DC Comics' Reboot and the New 52

DC Comics' Reboot and the New 52
DC Comics’ highly anticipated and much debated reboot is nearing its first full month. The first week saw the release of DC's superteam, Justice League, written and drawn by superstar creators Geoff Johns and Jim Lee, respectively. Some fans have anxiously awaited the release of this book simply because Lee is penciling it. Johns has guided many heroes and events in recent years and fans are curious as to what he has in store for the DC’s star-studded team with the reboot.

The comics released on September 7th were led by DC's two longest running titles, Action Comics and Detective Comics. The other books readers will be able to get their hands on are Animal Man, Batgirl, Batwing, Green Arrow, Hawk and Dove, Justice League International, Sgt. Rock and the Men of War, OMAC, Static Shock, Stormwatch, and Swamp Thing.

Action Comics and Detective Comics are likely to hold spots at the top of many reader’s pull-lists. Babs makes her stunning and slightly controversial return as the wheelchair-less Batgirl. Batwing, which should be quite interesting, sees someone takes up the bat-mantle on the beautiful continent of Africa.

September 14th sees the releases of Batman and Robin, Batwoman, Deathstroke, Demon Knights, Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE, Green Lantern, Grifter, Legion Lost, Mr. Terrific, Red Lanterns, Resurrection Man, Suicide Squad, and Superboy.

From that week, you will notice the inclusion of the long-awaited Batwoman title. Fans have been looking forward to the return of Kate Kane for some time. A series based on her solo adventures was announced last year but was pushed back several times. Mr. Terrific’s solo book is another title that has garnered much attention within this massive reboot. Pre-reboot, this hero had seen action as a member of the Justice Society of America. This reader is anxious to see how this character takes on crime in this new era.

The September 21st release group consist of Batman, Birds of Prey, Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, Catwoman, DC Universe Presents, Green Lantern Corps, Legion of Super Heroes, Nightwing, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman.

It might be hard to dispute the notion that Batman is the most anticipated comic of the week. After that, there isn’t much doubt that DC’s standout female title, Wonder Woman, will sell out. Several other stand-out titles from this set are Catwoman and Supergirl. I have recently become quite fond of these characters and will definitely check out both of their series. Blue Beetle marks the return of Jamie Reyes to a solo book. His previous adventures were cut short, at a mere 36 issues, despite the positive reception from fans.

The final week of September will give readers the chance to read the following books: All-Star Western, Aquaman, Batman: The Dark Knight, Blackhawks, The Flash, The Fury of Firestorm, Green Lantern: New Guardians, I, Vampire, Justice League Dark, The Savage Hawkman, Superman, Teen Titans, and Voodoo.

The Flash, I, Vampire, and Superman headline the final tier of DC’s grand move for the comic industry. The synopsis of the new vampire title should entice fans to check it out.

This reboot serves several purposes, the most important of which is to bring in new readers. This is a gamble that the industry certainly needs at this time. The move has been met with varied responses. I, as many others, welcome this approach and look forward to see how it fares down the road. It is the opportunity for everybody to start fresh with Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and all the other characters fans have grown to love over the years, but whom have become bogged down with such a long history.

If you or anyone you know has been interested in DC characters or in comics in general, but held back for any reason, now is the time to dive in. It has been cited by many that dealing with continuity and not knowing where to start as the reasons for not getting into comics. Those fears can be eased as DC Comics has given everyone the opportunity to get involved. Happy reading.

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