The Endof the New DCU

5 Oct

Last week wrapped up the DCnU.  For the most part, I thought it was a successful start to a new era of DC Comics.  Of course, there were some hiccups along the way, but for the most part, the books I read and the decisions made were good.  The major storylines that are no longer in effect  seems to imply someone forgot to think everything through before starting the new 52.  And several books’ creative teams are already shuffling, but I think for the most part, this is a good idea. So what about the books I got last week? 

Green Lanterns: The New Guardians

This book had potential.  Still, it didn’t live up to the potential.  The notion that one of each of the seven corps joining forces for some reason could be good.  Unfortunately, we don’t get that.  Instead, we got Kyle getting a ring from each corps and several random characters showing up to fight Kyle. Even this, could have worked.  But the entire issue builds up to the different characters showing up and then it ended.  And we have the promise of a fight next issue.  I have to admit, this was entirely underwhelming.  The art was also not worth it.  If this book doesn’t improve soon, I may drop a Green Lantern book.  This would surprise me.  That said, Kyle has always been my least favorite Earth based Green Lantern. 


I never really cared for Peter David’s Aquaman, which I know is abnormal for Aquaman fans.  I have always thought the character had potential, but never quite lived up to it.  That said, since his role in Blackest Night, I have waited for this book.  I was disappointed overall with Brightest Day but issue 1 of Aquaman was a resounding success.  Yes, in the book, he is almost treated as a joke, but the entire point is to prove he is not a joke, regardless of what people think of him.  And the jokes at his expense were actually funny.  Meanwhile, like many others have said, Ivan Reis could draw the phone book, and I would want a copy.  I hope this book continues like this. 


I had not planned on liking this book because Geoff, my current favorite author, had left.  And yet, this book was just as good as if he hadn’t.  There were a couple of clunky moments, and from what I understand Manupel hasn’t written a comic before, so this is to be expected.  For example, Patty, a scientist, is originally for building more highways to decrease congestion in Central.  But when random new science guy says that it wouldn’t help, her opinion suddenly changes and argues that they should destroy all the highways and go for light rail.  If the science gal is that easily swayed in her beliefs, I have to wonder what she is doing in the first place.  Still, overall, the book was awesome.  The characters shine and Barry is coming back into his role as the Flash of today.  Like most people of my generation, I wonder what happened to Wally, but I am willing to give Barry a shot. 


I have no desire to read Grant Morrison on Action Comics, but I was looking forward to George Perez’s take on Superman.  The book was a lot more meaty than most books currently.  I felt like I actually got my twenty pages worth of this title.  Still, it seemed very eighties, which was mildly disappointing.  Yes, the tech was better and the characters outfits were modernized, but the story was standard fare for thirty years ago.  I hate to say it, but I am glad George is moving on.  Because he is being replaced by my all time favorite comics author, Keith Giffen.  The sky is the limit and I can’t wait! 


Hawkman is a character I love but is almost never done right.  I thought Geoff and David got him right in the JSA and I felt the first bit of his last series was good, but almost everywhere else, he is wasted potential.  This new book looks more like that mold, than what I hoped for.  The villain was one note, the supporting cast was generic cannon fodder.  I had no problems with Carter Hall wanting to give up on the suit and little problems with the nth metal absorbing in his skin.  Potentially, this could be very interesting.  But I am really disappointed Kendra wasn’t mentioned at all.  The one thing that bothers me even more is the reincarnation angle seems completely dropped.  That completely set him apart from anyone else in comics and allows history nerds like myself to feel like a superhero.  I hope it comes back soon.

Fury of Firestorm

Finally, the one book most likely to be cut soon by me was one I hoped to love the most.  I love Ethan Van Scivier and I love Gail Simone, but this was a mess.  Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond can work together great.  Just check out Batman: Brave and the Bold.  But it is never done right in the comics.  Jason is the typical angry black youth and Ronnie is the typical closet racist apparently.  Instead of becoming one superhero, which was a weird and unique part to the story, both become Firestorms and can merge into Super-Firestorm.  Why?  Unless this improves next issue, I will experience the Fury at Firestorm.  Which would be a waste. 



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