And then there was that time Mike decided to ramble on about which of the new 52 DC titles he plans to get.

§ August 15th, 2011 § Filed under does mike ever shut up, retailing § 13 Comments

So the general reaction from our customers to the onslaught of DC #1s quickly making its way to us has ranged from interest and excitement to “I’m giving up on DC.” It’s been a bit hard to predict just how these books are going to do, as customer response has been so mixed. And I just know that, no matter how much promotional material we put into folks’ hands, there’s gonna be at least one regular customer walking into the shop in September who will be shocked…shocked…that DC started all their books over from #1.

Anyway, I thought I’d go through the list of all these #1s and let you know what I plan to get. Or am thinking about getting. …Because it’s my weblog, that’s why.

Justice League #1 – I don’t think it’s any stretch to assume that, of all the new DC #1s, this will be the big one. It’s being released by itself at the end of August (along with the last part of the Flashpoint mini that’s leading into the big changeover) and surely most folks will be picking this up out of sheer curiosity, to see what exactly the new DC Universe status quo is going to be. That’s certainly a big reason why I’m picking it up…well, that, and it’s not like I’ll be buying a whole lot of DC Comics that week. (I’ve not been following Flashpoint, though that same curiosity may have me checking out that mini’s last issue to see how it’s setting everything up.) But I also tend to pick up whatever new iteration of Justice League happens to pop up, even if I end up not following it for long.

Action Comics #1 – I’ve been reading the main Superman titles for probably about 30 years now, through thick and thin, through mulleted Superman and Electric Superman, so I’m not stoppin’ just because they restarted the series from the first issue. Plus, it’s Grant Morrison on scripting chores, and I do like the Morrison.

Animal Man #1 – Speaking of Morrison, I was a big fan of his run on Animal Man, and I kept on with the title after Morrison’s departure, which maintained its sense of weirdness while still further developing Buddy Baker’s family life. I have a bit of fondness for the character still, whetted by that Last Days of Animal Man mini from a couple of years ago, so I’m going to give this a try. Plus, Jeff Lemire is writing, and more on that under the Frankenstein entry.

Justice League International #1 – This is in the “maybe” pile, as the main reason I’m interested in it is that it features Booster Gold written by his creator, Dan Jurgens. I was quite enjoying the Booster Gold series DC had been publishing of late, and sadly it was not one of the titles to make the transition to the new army of #1s. And I’m sure we’re not getting “The Adventures of Booster and His Justice League Pals,” so I don’t know how much actual Booster content will be in each issue. But, I’ll give it a look.

Swamp Thing #1 – Well, duh.

Batwoman #1 – The only Bat-book I’m buying (aside from Justice League International, which isn’t quite the same but you know what I mean). Being purchased primarily for the art of J.H. Williams, who has been doing absolutely beautiful work with this character.

Demon Knights #1 – Was going to be a “maybe,” but I’ve got every other Demon comic, so, heck, might as well pick it up. Plus, it’s written by Paul Cornell, and having enjoyed his recent stint on Action Comics, I imagine I’ll enjoy this series as well.

Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1 – Wouldn’t have considered this, except the War Rocket Ajax crew convinced me to pick up the Jeff Lemire-scripted Flashpoint: Frankenstein tie-in, and that was a hoot. Lemire is writing this new series as well, so I’m definitely putting it on the buy pile.

Green Lantern #1 – Green Lantern is like Superman, in that he’s one of those characters/concepts I’ll usually always follow (though admittedly I skipped most of those Kyle-Rayner-as-GL years in the ’90s). I like how this series is starting, with old GL archnemesis Sinestro roped back into the Green Lantern Corps and starring in this book, but of course Hal Jordan will be back in the saddle in short order. In the meantime, though, I’m really looking forward to this book as Sinestro has always been one of my favorite supervillains.

Mister Terrific #1 – Probably picking this up, as I liked the character in Justice Society. Not much else to say, really, other than I like the idea of the hero, the world’s third smartest man, facing against a villain who’s one of the world’s two smarter dudes.

Red Lanterns #1 – Giving it a go because it’s a Green Lantern tie-in, but…not sure if I want to read a book where the entire focus is on the violent and angry Lantern corps. Fine in a supporting role, not sure I want 20 non-stop pages of it. Unless it’s the solo adventures of Dex-Starr, of course.

DC Universe Presents #1 – First story arc stars Deadman, and I’m always up for a Deadman story. Continued purchase of the series depends on which character they follow up Deadman with. I vote Adam Strange. Or Metamorpho. Or hell, both of them in the same adventure.

Green Lantern Corps #1 – Again, GL fan, so I’ll pick up the book. Hey, Kilowog is in it. I’m pretty sure I have the complete Kilowog collection.

The Fury of Firestorm #1 – Another one of my favorite characters, and I’ll always read a Firestorm series. I’m not even sure I can explain why Firestorm is a favorite character of mine.

Green Lantern: New Guardians #1 – While I like the idea of multiple-colored Lantern corps, I like them better as support characters in the other GL titles, rather than starring in their own book. (See also Red Lanterns above.) This is stretching the franchise just a little too thin, I think…but the three GL series that had been running before were selling great, even after the movie came out, so what do I know.

Justice League Dark #1 – Because John Constantine is in it. And Deadman. …I expect this comic will be very peculiar.

