DC Comics’ New 52 Reboot: The Complete Guide

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Launch Day: Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Justice League #1 (BUY)

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Written by: Geoff Johns, Art by: Jim Lee and Scott Williams


“Comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee make history! In a universe where superheroes are strange and new, Batman has discovered a dark evil that requires him to unite the World Greatest Heroes!”

Jim Lee and Geoff Johns – two of the biggest names in comics – are attempting to return Justice League to its mega-blockbuster status after years of being in comic book purgatory. While Johns has recently experienced some fan backlash due to spreading his creativity too thin, he’s way more hit (Green Lantern: Rebirth, Sinestro Corps War, JSA, 52, Booster Gold, Action Comics, and Superman: Secret Origin) than he is miss (Flash: Rebirth, War of the Green Lanterns, and Brightest Day). And Jim Lee – well, you either like him or you don’t.

Regardless, this book is a MUST BUY if you want to have any idea as to what’s happening in the newly rebooted DCU. The first arc takes place approximately “five years ago,” when superheroes like Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg were just beginning to appear. Batman, on the other hand, has been operating as a masked vigilante for years.

Despite Detective Comics being DC’s “official” flagship title and Action Comics “officially” being the cornerstone of the DCU, Justice League, for all intents and purposes, is both at the same time.

P.S. That “dark evil” that the above solicit refers to?  (SPOILER ALERT!) It’s Darkseid.


Week One: Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 

Action Comics #1 (BUY)

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Written by: Grant Morrison, Art by: Rags Morales and Rick Bryant


“The one and only Grant Morrison (ALL-STAR SUPERMAN) returns to Superman, joined by sensational artist Rags Morales (IDENTITY CRISIS), to bring you tales of The Man of Steel unlike any you’ve ever read! This extra-sized debut issue is the cornerstone of the entire DC Universe!”

Two words: Grant Morrison. That’s all the information necessary to know this book is worthy of immediate purchase. Even though Morrison already wrote the definitive Superman tale in the form of All-Star Superman, this is his chance to write the Man of Steel in his formative years, when he was less refined and more aggressive (much like he originally was in 1938).

The artist on the book, Rags Morales, is probably best known for drawing Brian Meltzer’s Identity Crisis. Frankly, I find his art to be hit and miss, but everything we’ve seen so far of his Action Comics work looks top-notch.

The book will initially take place “six years ago,” which is about a year before Batman forms the Justice League. For fans wondering why Superman’s costume is composed of a T-shirt, jeans, dress shoes, and tiny cape, it’s because Morrison is planning to show us how Clark Kent came to look like the man of tomorrow we know and love. Also, that baby-sized cape was actually intended to be used by a baby – it’s literally the security blanket he was found with when his Kryptonian ship crash-landed near Smallville, Kansas.


Detective Comics #1 (EH)

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Written by: Tony Daniel, Art by: Tony Daniel and Ryan Winn


“DC’s flagship title is relaunched for the first time ever, with new Batman adventures from acclaimed writer/ artist Tony S. Daniel! A killer called The Gotham Ripper is on the loose on Batman’s home turf – leading The Dark Knight on a deadly game of cat and mouse.”

I’ve read enough of Tony Daniel’s previous Batman run to know that I don’t have much interest in his Detective Comics - especially since Daniel referred to it as “hardcore” Batman. Hardcore anything usually spells creative doom, in my experience. However, from what I’ve seen of the previews and covers, his art is better than it ever has been, which makes it somewhat more desirable.

But even that beautiful art – and the statement from The Flash artist/co-writer Francis Manapul that the first issue has “probably the greatest cliffhanger [he's] ever read” – isn’t enough to put this in my buy pile. Maybe if I hear good things, I’ll pick it up. Maybe.


Green Arrow #1 (DO NOT BUY)

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Written by: J.T. Krul, Art by: Dan Jurgens and George Perez


“Green Arrow is on the hunt. Driven by inner demons, Ollie Queen travels the world and brings outlaws to justice…by breaking every law. Now, armed with cutting-edge weaponry and illegally gained intel (courtesy of his team at QCore), Green Arrow is shooting first and asking questions later.”

