Will month two start off with a bang or begin the long whimper of disinterest? I still have a lot of high hopes for DC and am hoping some books get better while others stay at the high level of excellence. DC had a great first month of sales but now they have to keep them. If they don’t then it was all for nothing. One good month does not save your company. I think the sales will still be high this month but you will see some drop offs. This is where DC gets to start deciding who survives. If you missed the first few weeks of reviews here is a link (Weeks 0-4)
Written by GRANT MORRISON; Art by RAGS MORALES and RICK BRYANT; Cover by RAGS MORALES
This book was one of my surprise picks of the first month. I absolutely loved it. The second issue didn’t quite hold up to the first. I still basically liked the story and writing (although, there was some silly military stuff that I don’t understand why writers do it. A complete cliché to keep story moving). I think the thing which surprised me most about this second issue was I didn’t like the art nearly as much. It felt a little rushed and the lines weren’t as crisp. I went back to the first issue to see if I was making it up and I wasn’t. The art was simply nowhere near as good. I am still on board but it did drop. 8 out of 10.
Written by JEFF LEMIRE; Art and cover by TRAVEL FOREMAN
Still loving this series although continuing with the trend from Action I felt the art was a little rough this time. The art in this book is already way different and I feel it fits the book but some of it didn’t translate as well this time. In particular some of the pictures of Buddy were tough to look at. It wasn’t all the way through but I am hoping this is not something I will be seeing in all the 2nd issues. Still a solid story and I am completely hooked into it. Can’t wait to see where it is going. 9 out of 10.
Written by JUDD WINICK; Art and cover by BEN OLIVER
First of all I have to give the book credit because it was the first book I read this month where I thought the art had stayed on par with the first issue. I also thought the story moved at a better clip for the second issue. I could find myself getting a little sucked into the book. If I have a complaint, it is that the dialog is still a little off for me. It comes off a little forced and clunky in a few spots. I still thought this book was an improvement over the first issue. 8 out of 10.
Written by TONY S. DANIEL; Art by TONY S. DANIEL and RYAN WINN; Cover by TONY S. DANIEL
This book is leaving me puzzled. I have some friends who are totally digging it but now I am into the second issue and I am still not feeling the Batman love. It isn’t a terrible book but everything about it just screams average Batman. Except for the ends. Second straight issue with a cool end. I thought the last half of the book was better than the first half. I also thought the whole book was slightly better than the first. I want to love it. I am a huge Batman fan but so far I am on the fence. 7.5 out of 10.
Written by J.T. KRUL; Art by DAN JURGENS and GEORGE PEREZ; Cover by DAVE WILKINS
I like the art in the book. Green Arrow always looks cool but I am not enjoying the story. I am not really liking the new version of Green Arrow and I hate his sidekicks. The dialog was rough for me. I am not sure what market it is aiming for. New young high schoolers or adults. I think it missed the mark for both. I know this book will be getting a new writer in a couple of issues. I hope it turns around because I love Green Arrow and hate that I am not enjoying this book. 6.5 out of 10.
Written by STERLING GATES; Art and cover by ROB LIEFELD
I really like Hawk and Dove the characters. I really don’t like this comic. I actually laughed out loud when they introduced the new super villains who would be opposing them. I don’t think I was supposed to laugh out loud. This book is just a “connect the dots” comic. You know every move it is going to make. I don’t think it is destined to stick around after the excitement of the new 52 dies down. 6 out of 10.
Written by PAUL LEVITZ; Art by MARCUS TO and JOHN DELL; Cover by GUILLEM MARCH
DC does not list this book as part of the New 52 but it does take place in that universe. I decided to pick it up because I have liked Huntress in the past. I won’t put it into the power rankings but I thought some people might have an interest. I enjoyed this book. It was good old fashion butt kicking by Huntress. I liked the story and appreciated how strong of a character Huntress is. I have a feeling this is a tryout book. If it sells well it might replace a book that doesn’t. If I have a quibble it is the way Huntress’ mask is drawn sometimes, it is a little wonky. Can’t quite put my finger on it but there were a few times I thought, “that looks weird.” 8 out of 10.
Written by DAN JURGENS; Art by AARON LOPRESTI and MATT RYAN; Cover by AARON LOPRESTI
Another book I want to like more than I am. It was slightly better than the first one but only slightly. The humor is still pretty unsophisticated and juvenile. I still hate Batman in the book. I know they are trying to give off a funny and silly vibe but I am not buying it. The sex jokes were full of fail. They have waited way too long to get Guy Gardner and Booster Gold to mix it up. Not terrible but not great. 7 out of 10.
Written by IVAN BRANDON and JONATHAN VANKIN; Art by TOM DERENICK and PHIL WINSLADE; Cover by VIKTOR KALVACHEV
I liked the first issue’s main story but not the backup. It made Men of War one of my surprises of the first month. I have to be honest, I thought this issue was a big step back. The story was all over the place and felt a little preachy in spots. I really appreciate that this comic is trying to do something different but it didn’t connect with me on the second round. The back up story was a little better but overall this was probably one of my bigger disappointments of this week’s comics. I was looking forward to seeing where it went. Where it went was some half-naked woman dropping men from space. 7 out of 10.
