On the heels of their announcement to reboot the universe, DC Comics announced the first batch of creative teams and books that will be a part of the latest DC mulligan Thursday afternoon. Also unveiled is their price structure for their day-and-date digital comics.
Basically both print and digital will be the same initial price for the first four weeks of release. $2.99 for the average comic, and $3.99 for oversized issues like Justice League #1. Then after four weeks, the digital version will drop down $1 to either $2.99 or $1.99 based on the page count. If some special cases, like Justice League #1, a consumer can buy both at an escalated price of $4.99 for a combo pack that will be polybagged with a code to download the comic. In other words, if you’re looking to go with digital comics as a cost-cutting method, expect to be behind on all of your comics by at least one month.
We already know that Justice League#1 by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee will kick everything off on August 31st as the only new title out that week (the end of Flashpoint will be released that week as well). Here are ten more titles and their creative teams.
Descriptions, images and copy were taken from DC’s blog, The Source.
New York Times bestselling writer Brian Azzarello, author of The Joker and 100 Bullets, teams up with the immensely talented artist Cliff Chiang (Neil Young’s Greendale) for WONDER WOMAN #1, an exciting new series starring the DC Universe’s greatest superheroine. The cover to issue #1 is by Cliff Chiang.
This is probably the most intriguing title of this first bunch. Azzarello and Chiang reunite (Doctor 13) for what should be a most unique take on the undersung member of the Trinity. This is the first female character that Azzarello has worked on a regular basis since Dizzy Cordova and Megan Dietrich in 100 Bullets. Oh, I could care less about a costume, Cliff Chiang is doing the art, she’ll look good with a cardboard box as a costume.
Geoff Johns, one of comics’ greatest storytellers, reunites with GREEN LANTERN and BRIGHTEST DAY collaborator Ivan Reis to bring you a thrilling new take on the fan-favorite hero of the sea in AQUAMAN #1. The cover to issue #1 is by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado.
How do you get people to read Aquaman? Get Geoff Johns to write it.
Rising superstar Francis Manapul, fresh off his acclaimed run on THE FLASH with Geoff Johns, makes his comics writing debut in THE FLASH #1, sharing both scripting and art duties with Brian Buccellato. The Flash knows he can’t be everywhere at once, but what happens when he faces an all-new villain who can? The cover to issue #1 is by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato.
I’m really enjoying Manapul’s work on Flash, but we’ll see if his stories are as good as his art. Following Johns won’t be an easy task and is not fair to place that high a bar for someone making their writing debut on such a major character. So the best thing to do is walk in with an open mind and see what Manapul has up his sleeve.
The Fury of Firestorm
Welcome to a major new vision of the Nuclear Man as writers Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone team up with artist Yildiray Cinar to deliver THE FURY OF FIRESTORM #1. Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond are two high school students, worlds apart – and now they’re drawn into a conspiracy of super science that bonds them forever in a way they can’t explain or control. The cover to issue #1 is by Ethan Van Sciver.
This team-up is just brilliant. I’ve never cared about Firestorm before but with Simone and Van Sciver co-writing it could be worth a try.
The Savage Hawkman
Batman writer Tony Daniel will team up with artist Philip Tan (GREEN LANTERN: AGENT ORANGE, THE OUTSIDERS) for THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #1. Carter Hall’s skill at deciphering lost languages has led him to a job with an archeologist who specializes in alien ruins – but will the doctor’s latest discovery spread an alien plague through New York City? No matter the personal cost, Carter Hall must don his cowl and wings and become the new, savage Hawkman to survive. The cover to issue #1 is by Philip Tan.
I haven’t read Hawkman in years but this is scariest he’s looked in years. The gauntlet/shield is an interesting design element.
Oliver Queen is an orphan who grew up to fight crime as the Green Arrow, a billionaire playboy who uses his fortune to become a superhero – able to fight the most powerful super-villains in the universe with nothing but a bow and arrow. JT Krul will write GREEN ARROW #1 with art by superstar artist Dan Jurgens. The cover to issue #1 is by Brett Booth.
Another character who’s been written very well in the past is Oliver and I’d hate to see some of those stories wiped clean to start anew, but hopefully they retain his connection to Black Canary. What piques my interest is Dan Jurgens doing the art.
Justice League International
A team of internationally-drafted superheroes fight each other and their bureaucratic supervisors as much as they do global crime in JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #1 from writer Dan Jurgens and artist Aaron Lopresti. The cover to issue #1 is by Aaron Lopresti.
This is a strange team that includes Guy Gardner, Batman, Vixen, and Booster Gold to name just a few. These are good characters on their own, but working together?
The world’s third-smartest man – and one of its most eligible bachelors – uses his brains and fists against science gone mad in MISTER TERRIFIC #1, the new series from writer Eric Wallace and artist Roger Robinson. The cover to issue #1 is by J.G. Jones.
Here’s another supporting character (from the JSA) who finally gets to step into the spotlight in his own. Finally we get to see a brother with some soul to get his own title in the DCU. It’s too bad that JG Jones isn’t doing the interior art as well.
Captain Atom has all the power in the world, but no hope of saving himself. Charged by nuclear energy, possessing vast molecular powers, he has the potential to be a god among men – a hero without limits. But the question is this: Will he lose himself in the process? JT Krul and artist Freddie Williams II take the character in a bold new direction in CAPTAIN ATOM #1. The cover to issue #1 is by Stanley “Artgem” Lau.
I don’t have much to say about Atom except that he’s always been a cool-looking character. I am sad that he won’t be written by Jeff Lemire, but just check out his work on Sweet Tooth.
DC Universe Presents
The anthology series gets a new look in DC Universe Presents, a new series that will focus on multi-issue story arcs each featuring a different superhero from the DC Universe’s rich cast of characters, told by some of comics’ most exciting writers and artists. DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #1 kicks off the first arc of the series: a Deadman story by Paul Jenkins and Bernard Chang. The cover to issue #1 is by Ryan Sook.
I love anthologies, and I really wish they’d be more widely accepted. Some creators just know how to do a short, serialized story. Also some characters can’t sustain a regular monthly. Here’s hoping this one catches on where others have fell short. I’d like to see this mirror what’s currently being done with the Jonah Hex comic.
At first I scoffed at the idea of a complete universe reboot. I understood why they were doing it, but considered that going younger and contemporary felt too much like Marvel’s Ultimate line and slaps the long-time DCU reader in the face for sitting through all of the endless Crisis storylines and giant-sized year long events. But then, that’s part of the problem isn’t it?
The bottom line is that these books have to be written and drawn well so that they’re bought and celebrated, period, print or digital. Make them so good that everyone has to try them, and they will come as I’ve always said. But 52? The title count is a bit daunting, ambitious even, and I really wish they rolled out with a more organic approach of launching new titles, like an initial 25 titles and grow from there based on what the stories and demand dictates. At 52 titles, that’s a monstrous $156 per month if you’re a diehard DC fan, and that’s assuming your don’t read any other comics.
I’m going to cherry pick based on creative teams and characters. And yes, I’ll still be buying print versions, but that’s only because I don’t already have an iPad or am in the practice of reading comics on my computer. How many are you going to try? How will you be buying your DC Comics? Is digital an option for you? Let’s hear what you have to say.