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Tuesday Is The Day DC Decides To Blow Our Minds With #1’s

It is not that the new ongoing series that DC has revealed already have been boring or anything, as they have not, but a goodly percentage of them were just the return of comics that were already being put out by DC (Birds of Prey, Detective Comics, Batman, Batman: Dark Knight, Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, etc.).

That changed with Tuesday’s batch of #1’s, with eight new titles, NONE of which were returning DCU titles, with only a handful of them having been ongoing series before at ALL! Not only that, but these are some top of the line creators doing some very interesting sounding new comics!

Let’s take a look!

I won’t lie, I was getting a little worried about Jeff Lemire. I think he’s a fine writer, and I was like, “Hey, where the heck are the Jeff Lemire comics?” Well, today we see that Lemire is doing two new #1s, both Grant Morrison-inspired!

Animal Man…

and Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE…

Just yesterday, Chad and I were discussing the idea of Peter Milligan being the guy who handled John Constantine in the DCU, and today we learn that’s exactly what DC is doing! He’ll be writing Constantine as a member of JLA: Dark, a collection of DC’s magic characters in, well, their own Justice League type team.

The awesome Scott Snyder is getting another major push from DC after being given the writing duties on Batman #1 (which will sell like crazy since it has Greg Capullo drawing it). He’s going to be writing the new Swamp Thing ongoing!

I presume Yanick Paquette is just doing the cover, but if he is doing interiors, too, watch out! That would be a can’t miss comic! DC’s The Source confirms that Paquette is, in fact, doing interiors (and apparently his own inks!)! WOW! Check out the Source for the full creative teams for each title.

Josh Fialkov and artist Andrea Sorrentino relaunch I, Vampire. I like Fialkov, so I am looking forward to this.

In two of the more surprising announcements, Abnett and Lanning are bringing Resurrection Man back!

And Ron Marz is bringing Voodoo to her own series!

Finally, Paul Cornell (another name that was conspicuously absent so far) is back with a book about a medieval team of heroes. Sounds good to me!

What a batch of comics!!

Although, seriously, DC, this has been a lot of of new comics so far, and not a single new female writer or artist on any of the new comics? Kind of weird. Hopefully we’ll be seeing someone soon. It can’t just be “Gail Simone and all guys,” right? or “Nicola Scott and all guys,” right? Also, I’m still waiting on Palmiotti and Gray, people! And apparently no Bryan Q. Miller?! What the heck?!

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Amanda is working on original book with her husband. Called the Brooklyn something, for people who work in comics, surprised you don’t know this.

Now this is more like it. Other than whatever Morrison is working on, I’ve found the announcements so far pretty uninspired.
Geoff Johns and Jim Lee are kind of touch and go for me. Their past works have either encapsulated what I love about modern comics (imagination, beautiful and detailed artwork, an appreciation for the history of a universe) or what I loathe about comics (too much violence, too much sex.)
But I’ve got to say most of the above sound interesting, and I’m particularly excited about Frankestein and will also give Cornell’s medieval heroes a look. Here’s hoping it includes Shining Knight!!!

@Stuffy: Ouch.

I’m really waiting to hear what specifically Morrison will be doing.

Yanick Paquette confirmed via his facebook that he was on Swamp Thing, and inking his own stuff. He claims it’s the most insane thing he’s ever done.

On the DC website, full creative teams for these titles have been announced. I’m honestly very excited for Demon Knights.

@Brian, he’s confirmed so far as launching a new Superman title, and in 2012, a new Batman Incorporated series.

@brian:

Only because dumb fanboys don’t know who the writers are and won’t get them a chance or because it’s either Winick who these dumb fanboys won’t give him a chance even after JL: GL and Power Girl

Oh and you sound like a baberlither so it’s not surprising, probably a Morrison cultist.

Justice League DARK??? Seriously, why are we getting THREE Justice League titles??? That stunt failed in the 90’s, so why are they doing it again??? Was the name “Sentinels of Magic” or “Shadowpact” not good enough for them????

And why is Animal Man weird again??? Couldn’t he for once since his 1965 debut be a regular superhero??? I actually thought Gerry Conway’s “The Last Days of Animal Man” was good.

Oh, god, THEY’VE GIVEN I, VAMPIRE THE TWILIGHT TREATMENT!!!! Why, for the love of Pete, why?!?!??!? Couldn’t you keep poor Andrew Bennet the Jane Austin-type he was portrayed as??? It’d be a good opportunity for younger female readers to get into Austin’s books as well!!

Resurrection Man getting his own series again is nice, and as for the Demon Knights thing, I imagine it will be Etrigan fighting alongside the Shining Knight and the Silent Knight or something.

