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Manchester Orchestra Share New DC Comics-Related Song “Never Ending”

Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack Due Out June 18 via Loma Vista

Jun 09, 2021

Manchester Orchestra have shared a new song, “Never Ending.” It is the latest single to be taken from Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack, which is a soundtrack to the DC Comics series Dark Nights: Death Metal. More

Chelsea Wolfe Shares New Wonder Woman-Inspired Song “Diana”

Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack Due Out June 18 via Loma Vista

May 26, 2021

Chelsea Wolfe has shared a new song inspired by Wonder Woman, the fittingly titled “Diana” (which is the superhero’s birthname). It is the latest single to be taken from Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack, which is a soundtrack to the DC Comics series Dark Nights: Death Metal. More

Here Are the First Images of Robert Pattinson as Batman

The Batman Due Out June 25, 2021 via Warner Bros.

Feb 13, 2020

The first images of Robert Pattinson as Batman have been shared. Matt Reeves, the director of the forthcoming film The Batman, shared a brief camera test video featuring Pattison in the Batsuit. More

Watch Margot Robbie Return as Harley Quinn in the First Trailer for “Birds of Prey”

Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) Due Out February 7, 2020 via Warner Bros.

Oct 01, 2019

Margot Robbie is returning as DC Comics villain/anti-hero Harley Quinn (a character she played in 2016’s Suicide Squad) in next year’s Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) and now the first trailer has been shared. More

Watch Comic-Con Trailers for DC Comics TV Shows “Supergirl,” “Krypton,” “The Flash,” and More

Plus Trailers for the New Seasons of Arrow, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Gotham, Lucifer, and Preacher

Jul 24, 2017

Another San Diego Comic-Con is done and there are still a lot of trailers to digest. Here is a roundup of all the trailers for DC Comics’ various TV shows. It includes a trailer for the new Superman prequel Krypton, as well as first looks of the new seasons of the CW’s four interconnected shows (Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), as well as the next season of FOX’s Gotham. More

Watch Gal Gadot Return as Wonder Woman in the New “Justice League” Trailer from Comic-Con

Plus Other DC Movie News from Comic-Con; Justice League Hit Theaters November 17 via Warner Bros.

Jul 23, 2017

Wonder Woman has been the biggest hit of the summer, the type of movie that people who rarely see movies in the theater even go out to, so it’s no surprise that the new trailer for Justice League opens with footage of Gal Gadot returning as Wonder Woman. Here is the trailer, along with Comic-Con updates on other DC Comics’ movies, including a Flashpoint movie, Batgirl, The Batman, and Wonder Woman 2. More

Sia Shares New Song, “To Be Human,” From “Wonder Woman” Movie Soundtrack

Movie and Soundtrack Due Out June 2, Song Features Labrinth

May 25, 2017

Sia has shared a new song, “To Be Human,” that features the guest vocals of U.K. singer Labrinth. The song is taken from the soundtrack to the highly anticipated DC Comics adaptation Wonder Woman, which is due out June 2 via Warner Bros. The soundtrack is due out the same day via WaterTower Music. More

Watch the New “Official Origin Trailer” For the “Wonder Woman” Movie

Gal Gadot Returns as the DC Comics Heroine on June 2, 2017

Mar 13, 2017

Last July the first trailer for the highly anticipated DC Comics adaptation Wonder Woman debuted at San Diego Comic-Con and online and then in November the second trailer debuted. Now here’s a new trailer for the film, which is due out June 2, 2017 via Warner Bros. More

Watch the New Trailer For “Wonder Woman” Movie

Gal Gadot Returns as the DC Comics Heroine on June 2, 2017

Nov 03, 2016

Back in July the first trailer for the highly anticipated DC Comics adaptation Wonder Woman debuted at San Diego Comic-Con and online. Now here’s a new trailer for the film, which is due out June 2, 2017 via Warner Bros. More

Watch New Behind-the-Scenes Video For “Justice League” Movie in Honor of Last Day of Filming

Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg Unite on November 17, 2017

Oct 07, 2016

The highly anticipated DC Comics adaptation Justice League, which brings together DC’s biggest heroes, just finished filming in London. In honor of that director Zack Snyder (Watchmen, Man of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice) has shared toTwitter a new behind-the-scenes video that shows off a bunch of sets and set ups from the movie. More

Aug 05, 2016

Suicide Squad is the next DC Comics film to hit the big screen (Warner Bros. have years of DC films planned) and is due out today. The soundtrack features a mishmash of artists and collaborations and is also due out today. Warner Bros. and DC have been pulling out all the stops in promoting the movie and soundtrack and now, on release day, they’ve shared a video for “Purple Lamborghini,” a collaboration between Rick Ross and Skrillex. More

Watch White Stripes-Soundtracked First Teaser Trailer For “Justice League” Movie From Comic-Con

Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg Unite on November 17, 2017

Jul 25, 2016

This year’s San Diego Comic-Con wrapped up yesterday and over the convention a lot of big trailers were premiered and subsequently posted to the Internet. More

“Suicide Squad” Soundtrack to Feature New Grimes Song and More

Suicide Squad: The Album Due Out August 5

Jun 17, 2016

Suicide Squad is the next DC Comics film to hit the big screen (Warner Bros. have years of DC films planned) and is due out August 5. March’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice raked in the cash, but got a very split response from fans and critics. More

DC Comics Female Team-Up Movie Featuring Harley Quinn, Batgirl, and Birds of Prey in the Works

Margot Robbie to Reprise Her Role as Harley Quinn and Also Produce

May 16, 2016

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Margot Robbie, Warner Bros., and DC Comics are developing a new female-fronted superhero team movie to feature Harley Quinn (a character Robbie plays in this summer’s Suicide Squad movie), Batgirl, and Birds of Prey. More

Watch “The Demon in the Dark,” a Cool New DC Comics Fan Film Featuring Batman

Also Features Green Lantern, Black Adam, Silver Banshee, Giganta, Deadshot, Bane, and More

Feb 03, 2016

Fan films have come a long way over the years, thanks to developments in digital special effects. Case in point, The Demon in the Dark, a fun new DC Comics fan film that could pretty much pass for the real thing. More

Feb 03, 2016

Holy cross over! They said it wouldn’t happen, at least not anytime soon, but The Flash is coming to Supergirl, despite the two shows airing on separate networks and taking place in slightly different fictional universes. But both characters come from DC Comics and the two shows share many of the same producers. More

Jan 20, 2016

Last night during the DC Comics and Warner Bros. DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League half-hour special on the CW the very first footage from the upcoming Wonder Woman film was revealed. The special, which was hosted by Kevin Smith and Geoff Johns, premiered the new Suicide Squad trailer and showed off footage from Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, but the true highlight was the footage they premiered from the new Wonder Woman movie, which you can watch below. More

