Chuck’s picks of the new DCNU…and Why

Posted: November 17, 2011 by simplytwistedproductions in Reviews
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I thought I’d start by saying thank you DC. I have long lived by the philosophy that if too many stories are told about the same individual it is no longer logical from a realist perspective. Characters like Spider-Man, Wolverine, Batman and Superman have literally had so many adventures in their 50+ years that you have to assume these characters never, eat, sleep, or breathe in-between the five adventures they have a day. I understand most people read these characters to escape; but the further you get away from reality the less emotional attachment one can really have with their favorite character. I have since moved onto more independent books as my source of therapy…but am strangely finding myself drawn back to this crazy world of superheroes once again!

That said, I am sure you are as surprised as I about some of the new ongoing titles chosen by the pantheon of deities at DC. They continue to offer the same staples in mass quantities, but are throwing some amazing books into the mix that I really hope you are not overlooking. Here are my top picks and why!

 

 

 

The Fury of Firestorm

Written by Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone

 

Art by Yildiray Cinar

Anyone who follows Ethan or Gail on Facebook knows they are two diometrically opposed individuals in respect to their opinions and beliefs. Strangely enough they have developed a friendship and partnership that I certainly never would have expected…and that excites me. I have never been a Firestorm fan; during those early days I was too deep in more realistic DC characters like, uh, Booster Gold and Blue Devil.

Why? The effort by DC to add layers of diversity to their titles shows in this book on all levels. The Gail/Ethan and Jason/Ronnie duality offers a book by two amazing storytellers about two high school students from two different walks of life drawn together by the dangers of nuclear power. Add to that the amazing art of Yildiray Cinar (most recently on Legion of Superheroes) and you have a book that cannot be missed!

 

 

The Savage Hawkman

Written by Tony S Daniel

Art by Philip Tan

Those that know me know I have a lifelong obsession with both archaeology and Egyptian history. Just the idea of a book focused on Carter Hall and his archaeological tirades leaves me gasping and grasping for more before it has even come out (perhaps a Metamorpho book in the future?) I can only hope, much like the duality of Matt Murdock and Daredevil, that they take his back story to a whole new level and make Carter the focal point of this book.

Why? I loved Tony on The Tenth at Image and his recent writing duties on Batman are second to none. Add to that one of the most amazing artists in the industry in Tan and this really becomes a must see book. Tony: Don’t let me down brother!

Mister Terrific

Written by Eric Wallace

Art by Gianluca Gugliotta

Eric who? Gian-what? DC fans have limited knowledge of these two. Eric to date has been relegated to minis with the exception of his run on Titans (which by the way is amazing!). He is (or was) one of the writers on Syfy’s Eureka, again a personal favorite. GG did a couple of minis over at Marvel, most notably the Mr Negative Dark Reign mini, as well as Klaws of the Panther (with my personal fave writer Jonathan Maberry).

Why? The world’s third smartest man: genius! The very few story arcs that have occurred in JSA over the years that focused on Mister Terrific left so much to expand on! For a die-hard JSA fan like myself this is something I have been begging for in fan forums for what feels like decades. Despite the inevitable restructuring of his origins, this will definitely be on the top of my stack to read!

Animal Man

Written by Jeff Lemire

Art by Travel Foreman and Dan Green

Simple: The best Grant Morrison book EVER was Animal Man at Vertigo. (go ahead and argue, I will win) . Not only was Morrison’s slant on Buddy entirely different than anything to date, it reinvented a character that had been reduced to mediocrity for many moons.

Why? Jeff Lemire. Nuff said. Really, Jeff Lemire can do no wrong in my book. Essex County and Nobody are two of my favorite all-time books. Sweet Tooth is amazing. His work on Superboy was a sleeper hit. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Add to that the amazing art of Travel Foreman (of Immortal Iron Fist fame) and you have an instant classic. Don’t miss this one!

Resurrection Man

Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning

Art by Fernando Dagnino

Wait! When did DnA make the jump?!?! For those that do not play on the Dark Side (Marvel), Abnett and Lanning have been responsible for running the galaxy, with such top selling books as Annihilation, Annihilation Conquest, War of Kings, Realm of Kings, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thanos Imperative…pretty much everything off Earth 616. The title I so wanted to see DnA on was a reboot of Starman, but this will do! I really didn’t give the first incarnation of Resurrection Man (sans 1997) as much love as I could have. Mostly because I really hated the way both Marvel and DC would riddle good series with unnecessary cameos from other major titles to give it a boost. I now understand from a marketing perspective, but the initial premise is simple and can be expounded on in so many ways without diluting the character base with fandoms faves.

Why? Man dies. Man is reborn. Man dies. Man is reborn. Everytime he returns he has different powers. So much fun! DnA were the hands behind the original series, and despite my shortcomings as noted above the series was great! Much like 100 Bullets, there are 100 different ways this can be elaborated on, and in the trusted hands of DnA I will give them another shot!

All-Star Western

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray

Art by Moritat

One of the best writing teams in comics history, still writing one of their best books…but with an added twist! Palmiotti and Gray are responsible for some of my favorite (and top-selling books in my store) titles, such as Last Resort, Random Acts of Violence, Tattered Man, and Back to Brooklyn. Each book has its own flavor and attitude. Why then, have I never been able to sell Jonah Hex? Truth? None of my clientele reads westerns. No matter how well written, no matter the story,it is hard to convince my people to read it. In fact the only Jonah Hex I buy at the store is for me.

Why? Take Jonah Hex. Add a historical layer to the book that expounds on the history and ancestry of some of today’s favorite superheroes and landmarks. Put in a plastic bag and shake. Bake at 350. Garnish with a sprinkle of hometown favorite Moritat (Elephantmen) and success! Apparently all it takes is finding a tie to the capes and tights to get my people interested. Kudos Palmiotti and Gray. JONAH HEX NOW SELLS AT COMIC EVOLUTION.

And there you go! Of course I have a handful of other titles amongst the 52 I am really excited about but honestly feel they sell themselves. These are the ones that have me excited about the reboot, and excited about the bold new direction DC is taking the industry. Kudos!

That is all. Chuck has spoken.

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