Daily Archives: September 26, 2011

A New 52 Review: Legion of Super-Heroes #1

Legion of Super-Heroes #1
“Renegade World”
Writer: Paul Levitz
Artist: Francis Portela
Colors: Javier Mena
Letters: Patrick Brosseau
Cover artist: Karl Kerschl
Editor: Chris Conroy
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $2.99 US

As I noted in my review of Legion Lost #1, I’m a longtime Legion fan, so in theory, I should’ve been an easy sell on this book, but nothing’s ever easy, is it? The Legion has probably undergone more reboots than any other DC property, but I have good news for those lamenting having to start over with these characters yet again. This series isn’t a reboot of the Legion. Instead, it’s a continuation of the previous series, as well as the “Legion Academy” feature from the most recent incarnation of Adventure Comics. Writer Paul Levitz seems to pick up pretty much from where he left off. Of course, for those of us who weren’t reading his Legion stories before the New 52 line-wide relaunch at DC Comics, his script is impenetrable. Not only does the script heavily reference previous stories, it even references a story we haven’t seen: the apparent “loss” of the Legionnaires trapped in the past (as per Legion Lost). To make matters worse, the art is incredibly busy and cluttered. I can’t imagine this series will appeal to anyone except the most die-hard Legion completists.

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A New 52 Review: Nightwing #1

Nightwing #1
“Welcome to Gotham”
Writer: Kyle Higgins
Pencils: Eddy Barrows
Inks: J.P. Mayer
Colors: Rod Reis
Letters: Carlos M. Mangual
Editor: Bobbie Chase
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $2.99 US

This first issue reads like it has no connection to the New 52 relaunch initiative at all. Instead, it reads like the latest step in the long-term plan for the Batman family of comics, restoring Dick Grayson to his Nightwing identity after an extended stint as Batman, filling in for his mentor in his time-displaced absence. Writer Kyle Higgins delivers an accessible first issue, establishing the title character’s new base of operations. When I read of the premise for this opening story arc — Dick’s reconnection with the environment in which he originally grew up with his late parents (the Haly Circus) — it piqued my interest, and that’s saying something, because it’s been a long time since I was interested in any Nightwing comic book. Overall, Nightwing #1 isn’t a poor comic book at all, but unfortunately, the creators’ efforts aren’t much more than capable, by-the-numbers genre work. The best thing I can say about this first issue is it’s pretty ordinary, which, in the world of colorful action comics, is far from a compliment.

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A New 52 Review: Supergirl #1

Supergirl #1
“Last Daughter of Krypton”
Writers: Michael Green & Mike Johnson
Pencils/Cover artist: Mahmud Asrar
Inks: Dan Green & Asrar
Colors: Dave McCaig
Letters: John H. Hill
Editor: Wil Moss
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $2.99 US

When DC announced its massive relaunch of 52 new titles earlier this year, a new of people suggested the comics publisher was doing too much, too fast. Some suggested DC should have begun with a handful of new titles featuring its most recognizable properties and building over time to a full line with more characters. Given the sales success the entire New 52 line has seen so far this month, I think it’s safe to say DC would vehemently disagree with that sentiment, and I can understand why. But after reading the first issue of Supergirl, I couldn’t help but think that from a storytelling perspective, delaying this particular title would have served it better. Readers are faced with the debut of Superman’s younger cousin just a couple of weeks after a young, inexperienced interpretation of Superman was introduced. I realize the new Action Comics and Justice League are set a few years before the events of this comic book, but it feels as though these reintroductions to the young members of the El clan have come to close together. That being said, this is a fun comic, full of action and attractive artwork, but there’s really not much in the way of a plot yet.

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