Jan 20, 2016

Last night DC Comics and Warner Bros. had a half-hour special on the CW entitled DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League. It was essentially a glorified ad for the DC Cinematic Universe, but for DC Comics fans it was still a lot of fun. Kevin Smith hosted. One of the highlights was the brand new trailer for Suicide Squad, whose first trailer was released last year in conjunction with Comic-Con. More

Dec 03, 2015

On Monday night during Gotham on FOX they showed a brand new teaser for the much anticipated DC Comics movie showdown Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Then last night during Jimmy Kimmel Live a full on brand new trailer was premiered and you can now watch it below. More

First “Suicide Squad” Trailer Officially Released, Features Jared Leto as The Joker and More

Trailer Originally Leaked From Comic-Con and Now Officially Online

Jul 13, 2015

At Warner Bros.’ Comic-Con panel on Saturday the first trailer for the DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad was shown. As the film is still in production and not due out until August 2016, it was meant to be a Comic-Con exclusive. More

Watch: New “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” Trailer from Comic-Con

Shows off Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor, and More

Jul 11, 2015

At the Warner Bros. panel at Comic-Con today they showed a brand new trailer for the much anticipated DC Comics movie showdown Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. More

Watch Doctor Who Interact with Batman, Doc Brown, and Gandalf in Trailer for “LEGO Dimensions” Game

Game Due Out September 27 to Feature the Voices of Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman

Jul 09, 2015

Doctor Who has come to LEGO and everyone’s favorite time and space traveling Time Lord, The Doctor, will be featured prominently in the new video game LEGO Dimensions, as the new trailer below shows. More

May 14, 2015

The CW has had huge success with its DC Comics adaptations. Arrow has just finished its third season and last year The Flash was spun off from Arrow to record ratings for the TV network. So it’s no surprise that another spinoff is coming, this one featuring characters from both Arrow and The Flash. It’s called DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and the first trailer for it has just been released. More

May 13, 2015

It was announced a while ago that CBS was developing a new live action series based on DC Comics’ Supergirl. Now CBS has announced that the show will premiere this November and will air at 8 PM on Mondays (putting it in direct competition with another DC Comics show, Gotham, on FOX). They have also released a very extensive near-7-minute long trailer for the show. More

This Week In Geek: Batman Cameo and Joker to Have All-New Look in “Suicide Squad”

Plus: First Photo of Stephen Amell in TMNT 2, Vince Gilligan on X-Files Revival, X-Men: Apocalypse, and more!

May 01, 2015

Recent snapshots from the set of director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad have revealed something that will make 2016 a very big year for the dark knight. More

Apr 17, 2015

The past couple of days has been a complete and utter treat for geeks the world over. First there was the official trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that recaptured the magic of the original trilogy. Now, ahead of the previously announced April 20 release date, the official trailer for Warner Bros.’ Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice has reared its ominous and impressive head. More

First Look: Photo Reveals Actor Jesse Eisenberg in Character as Villain Lex Luthor

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Hits Theaters March 25, 2016

Mar 25, 2015

Behold, skeptics! This morning, a photo was released from Warner Bros. Pictures by way of Entertainment Weekly showing Jesse Eisenberg sporting a fully shaved head in our first look at the major villain Lex Luthor from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. More

This Week in Geek: Blade Runner 2, Alien 5, and Arrow/Flash Spin-Off

Plus news regarding CBS' Supergirl and Casting Rumors Surrounding Indiana Jones Reboot

Feb 27, 2015

We here at Under the Radar like to do our part in reporting the latest exciting news in the realm of all things “Geek.” Here is the roundup of this week’s breaking geek news! More

First Look: Zack Snyder Reveals First Image of Jason Momoa as Aquaman

Sneak Peek of A Grittier Incarnation of Aquaman From Next Year's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Feb 20, 2015

Last night, director Zack Snyder treated fans to a much-anticipated first look of actor Jason Momoa in character as Aquaman. More

Jul 26, 2014

At the Warner Bros. panel at the San Diego Comic-Con today the first photo of Israeli-born actress Gal Gadot in costume as Wonder Woman in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was revealed. We also have new trailers for season three of Arrow and season one of The Flash. More

Jul 03, 2014

USA Today revealed the first official image of Henry Cavill’s Superman in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. More

“Man of Steel” Sequel to Feature Batman for a Superman/Batman Movie

Director Zach Snyder Revealed at Comic-Con Today

Jul 20, 2013

Man of Steel director Zach Snyder just announced at the Warner Bros. Comic-Con panel that the sequel to his superhero blockbuster will feature none other than Batman. So it’ll be a Superman/Batman movie. More

Dec 04, 2012

June 14 (a.k.a. Primetime for summer blockbusters) will see the release of the newest installment of the Superman franchise, Man of Steel. Here’s the poster where our hero (portrayed by Henry Cavill) is…in handcuffs? More

Check Out Under the Radar’s Reviews of DC Comics’ New 52 Series

Read Every New 52 Review Posted to Date, Stay Tuned For More

Sep 23, 2011

This month DC Comics are relaunching all their titles in an ambitious project dubbed the “New 52” series. The whole DC Comics Universe is being relaunched in a new timeline/continuity after the events of the Flashpoint miniseries and every title is being relaunched this month under new numbering, each one starting with issue #1 again. We’ve been reviewing all of the titles. Check out all the reviews we’ve posted thus far. More

Sep 14, 2011

As if the “New 52” DC relauch wasn’t enough to get comic book fans’ hearts all a flutter, today Fox announced they’re developing a drama series based on The Spectre. More

Check Out Under the Radar’s Reviews of DC Comics’ New 52 Series

Read Every New 52 Review Posted to Date, Stay Tuned For More

Sep 14, 2011

This month DC Comics are relaunching all their titles in an ambitious project dubbed the “New 52” series. We’ve reviewed a bunch of the issues and here are links to all our New 52 reviews thus far. More

DC Comics Lowers Prices

Somewhere Art Brut Jumps For Joy

Oct 08, 2010

In a move that’s sure to be music to comic book lovers’ ears, DC Comics—home to Batman, Wonder Woman, and the Green Lantern among others—is lowering their prices for 2011. More

Art Brut’s Eddie Argos Releases EP for DC Comics-Themed Side-Project, Spoiler Alert!

