The New 52 begins here and now!
It’s pretty cool to be at the beginning of a new universe, although the participants are more than familiar to us. Imagine, this must have been what it was like to be there at the dawn of the Marvel Universe or the Silver Age DCU! A few years back, Marvel attempted this with Heroes Reborn and to be honest, that series got me into reading Marvel books I never read in the past. But an entire comic line?
When you open the pages, the first thing you notice is Jim Lee’s incredible pencils and Scott Williams’ inks holding it all together. As you begin to read the story unfolds, you realize what is going on! We are very early on into a ‘Year One’ as superheroes begin to meet for the first time. We are witness to the first meeting of Batman and Green Lantern and later on… Superman!
As you read the story you’ll see why Geoff Johns was picked to chronicle this series. He is not only a master storyteller, but incredible at building relationships and setting up situations for big payoffs! Seeing the first meeting of a much younger Batman and Green Lantern is pretty cool to watch play out. And to see Batman challenge Green Lantern and even (gotta save some spoilers) was pretty amazing! No matter how much things are different, some things remain the same.
Now of course the focus on this book will be the relaunch its build around and the new look costumes and if that is all you’re looking for than you will be disappointed! This book should be judged on its contents and nothing more. I could easily fall in the ‘all star creators won’t stay on this book for long’ trap but I want to judge it and enjoy it for what it is, and that is a great comic book!
I loved everything about this book! I felt a freshness and excitement within the pages that I haven’t felt in a long time! This is day one DC fans… embrace and enjoy it for what it is… a near perfect book!
Matman Rating – 5 out of 5 Fresh Starts!