…Long Live the DCnU (Part 3)
Well, DC put out another thirteen issue #1′s last week, and as before here are my brief thoughts and opinions on them after my initial readings.
Batman and Robin #1
I was a tad surprised at how much I enjoyed this one. I hadn’t read the previous series where it was Dick Grayson as Batman teamed up with Damian Wayne as Robin, so while I had seen Damian in guest spots in other books I didn’t know the character too well. That said, I did enjoy the interaction of Bruce Wayne and Damian as they began to learn to work each other. They obviously still have a lot to work out, but I think that the character part of this book is what will make it good. There was the normal comic book action as well, but I think that is secondary compared to the potential character growth. I also quite enjoyed the art. This will be one I’ll probably be continuing to get.
This is one I’m kind of torn on. I thought the story was interesting, but the art really drew me out of it. The book has at least 2 or 3 different art styles, depending on whether the main character is in their civilian identity or their hero identity. Which in theory is an interesting concept, however there are certain panels where it seems like there are multiple art styles in the same panel and it is rather disconcerting. I may still continue on this one, but I’m going have to decide how I feel about the mish mash of styles first.
I rather enjoyed this one. I thought both the story and the art were good. And while it was rated T+ I didn’t feel like they used that as an excuse to put in gore and/or violence just for the sake of having it in. Yes, there was a bit of it, but nothing too excessive in my opinion. This was also an oddity compared to the other books so far in that it seemed to be more of a one and done story instead of ending on a cliffhanger. Good chance I’ll be continuing with this one.
Demon Knights #1
When I first heard about this title I wasn’t too keen on it. That said, this one surprised me as too how much I liked it. While the art wasn’t my favorite I’d seen it wasn’t bad, and the story, while mostly setting up the main characters, was serviceable. I’m curious to see how the characters will interact in the future and this is another one I’ll probably be continuing.
Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1
This is another book that whether or not I decide to continue with it will probably depend on the art. The art isn’t bad, but there’s just something about it that just doesn’t do it for me. I enjoyed the story, and am curious to see where it goes, but just not sure if I want to read entire issues, or just get a basic synopsis off the internet.
Green Lantern #1
My first read through of this issue left me feeling a bit “meh” towards it. I thought the art was good as was the story, but I think I was expecting more from Geoff Johns. I did decide to give this one another read before making a final decision and I did enjoy it more the second time through. Though, like some other books, I’m wondering if this is a big “relaunch” why are they continuing on from the previous storylines? They do explain things for the most part, but it is odd to read a comic numbered “1′ and feel like you’re jumping into an issue numbered at least “3″ or even “4″. I’m still not sure if I’ll continue with this one, but it has moved closer to being added to my pull list than it was the other day.
I enjoy mysteries. And this book not only had a mystery, but the art was pretty good as well. However, I don’t think I’ll be continuing with this one. By the end of the book, while I was curious about what was going on I didn’t really find myself caring for the main character. And actually, the book had two mysteries. The first one is the one in the actual story. The second is whether one particular part of the book is a typo or a plot hole. Either way that also leads to the mystery of how it got past the editors. There have been certain things I’ve seen and/or heard that says not only was the ending of certain titles rushed, but so were some of the number 1s. This would be another one of those things. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t a bad read, just not for me.
Legion Lost #1
Like previous books in the relaunch this one also started off seemingly in the middle of the plot, but isn’t actually a continuation of a previous title. I did find out there was a prologue of sorts that was posted to various forums, and what was going on was partially described in the book. But hopefully for those who don;t know about the prologue, or don’t care to hunt it down, they will describe things in more detail later on. I enjoyed the art for the most part and am curious to see what happens to the Legion members in the book.
Mister Terrific #1
This was one of the titles this week that I was really looking forward to, which makes me a bit sad that I’m still not sure how I feel about it. The art was ok, but definitely not my favorite. There is also a character in the book that as far as I knew, until the book came out was one of the characters who were “missing” in the New 52. Or at least their secret identity is in the book. Now it could be that they still have their powers but it is being saved for later, but no indication of that is shown. I’m glad to see some more familiar faces, but I don’t necessarily want to see them in the book just for the sake of having them there. I’d prefer that they have a purpose, so hopefully later on they will indeed have a purpose for being there other than simply “being there”. As for the plot of the issue, it was ok, but I’m still not sure I care enough to continue reading.
Red Lanterns #1
The art was good in this book, and while it was interesting to see a backstory for a character that has been in the Green Lantern related titles and events, in the end I just don’t care enough about the characters to continue reading the series. They’re interesting sprinkled throughout other books, but just don’t see them as being interesting enough to read as the main focus of an entire book.
Resurrection Man #1
This was the surprise title for me this week. From what I’d read about the title before the relaunch I wasn’t really interested in it. However, while the art wasn’t my favorite, I was pulled in by the story. I’m still not 100% sure that I’ll continue reading yet, but of the books this week I’m still on the fence about, it is probably closest to ending p in my pull list.
Suicide Squad #1
This was another title I was interested in at first, but as I heard more about it my interest level went down a bit. For the most part the art was ok, though there were parts I liked more than others. And I’m still not quite a fan of the redesign of certain characters. The story also made for a good introductory issue, giving the reader a brief back story for a couple of the characters, as well as explaining why they are all there. Still not sure on this one either, but I might very well continue reading this title as well.
I thought the art in this book was ok, not the best I’d seen but better than average. I was also intrigued by the story, and was even thrown for a loop in the middle of the book when I didn’t see something coming. There were also other threads started in issue that I’m curious to see where they go as the series progresses. This will be another title I’ll be continuing.