What’s ahead for the DC-NEW-U?

DC will be releasing 51 #1 comics in September 2011. This makes a total of 52, including JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 which comes out on August 31.

Now we know the creative teams of the first 15.

Being the “DC Guy” here at Comic Booked, I’d like to take a moment to give you my immediate thoughts, including how it stacks up against the current version of the various titles.


The cover to issue #1 by Jim Lee and Scott Williams.

(W) Geoff Johns (A) Jim Lee.

Ok, talk about embarrasement of riches for this book, The big 7 are back, and they will be joined by 7 more (including former Titan Cyborg). This can only be seen as an upgrade for the book that has floundered for 2 years. James Robinson has always been a favorite writer of mine, but his JLA always felt more like the Inferior 5, a team with no Superman, and replacement Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash and Green Lantern. Congorilla? Mikal Tomas? In a title where you could explore their characters, it could be very interesting But the Justice League needs to be about the best of the best, doing what they do best, saving the world.


Cover to issue 1 by Cliff Chiang


(W) Brian Azzarello, (A) Cliff Chiang

In a million years, if you had asked me to name who DC would tap to take over Wonder Woman, I never would have guessed Brian Azzarello. I am dying to see his take on the constantly underperforming Princess of Themyscira. Will this be the book that finally puts WW on par with Supes and Bats in DC’s Trinity? I am not sure yet, but with Cliff Chiang behind the art, you know it’s going to look superb.


issue #1 Cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado.

(W) Geoff Johns (A) Ivan Reis

Geoff Johns has been the go to guy when it comes to rebooting a Silver Age characters, after successfully restoring Hal Jordan and Barry Allen, now it’s the King of the Seven Seas’ turn. Will this be the take that will end the fish jokes? Who can say? But with Ivan Reis drawing, you know it’s gonna look good.


issue #1 cover by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato.


(W/A) Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato
Hmmmm… Turns out Aquaman’s gain will be Flash’s loss. Of a writer, I mean. Manapul will be making his writing debut on this title, making me more than a little nervous for the Scarlet Speedster. I have to admit, Manapul’s style has never felt like a good fit for the speedster.


issue #1 cover by Ethan Van Sciver.

(W) Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone (A) Yildiray Cinar

Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond are still making up the Firestorm matrix. Gail Simone is one of my favorite writers, so I have high expectation for this book. The cover by Ethan Van Sciver has me looking forward to it, but I am wondering why he’s not penciling the interiors. No offense to Cinar, but Van Sciver is a top artist.


cover of issue #1 by Philip Tan.


(W) Tony Daniel (A) Philip Tan

So apparently Hawkman is due for the feature film treatment. With a story that is part Indiana Jones, part Da Vinci Code, and part Ghost. Well that pretty much tells you where DC is going with the Carter Hall Hawkman. I have really enjoyed Tony Daniel’s work on BATMAN, and hope he continues to impress here. I do wonder if making the Carter Hall Hawkman the current one in this reboot should make me worry about the JSA even more than I have already though…


cover of issue 1 by Brett Booth


(W) JT Krul (A) Dan Jurgens

There is a big part of me that is worried that Ollie is going to start to resemble his Smallville counterpart. I hope I am not alone in that fear. JT Krul has done good work with Teen Titans of late, and Dan Jurgens is always solid.


cover to issue 1 by Aaron Lopresti


(W)Dan Jurgens and (A) Aaron Lopresti.

While I like Dan Jurgens as a writer and an artist, I was really hoping for Judd Winick to end up on this book. His work on the Generation Lost series was fantastic. But I do expect to see Maxwell Lord back with Checkmate. Aaron Lopresti was great on GL too, so this book seems to be a no-brainer to buy. Looking at the cover, it’s good to see Guy Gardner will be there, but odd that there’s no Blue Beetle. And is that Donna Troy?

mr_terr_cv1 MISTER TERRIFIC #1
(W) Eric Wallace, (A) Roger Robinson.

Unlike all the other books announced so far, this is first time the lead is getting an ongoing series. Mr. Terrific, the world’s third smartest man (behind Batman and Lex Luthor?) will be taking on the mad scientists and would-be world conquerors with nothing other than his brain. I have always liked Mr. T (but not his t-mask). I hope that this is one of the costumes Jim Lee has improved.


cover of issue #1 by Stanley Lau.

(W) JT Krul (A) Freddie Williams II

I have never been a huge Captain Atom fan. Sure, he’s great with a team, but on his own he’s always been a bit of a cold fish. Even his best villain left him for Green Lantern. He’s got a lot of power, and a bit of confusing history. Monarch anyone? Rebooting may be great for the character, and I hope they bring back his Charlton style costume. Will they bring along any of the other Charlton characters? Peacemaker? The Question? Let’s see.


Cover of issue #1 by Ryan Sook.

Looks like this will be like Showcase. Anthology books are always hit or miss, but maybe by rotating artistic teams, things can be kept fresh. I hope DC will let the artists go crazy, and that readers are willing to take chances with characters and stories they might not buy monthly books for and maybe discover something good in the process.

DC has also released information about the GREEN LANTERN family of books, but as of yet no covers.

(W) Geoff Johns (A) Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy,
cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado.
Looks like this will continue to be Hal’s book. Not sure if they will continue giving each sector two Lanterns, and if so, who his partner will be. John, Guy, Kyle or maybe someone (a non human?) new? Also what will Guy and Hal’s relationship be? Will they have the grudging respect they have developed in the recent past?GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1
(W) Peter J. Tomasi (A) Fernando Pasarin and Scott Hanna
cover by Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy.
So this is going to be John Stewart and Guy Gardner’s GL book. Will this be a “cop in space” book like it was before Blackest Night, with rookie and veteran GL’s side by side and Kilowog being the Drill Sergeant? Or maybe this will be a Special Forces type of team.

(W) Tony Bedard (A)Tyler Kirkham and Batt.
cover by Tyler Kirkham and Batt
This will Kyle’s book. Good to know he will still be around and wielding a ring after the reboot. And he will be leading a team of mixed Lanterns? Let’s hope that means Larfleeze will continue to be around!

And finally…
(W) Peter Milligan (A) Ed Benes and Rob Hunter.
cover by Ed Benes and Rob Hunter.
No idea how this will work as ongoing. But Peter Milligan is a great choice to write this book.

What other creators would you like to see on which titles?

About David Vandervliet

Once, King of all these lands, but now I am just an aging nerd. I enjoy talking about my favorite things to geek about, and hopefully I say something to make you think a little too. My favorite things include: Comics, Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, Science, Astronomy, Math, Music, theatre, movies, writing, baseball, college football (Go Blue!)
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