Friday, September 02, 2011

Rebooty Call

Like everyone else, I read the last issue of Flashpoint and the first issue of Justice League to see what the brand spanking new DC Universe was going to have in store for us, and the first thing I noticed, as Barry Allen went running through the timestream to clean up his mess was, OH MY GOD, are you kidding me, they're already setting up the next "big event"?!



Some mystery woman shows up, mumbling about how the "history of heroes" was shattered to make way for "their impending arrival" and he has to bring the timelines together again, or everyone's boned for sure this time.
So Barry knits together the fancy new DCU, and we head straight into the first Justice League adventure, where Aquaman is alerted to an approaching Giant Space Starfish, by his loyal pal Peter the Pufferfish. He assembles his comrades in the Justice League of America, each of whom take turns battling Starro for several pages, before they figure out how to immobilize him with quicklime, thus saving the day!  Batman argues with Green Lantern, they fail to stop a monster from blowing up the sewer, then, Superman! To be continued! That'll be $4.00, please!


Today's comics could use more helpful exposition-spouting fish to speed things along.



I was hoping to see a move away from decompression, and back toward done-in-one stories, but it looks like we won't be getting that from Justice League. So you can probably figure that by the time the 6-part origin wraps up, it will be about time to kick this "mysterious lady" crisis into full gear, which ought to take up a good year or so. And I already don't care. Business as usual then.
Since I never learn, I did sign up for a few of the new titles, but probably fewer than I was buying before the change. I'll be getting Action, Superman, Firestorm, Legion of Super Heroes, that Robotman comic, Justice League Dark (hate the title), OMAC, Stormwatch, and maybe sample a few others.
It sounds like this has been a pretty successful relaunch so far for DC, and that's great - I certainly wish them the best. But for my part, I wish I saw less same ol' same ol', and more of the truly surprising. Maybe in the weeks to come...




8 comments:

Nick McNerderson said...

Oh brother, you are taking a huge risk with Omac. Any chance you saw what Didio didid to the outsiders?

Brian Hughes said...

Yeah, but I'm a Giffen fan...

ORION said...

Your synopsis of JL#1 was SPOT on. Good job sir!

MetFanMac said...

Easter Egg in JL#1 - Mystery Woman shows up in a crowd scene.

The Reviewer said...

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Anonymous said...

It gets better in week two, Brian. Action Comics in particular is AMAZING, but there's lots of other good titles as well. So far Justice League looks like an outlier.

Scipio said...

She's in Detective #1, if you look closely enough.

Matt Celis said...

Justice League Dark is so grim-n-gritty, though! How can you not like that title? I bet they wear leather jackets over their costumes and have lots of pouches and straps and party like it's 1995!