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If Only DC Made Edible Comics


Yesterday Carey gave you her thoughts on some of the DCnU #1 issues. Today it is my turn. I read a lot of the DC relaunch comics. I didn't realize how many until I had to do his post. I probably would have read more if it weren't for the fact that they cost money. I'm not completely new to the DCU, like Carey, but clearly this relaunch worked for me as if I were. I tried more titles than I probably would not have previously. I loved many of them, and plan to continue reading most of them.

Action Comic, written by Grant Morrison with art by Rag Morales and Rick Bryant: I already reviewed this one on the podcast, but since people seemed to completely misunderstand that review, it's worth repeating that I really enjoyed this comic. I just thought it had some problems. The second issue went in a direction that I'm not particularly interested in at this point, and there was already a fill-in artist, so that was all disappointing, but it was still good. However, it's not as good as any of the Golden Age Superman comics I've read, and I can't shake the idea that maybe I should just read more of those.

Animal Man, written by Jeff LeMire with art by Travel Foreman and Dan Green: With no prior knowledge of the character - not even any real understanding of his powers - I was immediately grabbed by everything about Buddy Baker and his family. The art was gorgeous too, and perfectly suited the story. The cliffhanger ending was wonderfully creepy. The second issue kept up the momentum, and got even more intriguing and creepy. This is DC's best comic.


Batgirl, written by Gail Simone with art by Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes: I dig Barbara Gordon as Batgirl. I dig the writing of Gail Simone. I dig good superhero stories. This comic was all those things. It wasn't groundbreaking, but I'm definitely sticking with this comic.

Static Shock, written by Scott McDaniel and John Rozum with art by Scott McDaniel, Jonathan Glapion, and Le Beau Underwood: This comic didn't work for me at all. For starters, by the end of it, I still had no clue what Static Shock's powers were. That was a huge problem, and I think it was the reason why the story didn't engage me. Mostly I was annoyed because people should know that no teenager drives in New York City. I only bought this because I didn't buy Xombi, so I think I'll just get that trade when it comes out.

Stormwatch written by Paul Cornell with art by Miguel Sepulveda: This comic would probably be in the same category as Static Shock if Paul Cornell didn't have so much good will stored up with me. A lot of characters are introduced and I couldn't really follow who any of them are. I'm sold on the concept of a superhero team fighting the moon though, and I think even without knowing about the future relationship between Apollo and Midnighter, their meeting at the end was suitably epic. The second issue was a vast improvement, and hopefully the series will continue in that direction.


Swamp Thing, written by Scott Snyder with art by Yanick Paquette: Allow me to use this space to comment on Carey's review. It's fine that she didn't like the comic. I don't agree. I think it was by far one of the best of the DC #1 issues. This and Animal Man remained my favorites throughout the month. I think the art is unbelievably good. But she is allowed to have a different opinion. This is my problem: How can Carey possibly be confused by the dinosaur in the Batcave? HAS SHE NEVER SEEN A CARTOON? All you need to know is that Batman and dinosaurs are both equally awesome. Anyway, the second issue cleared some things up and had creepy, fun ax-wielding stuff.

Demon Knights, written by Paul Cornell with art by Diogenes Neves: Another team book by Paul Cornell and it was everything Stormwatch wasn't. Again, many characters were introduced, but here they were given some space to breath. Just enough information was given about each for the reader to want to know more, and the relationship dynamics are already proving to be twisty and interesting. Also, while I like Neves' art well enough on Green Arrow, it is miles better here.

Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E., written by Jeff Lemire with art by Albeto Ponticelli: I bought this comic because it had good word of mouth, but I didn't like it. I don't know what else to say about it. It wasn't bad. It just wasn't for me.

Batman, written by Scott Snyder with art by Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion: I guess there are a bunch of other Batman titles being published by DC. I can't imagine why. This is the only Batman comic anyone should want or need. Everyone has cute little button noses and Dick Grayson is really short though, just so you know.

Birds of Prey, written by Duane Swierczynski with art by Jesus Saiz: Having been a regular reader of this comic before the relaunch, this was the #1 issue I had the most trouble adjusing to the continuity changes with. Turns out solid writing and art can overcome anything, and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. The first issue didn't sell me on the series 100%, but I am on board for the first storyline at least.

Supergirl, written by Michael Green and Mike Johnson with art by Mahmud Asrar and Dan Green: I have never been a teenage alien who crash landed in Russia and suddenly had a bunch of superpowers and was being attacked by people speaking a language I didn't understand. I don't know how I would react to that situation. This comic seemed pretty reasonable though. Art was pretty too. I like the new boots.

Wonder Woman, written by Brian Azzarello with art by Cliff Chiang: This could have been the stupidest comic ever and I would have loved it because the art is so damn pretty I want to take it out to a party. (I could write a whole post detailing in minute detail why the art is not only beautiful, but also perfect for this character.) Fortunately, the story happened to be pretty freaking amazing too. Full points to Azzarello for being ballsy enough to not try and define the character yet again, but just jump in with the start of a story that's already a wild ride. This was the only comic I felt gypped on when it was over. I was angry there wasn't more. This was the best of the superhero/JLA titles I read from the relaunch.


All-Star Western, written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray with art by Moritat: I didn't want to like this comic, mostly for financial reasons, but it was great. I thought it would be dumb to set a western in Gotham, but I was wrong. This comic worked on every level. I've never read Palmiotti and Gray's Jonah Hex run, though I've always meant to get the trades, and now I feel even more strongly that I need to check that out.

Aquaman, written by Geoff Johns with art by Ivan Res and Joe Prado: I really enjoyed this comic, and I like it more the more I think about it. Normally I get really bored with meta commentary, but it works well here. The choice not to give Aquaman an running inner-monologue, like so many other comics of this type, was a great one. A few well placed, single-panel flashbacks let the reader know everything she needed to know about his thoughts while keeping him just a bit mysterious. This was the comic book equivalent of the cute new boy at school.

The Flash, by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato (story and art): If Francis Manapul isn't enough to get you to read this comic, I don't know what else to say. He's a fantastic storyteller in every way.

The Fury of Firestorm, written by Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone with art by Yildiray Cinar: This is a comic about annoying teenagers of different social and racial backgrounds who become incredibly powerful nuclear men. Then they combine to become something even more powerful. That's actually really scary, now that I think about it like that. It was really entertaining though.

I, Vampire, written Joshua Fialkov with art by Andrea Sorrentino: I thought I only had room in my heart for one vampire comic. I was wrong. I'm not even sure I knew what was going on, but there was a 400-year-old vampire who wants to stop his ex-girlfriend from trying to take over the world, but she's also got all the other vampires on her side and everyone is turning into bats and wolves and it's all just so amazingly beautiful. I wanted to lick this comic, it was so good.

Fortunately for me, I am pretty good a judging what I think I will like before I buy it, so I think that's why I had so much good luck with the comics I chose. There were others I was interested in, and several favorite characters (Nightwing), that I would have also like to check out, but a girl has to draw the line somewhere. I would love to know what everyone else thought about the various titles, especially the ones I didn't read, or if you think I was completely wrong on some of these reviews. Please let me know in the comments.

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Comments (2)


I may have to pick up the Flash. I just don't like Barry Allen in the least, so I'm hoping FM's work can make me enjoy the book despite that fact.

I'm with you on All-Star Western. I love P&G's Jonah Hex stuff, and I thought moving him to Gotham was gonna stink worse than a hot-boxed fart. I was wrong.

Hmmm. I've been hearing a lot about the New 52. But "Wonder Woman" I was wary of even touching at the store. "Art so beautiful I wanted to take it out to a party..."; I'm sold.