DC Comics to Relaunch 52 of their Monthly Titles

10 06 2011

The word has gone out. DC Comics is scheduled to RELAUNCH 52 of their monthly comics with BRAND, SPANKING NEW #1’s IN SEPTEMBER. This is a BOLD move on DC’s part. They are obviously trying to grab new readers and are trying hard to boost sales. Desperate times call for desperate measures. To me this has the potential to be a GOOD or  BAD thing. I see many things I’m excited for and many things that I’m NOT so excited for. After looking at a list of THE NEW TITLES (via Bleeding Cool) it has only fed my excitement for some comics and non-excitement for others.

Following is a dissection of comics I’m excited, neutral to, or am not looking forward to at all.

GREEN means that I am excited.

BLUE means that I am neutral.

RED means that I am not excited.


1.  Justice League#1  by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee

  • The Johns-Lee creative team-up has been RUMORED and TEASED for the longest time and I’m excited to see something come of it. Whether or not Lee can actually keep up with the monthly task of doing the art we’ll have to wait and see. Also, I’m a bit nervous whenever I read a Geoff Johns comic nowadays. He delivered the goods with Blackest Night, but recently has been doing a mediocre job with Green Lantern and has done a TERRIBLE job with Brightest Day, so I don’t know which Geoff Johns we’ll be getting, but nevertheless, I’m still excited to see how this book will turn out.


2. Justice League International by Dan Jurgens and Aaron Lopresti

3. Teen Titans by Scott Lobdell, Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund

Nobody should have sit through an entire issue of awful Brett Booth art.

4. Suicide Squad by Adam Glass and Marco Rudy
5. Action Comics by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales
6. Superman#1 by George Pérez and Jesus Merino
7. Superboy#1 by Scott Lobdell, R.B. Silva and Rob Lean
8. Supergirl#1 by Micheal Green, Mike Johnson, and Mahmad A. Asrar
  • I thought Brian Wood was supposed to be writing Supergirl… guess not. I’ve never even heard of these creators before…
9. Batman#1 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
  • YAY! Snyder is still going to be writing a Batman comic!
10.  Detective Comics#1 by Tony Daniel
  • And here I thought DC actually HAD some respect for their classic titles. Guess not. Tony Daniel is one of my least favorite artists in comics today. He’s an even worse writer too. Can’t believe DC is letting him do this…

Looks like T.D. didn't feel like drawing Batman's chest symbol... Art by Tony Daniel.

11.  Batman: The Dark Knight#1 by David Finch
  • I honestly have NO IDEA WHY they decided to relaunch this comic, since currently only two issues of it have been released since Finch can’t draw a monthly comic to save his life anymore.
12.  Batgirl#1 by Gail Simone, Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes
  • SWEET! Simone writing Batgirl should be cool! Looking forward to it!
13.  Batwoman#1 by J.H. Williams III, Haden Blackman, and Amy Reeder
  • FINALLY!!!!! Fans have been waiting FOR-EV-ER for this comic way back when it was announced. Read J.H. Williams’ LEGENDARY and CLASSIC run of Detective Comics if you haven’t already. Your eyes will THANK YOU. I PROMISE. The softcover collection of his run was released THIS WEEK!
14.  Catwoman#1 by Judd Winick and Guillem March

If this cover doesn't scream "BUY ME!", then I don't know what does. Art by Guillem March.

  • YES. Winick and March as the creative team should be awesome. Winick did a WONDERFUL run on Power Girl with Sami Basri, so hopefully he can channel what made his Power Girl run so awesome into this new Catwoman series.
15. Red Hood and The Outlaws#1 by Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort
  • Scott Lobdell sure has his work cut out for him this coming September…
16.  Batwing#1 by Judd Winick and Ben Oliver
  • I don’t know who this Batwing character is, but so far I have little to no interest in the character. Yes, Winick is writing it, but I’m not a huge fan of Ben Oliver’s art, so I’m going to have to pass on this one. 


17.  Nightwing #1 by Kyle Higgins and Eddy Barrows


18. Batman And Robin #1 by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason

  • Ah, so THIS is what Patrick Gleason was referring to when I talked to him at a convention in May. Tomasi and Gleason did a so-so run on Batman and Robin earlier this year that left me disappointed, but we’ll see if they’ve improved with this one.


19. Birds Of Prey #1 by Duane Swierczynski and Jesus Saiz


20. Green Lantern #1 by Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy


21. Green Lantern Corps #1 by Peter J. Tomasi, Fernando Pasarin and Scott Hanna

  • Awesome! Tomasi is returning to the GLC comic! I LOVED his run of Green Lantern Corps, so this has me excited. However, his recent Batman and Robin story arc was kind of bad. I’m still willing to give this comic a go.


