Is third time really the charm? Last month’s issue of Detective Comics left both of us wanting more. With such a strong start in issue #1, our hopes have been high that the return to greatness will come sooner as opposed to later (…if it comes at all). With Tom as Someone Old and Jon as Someone New, we resume our quest in search of the brilliant Detective Comics turnaround.
So you worked yourself up into a New 52 fever and bought every debut issue you could get your hands on. Now, the adrenaline high of seeing so many new titles simultaneously has worn off, and you’re wondering which are still worth pulling. And, since no one other than Bruce Wayne can afford to buy all 75 Batman titles DC puts out, you’re going to have to make some Bat-Choices.
Does Detective Comics suffer from a sophomore slump? Or does it remain a perpetual paragon of parables? Should you keep consuming this classic chronicle? The dynamic duo of Tom and Jon, the Boy Wonder, are back to let you know! Same nerd time, same nerd channel!
Say what you will about the recognizability or historical significance of any other DC Comics character, but there’s only one whose book the company named themselves after. And it ain’t this one. After Detective Comics #27 introduced “The Bat-Man” in May of 1939, he soon became the star of the title and, arguably, the company’s most successful character. As much as we were looking forward to, and have been pleasantly surprised by, several titles in DC’s The New 52, there was never any doubt that the entire endeavor would succeed or fail based on the strength of one comic. Haven’t checked it out yet? Leave it to Someone Old (Tom) and Someone New (Jon) to convince you why you should.
Welcome back to Someone Old, Someone New. If you don’t know the drill by now, here’s how it works: you’ll get two perspectives on one of the bigger events in contemporary comics: DC’s universe reboot in the New 52. First, you’ll get a new-comer’s opinion (Jon), and find out just how much DC’s attempts at appealing to new readers are succeeding. Then, you’ll get the opinion of someone who’s familiar with the DC Universe (in this case, Third), who will assess how these changes rate among comics today. So, if there are no other questions: Third and Jon’s review of Action Comics #1.
Someone borrowed, someone blue? Nice guess, but no: what we’re doing here is hopefully something you’ll find new and interesting and unique. We’re taking on DC’s New 52, from both the perspective of a veteran reader of comics and that of a new-comer to the super-hero genre. Jon will be taking on the task of providing that all-important new reader opinion – all-important because it is precisely that demographic that DC has bet the house on. One of the rest of us (or maybe all of us, if we want to gang up on the new guy at some point) will give the old hand’s opinion of the reboot. Third will be providing that perspective to start. We have decided to kick this off with the first issue of the New 52, Justice League #1, so without further ado… Third and Jon’s tandem review of Justice League #1.