The GeeksverseZero Month At DC Week Three

Zero Month At DC Week Three
Published on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 by

It’s the third week of DC’s Zero Month and we look at some more origin issues of the New 52.

The ones we didn’t check out: Blue Beetle #0, Captain Atom #0, Catwoman #0, Supergirl #0

Sword Of Sorcery #0
Written by: Christy Marx
Art by: Aaron Lopresti

I never read the original Amethyst series and I was surprised to hear that DC was bringing her back. If this is how they are doing it, count me on board. Marx does a decent job of setting up enough of the world for us to get a grip on what is going on. The relationship between Amy and her mother, what their life is like, is well laid out with a minimal of work. The training session just highlights how strange it is. Good script, solid writing. Off to a good start and the artwork by Lopresti is great. Some of his best.

I even like the back-up by Tony Bedard and Jesus Saiz. Good stuff. I love the story of Beowulf and was interested in a comic interpretation of it, but I was not expecting what we got. The futuristic/apocalyptic setting is great. Making Beowulf some kind of genetically engineered soldier is a nice twist. Good art by Saiz.

4 out of 5

Justice League #0
Written by: Geoff Johns
Penciled by: Gary Frank

The Justice League had their origin in their own book, the first 6/7 issues, so the idea of turning this #0 issue over to the Shazam back-up feature makes some sense. Some, but still not much. There’s a lot of Justice League that could have been told in this story, maybe some of the missing 5 years, maybe Wonder Woman’s relationship with Steve Trevor, how A.R.G.U.S. was formed, just so much that could have been done. Instead we get an extended issue of Billy Batson. And it’s not really an origin as that has been playing out in the back-up of Justice League.

Storywise it’s okay. Nothing spectacular. The art by Frank is great.

The Pandora back-up is really just a tease for the upcoming Trinity War.

3 out of 5

Birds Of Prey
Written by: Duane Swierczynski
Penciled by: Romano Molenaar

The basic story and script for this is very good. Do you sense a but coming?

But, there’s just some stuff editorially wrong with this issue. What I mean is that the timeline is completely screwed up and doesn’t mesh with Batgirl or other books. It takes place a year ago, so we can assume that Team 7 (which Dinah Lance helped form 5 years ago) is disbanded shortly before this. Black Canary gets named in this issue, as well as why Starling is called that. But the issue is with Batgirl. This is a year ago but in Batgirl’s own title she starts off the first issue just having gotten back into the Batgirl suit. She was shot 3 years ago, after serving as Batgirl for a year (from Batgirl #0). So it doesn’t make sense for her to be in the Batgirl suit a year ago.

This is just more of the same with the New 52.

3 out of 5

Wonder Woman #0
Written by: Brian Azzarello
Art by: Cliff Chiang

Just a fun book. Azzarello and Chiang take this chance to tell part of Diana’s origin, how she was trained to be a superior warrior, and just have fun with it. It’s got an old time story feel to it, like reading a comic from the 60s. Serious subject matter but in a fun way. More of the 0 issues should have been done like this. The team tells a story that really helps shape who Diana became and at the same time play some tribute to the good ol’ times.

4 out of 5

Red Hood And The Outlaws #0
Written by: Scott Lobdell
Penciled by: Pasqual Ferry, Ig Guara & Brett Booth

This is more the origin of the Red Hood and not the Outlaws. I can’t really fault Lobdell for choosing this story to tell, it’s been a question a lot of fans have had. Jason Todd had an interesting story in the old DC, so fans wanted to know how much of that was true in the new 52. Most of it.

There are some timeline issues, thanks to the Batbooks not relaunching and the 5 year gap. Jason starts off looking pretty young in this issue, maybe 14 or so. Dick Grayson isn’t around, and Jason spends a lot of time at the mansion and when we’re introduced to him he’s probably in his mid-20s or so. So how does that work with the 5 years and Jason being the second Robin? Add in the time stated in Batgirl and it starts making less sense. Batgirl was active 3-4 years ago and was with Dick Grayson. So Jason Todd becomes Robin 1-2 years ago? There had to be time after Dick left, we see Jason spending time at the mansion before finding out about Bruce being Batman, so how does it all add up?

It doesn’t. It really doesn’t.

The reason why Batman decides to let Jason live at the mansion is very, very weak in this issue. Originally Batman caught Jason trying to steal tires from the Batmobile. That proved Jason had guts and it impressed Batman. The New 52 Jason stole from Dr. Leslie Tompkins and got caught by Batman. Why on earth would Batman accept Jason into his house?

And the little twist at the end? It makes no sense. The way it’s presented really doesn’t work. Too 4th wall and meta. But the idea behind it? No sense. Joker manipulated everything so that Jason Todd would become Robin, just so he could be killed later? And along the way Joker never once thought that Batman could be Bruce Wayne? Just a completely and unnecessary wrinkle added to the story.

2 out of 5

Nightwing #0
Written by: Kyle Higgins & Tom DeFalco
Penciled by: Eddy Barrows

The story here is good, one of the better of Zero Month. Does a good job of showing how Dick becomes Robin and it all makes sense. There’s no fault with the story, the script or the plot. The art is decent and has some very good shots here and there.

But there is an issue. The body language that Dick reads, how it’s highlighted, well it’s interesting and helps set Dick apart from Bruce and the others, it stands out as being odd because it has not been used before. This seems a touch that DeFalco added to the character, and well I like it, it wasn’t used before so seems out of place.

3 out of 5

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