22. Green Lanterns: New Guardians #1 by Tony Bedard, Tyler Kirkham and Batt


23. Red Lanterns #1 by Peter Milligan, Ed Benes and Rob Hunter


24. Aquaman #1 by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis

  • If Johns writes Aquaman like he did in Brightest Day then I will be VERY disappointed. I disliked how he handled Aquaman in Brightest Day. At least it was SLIGHTLY more tolerable than the Hawkman and Hawkgril scenes… my God, those scenes were AWFUL. The only reason this remains neutral is because of Ivan Reis on art chores.


25. Wonder Woman #1 by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang


  • THANK GOD DC is FINALLY curing us fans from that mediocre J. Michael Straczynski story!!! I am looking forward to this IMMENSLY. I do LOVE Wonder Woman.

That's a cool WW cover. Art by Cliff Chiang.


26. Flash #1 by Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul


27. Green Arrow #1 by J.T. Krul and Dan Jurgens


28. DC Universe Presents #1 by Paul Jenkins and Bernard Chang


29. Savage Hawkman #1 by Tony Daniel and Philip Tan


  • Tony Daniel. Phillip Tan. Two artists who I CANNOT STAND. Their art is SO BAD I can’t even decipher what’s happening in one of their panels that they’ve drawn. I’m assuming Daniel will be writting and in case you’re wondering, his writting is just as bad as his art.


30. Blue Beetle #1 by Tony Bedard and Ig Guara


  • Tony Bedard has, in my opinion, never written ANYTHING that wasn’t enjoyable. His run on R.E.B.E.L.S. was AWESOME. Plus, Ig Guara, who draws very well in the Pet Avengers series so that’s cool. The reason I’m neutral about this is because I buy enough comics already and if I’m going to buy this it HAS to be great. And it has every potential to be great.


31. Fury Of Firestorm #1 by Gail Simone, Ethan Van Sciver and Yildiray Cinar.


  • MEH. I love Gail Simone, but Van Sciver’s art is so hit-or-miss for me (usually a miss).


32. Mr Terrific #1 by Eric Wallace and Roger Robinson


33. Captain Atom #1 by J.T. Krul and Freddie Williams II


  • I enjoy Captain Atom’s character, but Krul is a terrible writer. A nice guy, I’m sure, but I’ve never enjoyed anything that I’ve read with his name on it. If someone can reccomend a good Krul comic I would greatly appreciate that (if you say Rise of Arsenal I will punch you in the face).

34. OMAC #1 by Dan DiDio, Keith Giffen and Scott Koblish

  • Why would ANYONE in their right mind want to read a monthly comic about the OMAC’s??? How about we focus on worthy titles like T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents? (which hasn’t been announced for the relaunch yet) I don’t think this will last long at all. Read ALL ABOUT the OMACs HERE.


35. Static Shock #1 by Felicia Henderson, John Rozum, Scott McDaniel and Jonathan Glapion.


36. Hawk And Dove #1 by Sterling Gates and Rob Liefeld

  • Sorry, my eyes were bleeding due to the terrible Liefeld art and I had to clean up the mess. Poor Sterling Gates… 😦

I am so terribly sorry to show you guys this... attrocity. Art by Rob Liefeld.


37. Deathstroke #1 by Kyle Higgins, Joe Bennett and Art Thibert


38. Legion of Superheroes by Paul Levitz and Francis Portela


39. Legion Lost #1 by Fabian Nicieza and Pete Woods


40. Grifter #1 by Nathan Edmondson, CAFU and BIT


41. Voodoo #1 by Ron Marz and Sami Basri


42. Stormwatch #1 by Paul Cornell and Miguel Sepulveda


43. Animal Man #1 by Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman and Dan Green


44. Swamp Thing #1 by Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette

  • Scott Snyder has been kicking butt in American Vampire and Detective Comics recently so this should be an interesting comic. Paquette is one of my favorite artists and has done a REMARKABLE job in Ultimate X-Men and Batman, Inc.

45. Justice League Dark #1 by Peter Milligan and Mikel Janin


46. Demon Knights #1 by Paul Cornell, Diogenes Neves and Oclair Albert


47. Frankenstein: Agent Of SHADE #1 by Jeff Lemire and Alberto Ponticelli


48. Resurrection Man #1 by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Fernando Dagnino


49. I, Vampire #1 by Josh Fialkov and Andrea Sorrentino


50. Blackhawks #1 by Mike Costa and Ken Lashley


51. Sgt Rock And The Men Of War #1 by Ivan Brandon and Tom Derenick


52. All-Star Western #1 by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Grey and Meridat.


9 YES, 23 NEUTRAL, and 20 NO

We’ll see how this move goes. Expect a lot of reviews of these books when they come out HERE ON MY BLOG! I’m very worried for the future of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents because that is my FAVORITE DC comic book currently. It not be affected by the relaunch or it may be cancelled. I hope to see this comic continue.

