25 August 2011

DC Comics: The New 52 - Young Justice Spotlight

I assume DC Comics is calling this assortment of titles "Young Justice" to connect with the current animated series (which, incidentally, is pretty good from what I've seen).  These are titles focusing on teenage heroes, so expect a certain amount of sass and romantic angst.  And, probably, a lot of slang.  'Cause that's how the teens talk, don'tcha know?

$2.99 - 28 September 2011
Written by Scott Lobdell
Art and Cover by Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund
Tim Drake, Batman’s former sidekick, is back in action when an international organization seeks to capture, kill or co-opt super-powered teenagers.
As Red Robin, he’s going to have to team up with the mysterious and belligerent powerhouse thief known as Wonder Girl and the hyperactive speedster calling himself Kid Flash to stand any chance at all against a living, breathing weapon with roots in another world!
They – along with a few other tortured teen heroes – will be the Teen Titans in this new series from writer Scott Lobdell (WILDC.A.T.S, Uncanny X-Men) and artist Brett Booth (JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA)!

Blue Beetle
$2.99 - 21 September 2011
Written Tony Bedard
Art by Ig Guara and Ruy Jose
Cover by Tyler Kirkham and Sal Regla
It’s not easy being Jaime Reyes. He has to deal with high school, family and all the drama that comes with being a teenager. Also he’s symbiotically linked to a powerful scarab created by an alien race known as the Reach who seek to subjugate planets – or annihilate them. It’s up to one teen hero to turn this instrument of annihilation into a force for good.

Hawk and Dove
$2.99 - 7 September 2011
Written by Sterling Gates
Art and Cover by Rob Liefeld
Hank Hall is not happy. He’s not happy to have Dawn Granger as a new partner in his war on crime. He’s not happy that she’s dating the ghostly Super Hero, Deadman. He’s not happy to learn that someone is trying to plunge the United States into a new civil war!
Now it’s up to Hawk and Dove to root out the forces behind this conflict and stop them before they turn the U.S. into a wasteland!
And who is the monster lurking in the shadows, watching Hawk and Dove from afar? Find out in this new series from Sterling Gates (FLASHPOINT: KID FLASH LOST) and artist Rob Liefled (X-Force, Youngblood)!

Legion Lost
$2.99 - 14 September 2011
Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art and Cover by Pete Woods
Seven heroes from the 31st century have traveled back to the present day. Their mission: Save their future from total annihilation. But when the future tech they brought with them fails, they find themselves trapped in nightmarish world that, for them, is the ultimate struggle to survive!
Don’t miss the start of this all-new LEGION series illustrated by Pete Woods – fresh off his spectacular run on ACTION COMICS – who is joined by writer Fabian Nicieza (RED ROBIN)!

Legion of Super-Heroes
$2.99 - 21 September 2011
Written by Paul Levitz
Art by Francis Portela
Cover by Karl Kerschl
The Legion of Super-Heroes has been decimated by the worst disaster in its history. Now, the students of the Legion Academy must rise to the challenge of helping the team rebuild – but a threat of almost unstoppable power is rising at the edge of Dominator space, and if the new recruits fail, the Legion Espionage Squad may be the first casualties in a war that could split worlds in half!

Static Shock
$2.99 - 7 September 2011
Written by Scott McDaniel and John Rozum
Art and Cover by Scott McDaniel and Jonathan Glapion and LeBeau Underwood
The brilliant, slightly awkward high school student Virgil Hawkins transforms into the cocky electromagnetic hero Static!
A mysterious tragedy forces the Hawkins family to relocate from Dakota to New York City! Virgil embarks upon new adventures in a new high school and new internship at S.T.A.R. Labs!
As Static, he dons a new uniform and establishes a new secret headquarters! But is he ready to take on the new villains who lurk in New York City’s underworld?
I wish I could muster some enthusiasm for this lot, but I just don't have it in me.  I'd like to see Static Shock succeed because I like the character in general.  Hawk and Dove could be fun.  That first issue synopsis reads like the preview of a new USA Network original series, honestly...and I confess, I'd watch it if that's what it was.  Blue Beetle sounds like the comic for fans who don't want to have to buy both Static Shock and Mister Terrific.  And I've never had much interest in the Legion of Super-Heroes, so I'll pass on both Legion books.  Though, it's worth noting, I am looking forward to the forthcoming Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes crossover series.  Maybe that'll persuade me to explore these books.

Other DC Comics: The New 52 spotlights
Green Lantern
Justice League
Superheroes (Captain Atom, Mister Terrific, Hawkman, Firestorm)
The Dark
The Edge

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