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Green Lantern: New Guardians #1

"Green Lantern: New Guardians" might bore existing readers with its slow setup.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Tyler Kirkham, Batt
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 28th, 2011

Batman: The Dark Knight #1

Paul Jenkins gives "Batman: The Dark Knight" a much needed boost, but it's still at the bottom of the heap.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Jenkins, David Finch
Artists:
David Finch, Richard Friend
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 28th, 2011

Aquaman #1

Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis begin their rehab of Aquaman, and so far so good.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Joe Prado
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 28th, 2011

The Flash #1

Barry Allen pulls on the crimson cowl of the Flash once more in a sharp story and spiffy art by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 28th, 2011

Red Hood and the Outlaws #1

Dear DC, this is a really bad book. Bikini-clad aliens and violent "heroes" can't sell this one.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Lobdell
Artists:
Kenneth Rocafort
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 25th, 2011

New Teen Titans: Games

Long before some of you readers were born, George Pérez started drawing this book. Twenty-three years later, you can kick back with a beer and read it.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marv Wolfman, George Perez
Artists:
George Pérez, Mike Perkins, Al Vey
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 24th, 2011

Legion of Super-Heroes #1

This might actually be a good comic book, but it feels like issue #21, not #1 and thus ultimately fails.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Levitz
Artists:
Francis Portela
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
September 23rd, 2011

Green Lantern Corps #1

"Green Lantern Corps" is off to a slow start, but the little touches are what keep up your interest.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Fernando Pasarin, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 22nd, 2011

Captain Atom #1

Captain Atom is losing control of his powers, but there's no time to worry because there’s a volcano in New York to deal with!

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J.T. Krul
Artists:
Freddie Williams II
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
September 22nd, 2011

Blue Beetle #1

I’m not blue that I’ve gotten my hands on “Blue Beetle.” Quite the opposite, my friends. This is a great introduction to a hero for a new generation.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Ig Guara, Ruy Jose
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 22nd, 2011

DC Universe Presents #1

"DC Universe Presents" is saddled with an unfortunate name, hiding a quality comic behind the title.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Jenkins
Artists:
Bernard Chang
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 22nd, 2011

Wonder Woman #1

Diana is back, complete with a colorful cast of mythic characters.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Cliff Chiang
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
September 21st, 2011

Supergirl #1

The new "Supergirl" reboots Kara Zor-El once more, and makes her a stranger now more than ever.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Mike Johnson, Michael Green
Artists:
Mahmud Asrar, Dan Green
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 21st, 2011

Birds of Prey #1

Jesus Saiz is a great selling point for the new "Birds of Prey" series, and Duane Swiercynski's story doesn't let us down, either.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Jesus Saiz
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 21st, 2011

Nightwing #1

Dick is back in his Nightwing costume, and the results are mostly boring.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Kyle Higgins
Artists:
Eddy Barrows, JP Mayer
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
September 21st, 2011

Catwoman #1

Sexually suggestive poses are once more the main purpose for the "Catwoman" comic book.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Judd Winick
Artists:
Guillem March
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 21st, 2011

Batman #1

Scott Snyder had a turn at Batman with Grayson under the cowl in "Detective Comics." Now, Snyder has the chance to leave a mark on the Bruce Wayne Batman and makes a stellar first impression.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 20th, 2011

Deathstroke #1

A relaunched universe needs its bad guys and mercenaries, doesn’t it? That’d be why Deathstroke’s here.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Kyle Higgins
Artists:
Joe Bennett, Art Thibert
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 18th, 2011

Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1

Frankenstein works for a government agency that solves weird problems. Stuff like killing monsters. Which he totally does in this issue.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Alberto Ponticelli
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
September 16th, 2011

Batman & Robin #1

Batman and Robin (Bruce and Damian) begin working together as a team for the first time since Bruce’s return from the dead. Also, someone is out to kill the agents of Batman Inc.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
September 16th, 2011

Suicide Squad #1

Task Force X is reinstated, and this time “Suicide Squad” looks to grab more attention than any secret government sponsored team really should.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Adam Glass
Artists:
Federico Dallocchio, Ransom Getty, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 15th, 2011

Red Lanterns #1

The rage of the Red Lanterns gets unleashed in a story that may have been the root cause of Animal Man bleeding out from his eyes. Or not. At any rate, there’s a whole lot of red here.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
Ed Benes, Rob Hunter
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 15th, 2011

Grifter #1

Putting the grifter back in “Grifter,” con man Cole Cash has 17 minutes, hours, or days (it’s unclear) stolen from him by mysterious creatures.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Nathan Edmondson
Artists:
CAFU, Jason Gorder
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
September 15th, 2011

Resurrection Man #1

"Resurrection Man" stays true to form, bringing itself back to life and with a new trick to boot.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Fernando Dagnino
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 15th, 2011

Mister Terrific #1

The only apparent connection to the JSA in this initial offering from DC comes absolutely nowhere near filling the JSA-sized void on the comic racks

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Eric Wallace
Artists:
Gianluca Gugliotta, Wayne Faucher
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 14th, 2011

