The GeeksverseZero Month At DC: Week One

Zero Month At DC: Week One
Published on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 by

Much like I did when the New 52 debuted, I’m going to give quick reviews of the 0 issues I pick up.

I won’t be getting all of them. Mostly just the series I read regularly and other important ones, but there are enough that they won’t warrant their own reviews.

Without further ado, thoughts on the first week of zero issues.

What I skipped: Action Comics #0, Animal Man #0, Detective Comics #0, Dial H #0, GI Combat #0, Green Arrow #0, Swamp Thing #0
What I missed: World’s Finest #0

Not sure why World’s Finest wasn’t in my box, maybe it actually didn’t come out? Diamond has it as coming out but….

Dial H and GI Combat hold no interest for me, so those were easy to pass on. The rest are books I don’t read monthly and the events in those 0 issues weren’t big enough to affect the DCU (like the appearance of the new GL) and my budget can only support so much.

In the order I read ‘em:

Green Lantern #0
Written by: Geoff Johns
Penciled by: Doug Mahnke

There’s been alot of talk about Simon Baz since it was announced he’d be the new Green Lantern of Earth. I’m not quite sure what to make of him yet. The problem is that he’s pretty stereotypical. He’s an Arab-American and we see how he was affected by 9/11. His sister went out and bucked the stereotype and profiling by joining the Secretary of State. Simon, on the otherhand, just became the angry young man. There’s nothing new about him. And the situation that Johns puts him in doesn’t help, just reinforces those stereotypes. Not the best start for Baz.

2.5 out of 5

Earth 2 #0
Written by: James Robinson
Penciled by: Tomas Giorello

A little disappointed in this one. I was hoping for more time spent with the Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman of this world. How are they different? I like how we’re shown some other heroes, including the mystery one that definately needs to be explored, but too much time is spent on Sloan. It was a twist that Sloan destroyed those cities and not Darkseid, or Steppenwolf since Darkseid doesn’t attack Earth 2 (meaning that Darkseid is a singular being??). Sloan is being set up as a Ras Al Ghul type of character.

3 out of 5

The Phantom Stranger #0
Written by: Dan DiDio
Penciled by: Brent Anderson

I’ve been interested by DC’s Trinity Of Sin since the Free Comic Book Day offering. I think it’s pretty daring to use Judas Iscariot as the Phantom Stranger. Be interesting how Jesus works into it. This issue was boring. DiDio’s script lacks any personality. The plot is pretty boring. We watch the Spectre being born. Neat. Anderson is a servicable artist but his work isn’t exciting.

2.5 out of 5

Batwing #0
Written by: Judd Winick
Penciled by: Marcus To

I like To’s pencils. The rest of the issue? Meh. It does serve a purpose of showing how Batwing came to the attention of Batman but there are parts of it just feel forced. There’s a lot of superhumans in Africa it seems. Batwing has a lot of anger in this issue, where has that anger been in the regular series? He comes across as more controlled then he does in this zero issue, which shouldn’t have been that long ago in continuity.

2.5 out of 5

Stormwatch #0
Written by: Peter Milligan
Art by: Will Conrad

Good pencils by Conrad. This is probably Milligan’s best issue of Stormwatch to date. I was wondering how the Century Babies were going to work in DC and now we know. This also pretty much puts to bed any questions of what Demon Knights have to do with Stormwatch. Doesn’t really integrate it with the rest of the DCU as much as would have liked it, still seems off on it’s own.

3 out of 5

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