With DC rebooting their entire line of comic books last week and offering up all of the titles as digital downloads on the same day they hit shelves, Digital Trends asked me to put together a list of the must-read comics for people who want to take this opportunity to get into the comics scene. Here’s an excerpt from the list of ten comics I chose:
Of course, the prospect of checking out 52 new issues in one month can still be a little daunting. Lucky for you, we’ve been known to make a trip or two to our local comic shop (and by “a trip or two,” we mean enough visits to be receiving holiday cards from the staff), and can offer some assistance making your initial foray into the comics scene.
To that end, we’ve compiled a list of 10 comics you should make sure to check out this month (via digital download or *gasp* a trip to the comic shop) to get up to speed with the new DC Universe.
Justice League #1 by Geoff Johns & Jim Lee
Available: Now (On sale as of 8/31)
As close as you can get to a “dream team” of comic creators and characters, Justice League is written by one of the primary architects of the DC Universe, Geoff Johns, who’s risen up the company ranks to become the Chief Creative Officer for DC Entertainment. He’s joined by award-winning artist and DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee, a name that should be familiar to anyone who ever picked up a comic book in the 1990s. (Side note: He’s also the Executive Creative Director for the DC Universe Online video game.)
The Justice League is DC’s premiere superhero team, and this new incarnation includes icons like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and The Flash, as well as one modern-era addition to the team: Cyborg. Like many of the new DC titles, the story is set at a time when many of its main characters are still learning to be the heroes we know them to be, and promises to be one of the most prominent entry points for new readers.
You can read the rest of the list at Digital Trends, but it’s worth noting that there are a few series that were on the bubble but had to be left off the list, including Batgirl and Swamp Thing, which both look really, really great.
Oh, and keep an eye out for my upcoming list of 10 comics you might not want to pick up right away.