Always make a good first impression ...

One more thing about the first month of the New 52!

Offered completely without editorial comment, here are the first appearances of the protagonists of the 52 comic books that DC released in September. I put them in alphabetical order by the identity as whom they appear unless they appear on a page together, in which case I used the group to which they belong (in other words, if Bruce Wayne appears before Batman, I'll put him under "W," and if Superman appears before Clark Kent, he'll be under "S"). I also repeat the characters who appear in more than one comic. We can argue about who the "protagonists" are, if you so choose. You can click on the pictures to enlarge them, and I apologize if the double-page spreads don't line up perfectly. Such are the vagaries of the scanner!

Here's the list of first appearances: Aquaman, Amadeus Arkham, Buddy Baker (I decided to go with the first time we see him rather than the magazine interview on the first page, even though that's a good way to introduce the character), Batgirl, Batman (from Batman), Batman (from Batman: The Dark Knight), Batman (from Detective), Batman (from Justice League), Batwing, Batwoman, Andrew Bennett, Atrocitus, Black Canary, Blackhawks, Booster Gold, Boston Brand, Captain Atom, Cole Cash, Catwoman, John Constantine, Creature Commandos, Deadshot, Deathstroke, El Diablo, Tim Drake, Etrigan/Jason Blood, Dr. "Caitlin Fairchild", Fire, Flash, Frankenstein, Mrs. Frankenstein, Guy Gardner (from Green Lantern Corps), Guy Gardner and Ice (from Justice League International), Godiva, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Carter Hall, Roy Harper, Hawk and Dove, Jonah Hex, Alec Holland, Al Jabr/Exoristos, Hal Jordan, Kid Flash, King Shark, Priscilla Kitaen, various Legionnaires (sorry, they are all introduced together, so I couldn't break them up very well), Andrew Lincoln, Mister Terrific, June Moone, the mysterious archer chick from Demon Knights, Nightwing, O.M.A.C., Harley Quinn, Ron Raymond, Kyle Rayner, Red Hood, Jaime Reyes, Corporal Rock, Rocket Red and August General in Iron, Jason Rusch, Cassie Sandsmark, Vandal Savage, Mary Seward, Rac Shade, Mitch Shelley, Starfire, Starling, Static, John Stewart, various members of Stormwatch, Superboy, Supergirl, Superman (from Action Comics), Superman (from Justice League), Superman (from Superman), Vixen, Amanda Waller, Bruce Wayne, Damian Wayne, Wonder Woman, Madame Xanadu (from Demon Knights), Madame Xanadu (from Justice League Dark), Sir Ystin, and Zatanna. Enjoy!

I have no real reason for doing this except I have a lot of time to waste. As this is DC's attempt to hook new readers, I wonder how much impact first impressions go. Beats me. It's more that I have way too much time on my hands and I can't deal with watching playoff baseball because it makes me want to eat my liver. Every year I swear I won't drive myself crazy during the playoffs of baseball and/or football. And every year, I do. GAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!

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