1x
BATWOMAN #1x
BIRDS OF PREY #1x
BLACKHAWKS #1xx
BLUE BEETLE #1x
CAPTAIN ATOM #1xx
CATWOMAN #1x
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #1xx
DEATHSTROKE #1x
DEMON KNIGHTS #1x
DETECTIVE COMICS #1x
FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF SHADE #1x
GREEN ARROW #1x
GREEN LANTERN #1x
GREEN LANTERN: THE NEW GUARDIANS #1x
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1x
GRIFTER #1x
HAWK AND DOVE #1xx
I, VAMPIRE #1x
JUSTICE LEAGUE #1x
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1x
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #1x
LEGION LOST #1xxx
LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #1xxx
MISTER TERRIFICx
NIGHTWING #1x
OMAC #1x
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #1x
RED LANTERNS #1x
RESURRECTION MAN #1x
SGT. ROCK AND THE MEN OF WAR #1xx
STATIC SHOCK #1x
STORMWATCH #1x
SUICIDE SQUAD #1x
SUPERBOY #1x
SUPERGIRL #1x
SUPERMAN #1x
SWAMP THING #1x
TEEN TITANS #1x
THE FLASH #1x
THE FURY OF FIRESTORM #1x
THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #1x
VOODOO #1x
WONDER WOMAN #1x

RODRIGO:  I feel bad, because even though I really like a lot of the ideas behind the new 52, I don’t have the budget to support it. I picked up Animal Man, Justice League and both Legion titles but have only sort of kept up with Animal man… sort of, because I’m like 9 issues behind… or two, maybe, how many issues have come out again? I’m bad at monthly comics.

Bottom Line:  I keep hearing good things about Demon Knights so I’ll probably wait for the trade. I might get Animal Man in the trade if I can’t find one of the issues I’m behind on. Was the New 52 successful? I think so, honestly it got me actually buying comics again, if only for a couple of months.

Rodrigo’s Checklist

RODRIGO     
TitlePrintDigitalDroppedWaiting for the tradeNever picked it up
ACTION COMICS #1X
ALL-STAR WESTERN #1X
ANIMAL MAN #1X
AQUAMAN #1X
BATGIRL #1X
BATMAN #1X
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #!X
BATMAN AND ROBIN #1X
BATMAN INCORPORATED #1 (2012)X
BATWING #1X
BATWOMAN #1X
BIRDS OF PREY #1X
BLACKHAWKS #1X
BLUE BEETLE #1X
CAPTAIN ATOM #1X
CATWOMAN #1X
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #1X
DEATHSTROKE #1X
DEMON KNIGHTS #1X
DETECTIVE COMICS #1X
FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF SHADE #1X
GREEN ARROW #1X
GREEN LANTERN #1X
GREEN LANTERN: THE NEW GUARDIANS #1X
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1X
GRIFTER #1X
HAWK AND DOVE #1X
I, VAMPIRE #1X
JUSTICE LEAGUE #1X
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1X
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #1X
LEGION LOST #1X
LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #1X
MISTER TERRIFICX
NIGHTWING #1X
OMAC #1X
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #1X
RED LANTERNS #1X
RESURRECTION MAN #1X
SGT. ROCK AND THE MEN OF WAR #1X
STATIC SHOCK #1X
STORMWATCH #1X
SUICIDE SQUAD #1X
SUPERBOY #1X
SUPERGIRL #1X
SUPERMAN #1X
SWAMP THING #1X
TEEN TITANS #1X
THE FLASH #1X
THE FURY OF FIRESTORM #1X
THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #1X
VOODOO #1X
WONDER WOMAN #1X

STEPHEN:  There were a lot of books that had a great initial hook, but after the third issue, I had lost a lot of interest in a majority of the books.  Some of it had to do with the time factor in reading all the DC books in a single month, some had to do with finances, but for the most part, I simply lost interest in the characters and their new world.