Self-Titled EP Includes Songs about Batman, Booster Gold, and Blue Beetle

Aug 13, 2010

Art Brut’s Eddie Argos has taken his passion for DC Comics to new heights, and has digitally released a DC-themed EP with the wonderfully named side-project Spoiler Alert! We have the details, along with streams of the songs about Batman, Booster Gold, and Blue Beetle. More

Comic-Con 2010 Day 3 – Green Lantern Movie Panel

Ryan Reynolds, Geoff Johns, and Martin Campbell on the Anticipated Movie

Jul 26, 2010

One of the most anticipated comic book movies of 2011 is Green Lantern, the first big screen live-action film to feature a major DC Universe character other than Batman or Superman since 2004’s Catwoman (and we know how that turned out). Critically acclaimed Green Lantern writer and DC Comics’ Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns, enthusiastically welcomed the audience to the “first Green Lantern movie panel in history.” We have a rundown on the panel included director Martin Campbell (Goldeneye, Casino Royale), co-writer/producer Greg Berlanti, and several of the film’s stars: Ryan Reynolds (Hal Jordon/Green Lantern), Mark Strong (Sinestro), Blake Lively (Carol Ferris), and Peter Sarsgaard (Dr. Hector Hammond). More

Wonder Woman Gets New Costume, New Story

Still an Amazon Woman But With a Modern Twist

Jun 30, 2010

Wonder Woman’s newest incarnation is almost unrecognizable. She’s more dressed up, more hip, more modern. That’s what artist DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee who redesigned the costume, wanted to accomplish. This new costume comes just in time for Babylon 5 creator and writer J. Michael Straczynski and artists Don Kramer and Michael Babinski to launch Wonder Woman into an exciting new era of adventure. We have the new costume and info on her new storyline. More

Jun 25, 2010

The first official trailer for Red (October 15th), the DC Comic adaption staring, Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Mary Louise Parker, Richard Dreyfuss, Brian Cox, Karl Urban, and Ernest Borgnine has been released. We have the video. More

Jonah Hex Trailer Released

Comic Book Adaptation out June 18

Apr 29, 2010

Jonah Hex is a sci-fi comic book adaptation staring Megan Fox, Josh Brolin, and John Malkovich and it’s due out June 18. Based on the DC comic, the film merges sci-fi with Westerns. The last time that was tried was with the Will Smith bomb Wild Wild West and initial reports from early test screenings of Jonah Hex have not been positive. But today you can start to judge for yourself, as the trailer was just released. It features thrills, spills, and a whole lotta camp, and you can watch it right here. More

DC Comics and Warner Bros. Forms New Film Division: DC Entertainment

New Company to Develop DC Characters to Film and TV

Sep 09, 2009

DC Comics has a rich 74-year history of characters, many of which have remained untapped when it comes to theatrical films or live action TV shows. While Superman has had five feature films and Batman has been portrayed in seven live action big screen adventures (if you count the 1960s Adam West Batman film), many iconic characters have languished in film development hell, including Wonder Woman and The Flash. DC and Warner Bros. (who are both owned by the same Time Warner parent company) have now taken a page from rival Marvel Comics’ book and are forming a separate company named DC Entertainment that will help develop DC’s characters into other entertainment mediums, especially films and television shows. Marvel was recently bought by Disney, but even before that they had their own film division. More


Nov 28, 2016

“I believe there is an artistic subconscious that people share. I feel like artists and creative types gel up. It’s really strange but it happens all the time, that elusive Zeitgeist thing that people talk about. People just unconsciously end up on the same wavelength in the world.” Gerard Way and I are sitting in the Donor Lounge of Durham’s Carolina Theatre on the second day of North Carolina Comicon. More

Apr 06, 2016

Two of the most interesting ongoing DC Comics titles are Black Canary and Batgirl, and writer Brenden Fletcher is lucky enough to work on both. While Batgirl is a touchstone of DC’s dedication to diversity and relatable characters that buck the trend of hyper-masculine superheroes, Black Canary is a full-fledged rock band drama, as the title character tours the country fronting a band that also goes by the name Black Canary and fends off mysterious villains. More

Apr 05, 2016

In 2015 DC Comics staged another massive relaunch, shaking up the DC universe yet again. Among the superhero classics to enjoy a fresh take is Black Canary, aka Dinah Lance, a badass crimefighter whose powers include a supersonic scream that can level a building, which sparked writer Brenden Fletcher’s idea of putting her in front of a band. More

May 18, 2015

Nearly three years ago, prolific writer and DC Comics Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns, and his frequent collaborator, artist Gary Frank, made a splash with their fantastic reimagining of Batman, Batman: Earth One. The first volume of the on-going graphic novel series witnessed a young, relatively inexperienced Batman whose driving mission was to find—and punish—his parents’ killers. More

Grant Morrison

The Reigning Madman of Comic Books

Jun 28, 2013

If you’re into comics at all, chances are you’ve got strong opinions about Scottish comic book writer Grant Morrison. Widely loved for his work on JLA, The Invisibles, We3, and All Star Superman, and widely panned for his work on Final Crisis and Batman R.I.P., Morrison has become something of a measuring stick for comic fans: If you love him, you really love him, and if you hate him, you really hate him. And somehow, even his most ardent opposition respects the sheer audacity and imagination in every piece of writing Morrison produces. More

James Robinson

Creating a Metaphysical World

May 25, 2012

DC Comics’ much-anticipated Earth 2 landed in stores this month as part of the Second Wave of the New 52. Earth 2 writer James Robinson spoke with Under the Radar about the his big plans for Earth 2’s metaphysical environment, the historical allusions in his latest work, the day-to-day struggles of being a comic book writer, The Shade, and his thoughts on friends Geoff Johns and Sterling Gates. More

Jeff Lemire

The Beauty of Collaboration

Jan 20, 2012

Two of the surprise hits of DC New 52 initiative were Jeff Lemire‘s trippy horror series Animal Man and his action-packed Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. Both made a big splash for the Sweet Tooth scribe. Here we talk for a spell with the inspiring young writer. He dishes back his thoughts on the collaborative environment of DC Comics, reluctant heroes, ceding control to artists, and remaining silent about the Mysterious Red-Hooded Woman. Also, see our discussion with his partner in crime, Scott Snyder (Batman, Swamp Thing). More

Scott Snyder

The Psychology of True Horror

Jan 19, 2012

Scott Snyder had a very successful year in 2011 with his creator-owned American Vampire comic, Batman: Gates of Gotham, and his excellent Black Mirror run for DC Comics’ Detective Comics series. He now writes for Batman and Swamp Thing in DC’s New 52 universe that rebooted last fall. More

Cliff Chiang

Horror in Paradise

Sep 21, 2011

We chatted with the DC artist extraordinaire Cliff Chaing (Green Arrow & Black Canary, Zatanna) about the overall tone of the new Wonder Woman series he is drawing, his thoughts on violence and female sexuality in comics, and the DC Comics - The New 52 Art Tour. More


Poison Ivy: Thorns

Written by Kody Keplinger; Art by Sara Kipin

Jul 12, 2021

Poison Ivy: Thorns, the new graphic novel dedicated to the familiar DC Comics villain, Poison Ivy, is as much traditional origin story as it is potential for a new Netflix miniseries in the vein of The Queen’s Gambit. The book portrays both the buzzy contemporary superhero intrigue as it does the de-evolution of a compelling, beautiful, modern, and free thinking character—and one, in particular, many will likely wish they had for reference as younger people. More

Apr 26, 2018

I can always use a giant helping of Mike Allred’s whimsical, poppy art, and this collectionwith writing help from brother Lee and coloring help from wife Laurais no exception. More

