Here’s what’s of interest from DC Comics for September 2012. Full solicitations may be found here.
Comics I’ll be buying
- Superman Family Adventures #5, on sale Sept. 26, $3
Comics I might buy
- Action Comics #0, on sale Sept. 5, $4
On the one-year anniversary of the “New 52” reboot of the DC Universe, DC is celebrating with “Zero Month,” a series of #0 numbered issues of their comics. The issues are meant to tell or retell the origins and backgrounds of their newly-rebooted characters. Long-time readers, of course, will recall DC did this almost 20 years ago with their 1994 “Zero Hour” storyline (a previous mass-continuity-reboot, ironically enough), which had a similar-named “Zero Month” of tie-in #0 issues with similar goals (origin retellings, etc.). In that series’ case, the tie-ins were often fun, while “Zero Hour” itself got my vote as my least favorite big storyline ever (until “Identity Crisis” and similar related stories came along).
Yes, I’ve moved “Action” to the “maybe” level. Even with Morrison on the title, let’s face it, I think the “New 52” sucks… it’s every bad 90s cliche/trend mixed with every recent (DiDido-era) DC Comics trend I loathe (the shock-value violence, the idiotic cash-grab-ish “52”-everything-theme, the general humorless tone, etc.). I’d rather have a Superman who has his normal costume (red shorts and all), actually smiles as Supes and/or Clark (versus “emo Clark”), has his usual hairstyle (Superman’s famous spit-curl), and isn’t dressed (as per the cover of “Action Comics” #0) like Lil’ Abner. Thus, my DC buying is largely back to where it was before the reboot—reprints and the “Johnny DC” line.
Speaking of which, this month’s “Superman Family Adventures” sees a “Purple Superman” show up in Metropolis. One guess as to the (villainous) identity of this issue’s guest-star.
This month’s “Showcase” reprint is another volume of the Flash, reprinting his mid-to-late 60s issues.