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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThis September, DC Entertainment is making history by launching 52 #1 DC Comics issues starring the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes. To commemorate this milestone occasion, DC Entertainment will be releasing DC COMICS: THE NEW 52, a massive hardcover collection that collects every single one of these debut issues. Hitting stores just in time for th A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThis September, DC Entertainment is making history by launching 52 #1 DC Comics issues starring the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes. To commemorate this milestone occasion, DC Entertainment will be releasing DC COMICS: THE NEW 52, a massive hardcover collection that collects every single one of these debut issues. Hitting stores just in time for the holiday season, this 1,216-page compilation will include such issues as: JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee ACTION COMICS #1 by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales BATMAN #1 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo GREEN LANTERN #1 by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke SWAMP THING #1 by Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette STORMWATCH #1 by Paul Cornell and Miguel Sepulveda TEEN TITANS #1 by Scott Lobdell and Brett Booth And 45 more!


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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThis September, DC Entertainment is making history by launching 52 #1 DC Comics issues starring the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes. To commemorate this milestone occasion, DC Entertainment will be releasing DC COMICS: THE NEW 52, a massive hardcover collection that collects every single one of these debut issues. Hitting stores just in time for th A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThis September, DC Entertainment is making history by launching 52 #1 DC Comics issues starring the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes. To commemorate this milestone occasion, DC Entertainment will be releasing DC COMICS: THE NEW 52, a massive hardcover collection that collects every single one of these debut issues. Hitting stores just in time for the holiday season, this 1,216-page compilation will include such issues as: JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee ACTION COMICS #1 by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales BATMAN #1 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo GREEN LANTERN #1 by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke SWAMP THING #1 by Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette STORMWATCH #1 by Paul Cornell and Miguel Sepulveda TEEN TITANS #1 by Scott Lobdell and Brett Booth And 45 more!

30 review for DC Comics: The New 52

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Oof. 1216 pages of comic books. "In September 2011, DC Comics exploded with 52 new #1 issues! The entire line of comic books was renumbered, with new, innovative storylines featuring our most iconic characters helmed by some of the most creative artists in the industry." Yep, and this is ALL 52 of the issues. I am overwhelmed. I am underwhelmed. If it is possible to be just "whelmed", I may also be that... to the point that this is a hard review to write. The Good: I felt the art was consistently i Oof. 1216 pages of comic books. "In September 2011, DC Comics exploded with 52 new #1 issues! The entire line of comic books was renumbered, with new, innovative storylines featuring our most iconic characters helmed by some of the most creative artists in the industry." Yep, and this is ALL 52 of the issues. I am overwhelmed. I am underwhelmed. If it is possible to be just "whelmed", I may also be that... to the point that this is a hard review to write. The Good: I felt the art was consistently in keeping with modern comic's quality - bold, well-colored, and generally clearly illustrating the action but having plenty of attention to detail. The writing quality was not as consistent, with moments of great plotting and great characterization, a lot in the range of "very-good" to average, but also several "?!?" moments. The titles are organized into 6 groups - Justice League, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, "The Dark", "The Edge", and "Young Justice"; readers can pick and choose by character and genre. The Bad: There are too many main characters. Assume a hero, a villain and 2 supporting characters per title, and round down because there is cross-over, we still have 200+ cast-members. The backstory is a mystery. There is no telling what Flashpoint changed in the history of the DC Universe, or why. The authors are playing their cards close to the vest, and sometimes they are bluffing about what they know. There is too much emphasis on the multi-story arc. On several occasions, I felt we had just finished the Introductory Action and Obligatory Villainous Monologue, when the Tune In Next Month sign appeared. Alternately too much backstory and not enough backstory. But props to DC for trying - It would be hard to please everyone in this respect. To get to 52 titles, there are lots of titles that will have a very small fan-base. Maybe it's just me, but I was unimpressed by almost everything from the start of Green Lantern until the end of the book -- that's the last 26 titles. The UglyOther Stuff: Here's what you get: 11 Justice League titles: Justice League; Justice League International; Aquaman; Wonder Woman; The Flash; Captain Atom; The Fury of Firestorm; Green Arrow; The Savage Hawkman; Mister Terriffic; and "DC Universe Presents" (which initially features Deadman). 4 Superman titles: Action Comics; Superman; Superboy; Supergirl 11 Batman titles: Batman; Detective Comics; Batwoman; Batman: The Dark Knight; Batman and Robin; Batgirl; Batwing; Batman: Dance the Batusi; Catwoman; Nightwing; Birds of Prey; and Red Hood and the Outlaws. 4 Green Lantern titles: Green Lantern; Green Lantern Corps; Green Lantern: New Guardians; and Red Lanterns 7 "The Dark" titles: Justice League Dark; Swamp Thing; Animal Man; Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.; I, Vampire; Resurrection Man; and Demon Knights 9 "The Edge" titles: Stormwatch; Grifter; Voodoo; Deathstroke; Suicide Squad; O.M.A.C.; All-Star Western; Blackhawks; and Men of War 6 "Young Justice" titles: Teen Titans; Static Shock; Hawk and Dove; Blue Beetle; Legion Lost; and Legion of Super-Heroes I have my favorites, of course. >> I'm always impressed by the Justice League team books, and my lifelong friends The Flash and Green Arrow. >> I'm trying to read _all_ Batman, and will extend that to the Batman "Family" core books, but probably not BatwingNo >> Add Stormwatch (even though it makes me cry to see The Authority reduced to a secret DC "team"), and Teen Titans (until the team shuffles out the core team yet again). >> If you have read this far, did you spot the red herring fifty-third title above? When you do, you can send me a PM and I'll put you down for my version of a No Prize. Now a fake closing line to hide my little contest here, and on to the real conclusion. DC, I am not entirely impressed. Was "The New 52" an attempt to make DC more solid with the readers, or to maintain sales in difficult market? No telling, but I hope it works for you. Updated 04 February 2017: Here are the titles I plan to read in collected form, at least up until the "Rebirth" story-line starts: >> Justice League; Justice League International; The Flash; Green Arrow; >> MAYBE Action Comics & Superman; >> ALL Batman titles: (Batman; Detective Comics; Batwoman; Batman: The Dark Knight; Batman and Robin; Batgirl; Batwing; Batman: Dance the Batusi; Catwoman; Nightwing; Birds of Prey; and Red Hood and the Outlaws.) >> Justice League Dark; maybe Demon Knights >> Stormwatch; Voodoo; Deathstroke; Suicide Squad; maybe All-Star Western; >> Teen Titans; Blue Beetle And that thing I said above about that thing that wasn't that could still get you a no-thing. It's still a thing.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Peter Derk

