52 weeks. 52 different writers. 2 trade paperbacks or hardcovers a week. Each week I’ll take a look at a different writer and read two different collected editions from within that person’s repertoire to help in the examination of their work: Kyle Higgins.
When DC relaunched its line of comics in September 2011, noticeably absent were any titles featuring the classic JSA characters of Golden Age infamy. Even still, at a DC panel at Fan Expo 2011 in Toronto, Canada, it was acknowledged that before long fans of classic versions of Green Lantern, Flash and Superman would get their fill. After many months of anticipation, fans of the characters received the first issue of Earth 2 #1 last week as it thundered onto store shelves and into our loving hands.
Justice League and its varying assortment of off-shoot titles has long been considered the flagship title of the DCU, often featuring the biggest heroes DC has to offer. Having been the lead-off title for the company's New 52 initiative, that distinction held true and has remained a top title on Diamond's sales charts since Sept. 2011. The first arc of the Geoff Johns penned series concluded last week with the world's greatest heroes having a final showdown with the dark god himself, Darkseid.
Historically the Justice League series of comics has been of the preeminent staples in the DCU, almost always featuring the best and brightest DC has to offer. That point was driven home further when Justice League #1 was the first series of the re-launch, ushering in DC comics’ new era. Issue two hit shelves last week, and it continues the story of the first meeting between the DCU heavyhitters.
In the aftermath of the War of the Green Lanterns, Kyle Rayner was left without his girlfriend, and was escorted from Oa after defending the Guardians from an attack from Corps members hoping to assassinate Sinestro. Now off on his own, Rayner must new face challenges both from himself and from familiar allies and enemies alike.
Alongside the other relaunched DC titles is a new series featuring the Red Lanterns in their own book, in addition to the other three Green Lantern series. Red Lanterns is penned by Peter Milligan, with the first issue having been released last week alongside Green Lantern.
At the conclusion of Brightest Day, Alec Holland rose from the grave and again became Swamp Thing. After fighting off his dark doppelganger, the Swamp Thing entity lashed out at transnational corporations responsible for the world's environmental concerns. John Constantine is next on its hitlist, but the question is, why? Constantine visits Gotham to meet with Batman and leaves town after gaining his opinion on combating Swamp Thing and the strange infection that's befallen the wily sorcerer.
Issue three of Flashpoint sped onto shelves last week, and after an issue in which Barry Allen appeared badly injured, fans were left to wonder of his fate. Would this be the end of Barry Allen, or would he return in a flash?
Having stopped reading the Flash series some time ago, I wasn't sure what to expect from this first issue. I had read issue 12 for the necessary direct set-up to this mini-series to get an idea of where Johns had taken the Barry Allen Flash series and how that tied into Flashpoint.
Writers: Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi Artists: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark, Norm Rapmund, Vicente Cifuentes, Oclair Albert, Tom Nguyen, Mick Gray, Mark Irwin and David Beaty Colour: Peter Steigerwald Cover: Gary Frank and Rod…
Twelve heroes and villains have their lives returned in the wake of Blackest Night. Each is charged with a task they must complete if earth's ultimate saviour is to arrive in time to save the DCU from the dark avatar that spells their doom. This is Brightest Day.
Writer: Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi Artists: Scott Clark, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado Inker: Joe Beaty Colours: Peter Steigerwald and Rod Reis Cover: Gary Frank and Nathan Eyring; Ivan Reis and Rod Reis (variant) Letters: Rob Clark Jr. Publisher: DC…
Writers: Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi Artists: Patrick Gleason, Ivan Reis, and Joe Prado Inkers: Mark Irwin, Keith Champagne, Norm Rapmund, Christian Alamy Colour: Peter Steigerwald and Nathan Eyring Letters: Rob Clark Jr. Cover: Gary Frank and Nathan Eyring; Ivan…
Writers: Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi Artists: Ivan Reis and Joe Prado Inkers: Julio Ferreira, Oclair Albert, Norm Rapmund, Marlo Alquiza and Andy Owens Colour: Peter Steigerwald and Nathan Eyring Cover: Gary Frank and Nathan Eyring; Ivan Reis,Joe Prado and…