Is it a literary masterpiece? No. It’s downright expository. It merely sets the stage. It is certainly not a jumping-on point. But as someone who was left cold by most of DC’s New 52, this book gives me hope that DC Comics is about to become properly super-heroic again.
I don’t want to give any specifics away, as the ending reveals something I hadn’t even considered as a possibility before I started reading. I was already spoiled on who the main viewpoint character is, but all I’ll say on that is…yes, and about time, DC. One of my favorite characters. You don’t realize how much you’d miss something until it’s taken away from you for several years.
I also don’t want to get into bashing the New 52 since the mission statement for my review-a-day series is to stay positive, so I’ll just look toward the future of DC. Judging from this book, that future looks brighter, more hopeful, and more heroic.
Within all that, DC needs to remember one important ingredient—keep it accessible and appropriate for younger readers. Nothing wrong with adults enjoying superheroes (obviously), but kids need a Superman and Wonder Woman they can look up to (among other great characters). Heck, it’s not just an important ingredient, but the most important. The older I get, the more firmly I believe that.
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artists: Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis, Gary Frank, Phil Jimenez, and more!
Publisher: DC Comics
How to Read It: new issue (but it may be sold out in many places), Comixology
Appropriate For: ages 12 and up