As mentioned in the three prior posts, I'm giving a lot 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.
Last week, I had 8 DC titles and I'm kind of happy it's down to six this week.
DC Reboot: Week Four
(comics shipped 9/21/2011)
DC Titles tried: 6/12
Batman #1 - Scott Snyder writes a great Batman story. Greg Capullo draws a great Batman story. Together, they fuse their powers and make a double-great Batman story. Snyder weaves a fairly standard Batman mystery, but it does a decent job of setting up the scene and the characters for his tale. The twists in the middle and end are good, and I'm curious to see where this goes. Capullo's art is fantastic. ★★★★★
Catwoman #1 - Ok, let's get this out there right up front. I have a thing for Catwoman. Blame Julie Newmar being on TV reruns during my formative years. That said, I really do think the character is interesting, but up until this year, I hadn't read too much featuring her. (Earlier this year, I pinged the iFanboy guys for some suggestions on Catwoman books to read and they chatted about it on episode 272 of their podcast.)
I enjoyed most of this book. It certainly had quite a bit of cheesecake, but I don't think there's anything wrong with that. The storyline itself was decent with her running for her life and toying with the Russian mob. It just ended on a weird note. The whole Bat/Cat hookup thing isn't new, but it was kind of strange. It seemed more dysfunctional than … whatever they were going for. Unless they were going for codependent. That said, some of the backlash on the 'net is just plain silly.
The art was lovely though. If you're going to serve cheesecake, this is how you do it. ★★★☆☆
Birds of Prey #1 - I really don't know much about these characters and this book did nothing to fix that. That's ok, though. I'm ok with learning about them we go. Starling (aka Ev Crawford) is my kinda girl though. Fast drivin', hard drinkin', gun toting', tattooed, all around bad-ass chick. I don't even know if she has any powers aside from badassery and I don't care.
Black Canary is in this too, and she was fun. I guess there will be a couple more added to the roster too, but for me this is the Ev Show. I'm not sold on the series yet, but the art was good and I'd like to see where they are going. ★★★☆☆
Green Lantern Corps #1 - When it comes to Green Lanterns, Guy Gardner and John Stewart are probably my favorites. This book features the both of them, along with a small crew of other GLs investigating a mysterious attack. It's space cop stuff… just like it's supposed to be.
I'm most definitely in for this story line. After that, it will see if the focus shifts to other GLs. If so, I might be out. ★★★★☆
Wonder Woman #1 - I've tried several times over the years to read a good Wonder Woman story. The character is iconic, but I've never read a WW book that really felt like it did the character justice. I'd given up for a while, though I did give the ill-fated JMS reboot a chance.
Enter the big reboot and I can sum up my opinion on this book in one word: FINALLY.
This is a great Wonder Woman story! It's steeped in Greek mythology set in the present day. Sure, we've seen that kind of thing before, but this is one of the best takes on that story that I've ever seen. The character design is rad, and the entire thing was a little reminiscent of American Gods which is one of the highest compliments I can give anything. ★★★★★
No, serious… what? The story had great range: from bad to boring. It was convoluted, wordy and uninteresting. I get the concept, it's Quantum Leap but instead of Scott Bakula, it's a dickhead ghost (is this guy supposed to be likable? relatable?) but instead of where Scott solves the problem and saves the day, this guy fails people. Maybe there's more to him, but hat's what I got from this.
The art, as far as art goes was mediocre. The art as far as storytelling goes was horrid. I feel like it may have damaged my iPad.
The upside is, Green Arrow is no longer the worst reboot title I've read. So there's that. Call me when the creative team changes and this book is presenting something else. ★½☆☆☆
RELAUNCH TITLES SKIPPED: Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, Legion of Super-Heroes, Nightwing, Red Hood and the Outlaws and Supergirl. If it ain't Ted Kord, it ain't my Blue Beetle.
Next week is Justice League Dark and Jonah Hex...