After reading the greatness that was DC Rebirth, my hopes for continuing series that kept up with the newly set standard were high. I am quite glad to say, that for the most part, it has remained great.
I did not continue with Aquaman (since I did not like it), Batgirl and the Birds of Prey (as I am not sure this creative team will be good for these characters), Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps (as I am currently more interested on Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz), and Titans (which sadly, has disappointed me).
Luckily, all the other series I’ve been reading have been fantastic. Here’s a short review of each series I’ve adored since:
Green Arrow — by Benjamin Percy and Otto Schmidt
Oliver Queen is one of the greatest characters to have ever come out of the DC Universe. Sadly for him, he got a horrendous story with the whole New 52 thing, lucky for me, the team currently writing, drawing, and colouring his story is doing a glorious job. Green Arrow is back to his old ways of saving his city from crime, while being joined by his protege Emiko, and lover Dinah Lance on such quest.
Within a couple issues, this new title salvaged the most it could from the previous tragedy, such as establishing the old continuity to its former glory, an arduous job. It seems that we have finally completely deviated from the TV-series, and most aspects we enjoyed in previous runs are slowly coming back to fruition, his relationships, his ideals, his characteristics, his fighting method, his intelligence. To see him back at his best, while suffering so much from all the well-written plot he is experiencing gives us hope that he will be back to his old standard, and perhaps better than ever before.
Like I previously mentioned, his character is also becoming more Robin Hood-esque, perfect for his title, the “Emerald Archer”, which had seemed to have banished for the longest time, and is now back full force. This was always my favourite thing about his character, he is much like Robin Hood from the legends, a man who comes from a privileged background but still understand that there are injustices done in the world, and uses his resources to help as many as possible.
It is also nice to see him back with his perfect partner in all aspects, Black Canary. Whoever came up with the idea that they should not be married or know each other, or fight together, took a big part of his motivation and charisma away from his character. However, this seems to be the one complaint new readers have the most about his run, that their relationship has progressed too fast, but for those of us that have read his previous runs, it is simply something that needed to be returned to the status quo as fast as possible.
I will hold Green Arrow to a high standards, that as far as incredible comebacks, his has been the greatest, and i hope that with such a creative team, it stays that way.
Batman — by Tom King, David Finch and Matt Banning
It is hard to follow up one of the best runs ever on Batman (Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s run), particularly when it comes to a partial rebirth that will not erase the recent past events, but as good as it could have gone, we get.
Two new heroes arrive in Gotham. Their names? Gotham and Gotham Girl, very original, but important to the plot they become part of, and the development they both receive in such short succession. Alongside Batman, these two new superheroes must find a way to save the city, albeit they are new to the game, fresh and innocent in their belief, this will soon be changed.
The main fault I have found with the story has nothing to do with it, rather the synopsis given. What we are told will be the plot of the story reveals too much, or completely lies to the audience, and those of us that like to connect dots and come up with things before we are shown will have a rather quick job of figuring it out. It does not detract much from the story, but it is not nearly as effective as it could’ve been. (except for issue #5, that was brilliant)
Issue #6 was a bit disappointing, and I am not as interested in finding out what happens between Bat of Gotham and a certain female character, however, I do want to know what is in stock for Gotham Girl, as her narration can be interesting at times. Plus, it will be interesting seeing Batman going through missions without Tim Drake (the perfect Robin).
Wonder Woman — by Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp
Wonder Woman got an amazing start with Brian Azarello and Cliff Chiang, but was subsequently devastated with the stint by the Finches, lucky for us, the one person that could quickly return her to her former glory was given the opportunity to do so, Greg Rucka. For those of you that are new to Wonder Woman, Greg Rucka is a writer that brought her character to the spotlight after being shadowed by other DC titles, creating some of the best stories she has ever gotten, from standing on Batman’s head to even confirming her bisexuality. So as soon as I heard he was writing the new title, I knew I had to give it a chance. And boy am I glad! It has been a consistent uphill of development and background, I love it.
This run is divided into two parts, a new story of Diana’s first year as a protector, and her current adventures after the recent events in the main DC Universe. Both are equally fantastic. Much like Superman, I lost interest in her person after certain volumes were a pile of garbage, however, with this new birth of her persona, I am completely smitten.
For anyone interested in reading her character in preparation for the movie to come, this is a fantastic beginning into her world. ENJOY!
Superman — by Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray
Superman is a hard character to get. His perfection often seen as a flaw, as it is impossible for us mere mortals to associate to such a “perfect specimen” that is not corrupted by absolute power. This book manages to show us what only the best runs of the character have ever gotten right, that we are not suppose to assimilate to him, he is better than us without making us feel like useless potatoes.
The story is set between Clark Kent’s choice between doing nothing in the world he is now living in, or becoming a hero once more, all the while helping his son understand and use his abilities, with a focus on their relationship. I have to admit that I’ve been quite behind when it comes to Superman, I rarely read his stories unless they are acclaimed, since he can easily be done horrendously, however, these six issues have been easy to get back into and pack all we need to know into small doses.
I still don’t feel like it is best for someone just starting with the character, but for all those that have loved this character before with some of his best runs, this is the perfect place to come back to.