The Ninja Rope’s Guide To The DC New 52


The biggest publishing event of the decade is upon us, with DC rolling out 52 brand new #1s over the month of September. The flagship title, Justice League by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee, was released last week (Week Zero, for all intents and purposes), and you can read my thoughts on it here. But with 52 new titles on the shelf, it’s a little overwhelming for both new readers and casual readers (the type this relaunch is aimed at) to know what’s worth picking up. That’s where we come in. We’ve gone through all the titles and picked out the best of them, so you can know what to look for each Thursday of this month.

Dude, you need to get:

Action Comics by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales
Animal Man by Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman
Stormwatch by Paul Cornell and Miguel Sepulveda
Swamp Thing by Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette 

The first wave of new books is certainly the strongest, and rightly so. By far the most anticipated book of the relaunch is Grant Morrison’s Action Comics #1. Morrison’s All Star Superman is easily the greatest superhero story of all time (no hyperbole here, it’s the real deal), so expectations for Morrison’s return to the character are pretty high.

There’s also Animal Man #1, Stormwatch #1 and Swamp Thing #1, three books defined by iconic runs by three of the most influential writers of the last twenty years, Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis and Alan Moore, respectively. But that’s got nothing to do with why we’re excited for these books. The creators attached to these books are some of the most exciting writers in the industry today, and we’re really looking forward to what they’re bringing to these books.

And hey, why not try:

Batgirl by Gail Simone and Ardian Syaf
Justice League International by Dan Jurgens, Aaron Lopresti and Matt Ryan
Static Shock  by Scott McDaniel, John Rozum and Jonathan Glapion

Dude, you need to get:

Batwoman by J. H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman
Demon Knights by Paul Cornell and Diogenes Neves
Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. by Jeff Lemire and Alberto Ponticelli 

Green Lantern #1 might be the biggest release of Week Two, but the most interesting books are in the fringe titles. The book we’re most excited about is Demon Knights #1 by Paul Cornell (who we’ve already touched on with Stormwatch) and Diogenes Neves. Set in the “dark ages of the DCU”, Demon Knights stars Jack Kirby’s Etrigan, The Demon, and if the pedigree of this title is anything to go by it won’t be anything short of amazing.

The Bat-family gets a couple of long-awaited releases, with J.H. Williams III’s Batwoman #1 finally seeing the light of day after months upon months of delays (while Bruce Wayne and his son Damian are finally teaming up as Batman and Robin in, well, Batman and Robin #1). And just like last week, Jeff Lemire is taking on another character trapped in Grant Morrison’s shadow with Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.

And hey, why not try:

Batman and Robin by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
Green Lantern
by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke
Grifter by Nathan Edmonson and CAFU
Red Lanterns by Peter Milligan and Ed Benes

Dude, you need to get:

Batman by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang

I can’t decide which book I’m more excited about, Grant Morrison’s Action Comics or Scott Snyder’s Batman. On the one hand, All Star Superman is my favourite comic book of all time. On the other hand, did you read Scott Snyder’s Detective Comics?? Snyder is far and away my favourite writer to come out of the last couple of years, with American Vampire and Detective Comics being two of my favourite books of the year, and hearing the guy talk about his plans for Batman is very exciting indeed. We’ll call it a tie.

Oh how long I have waited for a decent Wonder Woman title. If 2009′s Wonder Woman animated feature proved anything, it’s that there is more than enough room for Diana in the world of modern comics. Thank the gods then for Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang, the men who will bring us that great Wonder Woman title we all deserve.

And hey, why not try:

DC Universe Presents by Paul Jenkins and Bernard Chang
Green Lantern Corps by Peter J. Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin
Legion of Super Heroes by Paul Levitz and Francis Portela
Nightwing by Kyle Higgins and Eddy Barrows

Dude, you need to get:

All Star Western by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti and Moritat
The Flash by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccallato

Francis Manapul was certainly the star of the last Flash series, and in the relaunch he’s moving on up from artist to writer/artist, with help from his long-time collaborator Brian Buccallato. It’s no secret that fans are hoping for Manapul to pull a Walter Simonson on us, bringing us the kind of story that only a writer/artist can.

Jonah Hex has been a bit of a sleeper hit at DC over the last few years, with consistently great western stories being told each and every month. But the real draw was the art, with a rotating roster of some of the best artists in the game handling art duties. Jonah Hex returns this month with a new title, All Star Western, but the same basic idea. And they’ve got Moritat handling the art, so you know we’re in for a treat.

And hey, why not try:

Aquaman by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis
I, Vampire by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Andrea Sorrentino
Justice League Dark by Peter Milligan and Mikel Janin
Superman by George Perez and Jesus Merino

So there you have it, the cream of the comic book crop. Now you have no excuse not to head down to your Local Comic Shop (or ComiXology if that’s your thing) and try out some great, new comics. These are exciting times, chum!

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  3. The Comics Rope: 12th September 2011
  4. The Comics Rope: 15th August 2011
  5. The Comics Rope: Holiday Special #1
  6. The Comics Rope: 5th September 2011


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3 Comments on "The Ninja Rope’s Guide To The DC New 52"

  1. Lil Wayne September 7, 2011 at 11:30 pm -


  2. Carmen September 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm -

    You’re really good at this, Anthony.

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