J.T. Krul is responsible for writing one of the most infamously atrocious comic books of the past decade – Justice League: The Rise of Arsenal – reviled and viciously mocked on the Internet for its hilarious portrayal of drug addiction and dead cat hallucinations.

So for me, this is an automatic DO NOT BUY. Which is a shame, considering the art – drawn by Dan Jurgens and inked by George Perez – looks pretty good. Also, I’m not much of a Green Arrow fan to begin with, so changing his costume to look more like that of the Green Arrow from CW’s Smallville just isn’t enough to reel me in.


Batgirl #1 (BUY)

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Written by: Gail Simone, Art by: Adrian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes


“Yes, it’s really happening! Barbara Gordon is back as Batgirl – and she’s going to have to face the city’s most horrifying new villains as well as the dark secrets from her past. You won’t want to miss this stunning debut issue from fan-favorite BIRDS OF PREY writer Gail Simone!”

There’s been a lot of controversy about this book, primarily because Barbara Gordon – who has been paralyzed from the waist down since Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke – is returning to the role of Batgirl after a 22-year stint as Oracle. The naysayers’ argument: ‘Oracle was a better, more interesting character than Batgirl ever was. Furthermore, why take away one of the few characters that disabled people can identify with?’

Fans of the reversion argue: ‘But isn’t this a universe where time travel, cybernetics, magic, and the like are commonplace? Why haven’t the genius scientists of the DCU developed a cure for paraplegia at this point? Furthermore, Batgirl is a far more valuable property than Oracle (in terms of $$$), as the latter is mostly unknown to the general public.’

Regardless, Gail Simone is an excellent writer with an excellent handle on the character, so I’ll be getting this book on day one. Still, it’s undeniably unusual that Gotham City will now have two redheaded Bat women (Batgirl and, uh, Batwoman) of similar ages, running around performing essentially the same function.

Oh well! Good is good, regardless of how redundant it is.


Animal Man #1 (BUY)

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Written by: Jeff Lemire, Art by: Travel Foreman and Dan Green


“Buddy Baker has gone from ‘super’ man to family man – but is he strong enough to hold his family together when Maxine, his young daughter, starts to manifest her own dangerous powers? Find out in this dramatic new series from writer Jeff Lemire (SWEET TOOTH) and artist Travel Foreman (The Immortal Iron Fist).”

The Animal Man book from the early ’90s – written by Grant Morrison – redefined the character, the genre, and cemented Morrison’s legendary status in the annals of comic book history.

Much like the Planet of the Apes Broadway show on that one episode of The Simpsons, that book had everything: great family interactions, great traditional superhero adventures, and one of the weirdest, most metafictional comic book trips ever. Every Animal Man book since then has paled in comparison.

Now, I don’t expect Jeff Lemire’s Animal Man to surpass or even match the magnificence of Morrison’s run, but I do expect it to be one of the better books in The New 52. The art is appropriately creepy and the buzz is really strong. Basically, if you’re a fan of Animal Man, superheroes, and/or horror-related stories, this book is for you.


Justice League International #1 (EH)

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Written by: Dan Jurgens, Art by: Aaron Lopresti and Matt Ryan


“With the growing presence of super beings around the world, the United Nations resolves to create a new group called Justice League International. Batman, Booster Gold, Green Lantern Guy Gardner, August General in Iron, Fire, Ice, Vixen and Rocket Red are charged with promoting unity and trust – but can they reach that goal without killing each other first?”

The original Justice League International by Keith Giffen, J.M. Dematteis, and Kevin McGuire, is one of my all-time favorite comics, thanks to its combination of superheroics and sitcom humor – as are the follow-ups Formerly Known As the Justice League and Can’t Believe It’s Not the Justice League. But this book? This book seems to be JLI in name only.

Yeah, sure, the characters are there – plus Plastic Man, which is actually very cool – but none of the original creators are involved and Booster Gold is suddenly Canadian for some reason.

Look, I like Dan Jurgens. As an artist, he’s one of the few reliable workhorses in the industry (too bad he’s not actually drawing JLI). And he’s not a bad writer, either – he did a lot of great work in the ’90s, and his recent run on Booster Gold wasn’t bad.

Long story short, I don’t expect this book to be awful, but I’ll be really surprised if it’s not a shell of its former self.