Written by DAN DIDIO and KEITH GIFFEN; Art and cover by KEITH GIFFEN and SCOTT KOBLISH
Nothing has changed for me here. I feel like I am reading a special effect heavy modernization of the 70’s Hulk TV show. Only the 70’s Hulk TV show was interesting. There were a couple of nice touches but mostly this story is not going anywhere I care about. Even the surprise character introduction at the end didn’t do anything for me (maybe because I assumed he would be along eventually). The first book barely registered for me and I actually thought this one was worse. I don’t know when I am going to start dropping books off my DC island but this book better get good soon. 6 out of 10.
Written by PETER MILLIGAN; Art and cover by ED BENES and ROB HUNTER
A lot of comics through the years have tried to tackle the consequences of war and violence. This one is doing it in a way I find very interesting. This book was so far off my radar when the new 52 was announced I probably couldn’t have found it with a map. Certainly not the case anymore. I love the art and something about the way the story is unfolding has completely sucked me in. This book may end up being one of the biggest surprises of the new 52 for me. I am still loving it. I finished the comic and immediately wished I could read the next book. 9 out of 10.
Written by SCOTT McDANIEL and JOHN ROZUM; Art by SCOTT McDANIEL and ANDY OWENS; Cover by CHRIS BRUNNER
I really didn’t like this book’s first issue. This one was better and worse. I actually thought the art in the first issue was better. The story in this one was much better than the first. Not great but at least I wasn’t cringing. I still think it comes off as a watered down Ultimate Spider-Man (which is doing the teen thing a whole lot better right now). Since I am more of a story guy than an art guy the book rating will go up but this is a book I would not be buying if not for reviewing all the issues. 6 out of 10.
Written by PAUL CORNELL; Art by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA and AL BARRIONUEVO; Cover by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA
This issue was not quite as good as the first one. I think they took a bit long with the recruitment process. Made the story feel like it was dragging out. Martian Manhunter was not nearly as badass as the first one. Still liked it but I hope the pacing improves with the next one. I do have a fear that this book could get a little muddled over time. It seems like there is a lot of story in the background the writer wants to share. These things can sometimes spiral out of control. It hasn’t, but the thought did pop into my mind. 8 out of 10.
Written by SCOTT SNYDER; Art and cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
Wow, this issue was much better and the first one wasn’t bad. The art was a little cleaner and the story really moved (especially the end). There was a couple of spots where I still felt like they were explaining the world too much but by the end the book was rocking out with creepiness and suspense. I loved the end so much my brain started trying to guess where the third book was going. 9.5 out of 10.
DC Power Rankings
1) Wonder Woman –
2) Animal Man – A slight drop off but nothing which has me worried. Still can’t wait to see where it goes.
3) Justice League Dark –
4) Red Lanterns – This one moved up a few spots for me. It has been consistent and enjoyable.
5) Action Comics – Dropped a few spots in the power rankings. Didn’t like this issue as much. Might drop some more as other second issues come out.
6) Batman –
7) Aquaman –
8 ) Batwoman –
9) Swamp Thing – The big mover of the week. Issue two really got the story rolling and left me wanting more.
10) Stormwatch – Took a little bit of a tumble. I have a feeling as other issues come out it will tumble out of the top ten. Still a good book.
11) All Star Western –
12) I, Vampire –
13) Grifter –
14) Resurrection Man –
15) Deathstroke –
16) Supergirl –
17) Batgirl –
18) Green Lantern –
19) Teen Titans –
20) Superboy –
21) Legion of Super-Heroes –
22) Men of War – Dropped out of the really good to above average. I worry this might not be the end of the tumble-down. Good start hopefully it will pick back up.
23) Flash –
24) Justice League –
25) Superman –
26) Batwing – A big improvement over the first issue. I hope it continues.
27) Captain Atom –
28) Demon Knights –
29) Catwoman –
30) Detective Comics – A slight improvement but for reasons I don’t quite get this book isn’t connecting with me.
31) Frankenstien, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. –
32) Nightwing –
33) The Savage Hawkman
34) Batman: The Dark Knight –
35) Justice League International – This book has been done before and better.
36) Mister Terrific –
37) Suicide Squad –
38) Green Arrow – This book just disappoints the heck out of me. Hopefully the writing change ahead will pump some life into it.
39) Green Lantern Corps –
40) Green Lantern: New Guardians -
41) Blue Beetle –
42) Blackhawks –
43) Legion Lost-
44) Batman & Robin –
45) O.M.A.C. – Not a good book. I hope it drops even lower in coming weeks (do you hear me Birds of Prey & Firestorm).
46) DC Universe Presents –
47) Birds of Prey –
48) The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men –
49) Hawk & Dove – Made me laugh this week. It wasn’t trying to. I am now hoping DC kills this book and lets them rejoin Teen Titans.
50) Static Shock – Story was better but for me this book is just not cutting it. Although, I could see it jumping ahead of a few books above it next month.
51) Voodoo –
52) Red Hood and the Outlaws -