Legion of Super-Heroes #1

on September 23, 2011

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I’ve been a Legion fan since I started reading comics. I grew up on my mom’s old Adventure Comics and other Legion spotlight titles, and I’ve subscribed to various iterations of the book in the last twenty years or so. The last volume, bringing back the adult Legion and writer Paul Levitz, was the first one I actively dropped, though I really hadn’t been reading it for awhile before. It’s not that it wasn’t good, I just lost interest.

After hearing some positive buzz about Levitz’s new run, I kicked myself for dropping it, and I’ve thought about going back to buy the rest of the volume. — more

Tagged: francis portela, legion of super heroes, paul levitz, the new 52
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Birds of Prey #1

on September 23, 2011

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I wasn’t planning on picking up Birds of Prey. I’d been an avid reader of the last two volumes, but without either Gail Simone or Oracle, it just seemed like it would be too far from the concept that initially drew me in. Heck, judging by the appearance of Poison Ivy on the cover, I expected Birds of Prey to be more like Gotham City Sirens than its predecessor. And I wasn’t reading Gotham City Sirens. — more

Tagged: birds of prey, duane swierczynski, jesus saiz, the new 52
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Superboy #1

on September 17, 2011

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I’ve been a fan of the Conner Kent/Kon-El Superboy since his earliest appearances during “Reign of the Supermen,” but I don’t know if he’s ever been handled better than in the most recent volume of his series, under Jeff Lemire’s capable pen. Superboy’s bounced around a lot, from Cadmus to Metropolis to Hawaii, but setting him firmly in Smallville and giving him a modern spin on the Silver Age adventures of his namesake was a stroke of genius that helped to flesh out a more mature personality for the Boy of Steel.

Suffice it to say, Scott Lobdell had his work cut out for him on this one. — more

Tagged: rb silva, scott lobdell, superboy, the new 52
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Grifter #1

on September 17, 2011

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I think the last time I really cared about Grifter’s adventures was way back when WildC.A.T.s was still a Saturday morning cartoon. Since I’m not familiar with either writer Nathan Edmondson or artist CAFU, I’m essentially coming into this book cold as part of my New 52 resolution of trying new things. Given the solicitations, Grifter seemed like a safe bet: former special ops agent Cole Cash fighting against aliens that only he can see? I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping it’d be a psychological thriller like They Live set in the DCU. — more

Tagged: cafu, grifter, nathan edmondson, the new 52
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Mister Terrific #1

on September 16, 2011

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Michael Holt, the current Mr. Terrific, is one of my favorite modern characters, so I was thrilled to see him getting a solo series in the New 52. I was wary of writer Eric Wallace, whose Titans: Villains for Hire was one of the more infamous comics of the last few years, but he did a lot in the first couple of pages to really gain my particular goodwill: starting the issue off with a big action sequence, dropping a Doctor Who reference. It’s a shame it goes so quickly off the rails. — more

Tagged: eric wallace, gianluca gugliotta, mister terrific, the new 52
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Batman and Robin #1

on September 16, 2011

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When it was announced that the relaunched Batman and Robin would be teaming Bruce and Damien Wayne, I thought it was a terrible idea. It’s not that I don’t like the characters; it’s not even that I was miffed about Dick Grayson’s apparent demotion. It’s that Bruce specifically said that he couldn’t work with Damien, in a comic written by the guy who gave us Damien Wayne as Robin in the first place. Add in the fact that Peter Tomasi was originally slated to write this book with Dick Grayson in the title role, and it seemed like Batman and Robin was doomed to be a hastily-rewritten mess of a book, hinging on a forced pairing of characters who did not belong together.

I did not have high hopes. — more

Tagged: batman and robin, patrick gleason, peter tomasi, the new 52
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