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DC Comics “The New 52” Second Issues: “Green Lantern” Titles

As previously blogged about in the PiercingMetal Musings; DC Comics recently re-launched a number of titles and started them off from issue #1 under the branding of “The New 52”. The initiative’s prime objective being to up the number of titles available each month and to offer new readers an easier chance to jump on board with their characters. The New 52 titles have been grouped into eight specifications such as Superman or Batman themed titles. Last month we blogged about as many of the individual first issues as we could get our hands on and segmented each of the posts based on what family they fell into. Here is our continuation of the overview with the second issues of the Green Lantern family of titles.

“Green Lantern” #2

Green Lantern #2: I mentioned in my synopsis of Green Lantern #1 that we were dealing with a non-ringed Hal Jordan (who had apparently been disgraced in the eyes of both the Corps and The Guardians and hence was denied his incredible Power Ring) and strangely enough it appeared as though the villainous Sinestro was now on patrol in this sector of space and once again had the ring. Whether this is the Guardians larger plan or there is a defect in the great battery who knows, we only seem to know that Sinestro is once again a Green Lantern whether he likes it or not. The once and perhaps still super villain comes to Jordan with a proposal and that is he will fashion a ring for him to wear but there is clearly more than one catch. The Sinestro created ring cannot harm the Korugarian and Jordan can only keep it if he agrees to be bound to Sinestro’s will. The two fight but Jordan’s new ring is no match for its creators and after some battling against each other, the unmatchable powers of the ring is needed to save innocent people from a recently destroyed bridge. The pair butt heads during the rescue and in the end Sinestro shows just how powerful he remains and how the ring is much “bigger” than Jordans flying around and making shapes out of its energies. A sinister presence is found to be behind the bridges destruction and this creature is after Sinestro and labeling him a traitor to his own Sinestro Corps. I will not ruin how this battle ends but apparently the beings that Sinestro left behind to guard his world are now its masters and need to be dealt with. Hence the meeting and alliance with Jordan. This just got a whole lot more interesting to say the least. The creative team remains Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy and Keith Champagne. Nice tight artwork and a fast paced storyline. Great job on issue #2.
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DC Comics “The New 52″ Second Issues: “Superman” Titles

As previously blogged about in the PiercingMetal Musings; DC Comics recently re-launched a number of titles and started them off from issue #1 under the branding of “The New 52”. The initiative’s prime objective being to up the number of titles available each month and to offer new readers an easier chance to jump on board with their characters. The New 52 titles have been grouped into eight specifications such as Green Lantern or Batman themed titles. Last month we blogged about as many of the individual first issues as we could get our hands on and segmented each of the posts based on what family they fell into. Here is our continuation of the overview with the second issues of the Superman family of titles.

“Superman” #2

Superman #2: I admit to being left a little for want with the debut issue of Superman in “The New 52” so I was eager to see if the second issue would snap me to attention a little bit more. The cover definitely intrigued me and found the Big Red S being pummeled into a building by some invisible assailant. OK so it’s nice to see that he already has his hands full and is not near omnipotent (that was always an issue with the original Superman of several decades ago). The assailant appears to have some kind of a Kryptonian connection because we find it speaking the language to our hero but the rationale behind its ire is still unclear. Eventually the Man Of Steel comes out on top but if you think his troubles are over you are far off the mark here. As it closed up I found myself a little more interested than I expected to be. It’s going to take a little while to get used to Lois and Clark merely being acquaintances and I am still not sold on his “loner” angle. I guess this particular revisionist view is doing that to a lot of people.
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Presenting DC Comics “The New 52”: Project 2

Deja Vu? Or shall I say “Deja Deux??” Don’t worry dear readers of the PiercingMetal Musings Blog you are NOT seeing double or even accidentally stumbling upon an older post about DC Comics’ “The New 52”. Of course the subject matter is exactly the same and should be thought of as a continuing series of reports about the company wide title relaunch that started a couple of months ago. I’ve been a comics fan for many years and when the chance to offer objective views into this initiative came to mind I gave my all for your enjoyment.

If you are just now coming into the blog and don’t know what we are referring to, well let me recap very quickly. In September of 2011, DC Comics cancelled all of their titles and started them over at issue #1 – the initiative was called “The New 52”. The 52 new issues were broken up into groupings by character or theme and that gave us segments focused on the Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Justice League and Young Justice mythos. We also had groupings such as The Edge and The Dark that dealt with both edgy and darker story lines. You get the picture right?