I’m still reading all the Bat books in one form or another, but I’m so very close to dropping Detective Comics at this point, that the only thing that is keeping it around is the upcoming Court of Owls crossover.  Action Comics still entertains, and after Batman by Scott Snyder, it is my favorite series (well played Morrison, well played… )

Bottom Line: I’m reading about half of what was originally announced, and I’m okay with that.  I have a feeling going forward that more of the books that I am currently picking up in print form are going to make their way to a digital only format, as I’m still interested enough in the titles to read the ongoing adventures, but not committed enough to have them taking up space in the Nerd Room of Doom.

Stephen’s Checklist

Stephen Schleicher     
TitlePrintDigitalDroppedWaiting for the tradeNever picked it up
ACTION COMICS #1xx
ALL-STAR WESTERN #1x
ANIMAL MAN #1x
AQUAMAN #1x
BATGIRL #1x
BATMAN #1x
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #!x
BATMAN AND ROBIN #1x
BATMAN INCORPORATED #1 (2012)
BATWING #1x
BATWOMAN #1x
BIRDS OF PREY #1x
BLACKHAWKS #1x
BLUE BEETLE #1x
CAPTAIN ATOM #1x
CATWOMAN #1x
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #1x
DEATHSTROKE #1x
DEMON KNIGHTS #1x
DETECTIVE COMICS #1x
FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF SHADE #1x
GREEN ARROW #1x
GREEN LANTERN #1x
GREEN LANTERN: THE NEW GUARDIANS #1x
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1x
GRIFTER #1x
HAWK AND DOVE #1x
I, VAMPIRE #1x
JUSTICE LEAGUE #1xx
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1x
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #1x
LEGION LOST #1x
LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #1x
MISTER TERRIFICx
NIGHTWING #1x
OMAC #1x
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #1x
RED LANTERNS #1x
RESURRECTION MAN #1x
SGT. ROCK AND THE MEN OF WAR #1x
STATIC SHOCK #1x
STORMWATCH #1x
SUICIDE SQUAD #1x
SUPERBOY #1x
SUPERGIRL #1x
SUPERMAN #1x
SWAMP THING #1x
TEEN TITANS #1x
THE FLASH #1x
THE FURY OF FIRESTORM #1x
THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #1x
VOODOO #1x
WONDER WOMAN #1x

ZACH:  DC’s “The New 52” was my first big hoo-ra-ra into the world of comics. If the company’s main goal was to grab new readers count me one of them. I didn’t grab every new title in September; some titles just didn’t interest me, while others I picked up on a whim and have become my favorite reads.

One such unexpected book for me was Teen Titans. I had no real desire to read this until I flipped it open on release day and saw the art, and believe it or not the story has continually been just as good. Even though I initially dropped Legion Lost (picking up the trade though) I’m looking forward to their crossover with Teen Titans coming up.

Bottom Line:   So here we are six months later and the world hasn’t exploded like some thought. I’m not reading everything I initially picked up, but I’m excited about everything I am. Glancing at the solicitations for the coming months the Court of Owls crossover and Green Lantern: New Guardians stories are high on my reading list. It is good time to be reading comics.

Zach’s Checklist

ZACH     
TitlePrintDigitalDroppedWaiting for the tradeNever picked it up
ACTION COMICS #1X
ALL-STAR WESTERN #1X
ANIMAL MAN #1X
AQUAMAN #1XX
BATGIRL #1X
BATMAN #1X
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #!XX
BATMAN AND ROBIN #1XX
BATMAN INCORPORATED #1 (2012)X-preemptive
BATWING #1X
BATWOMAN #1X
BIRDS OF PREY #1X
BLACKHAWKS #1X
BLUE BEETLE #1XX
CAPTAIN ATOM #1X
CATWOMAN #1X
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #1X
DEATHSTROKE #1XX
DEMON KNIGHTS #1X
DETECTIVE COMICS #1XX
FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF SHADE #1X
GREEN ARROW #1XX
GREEN LANTERN #1x
GREEN LANTERN: THE NEW GUARDIANS #1X
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1XX
GRIFTER #1XX
HAWK AND DOVE #1X
I, VAMPIRE #1X
JUSTICE LEAGUE #1X
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1X
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #1X
LEGION LOST #1XXX
LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #1XXX
MISTER TERRIFICX
NIGHTWING #1X
OMAC #1X
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #1XX
RED LANTERNS #1XX
RESURRECTION MAN #1X
SGT. ROCK AND THE MEN OF WAR #1X
STATIC SHOCK #1XX
STORMWATCH #1X
SUICIDE SQUAD #1X
SUPERBOY #1X
SUPERGIRL #1X
SUPERMAN #1X
SWAMP THING #1X
TEEN TITANS #1X
THE FLASH #1X
THE FURY OF FIRESTORM #1X
THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #1XX
VOODOO #1X
WONDER WOMAN #1X

