DCs New 52: October
Here’s my “mini-reviews” on DC Comic’s New 52 titles (the ones that I read anyway) for the month of October, excluding the one’s that I did on the last post (DC’s New 52 – September).
OCTOBER 12, 2011
Batman and Robin #2
Same writer/artist team as last issue (Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason).
Not really much to say about this comic. Storyline from issue #1 continues. Batman still doesn’t trust Damion, although he is starting to come around a little bit. Still, I personally don’t like Damion as Robin and I’m not a huge fan of the storyline so it is quite possible I might stop reading this title.
Scott Lobdell and Rob Silva return to write and draw the 2nd issue of this title.
In this issue, the N.O.W.H.E.R.E. agency finally lets Superboy out of his “cage” to test his skills.
OCTOBER 19, 2011
I really like this storyline. Batman is still hunting a mysterious new villain, although it appears that this villain, who has a long and secret past, somehow already knows him. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo return from issue #1 for their writing and penciling duties.
Justice League #2
The awesome writing/drawing team of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee continue this very interesting story.
This is still one of the better storylines in the new 52. This is a title that, as far as I can tell, is definitely set in a new universe. In this issue, Batman and Green Lantern square off against The Man of Steel, and are basically getting their butts handing to them….until The Flash shows up.
Nightwing #2 was released this week but I did not pick it up. It is one of those titles that I pretty much decided not to continue reading. The first issue didn’t really impress me enough to want to continue buying it.
Red Hood and the Outlaws #2
I still think this comic, written by Scott Lobdell and drawn by Kenneth Rocafort, is one of the best, if not THE best, title of the new 52. Great, great story. This one is even better than the first issue. It delves a little bit into Jason Todd’s past and links it with his present mission. Great read.
OCTOBER 26, 2011
All-Star Western #2
Another one of my favorites of the new 52. Writer Justin Gray and artist Jimmy Palmiotti continue the story about Jonah Hex and Amaedus Arkham teaming up to search for a serial killer in post-Civil War Gotham City. They begin to uncover some very nasty secrets about the already beginning criminal underworld of Gotham City.
Batman: The Dark Knight #2
Writing/drawing team of David Finch, Paul Jenkins, Richard Friend and Jay Fabok pick up the story from the end of last month’s issue with Batman fighting a quite difference Two-Face after which he ends up on the trail of a “white rabbit” only to catch up with a very different Joker. Elements of this story remind me slightly of some of the elements of the Arkham Asylum video game’s storyline.
The Flash #2
Same writing/drawing team from last month returns. In this storyline, it appears that Barry Allen is still trying to learn how to completely tap into the Speed Force, which he begins to do by “thinking” faster. It culminates in an unknown group of villains somehow stripping him of his powers altogether, or at least that is how I am interpreting what is going on with the last page of the comic. To be completely honest, I am kind of disappointed overall with the new Flash series.
George Perez and Jesus Merino return to spin a new Superman story. In the 1st issue, Superman has to fight this weird fire-type monster that he seems to think knows something about the planet Krypton. In this issue, he fights another “invisible” monster that is somehow linked to the monster from the 1st issue. All in all, this title is really not grabbing me and I might not continue to read it.
Teen Titans #2
Another good story brought to us by Scott Lobdell and drawn by Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund. Good storyline (obviously if it is written by Lobdell). In this issue, we finally find out that Kid Flash is Bart Allen (so it appears that Wally West does not exist in this universe as far as I can tell, which is kind of irritating personally). Superboy still has not met up with the team. Red Robin and Wonder Girl (but don’t call her that, she hates that) are the focus of this issue as they search for the meta-teens that are being rounded up by some government agency.
In the future, I am thinking that I might do this on a weekly basis rather than a monthly basis. Still tossing that idea around.