DC New 52 Week 1 (pt. 2)….

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  1. I am one of the fabled “New Readers.” Thus, I am not biased in my review of the New 52 because I don’t have a history of how things were. I read: Justice League, Action Comics, Batman and Robin, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Detective Comics, Superman, Firestorm, Suicide Squad and Supergirl. After three months of issues, here is my verdict:

    Top Tier
    Suicide Squad
    Justice League

    Middle Tier
    Green Lantern
    The Flash
    Detective Comics

    Bottom Tier (and will not be buying more)
    Action Comics
    Wonder Woman
    Batman and Robin

    • How could you possibly think that Wonder Woman is bottom tier? I’m loving this run so far. Action Comics has been good as well, this last issue was a bit of a miss, but I’m interested to see what the next issue brings because, honestly, the first two were really good. I haven’t read Batman and Robin, so I can’t really say about that one. Also, I think that Green Lantern, Aquaman, Batman, Captain Atom, and Flash are really good so far and I can’t wait to see where they’re going. Have you read the solo Batman title?

      • I’ve read the first 3 issues of Batman & Robin and it isn’t as great as I’d hoped for. There has been a lot of setup, but not much else. I’m still hoping it will improve–I think Damian Wayne is a great character, and he and Bruce definitely need to get to know each other!

    • Action Comics have been underwhelming so far…Superman Unchained has been great. I’ll probably check out Suicide Squad because of this post though – I’d neglected it before.
      You should realize though that Superman New 52 is the driving force behind the reboot and should give it more credit.


  2. I have been reading DC since the 1970s but I somehow became excited by this reboot. I realized it was because the continuity was a mess and this simplified everything. I collect 9 titles only. Aquaman is out in front to my own surprise. After 3 issues. This is my tier list:

    Aquaman (beautiful art, reads like a movie)
    Justice League (fun, camraderie between heroes, Superman kicks everyone’s butt)
    Green Lantern (artwork and Sinestro)


    Batman ( great storyline)
    Green Arrow

    Flash (art ok but dull, not easy to follow)
    Savage Hawkman (becoming silly after okay first 2 issues, weird artwork)

    My 13 year ol son loves Flash but thinks this series is dull. Might pick up All Star Western too; looks like a good series.

    Aquaman (

    • I loved the Flash, I found the art very unique.

      • Yeah, Flash is beautiful.

  3. Dear DC-Kid okay you may be right but in the revamped Teen Titans there is A group called N.O.W.E.R.E. using the kids as lab rats. And I still want to know what happened to Donna Troy. Did she just vanish along with Wall West,Jade and A few others. Because with the story arc in Wonder Woman her take and reactions would be interisting.

  4. Honestly, I’m loving the New 52. I’m really only following Aquaman, Batman, Batman: Dark Knight, Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps, but still I look forward to release day every week.
    I wish I could read the new run of Swamp Thing, but after re-reading Alan Moore’s run of (Saga of the) Swamp Thing, I can’t find myself to pick it up.

    • Dude its is really good. Moore’s Swamp Thing is epic though.

  5. I would actually be kinda excited for the roboot is i wasn’t busy freaking out over Robin(Dick Grayson). I don’t know how much there redoing and i would be seriously pi**ed of if they messed with my two favorite characters (Bat and Rob) or even made it so he didn’t exist.

    • I hope by now you’ve realized Dick Grayson is doing just fine in the reboot but as Nightingale, not as Robin. Tim Drake is Red Robin, and Damian Wayne is Robin.

      • You mean Nightwing, right?

        • Yes, of course…damnable predictive text :P

  6. I found the Teen Titans extremely disappointing. They just thought it was okay to delete Tim Drake’s entire history with the Titans and Young Justice?? I liked Red Robin’s solo comic and Stephanie Brown as the new Batgirl. Is she going to be Spoiler again? And what about Cassandra Cain, did she just disappear? Urgh, I hate when DC does this…if they wanted to relaunch they could have at least finished the stories they started

    • Yeah I agree with you. In reverse order: Cassandra Cain was two scoops of AWSOME! Where the Fobart did she go? Stephanie Brown had finally started to come into her own and I was following her storyline avidly… What?… Was she abducted by evil editor aliens?! And, of course saving the best for last, RED ROBIN: WHAT WERE THEY THINKING!?!?