ROBOT OVERLORD:  There you are Dear Reader, our look back at what DC has done, and what we are reading going forward.  It’s a long list to read through, but we hope this answers the questions you have been asking us related to the current state of DC’s New 52.

 

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19 Comments

  1. J_Michael_T
    March 1, 2012 at 9:58 am — Reply

    Great insight into what’s been happening to most of us too. I buy more comics now than I did before the New 52 kicked off, but have reached the “ok, now which ones do I keep buying and which ones get dropped” stage.

    The two titles vexing me right now are the Legion titles. I am a “legacy” fan of the Legion (started way back in the ’70s) and I feel an “obligation” to pick up the tiles due to nostalgia, but I am switching to digital-only in what I feel may just postpone the inevitable.

    Overall I have enjoyed the opportunity to see a refreshed DC as many of us screamed for… Kudos to DC for trying :)

  2. March 1, 2012 at 10:05 am — Reply

    I’ve overall been pretty happy with the New 52, even if the flagship title for my favorite DC group (the Legion) has been woefully mishandled. I think some of the 1st issues were too weak, though, since some of the ones I was on the fence with (Teen Titans & Voodoo in particular) have improved with every issue & turned out to be pretty damn enjoyable. I am sad to see OMAC in particular go, and I don’t like the current “let’s give Jaime yet another friend turned into a dark mirror enemy” storyline so soon after the pre-relaunch issues did it in Blue Beetle. But I’m on board with the multiverse stuff from Earth 2 and I still hope that they’ll revamp Legion to make it readable again.

    • J_Michael_T
      March 1, 2012 at 10:08 am — Reply

      Definitely hoping for a “better” Legion treatment soon. Your post reminded me that I am excited for the Earth-2 books as I have always been a big JSA fan.

  3. ikdks
    March 1, 2012 at 10:42 am — Reply

    Concerning war comics, I was going to pick a couple of them up until I found out that they were all placed in the DC(n)U. The US was in two wars for almost a decade. War is a much more real thing to Americans then it was in the 80’s and 90’s.

    I was hoping that they would approach war in comics from a more literal perspective. A buddy of mine did two tours in Afghanistan, and Christ, the stories he tells me are insane. I think there’s a market for telling the real story of war with all its glory and horror, and the idea of guys in spandex running around in that environment seems a little, I don’t know, disrespectful.

    Having said that though, I hate it when angry nerds act as though “it wasn’t what I expected” is a legitimate criticism, so I’m not saying that. And maybe doing real war stories is more appropriate for one of the smaller publishers, but if DC had I title where they did it like the old Dragnet series, fictionalized stories based on real events, it would go to the top of my pull list.

    • March 1, 2012 at 2:13 pm — Reply

      The backup story in Men Of War didn’t have any supernatural elements, if I recall right. But it was a bit too generic, unfortunately.

      You make an interesting point. Personally, the immediacy of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan can make it harder for me to consume popular media about them. I always think about the John Wayne Green Berets film and Vietnam – with things as complex as real life wars, it’s hard to take an even, reasoned view while they’re still ongoing. But at the same time, as you say, there are still plenty of stories to tell that need telling.

