With the two-month “Convergence” event now concluded, a new era for DC Comics has begun. Under the umbrella of “DC You” and featuring 24 new series and fresh status quos in multiple continuing titles, the publisher has promoted its current line of DC Universe books as both more accessible to readers and more diverse, in terms of the types of stories being told, the creators involved and the characters represented.
DC announced this major relaunch in February, but this week, the first crop of actual comics under the initiative were released, giving fans a look at some very familiar characters like Superman and Green Lantern in some very new places in life — plus, the first full issue of new ongoing series like “Midnighter” and “Omega Men,” and plenty of surprises in “Justice League” #41. Here’s a look at the major revelations from the first week of the “DC You” era.
“Justice League” #41
The official kick-off to Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok‘s much-hyped “Darkseid War” storyline lived up to the stated goal of making every issue an event. In addition to the legitimately epic first meeting between Darksied’s daughter, Grail, and the League, readers learned a lot about how Mother Boxes work — they aren’t confined to their cube shape but can take on various forms that compliment their owner’s skills. Mister Miracle’s appears to become a key in certain situations, for example, while Kanto’s is a dagger.
Mother Box tech also isn’t limited to mimicking basic tools. As Grail tears through the League, and tears into Cyborg — literally — she implies that Vic Stone’s cybernetic parts are fueled by a Mother Box, or, perhaps, are a Mother Box. Whatever the case, the New Gods tech has not only been allowing him to sense whenever a Boom Tube opens on Earth, some of his body has been growing back under all the metal.
“Action Comics” #41
Part of the promise of DC’s post-“Convergence” lineup was major status quo changes for the company’s two biggest superheroes, Batman and Superman. This week’s “Action Comics” #41 by Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder — the latter’s first issue as co-writer as well as artist — provided the best look yet at the now-mostly depowered Man of Steel, living life with his secret identity a matter of public knowledge.
Midnighter’s pre-New 52 husband, Apollo, is nowhere to be seen — Midnighter hints that something has come between them and that it “turns out light can escape a black hole.” It looks like Midnighter may have found a new love interest: a non-vigilante IT manager named Jason. What’s more, we find out that Midnighter’s origin file — which contains his true identity — hasn’t, in fact, been erased. When the God Garden is attacked by an unknown assailant, the file is taken alongside a myriad of weapons. Now that Midnighter is on the case, however, it may not be long before he discovers his long forgotten identity.
“Green Lantern” #41
“Green Lantern” #41 picks up a bit after the end of its previous issue, which saw Hal Jordan striking out on his own — in the possession of a new gauntlet and totally stripped of his Green Lantern Corps connection after the death of Kilowog.
Now, Hal flies through space in ship he stole from traffickers that features an onboard A.I. named Darlene. Jordan also sports an edgier new look, comprised of long hair and a hooded trench coat. The issue ends with the biggest reveal of all: Mogo has disappeared completely, taking all 7300 Green Lanterns with it.
“Batman Beyond” #1
The new “Batman Beyond” #1 from Dan Jurgens and Bernand Chang consists mainly of Tim Drake — the new Batman Beyond — getting his bearings in the world of the DC Universe’s future, which at this point appears mainly to consist of a relatively unscathed Neo-Gotham; protected from the aftermath of Brother Eye’s Earth-destroying rampage. (New York City has a rather Kamandi-ish look to it.)
She’s no longer the Commissioner of Gotham’s police department — as she was in the original “Batman Beyond” stories — but Barbara Gordon makes her 35-years-later debut in the issue’s final page.
“The Omega Men” #1
Tom King and Barnaby Bagenda‘s sci-fi terrorism series “The Omega Men” attracted a unique early buzz among DC’s new launches — buoyed by the advertised death of Kyle Rayner, the former primary Green Lantern and recent solo White Lantern. Kyle’s death was billed early on in the promotion for the series, and appeared to be depicted on panel in the eight-page lead-in story to this week’s debut issue.
While the main characters’ motivations aren’t completely clear as of “Omega Men” #1, the issue does reveal that, like so many comic book deaths, Kyle Rayner’s demise may not be as it seems — though exactly what it all means remains to be revealed.
CBR Senior Editor Stephen Gerding, Managing Editor Albert Ching, Assistant Editor Meagan Damore and Assistant Editor Brett White Contributed to this article.
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