Jul 10, 2017

While certainly targeting anyone nostalgic for 1980s toys and cartoons, does this crossover between the worlds of Eternia, home to He-Man, and Third Earth, home to the ThunderCats, succeed as a book for true fans? And does it succeed as a story irrespective of its IP mashup? More

May 04, 2017

In relaunching Birds of Prey, writers Julie Benson and Shawna Benson and artists Claire Roe and Roge Antonio have accomplished something rather elusive: honoring the characters’ past incarnations while moving them forward, all against the backdrop of whatever line-wide continuity changes have been enacted from on high. More

Shade, the Changing Girl #1

Written by Cecil Castellucci, Art by Marley Zarcone, Color by Kelly Fitzpatrick

Oct 11, 2016

In so many ways, Shade, the Changing Girl is a prime example of the best of what comics have to offer. It is morally complex while elevating pulp tropes, and wonderfully illustrated. More

Sep 02, 2016

The Arrow-verse expands in Arrow: The Dark Archer, DC Comics’ 12-part digital-first series that explores the untold history of (Green) Arrow villain Malcolm Merlyn. More

Aug 23, 2016

The nostalgia factor is sky high when The Dark Knight meets the heroes in a half-shell in DC Comics’ and IDW’s playful and sublime Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. After a portal transports the Ninja Turtles from their world to Gotham, they team up with the city’s brooding vigilante. More

Jun 28, 2016

What would you do if you were a 24-year-old social media mogul dying of an incurable disease? Larry Ferrell, a billionaire 18 times over in Rob Williams’ immediately engrossing Unfollow, uses his wealth to show humankind’s true colors. More

The Flash: Rebirth #1

Writer: Joshua Williamson; Artist: Carmine di Giandomenico

Jun 08, 2016

For a book concerning probably the most kinetic hero with the most action-oriented superpowers, The Flash: Rebirth sure is a talky, dialog-filled pamphlet. But we think that’s okay in this case—the DC Rebirth titles seem to be oriented to reintroducing a hero and helping to set up the status quo going forward in what is the latest continuity reboot-ish turn of events. More

Jun 03, 2016

It’s been awhile since I’ve read a Green Arrow comic book, probably since issue #1 of the New 52 relaunch in 2011. I meant to read Jeff Lemire’s run, as he’s one of the best comics writers of the last decade, but never got around to it. More

Jun 01, 2016

Writing a comic book tied into an ongoing TV show must have its challenges. Things may change on the show, such as a character dying or otherwise leaving the show, that will impact the comic book story. More

Jan 22, 2016

Marvel’s The Avengers have dominated cineplexes and the box office for a number of years now, but my friends, the Justice League is closing in. The powerhouse DC Comics superhero team took one step closer to the big screen this week in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, a new series. And it was awesome. More

Nov 05, 2015

Grant Morrison’s The Multiversity is challenging to say the least. Rather than a straightforward linear adventure, it serves more as a linchpin for a handful of different stories as they face a new threat from an unseen force known as The Gentry. More

Nov 02, 2015

Convergence is DC Comics’ latest attempt to try to sort out some of their timeline issues. As usual, the main plotline is confusing as hellbasically, Brainiac has kidnapped cities from various doomed timelines in domes and shipped them to a single planet, where their heroes will do battle to determine which city/timeline is worthy of being given a new lease on life. More

Oct 30, 2015

A very auspicious start from two comics stalwarts: Gilbert Hernandez (of Love & Rockets fame) on writing and Darwyn Cooke (the Parker adaptations, New Frontier) on art. More

Superman: Lois and Clark #1

Written by Dan Jurgens, Pencils by Lee Weeks, Inks by Scott Hanna, Colors by Brad Anderson

Oct 21, 2015

Superman: Lois and Clark is not a comic book continuation of the ‘90s TV show Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, despite its similar title. So don’t expect the likenesses of Dean Cain and Terri Hatcher. But it is a nostalgic new DC Comics series that features previous iterations of the characters. It’s also one that’s off to a good start, based on its first issue. More

Sep 02, 2015

Wonder Woman’s relaunch with the New 52 was one of the more celebrated series, however, the retooling of her origin at the hands of her current creative team late last year was certainly not above criticism, and Wonder Woman has been trudging along since. More

Justice League: Gods and Monsters - Batman #1

Story by J.M. DeMatteis and Bruce Timm, Script by J.M. DeMatteis, Art by Matthew Dow Smith

Aug 20, 2015

Justice League: Gods and Monsters - Batman #1 is perhaps the least compelling of the three one-shot comics that set up the characters appearing in the new straight-to-DVD/Blu-ray animated movie Justice League: Gods and Monsters. More

Cyborg #1

Written by David F. Walker, Art by Ivan Reis

Jul 29, 2015

Cyborg returns to S.T.A.R. labs following his death and regeneration at the end of Convergence, and his debut issue is a mixed bag of sci-fi weirdness and mopey characterization. More

Justice League 3001 #1

Written by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis, Art by Howard Porter

Jul 03, 2015

Justice League 3001 is a blast from the past, set in the future. Veteran DC Comics readers old enough to remember the Justice League International series of the late 1980s—or those who bought the reprinted, collected trades much more recently—surely recall the light-hearted, humorous take on the universe’s greatest heroes employed by writing duo Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis. More

Martian Manhunter #1

Written by Rob Williams, Art by Eber Ferreira and Eddy Barrows

Jul 03, 2015

For all his manifold powers—strength, intangibility, shape-shifting, flight, telepathy, and on and on—J’onn J’onzz, aka the Martian Manhunter, is one of DC’s more unfortunately overlooked heroes. Frequent Justice League stalwart (and the eternal voice of reason in the fantastic Justice League cartoon of the early 2000s), J’onn doesn’t get nearly as much playtime in the DC universe as he ought to, which is why it’s so great to have a new Martian Manhunter series on shelves. More

Batman/Superman #21

Written by Greg Pak, Art by Ardian Syaf

Jul 03, 2015

At the end of Convergence, both Batman and Superman are starting from zero. Superman’s lost all his powers, and his identity is now public knowledge. Bruce Wayne is apparently dead, and Batman has transformed from the brooding vigilante to a super-cop in high tech gear. More

Detective Comics #41

Written by Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul, Art by Francis Manapul

Jul 02, 2015

With DC’s latest overhaul, Batman is dead again and someone else has stepped up to take on the mantle of the dark knight. There was no battle for the cowl—or, in this case, the robo-bunny-bat-armor—but rather a strategic operation carried out by the Gotham police department. More

Doomed #1

Written by Scott Lobdell; Art by Javier Fernandez

Jul 02, 2015

Taking a look at the inside of S.T.A.R. Labs from an intern’s perspective is pretty cool. More

