The New 52… I’m back in it baby.

October 14, 2011

A while back, it was brought to my attention by friend Keith that DC was relaunching 52 of their titles. What would be called “The New 52” immediately made me curious? What? How? Why? Marvel had kind of done this with their Ultimate line years ago, and now DC was trying to shake it up. Kudos.

I hadn’t been reading comics with any devotion for quite a while. I was always a Marvel guy, mainly stemming from their strong influence on me through the 80’s and 90’s growing up. I like to think I am still a Marvel guy at heart, but the endless event titles and crossovers really got to me after a while, and so I had to stop reading comics…until now.

The new 52 did exactly what DC hoped it would in my case – suckered me into buying a couple of their books. Of the 52, I still had to laugh at a lot of them (Hawk and DoveOMACVoodoo? Who are these people?), and mind you this is all alien territory for me at this point.  I’m used to my stories by Ed Brubaker and Brian Michael Bendis; who is thisGeoff Johns and what does he want from me? But I had enough nerd in me to know which character was which and what their powers are, so I figured, why not?

Now there will always, always be characters in DC that I simply cannot get into (sorry Supes), but here was my chance to start fresh, right? And so I committed the ultimate sin. I downloaded the entire first issues of the new 52. I know, I know, I am ashamed and that will be something I carry with me for the rest of my life (natch), but as someone who has been burned by comics before, and as I am treading in foreign waters with just a paddle, I feel okay about it. After quickly skimming through the titles that I knew I would never like (a lot of them really), there were a few that really stood out to me, and I was at the comic shop the next day to go down a very familiar road yet again.

In my personal opinion, the most interesting titles of the new 52 are Animal Man, Aquaman, Batman, DC Universe Presents: Deadman, Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE, Justice League Dark, Suicide Squad, and Swamp Thing. There are some other titles which I still felt were pretty good and I may yet subscribe to (i.e. The Flash, Green Lantern, Supergirl, Green Lantern Corps) but I’m still taking baby steps here, and the ones that I really enjoyed grabbed my attention much more.

So here I am world, a newborn DC guy. I am anxious to see how this continues, but rest assured, I’ll be offering up some reviews as I go along. Who knows, I may find myself giving Marvel another chance (they still have so many of my favorite artists!) but until then, looks like I have at least 8 titles to look forward to every month.

Welcome to my nightmare.

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