Even though the DCnU began last week with Justice League #1, the real fun begins tomorrow with the first full wave of new books. So I figured I’d throw in my two cents about what I’m most looking forward to and what I think might flop. Going through all 52 titles would just be a tedious read for you all, so I’ve picked out out a few key books: the five titles I’m most looking forward to, five titles I’m not sold on yet but that I’m curious enough to try, and then five titles that I think won’t survive. Here we go!!
Five Titles I Am Crazy Excited About
I’m just super jazzed for these books and can’t wait to buy them. NOTE: I’d have put Justice League here, but since it’s out already I’ll just stick with upcoming books. Here they are in no particular order:
Wonder Woman: Obviously. It’s Azzarello and Chiang… I’m over the moon excited for this book.
Batman: Synder’s run on Detective Comics was great, and I’m excited to see what he’s going to do with Bruce Wayne as Batman. I’m going to miss Jock and Francavilla, but Capullo’s art looks cool so far.
Justice League Dark: I wasn’t totally sure about bringing Constantine back into the DC universe, but putting him on an awesome team like this sounds kind of great. Plus I love Deadman, Zatanna, and Madame Xanadu, and DC’s weird magical things in general.
Batwoman: It’s just going to be GORGEOUS. I’m mildly concerned about the writing, as neither writer has done a lot, but J.H. Williams’ art is just insane… the preview pages are ridiculously good.
Aquaman: Johns and Reis are always a good combination, and no one can start a franchise like Johns… he made the Justice Society interesting, then turned Green Lantern into a must-read for years. I think he’ll do the same with Aquaman.
Five Titles I’m Not Entirely Sure About But That Look Worth Checking Out
I am less confident in these books, but something about them intrigues me enough that I’m going to give them a shot. Again, in no particular order:
Swamp Thing: Alan Moore’s run on Swamp Thing is epic, and I really don’t know what else you could do with the character. But I do know that Snyder is an awesome writer, and that he’s one of the few people I would trust to take on Swamp Thing. I have no idea what he’s going to do, but I’m curious.
Stormwatch: So far it looks like the Authority plus the Martian Manhunter, and that’s sort of cool. It’ll be interesting to see how they try to fit that into the DC universe, and how much of the Authority’s edginess they can keep now that they aren’t at Wildstorm. I can see this one going either way, but Cornell is usually good.
Supergirl: Supergirl is a character I always want to be interesting but who so rarely is. This new angry Supergirl with what appears to be some disdain for humanity sounds like it might be fun… it’ll definitely be different, anyway. I really dug Green and Johnson’s run on Superman/Batman, and the art looks cool, so I think it’s worth a shot.
Legion Lost: I find the Legion hard to get into… there’s SO many of them and the 31st century stuff often seems like bad sci-fi, but I think this could be a good gateway book. It’s only seven Legionnaires AND they’ve travelled back in time. Maybe this’ll be a good introduction to the Legion for me.
Demon Knights: Hey, another Cornell book!! Middle Ages magic stuff can either be really cool or really lame, but I’m cautiously optimistic about this book. I’ve always liked Etrigan and Jason Blood, too, which helps a lot… I hope he talks in rhyme.
Five Titles That Seem Doomed From The Beginning
DC’s said that every series in the New 52 will get at least to prove itself, but I doubt that these books will make it much past that:
OMAC: I know it’s Didio’s book, but OMAC is played out. The guy has a mohawk, for goodness sake.
Hawk and Dove: Only because of Liefeld. Apparently it’s sold out, but you can’t have superheroes without feet.
Voodoo: Yay for female characters and all, but have you seen the art? Basri is a really good artist, but those are some seriously unclassy pages. I sincerely hope you need more than T&A to sell a book these days.
Suicide Squad: Speaking of which, what’s up with Harley Quinn? This is the weirdest team-up I’ve ever seen. I wonder who said “Okay, we’re relaunching everything… know who we HAVE to include? King Shark.”
Deathstroke: If you’re into comicly large swords, you might like this book. But I just don’t see how they’re going to make a series out of Deathstroke. Now a Ravager series I would have bought.