Monday, June 6, 2011

DC Relaunch! New books part two

So there have been a slew of books announced since my last update. Here’s some quick thoughts:

Green Lantern – Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke – sounds like this is continuing along with Johns’ vision, and since we’re not ditching continuity I’ll probably stick around.

Green Lantern Corps – Peter Tomasi and Fernado Pasarin – I wish Kyle was on this team, but I suppose Guy Gardner, John Stewart, Kilowog and the rest will do. I’m buying.

Green Lantern “Rainbow Corps” – Tony Bedard and Tyler Kirkham – I haven’t loved Bedard’s work on GLC, but I want to support Kyle’s continued existence in the DCU. I’m in.

Red Lanterns - Peter Milligan and Ed Benes - the only way I'll pick this up is if it has the Red Lanterns puking up all over each other in regular conversation, like something out of Monty Python. "Look, Atrocitus, it's Hal BLAAAARGH."

Batman – Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo – unlike a lot of folks, my last memories of Capullo’s work are on X-Force, and I liked him there. I’m very tempted.

Batman & Robin - Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason - these guys wrote one of the best Batman stories of the past year, and Damian Wayne is still around. Yeah, I'm in.

Detective Comics – Tony Daniel – I saw enough during Grant Morrison’s run. No thanks.

Dark Knight – David Finch – I am morally opposed to a new #1 after two issues. Nope.

Catwoman – Judd Winick and Guillem March – I’m not a huge fan of either guy, so this is easy enough to pass on.

Batwoman – JH Williams and Amy Reeder – I know this will look beautiful, but will it be good? I’m tempted.

Birds of Prey – Dwayne Swierczynski and Jesus Saiz – Black Canary, Poison Ivy, Thorn, and Katana is an interesting team, but “black ops team of Gotham?” I don’t think so. (And look at how covered up all those ladies are!)

And the big one:

Batgirl – Gail Simone and Ardian Syaf – Wow, this is tough. I love Oracle, and I’m not opposed to Barbara Gordon back in the batsuit, in fact, I’m happy about it. But is it through reboot or through in-story development? That will decide if I get this one or not.


Devin said...

I was getting about 18 regular titles. Through the first two rounds of announcements, I am keeping between zero and six and maybe adding Aquaman. They are making it very easy to drop books that I would otherwise keep if they were numbered sequentially. The elimination of successful creative teams and concepts that have been in place less for a short time is the most irritating part right now.

David Charles Bitterbaum said...

Yeah, I saw DC thinking they were going to re-launch the Dark Knight book after so far getting out all of 2 issues and laughed a bit at the idea that the new series will come out at all on time--then again, I'm dropping the current Dark Knight book because I have zero interest in seeing a fill-in artist on a book I was picking up for the sole purpose of seeing Finch's art. I'm actually getting more excited for the new DC books with some of the announcements of an Animal Man book and such. That kind of stuff is sounding pretty cool and experimental. As for Barbra Gordon as Batgirl, you may be upset, and I don't really care, but a whooolllle lot of people are really upset it seems, and I don't blame them considering DC is taking the only character I can easily think of with a disability who also leads a full life and is "fixing" her.

David Charles Bitterbaum said...

I meant you may not be upset, darn typos.