All-Star Section Eight #1

Writer: Garth Ennis; Art: John McCrea

Jul 02, 2015

Side characters in Garth Ennis and John McCrea’s Hitman the team called Section Eight is back courtesy of the original creators in this darkly hilarious new miniseries. More

The Omega Men #1

Written by Tom King; Art by Barnaby Bagenda (pencils), José Marzán, Jr. (inks)

Jul 01, 2015

From the get-go, we get a sci-fi, starship vibe perfectly served by the scratchy, stark art of Barnaby Bagenda. Where did this guy come from? Great stuff. The Omega Men are being hunted, evidently for killing White (formerly Green) Lantern Kyle Rayner. Beware when they are caught. More

Bat-Mite #1

Written by Dan Jurgens; Pencils by Corin Howell

Jul 01, 2015

A chance to do something weird and wondrous with such an oddball character as Bat-Mite, and he’s literally plopped into Batman’s Gotham to interact with Bat-level people. More

Midnighter #1

Written by Steve Orlando; Art by Aco

Jul 01, 2015

Midnighter is a sort of anti-hero that’s always several steps ahead of his opponent or whatever situation he finds himself in. The book establishes his badass bona fides quickly, even as it reveals tantalizing tidbits about his past. More

Constantine: The Hellblazer #1

Ming Doyle and James Tynion IV, Art by Riley Rossmo

Jun 30, 2015

In many ways, DC’s newest relaunch this summer is somewhat enigmatic, and to many readers probably unnecessary. Considering the New 52 is still fresh on our minds, there’s no clear direction this latest re-hash is taking the universe. More

Earth 2: Society #1

Written by Daniel H. Wilson, Art by Jorge Jimenez

Jun 30, 2015

The war with Apokolips is over, but that doesn’t mean the hardship has ended in DC’s new series, Earth 2: Society. More

Justice League of America #1

Written and Drawn by Bryan Hitch

Jun 29, 2015

The world is about to end, and Armageddon is precipitated by Superman’s impending death in DC’s newest Justice League of America series. More

Dec 29, 2014

Everything changed for Batman in the ‘80s. Frank Miller famously took the character to his extreme and logical conclusion in The Dark Knight Returns, comic book fans voted to kill off Jason Todd’s Robin, and Tim Burton brought the brooding superhero to the big screen for the first time in 1989’s Batman. More

Batman ‘66 Volume 2

Jeff Parker

Dec 22, 2014

The Dynamic Duo are back in full, campy form in the second collection of writer Jeff Parker’s Batman ‘66 run. More

Oct 21, 2014

Since relaunching its entire superhero line a few years ago, DC Comics has had mixed results in trying to walk that line between serving up nostalgic goodness and reinventing its worlds to re-engage former readers and attract new audiences. More

Hinterkind: The Waking World

Written by Ian Edginton, Art by Francesco Trifogli

Sep 19, 2014

Mankind has been all but wiped out by a deadly plague. Former metropolises-New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, among others-have been reduced to pocket colonies of survivors, and Mother Nature has reclaimed the cement and concrete. More

The Justice League of America Omnibus Volume One

Written by Gardner Fox, Art by Mike Sekowsky and Bernard Sachs

Jul 31, 2014

Reprinting the first four and a half years of Justice League history (including the famed debut team-up against Starro the Conqueror), this omnibus is a collector’s treat. More

Astro City: Through Open Doors

Written by Kurt Busiek, Art by Brent Eric Anderson

Jul 15, 2014

The most recent addition to Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson’s Astro City series, Through Open Doors once again returns readers to the eponymous metropolis where everyday citizens interact with heroes—and villains—on a regular basis. More

Coffin Hill Vol. 1: Forest of the Night

Written by Caitlin Kittredge; Art by Inaki Miranda

Jun 27, 2014

Coffin Hill, the new creator-owned series from horror/fantasy writer Caitlin Kittredge and artist Inaki Miranda (Fairest, Judge Dredd), is one of those comics that has more ideas than it knows what to do with. More

Dec 30, 2013

Scott Snyder’s Batman run has been rightly praisedhis introduction of the mysterious Court of Owls provided a much-needed force in the streets of Gotham City. Plus, it was equal parts thrilling and creepy, as the best Batman stories are. So what was missing from Snyder’s run so far? More

Shazam! Volume 1

Geoff Johns (Writer); Gary Frank (Artist)

Oct 24, 2013

He’s been doing it for years and years, but I must confess a little fatigue when it comes to Geoff Johns reinventing something for a modern audience. I’m not a big fan of Batman: Earth One, for instance, and I’ve grown very cool on his New 52 version of Justice League. However, the Shazam! feature that largely ran in the back pages of that Justice League title is surprising. More

Sep 12, 2013

Saucer Country (written by Paul Cornell and illustrated by Ryan Kelly) tells the story of Arcadia Alvarado, the governor of New Mexico, who is abducted by aliens and then decides to run for President. More

Trillium (Issue #1)

Written and drawn by Jeff Lemire

Aug 09, 2013

The first chapter of Jeff Lemire’s (Animal Man, Justice League Dark) highly anticipated new series for Vertigo, Trillium issue #1 is a promising start for what could turn out to be a terrific story. More

The Ravagers #1

Writer: Howard Mackie; Artist: Ian Churchill

May 30, 2012

The Ravagers #1 from DC Comics is one of the more disappointing books I’ve read since the “New 52” relaunch, even coming in with staggeringly low expectations. The Ravagers is marred by generic ideas and confusing visual storytelling, and only slightly counterbalanced by a nice panel here or there. More

Batman, Incorporated #1

Written by Grant Morrison; Pencilled, Inked, & Colored by Christopher Burnham; Cover Color by Nathan Fairbairn; Lettered by DC Lettering

May 29, 2012

Grant Morrison’s Batman, Incorporated returned last week with a bloody and action-packed debut issue. It’s essentially the crown jewel of DC’s “Second Wave” of New 52 titles in terms of writing, but artist Christopher Burnham is no slouch either. More

The Annotated Sandman

Writer (original story): Neil Gaiman; Annotator: Leslie S. Klinger

May 28, 2012

In theory, treating the first 20 issues of The Sandman as an object of literature seems a fine idea. After all, it’s a fantastic read, and Neil Gaiman’s stories are steeped in mythology and history that has come before (as is most of the best literature). But the flip side of an annotation is that the focus is taken off the art and put on to the process and the surrounding ephemera. Seeing some of how the sausage is made, as it were. More

American Vampire Volume 3

Writer: Scott Snyder; Artists: Rafael Albuquerque, Sean Murphy, Danijel Zezelj

Apr 16, 2012

American Vampire Volume 3 collects issues 12-18 of the ongoing series from Vertigo as well as the American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest mini. The contents are nothing short of stunning. More

Justice League #3

Written by Geoff Johns; Pencils by Jim Lee; Inks by Scott Williams; Colors by Alex Sinclair, Hi-Fi, Gabe Eltaeb; Letters by Patrick Brosseau; Cover by Lee Williams, & Sinclair

