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    February 12, 2012 9:26 am OK...I thought the boob window WAS her super power! Distract the villians and then easily knock them out with a simple girley punch. And are we absolutely certain that there isn't a triangular shaped boob window underneath that cape bib? Perhaps she only flashes the boob window when fighting villians but keeps it covered so that average people aren't accidently blinded by the splendor of her boosom. Seriously though, I missed Power Girl and am glad to have her back in any form. Remember fan feedback got them to change Wonder Woman's new outfit before her first issue hit the stands. But since we are critiquing the new look, well it's just bland. The hair looks like Olivia Newton John circa 1985. The cape bib is just stupid looking...can we please ban cape bibs? (Including the new Earth-2 Superman redesign). And why is PG wearing Wonder Woman's bracelets? I suspect this costume was redesigned by George Perez. I LOVE George's artwork but his costume designs are hopelessly trapped in the 80's. What I loved about Power Girl was that she dressed like a playboy bunny and yet she was easily one of the most powerful heros in the DC universe (male or female). She had the confidence required to wear a skimpy costume and not care who looked. I'm sure she would be equally confident fighting naked. I think we need to get back to a more iconic look including the boob window, asymetrical short cape with some sort of epilet, baywatch style bare thighs, and buccaneer boots. I really miss the buccaneer boots (ya hear that Black Canary?). Since this story may involve visits to other worlds as well as Earth-1 and Earth-2 maybe she will have different costumes in each universe as implied in the background picture of the Earth-2 costumes. Anyway WELCOME BACK POWER GIRL WHATEVER YOU MAY WEAR!
    February 2, 2012 11:41 am Comparing Watchmen to 'Moby Dick'...hmmmm...someone has a very inflated opinion of himself. I'm surprised Mr. Moore didn't compare Watchmen to the Bible. Anyone remember when the Beatles compared themselves to Jesus Christ? Wonder how Oscar Wilde, Jules Verne, Bram Stoker, H.G. Wells, and Robert Louis Stevenson feel about The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen? Watchmen is an excellent story and complete in it's own right but let's not forget that it was also based on and was a reinvention of the old Charlton characters that DC already owned. A brilliant reinvention, I agree, but not entirely original. The characters are compelling and clearly have a rich history outside of the main story and I, for one, look forward to reading more about them. Watchmen will always exist and will always be brilliant but it's not sacred (I can feel the death threats!). If the prequels suck they will soon be forgotten but Watchmen will still be brilliant. The fact that Sherlock Holmes has recently had two really really bad sequels doesn't make me love 'A Study in Scarlet' any less. On the other hand if the prequels are good we will have a whole new world of compelling stories to read. Yes, DC is out to make money (that's their job, they're a company with stockholders). This should come as no surprise to anyone including Alan Moore. That doesn't mean that they can't also love the characters and want to do right by them. I hope that the books succeed. After all they've waited 25 years, I think that's long enough. If you're not interested, don't read them but take off the black veils people.
    November 2, 2011 6:41 pm Action Comics has been a delightful read, Supergirl is wonderful, and even Superboy has been interesting and enjoyable. How did they fumble so badly on Superman? This should have been the best title in the group. I've enjoyed Dan Jurgens writing on the new JLI but that book has a much lighter tone and Keith Giffen has been great on OMAC, a series I never expected to like at all. Perhaps together they they can make a silk purse out of this sow's ear but this change feels to me like a Hail Mary pass. It feels like an act of desperation. Nicola Scott, however, is an excellent choice as a fill-in artist. And on a seperate subject: Since the new DCU has borrowed so heavily from Smallville (Supergirl's origin and character are straight out of the TV series) might we hope to eventually see Chloe make an appearence? She was the best original character to come out of the show. The reboot would be the perfect opportunity to to bring her into the comic universe without having to explain why she's never been mentioned before.
    September 29, 2011 4:36 pm After Action Comics was such a triumph and Superboy and Supergirl are off to an interesting start, it's sad that Superman was such a let down. Not sure why such an important title was given to George Perez who is a great artist but a questionable writer. And, as I suspected the new costume looks good as drawn by some artists but others make it look just awkward. I'm glad the "A" list heros are mostly off to a good start and I hope the "B" listers like Green Arrow and Hawkman get new writers real soon. I hope DC can make the hard decision and replace the writers or artists on the books that aren't working quickly and painlessly. If Superman doesn't improve in the next few issues lets get a new creative team on it ASAP. Please don't let it mire in mediocrity as it did before the reboot.
