Daily Archives: August 31, 2011

Jimmy Olsen, Superman’s Aluminum Siding Salesman

With the beginning of DC’s New 52 initiative this week and its corresponding same-date digital comics offerings, I’m put in mind of the fact that all forms of print publishing are seeing their businesses turned upside down and transformed by the digital age, struggling to adapt to the demands of the 21st century. As it happens, I was thumbing through a back issue I picked up for 52 cents at my local comic shop’s midnight release event for Justice League #1, only to find some similar language… but they’re words written two decades before the arrival of the new millennium.

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A New 52 Review: Justice League #1

Variant coverJustice League #1
“Justice League, Part One”
Writer: Geoff Johns
Pencils: Jim Lee
Inks: Scott Williams
Colors: Alex Sinclair
Letters: Patrick Brosseau
Cover artists: Lee & Williams (regular)/David Finch & Richard Friend (variant)
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $3.99 US (comic only)/$4.99 US (digital combo pack)

We already know Justice League #1, from a sales perspective, is a huge success. Its initial orders topped 200,000, and its sales will likely remain strong as long as DC keeps its two top talents on the book. But the question is: the story any good? While this comic book appears set to break sales records for 2011, the story’s not going to blow anyone’s mind. There’s no moment in the first issue that’s going to keep people talking non-stop until the next issue. Nevertheless, Johns turns in an entertaining first issue that focuses more on how the characters interact, and that’s a good thing. But the really good news is just how accessible this first issue is. The whole point of “the New 52” is to attract new and lapsed readers to comics, and this initial step in the relaunch initiative is one that’s headed in the right direction to achieve that goal.

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An Almost New 52 Review: Flashpoint #5

Variant coverFlashpoint #5
Writer: Geoff Johns
Pencils: Andy Kubert
Inks: Sandra Hope & Jesse Delperdang
Colors: Alex Sinclair
Letters: Nick J. Napolitano
Cover artists: Andy Kubert & Sandra Hope (regular)/Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (variant)
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $3.99 US

In some ways, Flashpoint #5 is exactly what people expect it to be: a bridge between DC’s past continuity to the world in which the publisher is setting its “New 52.” So in some respects, it’s a utilitarian comic book, a tool used in the construction of DC’s new “home,” so to speak. But the good news is that Johns doesn’t forget to tell a story here. While the conflict between the Atlanteans and Amazons that seems to have defined the world of Flashpoint goes unresolved in this climax, Johns finally explores the cosmic manipulations that led to the creation of the alternate timeline, and the answer is surprising. Not only is the source of the problem an unexpected one, the catalyst for the changes is one stemming from characterization, not some villainous plot to destroy reality or rule the world.

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