      Haunted Tank is going to be set in Afghanistan, at least… but yeah, it’s a haunted tank, so it will be a bit ridiculous. The War That Time Forgot is soldiers fighting dinosaurs, so obviously that’s very ridiculous. Don’t know what changes are being done to the Unknown Soldier.

      • ikdks
        March 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm — Reply

        It’s kind of like the movie Shane. If you watch cowboy movies before Shane, when people got shot they would grab their side and slump over, but Shane was made after World War 2 when many average people had actually seen people get shot.

        Shane was the first movie to tie a line to a stuntman and pull him back off his feet to simulate the impact of a bullet. It was the first movie to show a guy go instantly brain dead when he was shot in the head. Like then I think we’re more sophisticated about what war really is, and some fantastic depiction would ring untrue.

        On the other hand a lot of hyper-realistic war stories tend to get political, and I don’t think modern audiences would be interested in a conservative of liberal screed on the subject either. Holy Terror wasn’t exactly a new classic.

  4. Trey
    March 1, 2012 at 11:15 am — Reply

    These are the issues I picked up which is good sinceI had stopped getting comics for awhile before that.

    ACTION COMICS
    ALL-STAR WESTERN
    BATGIRL #1 Dropped after issue 4 (Couldn’t get into it. I liked Cassandra Cain as BG and Babs as Oracle)
    BATMAN #1 (Still getting it but hated the arc. Wouldn’t be so bad if was shorter)
    BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #1
    BATMAN AND ROBIN #1 (Hate Damian with great nerd rage. Dropped after issue 4)
    DEATHSTROKE #1 (Dropped after issue 1. Liked it until he gunned down his team to show how bad ass he was)
    DEMON KNIGHTS #1 (still getting it . still a little confused. I think i’m only getting it because I like fantasy adventure. )
    DETECTIVE COMICS #1
    GREEN ARROW #1 (Cancelled after #3. Bad)
    GREEN LANTERN #1 (I dislike the focus on Sinestro. Hopefully Hal will get his drek together)
    GREEN LANTERN: THE NEW GUARDIANS #1 X
    GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1 (really? they were under Guy’s bar? Still buying it though.)
    JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 (I like it. Not sure if the first arc needed to be 6 issues. Needs Manhunter)
    JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1
    JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #1 (If this continues to be Justice Losers International I’ll drop it)
    NIGHTWING #1 (dropped after #4 . That’s the problem with long arcs. If I don’t like the story I won’t continue buying it.)
    SUPERGIRL #1 (On the fence with this one)
    SUPERMAN #1 (Didn’t like the arc but at least each comic stood on it’s own.)
    THE FLASH #1 X (Dropped after #4. Wally is my Flash. Sorry. I don’t see a point in going back to Barry after 15 years.)
    THE FURY OF FIRESTORM #1 (Dropped after first issue. HATED it. Why go back to Barry but not to the orginal Firestorm?)
    WONDER WOMAN #1 (Dropped after Issue 3 . Think I need ovaries for this one.)

    In my opinion, I think it would have been better if the entire universe was started over. Now it seems like JL and Action are in Year 1, most others in Year 5 with GL and Batman titles in year 10+ . If they wanted to bring back Barry, Hal, and reboot most of the universe they should have just started over full bore.

    • ikdks
      March 2, 2012 at 9:46 am — Reply

      It’s all about the Robins. Making Dick 10 years old again, no Red Hood, no Red Robin, no Damian, they would have had to give up too many characters. It wouldn’t have been worth it. A little awkward consistency is the price we pay for keeping all that backstory.

      • Trey
        March 2, 2012 at 11:05 am — Reply

        How many Robins do we need?

  5. LemmyCaution
    March 1, 2012 at 1:18 pm — Reply

    I think Demon Knights and Wonder Woman are the only titles I consider must-reads. I really wanted to like the Legion stuff, but I just don’t. Liking All-Star Western and Animal Man. But Demon Knights is where it’s at for me.

  6. alvarlux
    March 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm — Reply

    I was a big Marvel reader and would pick up the occasional trade or event for DC but the NEW 52 has definitely got me following some titles.

