I’ve been posting broadcast blog items when Marvel Comics has new debut issues hitting the stands and after offering up so many summaries of the DC Comics offerings I felt that I should add their new first issues or beginning mini-series as each month goes along. That being said here are the premiere editions coming out this April from DC Comics “The New 52” grouping.
As has been done with the Marvel broadcasts, I’ve lovingly used the basic premises for these titles from the Wikipedia Page for the brand and offering up cover art. I’ll be tossing in my views on the batch of releases at the close so here we go.
Aquaman and The Others: Writer Dan Jurgens, Artists Lan Medina; Ed Tadeo. Featuring Aquaman, the Operative, Prisoner-Of-War, Ya’wara, and Sky.
Justice League United: Writer Jeff Lemire, Artist Mike McKone; Initial team members are Animal Man, Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow, Hawkman, Stargirl, Supergirl, Adam Strange, Alanna Strange and Equinox, a 16-year-old Cree teen from Moose Factory with the civilian name Miiyahbin. Her powers stem from the Earth and change with the seasons. The series was intended to be a retitled version of Justice League of America, known as Justice League Canada, until it was announced in January 2014 that Justice League of America would be relaunched. An extra-size zero issue released in April 2014, followed by the first issue of the series in May 2014.
Secret Origins: Various. Focusing on The New 52 beginnings of DC heroes by a rotating creative team depending on the characters covered. Issue 1: Superman; Supergirl; Dick Grayson. Future issues will feature Batman; Aquaman; Starfire, Green Lantern; Batwoman; Red Robin, Harley Quinn; Green Arrow and Damian, Son of Batman.
Sinestro: Writer Cullen Bunn, Artist Dale Eaglesham; Spinning out of the “Forever Evil” event and the Sinestro “Villains Month” one-shot in Green Lantern #23.4. Also featuring members of the Sinestro Corps, with Lyssa Drak, Arkillo, Dez Trevius, and Rigen Kale acting as an “inner council” for Sinestro.
Forever Evil Aftermath: Batman vs. Bane #1 – Writer Peter J. Tomasi, Penciller Scot Eaton, Inker
Jaime Mendoza – This is a one-shot edition.
Batman: Eternal – Writers Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, John Layman, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley; Artists Jason Fabok, Dustin Nguyen: A year-long weekly series featuring Batman, his allies, and others in Gotham City. John Layman announced in January 2014 that he would no longer be a part of the project. His work on the first 17 issues will still be released as planned. Kyle Higgins was chosen as Layman’s replacement at the end of January 2014. The series will run through March 2015, after which, it will take a hiatus.
PiercingMetal KP Says: Starting from the top of the list I will say that the Aquaman title could be interesting based on the popularity of the Atlantean heroes own solo book. Let’s see how the inclusion of some newer cast does with him. I’ve been a fan of the core Justice League for many years so will be a little impartial to this new book since it has an interesting cast of heroes making up the team. I admit that I am chuckling at their plan to call the book “Justice League Canada” however and I mean no offense to my friends in the region. It just doesn’t make much sense. I think I am most interested in the “Secret Origins” title and for sure “Batman: Eternal” even though we have a lot of Batman issues already on the stands. I grew up with the “Origins” tales and think this will help clear up a lot of the New 52 mythos for the newer fans. A trade volume of this would be a valuable resource in any fans library and as far as Batman is concerned. 2014 is the year of the Caped Crusader as he recently celebrated his 75th Anniversary and is entitled to additional titles. The fascinating part for me is this weekly issue plan. Start saving those pennies as you will need them.
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