As most of you may know by now, DC Comics is relaunching their entire line of comics this Fall alongside a day and date digital comics initiative. What you might not know, however, is that it all started two weeks ago with the releases of the last issue of DC’s summer event Flashpoint, and the beginning of the new universe with Justice League #1.
This Wednesday is the second big week of releases. I’m picking up a lot of these books, and there are still a lot of books to look forward to in these upcoming weeks, as well as plenty that you and I will probably want to stay away from for varying reasons. So, in the order of kindness and assignments from my editor, I will be breaking down each title with their creators, what they’re about, and what you can expect from each of the new books. And, guess what? I’m not in love with a lot of the decisions that they’ve made, so this should be fun!
Every Tuesday through the end of September, I will be writing another installment so you know when you can get yourself to the store, or to your mobile app, and purchase your new #1s from DC Comics! Also, it’s worth noting, dear reader, that since you’re coming to the game a little late, you can’t be guaranteed an issue at the comic book store, so call ahead to see if they have it. Or if you go the store and they don’t have any copies left of these DC books, you could always buy an indie comic like 27 The Second Set, Baltimore: The Curse Bells, Pigs, and Moon Girl, which all come out this week, coincidentally. There’s more to comics than just superheroes from DC and Marvel, you know?
But that’s probably why you’re here, and now that I’ve gotten the indie comics alternative plug out of the way, let’s talk about the universe that I’d rather live in, the DC Universe!
We know that DC is pushing a lot of Green Lantern product this year, what with the big movie coming out this summer and a new animated series in the Fall. Readers have three current ongoing series, a big event with War of the Green Lanterns coming in February, and coming soon, another ongoing series centered around The Red Lantern Corps. Red Lanterns will launch later this year and will be written by Peter Milligan (X-Statix, Greek Street) with an artist to be announced later. The series will shed some light on the most popular group to spill out of last year’s Blackest Night storyline.
On DC’s blog, The Source, Milligan says the series will examine the origins of the Red Lantern Corps and why the leader of the Corps has remained so mad for so long. The series will star not only the leader of the Red Lantern Corps, Atrocitus, but the rest of the Corp, including everyone’s favorite blood-spewing cat, Dex-Starr!