    So I read this ENTIRE volume. Let me first review it as an object: This thing weighs almost eight pounds. That doesn't sound that heavy, but believe me, it makes reading on the dumper almost impossible. 8 pounds would be a large-ish baby. Imagine taking a baby, cracking it in half, then holding one half in each hand for a half hour. You'd get tired. It was also so thick, it was unreadable at places because the crease was just so deep. Penis joke/vagina joke. Okay, so now onto the comics. What I deci So I read this ENTIRE volume. Let me first review it as an object: This thing weighs almost eight pounds. That doesn't sound that heavy, but believe me, it makes reading on the dumper almost impossible. 8 pounds would be a large-ish baby. Imagine taking a baby, cracking it in half, then holding one half in each hand for a half hour. You'd get tired. It was also so thick, it was unreadable at places because the crease was just so deep. Penis joke/vagina joke. Okay, so now onto the comics. What I decided to to was Tweet reviews because that would keep them short. Even a mere 100 words on each would be...100...500...many, many words beyond the interest level of any human. So here, reproduced are all 52 Tweets. But before we get to that, I do want to say that the one disappointing thing to me was that this whole thing was about DC relaunching everything from #1. I thought, Finally, I can maybe understand what's going on in DC. But this isn't true. They did relaunch SOME books, but the Batman books and Green Lantern books, which were selling alright before the relaunch, were clearly in media res (Latin for, Impenetrable to Peter). That pissed me off just a bit. It doesn't show a lot of faith in the project of a relaunch to say, Let's relaunch ALL of our titles...except the few good ones. Also, I feel obligated to point out that the Bat books and GL books account for somewhere around 20% of the universe? Subtract books that take place in alternate time periods or that have no involvement with the larger universe, and it's a little bit of a pathetic total relaunch. Okay, enough bitching. Now onto short-form bitching: I feel like I suddenly know too much about catwoman's bra preferences #dc52 Justice league: a batman/greenlantern teamup feels like a teamup between a ninja version muhammad ali and merlin. #dc52 Justice league international: how is the worldwide version always inferior to the america version? #dc52 You know what I always hated about aquaman? He let's everyone give him shit for being a nobody even though HE'S aquaman #dc52 Why is wonder woman always taking time off from being a powerful, beautiful amazon to be a...powerful, beautiful amazon of business? #dc52 Flash actually seems to be going somewhere with this detective-y angle. Don't tell batman #dc52 At first I thought I wouldn't care about a hero with inexplicable science powers. I'd like to thank captain atom for confirming this #dc52 There's a white firestorm and a black one? How will they get along? I mean, the being engulfed in flames negates skin color, but still #dc52 I've yet to understand why Green Arrow gets gigs while Purple Two Handguns is still out of work #dc52 Hawkman is so self-involved. Not sure if that's a hawk thing or a man thing. But it's definitely an annoying thing #dc52 Mister terrific has the words Fair Play tattooed on his arms. Or maybe it's Play Fair. He might be a lefty. #dc52 I don't know what's going on with Deadman. Or why he's dressed like Freddy Mercury without hair, facial or head #dc52 Classic cop mistake in Action Comics: quit trying to use electric nets to trap superman. You gave it your best, it don't work, move on #dc52 Clark Kent and Larry David: same glasses #dc52 Why does every scientist make a clone and then completely 180 and want to kill it? Maybe wait a day, see what happens #superboy #dc52 The best thing about supergirl being fiction is we don't have to hear a million Behar jokes involving thigh comparison on the View #dc52 Batman was good. Although relaunched with three robins, one of whom is his son. When I "relaunch" at 41 my son will be in the dust #dc52 I guess I thought Detective Comics were about detectives, not FOR them #dc52 Single panel in Batwoman: werewolf, plane crash, octopus man choking a bald woman, and an insane lady shooting guns. Uh. #dc52 Dark Knight is the second of three Batman titles involving Bruce Wayne giving a speech at a fancy dinner event. What the fuck. #dc52 So in Batman and Robin there is a cadre of Batmen? Being dipped in acid? Is it too late to sign on for Batmen International? #dc52 How did Batgirl get unparalyzed? "Then a miracle happened." Phew. For a second I thought we were written into a corner. #dc52 Batwing stabbed in the chest? Fine. Not that I dislike AfricaBatman. I just hate the aesthetics of machine guns mounted in a truck bed #dc52 Can nightwing stop pining over the circus already? The food sucks and clowns only make balloon animals to trick children into fondles #dc52 Red Hood and the Outlaws: awesome band name. Nobody steal that. I stole it first. Hence the outlaw thing. #dc52 Green Lantern starts off pretty good. I mean, not really a reboot, but at least killing Ganthet means his ponytail also dies #dc52 If Green Lantern Corps poses that Guy Gardner can't even get a h.s. football coach job, what the hell is going to do with that haircut?#dc52 I'm glad GreenLanternNewGuardians has such a long name. It limits my ability to tweeticize it #dc52 Am I the lone soul who thinks an all-white Justice League Dark is a missed opportunity to embrace the current blaxploitation revival? #dc52 I liked Swamp Thing better when he was an action figure with extending arm powers as opposed to nightmare sequence powers #dc52 Animal Man and Jeff Lemire equals about time. And zombie kitties. #dc52 Frankenstein, a mummy, a vampire, a werewolf, and a fishwoman walk into a fight. And that's a comic book you can buy #dc52 Before I, Vampire I didn't see how badly I longed for Kris Kristofferson to explain all the vampire shit in that crusty way of his #dc52 Killing Resurrection Man is sort of like building a fort from couch cushions to thwart Couch Fort Pusher-Downer Man #dc52 At least Demon Knights had the grossest possessed baby ever #dc52 Haha, wait that's my...oh never mind #dc52 Should have been Birds of PrAy. Capture the jesus people that way. Or at least someone. #dc52 Red Lanterns: blood cat in space #dc52 Grifter blocking knives with an airline food tray teaches that full meals exist on planes and that the spilled food wouldn't burn flesh #dc52 How long can Deathstroke go before someone ends an issue by holding up a picture OF him, TO him and says, I need you to kill this man #dc52 Suicide Squad is like mission impossible 2: I know it's stupid, but not so stupid that I'm proud of how much I enjoyed it #dc52 Voodoo perpetuates bad stereotypes about strippers. Mainly that they are aliens who felt this was the best way to learn #dc52 The fact that OMAC stands for Office Management Amidst Chaos has blown 78 of my 92 emotions. Not all, but definitely most #dc52 Jonah hex is awesome, even if he's a stars n bars guy #dc52 Blackhawks has taught me something: in comics, redheads like guys with glasses. Peterparker/maryjane. Cyclops/jeangray. It goes on #dc52 After Men of War I'd like a chart of army ranks with a line across it. Above line, ranks we hate. Below, cigar chomping badasses. #dc52 Kid flash is always so irresponsible. Why can't he ever be fast AND diligent? #dc52 Did anyone inform Static Shock that there's already a black Spider-man type guy? We've been calling him Spider-Man. #dc52 Blue Beetle's battle cry of Khaji-Kai sounds a lot like Queen Latifah's character name from the 90's hit (in my home) Living Single #dc52 If I were in Legion, my power would be getting sick of Legion Lost almost immediately #dc52 Ah, shit. Legion not lost is almost as repulsive as Legion Lost #dc52 So Hawk & Dove are gods of war, and they are inseparable, and Dove is dating Deadman somehow? But mainly they punch? #dc52

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    Boy howdy, that was long. And good. But mostly long. Strap in for a long discussion about why DC's rebooting all over again. Rebooting for DC was a great idea. I'm a fairly new reader, I was ecstatic about having a point to start on. The New 52 line-up promised to be innovative and "entry level friendly" and for the most part, the second level is delivered on. (Well, except Legion Lost #1 and Legion of Super-Heroes was way too messy to be friendly). The first, however, has already been commented Boy howdy, that was long. And good. But mostly long. Strap in for a long discussion about why DC's rebooting all over again. Rebooting for DC was a great idea. I'm a fairly new reader, I was ecstatic about having a point to start on. The New 52 line-up promised to be innovative and "entry level friendly" and for the most part, the second level is delivered on. (Well, except Legion Lost #1 and Legion of Super-Heroes was way too messy to be friendly). The first, however, has already been commented on. While some titles do get cool, modern twists, and you see some sprinkling attempts of more racial diversity, innovation didn't exactly happen as far as representation goes. Of course, DC didn't promise to do any of that, which is precisely why it's readership for New 52 didn't change all that much, and DC's trying for another reboot this year: DC YOU, starting new titles (Black Canary and her punk girl image), reclaiming others at the #17, mostly at the #40 mark. Why it failed is pretty obvious. 52 titles, and a whole lot of white men, some aliens, and barely-clothed women. (Is anyone surprised that surveys showed DC readership for New 52 was 92% male/8% female, but no data on racial diversity??). The one title that should have given its female readership anything should have been Wonder Woman, but I've already talked about how it totally sucked elsewhere. Catwoman will always be a sexualized character (and that's actually fine, because she's a sex-positive person), but when every single female superhero has large breasts and/or boob windows while her teammates get full body armor, there is a big issue at hand. And can someone please give me context to Voodoo #1 and how the only WOC (but actually alien? shape-shifter??) performs both a strip-tease and a lap-dance?? Should I even mention Starfire's sexdoll appearance in Red Hood and the Outlaws? And, look, the reason why people have spoken out about all this is because it's so heart-breaking to see nearly every woman in the DCU either be a stock back-ground character or hyper-sexualized crazed fighter, when DC writes incredibly complex storylines otherwise. Does it have anything to do with not bringing on female writers? With all that said, Batgirl stands out the most as being a genuinely good written character, personally. Aquaman's Mera has also been promising from what I read. Anyways. Then you've got DC making such a big deal about making one of their Green Lanterns a LGBTQA+ representative/gay a few years back, but virtually no discussion happened regarding Alan Scott in this reboot. So much for that. And while Batwoman's been confirmed as bisexual since 2006, and Catwoman this year, the best I've seen happen with LGBTQA+ representation was making Batgirl's roommate trans* (which just barely qualifies as representing! And was almost immediately overturned after Gail Simone's run ended.) (Okay, and there's also a nod to "slash fiction" in Stormwatch #1, but I'm iffy whether that means what I think it does.) And remember, this reboot was supposed to bring the DCU into this century, so where is the gay community?? Now, let's talk about race. You've got Static Shock (a favorite), Mister Terrific (who da hell?), Cyborg (the star player!), Batwing (he's in Africa too!) We even had a character call out another for the underlying racism going on in The Fury of Firestorm (seriously, why haven't I heard more on this title?!). As far as black women are represented, I think you have Vixen from Justice League International and Voodoo from SexShow #1. For the latino/latina population Justice League International hosts Beatrix Bonilla de Costa/Fire and we've got the Blue Beetle with his own title. Annnd that's about it. Baring in mind of course that we're talking about 52 titles and hundreds of characters. I think there's some generally good things going on, but a whole lot more needs to happen here. (Dare I dream one day of meeting a black lesbian superhero?) I say that representation is a large part of the reboot and talk so much on it, because the storytelling throughout New 52 is actually really, really good. I can't stress this enough. I seriously dropped this book to go out and find half of these titles at the library and read (so far) Justice League, Aquaman, and Batgirl. On my next trip, I'm going to fight everything to get my hands on Swamp Thing and all the Green Lantern and Batman-related titles. My savings are going to be depleted entirely. I almost want to give up my love for Marvel from how good these have been. (Almost). I mean, this line alone has me wanting to read Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.: "Typical? We've only been a team for about ten minutes... Quit your whining and START KILLING!" But being progressive and winning me over? DC, you've got a lot of work to do. The 52 Titles: Justice League, Justice League International, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Captain Atom, The Fury of Firestorm, Green Arrow, The Savage Hawkman, Mister Terrific, Deadman, Action Comics, Superman, Superboy, Supergirl, Batman, Detective Comics, Batwoman, Batman: The Dark Knight, Batman and Robin, Batgirl, Batwing, Catwoman, Nightwing, Birds of Prey, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Green Lantern: New Guardians, Red Lanterns, Justice League Dark, Swamp Thing, Animal Man, Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E.; I, Vampire; Resurrection Man, Demon Knights, Stormwatch, Grifter, Voodoo, Deathstroke, Suicide Squad, O.M.A.C., All-Star Western, Blackhawks, Men of War, Teen Titans, Static Shock, Hawk and Dove, Blue Beetle, Legion Lost, Legion of Superheroes. (Yes, I read them all.)

