For those not in the know, the news/rumor blog Bleeding Cool has been reporting for about two years now that we would eventually see a JLA relaunch by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee. This helped explain the shambolic previous Justice League of America series. That started out as Brad Meltzer's fan fictional "What If... the Satellite League had been restored instead of the JLI forming," followed by Dwayne McDuffie's Integration League and James Robinson's Estrogen League, each with its own charms and demerits. It's now been announced that in September, all the DC Comics published set within the DC Universe will be renumbered with new issue ones, which means that grandpa can actually finish his complete Action Comics set before he and the industry dies. DC has confirmed 52 #1 issues in September (har-de-har-har,) and that the first would be Justice League #1 by Johns & Lee. Finally, the Magnificent Seven would be back, by the most commercially bankable team in the industry.
- WONDER WOMAN
- THE FLASH
- GREEN LANTERN
Wait, what? Victor Stone? The Thing with batteries? Awww, maaan! Gentlemen, please plant your faces against the palms of my hands, swiftly and repeatedly, backhand optional. Between Red Tornado and Cyborg, technological abominations will have kept the Martian Manhunter off the team he founded for another decade. I'm a liberal, so I'm all about inclusion up to the applicable force of law, but there are few black super-heroes I find less interesting than Cyborg. The dude was disfigured through an accident by his scientist father, rebuilt as part robot by same, and whined about it for years. He's no dummy, but he's still basically a jock who routinely busts up his gear and has to have far bigger brains repair him every few years. His human parts have held up way better than they should have (excepting the few years he spent in a vegetative state while his armor acted independently,) and he doesn't actively get on my nerves, but we're still talking Red Tornado Lite™ here. Actually, Red Tornado at least has two solo mini-series under his belt to Cyborg's one, which makes him twice as eligible, right?
If we're going to go with a person of color, he should be green. That could mean giving the Martian Manhunter an African-American human guise ("John Jones" would still work) and his alien form more ethnic features (he looks much better with a broad flat nose than a pointy one anyway.) Alternately, it would mean getting the best and most recognizable Green Lantern on Earth into the team, John Stewart. I've never liked Hal Jordan, and I have yet to hear any "normal people" talking excitedly about his upcoming movie the way I did (God help us) Hancock, much less Batman or Iron Man. I smell a bomb, or maybe it'll surprise me and do Thor numbers, but there is such an excess of whiteness on that League that it's not funny. It's also become quite the sausage factory again, so why not accommodate dual disenfranchised minorities with one slot by bringing back the Vixen, a personal favorite? If this is the quasi-ground zero relaunch they're claiming, how about a version of Steel that is less dependent on Superman and closer to the John Henry legend? I mean Steel got a movie, TV appearances, and a four year long solo series. All Cyborg brings to the table is some Super Powers: Galactic Guardians appearances and being one of the least popular Teen Titans. Remember that dude with the awesome Cyborg shirt at that convention? Me neither.
Anyway, whatever, I was already jumping off the DC Universe bandwagon with no firm exceptions yet. The good news is that without a Martian Manhunter on the Justice League to be badly drawn by Jim Lee (yeah, I said that,) there's an increased likelihood of a new Martian Manhunter #1 in September. Let's play Detective Marciano, with those 52 titles, shall we? I'll do occasional updates for a few days, as well.
1) Action Comics #1, involving hideous accessories, but at least he finally ditched the tightie redies.
2) Superman #1 by Grant Morrison.
3) Batman #1, because duh. Say, I wonder if Batman: Earth One is getting rejiggered into a new launch by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank? Or maybe Duane Swierczynski and Greg Capullo?
4) Detective Comics #1, because of course there is, still by Scott Snyder & Jock
5) Wonder Woman #1, an ever more frightening prospect. She's in a slightly worse version of the current costume (sans jacket) and may smooch on Superman. Blech.
6) The Flash #1, not by Johns or Manapul, with stupid looking out of date Ultimates piping added to the costume.
7) Green Lantern #1, which will be for Geoff Johns as The New Teen Titans was for Marv Wolfman Post-Crisis, a sacred cow staying the course. With Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy.
8) Green Lantern Corps #1 with Guy Gardner, John Stewart and more by Peter J. Tomasi with art by Fernando Pasarin and Scott Hanna.
9) The New Guardians #1 with Tony Bedard & Tyler Kirkham, led by Kyle Rayner.
10) Aquaman #1 by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis.
11) The Savage Hawkman #1 by
13) Firestorm #1
14) Legion of Super-Heroes #1
15) Justice Society of America #1.
16) OMAC #1,
17) Teen Titans #1 by Fabian Nicieza, a choice so obvious I'm amazed it took this long.
18) Birds of Prey #1 by an entirely new creative team, because ditching Gail Simone worked out so well last time.
19) Green Arrow #1, because he needs another mulligan. JT Krul continues with Dan Jurgens.
Those are the reported titles at present. Now for some speculation:
21) Martian Manhunter #1. Hopefully not written by Peter Tomasi again.
22) Robin #1, because there's been a solid selling Robin title of some sort for twenty years.
23) Batman and Robin #1, because it's still moving units.
24) Superman/Batman: World's Finest #1.
25) Justice League International #1 by Judd Winick. I fear this is an alternate location for Martian Manhunter, and if so, pray for a change in writer.
26) Batgirl #1 by Gail Simone starring Barbara Gordon. That's why you do universal reboots.
27) Supergirl #1. In shorts, as skirts and thongs have been banned by editorial edict.
28) Batwoman #1 by J.H. Williams.
29) Secret Six #1, or maybe they'll try the Suicide Squad again?
30) Deathstroke the Terminator #1.
31) Nighwing #1. Where else to put Dick?
32) Swamp Thing #1.
33) Superboy #1, which seems a might soon, but what the heck?
34) T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1, since Spencer isn't around anymore. How were the sales again?
35) Xombie #1, since it got a lot of critical buzz, and a six issue volume 2 would fit nicely in a trade.
36) Shazam #1, because DC hasn't had a major Marvel Family failure yet this decade.
37) Booster Gold & Blue Beetle #1. Still no Ted Kord. Hah!
38) The Creature Commandos #1. Dead by #8.
39) The Outsiders #1, probably with a line-up resembling The Titans, but better.
40) Jonah Hex #1. So long as the trades keep selling, right?
41) Zatanna #1, although her sales make that seem like a longshot.
42) Power Girl #1, since there's fondness and some longevity here, but still seems optimistic.
43) Cyborg #1. Got to start somewhere with legitimizing this. If only Tony Isabella didn't have some sort of participation on Black Lightning.
44) Animal Man #1.
45) Catwoman #1.
46) The Atom #1
47) Plastic Man #1 by Gail Simone and Ethan Van Sciver
48) The Question #1
49) My Greatest Adventure #1 starring Kevin Maguire's Tanga and Aaron Lopresti’s Garbageman
50) DC-Integrated Wildstorm Revivals
Okay, I tap out. Your thoughts?