      The Evolution of Tim Drake through the years culminating in his debut as Red Robin was EPIC!! LEGENDARY!! The costume was superb and his demeanor… It was Blessedly and Wonderfully Unique. Born from the Batman persona he grew into his own brand of hero. One that went up against Rahs Al Ghul and Won!! (as much as anyone can truly win against Rahs)

      I practically Drooled in anticipation of each new Red Robin comic. Heck I’d almost given up comic books completely until his series came out! The Red Robin Title renewed my love of the genre. And while I was saddened when the Red Robin title was discontinued I took comfort in the fact that he would show up as the wonderful character that brought me back to the table in other titles. (as well as harboring hope that his title would be picked up again)

      Now look at what’s been done to him! oajdhfopwf oiqkjfdhfdoi ;owjfho[wfijqw (bangs head into keyboard in frustration)

      All the uniqueness, the Verve, the… the… Chutzpah! It’s all gone. All that’s left is a former sidekick putting together and leading a team for the first time. It’s not epic… It’s not legendary… It’s not Red Robin. It’s just an teenage ex-Robin who put a color in front of his name.


      I’ll will, however, continue to read the Teen Titans title with the hope and prayer that DC will make something unique of him again.

      (Sigh) I Hope.

      • PREACH!!!!!!

  7. Anybody read Wonder Woman #7 it seems about every 35 years the Amazons put to sea naked. Then pay A booty call on the first ship they find. And after A party that would make Hugh Heffener blush. They kill the poor guys and probly sink the ship. Nine mounths later they celebrate A daughter. Or are saddened by thr birth of A son. And we are suposed to belive Diana never noticed any of this. Realy she never heard any babys crying,never saw any little girls on the island.

  8. I’m love the new 52, anyone reading these comments, the first 8 issues of the new 52 seem to set up the series, so we’ll have to wait till the 9th to see if I’m right, but it seems that way in a lot and I read 80% of them. This is also a woman’s perspective, so if anyone reading this is a woman, they may be more inclined to agree, I tend to see the magic comics more so liked by female audiences.

    Top tier:
    -Wonder Woman (it get’s really good, read it for yourself and see if you like it or not)
    -Batman Inc (Batman is so crazy, love other bats)
    -Green Lantern New Guardians (for light lovers, all lights, plus kyle rayner is so imaginative, makes you hate guardians more too)
    -Green Lantern, (wtf Sinestro O.o, but I’m digging it)
    -The Justice League Dark/ I, Vampire cross over was good, I like how they played off of each other, and you had to read both to get the full story, shows the new 52 universes are interconnected, you got gotham and bat family action also.

    Mid Tier
    -Demon Knights, I’m liking it, could be top tier with more development to me
    -Red Lanterns, I like the direction they are going.

    Bottom Tier
    -Justice League International, I was pumped at first, then it just got boring imho.

    All the others I’m still making decisions about as I’m reading, I’m not too attached.

  9. The more I read it, the more I hate the New 52…with the exception of Aquaman and The Justice League and that is only because of the Shazam mini-series in it. I am the biggest Batman fan and now can’t stand it. Shame on you DC >:(

    • I have to agree with you about Batman. In the old DC universe he was LEGENDARY!! almost like a mortal GOD in the fact even when bled he still went at it, and he NEVER did it stupid.

      Now he seems… I’m not sure how to accurately describe it… Inept? Yes, Inept. He makes rooky Robin type of mistakes. And now he’s sleeping with Catwoman AND letting her get away with her particular brand of mischief?! Heck, he’s even covered for her!

      No. Way.

