Daily Archives: September 17, 2011

A New 52 Review: Demon Knights #1

Demon Knights #1
“Seven Against the Dark”
Writer: Paul Cornell
Pencils: Diogenes Neves
Inks: Oclair Albert
Colors: Marcelo Maiolo
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Cover artist: Tony Daniel
Editor: Matt Idelson
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $2.99 US

Before I decided on reviewing every first issue in DC’s New 52 publishing strategy, I was going to pass on this title. I’ve never been a big fan of Etrigan the Demon, I’d been lukewarm to Paul Cornell’s writing and the sword-and-sorcery genre has never really been my cup of tea. So I was quite surprised to find one of the most entertaining reads of the new 52 thus far. Not much happens in this first issue — it’s a standard introductory episode of a team book, featuring the initial gathering of the heroes. But what wins the reader over the power of all the personality that’s been poured into this comic book. From the bombastic, incredible characters to the crisp, bright and richly detailed artwork, there’s a real sense of magic (in a couple senses of the word) in the storytelling here. When this title was originally announced, I was puzzled as to why DC opted to include this new team concept when it had so many other more prominent and obscure ideas from which to choose. Now I know why it made the cut.

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A New 52 Review: Batman and Robin #1

Batman and Robin #1
“Born to Kill”
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils: Patrick Gleason
Inks: Mick Gray
Colors: John Kalisz
Letters: Patrick Brosseau
Cover artists: Gleason & Gray
Editor: Mike Marts
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $2.99 US

While the previous incarnation of this title was at its strongest when written by Grant Morrison, the creative teams that followed him did a good job of maintaining an edge and inventive tone he established from the start. So while this comic book appears to be the start of a new series, it’s really just a continuation of the previous one, and I fully expected to remain a fan. But there is something different with this new first issue, and it’s the central dynamic between the title characters. While the names remain the same, one of the characters is a different man, and that completely changes the tone of the book — and not for the better. The art remains interesting, preserving the same intense tone we’ve come to expect from this series, and given my affection for the previous incarnation of Batman and Robin, I’ll likely continue to read this title for another issue or two. But Tomasi needs to realize soon the Batman/Robin relationship works best when it’s one of contrast rather than stereophonic grumbling.

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A New 52 Review: Resurrection Man #1

Resurrection Man #1
“Pronounced Dead”
Writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Artist: Fernando Dagnino
Colors: Santi Arcas
Letters: Rob Leigh
Cover artists: Ivan Reis & Joe Prado
Editors: Eddie Berganza & Rex Ogle
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $2.99 US

When DC was unveiling its New 52 lineup a couple of months, I was thrilled to find Resurrection Man on the list of books. I was a fan of the original title in the 1990s, and the fact the same writers are handling this, ahem, resurrected series (I wonder how many people have made the same joke in writing about this comic) made me even more eager to read it. As strong as the book was back in the ’90s, I think this new start might be even better, mixing elements from multiple genres — super-hero, science-fiction, the supernatural, conspiracy-themed drama — to arrive at a compelling, fun entertainment experience. The premise pretty much remains the same, but it’s been tweaked ever so slightly in a manner that made me think this would make a great weekly TV series. The writers have wisely crafted a script that’s accessible to the many readers who would be unaware of or had no access to the original series, and they’re joined by a new artist whose style works incredibly well with dark, weird and macabre atmosphere inherent in the story. This is another creative success for DC’s New 52, and I hope the interest in the line as a whole gets more eyes on these pages.

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