Another week, another attempt to read through my backlog of comics. This is gonna take awhile, kids. The five for today are all part of the “New 52,” number one issues of DC’s reboot from... too long ago. Word of warning, I am way more of a Marvel guy, so these reboots of DC properties should be for me: I like superhero comics and have only a passing knowledge of the universe. This will factor in as I read.
I cannot say I like this book. On the upside, I cannot say I dislike this book either. It feels off and rushed with the dialog and characters barely explained and stilted. The art is the same. Some panels and pages are great, flush with detail and hard lines while other pages look like someone forgot to erase some of the pencils. On the whole, nothing really pulled me to read more of this title.
This book is too much. A no point in the issue is there a breather for the reader, either in images or in words. Every page is loaded down with information, breaking into on some pages a dozen individual images with twice as many word balloons. Add in that there is little characterization that has not been seen before and a lackluster fight against a fire thing... All of this could have been forgivable if the story demanded it, but it did not. I just did not like this at all.
This book I like. Supergirl arrives on Earth, punches through it in fact, and pops out to fight a bunch of mechanized humans until Superman shows up. She’s scared, has no idea what is going on and discovers her powers really fast. The art and writing are solid. One problem: This story is so overdone its crazy. This story has even been done better a while ago in Superman/Batman. Check this out, but go read that for a really good version of this tired story.
Another iffy comic that I might enjoy, but not at the expense of reading other comics. The spy and underground cloning experiments are intriguing, yet like Supergirl they have been told before. I like the uber-scifi elements of this book, but the story and characters are just not there. Superboy is a blank slate, his handlers seem to be just twiddling their fingers in evil and I seem to know the big “twists.” Fun read, but nothing too exciting.
Batman and Robin #1
If you have to read one book on this list, pick this one. Really. Just get past the first dozen or so pages. The art is great throughout, so no worries there as the dynamic light and darkness clash on each other in compelling ways. The father/son angle of Batman and Robin, though... It gets old quick. The dialog pushes the schtick of Damian Wayne pretty thin and it is a welcome break when things start to happen. Overall, though, this is a great establishing first issue.