Well, IHOGGers, we did an earlier post of what ten titles Ladyvader99 think will be canceled out of the DC52 and now we’re gonna do the opposite end of the spectrum and list the ones we LOVED. Check them out, let us know what YOUR choices would be!
These are the top 15 DC52 titles in my opinion, ranked as I like them.
1. Aquaman – A series that finally shows Aquaman in the light he deserves, Geoff Johns really blends comedy, action, and romance in this amazing first issue.
2. Demon Knights – Taking place in medieval times, this DC title brings about a new flavor to the comic scene that has been desperately needed for quite a while.
3. Batman and Robin – This is a title I have been waiting for since the Return of Bruce Wayne. Damian is Robin, and Bruce is Batman. Father and son fighting crime. Need I say more?
4. Blue Beetle – A retelling of Jamie Reyes’ origin, it cleans up the confusion of Infinite Crisis and provides a more clear and precise story. Tony Bedard is finally showing Jaime the way he should be portrayed.
5. Animal Man – A true shocker, for me at least, this title came out of nowhere and managed to hook me from the get go. A beautiful story, with amazing pencils. This is a must buy!
6. Supergirl – Providing one of the best first issues for the New 52, this is a title I suggest following closely!
7. Batman – Holding ties to Batman Inc, this is a title you could pick up and not even realize that there was a “relaunch” of DC!
8. Teen Titans – Teen Titans is back, and I have to say already I’m loving the new team. Red Robin, Wonder Girl, Kid Flash plus some new, and amazing characters! Must buy for Titan fans.
9. Grifter – Grifter provides a more gritty and mature look for the DC Universe, it has flavors of intense action, and psychological thriller, not to mention the art is freaking awesome!
10. Resurrection Man – Resurrection Man has a intriguing premise, with the title character having one of the most original powers I’ve seen. The fact that Resurrection Man can have a new power every issue could mean this will never be a dull title.
11. Catwoman – Catwoman = so much to say. Although the first issue brought about huge amounts of controversy, I have to say I loved it. Catwoman was a strong, bad-ass girl, tough as nails and not afraid to show it. However, we did see a glimpse into her past, and a small peak at her more vulnerable side. I’m hooked.
12. Batwoman – Amazing art, with a very well written story. Not to mention Kane is one of the better female characters in all of DC! This is a must have for anyone, seriously.
13. Batwing – The best part about Batwing is it doesn’t take place in the DC standard American setting. Instead we get to see Africa, and how a hero would function/be received there. The story is amazing, and the character was a lot more awesome then I was expecting. It’s also great to see more people of different ethnicity in comics! Oh, and people straight up get torn to shreds.
14. All-Star Western – Honestly, I’m not sure how long this title will be in my top 15, but based on the first issue it should be up there for a while. It takes place in 1800’s Gotham, and follows the adventures of Amadeus Arkham and Johan Hex, nuff said.
15. Green Lantern: New Guardians – This is a title that follows not just Kyle Rayner, but lanterns from all the other Corps as well! What is there to not like about that? Larfleeze will also be showing up, so that’s just awesome.
I honestly could not whittle this down to ten and I would bet that’s a good indicator :) These are again, my own opinions and are in no particular order.
Green Lantern – Seriously, DC? Like I wasn’t going to be all up on this comic after SINESTRO became a green lantern again and Hal was dispatched back to Earth. Picked up immediately where the last issue before the reboot ended so I feel Green Lantern was not a first time reader friendly title but definitely one of my faves. Can’t wait to read issue #2.
Detective Comics – This comic began straight off with action and let you know it’s Bats vs. GCPD and ended with a bang that may have been cheap to some, but certainly welcome. Beautiful art mixed with naked Joker and a villain named Dollmaker have made this a must have for me.
Batman and Robin – Back-talking Damien is back in this father/son title as Bruce’s newest Robin. I definitely wanted to slap the shit out of that kid the entire issue and hope Batman does it for me. That, my friends, is enough to make me read onward.
Batgirl – As was the rest of the world, I was eagerly anticipating Barbara Gordon’s return as Batgirl. I was definitely disappointed to lose Oracle but this first issue softened the loss for me. It was very much an emotion filled story of Babs confronting some of her fear at having been shot and I’m excited for the story to continue.
Green Lantern: New Guardians – This is the Green Lantern title newcomers to DC should pick up. Kyle Raynor is recruited to the Green Lantern Corps (perhaps at the machinations of Ganthet, but we don’t know much quite yet) and we see the different colored lanterns lose their rings which make their way to a new host….Kyle. You’ll need to pick up the issue to find out what the now decommissioned Lanterns have to say about that.
Aquaman – Aquaman is one of my all time favoritest heroes in the DCU and it genuinely hurts my heart that everyone makes fun of him even though he truly has some kick ass powers. This first issue addressed that issue head on in hilarious ways and I REALLLLLLY am gunning for a long term series.
Justice League Dark – Definitely the underrated League title, it was the only one I was interested in. Don’t care much for regular Justice League and certainly don’t care much about a League with Booster Gold in it ;) Filled with weirdness such as melting girlfriends, dead clones, and evil scary witch teeth, I think you should at LEAST flip through this one.
Catwoman – I was completely ready for sexier Catwoman story but WOW. I’m all about smutty fanfiction-esque sex with Batman so this did not disappoint me. I instantly made sure to add this comic to my personal subscriptions at work so as you can tell, I’m excited for the next issue! (Again, I’m not going to address the whole controversy surrounding the issue)
Red Hood and the Outlaws – A ragtag team of misfits, this little group consists of Red Hood, Arsenal, and Starfire. Definitely an interesting premise with a personality change to Starfire, this is another one, I recommend you at least flip through.
Birds of Prey – Never truly been into Birds of Prey so I thought I’d go ahead and check it out. Full of action and ass kickin’ chicks, I say pick up this issue! Definitely a lot of fun and the art and dialogue were really good.
Savage Hawkman – Carter Hall no longer wants to be Hawkman but guess what? Hawkman still wants to be Carter Hall. This one took me by fuckin’ surprise and with a cliffhanger ending, you bet your ass I’m gonna get issue #2!
Suicide Squad – I was super hesitant to pick up Suicide Squad after seeing the new interpretation of Harley Quinn (weren’t we all!?) but luckily her spunky personality remained in tact in this adrenaline fueled issue. Definitely another comic that exceeded my expectations.
Animal Man – Never a fan of Animal Man (hey, I rhymed XD), I was the first to say “This comic is def not gonna make it.” I am eternally glad I was proven wrong. Creepy, haunting, and downright scary at times, Animal Man is pretty damn amazing. If i have anything negative to say about it, it’s that perhaps they need a good colorist. Paging Kate Finnegan!
All-Star Western – Jonah Hex has gained my interest very well (just like the movie *shudder*) but luckily, I was AGAIN pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this tale of western style Gotham City. Killers? Guns? Amadeus Arkham? SO THERE.
Demon Knights – Awesome. Can’t say more than that. Too much going on for a simple summary such as mine :)