5 DC Comics Summer Releases You Should Be Reading
Starting back in June, DC launched their new DC You campaign and brought an end to their New 52 line of comic books (the continuity's still the same - it's just not called "The New 52" anymore). This campaign not only began entirely new story arcs for virtually every current DC title, but also produced brand-new titles throughout the summer months. While a few of these new releases have gotten off to a rocky start, some of them have been fantastic, and if you haven't been keeping up with them, you're missing out. Here's 5 of DC's new summer releases that are most definitely worth your time.
Bizarro was never meant to be taken very seriously, and thankfully DC knows that. Two issues have been published of the new, goofy limited series "Bizarro," written by Heath Corson and drawn by Gustavo Duarte, and so far, it seems to be one of the best of the more humorous DC titles (such as Harley Quinn/ Powergirl, Starfire, and Bat-Mite). Featuring everyone's favorite backwards Superman, Bizarro has some really hilarious ideas. His "worstest pal," Jimmy Olsen, is escorting him on his journey to "Bizarro America" (A.K.A. Canada) alongside his newly found pet, Colin the Chupacabra. They've run into a little trouble on their trip, had to save the day from an Egyptian themed used car salesman, and recently wound up in Gotham City, where they briefly ran into the Riddler. If Corson can keep coming up with such silly ideas (and keep the Bizarro speak from getting too confusing), Bizarro could really turn out to be a huge success.
Justice League: Gods and Monsters
The Justice League: Gods and Monsters animated film premiered this year at SDCC. Capitalizing on the interest in their new product, DC has decided to release three new JL: Gods and Monsters comic series, each featuring a member of the DC trinity (Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman). So far, only one issue of the new Gods and Monsters: Batman series has been released (Superman #1 is to be released this week and Wonder Woman #1 the following), but if it's any indicator for how the rest of the Gods and Monsters series will be, we're in for a real treat. Written by J.M. DeMatteis and the legendary Bruce Timm, Gods and Monsters: Batman is set in an alternate universe, in which this version of the Caped Crusader is a literal vampire. Known as the Man-Bat in Earth Prime, Kirk Langstrom's experiments take a bizarre twist in this universe, ultimately turning him into a blood-sucking demon. He uses his newfound condition to take on the criminal underworld and make those who prey on others pay for their sins. This story has twists, turns, and tragedy, and could definitely become a historic title in elseworlds comic book history
Robin: Son of Batman
Robin: Son of Batman, written and pencilled by Patrick Gleason, has gotten off to a strong start. Haunted by his past in the League of Assassins, Damian Wayne has decided to try to right the wrongs he has committed. Taking his faithful Man-Bat, Goliath, with him, he also has to deal with a new Nobody who has taken up her father's mantle in attempts to reap her revenge on his killer - Damian Wayne. However, she decides to follow him on his journey to ensure that he succeeds in fixing all of the harm he's caused before trying to take him down (anyone else see a future love interest?). Only two issues in, Gleason keeps you excited for what comes next; if he doesn't falter, Robin: Son of Batman could end up being the best Robin series yet.
Written by Scott Lobdell and drawn by Denis Meori, Red Hood/Arsenal offers a combination of quippy superhero banter, well thought-out characters, and exciting moments of intense action. This new title couldn't be any timelier, with the recent popularity of both Arsenal, who has been a huge part of the CW's TV show, Arrow, and Red Hood, who was one of the Big Bads in one of the biggest video games of the year, Batman: Arkham Knight. It's definitely not a comedy, but Red Hood/Arsenal happens to be one of the funniest DC titles currently on shelves. It also gives depth to both Red Hood and Arsenal, offering glimpses into their pasts and the ramifications on the present. It's one of those rare titles that genuinely makes you care about what happens to its fictional characters. Hopefully Lobdell will keep up his excellent writing and the coming issues of Red Hood/Arsenal will be just as awesome as the first two.
Justice League of America
Geoff Johns has been writing Justice League since the New 52 began, and has been doing a fantastic job. However, DC has just begun a new Justice League title by Bryan Hitch that also features the founding seven members of the team. Two issues in, JLA is tackling an extremely weighty philosophical question: what if we contacted aliens who had their own religion, and all evidence points to their religion being the right one? Rao, the god of Krypton, has come to earth The whole world watches as his prophets go about performing miracles. Rao promises to usher in a new age of peace on the Earth, like the one experienced on Krypton before its destruction. Superman, who can't believe that Krypton's god is real, fully endorses him. However, the arc began with Superman receiving a cryptic message from an alternate version of himself: "don't trust him." Right now, it seems safe to assume that Rao is the "him." So far, all signs point to Hitch's JLA being just as entertaining as Johns' work. Hopefully he won't disappoint!
DC You has promised to have a little bit of something for everybody. So far, it's lived up to that promise. Without doubt, the titles mentioned within this article serve as evidence of that, although there are several other new releases that show potential, such as Martian Manhunter, Earth 2 Society, and Batman Beyond. This doesn't mean that some of the other titles that weren't mentioned can't end up being fantastic as well - sometimes you have to wait until an arc is completed to truly measure the quality of the story. Right now, however, these five new titles in particular have proven themselves worthy of your attention, and chances are you won't want to miss what's next!