This week marks the beginning of the biggest story in comic books in years: DC Comics’ audacious relaunch of their entire line of superhero books. The old universe ends with Flashpoint #5 and the new DC Universe begins with Justice League #1, both in stores on Wednesday. It’s certainly an exciting time to be a comic book fan.
With all the new books and creators in mind, Monday through Thursday of this week the iFanboy editorial staff will present to you the Top 5 DC Books that we’re looking forward to. I’m kicking things off.
The Top 5 DC Relaunch Books That I’m Looking Forward To
1. Justice League - It’s been 11 years since the Justice League had a book that was both excellent and a significant force in the marketplace. That’s way too long for what should be DC Comics’ flagship title. Can Geoff Johns and Jim Lee bring the book back to prominence with this title that focuses on the formation of the Justice League and is set in the new DC Universe’s past? I want this book to work more than anything. I need it to work.
2. Batman - The good news is that despite the title change and the new compressed timeline in the new DC Universe, writer Scott Snyder is going to continue with the characters and themes that he began to explore in Detective Comics, which was was one of the best sustained runs on a Batman book in recent memory.
3. Action Comics - Grant Morrison is taking Superman back to his 1930s champion of the people roots and I could not be more excited. And I am especially excited after reading Morrison’s in-depth thoughts on the Man of Steel in Supergods. This could actually turn out to be something that comics always promise but rarely deliver: a genuinely fresh and different take on an icon. Plus, this one takes place even further in the past than Justice League. I love that.
4. Wonder Woman - Man, wouldn’t it be great if there was an excellent Wonder Woman comic book? Like, not just one that is good but one that had people talking and became a genuine must-read for people other than the hardcore Wonder Woman fan? If a Wonder Woman comic book drawn by Cliff Chiang can’t become that book that I might start to believe that it will never happen for Princess Diana.
5. Aquaman - For much of the early part of my comic book reading adult life Aquaman was one of the best books out there. But much like JLA never recovering from Grant Morrison’s departure, Aquaman never rebounded from the loss of writer Peter David. Enter Geoff Johns who looks to do to King Arthur what he did with Hal Jordan and Barry Allen: bring him back and revitalize him for a modern audience. Throw in Ivan Reis on art and this Aquaman fan could not be happier. (Unless Topo shows up.)
And just for fun…
6-10. The Flash, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Justice League Dark, All-Star Western