Piggybacking on Thursday’s post, here’s a rundown of the DC comics I’m pulling and/or sampling post-relaunch, and why. It’s a pretty long list, so with a few exceptions, all titles will be retained/cut based on the first three issues. I’m relying on the kindness of my geek friends to sample those not mentioned here. In no particular order:
With Grant Morrison writing, we’re sure to get a thought-provoking, complex story full of unexpected twists and turns. Add Rags Morales’ beautiful art, and you’ve got one striking combination. If anyone can make Superman seem fresh again, these two can.
I have friends who are evangelical about Jeff Lemire’s work on Sweet Tooth, and I trust their judgment. Since I’m quite taken with Travel Foreman’s art, this book is worth a shot.
Geoff Johns is a pro at straightforward stories about caped icons, and he’s sure to do this book a solid. Jim Lee’s preview panels looked good, and I’m interested to see DC’s clean-slate take on its flagship superteam.
Justice League Dark
In the hands of a good writer, supernaturals are fascinating. Even within the fanciful pages of comics, they can take a story to places that other characters cannot. I’m very fond of Zatanna and enjoyed my far-too-short time with Madame Xanadu, both represented here. That Yanick Paquette sure can draw.
It’s all about Cliff Chiang. I’m not a Brian Azzarello fan, but Wonder Woman is my favorite hero of all time and I’m not gonna kick her to the curb now. Did I mention that Cliff Chiang is illustrating this book?
The Fury of Firestorm
I have no attachment to Firestorm whatsoever, but Gail Simone has magical character-defining powers and an amazing gift for storytelling. It sure doesn’t hurt to have artist Ethan Van Sciver on board.
Because it’s Dick Grayson.
I’ve been fiending for this book for months! Kate Kane is one of the most intriguing characters in the DCU, and J.H. Williams III’s luscious, luminous art could stop traffic. While I’m not familiar with co-writer W. Haden Blackman, I’ve been very encouraged by his comments in interviews. It sounds like they’re going to give her an appropriately freaky rogue’s gallery, and I want to see how she manages the double life she’s chosen.
Batman & Robin
I’ve long been a Peter Tomasi fan, and this is a heck of an assignment: Bruce Wayne is a surrogate father several times over, but how is he going to work alongside his extremely strong-willed, pain-in-the-ass son, Damian? Gotham is so not ready for the badassery.
I don’t know much about the character, but what little I’ve gleaned about half-alien Priscilla Katean sounds fascinating. Plus, there’s that creepy/cool image by artist Sam Basri, who did some nice work on Power Girl. Writer Ron Marz has dropped just enough hints to pique my interest.
Kooky costumes aside, I’ve got a soft spot for the Titans. When the characters are written well, they make up one of the coolest superteams around. Though the consistently good Red Robin comic is going to that great longbox in the sky, I’m very happy that Tim Drake survived the relaunch and found a home here — feathers, and all.
Next: V. shares her post-relaunch pull list.