      I don’t know what kind of Mishigas they’re up to over at DC but I hope they’re able to pull it together and get him back into true Batman Fighting trim soon. (and this court of owls thing does NOT count)

  10. I am abandoning dc. Marvel is my favorite now, Dc has taken a trip to the parallel universe of Bizarro World. Superman should be the flagship character, but he seems wayyyyyyy too mediocre now, and it is sad to say but his lame superman Tshirt with jeans looks 10 times better than his Kryptonian Supersuit which looks way too much like Japanimation inspired crap now, it was iconic, looked like a glorious flag, it looks like they removed some stars and stripes from the American flag now, it just looks like something is missing. The loss of the red shorts was bad enough, but the red belt looks terrible and so does a suit of armour on Superman. And Flash looks like he was stolen from Disneys Tron. Yuck. Make mine Marvel now. I’ll still cherish Dc pre- new 52 however. But this new Dc universe sucks, as I’m sure will the new Superman movie, which I hope doesn’t because I would love to see it be successful, which so far looks like they are using the basis for “The new 52″ as its backdrop, as the movie suit looks like the new suit without shorts.

    • I agree with everything you just said about superman except the shorts… I always thought the shorts were fugly.

  11. I forgot to mention that it is pretty sad that Aquaman seems to be the best hero DC has to offer now. Like I said earlier… Bizarro World!

    • How sad…I, on the other hand, am quite impressed with the recreated universe DC has managed to create with the New 52. I think they have maintained (and, in some cases, improved upon) the essential natures and elements of the heroes and villains…particularly Superman. I look forward to seeing how the various series develop.

      As for you two, enjoy your Avengers and X-Men…oh and Spider-Man, of course. DC will be just fine…

      • Yeeeeaaaaahhhhh… DC 90210.

        • No…just DC evolving in the new millenium. I didn’t comment trying to get you to agree with my opinion. Just as I think you two are wrong, I’m fine with you thinking the same about me.

          In my opinion, it’s your loss…

          • Relax,
            If you’ll read my first post here, you will see that I intend to continue to read the DC in the hopes that it will improve. But yes, as it stands, right now I am very disappointed in what I’ve seen so far. You have to understand, a lot of what made the characters so unique to me seem to have been so completely scooped out it was like they were never there. I love that they brought back certain characters like Grifter and Gen13, but how they did it leaves me cold and disappointed.

            Still it could get better.

            • I was not stressing about it…merely pointing out my different perspective. Fair enough about your disappointment, but remember that at this point in Batman’s comic (for example, and I am talking about the amount of time from 1939 on), Batman was still a killer, so I think there is still plenty of time and opportunity to develop the various series quite a bit more…

              • And THAT’S why I’m still reading DC. b^^d

  12. Relax,
    If you’ll read my first post here, you will see that I intend to continue to read the DC in the hopes that it will improve. But yes, as it stands, right now I am very disappointed in what I’ve seen so far. You have to understand, a lot of what made the characters so unique to me seem to have been so completely scooped out it was like they were never there. I love that they brought back certain characters like Grifter and Gen13, but how they did it leaves me cold and disappointed.

    Still it could get better.

  13. I liked the idea of reinventing and improving on the characters and storylines, modernizing it. Before it didn’t feel like the comics were in the new millennium it still felt very 90s but now I think it’s quite modern. So I picked up the comics I usually read JLA, Superman and Batman. So far…

    JLA = Thank god WW has a new uniform (though I ignore the chocker, armband, and miss the old wide front belt, ignore the eagle at the top of corset, and prefer the old style tiara) basically I just like that’s she’s in trousers. Love the new S costume, no more wearing underwear on the outside of his trousers, I know everyone hates the collar but I kinda like it, the red belt is growing on me I think it would have been better yellow since Red/Blue/Yellow are his colours but yellow seems to be on vacation. (Though it looks like it’s armoured pieces stuck together, like Bats.) Though I do wonder how he gets in and out of it. Like the Hal Jordan, arrogant and cocky, you know oneday that power will go to his head and he’ll do something stupid, especially like the bit where he touches WW lasso and tells her that he is all about impressing people. Flash is good, Aquaman good too. Good look for Cyborg but I’ve never been interested in the character (except in Smallville) and that hasn’t changed. I really like seeing the team come together though I am missing Martian Manhunter.

    Superman = They killed the Kents, who will he go to for advice? No Lois… hmmm we’ll see. Heard rumours of having a thing with Diana, hmmm we’ll see. (I rather liked her flirting with Batman but getting nowhere with him.) Running round in jeans a t-shirt and a cape… okay… no. Too Superboyish and I never read that. Though I did look at the bit of memory he had of Krypton, World Against Superman Part 3.

