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DC Comics First Issues Coming In September 2016

Well, Summer is drawing to an end and school is going to start soon for many of our readers while the older set are just counting the days until the next holiday. The good side of this is that the brand new comic book launches are still heading our way and DC Comics is continuing strong with its “DC Universe: Rebirth” initiative. I’ve said this a couple of times already for sure but I am going to repeat that I am really enjoying it all. Yeah one or two titles are not winning me over but the strong points clearly are outweighing the weaker ones for me when it comes to this. Let’s get down to the cover art and provided press copy for the first issues that will be launching this month and then I’ll close out with some additional thoughts. Remember that each of the “Rebirth” issues comes with a variant cover and that numerous titles are running concurrently to these issues. Let’s get on with this shall we?

"Doom Patrol" #1
“Doom Patrol” #1

DOOM PATROL #1: The atoms are buzzing. The daydreams crowd sentient streets, and the creative team has been warned, “Turn back now or suffer the mighty consequence of sheer, psycho-maniacal mayhem.” Generation-arsonists unite—this is DOOM PATROL, and the God of the Super Heroes is bleeding on the floor.

A blenderized reimagining of the ultimate series of the strange, DOOM PATROL combines elements from classic runs, new directions, and things that could not be. Our entry point is Casey Brinke, a young EMT on the graveyard shift to abstract enlightenment, with a past so odd that she’s not entirely sure what is real and what is not. Along with her partner, Sam Reynolds, the pair blaze a path through the city and its denizens, finding the only quiet that exists at 3am is the chaos of the brain. When the pair answer a hit-and-run call, they find themselves face to face with a familiar figure: Cliff Steele, AKA Robotman.

“It gets weirder from here,” writer Gerard Way had to say about the book, with artist Nick Derington gripping tightly on the wheel of the ambulance. The pair’s only communication? Shouting out of the open windows while at high velocity. Who needs a new roommate? Who names a cat “Lotion”? And when do we get to see all those muscles?

Find your answers inside the pages of this comic book, as we set the stage for new beginnings, as well as the re-introduction of some classic DOOM PATROL characters, including Niles Caulder, Negative Man, Flex Mentallo, and Crazy Jane.

The debut title of DC’s Young Animal line kicks off with a removable sticker on its cover: Pull back the gyro to reveal its secrets, but be warned—there is no turning back.

Written by GERARD WAY; Art and cover by NICK DERINGTON

"Batman Beyond: Rebirth" #1
“Batman Beyond: Rebirth” #1

BATMAN BEYOND: REBIRTH #1: Six months have passed since the events of BATMAN BEYOND #16. While areas of destruction remain in the outside world, Gotham City has made great strides toward reclaiming its bright future. But new threats arise and old adversaries may be coming back. And the question still remains: whatever happened to Bruce Wayne?

Written by DAN JURGENS; Art and cover by RYAN SOOK
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DC Comics’ “The New 52” Zero Issues Week Three

Well hello again comic book fans, its nice to see you here once more. If you are just joining in on our “Zero Month” narratives please know that there are two posts that preceded this one and showcase the first couple of grouped titles that received a “0” issue this month. I’ve been breaking them up week by week to assist your absorption and aid you in your shopping for said titles. Take a look at week three.

Comic - Batwoman 0 - 2012

Comic - Birds Of Prey 0 - 2012
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DC Comics “The New 52” First Issues: “Young Justice” Titles

As previously blogged about in the PiercingMetal Musings; DC Comics recently re-launched a number of titles and started them off from issue #1 under the branding of “The New 52”. The initiative’s prime objective being to up the number of titles available each month and to offer new readers an easier chance to jump on board with their characters. New costumes and beginnings are par for the course with the reboot but a number of the company’s most historic moments shall remain unaffected. The New 52 appears to have segmented the titles into a number of different groups based on the relation of the character – for instance there is a Superman and Batman grouping to enjoy and each title relates directly to the character. From these segments I have opted to share my thoughts on the first issues for your reading pleasure. The Young Justice grouping of titles aims to prove that youth is not wasted on the young by delivering us a new go round of Teen Titans, Static Shock, Hawk & Dove, Blue Beetle, Legion Of Super-Heroes and Legion Lost. Let’s take a look at these shall we.

“Teen Titans” #1

Teen Titans #1: During my younger days, the New Teen Titans title that was done by Marv Wolfman and George Perez was an absolute killer. The title gave us Robin, Wonder Girl, Kid Flash and some new cool heroes like Cyborg and Starfire against menaces that constantly kept us on the edge of our seats. A lot has gone on in the Teen Titans mythos and this aspect of The New 52 appears to find the team building up from scratch. The opening finds us meeting Kid Flash who is a serious show boater. He arrives at the scene of a massive fire and ends up causing more harm than good and puts innocents in harm’s way. It’s not likely that he means this; he is just wet behind the ears in this. We catch up with Red Robin (formerly known as Robin) who is monitoring this activity before being attacked by a mysterious group called N.O.W.H.E.R.E. – Drake escapes and soon comes in contact with a new Wonder Girl. She does NOT like being called that. Some additional tussling with the forces of NOWHERE ensues before the heroes win out and as the issue closes we find a secret lab getting ready to unleash “The Superboy”. It’s rather obvious that he will be a part of the new team and joining these four will be Bugg and Bunker. I was intrigued about this one since I liked Red Robin and was curious about some of the revisions to the core membership. Scott Lobdell writes while Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund do the art.
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