DC comics is doing a mini-reboot starting this week, in the sense that they are introducing a whole bunch of new books, changing up some creative teams and making some interesting changes to their biggest characters. I'll be reviewing all of the new books, and we've got a lot of ground to cover so let's get started.
Action Comics #41
Clark is missing half of his powers, his secret identity has been exposed, and he's being hunted by ninjas. In the aftermath of Superman #41 (a book that doesn't come out for three weeks, yikes DC) and Geoff John's run, Superman is without his kryptonian armour, his cape is in shreds, he's at less than half strength and can't fly, due to a new ability he gained to turn the solar energy in his body into a supernova. This new power threw his whole biology out of whack and now he has to learn how to be Superman without being all powerful. I love everything about this book: the idea, the new costume, the way Pak shows us the bad side and the good of what Clark is going through. Can't wait to see what's next, great issue.
Batman Beyond #1
Spinning out of Future's End, comes Batman Beyond #1! After Terry Mcginnis dies in the past trying to stop Brother Eye (crazy A.I) in the past, Tim Drake (former Robin) puts on his suit and returns to his future where all but Neo-Gotham lies under the control of Brother Eye. I wasn't really looking forward to this one, but it was actually pretty fun. It was a nice fusing of the tv show and the Future's End timeline, as Neo-Gotham resembles the Gotham of the show, the first issue features the Jokerz gang, while the circumstances creating Neo-Gotham are totally different. I'm not the biggest Tim Drake fan, but I enjoyed him here learning how to use the suit and adjust to his new environment. I imagine die-hard fans will be upset that it isn't Terry in the suit, but I am not one of those people and it was fun and interesting enough to bring me back for the next issue.4/5
This is actually a six-issue mini-series, featuring the exploits of the 5th dimensional troublemaker Bat-Mite. He's an all powerful being that is also the biggest Batman fanboy in the known universe. In this series he goes toe to toe with villains while trying to help "fix" other heroes in the DC universe like he feels he did to Batman. This was a fun issue, with lots of meta jokes for DC fans. This is also a book that is intended to appeal to younger readers and I think they did a good job of that; though the issue features villains who swap out people brains, there is no violence and Bat-Mite keeps things light by joking. I enjoyed this issue and will read the next, but it was fairly forgettable. Would only recommend this one if you already think it would appeal to you, or for younger fans.3/5
Another miniseries aimed at younger reader starring Superman's kooky doppelganger Bizarro! More lovable oaf than villain, Jimmy Olsen decides to trick Bizarro into leaving Metropolis for good by taking him to Bizarro America (Aka Canada). Along the way Jimmy plans to profit from this trip by documenting everything and making a coffee table book of his experiences. This is a fun an inventive book with plenty of Bizarro speak, a chupacabra and a used car salesman villain, but the real heart of the story comes from Bizarro and Jimmy's growing friendship and the conflict that Jimmy feels about lying to Bizarro about the nature of their trip. Can't recommend this one enough. 5/5
Green Arrow #41
Our first old book with a new creative team; Action Comics and Green Lantern are just status quo changes from the same writers. No big changes, though Percy seems to be ignoring the brief Sokolowski/Kresiberg run that was heavily inspired by the Arrow TV show in favor of the Lemire run, which I am all for. Initially didn't know what to think of this one. Benjamin Percy is a novelist and this is his first job in comics. I think it shows in Oliver's thought balloons which felt literary simply due to the fact that there are so many of them during the first half of the issue. The second half, in which Oliver springs into action to solve the mystery of the Night Bird murders was very exciting. It's a very gritty superhero book, with aims at addressing social issues that I think Percy actually handled very well. Street level heroics + Political activism + Lemire supporting characters = a good Green Arrow book as far as I'm concerned. Hopefully Percy can begin to better adjust to writing for a comic book, or at least jazz up the inner monologue a little bit.
Green Lantern #41
Hal Jordan was the leader of the Green Lanterns during a time of upheaval and war. The Lanterns' good name was tarnished during this time and Hal Jordan decided to be the hero the universe deserved, but not the one it needed right now and claimed all responsibility for the Corps actions before stealing a prototype Green Lantern gauntlet and becoming the most wanted person in the galaxy. The set-up here is interesting, and this is a good first issue as Hal busts up an illegal fighting den while showing off his new abilities, costume and ship. Hal's glove is a bit more instinctual than a ring, which should be interesting. I enjoyed this issue but didn't think it was anything special. I would recommend it if it sounds interesting to you.3/5I'll leave it at that for today, since this post is already incredibly long and we still have 5 books to go. Check in tomorrow for part two!