  4. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    I really gave it a shot, and I must say, it was absolute garbage.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Koen

    Okay, first off: it looks nice this omnibus, definitely to have them all on my shelf... But it sure ways a ton!! And reading it isn't easy either.. it's not like you can take it on the bus/train/... Not.. practical.. whatsoever!! Contents wise: pretty good! There still were some very uninteresting stories for me (either the story or the characters were bland.. Just to name a few: - almost the entire teen section was a bust: only Legion of Superheroes and Hawk&Dove are worth mentioning. TT and BB Okay, first off: it looks nice this omnibus, definitely to have them all on my shelf... But it sure ways a ton!! And reading it isn't easy either.. it's not like you can take it on the bus/train/... Not.. practical.. whatsoever!! Contents wise: pretty good! There still were some very uninteresting stories for me (either the story or the characters were bland.. Just to name a few: - almost the entire teen section was a bust: only Legion of Superheroes and Hawk&Dove are worth mentioning. TT and BB are terrible! - Hmm, The Edge is half and half...Grifter, Voodoo, Deathstroke of course, Suicide Squad and OMAC all passed with flying colours, but All star Western , blackhawks and Men of War didn't manage to win me over.. Don't know why this is a part of DC... Just not my cup of tea perhaps... - In the Batman department they could also have parted with a couple of them in my opinion.. But still they all read very good and had interesting developments in their #1 issue.. - Well.. the Justice League and Justice League Dark ... Those were the best parts in the omnibus for me I guess... Can't wait to get my hands on more of this ;) So, a solid 3, perhaps even 3,5, but can't go for the 4 stars, because of all the stuff you just read.. Okay, final omnibus (Villians).. I'm taking you out of the closet.. Get ready! :)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mike McDevitt

    I gave 24 thumbs up to: Justice League International- You had me at Booster Gold. Then you added the super buddies. Justice League Dark- Surprising how much I liked it. That's a terrible title. Aquaman- Good art. Who'd disrespect Arthur in a world where HE EXISTS and can punch you? Firestorm- Cool set-up. Sorry to hear Gail Simone's not still writing this. Mr. Terrific- Literally terrific. Glad this admirable guy got his own series. Nice one! Superman- Great art, Supes battles evil, it does what's on I gave 24 thumbs up to: Justice League International- You had me at Booster Gold. Then you added the super buddies. Justice League Dark- Surprising how much I liked it. That's a terrible title. Aquaman- Good art. Who'd disrespect Arthur in a world where HE EXISTS and can punch you? Firestorm- Cool set-up. Sorry to hear Gail Simone's not still writing this. Mr. Terrific- Literally terrific. Glad this admirable guy got his own series. Nice one! Superman- Great art, Supes battles evil, it does what's on the tin. Batman- Not so bad at all. Wouldn't buy it, of course. But it's good Batman. Batwoman- Really wild stuff. Don't know what's going on, but it looks good doing it. Batgirl- Bought it. Never looked back. Best new title, well, new to me. Thanks Gail! Batman & Robin- Preferable to Morrison's drug addled version. A Hopeful Batman? How novel. Birds of Prey- Action-packed but still interesting. Good work. Green Lantern Corps- This is exactly my thing, what I wish Green Lantern still was. Green Lantern New Guardians- My loyalty to Kyle Rayner leaves me thumbs up. Barely. Swamp Thing- Intriguing mystery. Superman is sort of acting, I dunno, like a superhero. Animal Man- Creepy, effectively weird and nightmarish. Colour me intrigued. Frankenstien: Agent of S.H.A.D.E.- If you like BPRD, keep reading that. But this is also good, Resurrection Man- A dip in the visual pool of Marvel '70's horror comics. Didn't expect to like it. Did. Demon Knight- better than any single episode of Game of Thrones. Fantasy fans take note. Storm Watch- Slick, fascinating. I don't know the history, but it stands out in a good way. OMAC- Nice one, Giffen. Very Kirby in the best possible way, loved the big-mouthed goblins. All-Star Western- This is splendidly done. Good horror western and deserves recognition. Static Shock- Seems to be taking its inspiration from Spidey in a good way. Blue Beetle- Didn't read his previous title, but if it was better than this, I hope to one day. Legion of Super Heroes- I can't stay mad at you, Levitz. Hate every Legion trainee. Legion Lost- I WAS SO ANGRY when Gates and Yera exploded. I didn't stop buying it. They got better. 28 thumbs down to: Justice League- WHAT league? I see Bats and GL. Justice cops and helicopters, maybe. Wonder Woman- Azarello is good. Like the mythic monsters. Wish Diana was not one herself. Flash- Not interested in Barry, hard to start now. Captain Atom- Its a big WTF in a shady covert lab. Truly deeply meh. Green Arrow- Like the art, wanted to like story better. Savage Hawkman- Awful on any level. Deadman- Gun to my head, I don't want a gun to my head. Action Comics- Good art and action. Cannot long stomach a Superman throwback out for vengeance. Superboy- Just like starting over. Unnecessary. Gen13 and Superboy itself covered this decades ago. Supergirl- This starting over, too? We JUST did all this. Shoot at the amnesiac alien girl, fine. Detective Comics- Repellant violence on every page. Who asked for 11 Bat titles anyway? Batman The Dark Knight- "You can call me One-Face now." Roid rage didn't fix your face, Dent. Batwing- Buckets o'blood, not really my thing. Catwoman- Not as terrible as I heard. Still, pretty terrible. Nightwing- Competent. Wouldn't buy this. Red Hood and the Outlaws- When did Starfire become a dead-eyed sperm reclamation facility? Green Lantern- Don't like Hal, and like him less on Earth. Or is Sinestro who I'm supposed to like? Red Lantern- Rage isn't working! Must have less Rage! But our fuel is RAGE! (Vomits blood.) I- Vampire- Jae Lee-style art making me feel entirely unwelcome in a blood-soaked tomb world. Grifter- You had me at... nothing. This does nothing for me. Voodoo- Strippers, strippers everywhere. And no erotic appeal. Death Stroke- You had me at Grifter. No, wait, I don't care. Suicide Squad- I can watch villains being tortured on the NEWS. Who gives a crap. Black Hawks- Might be the best of the covert ops batch. Maybe I should try again later. Men of War- While I'm glad on behalf of war comics fans, it's not for me. Teen Titans- Sigh. Read Tiny Titans instead. Hawk & Dove- To quote Hawk "Can't all be winners." Human hands aren't knives! First, the overall mandate and tone is not to my taste. It's vile, grisly, sexist, and pandering. But it's got plenty of bad points too. Like over half the writing. Hawkman was emblematically wrong-headed. If an amnesiac immortal with metal claws tearing out of his flesh sold comics... oh, I get it now. I just wish they'd put "Wolverine" on the cover so I could ignore it more. Who wants Jason Todd alive, let alone a lead character? How come all organizations with more than ten people are covert, evil, and practice torture? Where should I send the anthrax for ending the marriages of Clark & Lois, or Barry & Iris? Second, major praise to the artists, these people serve their material well. Finally, the format. Who would buy this? It's 176 bucks. It's a brick. Too big to cart around, too heavy for a standard nerd to hold up to his sunken eyes. It's only good for smashing windows and editors. It'll still be single issues, light trades, and weightless digital comics for me, I'm afraid. "The New 52" makes me weep for the future. But there are two dozen issues I didn't dislike. A handful I'm even buying. I want the superhero comic to stay alive and thrive. So... I'll do my best to buy what I respect. And if losing Lois and Iris stings, Mr. Terrific seems to be schtupping Power Girl, so it's not all bad.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Okay so I'm not going to finish this, why you ask? Well I'll tell you. A) I have read some of the graphic novels in this collection already and have enjoyed them. B) I didn't not realize it was collection of singles and not a full graphic novel of each series. C) I'm planing on requesting from the library all the graphic novels that they have in this collection anyways.. So I'm going to dnf this massive tome with a 3 star rating for the stuff I have read and enjoyed. Plus side it was a great weigh Okay so I'm not going to finish this, why you ask? Well I'll tell you. A) I have read some of the graphic novels in this collection already and have enjoyed them. B) I didn't not realize it was collection of singles and not a full graphic novel of each series. C) I'm planing on requesting from the library all the graphic novels that they have in this collection anyways.. So I'm going to dnf this massive tome with a 3 star rating for the stuff I have read and enjoyed. Plus side it was a great weight to use when I was doing lower ab, glutes, and thigh exercises. :P

