DC's New 52: Reviews and Discussion (Spoilers welcolme and likely)

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  1. Mike Farley

    Mike Farley Commodore Commodore

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    Action Comics, Animal Man, Hawk and Dove, Stormwatch, and Swamp Thing from DC.

    Defenders and Villains for Hire from Marvel.
     
  2. Admiral_Young

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    Just Action Comics for me. Grant Morrison writing the Legion!!! Can't get better than this for me.

    Big Announcement is that Before Watchman is happening...the creative teams and prequel books revealed. I posted the article in my Watchmen 2 thread. I can't help but be a little excited about this. Some of you might be, others mostly probably not.

    http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/02...ced-today-azzarello-bermejo-rorschach-series/
     
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  3. Derishton

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    Two projects for JMS. I guess we should see if he actually finishes them before we worry about what they might contain.
     
  4. Admiral_Young

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    I'm excited for both of his projects, and don't forget we have volume two of Superman: Earth One to look forward too sometime late this year.
     
  5. Derishton

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    They're certainly interesting teams. Wein is a real Silver Age guy, which will look interesting given that Watchmen both reflected and ended the Silver Age; Azarello is very much a product of that shift, one of the real talents who's actually done something with the legacy of that shift.

    Darwyn Cooke is a great choice for Minutemen.
     
  6. Broccoli

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    I'm surprised Bleeding Cool's article didn't have multiple links saying how awesome they were for having this information before anyone else and that evil DC made them take it down.
     
  7. Admiral_Young

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    ^ Look in my Watchmen 2 thread for that Broc :)
     
  8. Hound of UIster

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    Good teams except for Len Wein.
     
  9. Trekker4747

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    Got to say, I wasn't much impressed with Action this month, I thought there was too much focus on the Legion and the story-telling seemed sort of... spastic. I wasn't really sure what was happening and where most of the time. It seemed like a lot of the goofier stuff that happened in "All Star Superman" was in play here and it didn't work much for me. But I can't say I'm much a fan of The Legion. It was, overall, an okay book but I may need to give it another read to see if it's more clear a second time around.

    I did like the second part of the book focusing on Clark's last days in Smallville.
     
  10. Hound of UIster

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    Swamp Thing > Stormwatch > Action > Animal Man > Batwing

    It's a real pity Cornell is off Stormwatch. He seems to have intended to integrate the concept of the Authority/Stormwatch/Planetary together. Guess DC doesn't want to play with big ideas like Cornell's. I thought it was also interesting that Hawksmoor's city power allows him also to connect with large scale networks such as the city ship that serves as Stormwatchs HQ.

    Swamp Thing I thought was the most plot heavy. The champion of the Rot is created and everyone essentially dies.

    Batwing: Massacre's identity is really a no-brainer at the point. Given that he is the polar opposite of Batwing and embraced the brutality and violence that the latter has rejected. We also see a connection to Court of Owls story as Batwing makes his way to Gotham.
     
  11. Mr Light

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    Action #6 was back to the usual Morrison "what the hell is going on? did I miss an issue" writing he's known for... the preceding issues were far too comprehensible :lol:
     
  12. Trekker4747

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    Agreed.
     
  13. Mike Farley

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    Double agreed. And I don't think I got Animal Man at all this week. I mean I understood what happened. I just don't get why we spent 2/3 of the issue with the movie Cliff was watching on his iPod.
     
  14. Admiral_Young

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    Long Live the Legion!!! I just finished Action Comics...you guys are right that this is Morrison at his esoteric and overambitious ideas best! He did the Legion/Clark origin thing better than Geoff Johns did IMO! I had the same feeling reading that panel of Imra's dialogues that I did way back when Johns did Superman and the Legion of Superheroes and Paul Levitz Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes The Early Days...this is why I'm a fan of the Legion. It's a double paradox inspiration. They're inspired by Superman's example, but fort Clark he's inspired by them. The Legion are the first superheroes he meets at a point in his life where he's very lonely and has just discovered his powers, and he's enthralled and excited by them...it also helps that they come from the far future! I loved the Doctor Who reference! This issue does contain heavy stuff...particularly with the Anti-Superman Army hiding inside of Clark's brain!!!! LOL. Classic Morrison. The art is great and I loved the older versions of the Legion founders. I still suspect Morrison is seeding things for later on. He's been doing this all through this arc if one is paying attention. I loved the Smallville scenes and the back up story as well. By far this is still my favourite of the New 52.
     
  15. Trekker4747

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    I dunno, Reading Morrison's stories sometimes reminds me of a kindergartner telling me about her day at school. The story makes no sense, it jumps around between events seemingly unconnected to one another, the characters are too over-the-top and wacky and then the story pretty much ends with "And then.... That was it!"

    He's sort of the Lauren Kyanka of comic books.
     
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    Morrison isn't for everyone that's for sure...some of his ideas and plots take me a couple reads to understand what he's getting at. This was probably by far the most esoteric issue of the book so far, mostly to do with the convoluted time travel story line and the villains hiding inside of Clark's brain. I love him though, he challenges you and does different stuff and isn't afraid if you don't understand or like it. He's always been one of my writing heroes so as I've said plenty of times before, my opinion is a little biased concerning him. I've been reading his work for so long that perhaps I'm one of a few who has become numb to his wackier stuff. I have been stumped before by him and gone WTF. This issue was not the case though! Bring it on Grant!
     
  17. Captain Craig

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    I haven't enjoyed 2000 era Morrison like I did 90's Morrison. I sampled Action and bailed.
    RIP in Batman was mediocre imo at best. He did a rehash hatchet job on yet again another 'Death of Jean Grey'.
     
  18. Admiral_Young

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    ^ Disagree with you big time Craig but that's fine. They're still using elements from Grant's New X-Men run in ReGenesis and IMO has made the X-Men comics as fun as they've been in a long time. Oh and as has been mentioned in other threads before Jean has been longer this time around than she has any other time in her history...which is why fans of her, including me, have been clamouring for her return for quite some time now, so I'd hardly call his New X-Men run a "hatchet" job. They've also used elements from other runs as well, including Joss's.
     
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    i thought Batman RIP had some interesting ideas...but the execution was pretty terrible. the latest issue of Action was a total WTF did i just read, but all the issues before that were really enjoyable.
     
  20. Captain Craig

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    @Admiral, ok I admit "hatchet job" is a bit harsh but at the point I was typing it a tamer singular term escaped me. It wasn't all bad but as a body of work I much prefer his 90's material by far.
     

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