For a couple of weeks now I have been showcasing the individual covers for the DC Comics “The New 52” line of titles as they present us with their “Zero Month”. This is the fourth and final installment of these posts and as before features the covers that we found on the DC Comics website for your comic-sumption (I just made that word up so no hate please). As before I have limited the additional thoughts since I’ve not yet read all of them and the covers pretty much line out exactly which title you are looking for. This post will definitely come in handy when you go to the comic book store and ask for them. These will be on sale today so do set aside some time to hit your local retailer and give them some financial love. Yes you can tell them that PiercingMetal sent you since we always appreciate the shout out.
Artist: Various Artists
Title: “DC Comics: The New 52”
Label: DC Comics
Release Date: 12/13/2011
Genre: Illustrated Medium
This past September, DC Comics restarted its own history by cancelling numerous titles and relaunching them under the branding of “The New 52”. The massive event follows the epic “Flashpoint” series and becomes the perfect jumping on point for new fans of the medium and these classic characters. Many of them continued along as if nothing happened while many others received new costumes, origins and supporting characters. The entire batch of #1 issues have been collected into a massive hardcover “Omnibus” that spans some 1260 pages and gives you the whole new beginning scoop in one bookshelf worthy collectible. Having reviewed 85% of these titles for the official blog, I am pasting those overview thoughts in the review for this book as the full on content will be the same.
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 Justice League grouping gets a whopping eleven titles in the relaunch and that made immediate sense to me based on all of the characters that it needs to address. Green Lantern is not among them as he has his own grouping and the same applies to both Batman and Superman but believe me you have a lot to sink your teeth into without them. Check out what they are offering us: Justice League, Justice League International, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Captain Atom, The Fury Of Firestorm, The Savage Hawkman, Green Arrow, Mister Terrific, & DC Universe Presents.
The first two League books made sense to me but I was unsure about Captain Atom and Firestorm getting new titles for this one. There are more important characters to the whole of the DCU mythos such as The Atom or perhaps The Justice Society since those heroes are so relevant to the League beginnings. I also questioned the Mister Terrific title and while initially paused can understand the need to give Aquaman and Hawkman a title again. They are staples in the DCU after all. I managed to secure nine of the eleven titles and have offered up my views on them. Should I fill in the blanks of the missing entries, I shall append the blog posting post mortem.