52 #1’s in September. The reactions have begun to get at least a little more varied. Ranging from “Oh boy! 52 jumping off points!” to ” But I actually LIKED where Batman inc was going”. There have been piles of announcements ahead of the full official list and there are a few interesting things.
George Perez writing and drawing Superman (confirmed). Just freaking cool. I’m there.
Grant Morrison doing another Superman book (still unconfirmed). I loved his All-Star book. I’m there.
Batman inc is on a break until sometime next year. I went on a break from a girlfriend once. That didn’t work out all that well.
David Finch on Dark Knight. What? He pumps out 2 cruddy issues in 6 months and they are “rebooting”? I can see the solicitation for September 2012 already…”superstar Finch to release 4th fabulous issue!” Ooh! Can hardly wait to miss this one. But since it will not be on time much, we will all “miss” it. On the whole the Batbooks seem to be getting kind of the short end of the stick. There is a little shuffling of names from one book to another, but nothing really cool. Greg Capullo on a Batman book is pretty cool. He is always a fun artist and getting away from Todd MacFarlane will do nothing bad for his career. Looks like Jason will still be around, and they will continue to clean him up and make him an anti-hero. Damian is still Robin, and Dick Grayson will go back to being Nightwing. The part that bugs me is that Barbara Gordon will be Batgirl again. Not from a continuity point does it bug me (The Killing Joke was never intended to be in canon), but rather the fact that I liked the Oracle angle.
A couple of things HAVE gotten my interest though. Justice League Dark looks to be written by Peter Milligan and has a fabulous cast. Any chance to see Madame Xanadu back in a book, since her great series by Matt Wagner and mostly Amy Reeder on art, is a real treat.
Also looking good is Animal Man. A possible cover is below, along with the third book that looks super cool, Resurrection Man, a character from the late 90’s being brought back by its creator’s Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning.
At least from the odd corners of the DCU, things are looking interesting. But to be honest, the whole “women need to cover their legs” thing is really stupid, and Power Girl in pants is gonna suck. It is as if DC thinks that no one will notice the huge boobage on all the femal characters if thier legs are covered. Take PG out of the mix and the cup sizes are still pretty spectacular. We shall see, but I’m guessing this last only as long as the readers keep coming. Sale dip, and off come the pants!