None of these new series really interest me. If I wanted to read about Swamp Thing or Constantine, I’d pick up some Vertigo trades. I am more concerned about the status of Lois and Clark’s marriage, as well as what has happened to Tim Drake, Connor Hawke, Stephanie Brown, and Cassandra Cain.

Thanks, Stuffy!

@Acer: Were they having a sale on question marks today? ;)

Can someone please tell me why Katy Perry is in the Justice League?

Why is Zatanna not in JL:D?

If you’re going to make a magic JL book she would be a perfect fit.

None of these new series really interest me. If I wanted to read about Swamp Thing or Constantine, I’d pick up some Vertigo trades. I am more concerned about the status of Lois and Clark’s marriage, as well as what has happened to Tim Drake, Connor Hawke, Stephanie Brown, and Cassandra Cain.

Here are some trades you can pick up to read about those characters and plots…

Lois and Clark’s marriage

Tim Drake

Connor Hawke

Stephanie Brown

Cassandra Cain

Wow, this is the first glimmer of interest I’ve had in ANY of these new titles so far. As much as I loved the Vertiigo line, I thought the firewall between it and the DCU was kind of silly.

And why is Animal Man weird again??? Couldn’t he for once since his 1965 debut be a regular superhero??? I actually thought Gerry Conway’s “The Last Days of Animal Man” was good.

You were mistaken.

Tom Fitzpatrick

June 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Couldn’t DC wait until I’m dead and gone before attempting to blow my mind?
I’m too old, jaded, cynical, and pessimistic to even warrant any enthusiasm these days.

Didn’t DnA work on Resurrection Man in the late ’90’s, with Butch Guice? I could be wrong about that.

This looks hip, young, and fresh.

On his twitter Snyder said that Paquette will be the regular artist and Francavilla will be the guest artist.

This is an exceptional roster of talent. Both writers and artists. Not only that Synder indicates that the “Dark Corner” DC titles will interact with each other.

Outside of Morrison, Synder, Cornell, and Lemire are the most interesting talents in DC. The fact that they will have the freedom to create a new universe and build characters from scratch with top notch artists really excites me.

It really reminds me when Morrison, Moore, and Gaiman spearheaded the industry with DC minor chracters on Vertigo.

DC just created a mini Vertigo within its main universe with top writers. I really hope this projects work out.

Can someone please explain to me what right anyone posting on a comics site has to call someone else posting on the same site a fanboy? What does “fanboy” mean exactly? Context clues would suggest “person who disagrees with me.”

I honestly don’t get it.

I know, right? This is the kind of announcement I’ve been waiting for. Scott Snyder on SwampThing? Yes, please. Peter Milligan on the weirdo characters of the DCU in JL Dark (dumb name, but worth the artistic compromise to bring in the sales of a Jusitce League title)? Uh huh, uh huh. But I think my favorite part ot the announcement is Frankenstein pencilled by Alberto Ponticelli – Alberto fucking Ponticelli, people. The dude kicked so much ass on Unknown Soldier, I was sure DC with its track record would never do anything with him again. Finally, with this batch of launches, DC has shown that it can pull its head out of its ass.

Billy Bissette

June 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm

I’ll give Justice League Dark a try. I don’t see it lasting, though. Mind, I didn’t think Shadowpact would last as long as it did either, or Madame Xanadu.

Which, so far, brings to the total of September DC comics that I will actually buy to … 1. Not exactly a good sign for my future with DC, considering it looks like everything I currently get may either be killed or is getting a new team and/or direction that I don’t care to follow.

Yeah, these titles interest me way more than any of those introduced so far, especially Frankenstein (will Doug Mahnke pencil it?) and the Paul Cornell one. JL:D also seems cool, but having John Constantine in a superhero team just doesn’t seem right.

You know what…..

Now that I know Batman Inc is not cancelled, the “Dark coner of DCU” alone is worth the whole DCU reboot

Oops, Cass already answered my question. Thanks! :-)

The Dude// I heard that Alberto Ponticelli will draw Frankenstein. I wish it was Mahnke too… but Ponticelli is a talented artist.

And yeah, the dissolution of Lois & Clark is the thing I’m most upset about. Between this and the Spider-Marriage and the Dibnys, it’s like superhero comics hate happy marriages worse than Disney hated parents/

Granted that Justice League Dark is a silly title, it is also a very sensible choice.

As good as these creative teams are, they will have a tough time selling these titles. My only concern right now is a bunch of titles getting cancled after a year or so.

Just the fact that the title has “Justice Leauge” on the cover and Constantine in it will boost sales. I’m all for that. Peter Milligan writing Constantine and Shade again. I really can’t wait.

Also Synder says that he has been working closely with Lemire on their Swamp Thing and Animal man titles.

Resurrection Man! Woohoo!

Resurrection Man! Woohoo!

Yeah, you certainly didn’t expect THAT, right?

I’m more frustrated by the lack of Bryan Q. Miller.