  8. 4 out of 5

    Norman Cook

    I think DC’s relaunch was largely successful. Their sales numbers certainly reflect a large influx of new readers, with Month 3 of the reboot still beating Marvel’s sales numbers. I haven’t read individual monthly comics in many years and I was enticed to try all 52 titles. I don’t see myself reading any of them consistently on an ongoing basis—it took me 6-7 weeks to read 52 issues, about 1200 pages, and I don’t have that kind of time to read comics on a regular basis—but I can easily see getti I think DC’s relaunch was largely successful. Their sales numbers certainly reflect a large influx of new readers, with Month 3 of the reboot still beating Marvel’s sales numbers. I haven’t read individual monthly comics in many years and I was enticed to try all 52 titles. I don’t see myself reading any of them consistently on an ongoing basis—it took me 6-7 weeks to read 52 issues, about 1200 pages, and I don’t have that kind of time to read comics on a regular basis—but I can easily see getting several of these when the trade compilations come out. Moreover, modern comic book writing relies heavily on long story arcs that are often best read in chunks. I applaud DC for realizing that comic books are a medium, not a genre. Although heavily dominated by superheroes, this new line-up includes supernatural, horror, mystery, science fiction, western, and war stories. I hope that these find eager audiences willing to take a chance on something different. There were a surprising number of variations on covert paramilitary operations. Men of War, Blackhawks, Suicide Squad, Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E., Stormwatch, and perhaps to a lesser extent Birds of Prey, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Justice League Dark, and maybe even one or two others, were formatted almost identically except for the milieu they were in. After a while it became hard to differentiate them all. It is obvious that DC is catering to an older audience, with lots of gore and sexual titillation throughout the line, not to mention the $2.99 cover price precluding unemployed kids from buying too many. DC is also trying to have their cake and eat it, too, by relying heavily on established continuity to assuage the wrath of long-time fans, yet claiming to be wiping the slate clean for brand new readers. I would rather have 52 really well told stories, even if it means setting aside years of continuity, than try to artificially shoehorn often-contradictory backstories into every title. DC is also to be lauded for including so many female characters in lead roles. I don't think Marvel has any solo-character books starring females. DC has Batgirl, Batwoman, Birds of Prey, Catwoman, (half of) Hawk and Dove, Supergirl, Voodoo, and Wonder Woman. Now, let's see more female writers and artists to create these stories! Some people have complained about the perceived sexism in titles like Catwoman and Red Hood and the Outlaws, and there is certainly a strong case to be made for those criticisms. (Yet, at the same time, there was little or no outcry towards something like I, Vampire’s nearly naked cover art.) What I found most troublesome about some of these titles was the incomprehensible storytelling. These, and many of the other 52, seemed more like Issues #12, or even #50, than #1. I had fun with the “Where’s Waldo?” hunt for the mysterious hooded figure from Flashpoint #5. There were a few books that took me several tries to find her. Did anyone else note her freakishly long fingers in her appearance in Resurrection Man? What were my favorites? All Star Western, Animal Man, Batwoman, Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E., Justice League, Mister Terrific, and Superboy, with guilty pleasures Captain Atom and Red Lanterns. A number of others have the potential to become favorites, depending on how well they continue—for example, Action Comics, Batman, Batman and Robin, Demon Knights, and Wonder Woman. I suspect there will be other breakout hits as they settle into their strides—and certainly some of what looks good initially will falter along the way. There were some real duds, too: Aquaman, Green Arrow, Red Hood and the Outlaws, and The Savage Hawkman, coming to mind. But I wouldn't count these out, either, as time may show improvement. I'm sure we can expect to see a mega-crossover event next summer as sales begin to flag, to recharge interest, reveal the hooded figure's identity and purpose, and make some final calibrations on the characters in the new DC universe. I look forward to enjoying many more tales from the creative folks at DC. For my detailed thoughts on each New-52 title, please visit my blog, http://axolotlburg.wordpress.com

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy

    I'll be writing a longer, more formal review for PopMatters in the next couple of weeks, but for now let me say: this is garbage. There are a couple of good comics in here, but otherwise this is bad art, bad writing and a bad time for the reader. It reeks of the bad ol' days of the early 90s when Image and hash marks dominated everything. Many of the key players of the era are involved: Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza, Scott Lobdell. These stories are more like pitches for mid-winter action I'll be writing a longer, more formal review for PopMatters in the next couple of weeks, but for now let me say: this is garbage. There are a couple of good comics in here, but otherwise this is bad art, bad writing and a bad time for the reader. It reeks of the bad ol' days of the early 90s when Image and hash marks dominated everything. Many of the key players of the era are involved: Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza, Scott Lobdell. These stories are more like pitches for mid-winter action movies than comics, lots of "Moscow, 15 minutes ago" captions and hokey dialogue. The big titles--Superman, Batman--are a little more competent, but there's nothing new or exciting about them. Apparently slapping a #1 on the books is enough. Put some embossed foil on them and the 90s will really be back. Wonder Woman and Animal were good. Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE and Swamp Thing were both decent. And that's it. It's a bad time for DC fans. Have you seen their new logos? Good god.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    Every first issue from each new run in the New 52 by DC Comics. Be warned that means 52 cliffhangers. The book is also 3" thick and weighs about 10 pounds so it's a bit unwieldy. I liked some stories more than others but overall it leans more towards horror than I care for. It's a lot of gore when compiled this way. I've been reading most of the books with female lead characters (not that many out of the 52): Wonder Woman, Batgirl (my fave thus far), Batwoman, Catwoman. You can see my thoughts on Every first issue from each new run in the New 52 by DC Comics. Be warned that means 52 cliffhangers. The book is also 3" thick and weighs about 10 pounds so it's a bit unwieldy. I liked some stories more than others but overall it leans more towards horror than I care for. It's a lot of gore when compiled this way. I've been reading most of the books with female lead characters (not that many out of the 52): Wonder Woman, Batgirl (my fave thus far), Batwoman, Catwoman. You can see my thoughts on those in reviews of their volume collections. I've also read and rated the first volumes of Green Arrow and Green Lantern. Might be a couple others as well. Comics that caught my eye from this collection: Blackhawks, Teen Titans, Nightwing, and Batman.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Julius

