Last week we detailed Five Marvel Books to check out in 2017, if you’re not already reading them. Today, we do the same for DC Comics…
DC threw a lot of interesting stuff at the wall in 2016 – its modernly updated Hanna-Barbera series, and its new Rebirth initiative, for instance – and some of it stuck quite well. 2017 promises more of the same in terms of bold efforts to win new fans and wow the old ones. Without further ado, here are five of DC’s titles we think are worth putting on your pull lists in the new year:
Supergirl: Being Super
The first issue of this came out on December 28 and features the fresh perspective of Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) with fantastic DC-exclusive artist Joelle Jones. Supergirl: Being Super has thrown off the shackles of continuity for an origin story where Kara is an adopted daughter with no memory of her Kryptonian past – rather than her traditional role as Kal-El’s cousin who is tasked with a mission. While we love DC continuity and all its challenges and pitfalls, this shows how sometimes eschewing continuity for story can really pay off. Rather than super-heroics, it’s more concerned with how “being super” affects things such as relations with family and friends, ability to engage in school activities, and what complications alien acne might have over our more conventional blemishes. This four-part mini-series ships bi-monthly.
This March sees the all-new Batwoman series hit shelves, courtesy of writer Marguerite Bennett and artist Steve Epting. Current Detective Comics writer James Tynion IV, who has been featuring Batwoman in that book, is co-writer on the first arc. Batwoman is a character with a rich background and history of striking visuals, and the previews we’ve seen of the new series seem to promise more of the same.
Justice League of America
If you were bummed that Supergirl: Rebirth has a two-month wait between issues, perhaps you can assuage yourself with the fact that the new version of the JLA will come out twice per month! The Justice League of America ongoing title starts in February, but four one-shots, all written by main series writer Steve Orlando, will lead up to the launch – Atom (already out Jan. 4, starring the Ryan Choi version of the Atom – and we quite enjoyed it); Vixen; The Ray; and Killer Frost. The team is rounded out by – get this – Batman, Black Canary, and the Main Man hisself – Lobo! Crazy. But Orlando has the proven writing chops that make us quite excited to see what he does with a Justice League team that will necessarily be in a bit of a shadow compared to the Big Guns lineup (Superman, et. al.) in the primary Justice League title. The fact that the art is courtesy of Ivan Reis and Joe Prado seals the deal.
Team-Ups You Thought You’d Never See
Okay, so this is an event, not strictly a “title,” but you’ll forgive us when you see what a delightful, promising, glorious mess this looks like it’s going to be. This is a series of annuals featuring the DC Universe proper crossing over with the Hanna-Barbera line of books. And while the main titles are grand, the backup stories have us salivating. Check it out: Adam Strange/Future Quest Annual #1 will see DC’s best sci-fi hero teaming up with Jonny Quest and family – and the backup features HB funny animal Top Cat breaking out of prison, only to confront BATMAN. We kid you not. Not a hoax, not an imaginary story, this book is happening and it’s BANANAS.
Speaking of bananas – Suicide Squad/Banana Splits Annual #1 sees DC’s favorite jailbirds teaming with a funny animal band whose look was spawned by Sid and Marty Krofft. Are you kidding? Tra la la indeed!
The backup concerns Snagglepuss, cast, according to solicits, as “a Southern gothic playwright … in the New York City theater scene of the 1950’s.”
Similarly, we’re pining to read DC’s top time-traveler (sorry, Rip Hunter) meeting HB’s first family in Booster Gold/The Flintstones Annual #1 – and sweetening the deal, the backup is The Jetsons as interpreted by Harley Quinn creative team Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. Rounding out in the event is Green Lantern/Space Ghost Annual #1 (backup Ruff and Reddy), which sees the respective space-faring do-gooders fight, then team-up while forced to use each other’s signature weapon.
The Kamandi Challenge
The great thing about this is if one issue isn’t to your liking, the next one may knock your socks off. See, every issue of The Kamandi Challenge features Jack “King” Kirby’s character Kamandi a.k.a. “The Last Boy on Earth,” on a weird, post-Apocalyptic landscape. But the creative team on every single issue is different, and each team has to pick up where the other left off, a hand-off of a radioactively hot potato, if you will. A great way for DC and its readers to celebrate the life and career of Kirby, who would have been 100 this year.
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