DC Comics are slowly announcing their 52 new series which will kick off in September. Everything is going back to Issue 1, and while I am partially offended by that, let's see what the books/creative teams are shaping up like so far, and whether or not this is shaping up to be a good move from DC.
Legion Lost #1
Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art & Cover by Pete Woods
The reason Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning's graphic novel is being released in hardcover this month, I'm sure; this series will serve as an homage, propelling members of the Legion back in time for science fiction adventures. Fabian Nicieza is fairly hit and miss, of late, but the artwork by Pete Woods should prove interesting to say the least. It's just a shame I don't care about the Legion of Super-Heroes in the slightest; they're boring characters and apart from "The Great Darkness Saga" (which is a Darkseid story, and therefore awesome) I don't think I've ever read a good story featuring them as the focus.
Potential for Success: 5/10
Legion of Super-Heroes #1
Written by Paul Levitz
Art & Cover by Francis Portella
Paul Levitz continues to control the fate of the Legion of Super-Heroes, but as stated previously, the team does absolutely nothing for me. Apparently this series will feature a reduced team, given that lots of the characters will be appearing in the above book; but even with the potential of new characters to help me build an interest it just lacks any kind of punch whatsoever. I just don't care.
Potential for Success: 4/10
Teen Titans #1
Written by Scott Lobdell
Art by Brett Booth & Norm Rapmund
Cover by Brett Booth
This is a combination of awesomeness and sheer disappointment. It's awesome to see Brett Booth drawing a book, as well as to know that Tim Drake isn't going to die as a result of "Flashpoint." It's also great to see some decent redesigns of the characters. It's disappointing, meanwhile, that Scott Lobdell is writing the title; that, and the feel I get from the cover is that this is going to try and be 'extreme' and 'hard edged' like most of the crap churned out in the 1990s. I'll remain optimistic until I read the first issue, but so far, I'm worried. At least Tim's not dead, though (although, it's frankly insulting that he no longer has a solo book - he's maintained one of the best comics being published for the last twenty years).
Potential for Success: 7/10
Static Shock #1
Written by John Rozum & Scott McDaniel
Art & Cover by Scott McDaniel
This was an exciting announcement; given that Static Shock's creator, Dwayne McDuffie, passed away recently it's nice to see they're bringing back the character to the DC Universe. With that said, this excitement soon turned to anger - John Rozum is all well and good, but Scott McDaniel's art style has deteriorated over the last decade to the point where it is ugly and unappealing. I'm hoping this will be a return to form for him, but I just can't see it.
Potential for Success: 6/10
Hawk & Dove #1
Written by Sterling Gates
Art & Cover by Rob Liefeld
What. The. Fuck. Not only are Hawk and Dove two of the most irritating characters in the DC Universe (characters who don't even warrant their own series, particularly when Deadman is relegated to the pages of the anthology book), but DC have got Rob Liefeld to draw it. Rob Liefeld is the embodiment of everything that is wrong with comic books; his style is single-handedly responsible for damning the entire industry during the Dark Ages of the 1990s. Sterling Gates is a capable writer, but even he can't compete with the horrendous art of the man who hates feet, anatomy and logic. This will be a train wreck.
Potential for Success: 1/10