    My favorites right now are probably Teen Titans, Red Hood and Suicide Squad

    Biggest issue I have with it so far has been the feeling like these are very much different worlds – Like in Firestorm every issue there is some new terrorist or villain that is a clone of Firestorm – How has this not been a concern for Stormwatch or JLI/JLA?

    Flash also seems to keep adding new super powers – is he the new Superman? “Oh crap, he’s too powerful – we’ll need to nerf him and hope no one notices…”

    As I start reading issue #6 for some of the ones I am still following pacing seems to be catching up with a lot of these titles… Demon Knights came out really strong but now… they’ve been bogged down during the same night telling back stories that hurt the mysterious strangers working together aspect that made me enjoy the title to begin with.

    Other titles have completely put me off with the art – OMAC, Batwoman, Hawk and Dove (Dear god why does Leifeld get still get work?)

  7. March 1, 2012 at 4:31 pm — Reply

    For me the best series has surprisingly been Swamp Thing. All-Star Western would be great, if they could be in the West. Demon Knights needs better pacing. Supergirl’s been good, if a bit of a rehash of older stories. The possible saving grace of Keith Giffen keeps me on Superman for one more issue. Blue Beetle, broke my heart to drop (because of love of the character), but that was awful. Ressurection Man really enjoyable. Aquaman I feel is some of the best Johns has put out in the past few years. Justice League Dark meh, probably dropping soon.

  8. Monte
    March 1, 2012 at 4:48 pm — Reply

    Most disappointing thing in the new 52 that happened for me actually took place in BATWOMAN #6, where DC took J.H. Williams II off art. (first 5 issues of the series would make an amazing trade paperback)

    I picked it up on Matthew’s recommendation, and am giving it two more issues before I drop it completely.

  9. OSPerry
    March 1, 2012 at 5:35 pm — Reply

    I’ve been collecting since the 80’s regularly with a 67%-33% Marvel DC ratio, and this is still pretty much true even after the New 52. I think I picked up 2 additional titles… Batman and Action.

    I’ve been buying titles with Booster Gold since he debuted. I’m not a super fan or anything, but now its become more of a completionist thing with me, but I’m thinking of dumping JLI. (poor booster) Where is Skeets by the way?

    I think there are some cool ideas being bantered about in this new 52, but I agree on “Now it seems like JL and Action are in Year 1, most others in Year 5 with GL and Batman titles in year 10+” That is a spot on observation. I think they should have taken the whole thing back to year one, or put everyone at year 5… but it does seem discombobulated. Why can’t publishers like Marvel and DC just halve the number of titles they produce, and put the best writers and artists they have on them… seems to be a lot of mediocrity and subpar work out there from DC and Marvel.

  10. Walsh
    March 1, 2012 at 7:42 pm — Reply

    For me, the New 52 has been an out and out failure.

    I had to drop Wonder Woman because each passing issue made me want to put my fist through a wall. Abyssmal, utterly abysmal. Meanwhile, over in Justice League, Geoff Johns STILL can’t write her for s**t.

    I was buying the Huntress mini-series and thought it was decent…until they sucker-punched me with it apparently being Helena Wayne the whole time. Sorry–no Bertinelli, no sale.

    Beyond that, I couldn’t care less. So, in nutshell, DC’s dead to me for the foreseeable future.

  11. Frank
    March 2, 2012 at 8:17 am — Reply

    For me, the New 52 was an opportunity to shuffle my pull list. Prior to the New 52, I used to get 7 DC titles. I took the opportunity to drop all the Bat titles.
    After Flashpoint, I am getting Flash, GL and GLC, though the latter two are ‘on the bubble’. I am considering picking up World’s Finest when it debuts.

    I really wish I had the budget to pick up more…

  12. David
    May 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm — Reply

    Let me start by saying I’m a life-long DC fan. Before the new 52, I bought about 40-50 DC titles each month. (Some were duplicates to give away but still I enjoyed them enough to do so). My Marvel haul was roughly 3-5 books each month.