Nov 22, 2011

After an alright debut issue and an action-packed second installment, Justice League takes one step forward and two steps back as a marquee series this month. The cast of characters are almost assembled and Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, and Scott Williams hit their story and art beats with precision most of the time. More

Batman: Noël (Deluxe Edition)

Written by Lee Bermejo; Art and cover by Lee Bermejo

Nov 08, 2011

Writer/artist Lee Bermejo (Joker) tries to tap into the emotional core of the Batman character and mythos with the seasonal graphic novel, Batman: Noël. What could just be a Christmas Carol-aping curio at best, ultimately sheds a chiaroscuroed light on Gotham’s shadowy protector. More

Justice League #2

Written by Geoff Johns; Art and cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams; Colors by Alex Sinclair; Letters by Pat Brosseau

Oct 25, 2011

In last month’s pretty solid relaunch of Justice League, the all-star creative team of Geoff Johns (Aquaman, Green Lantern) and Jim Lee (All-Star Batman & Robin) set up all the game pieces with just enough flair. More

Penguin: Pain and Prejudice (#1 of 5)

Written by Gregg Hurwitz; Art and cover by Szymon Kudranski

Oct 13, 2011

Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot (aka The Penguin) is one of Batman’s more interesting rogues. He deserves a five-issue miniseries to delve into his origin story and the inner machinations of his shadowy criminal underworld. More

The Flash #1

Written by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, art by Francis Manapul, colors by Brian Buccellato, letters by Sal Cipriano

Oct 13, 2011

The Flash #1 may just feature the best art of any of DC’s New 52 comics. Francis Manapul’s kinetic art truly captures “the fastest man alive” in movement, tapping into the speed force in a way few artists have. And Brian Buccellato’s gorgeous colors manage to somehow be both vibrant and muted at the same time. Even the lettering by Sal Cipriano is impressive. More

Batman: The Dark Knight #1

Written by Paul Jenkins; Art by David Finch

Oct 07, 2011

Wish I could say it was burnout from reading all of DC’s New 52 that led me to think that Batman: The Dark Knight #1 was a subpar comic. So I waited a few days, cleared my palate, and tried again. Nope, still bad. More

Blackhawks #1

Written by Mike Costa; Pencils by Graham Nolan; Inks by Ken Lashley; Cover by Ken Lashley

Oct 07, 2011

Blackhawks #1 is a poorly drawn and written action-military tale with a team focus. There are five main characters introduced here, but the most interesting things about them are their cool code names. More

Superman #1

Written by George Pérez; art by Jesús Merino (pencils and inks), Brian Buccellato (colors), George Pérez and Brian Buccellato (cover)

Oct 05, 2011

With DC’s New 52 re-launch the Superman books are shaking things up. In Superman #1 Lois and Clark are no longer together, The Daily Planet has questionable new owners, and Superman faces an alien made of fire. More

I, Vampire #1

Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov; Art by Andrea Sorrentino

Oct 04, 2011

I, Vampire is essentially a breakup story. Andrew and Mary—he’s a bloodsucker who wants to coexist peacefully with humans; she’s a bloodsucker who wants to fight for her right to consume them. More

Aquaman #1

Written by Geoff Johns; Art by Ivan Reis

Oct 04, 2011

In Aquaman #1, the decision of having characters throughout the book making fun of Aquaman in the same manner he’s been mocked in real life on television and other media over the past few decades is funny at first, but gets old. More

All-Star Western #1

Written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti; Art by Moritat; Colors by Gabriel Bautista

Oct 03, 2011

Of all the books in DC’s “New 52,” a line-wide soft reboot, All-Star Western #1 came out of the gate swinging hardest for the fences, and managed to connect on all levels. Home run. More

Voodoo #1

Written by Ron Marz; Art and cover by Sami Basri; Colors by Jessica Kholinne; Cover color by Sunny Gho; Letters by Jared K. Fletcher

Sep 30, 2011

Similar to last week’s controversial titles, Catwoman and Red Hood and the Outlaws, Voodoo #1 doesn’t soft-pedal its exploration of sexuality. More

The Savage Hawkman #1

Written by Tony S. Daniel; Art by Philip Tan; Colors by Sunny Gho; Letters by Travis Lanham

Sep 30, 2011

Carter Hall (aka Hawkman) is a DC character that benefits from his relative anonymity. More

Teen Titans #1

Written by Scott Lobdell; Pencils by Brett Booth; Inks by Norm Rapmund; Colors by Andrew Dalhouse; Letters by Carlos M. Mangual; Cover by Booth, Rapmund, & Dalhouse

Sep 29, 2011

The past few runs of Teen Titans were either boring, gimmicky, or filled with sub-standard writing and art. Writer Scott Lobdell (Superboy, Red Hood and the Outlaws) and artist Brett Booth (Justice League of America) seem to understand this team of teenage super-heroes on a deeper level. More

Green Lantern: New Guardians #1

Written by Tony Bedard; Art by Tyler Kirkham; Inks by Batt; Colors by Nei Ruffino; Letters by Dave Sharpe; Cover by Kirkham, Batt, & Rod Reis

Sep 28, 2011

Apparently, not all the Green Lantern books are steaming ahead with the old continuity. Tony Bedard (Blue Beetle, R.E.B.E.L.S.) and Tyler Kirkham (Green Lantern Corps, Ultimate Fantastic Four) are working up a slightly reconfigured origin story for Space Sector 2814’s Kyle Rayner. More

Justice League Dark #1

Written by Peter Milligan; Art by Mikel Janin

Sep 28, 2011

Justice League Dark #1 is a decent premise with a ridiculous title; a book with a beautiful cover (Ryan Sook!) and interior art that’s quite inconsistent; and a storyline that tries to inject the classic DC Vertigo history and sensibilities into the fertile NuDCU. What we get is a book that pulls you this way and that, and we’re not quite sure to what end. More

Supergirl #1

Written by Michael Green and Mike Johnson; art by Mahmud Asrar

Sep 28, 2011

Writer Jeph Loeb and artist Michael Turner already nicely reintroduced Supergirl into the DC Universe back in 2004 in Superman/Batman #8. That really wasn’t that long ago, so it’s curious that with the New 52, Supergirl is one of the characters they’ve decided to start from scratch with again. More

Catwoman #1

Written by Judd Winick; art and cover by Guillem March

Sep 27, 2011

Catwoman #1 gets the series off to a solid start, mainly due to the dynamic art by Guillem March, rather than the breezy and not overly complex story by Judd Winick. More

Birds of Prey #1

Written by Duane Swierczynski; Art by Jesus Saiz

Sep 27, 2011

While this book may not be as technically proficient as, say, the very good Wonder Woman #1, there is a lot to like in Birds of Prey #1. More