Batwoman #1

"Batwoman" #1 picks up right where "Detective Comics" #863 left off a year and a half ago, and Williams and Blackman prove their writing chops.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J.H. Williams III, W. Haden Blackman
Artists:
J.H. Williams III
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 14th, 2011

Demon Knights #1

It's a little exposition-heavy in places, but "Demon Knights" is off to a good start.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Diogenes Neves, Oclair Albert
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 14th, 2011

Legion Lost #1

"Legion Lost" feels determined to shed everything that would make it unique, until you start to wonder why this is even a Legion-related comic.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Fabian Nicieza
Artists:
Pete Woods
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 14th, 2011

Superboy #1

"Superboy" retains a surprisingly high amount of the character's origin, while tweaking what was left out.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Lobdell
Artists:
R.B. Silva, Rob Lean
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 14th, 2011

Green Lantern #1

As Sinestro returns to the Green Lantern Corps, it looks like maybe the Sinestro Corps is going to have to consider a name change.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Tom Nguyen
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 14th, 2011

Men of War #1

Corporal Joe Rock is recruited for a new unit with a difficult mission. Of course, it all goes to hell right away.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ivan Brandon, Jonathan Vankin
Artists:
Tom Derenick, Phil Winslade
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
September 11th, 2011

Action Comics #1

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Superman! Back again, but for the first time.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Rags Morales, Rick Bryant
Reviewer:
James Hunt
September 11th, 2011

Green Arrow #1

The relaunch has put a fresh face on Ollie Queen, except now he more closely resembles another famous comic book archer.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. T. Krul
Artists:
Dan Jurgens, George Pérez
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 10th, 2011

Batwing #1

The DC relaunch all but guaranteed a new plethora of Bat-books. Week One saw 3 released, including “Batwing," which spins out of the stories from the much-ballyhooed “Batman, Inc."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Judd WInick
Artists:
Ben Oliver
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 9th, 2011

Stormwatch #1

The new “Stormwatch” brings Wildstorm into the DC Universe as the group tries to recruit a superhuman known as Apollo.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
September 8th, 2011

Static Shock #1

Static Shock’s return to comics comes just as he moves to New York City and becomes an immediately controversial hero.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott McDaniel, John Rozum
Artists:
Scott McDaniel, Jonathan Glapion, Le Beau Underwood
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
September 8th, 2011

Hawk & Dove #1

"Hawk & Dove" is a team book that is less than the sum of its parts.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Rob Liefeld
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 8th, 2011

O.M.A.C. #1

There's a lot of mass destruction in "O.M.A.C." #1, but little else to recommend just yet.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen, Dan DiDio
Artists:
Keith Giffen, Scott Koblish
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 8th, 2011

Animal Man #1

The script for "Animal Man" does a better job of balancing the strange and mundane than the art.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Travel Foreman, Dan Green
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 7th, 2011

Batgirl #1

"Batgirl" is off to a slow start, but shows promise.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Ardian Syaf, Vicente Cifuentes
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 7th, 2011

Justice League International #1

DC reaches back to the 1986 relaunch of “Justice League” for some basic ingredients to add to this new “Justice League International” buffet.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Jurgens
Artists:
Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 7th, 2011

Detective Comics #1

Daniel's first issue of "Detective Comics" is a game-raising effort from the writer/artist, promising dark times ahead for the title.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Salvador Daniel
Artists:
Tony Salvador Daniel, Ryan Winn
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 7th, 2011

Swamp Thing #1

This series appears to be just what the doctor ordered to help wipe out all memory of the recently completed lackluster “Brightest Day” tie-in. Scott Snyder’s story and Yanick Paquette’s art sure helps.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Yanick Paquette
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 7th, 2011

Flashpoint #5

As "Flashpoint" wraps up, the moment that everyone's been waiting for feels tacked on and disconnected from the rest of the comic.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Andy Kubert, Sandra Hope, Jesse Delperdang
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 31st, 2011

Justice League #1

The relaunch of the DC Universe starts with this issue. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of hype left unfulfilled.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 31st, 2011

Justice League #1

"Justice League" #1 begins the new origin for the team, but this might not have been the best tactic for the first issue.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 30th, 2011

DC Retroactive: Superman — The '90s #1

On the eve of a Superman relaunch, this "DC Retroactive" comic is more comforting than I'd have imagined.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Louise Simonson
Artists:
Jon Bogdanove
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 28th, 2011

Batman: Gates of Gotham #5

This epic Bat-Family mini-series exploring the history of Gotham and the families that brought it to greatness comes to an end.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins, Ryan Parrott
Artists:
Trevor McCarthy, Graham Nolan
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
August 26th, 2011

Wonder Woman #614

Diana finally overcomes her Odyssey.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski, Phil Hester
Artists:
Don Kramer, Lee Garbett. Drew Geraci, Robin Riggs, Trevor Scott
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
August 26th, 2011

Flashpoint: Project Superman #3

"Flashpoint: Project Superman" wraps up with a strange mixture of sadness and creepiness.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Lowell Francis, Scott Snyder
Artists:
Gene Ha
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 25th, 2011
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