    Huh. This comic book was a great look at how the Justice League could have met and turned out. Superman isn't exactly the completely incurruptable do-gooder we're all familiar with, Wonder Woman doesn't hate the world of men, Green Lantern's an idiot (really, he is), and so on and so forth. The different spin on the characters made this comic quite good. The adventure itself isn't all that original, but it's really the actions of the familiar yet so very different characters that makes it a page Huh. This comic book was a great look at how the Justice League could have met and turned out. Superman isn't exactly the completely incurruptable do-gooder we're all familiar with, Wonder Woman doesn't hate the world of men, Green Lantern's an idiot (really, he is), and so on and so forth. The different spin on the characters made this comic quite good. The adventure itself isn't all that original, but it's really the actions of the familiar yet so very different characters that makes it a page turner. Also, Jim Lee did the art, and Jim Lee and Michael Lane Turner are my two favorite comic book artists. This comic is well worth your time and buck.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Thaddaeus

    I wish I'd known this book was so enormous before I checked it out of the library.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    In 2011 the entire DC Universe rebooted in an event called the New 52 and this massive tome collects all the first issues of each and every fifty-two titles that were launched that summer. DC Comics: The New 52 is an anthology of first issues comics edited by Dan DiDio and is separated into seven general sections or families: Justice League, Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Young Justice, The Edge, and The Dark. While reading through this gargantuan omnibus, I have to constantly remind myself to In 2011 the entire DC Universe rebooted in an event called the New 52 and this massive tome collects all the first issues of each and every fifty-two titles that were launched that summer. DC Comics: The New 52 is an anthology of first issues comics edited by Dan DiDio and is separated into seven general sections or families: Justice League, Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Young Justice, The Edge, and The Dark. While reading through this gargantuan omnibus, I have to constantly remind myself to keep my visceral reaction on check and that this is a new universe and I should go into this series with that attitude and treat it as such – it was difficult, but hopefully I managed to write a thoughtful review. One of my problems was that I disagreed or rather disliked some of the directions the writers had made to established characters backstory, origins, and where they were headed, which is the reason I had to keep reminding myself that this is a new universe and that characters while looking the same and having the same names are totally different. Secondly, I had some chronological and continuity issues. For the first generation of superheroes (i.e., Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, etc.) they have been fighting crime for about five years, which made it difficult to figure out what happen when and in which order. I just wished that the editors put more thought on it to make the universe more cohesive. With scores of writers, graphic artists and colorist it is extremely difficult to rate this massive anthology. With fifty-two series, I was surprised of some of the series that DC Comics decided to launch with. There were the popular and well known series like Action Comics, Batman, Detective Comics, Justice League, Superman, Wonder Woman, and the like, but there were some esoteric choice too like Legion Lost, Blackhawks, Grifter, Men of War, O.M.A.C., Voodoo, and the like. These fifty-two series are grouped into seven different families: Justice League: "Aquaman", "Captain Atom", "DC Universe Presents", "The Flash", "The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men", "Green Arrow", "Justice League", "Justice League International", "Mister Terrific", "The Savage Hawkman", and "Wonder Woman". Batman: "Batgirl", "Batman", "Batman: The Dark Knight", "Batman and Robin", "Batwing", "Batwoman", "Birds of Prey", "Catwoman", "Detective Comics", "Nightwing", and "Red Hood and the Outlaws". Superman: "Action Comics", "Superboy", "Supergirl", and "Superman. Green Lantern: "Green Lantern", "Green Lantern Corps", "Green Lantern: New Guardians", and "Red Lanterns". Young Justice: "Blue Beetle", "Hawk & Dove", "Legion Lost", "Legion of Super-Heroes", "Static Shock", and "Teen Titans". The Edge: "All-Star Western", "Blackhawks", "Deathstroke", "Grifter", "Men of War", "O.M.A.C.", "Stormwarch", "Suicide Squad", and "Voodoo". The Dark: "Animal Man", "Demon Knights", "Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.", "I, Vampire", "Justice League Dark", "Resurrection Man", and "Swamp Thing". For the most part, I'm pretty much evenly divided on how I like this omnibus, skewing slightly toward the positive. I really enjoyed reading about a third of the issues (bold), about a third is mediocre, but mostly likable (italics) and another third that was much to be desired (no effect). All in all, I think DC Comics: The New 52 is a somewhat collection of first issue comics, although I wouldn't recommend purchasing this book, unless you're a die-hard comic book fanatic. It works far better as a reference book and a good way to determine which series one should continue or start with, because there is a little something for everyone.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    4 1/2 stars Review of Total Book: This is a really awesome book if you're looking for more DC comic series to pick up. Honestly that's why I started reading it, because I had already enjoyed Batman, Teen Titans, and Wonder Woman (just to name a few). Overall I found 26 series, consisting of ones I had already liked/read or ones that I'm going to definitely read in the future. I'd say that's pretty good out of the 52 that are in the book. I know that's exactly 50% and why'd I give it 4 1/2 stars? T 4 1/2 stars Review of Total Book: This is a really awesome book if you're looking for more DC comic series to pick up. Honestly that's why I started reading it, because I had already enjoyed Batman, Teen Titans, and Wonder Woman (just to name a few). Overall I found 26 series, consisting of ones I had already liked/read or ones that I'm going to definitely read in the future. I'd say that's pretty good out of the 52 that are in the book. I know that's exactly 50% and why'd I give it 4 1/2 stars? Those other 26 comics that I won't continue reading are just because of my personal preference on the separate comics and not the book as a whole. This book is just to introduce you to the other options out there, and I think it did a really great job of doing so. Individual Comics: Justice League #1 **** 1/2 Will definitely be reading more of the Justice League line! I'm intrigued about those weird aliens. Justice League International #1 ** 1/2 Eh it was okay, I will not be reading more of the Justice League International. I don't really understand why they stuck Batman into the story, because they're supposed to be separate from the Justice League. But then again I know why...to get people to read this series. Aquaman #1 *** 1/2 Was pretty interesting, I feel bad for Aquaman now...I'm sure he's a really great superhero! I will be reading this, because I want to know if people actually start to accept him as a good superhero. Wonder Woman #1 ***** I've already started to read Wonder Woman, and I'm in love! [link to review of Vol. 1: Blood] The Flash #1 **** 1/2 This has also grabbed my attention. The Flash will be next on my list as well! Captain Atom #1 ** 1/2 Was okay, wasn't great enough to make me want to read more though. I think it's just the obscure character. The Fury of Firestorm #1 *** Kind of interesting, but not enough to make me want to read anymore. Green Arrow #1 ** 1/2 Was okay, I've never really liked Green Arrow though, so that is why I won't be reading on. The Savage Hawkman #1 *** This was pretty good, but I'm not really much into Hawkman so I won't be reading more. The aliens are interesting though, and I'd like to find out what is going on with the NTH metal. Mister Terrific #1 ** 1/2 Meh, I don't think this comic is very terrific. DC Universe Presents: Deadman #1 ** 1/2 It was okay, I've never really read much on Deadman/Boston Brand, and this didn't catch my attention enough to want to read more about him. Action Comics #1 *** It was pretty cool to see Superman in more civilian clothes for his outfit. I'm guessing that this series is about when he first becomes a hero. I most likely will not be reading any more, just because I'm not a huge Superman fan. Superman #1 **** Pretty good actually, I was surprised. But just like the comic before, I won't be reading on since I'm not all that interested in Superman. Superboy #1 *** Superboy is pretty interesting, I wonder where the human part of his DNA came from? The only reason why I would read on is to find out that question, and the fact that he is connected to the Teen Titans. Supergirl #1 **** Wow this seems really interesting! I really want to know what happened to Kara, and I will definitely be reading more of Supergirl. Batman #1 ***** I've read all of the Batman series so far, just waiting for the 9th volume. This was really great! [link to review Vol. 1: Court of Owls] Detective Comics #1 ***** Man! I am definitely going to read more of this series! I had no clue that this included the Joker, and that twist at the end! I knew it happened, but not how or in what comic. Batwoman #1 *** Eh, not bad but I don't think it's great enough to keep reading. I just don't really like Batwoman's personality. Batman: The Dark Knight #1 **** Very interested to read more! It seems really good and I love stuff that has to do with Arkham. Batman and Robin #1 ***** I've read all of the Batman and Robin series, and I really enjoyed Damian! [link to review Vol. 1: Born to Kill] Batgirl #1 ***** This was really great, and I'll have to read the other's by Gail Simone. I've read all of the current volumes of Cameron Stewart's Batgirl and loved those. Batwing #1 ** 1/2 Was slightly interesting, but I'm not really interested in reading about Batwing. Plus I really didn't like the art style of this comic. It was off-putting to me. Catwoman #1 **** Will probably read more of this, it seems really interesting. I'd like to see more of Batman and Catwoman's relationship too. It's great to see a character who is so muddled between a villain and a hero. Nightwing #1 **** I definitely want to read more Nightwing! This was really great. Birds of Prey #1 ***** I definitely want to read more of the Birds of Prey too! That really, really interested me. I want to know what happens! Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 ***** I really want to read more Red Hood as well! But I will have to say that Starfire's character made me slightly uncomfortable, since she was so overly sexualized. Green Lantern #1 **** I haven't really like Green Lantern before, but surprisingly this one has kind of got me interested in reading more. Maybe. Green Lantern Corps #1 *** See, eh, not bad but I don't think it's great enough to keep reading. Green Lantern: New Guardians #1 *** Hmm, I'm just interested in finding out why all those rings when missing... Red Lanterns #1 *** Okay, I've got to read more because there is a Red Lantern cat! It's kind of cool seeing these "villains", I guess? Justice League Dark #1 **** Will definitely be reading more of this! It's a really great concept! Swamp Thing #1 *** Hmm, Swamp Thing seems pretty interesting too. I might have to read it! Animal Man #1 ** 1/2 Didn't like the art style at all, it was very ugly to me. The story did not seem interesting, and his superpower is kind of lame. I will say I liked the kid's mullet though. Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1 **** A comic about Frankenstein and a bunch of other "monsters" fighting real monsters? Heck yes! I, Vampire #1 ** 1/2 Kind of interesting, but I don't think I'll be reading more. I didn't particularly like the art style. Resurrection Man #1 *** Interesting, but like the one before, I don't think I'll be reading more of this. Demon Knights #1 *** Eh it's okay, just not completely sure if I would read more or not. The setting is kind of cool because it's medieval, but I think it's slightly strange for a DC Comic. Stormwatch #1 * 1/2 Meh. Grifter #1 * That was just really weird. Voodoo #1 *** Hmm, this was pretty interesting, I didn't really predict the end, and I'm curious to see what happens next! Deathstroke #1 **** Brutal! I'd like to read some more about Deathstroke, he's a really cool character. Suicide Squad #1 ***** I liked the other Suicide Squad series, but this one seems just as good! D.M.A.C. #1 * This is a big no. It was slightly weird, and not very interesting. All-Star Western #1 *** This is a Jonah Hex comic. It was pretty good, and interesting to see Gotham back in the 1800s. I want to find out who is doing all of the murdering! Blackhawks #1 ** 1/2 Mehhhhhhhhhhh. Men of War #1 * DNF Teen Titans #1 *** I've already read most of the Teen Titans, but in my opinion it was pretty good! [link to review Vol. 1:It's Our Right to Fight] Static Shock #1 ** 1/2 This was okay, but not interesting enough to make me want to read more. So many obscure characters! Hawk and Dove #1 *** It wasn't bad, it was kind of interesting. But not enough to convince me to read more. I think it's because of the characters, I don't really like them all that much. Blue Beetle #1 *** I think I could read more of this, it was pretty interesting! Legion Lost #1 * Meh. Legion of Super-Heroes #1 * DNF

