Published on June 2nd, 2015 | by Brad0
Five “DC You” Titles Worth Buying
As mentioned yesterday, tomorrow sees the return of DC’s regular publishing line-up after a couple of months out for Convergence, with the launch of a new branding. The New 52 is dead; welcome to DC You.
The guiding notion behind DC You seems to be that DC have finally cottoned on to the notion that not every comic reader wants the same thing, and that a more varied, creative and inclusive line of titles might be a better way to boost sales than just have Jim Lee design everyone’s costumes. As such, after a raft of titles were cancelled in March, we see 24 returning titles from The New 52 and 24 new #1s launching alongside them. And I want to recommend five of those #1s for you now, trying to sidestep the big-hitters and power players if I can and focus on some books which won’t necessarily get as much coverage but, to me at least, look well worth your time.
Yeah, that’s right. Gotham’s equivalent of the Great Gazoo is back for a starring role in a six-issue miniseries written by Dan Jurgens with art by Corin Howell. In it, the Dark Mite is going to follow around the Batman as he interacts with DC’s darkest and grimmest, and annoy them with how cheerful and silly he is. Jurgens is one of DC’s most reliable writers, previews of Howell’s art look great, and this just looks like a fun romp. From DC Comics. Imagine that!
Spinning out of the excellent Grayson series, in which former Robin, Nightwing and Batman Dick Grayson is now an international superspy, Midnighter comes from writer Steve Orlando and artist Aco. If you haven’t been reading Grayson, consider it a bonus sixth recommendation. Midnighter has been both antagonist and ally to the former Boy Wonder in that comic, and based on the previews this is going to have a very similar tone. Also I think this is DC’s first main line comic to have an openly gay male title star (with Batwoman having already broken that ground for the ladies), so that’s something. An espionage conspiracy with gay Batman; what’s not to like?
Garth Ennis makes his DC return, and makes his way back to the scene of the crime with characters from his acclaimed and beloved Hitman series. John McCrea provides art for another six-issue mini, this one following the titular team as seven of them reassemble and scour the DCU for an eighth member. It’s going to be a different manner of hilarious to Bat-Mite, but then that’s rather the point of DC You – there’s something here for everyone.
Light-hearted female character turned into over-sexualised mess of 90s in The New 52 now safely in the hands of writing team Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner? Well, it worked for Harley Quinn, the surprise hit of the last 18 months. Seriously, Harley Quinn outsells Geoff Johns’ Justice League most months, that comic is a monster. It and Batgirl are probably the two most important success stories in the lead-up to DC You. I think DC are hoping to replicate that success with Black Canary and Starfire, and while the idea of seeing Dinah Lance touring the USA as a singer in a band holds a certain appeal, I really want to see a good Starfire comic after the disaster that was Red Hood and the Outlaws. Emanuela Lupacchino’s art looks gorgeous, and the comic looks a lot of fun.
And we end on another mini, this time twelve issues. Reviving an old concept from the 1970s in which a teenager is elected President of the United States, writer Mark Russell and artist Ben Caldwell bring us the story of Beth Ross, a 19-year-old who, in the year 2036, is elected President via Twitter. This is the sort of thing I can really go for, a weird, esoteric little thing full of creativity. That’s what I’m looking for from DC You.
The full list of new #1s is below – let us know if anything tickles your fancy!
- Batman Beyond
- Bat-Mite (6-issues)
- Bizarro (6-issues)
- The Omega Men
- Constantine: The Hellblazer
- Earth 2: Society
- Red Hood/Arsenal
- Section Eight (6-issues)
- Black Canary
- Dr Fate
- Harley Quinn and Power Girl (6-issues)
- Justice League of America
- Martian Manhunter
- Robin: Son of Batman
- Green Lantern: The Lost Army
- Justice League 3001
- We Are… Robin
- Dark Universe
- Mystic U