By time you read this Justice League #1 has been on the shelf for a week, and shipping this week were the #1s for Action Comics, Batgirl, Batwing, Green Arrow, JLI and Swamp Thing (to name a few). Before I was a supporter of the DC relaunch, now… I am on the fence about it. I read JLA #1 and it was Ok. It wasn’t amazing. It didn’t make me want to rush out and buy #2. It was just Ok. That isn’t good enough for a relaunch of a franchise.
My original plan was to buy the big ones (JLA, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Batwoman, Green Lantern, Flash, etc), then I sat down and figured out the cost of these issues. Adding these to the monthlies I buy already didn’t seem to be cost-effective. I am not keen on increasing my monthly spending on something I can’t get excited about. So I trimmed down my new DC wish list. Only 2 titles appear on my list. Wonder Woman and Batwoman.
Now you may think that these are two odd choices. But I have been waiting for Batwoman since the beginning of 2011. This is a book I am excited about. I don’t have to worry about Batwoman fitting into, and interacting with the rest of the DC Universe with this book. The first 6 issues were finished earlier this year, so they are tied to the previous universe, but could fit into any continuity.
Wonder Woman is another title I am interested in reading. Wonder Woman has been tinkered and toyed with too many times during her 70 year history. She has moved locations, professions, outfits and history so many times, it is difficult to follow the character now. A relaunch and new introduction to Wonder Woman is a good thing.
So out of the 52 new titles, 2 is all I am interested in right now. I am not saying I am never going to read them, I know I will. I will just wait until there is enough for a collected edition. I would rather wait until they have some stories together first. It will make the read more enjoyable (in comparison FF is more enjoyable to read now, after my previous rant).
After reading Justice League #1, I see this new universe has only seen Superheroes for 5 years. The heroes are new and frightening to the public and the authorities. Justice League introduces these heroes to each other. Batman meets GL for the first time, and GL has heard of rumours of a “Bat Man”. Later in the issue GL and Batman meet Superman for the first time. This idea is a difficult proposition. All these heroes meeting for the first time.
In the ’30s when Superheroes were created (namely Superman and Batman), each character was introduced and evolved before the next character came onto the scene. Now there are “hundreds” (maybe an exaggeration) of heroes that need back story and motivation for their being all at one time. I can’t see this happening right. Some of these heroes are going to get screwed up. It is just too much information coming at us at one time to digest it all.
In an earlier post, Scott reported on the “New 52 Collected Edition“. This collected edition would save you time and money so you don’t have to buy all 52 #1’s alone, you could just get a nice big book. I commented at that time that I will buy the book. My stance has backed off to “I would buy the book”. As you can see I said “would”. I can’t commit to the point yet of saying “will”. I know this will be an expensive book (not as much as buying 52 #1’s, but it does come out at Christmas time… hint… hint), and includes a lot of books that are going to suck and may not even live to 6 issues old. The DC relaunch is an event and this book celebrates the event.
As it sits now, I will be buying my Wonder Woman and Batwoman monthlies (and possibly Batgirl; I thumbed through it last night and I am intrigued) and I’ll glance over the other new DC titles at the comic shop to sort of stay in touch with what’s going on. Then depending on if I like the stories I will probably pick up some trades in about 8-9 months from now. At that time I’ll play catch up with the new DC and decide whether the reboot was a good idea or not.
After reading Walter’s recent column, did I miss the boat? Am I missing out on the resurgence of comic book collecting? Are we now living in the crazy comic speculation times of the 1990s?