  15. 5 out of 5

    Neon Sunscreen

    This hardcover collects all #1's (launch titles) of The New 52. That's 52 issues; like a sampler platter of the upcoming lineup. Some of these are pretty good, others are bad, and the rest are at least worth checking out. If you were ever curious how Flashpoint changed the DC Universe, this is the book for you. Honestly, this is more of a collector's item than an essential read. The book is irrelevant now and severely overpriced. This hardcover collects all #1's (launch titles) of The New 52. That's 52 issues; like a sampler platter of the upcoming lineup. Some of these are pretty good, others are bad, and the rest are at least worth checking out. If you were ever curious how Flashpoint changed the DC Universe, this is the book for you. Honestly, this is more of a collector's item than an essential read. The book is irrelevant now and severely overpriced.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jimmy

    i love super hero books so of course i like this book

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elliott Frank

    I struggled to finish the collected New 52. This period of DC continuity is just too banal and arcane for me to become invested in any of the characters.

  18. 4 out of 5

    James Burky

    The entire collection can be a lot to get through but Black Adam's arc is worth the commitment.

  19. 4 out of 5

    James Reid

    Reviews based on first issue (number denotes last issue read) Best Aquaman - Aquaman is aware of how uncool everyone thinks he is. 1 Wonder Woman - A more myth focused take, which I'm a sucker for. 1 Batwoman - Beautiful art, interesting story, a standout. 1 Nightwing - Batman sidekick goes it alone. Really liked. 1 Good Green Lantern - Villan becomes hero. Nice start. 1 Justice League Dark - Team up of the magic characters. 1 Swamp Thing - Not Alan Moores, but interesting. 1 Animal Man - Takes a Reviews based on first issue (number denotes last issue read) Best Aquaman - Aquaman is aware of how uncool everyone thinks he is. 1 Wonder Woman - A more myth focused take, which I'm a sucker for. 1 Batwoman - Beautiful art, interesting story, a standout. 1 Nightwing - Batman sidekick goes it alone. Really liked. 1 Good Green Lantern - Villan becomes hero. Nice start. 1 Justice League Dark - Team up of the magic characters. 1 Swamp Thing - Not Alan Moores, but interesting. 1 Animal Man - Takes a lame superhero and goes more towards horror. Works well. 1 Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. - Team of monsters fights other monsters, ie Hellboy dc style. 1 Demon Knights - Semi-comic medievel fantasy. 1 OMAC - Gonzo superhero action. 1 Stormwatch - Like the addition of the martian man hunter. The idea of the team who sorts out real problems while the justice league showboats is cool. 1 The Flash - Guy runs fast. Good introduction. 1 Birds of Prey - Good first issue, would prefer oracle in team. 1 Batman - Nice introduction to all the robins. 1 Batman and Robin - Another solid batman story. 1 Batgirl - Liked more than I expected, particularly her fragility. Still prefer her as oracle. 1 Superboy - Very interesting idea, ties into Teen Titans (really need to read both it seems). Ok, and continuing Resurrection Man - Dude fight angels and adapts to what ever killed him last, Ok. 1 DC Universe Presents - Deadman, quantum leap I guess. 1 All-Star Western - Jonah Hex in old arkham. Has potential, but feels incomplete. 1 Justice League - Not sure I liked, makes protagonists tools. 1 Supergirl - Basically a fight scene. But a good fight scene. 1 Action Comics - Working class hero superman is cool idea, otherwise mediocre. 1 Captain Atom - Um, not very good story about the character Dr Manhattan was based on. Still interested though. Blue Beetle - Hispanic superhero. Not good, but will give a second issue a go in the hope of something better. Deathstroke - Deadpool without the humor (ie the good part). Give it one more issue but... Superman - Lex luthor vs superman. Hope it gets better. Teen Titans - Superhero teens targeted, former robin saving them. Bordering on good, but auto read due to superboy tie in. Green Lantern Corps - I liked pretty much all the GL titles, this is the team up book. Green Lantern: New Guardians - Interesting set up with the other colours. Could get to good if it fleshes them out. Red Lanterns - See above with the red lanterns. Detective Comics - Darker take on batman, focusing on his crime solving. Didn't like the execution at all, but will try again to see if it lives up to the core idea. Ok, but not continuing I, Vampire - Much better than some I'm going to keep reading, vampire civil war. Men of War - Again, Good, just not my scene. Special forces soldiers in a world of superheroes. Batman: The Dark Knight - Unbelievably pretentious. Too many better batman books. Batwing - Batman in africa. Not bad, but don't like the photo realistic art style. Justice League International - UN sponsered supers. Didn't really get a feeling for any of the characters except Batman and a green lantern, who aren't in the team. Pretty much the only venue for booster gold fans though. The Savage Hawkman - Liked the crypto-zoology angle, not the superheroics. Static Shock - dull and generic super story with electric powers. Legion Lost - future superheroes lost in the present. Just didn't capture me. Bad Mister Terrific - Ugh, techno James bond with bad art. Blackhawks - UN military superheroes. Catwoman - Terrible, which is saying something for a story about a superhero blackhat thief who bangs batman. The Fury of Firestorm - Villans, superscience, highschool students, boredom. Green Arrow - I'm like a younger version of batman (rich, white, priviledged), but with a bow and super arrows instead of bat gadgets, and lame. Red Hood and the Outlaws - Former robin and another bow weilding guy shag their superhero alien girlfriend while fighting injustice. Trying too hard to be cool. Suicide Squad - Didn't finish. Terrible. Batman animated Harly is one of my favourite characters, so this was already on dangerous ground, but just don't bother. Voodoo - Alien shapeshifter stripper. Stupid story, stupid plot, stupid characters - the some of the stupidity is greater than the sum of its parts though. Hawk and Dove - Team up between mismatched supers (a bruiser and a flyer) who work for the government: almost as bad as suicide squad. That's saying a lot.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chris Flowers

