As I have noted in the past, since my earliest days as a comic book fan, I was a DC Comics guy. Some of that was practical. As a kid with limited budget (even with comics only at 25 cents) and in a small town with questionable comic distribution, the frequently more or less self contained stories of DC were more appealing to me than the never ending narratives of Marvel Comics.
There are some projects that I'm considering following.
Batman. The writer on this is Tim King who wrote one of the stronger entries in the DC You relaunch last spring, Omega Men, plus he was a co-writer on the surprisingly good Grayson series. I don't follow it but King's work on Marvel's The Vision has been well praised and I may need to look into getting a trade collection of that. If anyone has the chops to follow Scott Snyder, it would be Tim King. DC's hedging its bets by having David Finch as the artist on King's opening arc. Finch is a good fit for the Darknight Detective; I just hope he gets better inker than Richard Friend.
Wonder Woman. This series marks the surprising return of Greg Rucka to DC Comics. And Rucka's previous take on the Amazon Princess is considered by many the be the pinnacle of strong storytelling for the character. Rucka will be joined on alternating issues by artists Liam Sharp and Nicola Scott, both extraordinarily perfect artists for this book. Like Rucka, this is Scott 2nd go around, having previous drawn Wonder Woman for writer Gail Simone.
Superman. This is the big one for me. I gave up on Superman shortly after the debacle of J. Michael Strazynski's Grounded storyline. I came back for Grant Morrison's run in Action Comics in the New 52 but dropped Action soon after replacement writer Andy Diggle himself dropped the book after only 1 issue. Despite being a nearly life long Superman fan, I have felt little or no connection to the character since the New 52 era began. Even Morrison's work could not make me fully embrace this version of the Man of Steel. Even in Justice League, this Superman just did not seem real to me. But this title to be written by Peter Tomasis is bringing back the version I followed nearly every week for over 20 years, the post Crisis/pre-52 Superman, the one married to Lois Lane. Paired with a very strong artist, Patrick Gleason, can Peter Tomasis renew my love for this version of Superman once more?
While these titles will be $2.99 an issue and not $3.99, they will be published twice a month which means an investment of 6 dollars a month per title. Still, that is a modest investment compared to all the other titles that DC is rolling out that I will not be buying. Not really having anything set my interest on fire. To be honest, my interest in Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman is born more from a consideration that these are solid comic book selections as opposed to being really, really anxious to get these. Particularly when it comes to Superman, I can be described at best as being cautiously optimistic.
I hope this goes well for DC. No one wants to see DC rolling out in a year or two Rebirth II: Electric Rebirthaloo.
And that's that for Comic Book Theme Week here on the ol' blog thing. Hey, what's been going on in the real world this week? I'll catch up with some of that in tomorrow's post.
And Sunday is Episode Three of Lifetime Companion, my new Doctor Who fan fiction.
Until next time, remember to be good to one another. And do yourself a favor, go read some comic books. They can be quite entertaining and are an excellent source of fiber.