Maybe this is one of those books that had some revolutionary ideas when it was first published, but those ideas have since been absorbed into the greater sci-fi culture. It may have raised the genre up to a greater level, but the problem with being a foundational work is that, inevitably, other works will be placed on top of you.
I have no idea why the Batman stuff was in there, and there seems to be no explanation for why Superman would attack Batman (if he did at all). But the rest was great.
You have to be slightly familiar with the character's backstory to get the most out of this (it opens with everyone shocked that Oliver is alive, after they all saw him die) but you don't need much more than a 10-minute Wikipedia introduction to pick up on the essentials.
Well, my work here is done. I’ve read and reviewed every single #1 issue in DC’s New 52 relaunch. It took me a lot longer than I anticipated, and it was much more difficult than I thought it would be, but here we are.
Like all the other New 52 team-up books, this one focuses on assembling the team. Leading the team is Red Robin (formerly Robin #3), and he sets out to recruit other young people with superpowers, some of whom seem to be accidentally causing trouble (like Kid Flash).
This whole book takes place in a strip club, which gives the inkers an opportunity to show off their ability to draw curves. All joking aside, I really love the artwork in this. The line work is top notch, the imagery is very clean, and there’s some great use of gradients for depth.
There’s not much else I can say about this. The story so far is intriguing, and I’ll probably keep reading this series – at least, until I can figure out what’s going on. It’s not that it’s hard to follow, it’s just that it’s completely unexpected, and I don’t know where it’s going.
Verdict: I have no idea…
I’ve never had any desire to read Supergirl comics. I just haven’t been interested. I’ve never even been all that interested in Superman comics either, nor Superboy. Well, add yet another item to the list of pleasant surprises in the New 52, because I really enjoyed this book.
Well, so much for the Flash’s expansive back-story. Seems that most of it has been cleared away and everything reset, except that Barry Allen is already The Flash. (There’s no re-telling of the splashed-with-chemicals-while-simultaneously-being-hit-by-lightning origin story here, thankfully.)
Yet another superhero I know very little about. I know him from Blackest Night and Brightest Day, and it seems to be a pretty clever idea: two people fuse to become Firestorm, one temporarily becoming a disembodied mind that can only communicate with the other, and they have the power to transmute elements – though it’s dependent on them actually knowing how to do it. In other words, at least one of the two minds needs to be a scientific genius. So, awesome, a science-based hero.