    Green Lantern, one of my favorite superheroes.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rick Sand

    I read these books individually, not as the collection. I posted reviews for about 100 books from the first 3 months of the relaunch on my website, too. I have no problem with reboots. I lost a few characters I liked, notably Stephanie Brown as Batgirl, but for the most part I welcomed this. DC did way too many events in a very short period starting with Identity Crisis and ending with Flashpoint. I lost interest in a lot of DC comics because of this. I wasn't a fan of Grant Morrison's vision for I read these books individually, not as the collection. I posted reviews for about 100 books from the first 3 months of the relaunch on my website, too. I have no problem with reboots. I lost a few characters I liked, notably Stephanie Brown as Batgirl, but for the most part I welcomed this. DC did way too many events in a very short period starting with Identity Crisis and ending with Flashpoint. I lost interest in a lot of DC comics because of this. I wasn't a fan of Grant Morrison's vision for Batman either. From time to time a reboot is nice to simplify convoluted history, especially when the creative talent changes so frequently in comics today. With that said, there are some really good relaunches here, and conversely some horrible ones. Savage Hawkman, Static Shock, Deathstroke, and Catwoman are just a few of the clunkers. I'd say I abandoned about 20 books after the first issue, so that's 40% of this collection I wouldn't recommend. After four months I'm hovering around 20-22, still on the fence about a handful in the long run. Overall, that's pretty good. I'm in the minority on some books I like as well as some I think are rubbish. In the end, with a collection this varied, it's going to come down to personal taste. As for me, here are my top recommendations: 1) Birds of Prey - Tons of fun, great cast, plenty of action, great team chemistry. 2) Suicide Squad - Weak first issue, but picked up in issue #2 where it has remained strong with a fun cast and wild situations that remind me a bit of Garth Ennis & John McCrea's Hitman series. 3) Batman & Robin - Another weak first issue. Tomasi can't nail the voice of a ten-year-old, but the villain is fantastic, the pacing and visual storytelling are some of the best I've ever seen, and the character interactions are fresh and interesting. 4) Blackhawks - Sometimes I think I'm alone on this one, as it seems fated for cancellation. Blackhawks is incredibly fast-paced and packs to the rafters. Every issue is loaded with a great cohesive narrative, high stakes, plenty of action, and solid team dynamics. 5) Nightwing - Focuses around Dick Grayson's past and how it affects his present. Presents complicated conflicting decisions ahead. Great romance story with a bit of a love triangle that I don't see being a major part of the story, but it's there. Just solid storytelling in a nutshell. Other books I'm really enjoying are Swamp Thing, Batgirl, Justice League, Captain Atom, Justice League Dark, Flash, Batman, Batman Dark Knight, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Teen Titans, Aquaman, I Vampire, Wonder Woman, Animal Man, Batwoman, Action Comics and All-Star Western. Batman Dark Knight leaves a mixed impression in the first issue - and well, most of its issues. The investigation by Internal Affairs is interesting, but the monster-making toxin and Playboy bunny villain are just ridiculous. Justice League will probably let most readers down in this collection, since there's really no league in issue #1. A few other titles are decent or have promise but I stopped reading them, but like I said, it's ultimately personal taste. I think Deathstroke is one of the worst books of the bunch and I know people who like it. Overall, for the price tag, you might just want to stick with titles you know you'll have an interest in. DC will be releasing 52 different collections featuring the opening story for each series if you prefer collections to individual comics.

  22. 5 out of 5

    TJ Shelby

    Wow, I thought that maybe I'd like half of these. Honestly, aside from the two Legion titles I would totally read the TPB's when they come out from all of these. Special note: Red Hood & Outlaws, Frankenstein, I Vampire and All-Star Western. I expected very little out of those and they were pleasant surprises. 1. Justice League #1 by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee 2. Justice League International #1 by Dan Jurgens and Aaron Lopresti 3. Teen Titans #1 by Scott Lobdell, Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund 4. Suicide Wow, I thought that maybe I'd like half of these. Honestly, aside from the two Legion titles I would totally read the TPB's when they come out from all of these. Special note: Red Hood & Outlaws, Frankenstein, I Vampire and All-Star Western. I expected very little out of those and they were pleasant surprises. 1. Justice League #1 by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee 2. Justice League International #1 by Dan Jurgens and Aaron Lopresti 3. Teen Titans #1 by Scott Lobdell, Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund 4. Suicide Squad #1 by Adam Glass and Marco Rudy 5. Action Comics #1 by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales 6. Superman #1 by George Pérez and Jesus Merino 7. Superboy #1 by Scott Lobdell and R.B. Silva and Rob Lean 8. Supergirl #1 by Michael Green, Mike Johnson and Mahmud A. Asrar 9. Batman #1 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo 10. Detective Comics #1 by Tony Daniel 11. Batman: The Dark Knight #1 by David Finch 12. Batgirl #1 by Gail Simone, Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes 13. Batwoman #1 by J.H. Williams III, Haden Blackman and Amy Reeder 14. Catwoman #1 by Judd Winick and Guillem March 15. Red Hood And The Outlaws #1 by Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort 16. Batwing #1 by Judd Winick and Ben Oliver 17. Nightwing #1 by Kyle Higgins and Eddy Barrows 18. Batman And Robin #1 by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason 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 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 25. Wonder Woman #1 by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang 26. Flash #1 by Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul 27. Green Arrow #1 by JT 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 30. Blue Beetle #1 by Tony Bedard and Ig Guara 31. Fury Of Firestorm #1 by Gail Simone, Ethan Van Sciver and Yildiray Cinar 32. Mr Terrific #1 by Eric Wallace and Roger Robinson 33. Captain Atom #1 by JT Krul and Freddie Williams II 34. OMAC #1 by Dan DiDio, Keith Giffen and Scott Koblish 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 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 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

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Cristiani

    This book is a tome. It's soooo heavy. You can barely crack it open in parts. But what's inside is ultimately worth reading. The volume contains 52 issue-number-ones from the 2011 DC reboot. This was perfect timing for me, since I have never been a comic subscriber but have been toying with the idea, and didn't know where to start. So the volume serves as a 'get to know you' for some characters you know, and some you don't. I admit to not reading all 52 of the first issues. I read 33 of them, whic This book is a tome. It's soooo heavy. You can barely crack it open in parts. But what's inside is ultimately worth reading. The volume contains 52 issue-number-ones from the 2011 DC reboot. This was perfect timing for me, since I have never been a comic subscriber but have been toying with the idea, and didn't know where to start. So the volume serves as a 'get to know you' for some characters you know, and some you don't. I admit to not reading all 52 of the first issues. I read 33 of them, which I figure still qualifies me to review the volume. Of those 33, eleven I would continue to read, and three I would pay for. And a few others, I might get one more issue, just to see if I still like it. So maybe DC will get more of my business soon. There was more good than bad. Because I am a Batman buff I was especially interested in that comic family. The regular old Batman is still my favorite, but Dectective comics had GREAT animation, and Batwoman was also gorgeous to look at. Batgirl's story was really solid - great job, Gail Simone. I've never liked Robin much, and I don't like the new Robin either, but Nightwing is ok. I still can't get into Birds of Prey, try as I might. And despite myself I always think Red Hood is awesome. I admit to not knowing there was such a thing as Justice League Dark - sounds like it should be dipped in chocolate - but that was decent too. I was surprised that I actually liked - wait for it - Aquaman. I hate Aquaman. Everybody hates Aquaman. But the comic is just...good. He walks out of the sea, and everybody starts laughing. IN THE COMIC. Even they hate him. Then they try to shoot bullets at him, and they bounce off, and make him mad. Hey, he's got some gravitas, here! Then he goes into a diner and orders fish and chips. It gave me the impression that there's more to him than I thought, and it was really, really well done. Good work DC. Maybe from now on I'll actually know what the hell is going on when I read a comic. Though somehow, I doubt it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Shelby

