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Initial post: 12 Aug 2012 13:33:29 BDT
Grindon says:
its almost been a full year of 52's. in that time some of them have been cancelled (Omac, hawk and dove, static) titles have been relauched (worlds finest, earth2). but has it worked? are we missing supermans red and blue costume? do we miss the world before flashpoint?.....Personally i do love Aquaman, swampthing and animal man.....but what does everyone else think?

Posted on 12 Aug 2012 15:43:02 BDT
Paul Tapner says:
I like the majority of them. Superman hasnt quite clicked somehow and possibly needs a different approach, but action is great. As is supergirl. I did miss the old supergirl but her book did take a long time to click, whereas this one has hit the ground running and the new supergirl, by virtue of her stranger in a strange land predicament is very sympathetic.

Suicide Squad has been a pleasant suprise. No John Ostrander? No Deadshot with a moustache? A slim Amanda Waller? A new look for Harley? No matter. It's great!

Kyle Rayner has his own book again. Which is nice.

Some of the not quite so big guns like Deathstroke [a character who was getting a bit overused anyway] and things like grifter and voodoo I can take or leave. But they do get things shipped on time now. Which is also very nice.

There are characters that I still miss, like aquagirl and manhunter. Legion of superheroes for me remains a bit of a shadow of what it was in the 1990's [I got hooked on the post zero hour version] and I wish the legion secret origin mini had been the start of a new version, because that had the youthful vitality that made it so great when I liked it.

And I wish the return of the letters page hadnt been so short lived. And not just because I had twenty four of them published by vertigo in the space of a year.

But there are two things that long term fans who still hate them for doing it miss: they're in business to make money. And it has increased their market share. And recruitment is lifeblood. You need to do what you can to bring the next generation along. The veteran fans wont be there forever and you cant make product exclusively for them. In these two respects, it had to be done. And it seems to have worked.

Posted on 15 Aug 2012 16:39:46 BDT
Simon Hall says:
I've only been reading Batwoman, and that's felt like cancellation / a relaunch wasn't planned. It just kind of ... stops. I'm reading the Titan Justice League comic, but as its bi-monthly, its difficult to say whether these year long stories have been worth the effort. Maybe the ones planned as such will be, but I was a bit surprised to learn all the relaunched books are getting culled and relaunched AGAIN. That's not really enough time in comic books to establish much, unless you're previously familiar with the characters and what's been going on in their respective worlds.

I'm sure these short term strategies are providing a boost to sales, but long term, how are you supposed to remain loyal to a particular title if it's just constantly going to be rebooted? Or aren't the likes of DC and Marvel interested in securring a long term commitment from readers anymore? I am mostly saying this as I really miss the pre-52 Batgirl. That was such a fun book, and unusually so for a Bat-book. Sigh.

I'm more interested to see how the Season One / Earth One titles will impact the comcis marketplace as if comics have a future, its probably in these long-form books, given how the TPB market has taken off over the last ten years.

Posted on 18 Aug 2012 21:18:42 BDT
I pretty exclusively read everything in collected editions (HC's & TPB's), so at this point I've only read the first volumes of; Animal Man (Lemire-Foreman), Batman (Snyder-Capullo), Batwoman (Williams III-Blackman), Green Lantern (Johns-Mahnke), Justice League (Johns-Lee), and Wonder Woman (Azzarello-Chiang-Akins). I have also read the first issue of Action Comics (Morisson-Morales) and Supergirl (Green-Johnson-Asrar) who is my favourite character, but I don't feel this is enough to truly judge the titles.

So far I've been loving them. Animal Man, Batman and Wonder Woman have been my favourites of what I've read. I've been reading comics for nearly a decade, and do prefer DC over Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, etc. While I've enjoyed numerous titles and characters over those few years, I was very excited about the 'New 52', as this would aid me in full DCU immersion.

There are many titles I've had pre-ordered for months; Action, Supergirl, Aquaman, All-Star Western, Swamp Thing, Flash, etc. and I can't wait for those. Recently got to pre-order Earth 2 which is being done by James Robinson and Nicola Scott, and is a title I've been ecstatic to get my hands on.

One thing I've been noticing on the site is that there are quite a few creator switch-abouts happening now, which is a real shame, mainly for the ones I've been enjoying, e.g. I'm really annoyed that Asrar is moving off Supergirl, Foreman off of Animal Man, etc.

I think the biggest evidence of the financial success of DC's New 52 is the Marvel NOW! relaunch happening in the coming months (which I am also quite excited for). But, the personal enjoyment of them is bound to vary, I'm personally very glad about it, even though we did lose Stephanie Brown (as Simon Hall noted). What I am highly anxious for is the coming years where hopefully the event of the reboot/relaunch will settle and the stories will be able to carve out a uniquely interesting and satisfying new direction for the characters and this amazing universe.

Posted on 28 Aug 2012 18:08:17 BDT
John says:
I like the Justice League Dark 'family' of titles, but Superman is just a lot of rubbish and I hate the new outfit, the only reason it was changed was for cinematic reasons and it's an epic fail.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2012 22:24:05 BDT
Cerberus says:
Paul Tapner

From ifanboy

DC Comics has announced a new Justice League of America ongoing for 2013. MTV Geek reports that Geoff Johns and David Finch will partner on the series, which centers on a very unusual roster led by Steve Trevor. It's not yet clear whether or not this is Trevor's desperate response to the news about Wonder Woman and Superman. All we know is that this Justice League is a new field team for A.R.G.U.S., and has a decidedly atypical lineup. Though we're sure someone's probably rattled off something close to it in a message board forum somewhere out there.
Anyways, meet the new Justice League of America: Steve Trevor! Vibe! Catwoman! Martian Manhunter! Green Arrow! Hawkman! Stargirl! Katana! Baz! (the new Green Lantern)! Wait...Vibe?

I liked Voodoo but it's being cancelled after issue #0 is out =(

Posted on 28 Aug 2012 22:37:48 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Aug 2012 22:40:02 BDT
Cerberus says:
Stuff I've been reading DC wise from issue #1 and continuing...

Batman Incorporated
Birds of Prey
Demon Knights
Earth 2
Justice League
Justice League Dark

Stuff been getting but not read yet..
Animal Man tpb
Before Watchmen series
All Star Western tpb waiting.... drums fingers

For the most part it's been enjoyable so far, the odd issue here and there have felt like filler but that's been no big deal for me yet.

Posted on 31 Aug 2012 16:34:56 BDT
CunningSmile says:
We can't really complain I suppose as DC have relaunched before (1985 being the most recent I think) in order to streamline the continuity but some things I felt like thety needed to drop. My biggest gripe is the whole terrible concept of Batman Inc. Worse thing Grant Morrison ever came up with and obviously just so they could have 52 characters to launch.

Bats is the ultimate control freak, barely even trusting Nightwing so why would he set up franchises? Completely out of character.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Aug 2012 19:29:19 BDT
Cerberus says:
Have you read any Batman Incorporated yet ? It's only upto issue #3 ( the cinema shooting delayed an issue by a month ) but so far it's a good read and from what I remember it's been well received review wise too.

Posted on 11 Sep 2012 13:03:07 BDT
CunningSmile says:
Have to admit I haven't read it, but I just find the sheer concept out of character and really think Grant Morrison's run was one of the worst in Batman's long history despite the rave reviews that got. He just repeated big chunks of his Xmen run (change the line up for no reason, X-corp/Batman Inc etc) and I didn't think that was too great either. For me Batman Inc is just fruit from a poison vine regardless of how well it reviews.
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