I am a huge DC Comics fangirl. I have loved Batman & Wonder Woman since I was old enough to sneak away to the comic store while my mother was shopping. Bruce & Diana opened up a whole new world to me.
In September DC launched 52 new #1 issued comics featuring characters from across the entire DC universe. Many fans have been underwhelmed with the reboots (myself included). But now that several series have appeared in collections, with some reaching their double digits in issue, I wanted to talk about four of the reboots I’ve found myself enjoying:
4. Superman (Action Comics)* by Grant Morrison, Illustration by Rags Morales
Supes may be my least favorite of the DC greats, but with Grant Morrison behind this new Man of Steel story, I was sold. I am an avid Grant Morrison fan (he is one of the greats) and I find he delivers very compelling superhero comics. This took longer to grow on me then Morrison’s other Superman works, but I’ve grown to look forward to each new issue.
I love how Morrison has taken some elements of what made Golden Age Superman great, and applied them to Superman’s new contemporary persona. The new Man of Steel is a edgy vigilante who’s rather unrefined. This reboot has him back in action as a super hero, not the boring, invulnerable, super god he’s become in recent years.
*(Be careful not to confuse THIS Superman with the other reboot, authored by George Perez & Jesus Marino.)
3. Animal Man by Jeff Lemire, Illustration by Travel Foreman
I don’t typically do comic horror. I also have NEVER heard of Animal Man before now. I picked this up on a whim and I wholeheartedly believe I found one of the better things to come out of The New 52. This new story about Buddy Baker almost feels more like a Vertigo comic than DC, but I appreciate the more adult-oriented, smart story that Jeff Lemire is delivering. The artwork is… very distinct, and it might not be everyone’s cup of tea- but I think it fits the feel the new Animal Man is striving toward.
2. Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello, Illustration by Cliff Chiang & Tony Akins
I have read hundreds of Wonder Woman comics. I rarely find her believably vulnerable in most series (save, perhaps, Greg Rucka’s work, especially The Hiketeia). Her supporting cast of characters are not only funny, but they are also very well developed. I especially liked the direction Azzarello takes the pantheon of Greek gods in this origins story – I have missed seeing the pantheon in recent years! This is an absolute MUST read for WW fans- but even regular comics readers will most likely enjoy this new Wonder Woman.
1. Batwoman by J.H. Williams III & W. Hayden Blackman, Illustration by Amy Reeder
I have never cared much for Batwoman, a character who is often arbitrarily added to plots for extra “sexy” or whatever. As a heroine, she has rarely been interesting in her own right.
That has completely and totally changed with this most recent iteration. Batwoman is working independently of the caped crusader, and she’s all the better for it. With the exciting blend of detective sleuthing, action, romance, betrayal and loss of innocence (all wrapped in delicious artwork), I have been positively riveted by this reboot. This series is my absolute favorite of what’s come out of the DC New 52.
While none of these reboots are perfect, I’ve certainly enjoyed them. Overall, I feel like many of the reboots are lukewarm in their execution, but most of them are worth at least looking at. As always, I appreciate any recommendations for comic reading.