Batman #1

Written by Scott Snyder; Art by Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion; Colors by FCO Plascencia; Cover by Greg Capullo; Variant cover by Ethan Van Sciver

Sep 27, 2011

Batman #1 comfortably sits alongside the relaunches Action Comics, Animal Man, Batwoman, Justice League, Swamp Thing, and Wonder Woman. It’s one of the best examples that DC’s New 52 relaunch is an out-and-out success. More

Captain Atom #1

Written by J.T. Krul; Art by Freddy Williams II

Sep 26, 2011

As much as I was rather pleased to find that Kyle Higgins’ Nightwing #1 was far better than his Deathstroke relaunch, I was pleasantly surprised with J.T. Krul’s Captain Atom #1 in the face of his rather lackluster Green Arrow #1 from a few weeks ago.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #1

Writer: Scott Lobdell; Artist: Kenneth Rocafort

Sep 25, 2011

Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 is disappointing. Scott Lobdell employs strong and appropriate first-person narration from two different characters, which is a tricky thing to pull off. Kenneth Rocafort’s art is sort of like ‘90s-style done right; it’s very scratchy in parts, uses exaggerated proportions to its advantage, rather than to an annoying extent, and has lots of personality. And we have three strong, pre-existing DC characters as the main players and some pretty interesting brand new ideas. But there’s one thing that makes this book just go off the rails. More

DC Universe Presents: Deadman #1

Writer: Paul Jenkins; Artist: Bernard Chang

Sep 24, 2011

DCU Presents: Deadman #1 nicely splits the difference between honoring what came before and going off in a new direction. More

Legion of Super-Heroes #1

Written by Paul Levitz; Art by Francis Portela; Colors by Javier Mena; Letters by Pat Brosseau; Edited by Chris Conroy; Cover by Karl Kerschl

Sep 23, 2011

There are at least 16 protagonists in the first issue of Legion of Super-Heroes and writer Paul Levitz (Adventure Comics) fails to make us care about most of them. It’s not quite the train wreck of sloppy art and Michael Bay-esque action that was Legion Lost #1, but this story leaves much to be desired. More

Green Lantern Corps #1

Written by Peter J. Tomasi; Art by Fernando Pasarin; Inks by Scott Hanna; Colors by Gabe Eltaeb; Cover by Doug Mahnke & Christian Alamy

Sep 23, 2011

Peter J. Tomasi’s work on Blackest Night, Brightest Day, Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors, and the “New 52” relaunch of Batman and Robin, showed readers that he knows drama. More

Blue Beetle #1

Written by Tony Bedard; Pencils by Ig Guara; Inks by Ruy Jose; Colors by Pete Pantazis; Letters by Rob Leigh

Sep 22, 2011

Writer Tony Bedard (Green Lantern: New Guardians) and artist Ig Guara (Marvel Adventures: Avengers) spin a no-nonsense origin yarn for Blue Beetle #1. More

Wonder Woman #1

Written by Brian Azzarello; Art by Cliff Chiang

Sep 21, 2011

For those who appreciate a book that’s immediately accessible, yet rewards a close read, Wonder Woman #1 is the best-in-class of DC’s New 52 relaunch initiative to date. More

Nightwing #1

Written by Kyle Higgins; Artist by Eddy Barrows

Sep 21, 2011

A few days ago, I proclaimed that Deathstroke #1 was the dog at the bottom of DC’s “New 52” pile. Kyle Higgins, who wrote that questionable use of paper and ink, is also the writer on the new Nightwing #1. I’m very happy to say that Nightwing is much, much better. More

Superboy #1

Written by Scott Lobdell; Art by R.B. Silva (pencils), Rob Lean (inks), Eric Canete (cover)

Sep 20, 2011

Is Superboy a clone? An experiment? Half-Kryptonian, half-human? A ticking time bomb? A creature totally lacking human empathy? All of the above? Superboy #1 introduces all of these elements in a truly surprising first issuesurprising in that it’s quite good. More

Resurrection Man #1

Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning; Art by Fernando Dagnino

Sep 19, 2011

One of the more intriguing prospects in the DC New 52 relaunch was the return of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning to Resurrection Man; they were the original writers on the first series, which was on balance pretty good. In terms of quality of concept and characterization, they picked up right where they left off, though things have taken a turn for the Biblical that may dampen some enthusiasm for what feels like more of a sci-fi concept.

Grifter #1

Written by Nathan Edmonson; Art by Cafu

Sep 19, 2011

While Grifter #1 certainly doesn’t inspire awe, it’s enough off the beaten path, and the pencils are interesting enough, that it could be worth your time if the premise sounds like it’s in your wheelhouse. More

Deathstroke #1

Written by Kyle Higgins; Art by Joe Bennett (pencils), Art Thibert (inks)

Sep 18, 2011

Deathstroke #1 is easily my least favorite thus far of DC’s New 52. More

Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1

Written by Jeff Lemire; Art by Alberto Ponticelli

Sep 16, 2011

With a serviceable plot, cool characters, decent interaction of such, and fun, mad concepts, Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1 sets up a premise that has potential for producing a winner. More

Legion Lost #1

Written by Fabian Nicieza; Art and cover by Pete Woods; Colors by Brad Anderson

Sep 16, 2011

Legion Lost #1 is by far the worst of DC’s “New 52” titles that I’ve read so far. It’s also just a poorly plotted and drawn comic in general. More

Batman and Robin #1

Written by Peter J. Tomasi; Art and cover by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray

Sep 16, 2011

One of the most-anticipated New 52 titles this week is the new Batman and Robin, which continues the excellent series launched by Grant Morrison. Lapsed Batman fans hoping to jump into this title with a quick introductory story or narration bubble might be left in the dust. More

Red Lanterns #1

Written by Peter Milligan; Art and cover by Ed Benes & Rob Hunter

Sep 15, 2011

Mega-rager Atrocitus and his Red Lantern Corps have their own series now. It’s bloody, horrific, and every other badass adjective you can imagine. More

Mister Terrific #1

Written by Eric Wallace; art by Gianluca Gugliotta (penciller), Wayne Faucher (inker), and Mike Atiyeh (colorist); cover by J. G. Jones

Sep 15, 2011

Mister Terrific (aka Michael Holt) is the third smartest man in the world, but towards the end of the old DC continuity a villain had reduced his intelligence in the final Justice Society of America issues to the point that he couldn’t even read anymore. More

Demon Knights #1

Written by Paul Cornell; Art by Diogenes Neves & Oclair Albert; Cover by Tony S. Daniels

Sep 15, 2011

Demon Knights is set in DC Universe’s Dark Ages, with Jason Blood wrestling with a very angry demon (Etrigan) inside of his body. Vertigo’s Madame Xanadu and the last Knight of the Round Table, Excalibur, make an appearance. More

Suicide Squad #1

Written by Adam Glass; Art by Federico Dallocchio, Ransom Getty, and Scott Hanna

Sep 14, 2011

As I neared the end of Suicide Squad #1 from DC Comics’ New 52 relaunch, the very last page raised the most important question of the issue: What have they done with Amanda Waller?!!? More

