As mentioned a couple of posts ago, I'm giving a ton of DC books a shot this month due to the reboot. I'm posting some of my opinions here, generally in the order that I read the books.
I figured seven DC titles last week was the high-water mark. Well, grab the sandbags… we're up to eight this week.
DC Reboot: Week Three
(comics shipped 9/14/2011)
DC Titles tried: 8/13
Green Lantern #1 - I have a love/hate relationship with Green Lantern. Over the years, I keep trying to read Hal Jordan as Green Lantern, but find the stories lacking or overly convoluted. The reboot seems like a perfect time to try again.
I'm honestly surprised how much I enjoyed this book. We start off with Hal, who is an EX-Green Lantern. He's been booted from the Corps because he's too reckless. I like that this isn't an origin story, it's smart enough to know that even new readers can figure out who GL is without all the beginning pieces.
Hal's unemployed, behind on rent, and generally losing at life. It's pretty comical. At the same time, at the other end of the Universe, the Guardians (who run the Lanterns) are reinstating Sinestro, a long time villain, as an actual Green Lantern. I like the setup. I'm in. ★★★★★
Grifter #1 - I've never read a Grifter comic, but he just looks so goddamned cool. He's one of those Wildstorm characters that DC acquired when they got Jim Lee. He's a conman with a cool mask and guns. That's about all I know going in.
I still don't know much more than that, but it's a damned fine ride. It's one part con-job story, one part action flick and one part X-Files. Let's see where it goes. ★★★★☆
Mister Terrific #1 - I had no intention of getting this. It was basically a whim based on the preview pages I saw. A super intelligent hero who fights crime with science (read: improbable gadgets and technojargon). Decent premise, but that could also describe Iron Man, Reed Richards, or even Batman or Spider-man (on a good day).
I think it caught my attention because before the reboot, I had never even heard of him. He's certainly not new (the original debuted in 1942!), he just never made it on to my radar. It was fun and the art was decent. I'm probably in at least for the first story arc. ★★½☆☆
Deathstroke #1 - So this is DC's answer to Deadpool? Sure, he's got guns and swords and looks cool, but he's old and not very funny. And his name? "Slade Wilson" even rhymes with "Wade Wilson." It's like DC wasn't even trying when they came up with the character. What? Deadpool appeared in 1991 and Deathstroke dates back to 1980? Oh. I see.
Deathstroke the Terminator, is a mercenary and assassin. Apparently sometimes he's an antihero. (Emphasis on the anti.) This book sets him up as an older player in the merc game and one that might be thought of as too old to matter. It felt kinda of like one of those action movies where a beloved star is "getting too old for this shit", except those guys are generally likable and Slade Wilson is a prick. Art was ok, story was ok. I don't have a lot to say beyond that. Maybe it could have used some of Deadpool's stupid jokes. ★★☆☆☆
Demon Knights #1 - Starring Etrigan the Demon and a bunch of characters I don't know. I like the Etrigan character, but I wasn't sure I liked him enough to justify reading a book starring him. Then I found out it had a bunch of other characters that sound interesting as well (Ystina, Vandal Savage, Madame Xanadu) and it's set in the Dark Ages.
Turns out there's also dragons.
This book is awesome. It's high fantasy. Sword and sorcery. Dungeons and dragons! Ok, no dungeons yet, but I bet they're coming. You get introduced to a lot of characters fast, so I am hoping they fill us in on them a bit as we go. It ends with the best line of any comic I've read so far this month. ★★★★★
Suicide Squad #1 - Bad guys coerced into running missions for some shadowy agency. There's Harley Quinn and a bunch of other b-list looking villain types. It wasn't good, it wasn't bad. That goes for both the story and the art. I'm kind of curious about the hook at the end, but if I pick this book up again it's because I heard it got better. ★★½☆☆
Batwoman #1 - There's a lot of bat-hype on the interwebs about this book before the relaunch. If the old stuff was anything like this #1, then I can see why. WOW this is a gorgeous bat-book. It's so pretty, I almost don't care about the story. Speaking of story, it's pretty good but it didn't exactly blow my socks off. It has some action, mystery and character stuff.
I'm interested in this new-to-me bat-character and am pretty amused that she demoted her apparent sidekick to plebe. All in all, I look forward to the next bat-issue. ★★★★★
Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE #1 - Dark. Silly. Twisted. Weird. Silly. Fun. People are calling this "Hellboy in DC"… and that's not far off. I don't have a problem with that. The first issue was fun, and I'm certainly ready for more. ★★★★☆
RELAUNCH TITLES SKIPPED: Batman & Robin, Legion Lost, Red Lanterns, Resurrection Man and Superboy. Meh.