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 - Recently I was reminiscing about what got me into DC Comics and I realized it was JLA in the mid 1990s (thanks to Grant Morrison). Within that book, I saw the potential of these big guns of DC Comics and how they can make good comics. It marked my entry into the DC Universe and I will never forget that. Jim Lee was first artist I ever self-admitted I was a fan of, so the idea of Lee, along with one of my favorite writers in Geoff Johns, makes Justice League a must read (and a bit of a no brainer).
2. The Flash - My favorite character in the DC Universe is The Flash, simple as that. For some reason, I’ve always been drawn to The Flash (no matter Wally West or Barry Allen) and ever since the meltdown in the mid-2000s of the title, I’ve been waiting for The Flash to be good again. We got a taste of it when Johns and Francis Manapul restarted the title, and now with Manapul drawing and writing, along with Brian Buccallato, I hope we’re on the verge of a new, fun era with my favorite character.
3. Stormwatch - Being a long time Wildstorm fan, I was surprised to not only see Stormwatch as one of the new 52 from DC, but to see it written by Paul Cornell and include a mix of Wildstorm characters and DC characters like Martian Manhunter, this book became one to watch. While at San Diego this year, we heard Paul Cornell give more details about the book such as “Stormwatch fights the moon!” and that made me that much more excited for the zany potential of this book that challenged our notions of super heroes back in the early 2000s.
4. Animal Man - I’ve been watching Jeff Lemire rise in his career ever since reading his first work with the Essex County Trilogy for Top Shelf. He’s grown as a writer with his Vertigo series Sweet Tooth and we’ve seen him cross over to super heroes with Superboy. Now, with Animal Man, Lemire has the opportunity to take one of the best characters DC has and put his unique spin on it, along with the one of a kind art of Travel Foreman, could produce what I believe could be one of the runaway hits of the new 52.
5. Red Hood & The Outlaws - Yeah, I’m surprised by this one as well. I’ll be honest though, I could care less about Jason Todd or any of the characters in this book. I know there’s a ton of a baggage with Scott Lobdell writing, but for me, this book is all about the art. Ever since discovering Kenneth Rocafort through his work on Top Cow and I’ve been dying for more. So now I get my wish, in the form of Red Hood and the Outlaws. If anything exemplifies the insanity of the new 52 for me, it’s this book.
And just for fun…
6-10. Grifter, Justice League Dark, OMAC, Batwoman, Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E.