DC Comics Review

Another overview of some of the great DC books from week 2. Special thanks to my friends for submitting thoughts of some of their favorites. Let us know what you think!

Wonder Woman #1 by Tony
Following in a far third in the DC Trinity, This wonder of a woman has been in the shadows of two great men- Superman and Batman. Struggling to find her place on printed page and on-screen, Wonder Woman has exchanged many creative hands over the years. I became a huge fan of the Amazonian princess when George Perez launched the wonder-ful reboot post-Crisis in the mid 80’s. Since that time, it has never been able to regain that magic- this may be the chance. I loved this book. It was certainly one of my favorites out of the new DC 52. Wonder Woman is depicted as a powerful ‘force of nature’ without sacrificing her elegance and grace. Cliff Chiang’s art has a lot to do with this. He does a masterful job of making each panel worthy to be a stand alone work of art (by no surprise). This version of Chiang’s work is less polished giving it more of a raw edge feel. What Chiang does best is capture the action before the action. That moment right before the chaos breaks loose. It conveys a visual tension that helps carry the momentum from page to page. In regards to story, Brian Azzarello chooses not to dive into the origins of Diana and more into her investigation into a new greek god threat. I am presuming more of her origins will be investigated later. This is the first Wonder Woman title that I have enjoyed in about two decades. It was strong and sexy which are crucial ingredients for a WW story. I will definitely continue in the future.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 by Shawn (@TheRealReHaB)
I just finished reading Red Hood and the outlaws #1 and I must say I’m very intrigued with the way the story is going. With some solid artwork by KENNETH ROCAFORT, not to mention the amazing writing abilities of SCOTT LOBDELL to really make you feel a part of the story as you’re reading it. It includes Jason Todd (red hood), a green arrow reject sidekick arsenal, and a strong and sexy Tamaranean named Starfire. I have been a fan of the red hood for a short period of time so I have to go off of what I have read rather than speculate what happened in previous versions. After all isn’t that why they are being rebooted? The chemistry of all 3 characters is very well done.  With a few W.T.F moments thrown in there. This has its funny moments but for the most part seems to be getting more serious as it goes on. I don’t want to give too much away in this review, I recommend this for any comic reader. Just go buy it and read it, you won’t be disappointed. THIS IS CAPTAIN COMIC CON APPROVED!!!
-Captain Comic Con

Catwoman #1 by Sergio (@Stanley_Pain)
You’ve read the backlash, you’ve heard the controversy, and there’s good reason behind it all.  Catwoman is a mixed bag of goods and it’s also the issue that I’ve had the most concern and mixed feelings about.  The story starts off with a full-on panel devoted to Selina Kyle’s cleavage as she’s hurriedly prepping to dart out of her apartment.  She packs a few things here and there and leaps out her window avoiding certain doom as her door’s kicked down by masked goons who then blow up her place upon her escape.  There are many “fan service” panels throughout the book, and many have argued that certain shots are over sexualized.  Some may find the artwork offensive, some may find that it serves the story’s purpose.  It’s not my intent to state who’s right or wrong in any instance, but I will say that as a reader, I enjoyed the book as a whole.  It’s not without substance as there’s some great character development and the last page is what has me most intrigued.  Batman makes a guest appearance and both him and Selina find themselves in a situation that will throw most readers for a loop.  Whether or not what transpires between the two is morally sound or not is up to the reader.  There are a lot of implications and they are just that.  I understand either side’s argument in the gender war, but I’m going to leave any harsh criticism aside until I read the 2nd issue.  I will say that the cover should give the reader an idea of what to expect, but I’ll also say that the book is not without its merits.  It’s certainly holds more substance than a few other “New 52” books I’ve read thus far.  That said, everything from the character development, the artwork, to Selina breaking up a Russian mob’s kickback, is very entertaining and serves its purpose.  One of the few books in which I’m anticipating the next issue.  Recommended, but with a word of caution, judge for yourselves.

Batman#1 by Sergio (@Stanley_Pain)
What is Gotham?  We’ve all been exposed to Gotham City in one form or another, and through its various interpretations, we all have developed an idea of what Gotham is to us.  In “Knife Trick,” we are asked to really consider this question to which there are many answers.  Through Bruce Wayne’s narration, we learn that every Saturday the Gotham Gazette publishes a small Lifestyle article entitled, “Gotham is.”  In this piece, readers of the Gazette are asked to send in with their own answer, their own interpretation of Gotham and what the city stands for.  This narration serves as the main focal point for Batman #1 and thematically, it’s very poignant and in turn, gives what I feel to be a very definitive idea as to what Gotham City stands for.  The book starts out with a full-scale breakout in Arkham Asylum in which both Batman and the Clown Prince of Crime are seen working together for a common purpose, details Bruce’s intention in placing a financial investment in reinvigorating Gotham, and ultimately answers the very question the story starts out asking.  In my opinion, this is the best of the Batman titles out so far because it embodies everything I’ve come to admire about Batman and Bruce Wayne.  The artwork is very fluid and looks beautiful in both print and digital, which makes this book worth purchasing in both formats. Highly recommended.

Green Lantern Corps #1 by Johnny (@NerdOutburst)
‘Green Lantern Corps’ starts off focusing on Guy Gardner and John Stewart attempting to find (and work) normal jobs on earth. Unsuccessful, they decide to fly to OA in search of an assignment. This first issue gives audiences a forced look into a normal life of a lantern so quickly it fails as soon as it starts. Before I could understand where it was going I had already arrived at the cliffhanger. The pacing of this issue has left me disinterested in the characters that MAKE up this ‘Corps’ and leaves an ending unable to recover my interest. This issue will not make my round 2.

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