Anthony’s picks for DC Comics for January 2012

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Updated on December 10, 2021

Action Comics #5Yes, 2012 is fast approaching… and so are the DC books out in January 2012!

Comics I’ll be buying

  • Mister Terrific #5, on sale Jan. 11, $3
  • Action Comics #5, on sale Jan. 4, $4
  • Superman #5, on sale Jan. 25, $3
  • Static Shock #5, on sale Jan. 4, $3
  • Tiny Titans #48, on sale Jan. 18, $3
  • The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold #15, on sale Jan. 11, $3

Comics I might buy

  • Justice League #5, on sale Jan. 18, $4


The “DCNU”/”New 52” reboot continues unabated…

Yep, “Justice League,” the “face” of the new DCNU for new readers, is finally finishing up its initial storyline. Though I have to wonder how many of these new readers will still be around by January, assuming the various titles in this reboot haven’t scared them off (Starfire-sleaze and all)…

“Action”‘s cover shows an iconic shot of baby Kal-El being rocketed to Earth from Krypton. Of course, per today’s news, his dog Krypto won’t be part of the survivors of this “New 52,” having been declared as having died en route to Earth. Guess it’s part of the “New 52″‘s unspoken attempt to eradicate anything seen as remotely whimsical/light-hearted (a trend that’s been too much a part of mainstream superhero books of the past 20 years); quite sad, really.

This month’s “Showcase” presents “Young Love,” which was one of the earliest romance comic titles. Originally published by now-defunct Crestwood/Prize, it was sold to DC in 1963, and continued its original issue numbering from there. Hence, why this Showcase volume’s issue numbering starts with issue #39, the first title published under the DC banner. There’s also a volume six of “Action Comics” Archives being released, reaching the post-World War II era.

Over in Johnny DC, “Brave and the Bold” sees Mister Miracle appear, while there’s more Batgirl fun in “Tiny Titans.” No sign of the “Looney Tunes” comic, however. Has its publication frequency been reduced?

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