Oct 3, 2011

The New 52 - Feeling Like a Kid Again

I’m sure there are a ton of comic book geeks out there (and I use that term in the most appreciative manner possible) who understand the whole reboot of DC Comic’s character franchises better than I do, but from the viewpoint of a casual comics reader like myself (and I mean VERY casual), I love the idea and for the first time in a long, long while, I’ve felt a bit like a kid again going to the local comics shop on a weekly basis to see what new issues are on the shelves.

For those of you not familiar with the New 52, basically, DC Comics (publisher for Batman, Superman, Justice League, Green Lantern, you get the picture…) has decided to reboot 52 comic book series, some still focusing on the same title characters, others eliminating or grouping smaller characters together into teams.  So in terms of chronology, all 52 comic series are starting at Issue # 1 again which is a great opportunity for DC to snag potential new readers who haven’t been following the storylines for the past couple decades and if I’m not careful I might end up being one of them.

I’m going to put it out there by saying my all-time favorite superhero is Batman.  I mean come on, the dark cape and mask, speaking in a cryptic raspy voice, leaping from tall, gothic buildings in a burned out city.  What’s not to like about that?  Plus, in his spare time he masquerades as a billionaire playboy.  The guy’s got it made and to top it off has no super powers whatsoever, relying on mental and physical prowess.  Of course he does have emotional and psychological issues stemming in particular from the murder of his parents in childhood, but that only helps make his character tragically flawed in an appealing way, or maybe it’s just me.

My initial purchase of New 52 Issue # 1’s comprises the following, some which I’ve read on and off since youth, others I’ve never even heard of before: Justice League, Batman, Men of War, Demon Knight, Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E., Resurrection Man.

I’m sure some of these issues will be a hit or miss for me (I’m already sucked into the new Justice League and Batman which isn’t a big surprise), but that’s the chance you take when trying new things and for a few dollars per issue you can’t really lose out anyways.  So far the experience has been worth every penny.  Why?  Because I get to flop down on the couch, read through some of the most imaginative art and extended storylines in existence and most importantly, feel like a kid again, if only for a few minutes which, when you think about it, is probably the closest any of us will ever get to finding the fountain of youth and perhaps that’s the secret formula in the end that ensures DC, Marvel and other comic book publishers will survive.

Do you have a favorite comic book character or series?  What do you like about that character or series?

Photo Courtesy of DC Comics