DC New 52 – One Sentence Reviews, Part 13

Here we go again … this time with one sentence reviews for the first shipment of #4s for the New 52.

Each comic is scored out of five and at the end I have a cumulative leader board (averaging the scores of each title) to show which are consistently excellent, which are on the rise, and which are circling the drain. 

I have also reviewed the mini-series issues but they aren’t included in the leaderboard.

Warning, there could be spoilers ahead (although I try to avoid them).

 

Swamp Thing #4

The mythology Snyder is creating in this title it so deep and rich that I just become happily lost in it each month, and the artwork of fill-in Rudy is similar enough to series regular Paquette to appease my need for consistency, while being absolutely excellent in its own right … Swamp Thing #4 has confirmed for me that this is the best title in the New 52 – 4.5

 

Batwing #4

Reading the cover, I was very excited to see the words “SECRET ORIGIN REVEALED” and then I became nervous when I noticed Criscross listed as the artist (mainly because the work of series regular Oliver has been amazing, and I’ve been less than impressed with Criscross in the past) … the storyline delivers on the cover’s promise and, thankfully, the artwork is quite good and didn’t completely snap me out of the spell Oliver’s work had cast over me in the first three issues – 4

 

Penguin #3 (of 5)

Injecting a love interest for the Penguin could have been tacky and boring in the hands of a different writer, but Hurwitz has impressed me with the depth and darkness of this character study of Oswald Cobblepot and – while a bit slow – this issue carries an emotional wretchedness that makes it compelling reading – 4

 

Stormwatch #4

Stormwatch is a crazy rollercoaster and at times – like the first issue – it kind of throws me off and I don’t know what to make of it, but I managed to cling on by my fingertips in #4 and that resulted in one heck of a fun journey – 4

 

Animal Man #4

Probably just a touch light on action and forward momentum to earn a higher score, this issue is nevertheless a strong offering that sheds further light on the Red, the Rot and even the Green (further linking Animal Man and Swamp Thing’s mythologies) – 3.5

 

Men of War #4

I enjoyed this issue more than any of its predecessors, as I actually connected with key characters and enjoyed the visuals of Rock fighting in his gas mask, meanwhile the back-up story (which reminded me of Starship Troopers) was more entertaining than the previous arc – 3.5

 

Justice League International #4

There’s nothing wrong with this issue, as the team faces Peraxxus, the alien baddie who is behind all the cataclysmic goings-on in the first arc … Lopresti’s art is crisp and pretty and Jurgens’ writing is certainly adequate, but at the end of the day nothing in the issue really surprised or excited me and it just felt like standard super-hero fare – 3

 

Detective Comics #4

The previous issue was a cracker, but this one felt a little ho-hum in comparison … it has plenty of action and some nice, creepy touches, but there aren’t too many surprises as Batman strives to save Commissioner Gordon from the Dollmaker – 3

 

Red Lanterns #4

There’s something a little off about writer Jenkins’ take on Atrocitus and friends and I think, while the off-ness probably makes this title more readable (with characters you can relate to), the Rage Squad aren’t being written true to their roots … I’m not sure I’d like to read a comic about a bunch of mindless, bloodlusting psychos, but at least they’d be true Red Lanterns – 3

 

Action Comics #4

This issue didn’t really connect with me and felt like a storyline I’ve seen before (even if I haven’t … although I’ve recently played DC Universe Online and read the tie-in comic book which has a lot of similar themes), although the Steel back-up story was decent – 3

 

O.M.A.C. #4

Whether by accident or design, this issue’s strength is the time spent developing the protagonist, Kevin Kho … I say he’s the protagonist, but really in the first three issues the main character has been Kevin’s alter-ego O.M.A.C., which I think has made it hard for me to care much for what happens to him – 3

 

Huntress #3 (of 6)

Arguably for the first time in this miniseries Huntress fights someone who presents a genuine physical threat to her and that helps to make this issue a lot more engaging, although I still think the storyline is one that will be forgotten soon after the last issue is read – 3

 

Green Arrow #4

This was probably the best issue for this title so far, with a new adversary (who is a lot more interesting than the YouTube baddies of the first arc), but it still didn’t really push my buttons … this just isn’t the kind of Green Arrow comic that I want to be reading – 2.5

