Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for. With my (dare I say) unexpected Pick of the Week for Justice League #1, you can probably tell that I have, at the very least, a healthy respect for this whole party DC is throwing. What I do know is that I’m excited for the energy being expended on these comics, and the idea of getting out of the years long ruts a lot of titles have been in, is extremely appealing. The creators are pumped. The publisher is pumped, and a hell of a lot of fans are pumped.
The Top 5 DC Relaunch Books That I’m Looking Forward To
1. Swamp Thing - No one has gotten Swamp Thing right in a very long time. Many big, big names have tried, and all were felled by the mighty shadow of Alan Moore himself. By all accounts, I really don’t have a special affinity for the character, however, I love the challenge of it. Scott Snyder’s enthusiasm and his skill are both plain to see. He’s got an exceptional art team (as usual) and this is right in his sweet spot. It’s a blank canvas, while at the same time, it’s steeped in tradition. This is no easy task, but to hear the writer talk about his work, it’s impossible not to be jazzed.
2. Demon Knights - I love Etrigan. I don’t think it comes up very often on the site. I don’t seek him out, and when he’s written badly, it’s about as bad as it gets. But when Etrigan be written well, mine own creative juices do surely swell. But this is Etrigan in medieval times, as written by Paul Cornell. That’s all you had to say. I’m 100% behind this title, and the possibility of fun here is sort of off the charts.
3. Stormwatch - Paul Cornell shows up on the list yet again, and this time he’s got some of my favorite modern characters. I love the relationship between Apollo and Midnighter. It’s one of my favorites in comics, and in the hands of the right creative team, these exceptionally interesting characters shine very brightly indeed. But just what is J’onn J’onzz doing there. I don’t know, but that seems like one hell of a match. There are so many great concepts birthed from the Stormwatch/Authority era, and I was thrilled that they’re not being left to languish. Look out Superman…
4. Blackhawks - Mike Costa showed us all what could be done with a G.I. Joe title, of all things, with his Cobra series. Take this relic of a military team from the dusty corners of DC Comics, and put them in his hands, and I’m first in line. One of the best things about the whole relaunch is that other genres are finally being given the chance to take center stage. I pray that the readership supports some genre diversity, and if Costa brings the same kind of energy we’ve seen from him in the past, this could be a critical darling at the very least.
5. Justice League Dark - I just can’t pin Peter Milligan down. There are things he’s written that I just hated. Yet his recent history on Hellblazer has been frighteningly consistent and excellent. I’ve been with John Constantine for a long time, and I can’t help but be intrigued by how he’ll be integrated into the world of superheroes (again). I want this to skirt the edge of “too much” and really earn the last word of the title. But I also want it to be done with some charm, style, and panache, exactly like the great mage himself would do.
6-10. Batwoman; Grifter; All-Star Western; Batman; I, Vampire