    Batman = I like this new Bruce, he’s using a bit more of his brain instead of his brawn which is the whole point of Batman he uses his brain to outwit Supers. Though not sure of Batman Inc and getting others all over the world to be Batman too. Love Dick. A bit disappointed with the new Red Robin, he was becoming his own hero and then 52 happened and he’s …. Flopped is properly the best word. I don’t like Damien, I don’t know what they were thinking when they invented him? I don’t like the lesbo Batwoman mostly because I never got Batwoman or Batgirl if I’m honest – It feels like they’ve just copied him and want to be him, why can’t they be inspired by him but come up with their own identity, like Huntress. Didn’t Stephanie Brown die and where’s Cassandra? I was hoping they would start from the beginning, the journey to becoming Batman, (like their doing with Superman), kinda like Batman Begins (though no Rachel), Dick joining Batman (though no kid would let anyone call them Dick, Rick would be better, which also a nickname for Richard, and less old fashioned), reintroduce all the villains and the history between him and Talia, Catwomen, Viky Vale (I really liked her in the Road Home), and all the other women who have come close but never quite reached that guarded heart of his, but maybe in the future they’ll do a few stories of that.

    • Excuse me? Lesbo Batwoman? Why do you feel the need to point out the fact that Batwoman is a lesbian? It’s obvious you haven’t even read the comic, yet you feel the need to point that specific trait out in such a negative light? Batwoman, at least in my opinion, is the best character in the New 52, and it’s due in part to the fact that she’s not hyper-sexualised and made into a whore like most of the other New 52 females. But I’m sure that’s what you like.

      • Agreed – that’s like saying “this is my gay friend Dave” instead of “this is my friend Dave.” It’s not their identity, jeez. Doesn’t make any more sense to say “lesbo Batwoman” than it would to call me “Straight Tom”.

        For shame, “J”.


  14. The Flash has been the best of the new 52, and one of the best runs of the character ever. I have complete faith in the writer and artist on it. Great job, DC! :-D

  15. I have always loved comics, but I have never subscribed to a comic book series…I want to subscribe to the new 52…I know I am really late on subscribing…My biggest interest is Wonder Woman, Superman & Justice League & Young Justice…I am a little confused if, when I subscribe would I need to subscribe to “4″ different comic subscription? Thank you for your help…and I hope my noviceness is not too novice for this forum.
    Thank you,

    • Just visit dccomics.com and go to their subscriptions page. You can just check the boxes on the titles you want and pay for them all at once. It should be easy. And Wonder Woman is phenomenal! You definitely won’t regret it!

  16. Can anyone explain why there are several versions of the Batman Comics? There’s Batman, Batman: Detective series & Batman: The Dark Knight. oh and Batman and Robin. Do any of them inter-link? or do you just follow the one your more drawn too and like the look of. New to comics so to have this clarified would be appreciated!

    • He is popular and DC’s flagship character. Batman is just your run of the mill Batman story, while in the past Detective had been more of the detective aspect of Batman. Batman and Robin is focused on the relationship between Bruce and his son Damian. And as for Batman The Dark Knight according to DC it is about Bruce and his relationships to Gotham City, which I know seems redundant. Then Finally we have Batman Incorporated which is about Bruce Wayne revealing to the world that he bankrolls Batman and his plan to have a “Batman operative” in every country in the world. They do cross over occasionally. So it really a matter of picking which book is for you. I would recommend Batman and Batman and Robin as in my opinion they are the strongest of the Batman titles.

      • Thanks! :)

        • No problem man,always a pleasure to help out a fellow fan :)

    • Well, it’s quite simple. It’s because Batman is DC’s most popular character. After him is Green Lantern, which is why there are also several books that revolve around the Green Lantern mythos. Also, as Big B said, each title also shows a different aspect of the Batman mythology and character. But I would also add that Detective Comics is there because, along with Action Comics, it’s one of DC’s flagship titles. I actually think it was the first title launched by DC comics…ever. It was originally an anthology title, but for a long time now, it’s focused primarily on Batman stories due to the fact that he was first introduced in Detective Comics #27. However, the title has introduced several other important DC characters. For example, Martian Manhunter first appeared in Detective Comics #225.