Also, there were rumors that they were going to relaunch Batman Beyond AND launch Superman Beyond and JLA Beyond, but it appears those won’t be part of the September relaunch. I certainly hope that these comics get made because I’d rather see these than ALMOST HALF of the books appearing in September.

To conclude I would like to wish DC the best of luck during this relaunch and hope many new readers take this opportunity to check out the WONDROUS WORLD that is DC Comics.

NOTE: I will update this list if it continues to update! 


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A Quick Update (Jeez, When Am I Gonna Upload My Next Podcast?)

29 01 2011

So as many of you guys may know I haven’t been updating my blog very often. I also have been giving promises of my next podcast being uploaded soon for a few weeks now. I hate giving excuses but school has been keeping me VERY busy because I had finals and am still recovering from them as I type. However the 2nd episode of my podcast WILL BE UPLOADED NEXT WEEKEND.

I have been considering doing the podcast monthly and doing more writing for my blog since I seem to enjoy writing more. Doesn’t mean I will drop the podcast altogether, it just means it won’t be coming out as frequently as I thought it would be and to give me more breathing room as far as my schedule goes. I was also planning to make a comic of my own but that won’t be happening soon again due to my crazy schedule. When I say ‘soon’ I mean it won’t be happening for a couple months or so. Maybe it’ll be out sooner, who knows? Only time will tell 🙂

I will also be doing more blog posts since you folks seem to dig that. I’ll be doing posts for new comic fans, casual comic fans, and die hard fans. I want to spread my love of the comic industry to as many people as possible and I want to have people realize that comics aren’t as “nerdy” as people seem to think they are. And if you guys know anyone who thinks comics are dumb give them a copy of Maus, Pride of Baghdad, and/or Blankets and tell them to SHUT UP. Seriously.

So… yeah. That’s that. Expect more posts and crap like that. Leave a comment below and give suggestions about what I should do to make this blog a better place for everyone to discuss comics and all things pop culture. Everyone is welcome 🙂

IT’S HERE! ComicBookDude’s Comic Talk Podcast- Episode ONE

30 12 2010


The first episode of my podcast is here! Sorry for the brief delay of time when I said this was supposed to come out, but I ran into some technical setbacks. Regardless of that I mananged to get through those obstacles and here we have it:


Click that link if you want to download it!

For the time being you guys will have to check out the podcast through that link. Eventually I’ll have it so that you folks can listen to it through the blog. Be sure to live feedback and let people know about this podcast! I will try to get this out on a weekly/bi-weekly schedule. It depends on how my schedule looks like and how much there is to talk about. Thanks for taking your time to listen in!

In this podcast I introduce myself and explain what this podcast is about. I discuss my two cents on Marvel’s new event book coming out in April 2010 called Fear Itself by Matt Fraction and Stuart Immonen. I also review Chew#16, Invincible#76, Superior#3, The Guild- Vork#1, and American Vampire#10.

It’s been one of those weekends…

18 07 2010

Cover for Ultimate Spider-Man#1. Art by David LaFuente

Hey guys! Forgive me for no new posts yesterday. I had to go to a birthday party and as soon as I got back the power in my house went out due to a thunderstorm. But it’s just been one of those weekends where I’ve been really tired and with SDCC coming up and all the news that will be released there I don’t want to burn myself out too soon. Expect a lot of new posts on this blog during this week. Thanks for reading and for your patience! Stay tuned!

Sorry for no ‘real’ new posts today…

16 07 2010

Look familiar?

Sorry for no exciting new posts today. I’m pretty much burnt out after all of the posts I’ve been doing the past few days. I’m going to be busy tomorrow, so there may not be a lot, if any, posts tomorrow. But SDCC is occuring next week and a lot of announcements are made there and a lot of announcements= a lot of new posts and things to talk about. Stay tuned and thanks to everyone who has taken out of their lives to visit my blog. I really appreciate it and your comments and views make working on this blog worthwhile!

In the meantime entertain yourselves with these funny pictures:

Ok... who's the idiot who gave him a lightsaber???


"Where is the rebel base?"


Last I checked I'm pretty sure X-ray vision doesn't fix high heels...

My Two Cents: New Creative Teams for Batman, Detective Comics, and Batman and Robin

15 07 2010

Art by Tony Daniel


Recently DC Comics has been heavy on new Bat-News and three announcements caught my interest. Tony Daniel is confirmed as the new writer and artist on BatmanScott Snyder named as the new writer of Detective Comics, and Pete Tomasi and Patrick Gleason are taking over the creative reins of Batman and Robin

The Batman and Robin announcement has me giddy with excitement. I LOVED Pete and Patrick’s run on Green Lantern Corps. Unfortunately we have to wait till November for their run, but I have a feeling it will be worth the wait. I haven’t bought an issue of Batman and Robin on the day it was released since issue#3. Pete Tomasi has had a good amount of experience in the Bat-Universe, so I’m confident in his abilities on writing chores. Patrick’s art is always a treat to look at, so I’m have no worries here. 