Green Lantern #1

Written by Geoff Johns; Art by Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, and Tom Nguyen; Colors by David Baron; Letters by Sal Cipriano

Sep 14, 2011

Green Lantern #1 picks up right where Geoff Johns left off, in the wake of his War of the Green Lanterns story arc. This bestselling title isn’t being rebooted because of “The New 52.” More

Batwoman #1

Written by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman; Art by J.H. Williams III; Colors by Dave Stewart

Sep 14, 2011

With a bit of the “weird,” a nice set up of the new supporting characters, and a flashback to what’s come before for the character intermingled tastefully with the plot, Batwoman #1 is a promising kick-off. More

Batman: Gates of Gotham (Issue #5 of 5)

Written by Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins, Ryan Parrott; Art by Trevor McCarthy, Graham Nolan; Colors by Guy Major; Letters by Jared K. Fletcher

Sep 14, 2011

The final battle between the Bat-family and The Architect is somewhat anti-climatic after the first four issues of Gates of Gotham held such steampunk-y promise. More

Hawk & Dove #1

Writer: Sterling Gates; Artist: Rob Liefield

Sep 14, 2011

It’s a pretty obvious sign that the first issue of Hawk & Dove didn’t especially grab me when the two things that most stuck with (and bothered) me about it were, 1. the new grey and red costume for Hawk (admittedly a dumb criticism, but it looks stupid vs. his classic red & white); and, 2. Rob Liefield draws a crappy Deadman. I mean, Deadman is one of the coolest looking dudes in DC’s menagerie, and in his supporting role here as Dove’s romantic interest, his face looks like a weird blob. More

Men of War #1

"Joseph Rock"—Writer: Ivan Brandon; Artist: Tom Derenick; "Navy SEALs: Human Shields"—Writer: Jonathan Vanking; Artist: Phil Winslade

Sep 13, 2011

Men of War #1 seeks to reset the Sgt. Rock war stories in a modern age, complete with DC Superhero trappings. The backup story (concerning Navy SEALs and meriting an extra buck over most DC Comics prices), is a story without those trappings, more of a conventional military specialist tale. One’s okay. The other’s not. More

Static Shock #1

Written by Scott McDaniel and John Rozum; Art by Scott McDaniel (pencils), Jonathan Glapion and Le Breau Underwood (inks), Guy Major (colors); cover by Scott McDaniel with Guy Major

Sep 13, 2011

In setting up the new status quo for Static, the electro-magnetic powered youth from the Milestone line of comics, as well as the star of a well-received cartoon, Static Shock #1 does a fine job. In generating interest beyond that, Static Shock #1 is surprisingly average. More

Stormwatch #1

Written by Paul Cornell; Art and cover by Miguel Sepulveda

Sep 12, 2011

I guess this is how DC is fitting in the Wildstorm characters into their revamped “New 52” universe. Stormwatch is the first of the titles featuring Wildstorm characters now integrated into the new DC Universe. The original ‘90s series centered on the eponymous, United Nations-sponsored super-team. That run eventually fell apart under the writing guidance of Warren Ellis and morphed into The Authority. This new issue is a sloppy amalgamation of both books and we learn next to nothing about these characters. More

Animal Man #1

Written by Jeff Lemire; art by Travel Foreman (penciller, co-inker, and cover), Dan Green (co-inker), and Lovern Kindzierski (colorist)

Sep 12, 2011

Jeff Lemire’s Animal Man #1 ties Grant Morrison’s Action Comics #1 as the best issue of the first full week of DC’s New 52 re-launch, which is fitting, since Morrison’s late ‘80s/early ‘90s run on Animal Man was so amazing. More

Green Arrow #1

(Written by J.T. Krul; art by Dan Jurgens (penciller), George Pérez (inker), and David Baron (colorist); cover by Dave Wilkins)

Sep 12, 2011

Green Arrow #1, written by J.T. Krul, is a by-the-numbers superhero/vigilante comic filled with all too familiar tropes. Globe-trotting billionaire who moonlights as a costumed avenger and doesn’t always see eye to eye with his board of directorscheck. More

O.M.A.C. #1

Writer: Dan Didio; Pencils: Keith Giffen; Inks: Scott Koblish

Sep 11, 2011

What a pleasant surprise. DC Comics’ publisher Dan Didio’s turns at writing have been a mixed bag. His run on Superboy when back when was pretty good, but his recent efforts with The Outsiders were, simply put, not good. Didio and Keith Kiffen team up to start exploring how fun a guy with a huge blue mohawk can really be. More

Batwing #1

Written by Judd Winick; Art by Ben Oliver; Colors by Brian Reber; Letters by Carlos M. Mangual

Sep 10, 2011

It seems as though Grant Morrison’s Batman Incorprated concept is part of DC’s new continuity. Good idea. For those that didn’t catch it, Batman, Inc. was the excellent series where Bruce Wayne opened Batman franchises around the globe. Batwing is an OK spinoff from that well-done series. More

Detective Comics #1

Writer and Artist: Tony S. Daniel; Inks: Ryan Winn

Sep 10, 2011

It sure is a good thing that Batman is already popular. The venerable Detective Comics relaunched with a new #1 this week, and it’s just bad. More

Swamp Thing #1

Written by Scott Snyder; Art by Yanick Paquette; Colors by Nathan Fairbairn; Letters by John J. Hill; Cover by Yanick Paquette, Nathan Fairbairn

Sep 09, 2011

Vertigo’s Swamp Thing is a treasured series for many comic book readers. Alan Moore’s iconic run is untouchable in my opinion, but the yarns spun by Rick Veitch, Mark Millar, Brian K. Vaughan, Andy Diggle, and Joshua Dysart left a strong legacy as well. Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Batman) knows this and isn’t screwing with too much continuity. You can tell, even from this debut issue, that he has plans for an epic story arc all his own. More

Batgirl #1

Written by Gail Simone; Art by Ardian Syaf (penciller), Vicente Cifuentes (inker), and Ulises Arreola (colorist); Cover by Adam Hughes

Sep 09, 2011

When it was announced that Barbara Gordon would be returning as Batgirl in DC Comics’ New 52 universe, the main question comics fans had was how they would deal with her being paralyzed back in The Killing Joke, if they’d deal with it at all. More

Justice League International #1

Written by Dan Jurgens; Art by Aaron Lopresti & Matt Ryan

Sep 09, 2011

Fans of the original Justice League International from 25 years ago will be pretty familiar with the overall story arc for this new issue #1. The proposed JLI roster and the pre-approval via U.N. sanctions are old hat. New fans just being introduced to a lot of these second and third string characters will most likely be lost. Unlike Justice League #1, Dan Jurgens (Booster Gold) does very little to acquaint you with this team or give you a strong reason to root for them. More