DC made several announcements over the weekend, including titles coming out over the next year and just who’s going to be working on them. But let’s be real: what we all wanted to hear about was the publisher’s response to fairly fervent fan furor about the portrayal of women in a few of the New 52 titles. They certainly had a response, and it was disappointing, promising, and hilarious all at the same time. Hit the jump to get the details.
Generally speaking, we’ve been quite impressed with DC’s New 52. When I checked out Animal Man #1 a couple weeks ago, I was really intrigued. Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman did a really good job setting up a superhero who was also clearly a human being. At the end of that first issue, they had effectively established the hero and begun to set up a larger story arc – it was heading in an intriguing but pretty standard direction.
So I was surprised when the second issue took a bit of a turn into left field. Inevitably, I’m going to give up some details, so if you haven’t read Animal Man #1, stop reading this post and go read that issue.
First off, I’ll straight up admit that I’ve never been a huge fan of comics in the form of issues. I’m not sure if it’s the irritation at not being able to finish a story in one sitting, or the fact that all of the existing issues have usually been running for years and I wasn’t interested in figuring out the back story.
I’ll also straight up admit that Animal Man #1 has changed that. Shout out to Tom who suggested I go read it, and to DC for rebooting the new 52. I had no idea who Animal Man was until about an hour ago, but none of that matters. I’m in on the ground floor and I’m hooked.
In the entire DC pantheon, perhaps no character was more deserving or more in need of a relaunch/reboot than Wonder Woman. Although she’s officially considered part of the Trinity, it’s not exactly breaking news that Wonder Woman has often, if not always, been the distant third in DC’s big three (not to be confused with Studio 60‘s big three). I was excited when the creative team of Cliff Chiang and Brian Azzarello was announced and even more excited when Azzarello described the title as a mythological “horror book”. For a character I had very little invested in, Wonder Woman had somehow become my most anticipated book of The New 52.
So how did they do?
Before we can jump into the new book, I think it’s important to take stock of both the character’s history and of DC’s recent turmoils, as both inform my (and, I would assume, many other comic book readers’) reactions to and reception of the new Wonder Woman. Gird your loins, it’s about to get real.
Back in early June, DC announced that coming this fall, they would be rebooting 52 different comics franchises. This meant that each of them would start over at issue #1 and each storyline would start from zero. This allows DC to update many characters, origin stories, and events to be more relevant and contemporary. It also means that new readers to comics will be able to more easily approach a given hero, since they won’t have to be familiar with literally decades of back story to understand a given character.
This reboot starts today with the brand new Justice League issue #1. I haven’t read it yet, but one would imagine that since it’s the flagship title in this entire relaunch, it will probably be pretty good. And given that the issue was written and drawn by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee respectively, you can safely make that an almost definitely. The remaining 51 titles will launch their own issue #1 by the end of September. I’m particularly looking forward to the Green Lantern run, as it’s also being written by Johns, Chief Creative Officer at DC and writer of previous Green Lantern runs, such as Rebirth and Blackest Night (Johns is writing a number of other titles in the reboot, too, but is best known for his Green Lantern and Flash contributions).
So what about you? Will you be picking up Justice League #1 today? Which other series are you looking forward to, and what are your thoughts on the whole reboot? To the Comments!