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DC Comics “The New 52” First Issues: “The Edge” Titles

As previously blogged about in the PiercingMetal Musings; DC Comics recently re-launched a number of titles and started them off from issue #1 under the branding of “The New 52”. The initiative’s prime objective being to up the number of titles available each month and to offer new readers an easier chance to jump on board with their characters. New costumes and beginnings are par for the course with the reboot but a number of the company’s most historic moments shall remain unaffected. The New 52 appears to have segmented the titles into a number of different groups based on the relation of the character – for instance there is a Superman and Batman grouping to enjoy and each title relates directly to the character. From these segments I have opted to share my thoughts on the first issues for your reading pleasure. The Edge titles are a little more unique than the others as they feature three titles most commonly associated with the Wildstorm imprint. Comic fans from a couple of decades ago might recall that Wildstorm (a Jim Lee creation) was once part of Image Comics until DC Comics purchased it in around 1999 (unless I am mistaken). As a comics universe it operated independently from that of the DCU but with The New 52 reboot we are finding those characters integrated into a single setting and working together. Here’s what we get with the eleven titles: Stormwatch, Voodoo, Grifter, Deathstroke, I had most of these titles to examine and any missing parts shall be added to the blog when they are looked at.

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“Stormwatch” #1

Stormwatch 1: I read the original “Stormwatch” when it was under the Image Comics banner but like many titles over the years did not keep up on it. The premise of a team of super beings working together in a global sense with one main person dishing out the agenda of the day (Weatherman) was interesting enough, but I had too many issues of Spider-Man, Superman and Batman to keep up with to find me focused on something new when it came down to it. I think I gave the storylines a year and still have most of those issues somewhere. Today’s Stormwatch finds the same global mind presence but I didn’t see Weatherman anywhere and instead the new team is out and about building up its membership roster. A lot of the issue is spent chasing Apollo (who was in The Authority) and he is a Superman class being that would bring a lot of power to the team. Also present is the Martian Manhunter and I am guessing that this is the reason we didn’t find him involved with the Justice League. Only time will tell if he serves a better purpose in this role as opposed to the other team where he is quite appreciated. During the chasing going on down on the Earth we meet the pending nasty that will need a smiting and he appears to possess The Swordsman in order to get the better of Stormwatch. I felt a little too much time was spent chasing Apollo around before they had the chance to explain themselves but what can you do. Paul Cornell writes and Miguel Sepulveda draws. One has to wonder what made them choose Stormwatch over WildC.A.T.s as I felt the latter was a slightly better title.
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DC Comics “The New 52” First Issues: “Young Justice” Titles

As previously blogged about in the PiercingMetal Musings; DC Comics recently re-launched a number of titles and started them off from issue #1 under the branding of “The New 52”. The initiative’s prime objective being to up the number of titles available each month and to offer new readers an easier chance to jump on board with their characters. New costumes and beginnings are par for the course with the reboot but a number of the company’s most historic moments shall remain unaffected. The New 52 appears to have segmented the titles into a number of different groups based on the relation of the character – for instance there is a Superman and Batman grouping to enjoy and each title relates directly to the character. From these segments I have opted to share my thoughts on the first issues for your reading pleasure. The Young Justice grouping of titles aims to prove that youth is not wasted on the young by delivering us a new go round of Teen Titans, Static Shock, Hawk & Dove, Blue Beetle, Legion Of Super-Heroes and Legion Lost. Let’s take a look at these shall we.

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“Teen Titans” #1

Teen Titans #1: During my younger days, the New Teen Titans title that was done by Marv Wolfman and George Perez was an absolute killer. The title gave us Robin, Wonder Girl, Kid Flash and some new cool heroes like Cyborg and Starfire against menaces that constantly kept us on the edge of our seats. A lot has gone on in the Teen Titans mythos and this aspect of The New 52 appears to find the team building up from scratch. The opening finds us meeting Kid Flash who is a serious show boater. He arrives at the scene of a massive fire and ends up causing more harm than good and puts innocents in harm’s way. It’s not likely that he means this; he is just wet behind the ears in this. We catch up with Red Robin (formerly known as Robin) who is monitoring this activity before being attacked by a mysterious group called N.O.W.H.E.R.E. – Drake escapes and soon comes in contact with a new Wonder Girl. She does NOT like being called that. Some additional tussling with the forces of NOWHERE ensues before the heroes win out and as the issue closes we find a secret lab getting ready to unleash “The Superboy”. It’s rather obvious that he will be a part of the new team and joining these four will be Bugg and Bunker. I was intrigued about this one since I liked Red Robin and was curious about some of the revisions to the core membership. Scott Lobdell writes while Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund do the art.
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