This September, DC Comics is doing something unprecedented. The venerable funnybook company is bringing their entire line to an end – including titles like “Action Comics” and “Detective Comics,” which have run since the late 1930s – and relaunching absolutely everything with new number ones. Now’s a great time to get back into reading DC comic books, or even pick one up for the very first time, but with a stunning new 52 titles to choose from, where’s a person to start?
Fortunately, we’re here to help you choose the comic books most likely to have you shambling zombie-like to your local comic book store every Wednesday (new comic book day, natch) – just like us! If you don’t know where to find a comic book store, consider checking out the Comic Shop Locator or even joining us in the future by buying your comics digitally through the DC Comics and Comixology apps.
So, without further ado, here are the top five comics you should check out this month from DC’s “New 52.”
“Justice League #1” on sale August 31, 2011
For years now, comic book writer Geoff Johns has been one of the creative pillars at DC, and one of the major forces behind Green Lantern’s current surge in popularity. Now, he’ll be taking on DC’s biggest heroes, in the company’s biggest superhero group, with none other than legendary artist Jim Lee by his side. Best known for his seminal work on the X-Men in the 1990s, in recent years Lee has been primarily known as a DC executive, but we couldn’t be more excited to have him back behind the drawing desk.
“Action Comics #1” on sale September 7, 2011
Another one of DC’s heavy-hitters is Scottish scribe Grant Morrison, who has taken the company’s icons to uncharted territory with both “All-Star Superman” and his absolutely stunning work with the Dark Knight. Now, with artist Rags Morales, he’s returning to Superman for what’s said to be a back-to-basics approach that incorporates much of the character’s early roots in what DC calls “the cornerstone of the entire DC Universe.”
“Batman #1” on sale September 21, 2011
For the past year, Scott Snyder has wowed comic book fans with his run on “Detective Comics,” telling impressive, interlocking, densely plotted stories with Batman at the center. In the new DC relaunch, Snyder will be sticking with the Dark Knight, but moving over to the “Batman” title. Expect the same type of stellar storytelling, but now with legendary “Spawn” artist Greg Capullo along for the ride.
“Animal Man #1” on sale September 7, 2011
One of the best new writers to arrive at DC in recent years has been Jeff Lemire. The cartoonist behind “Sweet Tooth,” and the writer of “Superboy” is primed for a massive breakout, so we couldn’t be more excited to see what he does with Animal Man, a fan-favorite character defined by a legendary Grant Morrison run in the late 1980s. Also, you can be sure the new “Animal Man” looks gorgeous, with Travel Foreman, one of the artists of “The Immortal Iron Fist” on pencils and inks.
“Swamp Thing #1” on sale September 7, 2011
For years, “Swamp Thing” has been caught up in DC’s Vertigo line, and while we’ve loved a lot of those comics, we’re excited to see the big muck-monster back in the DC Universe proper. Even better, the character is being written by Scott Snyder, who we’ve already gushed about up above, with art by Yanick Paquette, who just this past year put in incredible work on “Batman Incorporated” with Grant Morrison.
Naturally, there are many more books that we plan on checking out than just these five, titles like “Batman & Robin,” “Aquaman,” “The Flash,” “Green Lantern,” “Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.” and more. If you see something that peaks your interest, go ahead and treat yourself – you deserve it.