  17. Hello dudes. I have always been into marvel mostly. I read fair bit of Vertigo and some topcow and a few mish and mash of other brands, the only DC i really read is Green Latern (Geoff Johns), and not much of it. Trying to get into DC, but like the Marvel Universe it as an epic headache, hence why I am just going straight for DC 52. I’m going to try them all out, and then decided which ones I will actually read. So far, I have been reading in Alphabetical order:

    New 52 comics to collect

    The Good
    >Aquaman (number one, straight off the mark I was interested, but then again I grew up around the water)
    >Batman (starts well enough)
    >All Star Western (pretty cool, easier to get into than that other vampire western)
    >Animal Man (unexpected interest, since i could not care less about greenies)
    >Batman and Robin (the son is a lil #$#@)
    >Batwoman (just for the art, a real fan)

    >Action Comics (will try second issue, last chance)
    >Dark Knight (nothing happened)
    >Birds of Prey (ponderous so far, though I like canary, her costume sucks)
    >Catwoman (Is there even a story? Hope she gets a better writer, I should apply)

    >Batgirl (was cheesy so far)
    >Captain Atom (boring, boring, scientific mumbo jumbo with a fake Stephen Hawking, heard it got cancelled anyway)

    The Bad
    >Green Arrow (won’t try, never liked his character)
    >Hawk and Dove (look like a couple of gay dude dressed up for the marti gras rather than heroes), they were lame in JLU tv show, no way.

    I would like to see other list, because I have only read the first issue of most of these. Right now I am also trying to catch up in the Marvel Universe, backtracking before civil war, and going through all the way to the current, mainly focusing on x-men(mostly offcuts, not uncanny as its lame), spiderman, avengers. It is so tough, i give up for months at a time, all the research is beyond, and that is why I like this relaunch. Saves time which I don’t have, since I am a writer and should be writing my own.

    • Dude if you like Animal Man then Swamp Thing is a must. Also I would Highly recommend Demon Knights. And if you like Green Lantern Corps and New Guardians is very good. And imo Wonder Woman is at her best right now. Outside of those few Justice League Dark is a fun read, and pick up OMAC. I loved it even though it got cancelled that book was just fun. I never expected to like it. Now if you are into events if I am not mistaken all the Justice League books will be crossing over next summer for Trinity War which looks like it could be good. Oh and Rise of The Third Army throughout all the Green Lantern related titles should be good. As far as Marvel I dropped them after Secret Invasion. Just not for me and I love spidey Iron man and Thor.

      • Yeah I have now tried a few more, and they are good suggestions I agree on since I read:

        > Justice League (very good start)
        > Justice League Dark (great choice in some characters)
        > GL, GL/NG, GL C (though corps in the first issue isn’t much to go on)
        > Frankenstein (monster team is pretty fun)
        > Demon Knights (starting to like the different kinds of teams, this era is a good change for me)
        > I, Vampire (actual interesting vampires, could be interesting later on)

        > DC Universe Presents (I figure this is one shots?)
        > Detective Comics (no rising all falling action, straight typical run of the mill kind of effort here)
        > Red Hood and the Outlaws (unsure on this, could go well with something fun, or could bomb with silliness, have to test again)
        > JL International (Nothing interesting so far, and some characters that I don’t like, plus cheesy dialogue)
        > Voodoo (need to read second issue to judge, does it finish properly? since I know it is getting, or got axed)

        > Death Stroke (Cliche, heartless and lame, would rather read “The Boys” for some blood thirsty mindless action.
        > Legion Lost (not sure what is going on here, has not intrigued me to know more at all)

        Still a fair few more comics to try like flash and wonderwoman, not sure if i should bother with the cancelled men at war…

        • I’m on the fence about Red hood also. Don’t waste your money on Men At War. Flash and Wonder Woman have been great, Although I must say the first arc of Flash is kinda slow but it gets awesome once they bring in the Rouges. Its one of those books I cannot wait for every month. And Dc Universe Presents will be short arcs featuring different characters from across all of DC. Kind of like a spotlight book.

  18. This list went wrong so badly at some comics…
    Suicide Squad has got one of the best writing of all new 52.And personally my favorite one.