Unfortunately Tony Daniel has once again taking over as the writer and artist on Batman. I was not happy with his previous run on Batman and was certainly not impressed with Battle for the Cowl. So this is one thing I won’t be  buying. Sorry, but I won’t be doing any clever reviews for it 😦 Maybe I’ll read it in the store… I am not a fan of Daniel’s art. It’s very inconsistent and his use of shadows is too much and very lazy, since he doesn’t have to draw any features if he just adds a bunch of shadows.  See this picture to see what I mean: 

This is one of the most lazy drawings I've ever seen...


 Yeah… that’s what Mr. Daniel is capable of… 

Anyway, Scott Snyder is going to be the new writer Detective Comics. I have a good feeling about this because I like his stories in American Vampire. I’m actually really excited about this because his stories tend to spook me. No word on who the artist is yet as far as I know, but hopefully it will be a good one. That’s all I really all I have to say about this. Scott begins his run in November. 

Well 2 out of 3 isn’t too bad DC. I look forward to buying Detective Comics and Batman and Robin in November. I also look forward to avoiding Tony Daniel’s Batman. Good times 🙂

It’s a sad day for fans of good comics

13 07 2010

I have just been informed that the Marvel Comics monthly Atlas written by Jeff Parker and drawn by Gabriel Hardman is going to be cancelled at issue#5. So why is it being cancelled? Take a guess…. if you guessed A). It wasn’t selling very well, then you pretty much guessed right! Apparently the total copies sold were in the low 20k area, so Parker decided to pull the trigger on Atlas. Parker said that one of the options he had to boost sales was to create a tie-in for an event. Why does everything need to tie-in to an event at Marvel nowadays? It almost seems mandatory. As much as I’m sad to see this book go, I’m actually kind of glad Parker didn’t force the book to tie-in to an event. It just goes to show you that events sell and creativity doesn’t.

So why do I love the Agents of Atlas so much? Well for one thing all the characters have their own voices. They all have different roles to play, unlike in Bendis’ crappy Avenger books were everyone has the same voice and only the big guns get to do anything special. Secondly, they work together as a team. Do you see teamwork in Bendis’ Avenger books? If you said yes then I suggest you get your eyes checked because they don’t work as a team. All the Avengers do in a Bendis book is talk, eat, get their butts handed to them time and time again, talk, make awful jokes and played-out jokes, eat some more after eating, and talk. Third thing, is all the heroes in Agents of Atlas/Atlas all have morals and reasons to be there. They don’t just say, “Oh, I guess I’ll be on the team if you want me to…” like in that double page splash of Avengers#1(the one that just came out). Fourth thing, I have quickly fallen in love and have deep emotional connections to all the characters in Atlas. In Avengers Forever#4, the last page is the Avengers of the 50s (now known as the Agents of Atlas) appeared I was filled with joy.

So why does this book not sell? I’ll tell you why. Because Marvel shoves all this crap down your throat, such as a million tie-ins to a FIVE ISSUE MINI-SERIES and 5-6 different Avenger books and a billion X-books. So people who work/want to work for Marvel: If you want your book to sell all you have to do is tie it into an event. Simple as that. Also there is going to be an issue of Deadpool Team-Up where Gorilla Man is going to guest star in. Jeff Parker said that the sale numbers for that issue have been pretty good and that he thinks that Gorilla Man was the legs of the Agents of Atlas. I’m sorry, but that’s not the reason it’s selling well. It’s because it’s a Deadpool book. Fanboys can’t get enough Deadpool!

Marvel is CHOKING the industry with all of their glut of books. Not only are they are they choking the industry, but they’re choking you, the fans, the people who give Marvel their precious money. Marvel is slowly pushing me away from them. I’d be more than happy to not buy anything from them, but fortunately for them they have good books like Atlas, Invincible Iron Man, and Shield. I want books that challenge me and books that get me emotionally invested in the characters. I want to CARE for the characters. I want to get more than just visceral thrills. I want to expand my horizons, but unfortunately it seems that fanboys don’t want any of that. By fanboys I mean the kind of people who will yell at you if you disagree with them and the ones that NEED their variant edition of Deadpool Corps bagged and boarded at 10 AM.

All I know is that when Atlas is gone…. I’ll need my Jeff Parker fix, dangit!

This is a day where fanboys truly, truly suck.

Agents of Atlas… I’ll miss you.

To read the article that informed me of this tragedy, CLICK HERE.