One year after the relaunch of the DC Universe, with many titles still holding strong through two waves of cancellations, DC breaks the flow to provide Secret Origin stories for many characters. Finally we will get a peek at the five year gap between the Flashpoint story and the first appearance of The New 52 The Justice League.
Need some comics to pull out of your backpack on the quad to impress that cute co-ed with the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World ‘Sharpie‘ shirt? How about sparking off that fling with a re-imagining of Clark Kent’s first years in Metropolis in Action Comics #0 or read about how Bruce Wayne got his martial arts training before becoming Batman in Detective Comics #0.
Action Comics #0 — The Boy Who Stole Superman’s Cape — Grant Morrison / Ben Oliver
Morrison’s take on Superman continues as he attempts to explain Clark’s early days after leaving Smallville. He is still in his blue jeans and boots costume, and in this version Ma and Pa Kent are no longer around. Will we find out any more about Clark’s adopted parents? I sort of doubt it, I think Morrison is saving that for the long tail of his run on the book. Or perhaps DC Editorial has broader plans for the retelling of the super origin that syncs better with next year’s blockbuster Man of Steel and the rumored Justice League movies. We are treated to fully painted art from Batwing’s Ben Oliver for issue #0.
Detective Comics #0 — Gregg Hurwtiz / Tony S. Daniel, Richard Friend
Ahhh … the “Old 52″. Remember those halcyon days in 2009 when artist Tony Daniel became writer for The Battle for the Cowl? Batman was decimated by Darkseid and the cowl was up for grabs. Gotham needed a Dark Knight. Tony proved himself to be a fan favorite writer, not an easy jump to make after being an artist for many years. In the New 52, it was no surprise that Daniel was tapped to helm the flagship DC title at #1. After 12 issues, Tony’s last Batbook for a while will be drawing Issue #0 when Dark Knight writer Gregg Hurwitz. John Layman (of our favorite Image Book, CHEW) takes over the writing on Detective on issue #13.
Green Lantern #0 — Geoff Johns / Doug Mahnke
Geoff Johns is always making his mark on the comic industry with universe-spanning concepts. By introducing different colored Lantern Corps and consulting on the Ryan Reynolds big screen version of the Green Lantern, the Corps have never been more important to the DC Universe. Introduced for the first time in Issue #0 today is Lebanese American Simon Baz as the newest member of the Green Lantern Corps.
Phantom Stranger #0 — Dan DiDio / Brett Anderson
The Phantom Stranger is the paranormal Watcher of the DC Universe. DC Co-publisher Dan DiDio’s New 52 OMAC was short-lived but popular among fans with his Jack Kirby reverence and nods to the Silver Age. Going back to older characters is a one of his strong suits. His Metal Men story in the Wednesday Comics anthology was a highlight of the series. Unlike the previous books we’ve highlighted, The Phantom Stranger #0 acts as the launch of a new monthly series.
Among other titles hitting the stores today are Batwing #0, Earth 2 #0, Animal Man #0 and Swamp Thing #0. Your favorite Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey, Batgirl and Catwoman all get the same treatment later in the month. The Number 0 initiative does provide an interesting break for the publisher, and some would say a double dip. For those unaware of the relaunch, here’s a brand new opportunity to get into the stores to see what all the buzz is about. Marvel’s paying attention and countering with the similar Marvel Now reboot starting in October. The comic market stays the same as much as it changes. Now is a good time to get caught up with your favorite storys and trade paperbacks of the New 52 if one of these Zero issues piques your interest.
We are just hoping for more back story to the mysteries of the New 52, a land with familiar faces but an all new wardrobe.
The Secret Origins stories were always my favorite as a kid!
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