  19. I’m coming back to comics after 18 years so I started with what was familiar to me, I’m loving Grifter,Voodoo and Stormwatch. I will be checking out Suicide Squad,Dark Knight and All-Star Western as my next 3 titles.

  20. Just got back into reading comics, Spending the last 5 years playing golf until my son brought home the new Nightwing. Alas the fire rekindled!!! I went out the next day and bought JLA, by chance the owner of the store recognized me and hooked me up with all the JLA books from the 52…on this he told me to get with Batman,JLA,Dark Knight, those are the only ones he feels are worth it and will have a long strong run.. Now, i need thoughts and other views on what i should start collecting…

    • Well, we all have different tastes, but I also love the new Batman and Nightwing series! Aquaman is also surprisingly excellent, and Batgirl has been amazing, but DC just fired the writer (which I am very upset about), so the quality of that title may wane. I have also been enjoying Green Lantern starting with issues #0 and #13, as they have focused on a new Green Lantern, but I’m sure the previous stories were excellent as well!

  21. Characters that I will like to see and I list even though they might never get shown are A.J. The son of Aquaman and Mera he is a great character who has this Damian look could also have that quicker dimension aging but know growth spurts if placed in regular earth second would be Koryak another son of Aquaman who like Jason ironically died and came back I would actually add him to outlaws due to his rage. Third is Geo-Force and his nephew Gregor Jr. Who could be a younger hero. 4th Lor-Zod back to the Damian thing I would like to see a team with Damian Wayne,Iris west 2, Lor-Zod, and A.J. 5th Impulse Iris west 6th Lorena Marquez really like the character and brings diversity 7th Hotspot enjoyed him in TT 8th Thanatos would be great for why A.J. Was born and raised in that realm. 9th Lagoon boy brings a different aspect on atlanteans 10th Cassandra Cain completely epic. my list

  22. Characters that I will like to see and I list even though they might never get shown are A.J. The son of Aquaman and Mera he is a great character who has this Damian look could also have that quicker dimension aging but know growth spurts if placed in regular earth second would be Koryak another son of Aquaman who like Jason ironically died and came back I would actually add him to outlaws due to his rage. Third is Geo-Force and his nephew Gregor Jr. Who could be a younger hero. 4th Lor-Zod back to the Damian thing I would like to see a team with Damian Wayne,Iris west 2, Lor-Zod, and A.J. 5th Impulse Iris west. Lorena Marquez really like the character and brings diversity. Thanatos would be great for why A.J. Was born and raised in that realm. Lagoon boy brings a different aspect on atlanteans. Cassandra Cain completely epic. my list

  23. Im trying to get some new 52 comics but I don’t have that much money so I can like concentrate on 2 characters, I know I wanna get justice league but not sure f I should get Batman,Action Comics/Superman,Aqua man, or the flash

  24. urm War of the green lanterns a miss???

  25. When does the flash new 52 take place?

    • It’s current continuity.

  26. I used to buy DC comics regularly but the New 52 thing offended me on a number of levels to the point where I stopped buying DC titles cold turkey and with the sole exceptions of the occasional issue of Mad Magazine (which I don’t consider a DC thing anyway) and the Batman ’66 title which stands alone from anything else, I’ve kept to my decision and haven’t regretted it. I was offended not by the decision to reboot characters and the like – that’s happened before – but by things like DC turning its back on history by resetting the numbering of Action and Detective comics, denying long-term fans of ever seeing a 1000th issue and also abandoning 75 years of legacy. The new Detective Comics just published its 27th issue and no one cares. Do a Google search about why the original Detective 27 was significant. I was also turned off by them deciding to “fix” Oracle and make her Batgirl again, denying disabled fans of a role model. And they cancelled most of the titles I was following. Occasionally I will thumb through New 52 titles at the store out of curiosity and the first thing that strikes me is how ugly they are. Ugly in art, ugly in story, ugly in characterization. As I said earlier, I’ve kept open minds about reboots before (I was there for Crisis on Infinite Earths) but what DC pulled with this (and the fact creators have told them to go to hell means it’s not just my personal taste being offended) basically has killed DC as far as I’m concerned. If they went out of business tomorrow I wouldn’t care.