Superman #1 – The one Superman title taking place in “current day” (as opposed to Action, focusing mostly on Superman’s early years). It’s written and drawn…well, laid out…by George Perez, so I expect I’ll enjoy it, but it’s gonna be a while before I’m used to that new Super-armor costume.

…And that’s it, really. I may poke my nose into some of the other #1s to see if they grab my interest. I may try out the new Aquaman series, for example, or give a look to the new Jonah Hex title All-Star Western.

I am curious which titles will end up catching on. There are a few that seem doomed from the get-go, and others that will almost certainly undergo an immediate creative team change once it becomes obvious the monthly schedule just ain’t gonna happen. And while it’s a safe bet titles like Action and Green Lantern will have healthy sales, what about the second-stringers? Which of the not-so-big-name titles are going to be the breakout hits? It’ll be very interesting to see what thrives and what withers, particularly given the large number of new series and the limited consumer dollar available to purchase all these. I certainly hope every single title sells enormously well, but sadly we’ll being seeing a lot of bodies left at the side of the road as this publishing initiative progresses.

13 Responses to “And then there was that time Mike decided to ramble on about which of the new 52 DC titles he plans to get.”

  • Nate says:

    Superman returning to his Golden Age, damn-the-Man roots for a modern age? I’m all over the new Action Comics.

  • Forget the DC 52! What’s really important is that TONY ISABELLA’S BLOGGY THING launches today at:

    Face front, true believers…because you can’t read the screen if you don’t.

  • Alex says:

    Hey Mike,

    As someone who has been getting drawn back in to the monthly funny book habit, I was wondering: What are the Marvel titles that you’d be ordering that same month? I know it’s like apples-to-oranges, but I think it’d be an interesting contrast, both in the core characters/writers/artists/book styles, and in what each company is offering at this point in time.

    Anyways, you’re picking up way more DC titles than I thought, but you’ve got a fairly compelling reason for each one. Your post has me thinking a little harder about what’s coming, and if I’ll get anything.

  • Surprised to see Red Lanterns make your pick up list. I’m an unabashed GL fan and even I see that book as a short sided concept that can become a “limited series” very quickly.
    Fun read to see what a retailer is interested in picking up for themselves. The owner of my LCS is also a HUGE fan of Swamp Thing. Maybe all comic store owners are…

  • Erik says:

    I plan on picking up most of these #1s, just to see what they have planned for the characters. The ones I’m most looking forward to are the monster/ spooky/ “dark” titles like the Constantine JLA, Frankenstein, I Vampire, and of course Swamp Thing. I have always felt that the supernatural heroes are one area that DC has it all over Marvel.

  • philip says:

    I think I finally settled on 13 of the new 52 that I want to check out. I’ll read anything by Jeff Lemire and I really hope his run on Frankenstein lasts a while. I’m hoping All-Star Western will be as nuts as Jonah Hex has been, despite being shoe-horned into the new continuity. And I am to Wonder Woman as Mike Sterling is to Swamp Thing. Brian Azzarello has always been hit-or-miss with me, but Cliff Chiang could draw 20 pages of Wonder Woman doing a crossword puzzle and make it amazing.

  • Just to share, my DC interests in this new 52 are:

    – JLDark – John Constantine, Deadman, Zatanna and more!
    DC has a better magic corner than Marvel. Truth.

    – Swamp Thing – I do likes me some Swampy.
    I mean, he’s no MAN-THING, but what-the-hey…

    I’ll look in on I Vampire, as I used to get the original incarnations, The Demon and any other supernatural title.
    Except , maybe Frankenstein.
    I’ve yet to find a vehicle outside of the original novel and some old Karloff films that made me care about the Monster.

    Does that make ME a monster?


  • Robert in New Orleans says:

    My pre-orders for the new 52 overlap a lot with your interests. I’m also in for Batman written by Scott Snyder since his Detective run, which just ended, has been really great. I am concerned about the artist change to Capullo which might give it a more generic super muscles look than Jock or Francavilla did. And of course we’re losing smilin’ Dick as Batman who I grew to love and getting back ole gritted-teeth Bruce. But I have faith that Snyder will make it work.

  • Can’t say I’m thrilled about any of the DC 52, but you’ve presented one of the more reasonable views on the matter at hand.

  • Ray Van Buskirk says:

    Pretty good list Mike. Just out of curiosity, among your customers, is there anyone subscribing to all 52 titles? I am getting all 52, but I have always been a heavy comic buyer and I am quite excited about the whole re-launch.

  • Jim Kosmicki says:

    i am apparently as much of a Blackhawk completist as you are with Swamp Thing – that one made my definite short list.

    My love of underdogs and under-utilized genres had me at the War book too (is it wrong that I can’t remember the exact title?). I read a LOT of the DC war books back when Marvel only had Sgt. Rock reprints as competition.

    Once the Kirby/Ditko/Lee books took over Marvel, DC was always better at supporting multiple genres. I wish they’d had a humor book (insert joke here about anything written by Krul or drawn by Liefeld).

    Somebody needs to find out who owns the rights to the Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis and Fox and Crow and get some reprints going… after all, we finally got some Sugar & Spike coming.

  • Rich says:

    “I read a LOT of the DC war books back when Marvel only had Sgt. Rock reprints as competition.”

    That’d be Sgt. Fury. I believe Marvel also had Combat Kelly about the same time, but only for a couple years.

  • Snark Shark says:

    “There are a few that seem doomed from the get-go”

    HAWK & DOVE.