I like Lemire fine, but I think I’m too urban or suburban or something for his stuff. Now, Scott Snyder I can really get behind.

But yeah,

Batgirl was DC’s #1 book and I don’t care if Cass or Babs or Steph or Cheeks the Toy Wonder is Batgirl. The reason for it being so good was very much Miller’s snappy dialogue, smart pacing, and true-feeling characterization.

He tweeted that he wasn’t on any of the new #1s. How DC doesn’t have him tapped for SOMETHING is beyond me.

Yeah, that is weird.

Justice League Dark is the first book of this relaunch that I am literally excited to read. Interesting premise, good characters, and a writer with a proven knack for supernatural stuff makes this look like a very odd, but potentially excellent comic.

And I have a friend who is going to wet himself with joy when he finds out about Resurrection Man living up to his name.

Yeah, the “Dark” thing sounds very much like part of DC’s “What has Marvel done lately” editorial vision. See also “agent of SHADE” (and yeah, I know it’s an all-wise Morrison thing, but the way his Batman arcs have been like a funhouse mirror of Brubaker’s Cap work, that doesn’t undermine the “What’s Marvel doing” thing at all). See also the Ultimate-ization of the DCU, the dissolution of the Super-marriage to make Superman young and single again, etc. etc. etc.

But! I’m still excited about most of the titles on this page. ONLY the series on this page, but at least it’s something.

Although, seriously, DC, this has been a lot of of new comics so far, and not a single new female writer or artist on any of the new comics? Kind of weird.

Why is that weird exactly? First off, we still have half the line left to go. Second, maybe there just aren’t that many GOOD new female writers applying to this type of job. I think it’s a pretty irrelevant part of the discussion.

Can someone please explain to me what right anyone posting on a comics site has to call someone else posting on the same site a fanboy? What does “fanboy” mean exactly? Context clues would suggest “person who disagrees with me.”

Look up the ego defense mechanisms known as repression, self-hate, splitting, projection, and projective identification. That will explain why the word “fanboy” has to appear 20 posts into any comic book discussion.

And yeah, Resurrection Man was awesome, and I’m happy to see him back.

Cue someone coming in to complain about how this is all pandering to ’90s nostalgia and blah de blah

Glad to hear about Resurrection Man. I wasn’t much of a fan of Shadowpact when it started getting dull (around issue 6).

This Voodoo is Wildstorm Universe. Will that be merged proper with the DCU?

I guess tomorrow will either be Superman day or teen day from DC, maybe space/science day. What other major segments are there?

Yeah, finally a breath of freshness among those stinky Daniel/Krul/Jurgens/Wallace/Lobdell/Perez news.

This Voodoo is Wildstorm Universe. Will that be merged proper with the DCU?

I don’t think proper so much as “if they want to use a character, they will.” Sort of like the Milestone characters.

That would explain the Jeff Smith/Mike Mignola Super Turtle#1 and Chris Giarrusso Wonder Tot Team-Up#1 being announced later this week.

Self-hate? Fanboys are a race now?

Fanboys meaning the pathetic idiots buying comics these days and why there won’t likely be new readers – because of them.

I call today’s batch “The VERTIGONE line”

This feels more like the DC Explosion with every new announcement. And we remember how that turned out.

But a new Resurrection Man comic? Awesome!

The medieval superteam could be awesome as well. Lots of cool DC characters could come into play.

It definitely has that feel, but if you go back a few months, DC was putting out 45 monthly comics, so 52 is not that much of a difference, right?

Surely, a bunch of these won’t last, but a bunch of those earlier 45 didn’t last, either, ya know?

It’s not the number of titles, it’s the general feel of it. I wouldn’t be shocked at all to see Claw or Beowulf or Stalker revived. It’s that “We’re not just superheroes, but our non-superheroes will be a lot like superheroes.” vibe.

Oh, I’m sorry, I understand your point better now. Yes, I think you’re absolutely correct. The DC Explosion was pretty cool, though, wasn’t it?

I agree with The Mutt. I’m totally expecting an Enemy Ace or Our Army at War comic announced tomorrow.

We’ve been living under a DC Explosion vibe for decades now, haven’t we? No big change.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

June 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Yay!
Finally some announcements I can be unreservedly excited about!

Josh Fialkov and artist Andrea Sorrentino relaunch I, Vampire. I like Fialkov, so I am looking forward to this.

What has Josh Fialkov worked on before?
The name is new to me.

Matt D:

He tweeted that he wasn’t on any of the new #1s. How DC doesn’t have him tapped for SOMETHING is beyond me.

That’s just a crying shame.
Brian Wood seems to be on the outs with DC as well, which again, seems like a total waste.

Holy hell…wow.