    DC did a complete reboot of EVERYTHING. Now, when I heard they were doing this I admit I was not a happy fan. I'm already mentally and emotionally invested in long-running storylines. I was unhappy with the idea of an almost complete throw-out of all that comic-history that was going to be wiped away. A tiny part of my brain whispered to me: what if? What if its amazing? A lot of the different series have gone through so much in just the recent years - where could they take it...except to erase DC did a complete reboot of EVERYTHING. Now, when I heard they were doing this I admit I was not a happy fan. I'm already mentally and emotionally invested in long-running storylines. I was unhappy with the idea of an almost complete throw-out of all that comic-history that was going to be wiped away. A tiny part of my brain whispered to me: what if? What if its amazing? A lot of the different series have gone through so much in just the recent years - where could they take it...except to erase it? What if? Then...I read one. then, another one. Another. Another. And I was blown away. I read every first issue of each of the new 52 different series. Even the obscure ones that I normally wouldn't have even glanced at. Every issue was well-written. Every issue left me with wanting to read more. Every issue jumped right into detailed captivating characters and circumstances. The tiny whisper in my brain became a shout. DC - you are amazing.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jaq

    This is an incredibly heavy book. I had to prop it up at times to read, as I just couldn't hold it up. Having said that, I really enjoyed this collection and re imagining of the various super heroes. There were some stand outs for story telling and some awesome illustrations, but yet again, this obsession with big breasts and tiny waists on all the super women really got boring. I really would like to see more female writers and illustrators get in there and show them what women can do. The comp This is an incredibly heavy book. I had to prop it up at times to read, as I just couldn't hold it up. Having said that, I really enjoyed this collection and re imagining of the various super heroes. There were some stand outs for story telling and some awesome illustrations, but yet again, this obsession with big breasts and tiny waists on all the super women really got boring. I really would like to see more female writers and illustrators get in there and show them what women can do. The complexity of male characters illustrates what short shrift is given to those of their female counterparts. (The Wonder Woman comic in this anthology stands out as not being as strong as the others, and why does she only receive one entry when the other members of the trinity (Batman and Superman) get a whole raft of spin offs...... Ah there's my rant - but all in all this is a crackerjack collection, and I did enjoy it....

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stefan Mesch

    Of the 52 first issues in this (massive, but often hit-and-miss) collection, here are... ...my 5 picks for new readers: 1) 'The Flash' 2) 'Batwoman' 3) 'Justice League' 4) 'DC Universe presents: Deadman' 5) 'Batman and Robin' ...my 5 picks with elaborate, but more complex / continuity-heavy plots: 1) 'Animal Man' 2) 'Wonder Woman 3) 'Swamp Thing 4) 'Nightwing' 5) 'Green Lantern' ...some 'big name' series that are solid, if not outstanding: 'Superman', 'Action Comics', 'Aquaman', 'Batman', 'Batgirl' Of the 52 first issues in this (massive, but often hit-and-miss) collection, here are... ...my 5 picks for new readers: 1) 'The Flash' 2) 'Batwoman' 3) 'Justice League' 4) 'DC Universe presents: Deadman' 5) 'Batman and Robin' ...my 5 picks with elaborate, but more complex / continuity-heavy plots: 1) 'Animal Man' 2) 'Wonder Woman 3) 'Swamp Thing 4) 'Nightwing' 5) 'Green Lantern' ...some 'big name' series that are solid, if not outstanding: 'Superman', 'Action Comics', 'Aquaman', 'Batman', 'Batgirl', 'Supergirl', 'Birds of Prey' ... 10 bad books: 1) 'Suicide Squad' 2) 'Red Hood and the Outlaws' 3) 'Legion Lost' 4) 'Deathstroke' 5) 'Captain Atom' 6) 'OMAC' 7) 'Catwoman' 8) 'Red Lanterns' 9) 'Detective Comics' (what a disappointment!) 10) 'Static Shock' (this character deserves a better writer, too.)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Summer

    Yes, I read the ENTIRE volume! It only gets three stars though because to my understanding this was an attempt by DC to refresh and reintroduce characters in the DC universe, particularly to those who were not very familiar with them before. While I understand a lot of the concept and origins behind many of these superheroes, as a newcomer to DC Comics, I still felt pretty lost as far as storylines and character relationships are concerned. I didn't expect for everything to be spelled out to me, Yes, I read the ENTIRE volume! It only gets three stars though because to my understanding this was an attempt by DC to refresh and reintroduce characters in the DC universe, particularly to those who were not very familiar with them before. While I understand a lot of the concept and origins behind many of these superheroes, as a newcomer to DC Comics, I still felt pretty lost as far as storylines and character relationships are concerned. I didn't expect for everything to be spelled out to me, but I would have probably enjoyed it more than I did if I was more familiar with the DC universe. Nevertheless, a good collection with great artwork :) Props to the new Aquaman writers! - I have never been an Aquaman fan, but you guys succeed in making him one of the cool superheroes again! Here I was thinking it couldn't be done.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    To be fair, I didn't read all the issues in this collection - but of those that I did read, well, I have to say that it is pretty obvious that this latest reboot from DC is clearly nothing more than a marketing ploy to generate publicity in order to sell more copies. There is little, if any, substance to the changes that have been made and those that were are almost unilaterally arbitrary. If sales were so bad that DC had to fall on such desperate measures, I really do not see how this is going To be fair, I didn't read all the issues in this collection - but of those that I did read, well, I have to say that it is pretty obvious that this latest reboot from DC is clearly nothing more than a marketing ploy to generate publicity in order to sell more copies. There is little, if any, substance to the changes that have been made and those that were are almost unilaterally arbitrary. If sales were so bad that DC had to fall on such desperate measures, I really do not see how this is going to have any long-term positive impact on sales. I'm sure sales will (and have) increased for DC as the media hype circulates, but in a few months I will not be surprised to see title after title being cancelled.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dane Jackson

    It was a chore to read this tome. Clocking in at over 1500 pages, this collection includes the #1 issues for the initial New 52 reboot. I get that it's a long collection, but something focusing on such a monumental moment in DC's history should have really had more extras and intros. As it is, this is a very down and dirty collection. I used this to decide this of the New 52 I should actually pay attention to. The problem with rebooting an entire universe is that there's good stuff, bad stuff, a It was a chore to read this tome. Clocking in at over 1500 pages, this collection includes the #1 issues for the initial New 52 reboot. I get that it's a long collection, but something focusing on such a monumental moment in DC's history should have really had more extras and intros. As it is, this is a very down and dirty collection. I used this to decide this of the New 52 I should actually pay attention to. The problem with rebooting an entire universe is that there's good stuff, bad stuff, and a whole lot of "meh" stuff. I was surprised by the quality of a couple series, but for the most part the stuff I expected to be good was, and the stuff I didn't expect to be good, wasn't.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Beckiezra

    This deserves more stars because it's such an awesome idea but I bothered to read MAYBE a quarter of it (though I did look at every page) so obviously it wasn't great enough to hold my attention more. I liked that it had all the new 52 books, I just didn't care about so very many of them. The ones I did get into I was sad to only have the first chapter. I mainly got this for the Batman stuff but I read a number of other things, mostly if the art caught my attention or it looked like an interestin This deserves more stars because it's such an awesome idea but I bothered to read MAYBE a quarter of it (though I did look at every page) so obviously it wasn't great enough to hold my attention more. I liked that it had all the new 52 books, I just didn't care about so very many of them. The ones I did get into I was sad to only have the first chapter. I mainly got this for the Batman stuff but I read a number of other things, mostly if the art caught my attention or it looked like an interesting story. I don't know if everything is pretty much automatically made into a graphic novel collection lately, but I wouldn't mind checking out some of the series more in depth though I wouldn't be interested in buying any of them. Yay for libraries!

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