Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Final New DC

And so the month-long flood of new first issues comes to an end.


THE GOOD:

I really dug The Flash #1. The Flash has always been pretty much my favorite DC character to read about. This was a decent comic, with very good art. Barry Allen's been aged down, he's not married, there's a love triangle... it feels like the Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man version of The Flash. In that sense, it's very successful as a reboot; it throws you into the story, introduces the character and what he does, and sheds years and years of mythos. You could go into this issue with no prior knowledge of the Flash and understand what's going on. I'm going to keep reading this one for sure.

I mostly enjoyed Aquaman #1. It's just a shade too close to basically being Ultimate Aquaman, but I see the creators love the character. Most of the issue is devoted to reinventing Aquaman as a badass; I get why they're doing it--they want to make Aquaman cool, a legitimate action hero, instead of the butt of a thousand jokes on Cartoon Network--but it gets just the tiniest bit bogged down. It's like someone telling you that they're going to tell you this awesome story for most of the issue, and then you have to buy the next one to get to the awesome story. My hope--and I'm going to read the next issue--is that they've got it out of the way, they've set up Aquaman's power and angst and purpose, and then we can just go into the story. Because it seems like it's going to be a good one. This is more in line with what a reboot should do. Also, I'm very happy that Aquaman gets to stay married. I was worried, because this is Didio-era DC, that Meera was going to become some kind of psychopath or stripper or something.

THE MEH:

I don't care about Kyle Rayner, but I might keep reading Green Lantern: New Guardians because I plan to keep reading Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps. I don't know for how long, but it's something to get into and I guess I hate the idea of completely giving up on DC.

I was hoping Scott Lobdell would make up for the awfulness of last week's Red Hood and the Outlaws with this week's Teen Titans #1, but no such luck. Now I'm worried that the first issue of Superboy was a fluke. I guess I'll find out. I want to be interested in Teen Titans--and I like the idea of these idiot teenagers trying to make names for themselves as superheroes--but the whole thing just makes me miss the pure humor and fun of the original issues of Young Justice (before Peter David started using Red Tornado to whine about his divorce).

THE BAD:

I am totally the wrong person for All-Star Western. I haven't read a Jonah Hex comic in years, and most of the issues I like are from the late seventies and early eighties. I've never found Victorian-era serial killer stories remotely interesting, and putting Jonah Hex into some cross between a Sherlock Holmes and a Batman story just does nothing for me.

The Savage Hawkman is incomprehensible and unreadable and looks like shit.

I caught up with Batman #1 this week and could barely finish it. Why do they want to make this thing look like a Todd McFarlane comic? The art is even by McFarlane-lite specialist Greg Capullo. This really is Image Comics, 1995. I just don't care. Add to that this week's Batman: The Dark Knight #1, which is similarly awful, and I am just out of Gotham City. I don't care anymore. As far as I'm concerned, I've already read all of the great Batman stories and there's nothing left to say. Don't call me anymore, Batman. We're through.

Same thing goes for you, Superman #1. Trying too hard to be a reboot, I think, and Jesus Marino's art is just a poor, poor attempt at being George Perez. I know Perez is doing the breakdowns, but all that does is just highlight the art's problems. I don't like this angsty Superman. I don't like Harry Potterized Ultimate Clark Kent. I don't like the way this issue contrives a break-up between Superman and Lois Lane, and I hate the way it starts off with the destruction of the Daily Planet building to make way for a new one as a heavy-handed comment on the reboot. I hate Jimmy Olsen's Justin Bieber hair. I am done with Superman. I've read the great Superman stories, and I will cherish them, but they are now a thing of the past. And I'll revisit them when I feel like it. But I'm not looking for anything new in a Superman just now.

Fury of Firestorm #1 is the worst. It's especially disappointing for being a bad Gail Simone comic. My honest opinion right now is that Gail Simone, after being in the vanguard of corporate apologists for the reboot all summer, is writing these things because she wants to keep working. Her heart isn't in this or in Batgirl. And that's a depressing thought, but her books read as if she's toeing the line for what Didio wants to do with the comics. The art is also shit, so that doesn't help.

AND THE UNREAD:

Blackhawks just looked too stupid to bother with. Ditto Justice League Dark. Voodoo was idiotic 20 years ago, so I don't really give a shit now. And if you can look at the cover of I, Vampire and think it's something I'd actually want to read, you don't know me very well at all.

And that's it for the nu-niverse. I do have some things I'm going to keep up with, so it wasn't a total wash-out. I really enjoyed The Flash and Aquaman this week, and I'll be keeping up with Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, and possibly New Guardians. I'll finish out the first arc of Justice League, even though the first issue failed to impress me. I'm more wary about Superboy based on Teen Titans, but we'll see.

Honestly, what I'm really looking forward to the most is the second issue of Demon Knights.

On to the future, I suppose.

3 comments:

James said...

do yourself a favor and stay away from Catwoman #1.

Caffeinated Joe said...

I preordered my comics, so I am still awaiting arrival of a box of awesome. SO want to read Aquaman #1!!!

John Seven said...

Here's my rundown of the same with an overview:
http://flotsamandjetpacks.com/archive7/?p=6578

I actually really like JL Dark, but perhaps that's because I am completely, utterly unfamiliar with any previous iteration of it. I also liked Hawkman and All Star Western, but whatever. Different strokes.

But yeah, The Flash and Aquaman, totally.