Not a fan of the JLA: Dark title either – it’s awkward. But love the concept and totally understand why you would want to franchise JL – but JL…A? Even Justice League Dark would have worked better. Hoping that’s the eventual title.

Frankenstein’s book is probably top of this list for me as his Seven Soldiers book was a blast but biggest surprise is the medieval book – not a Demon fan and yet I so want to see this title.

Travis Pelkie

June 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Sooooo damn cool batch of titles. These are probably the ones that I’ll pick up for a while. The rest of the announcements have been ok, but this is sweeeeeet.

Ron Marz really likes women with weird things on their hands, huh?

On that note, I wonder if Wildstorm stuff will still be on the Wildstorm earth (Earth-50, right?). I KNOW, between Multiversity and Whistling Skull, the multiple Earths thing is still in play, but it seems that it’d be a bit of confusion with “here’s 52 #1s, but this one, and this one, and this one, are all on different earths”.

Given all that, I wonder if that Cornell book will take place on that one earth we glimpsed briefly in the Final Crisis Secret Files, with SuperDemon. That’d be sweet.

Ah, Ron Marz just wants to write VOODOO so he can say he did something better than Alan Moore.

But I’m weirdly excited for JLA dark.

Mike Loughlin

June 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Oh wow. I want to read all the comics on this list, no joke. But most of all…

RESURRECTION MAN IS BACK!!!! WOO-HOO!!!!!

Remember how great fringe-DC titles got in the mid-late ’90s? Spectre, Starman, Impulse, Aztek, Chase, Vext, Chronos, Major Bummer, the almighty Hitman, etc. If DC is going for ’90s nostalgia in that sense, I have no problem with it whatsoever. I loved Ressurection Man and was disappointed by its cancellation. This is the best surprise announcement yet.

Tom Fitzpatrick: DnA created Ressurection Man with Butch Guice. They wrote every issue. It was the first title on which I noticed the DnA team.

@Thok: It’s like you’re reading my mind.

These look fun. DC’s going to be getting more of my money again; especially if the Morrison Superman really is happening. Now we just need Kamandi, Plastic Man, and Metamorpho.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

June 7, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Ah, Ron Marz just wants to write VOODOO so he can say he did something better than Alan Moore.

A drunk who scrawled three lines on a bathroom wall about Voodoo with a marker, could make that claim.

Now this is something to look forward to. If the rest of the titles are along these lines I’ll definitely be excited.

I’ll be getting Resurrection Man and I might get Dark in trades. Seriously DC should have started here.

Wow… I will check out every title in this batch. I am finally excited about some of the actual comics.

The Crazed Spruce

June 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm

JLA: Dark sounds like a great concept, but I agree, the title sucks. Hopefully they’ll come up with something better in the next couple of months. (Dark League, maybe? Or Dark Justice? Hell, just revive Night Force….)

The medievel team sounds interesting, too. I’m just trying to think of who’d be in it, besides The Demon, The Silent Knight, and The Shining Knight. Maybe they’ll cheat with the timeline a little, and throw in, like, The Viking Prince, or Arak, Son of Thunder, or maybe even Arion. Still, it’s a good way to revive those characters.

And Resurrection Man’s back! Sweet!

This batch of titles looks to be the most promising new material yet.

I will definately be picking up:

Animal Man (Lemire!), Swamp Thing (Snyder!), Justice League Dark ( wouldn’t it sound better The Dark Justice League? or Justice League Nights? – Like Baywatch Nights! haha…) And Resurrection Man (Abnett & Lanning!).

But while I love Cornell’s work, his series doesn’t seem that appealing to me. Which is sad. :(

daniel the demon cleaner

June 8, 2011 at 3:50 am

What has Josh Fialkov worked on before?
The name is new to me.

I think Fialkov mostly did work Top Cow, and he wrote Vampirella during her Harris days. There’s probably some minor Marvel and DC work in there too.

His creator owned stuff is pretty good: Elk’s Run, Tumor, Echoes, The Cleaners (he co-wrote that one)

Solid writer.

EVERYTHING IS SHIT

@Mike, seriously if the rest of the lineup includes Chronos, Ostrander on Martian Manhunter and a DeMateris Spectre then I’ll take back most the bad stuff I;ve said about DC. The nice thing about Res Man is that they could release all the issues in a fairly cheap omnibus and keep everything intact.

That said, I do worry about the support DC will be giving these titles. I’d hate for them to get cut short due to low sales. And honestly, that’s the last thign DC needs is to quickly cancel a bunch of these titles as that would drive readers away (ie the reason I stopped collecting DC is because they canceled all the titles I bought. I started with OYL and within a year or two all 5 titles were gone).

I am going to assume that the reason DC didn’t get Lemire to draw anything for their “all new all different more diverse comics to attract new readers” is because he decided Sweet Tooth was more important to him. Otherwise it’s another example of this reboot being more of a rehash.

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