DC — The New 52 (7)

By: Joshua Glenn
October 13, 2011

On August 31st, DC Comics launched a “historic renumbering” of its entire line of comic books with 52 first issues. DC sent me all 52 first issues, and I handed them over to Max, a superhero comics fan of my acquaintance — who turned 11 on October 7th. Here is the seventh and final installment in a series of Max’s reviews.


Teen Titans #1: The overall idea was pretty good — Robin looks up all these heroes on his super-computer, and goes to find them. In this one, he finds Wonder Girl — but she’s naughty. She steals. Robin wants to get her to be her superhero self. This chopper starts firing at them — she’s forced to turn into Wonder Girl. Good action scenes. I’m excited to read more issues, especially because its plot merges with Superboy’s plot.

Static Shock #1: The cover art made it seem like the graphics would be ugly — but even though they could have been drawn better, they weren’t as bad as the cover. This guy has gone out of control, and Static Shock uses logic to destroy him. By creating a short-circuit. I liked how mysterious the plot is.

Hawk & Dove #1: Another one of my favorites — it had zombies, for one thing. But not too much gruesome violence. I liked the plot and the graphics. It was interesting that the hijacked plane clips the Washington Monument and damages it — and right around the time this issue came out, an earthquake damaged the real Washington Monument. What else? I like that Deadman is in two panels — he’s one of my favorites, as I may have mentioned. My only complaint is that Hawk has too many muscles.

Blue Beetle #1: It’s a little high-school-drama, because a kid isn’t allowed to go to a party. This turns out to be important to how he gets his powers. He gets in the middle of a robbery, of a sacred scarab. It has a very unique beginning — this ancient civilization is destroyed by an alien guy in the Blue Beetle armor. There’s a Green Lantern Corps guy in the story, too.

Legion of Super Heroes #1: Very good illustrations. Could have given more background information on the Legion’s members, but I recognized most of them. Brainiac has a new look — with long hair. There are a few new people, too. The costumes are a little gross, for the women — cover up! The plot is a little hard to follow. I think they’re trying to hijack a factory on this planet. I was confused by this comic.

Legion Lost #1: A little too much talky-talky. But it was exciting, how they come to the Earth’s past in this time bubble. They’re all bewildered. This guy who is like the Hulk is wreaking havoc. It kinda reminded me of Watership Down. [Why?] Because they’re straggling, and trying to survive. Set up a camp. It had an exciting ending, so I want to read the next one. But if I didn’t get to read #2 I wouldn’t be super-disappointed.


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