    Despite my initial reservations about the new 52, I decided to give it a go and sample it. I began with 22 of the new books.

    Justice League- I enjoyed the first arc for the most part. It read well for an origin story but the big “ooh” moments really didn’t impress me much because I’ve read so many of these types of stories before. Yet another Justice League origin, but a decent read. I give DC props for the origin beginning with Darkseid.

    Action – It didn’t appeal to me at all. I dropped after the first 3 issues.

    Green Lantern – Too Sinestro-oriented. Dropped after the first four issues.

    Superman – Same fate as Action.

    Aquaman – This has been one of the biggest surprises for me. I’ve never been much of an Aquaman fan, but I’ve enjoyed this take on the character.

    Teen Titans – I don’t enjoy it as much as the previous incarnation. At some point, I’ll probably drop this title for the first time in decades.

    Wonder Woman – Another book I didn’t think I’d enjoy as much as I did initially. It seems to have lost some steam though. I am dropping it but haven’t gotten around to doing so yet.

    Batgirl – I love Barbara Gordon – as Oracle. DC gutted one of its strongest, and most interesting, female leads in favor of more “Bat-action”. Sadly, this one will also be dropped soon.

    Swamp Thing – I enjoyed this one initially, but it’s not a must-read. Probably will drop soon.

    Justice League Dark – I’m in the minority but I enjoy this book.

    Justice League International – Another one bound to be dropped soon.

    Birds of Prey – I’ve enjoyed the Birds of Prey since the original Dixon mini years ago and have purchased every issue since, so of course I had to try the new one. The heart of the book is gone without Oracle. Again, a watered-down version fails. Black Canary as a villain fails here too (although it harkens back to her original origin). I can take Katana or leave her in the mix. No preference either way. I enjoy Poison Ivy thrown into the mix. I’m not sure how believable it is, but I like it. I also enjoy the new character, Ev. Still, I much prefer the previous incarnation of the team. I’ll probably keep the book on my pull list though.

    All Star Western – I loved the previous Jonah Hex series. Gray and Palmiotti still have an excellent grasp of the character. I dislike Hex being tied to the Gotham City (and by extension, Batman) myth though. Still, I’ll keep it as long as it doesn’t get too bad.

    Legion of Super-Heroes – The Legion is my first love in comics. I was stoked when the original team returned in the Lightning Saga and glad they were one of the properties that escaped the radical makeover. I enjoy the new series but feel it’s lagged the last few issues. The book would be stronger without the two tales per issue format we’ve seen lately.

    Legion Lost – I’ll continue to buy as a Legion fan, but this is awful. I would not buy if it weren’t a Legion book. And some of my favorite characters are included in this title!

    Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E – I love this quirky, offbeat book. Apparently, I’m one of the few so my guess is that it will drop me before I drop it.

    Firestorm – One of the worst comics I’ve ever read. Definitely will be dropped.

    Resurrection Man – I enjoyed this from the onset, but have lost interest. I will drop it.

    Voodoo – Another book I enjoy, but it will also likely drop me before I drop it.

    Mister Terrific – As a long-time JSA fan, I had to sample this one. Unfortunately, one issue was all it took to realize it was a stinker and I dropped it.

    Static Shock – I wanted to like this book, but it has been a great disappointment. The only reason I haven’t dropped it yet was that my comic shop has a policy of three months warning on drops. Given the timing of the cancellation announcement, it didn’t make sense to even bother.

    Blackhawks – There’s a nostalgic side of me that loves the old Blackhawks books. I have a complete run of the 1970’s series, the Showcase anthology, multiple Silver Age issues, etc. This was an abomination. Glad to see it failed.

    So 19 books, and I will likely continue with nine. Of those, several are candidates for cancellation. I’m going to try Earth Two and World’s Finest, but I’m expecting to be disappointed. I’m thinking it’s about time to leave the hobby I loved for so many years. It’s too expensive to not enjoy it thoroughly.

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