    September 29, 2011 4:19 pm Try your local Barnes and Noble for Aquaman. They still have many of the books that are sold out at LCS's.
    September 12, 2011 6:30 pm Fear not. Aquaman may not appear until issue #4 but the cover of issue #3 already shows Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, the Flash, and Green Lantern working together "kicking ass". It doesn't look like you'll have to wait 6 or 7 issues.
    September 8, 2011 5:56 pm Yes she is from Flashpoint and she makes a cameo in almost all of the new books including Justice League and Action. Any speculation who she is? a new character? Looks a little like Raven?
    September 8, 2011 5:49 pm Thanks for the great reviews and lively discussion. Like many readers I was most disappointed by Batgirl. I wanted to love it but I just didn't. I will stick with it because I trust Gail Simone and I love Barbara Gordon. If, however, the entire story arc remains as mediocre as this opening chapter I will ultimately drop the book. I have not bought a Bat-book in years so I am looking forward to this relaunch as a jumping on point. After viewing your recent podcast with Scott Snyder I am really looking forward to Batman. I loved Snyder's opening chapter of Swamp Thing. As for Animal Man...loved the story, hated the art. The story is so good I will try to get past the art but for me comics are a package of story and art. I need both to be good to really enjoy the book. I am looking forward to all of the new supernatural/horror books. I had no interest in OMAC what-so-ever but now I am going to pick it up this weekend. Thanks to all the good feedback on this page. I will (sadly) be dropping Green Arrow. I was a huge fan of the original (Steve Ditko) version of Hawk and Dove and this incarnation manages to be even worse than I feared, glad I passed on this one. I also wanted to love Stormwatch mainly because of Martian Manhunter but I'm afraid I really had no idea what was going on. I never bought a Stormwatch book before and I'm afraid as a new reader I need some kind of better introduction. It may not help that the story is supposed to take place immediately after Superman #1 which hasn't come out yet. Not very new reader friendly. Finally I loved Action #1 !!! It was almost perfect in every way both story and art. I sincerely hope this book remains as a stand alone title. No need to read any other books. Superman is the first Superhero so keep any reference to any other books out. No Batman, no Supergirl, no Superboy, no JLA. I want to see Superman develope slowly and in real time. Each story laying the foundations for the rich history that is to come. This is a great start. Looking forward to learning how he met Jimmy Olsen and they became "best friends". Will Jimmy know Clark's secret? His first meeting with Lois? with Lex? I actually can't wait until next month. I'm 12 years old again!
    September 7, 2011 5:13 pm Enjoyed your review and agree with most of it. However I believe this must take place much longer than 5 years ago. Justice League takes place 5 years ago and Superman is already well known and fully super-powered. I suspect this is at least 8 to 10 years ago. He would be around 22 years old and fresh out of journalism school. This is important since DC has made a huge point of saying Superman is the first superhero. Also I believe the title "City of Tomorrow" the way it is used in the story is meant to be sarcastic. Loved the story. It's certainly "action" packed. I loved the fact that Supes actually appears to be enjoying himself. It's fun to read. The only negative I have is that the short cape looks silly. I understand he hasn't adopted his Kryptonian uniform yet and he is only wearing jeans and a tee shirt so why the cape? If I were a bad guy I'd find this hard to take seriously. But this is a minor criticism. I hope this series remains in the past as a stand alone book laying down the foundations for contemporary stories. I would like to see the Superman mythos build organically in real time rather than a forced 6 or 12 issue story arc to get us to where he is today.
    September 2, 2011 6:40 pm Josh, thanks for an excellent review. Enjoyed the insight into Geoff's and Jim's background it really enhanced my enjoyment of the book. I think the book is a solid 4 out of 5 which is perfect for the first chapter of a much larger story. There were just enough small moments between the characters that I felt very satisfied reading it. I'm glad it wasn't just a 40 page splash panel slugfest. I tried to approach it as if it was a JLA movie where they had to introduce and define the characters for the larger audience that is not familiar with them while still giving us 40 + year fans enough to sink our teeth into. I think it succeeded on both levels which is no easy feat. And a BIG thank you to TheNextChampion for pointing out the strange woman in the crowd. Now I will be looking for her in every New 52 book. Kind of a Where's Waldo thing. Haven't read Flashpoint yet I was waiting for all 5 issues and plan to read it this weekend. I did peek in the last issue though to see the mystery woman and she also has dialog, something about the world of heros being split into three timelines? Don't know what this means since I haven't read the story yet.They already have announced that the new Justice Society book is going to be set on Earth 2. Wonder if this is connected.