Comic Books

Eric's picks for the New 52

The new Justice League by Detroit native Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee. (DC Comics)

Well, today’s the big day, the start of the DCnU with “Justice League” No. 1.

It’s Comicgeddon if you listen to some longtime fans. Me, I’ll be happy if the stories are great. Do I agree with all the changes? No. (Cyborg as a JL founder? Um, no.) But I’m willing to give it a shot.

I have to admit, it probably helps that most of the titles I’m interested in, such as the “Legion of Super-Heroes” books, aren’t changing much. But Aquaman sure is. He’s due, though.

So here’s a look at what’s coming out through September, along with a pick or two for each week, based on solicitations (and personal affection for some characters). I haven’t received any preview copies yet, but I hear they’re on the way. I’ll post some reviews once those start arriving.

What books are you most looking forward to? Leave a comment and let us know!

Today

“Justice League” — Geoff Johns reinvents DC’s premier superteam, adding a bit of diversity to the lineup by making Cyborg (an African-American) a founding member. The new book will start off in the past, at the team’s founding.

"Hawk and Dove" (DC Comics)

Sept. 7

Eric’s pick:

“Hawk & Dove” — Former superstar artist Rob Liefeld returns to a pair of characters that helped launch his career in the 1980s. Hank Hall and Dawn Granger are somewhat reluctant new crime-fighting partners in this take on a sentimental personal favorite. Let me be clear: This is an endorsement for the characters. The art, as you can see, looks awful.
Also out:
“Action Comics,” “Animal Man,” “Batgirl,” “Batwing,” “Detective Comics,” “Green Arrow,” “Justice League International,” “Men of War,” “O.M.A.C.,” “Static Shock,” “Stormwatch,” “Swamp Thing”

Sept. 14

"Legion Lost" (DC Comics)

Eric’s pick:
“Legion Lost” — Seven members of the 31st century’s Legion of Super-Heroes, which recently had a relaunch of their own under the pens of Johns and fan-favorite Paul Levitz, are lost in our time. It sounds more like a miniseries concept, but I’ve been following the team for almost 35 years, so I’m in.

Runner up: “Demon Knights” — It’s Justice League: Medieval as Etrigan (the Demon) leads a team for a bunch of supernatural derring-do. I hope it’s cool.

Also out:
“Batman and Robin,” “Batwoman,” “Deathstroke,” “Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.,” “Green Lantern,” “Grifter,” “Mister Terrific,” “Red Lanterns,” “Resurrection Man,” “Suicide Squad,” “Superboy”

Sept. 21

"Wonder Woman" (DC Comics)

Eric’s pick:
“Wonder Woman” — Original promo art had the Amazon in long pants, but now that the TV pilot (and controversial costume) is a no-go, she’s back in the star-spangled shorts. Is she here to protect mankind from the willful gods, or is she one of them?

Runner up: “Legion of Super-Heroes” — I’ve been enjoying (for the most part) Paul Levitz’s return to the book, so between him and my history, this is a must-read.

Also out:
“Batman,” “Birds of Prey,” “Blue Beetle,” “Captain Atom,” “Catwoman,” “DC Universe Presents,” “Green Lantern Corps,” “Nightwing,” “Red Hood and the Outlaws,” “Supergirl”

Sept. 28

"Aquaman" (DC Comics)

Eric’s pick: “Aquaman” — The man from Atlantis has long been the butt of fan jokes, but he kicked some major butt in Johns’ recent “Brightest Day” series, and Johns promises more of the same in the new series he’ll be writing. This longtime Aqua-fan can’t wait.

Runner up: “Justice League Dark” — I’m a sucker for magic characters, and this puts a bunch of DC’s big guns all in one place. Zatanna’s book ended on a whimper, so I’m glad she’s part of the line-up. The others don’t mean as much to me personally, but I look forward to checking this out.

Also out:
“All-Star Western,” “Batman: The Dark Knight,” “Blackhawks,” “The Flash,” “The Fury of Firestorm,” “Green Lantern: New Guardians,” “I, Vampire,”  “The Savage Hawkman,” “Superman,” “Teen Titans,” “Voodoo”