Welcome to the return of Eye on Comics‘ New 52 Review Project, as we turn our attention to the reinvention of a classic DC property and its reintroduction to its revamped continuity.
DC Universe Presents #6
Writers: Dan DiDio & Jerry Ordway
Pencils: Jerry Ordway
Inks: Ray McCarthy, Andy Lanning & Marlo Alquiza
Colors: Tony Avina
Letters: Travis Lanham
Cover artist: Ryan Sook
Editor: Wil Moss
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $2.99 US
I thought the Deadman story arc that launched this title, featuring rotating creative teams and spotlighted heroes, was one of the best things to come out of DC’s New 52 relaunch. Furthermore, I’m thoroughly enjoying O.M.A.C. as well, which is co-written by Dan DiDio. So when it was announced the second arc on DC Universe Presents would be penned by DiDio, featuring characters closely associated with the late Jack Kirby as well, I looked forward to what was in store. My anticipation dissipated after just a few pages, though. DiDio’s plot and scripting for this new spin on the Challengers of the Unknown is a scattered mess. His attempt to connect the premise with reality TV is clumsy, unclear and ultimately pointless. Furthermore, there’s an unnecessarily harsh tone in some of the plotting that makes the story a poor fit for the bright, clean style of artist Jerry Ordway. This was a poor choice to follow up the strong work writer Paul Jenkins and artist Bernard Chang did on the Deadman arc, and I anticipate it’ll adversely affect the book’s already soft sales.