 

Hawk and Dove #4

The heroes interrogate Condor, who was beaten last issue, but in doing so the villain drops some knowledge on them that they don’t fully understand … which is a problem, since that means you, as the reader, don’t really understand it either and it just sounds like mumbo-jumbo – 2

 

Static Shock #4

The first issue was a bit of a shock – a fast, fun debut that had many of us wondering if Static would be the New 52’s answer to Spider-Man – but sadly it also seemed like a fluke, with the next three issues being increasingly mediocre … the writing just isn’t good enough – 2

If you haven’t already, check out last month’s reviews here:

Part 9

Part 10

Part 11

Part 12

Please note, since a title is only as good as its last issue, the books are ranked firstly by their average score, then their most recent score (shown in brackets), and the number of issues is the final number.

LEADER BOARD

1.  Swamp Thing  4.38  (4.5)  4

2.  Animal Man  4.13  (3.5)  4

3.  Batman and Robin  4  (4.5)  3

4.  Aquaman  (4)  3

5.  Resurrection Man  3.83  (4)  3

=6.  Batwoman  3.83  (3)  3

=6.  Justice League Dark  3.83  (3)  3

=8.  I, Vampire  3.67  (4)  3

=8.  Justice League   3.67  (4)  3

=10.  Batman  3.67  (3.5)  3

=10.  Birds of Prey  3.67  (3.5)  3

=10.  Wonder Woman  3.67  (3.5)  3

13.  Green Lantern Corps  3.67  (3)  3

14.  Batwing  3.62  (4)  4

=15.  Blue Beetle  3.5  (3.5)  3

=15.  Supergirl  3.5  (3.5)  3

=17.  Demon Knights  3.5  (3)  3

=17.  Detective Comics  3.5  (3)  4

=17.  Green Lantern  3.5  (3)  3

20.  Stormwatch  3.38  (4)  4

=21.  Blackhawks  3.33  (3.5)  3

=21.  Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.  3.33  (3.5)  3

23.  Mister Terrific  3.17  (4)  3

=24.  Suicide Squad  3.17  (3.5)  3

=24.  Teen Titans  3.17  (3.5)  3

26.  Batgirl  3.17  (3)  3

27.  Nightwing  3.17  (2.5)  3

28.  Action Comics  3.13  (3)  4

=29.  Batman – The Dark Knight  3  (4)  3

=29.  Catwoman  3  (4)  3

=31.  Captain Atom  3  (3.5)  3

=31.  Deathstroke  3  (3.5)  3

=33.  Green Lantern – New Guardians  (3)  3

=33.  Justice League International  3  (3)  4

35.  The Flash  (2.5) 3

36.  Static Shock  3  (2)  4

37.  Red Lanterns  2.88  (3)  4

38.  Superboy  2.83  (3)  3

39.  Men of War  2.75  (3.5)  4

40.  O.M.A.C.  2.75  (3)  4

41.  Voodoo  2.67  (3)  3

42.  DC Universe Presents  2.67  (2)  3

43.  The Fury of Firestorm  2.5  (3.5)  3

44.  Legion Lost  2.5  (3)  3

=45.  All Star Western  2.5  (2)  3

=45.  Superman  2.5  (2)  3

47.  Red Hood and the Outlaws  2.17  (2)  3

48.  Green Arrow  2.13  (2.5)  4

49.  Grifter   2  (2.5)  3

50.  Hawk and Dove  2 (2)  4

51.  Legion of Super-Heroes  1.67  (1.5)  3

52.  Savage Hawkman  1.67  (1)  3

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About ikeebear

I'm a 30-something father, husband, writer, comic collector, general nerd (in order of significance). I'm a newspaper journalist/editor by profession and currently work in professional communications. I'm also a very ill-disciplined novel writer, having tinkered for too long to produce too little.

2 thoughts on “DC New 52 – One Sentence Reviews, Part 13

  1. Couldn’t agree more about Swamp Thing being the best of the new 52. The artwork has been top-notch every panel along the way! I can’t wait to see the Animal Man/Swamp Thing meet-up that is inevitable at this point. I’m guessing Animal Mans daughter will be the one who has to deal with the kid that Swamp Thing is chasing in his title.

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