I am a comic book fan – but not really a comic book aficionado. So what does this major DC Comics reboot, affectionately known as “The New 52”, mean to me?
I guess when it comes right down to it, I think of this as an opportunity. I read comics a lot, but I don’t read a ton of superhero comics. I read no hero books monthly, and usually only read certain trades, specials or collections. I am a fan of superheroes, and my two favorites are the biggest two for DC, Superman and Batman.
But there are just so many damn books for these characters that have gone on for so long, I don’t even know where to begin. I have read a lot of the Superman/Batman series in trade, but for the main story lines, I’d feel like I am coming into the middle of a movie that’s been on already for decades.
Now, I see this as my chance.
I know these may not be complete, start from scratch redoes for every title, but as for major story arches, I think this is a great time to get into Batman and Superman again.
It helps also that I recently got an iPad which makes reading these books so damn convenient.
And to get into the game early, I did go and buy the new “Justice League” #1. I don’t know a ton about the JLA as a whole, but I know almost all the characters and even though this first issue was mostly Green Lantern and Batman, I still enjoyed it – especially the end of the book.
What can I say? I’m a sucker for the guy in blue and red. If his books start all the way from day one – I’m perfectly happy with that. I could read a different interpretations of the Superman origin every day – it’s like reading modern mythology for me.
So I think I’m going to read “Action Comics” and “Superman” for Superman, and “Detective Comics” and “Batman” for Batman.
I may continue with “Justice League” too – though this may be one I don’t stick with considering that this money with add up quick.
Who knows if I’ll read them monthly, get trades, or wait a few months and buy them in bulk. But I know this – it’s a fresh enough start that I feel like I can come in and not feel completely out of place.
So for that alone, I like it!