These are the team comics that I’m the most interested in, which haven’t been listed in any of the other articles I wrote prior to this. There are two Justice League teams, a very Young Justice like Teen Titans and a pair of Legion of Superheroes titles. I’m most excited for Justice League and Teen Titans, out of the lot of them, as they appear to have the characters that I know and like.
Justice League #1
Featuring the major characters of the DC universe: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Cyborg (?), this is the title that starts it all. I really enjoy seeing multiple heroes working together.
With the reboot comes the relaunch of two characters that have been spoken about in mass media within the last year. Both were being filmed in live action productions, but only one of those is being released at this time. Green Lantern is in theaters, and the reboot is likely to follow in the footsteps of the film. Wonder Woman was filmed as a pilot for a potential tv series that didn’t get picked up to series.
Green Lantern #1
Green Lantern has very little details about it, but it is only one of a number of new Green Lantern related titles that are being released this September. All DC says about it is: “Change is coming. But set aside your fear. It’ll be worth the wait.” (more)
As promised, here are the new titles in the Batman family of comics. I didn’t include them with the other Batman comics as there are so many. These comics are all spin-offs of the Batman line, or feature characters that came from the Batman comics. Some of them look more interesting to me than others, but we’ll see. As a reminder, these aren’t all of the Batman family titles, only the ones that I plan on picking up the first issues or so.
I used to watch the Adam West Batman tv show, and that was where I was first introduced to the Batgirl character. Later on, she reappeared in Batman: The Animated Series and Barbara Gordan was again in the role. In the comics, DC had her paralyzed at some point and she went under the name Oracle in the series Birds of Prey. That series is also being rebooted, and it appears that Oracle is no longer going to be part of that team as Barbara Gordon is re-taking the Batgirl mantle. I had read a Batgirl series that featured one who was mute, and have been following the latest Batgirl, but this puts a monkeywrench into all of that. In the new series, she’s “going to have to face the city’s most horrifying new villains as well as dark secrets from her past.”
With Batman there are a lot more titles than there are with Superman. Back around the time of the death of Superman storyline, there were four Superman titles each month, and they even added a fifth for the months when there would be a fifth Wednesday for a few years. Now it seems that Batman has become the most popular DC comics character, if I base that thought on the number of Batman titles alone.
In this entry I’m going to only feature the primary Batman titles. The next post will be about the Batman family titles, featuring characters that are spinoffs of the Batman universe.
It’s no secret that, beginning in September with the end of Flashpoint, DC Comics is going to be starting a total of 52 comics over at #1 including many very iconic comics. Here, I’m going to list the ones that I find the most intriguing or that I’m going to continue to read. We’re going to start with the Superman titles that I plan on picking up (at least for the first issue).
Action Comics #1
This is the first Action Comics #1 since the title first released in 1938 and features Superman defending a world that doesn’t trust their first Super Hero. I’m interested in seeing the direction that this goes, as it seems to imply that Superman is, at least in this comic, the lone hero in the world.
Time for another geeky entry. A few months ago, I wrote about Wonder Woman’s new look, and how I liked the modesty that it brought to the character. I also had a feeling that it was created to help with the look of the character in future movie projects. Well, DC just recently announced that they are going to be doing a Justice League movie for release in 2013. They also announced a feature film version of Wonder Woman and The Flash. It’s still too early to see how the upcoming Wonder Woman tv series (that hasn’t been picked up just yet) could have an effect on the film version.
When it comes to the costume of the character, however, there has been a lot of discussion in the last few weeks. The image that I posted at the top of this story is cover art from an upcoming issue of the Wonder Woman comic, #609, which is releasing in June 2011. Apparently the new costume with the pants, shirt and jacket wasn’t meant to last very long. In fact, it seems as though it might have been in an alternate universe. This is a shame, to me, as you can see that she’s now back to her immodest look.
This change wasn’t based on the backlash toward the costume that Adrianne Palicki was initially wearing as Wonder Woman (Diana) for the new tv series’ pilot. It was just part of the storyline. However, the new costume did effect the TV series in a way that I was both happy and upset with. I was happy that it inspired the pants that Diana needs to wear, but upset with the color of them, and the lack of a jacket of any kind.