Green Lanterns — by Sam Humphries and Robson Rocha.
Green Lanterns, when written by Geoff Johns back in the day, was one of my favourite series coming out of DC. Well, everything he touches turns to gold, but I was quite interested in his two newest characters; Simon Baz, a Muslim Lebanese-American man who suffers racial discrimination since the 9/11 attacks, and Jessica Cruz, a Hispanic-American who suffers from mental illness. It was a moment of clarity when I read about these two people, as I felt connected to comic characters in a way I never expected when picking up an “action-adventure comic”. Feeling linked to characters is not something I look for in a good story, it is simply a bonus whenever it happens, the other DC character I felt so captivated and akin to was Raven, and that was back in the really old runs.
The story is not much about the intergalactic travels of Green Lanterns, but rather on the personal dynamics between two people that are quite different, but share similar experiences, and are left to buddy up to help protect the very same people that constantly fight against them in their personal lives because of who they are. Plus they are members of the Justice League, who will aid in their training, it is awesome.
The Flash — by Joshua Williamson and Carmine Di Giandomenico.
Wally West is back! Well, he doesn’t headline this title but that doesn’t matter, as he is a sort of important part of the overall story. I am just glad to have him back after being so angry he was not “existing” in the New 52.
After the events of DC Rebirth, Wally West was revealed to have been trapped in the Speed Force for ten years, and all memories of him banished, until of course, most people remember him. Now, Barry Allen must investigate who did this and why, while at the same time rebuilding relationships and fighting against his new villain, Godspeed, while training many civilians with Speed Force-like powers. It is an adventure of large proportions, and a surprise after the other will come to be.
The art was the down note for me, for some reason I don’t find it that appealing, it seems to contrast with what i would love Flash comics to be, yet it seems most people I’ve met quite like it.
Nightwing — by Tim Seeley and Javier Fernandez.
Nightwing is my favourite of the Bat-family, and I’ve been quite upset with the whole “he is an agent of Spyral” thing. He’s not a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. for goodness sake! The point is, I am not a fan of where they took the character. Tim Seeley is a good writer, and he did quite good with what he was given to work with, however, as a fan of Dick Grayson, it felt like a betrayal to have all that happened to him lead him down that specific character path. Lucky for me, most things have been returned to the status quo, including him back on tights.
Dick is back home after the catastrophe that was his life, however, an evil force is threatening to hurt his family and friends, so he must leave again and destroy the evil at his door. Poor Dick doesn’t get a break, I just want him to be happy after the catastrophe that is his life.
It does seem that they are trying to be very ambitious with this series, and I am not so sure that what they are trying to achieve will be the best for the character. BUT I BELIEVE IN THIS STORY!
Detective Comics — by James Tynion IV and various artists.
I’ve never been interested in this title, it never really appealed to me as something I needed to read, but as it was a highly anticipated “rebirth” issue, I had to check it out. I am glad to the extreme, as not only does the story have great writing and the art is perfect for the stories it tells, but it gives us the best Tim Drake has been in a long time.
Batman and Batwoman train Spoiler, Red Robin and Cassandra Cain, in order to have them be ready to fight against Gotham’s villains (why Tim Drake “needs” training is beyond me), the good thing is: the Bat-Family is semi-reunited!
In short amount of pages we are re-introduced to every character and the reasons why we love them pour out of the page, through description, art, and occasionally dialogue. But the story is basically told through Batwoman’s lenses, and she does not know nor trust these people Batman has recruited, therefore it is interesting seeing her come to understand who they are, why they were selected, and to have them slowly earn her trust, or as much as her trust can be earned.
This is one of the best, if not the best, to be currently coming out of DC.