After the epic conclusion of the universe-altering events of Flashpoint, DC Comics decided to bring in its 10 best characters to introduce readers to The New 52. During 2011, The New 52 was a revamp of the superheroes mythology and a relaunch of the entire line from every ongoing monthly comic book being distributed. Not only were new superhero titles being launched, many of the popular favorites, ranging from Batman to Superman, were re-imagined at the start of their first issue. Let's take a look back and check out how the DC canon rejuvenated their growing roster of heroes and villains.
With a fresh and vibrant start, the New 52 era was able to leave behind decades worth of continuity and steer the narrative in slightly different, interesting directions. Certain changes, which ranged from minor tweaks to complete reboots, were made to fan-favorite characters. With the first issues serving as ideal jumping-on points, DC Comics made these alterations, such as Superman's romance with Wonder Woman, in order to bring in interested readers who hadn't picked up a comic book after many years. With their previous history erased, villains and heroes were making bold moves during the shakeup and capturing the reader's attention once again.
10 The Court Of Owls
An international criminal organization was hiding right under the nose of Batman when they appeared during the New 52 era. Writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo conceived of a secret society lurking in the dark corners of Gotham City since the colonial days.
The Court of Owls targeted circus performers, much like Bruce Wayne's ward, Dick Grayson, to kidnap and train as one of their assassins. Dick Grayson was supposed to become a member of their deadly Talons, but the caped crusader intervened and saved him from a life of crime.
9 Harper Row
A supporting character in the Bat-family, Harper Row, aka Bluebird, is a tough street punk who lived in one of the roughest neighborhoods in Gotham City: The Narrows. Artist Dustin Nguyen designed Bluebird's tactical outfit and her shaved head, leaving just a streak of hair. Not only did she figure out how to improve the technology behind Gotham's security cameras, but her intelligence also gained the admiration of the dark knight himself.
During Batman & Robin: Eternal, Harper discovered shocking connections between her mother's death and the Bat-family. Cassandra Cain, also known as Orphan, is responsible for the cold-blooded murder of Harper's mother. Refusing to seek revenge against Cassandra, Harper decided to leave the vigilante life but would be welcomed back by Batman with open arms, if she ever felt like returning.
8 Nina Mazursky
A prominent scientist working for the highly secretive The Super-Human Advanced Defense Executive (S.H.A.D.E. for short), Nina Mazursky is responsible for creating the first generation of field agents known as the unstoppable Creature Commandos. Unfortunately, her first test subjects had gone insane after struggling to deal with their inner emotions.
Unable to let go of her failed scientific research, Nina continued and ended up experimenting on herself. The unethical testing turned Nina into an amphibious humanoid. As a mermaid/human hybrid, Nina became an integral member among agent Frankenstein's team of military super-humans.
7 Jessica Fallon
Introduced in the pages of Voodoo, writer Ron Marz and artist Sam Basri created FBI agent Jessica Fallon, who sought revenge for the death of her partner. Voodoo, an extraterrestrial spy, had taken the alluring appearance of a seductive exotic dancer. Jessica's partner ended up crossing paths with Voodoo and was eventually murdered.
Having stolen his physical identity, Voodoo targeted Jessica's unrequited feelings for her FBI partner and used them against her. Upon realizing she was tricked, Jessica would never stop with her manhunt and entered a deadly cat-and-mouse game with the shape-shifting alien seductress.
6 William Arcane
Writer Scott Snyder and artist Yanick Paquette brought back scientist Alec Holland, the former human host of Swamp Thing, from the dead during the New 52 era. While being held at gunpoint, Alec discovered Abby Arcane desperately needed the creature's help to rescue her younger brother. Quarantined in a container at a hospital, William Arcane was watched around the clock by doctors and nurses.
Ever since he was born, William held a special connection to The Rot, the true enemy of The Green. With Abby being chased by The Rot and an innocent child's life at stake, Alec once again had to become the monster he always hated.
On top of every most wanted list, Evelyn Crawford, known to others by her alias Starling, was deemed a notorious criminal by the government. Lucky for her, Evelyn also happens to be an old acquaintance to Black Canary. A trusted friend and bitter rival at the same time, Starling would end up fighting against the Birds of Prey, even while the superhero team was trying to protect her.
Created by Duane Swierczynski and Jesús Saíz, Starling had a criminal past she would like the government to forget. Black Canary wasn't too fond of discovering her friend had previously worked for Oswald Cobblepot, the crime lord known as The Penguin.
4 Socks The Cat
In the New 52, Buddy Baker was a happily married man and a superhero in his spare time. During writer Jeff Lemire and artist Travel Foreman's run, Buddy's daughter, Maxine, was destined to become the latest avatar of The Rot.
While fighting against The Rot in their own homeworld; The Red, Animal Man, and Maxine discovered the Parliament of Limbs. A totem of The Red, the cat named Ignatius left his position in the Parliament to rescue Maxine from danger. Ignatius then became a member of the Baker family, but the talking cat hated his new name of Socks.
3 David Graves
A bestselling author and renowned historian, David Graves published his knowledge of superheroes with his latest book, Justice League: Gods Among Men. Unfortunately, after the loss of his entire family, David ended up in a wheelchair. Because the superheroes failed to save him and his family, David blamed them for his terrible loss and vowed vengeance against them.
After receiving superpowers from an evil deity, David was transformed into an unstoppable monster and vowed to never stop hunting down the Justice League until they were all dead. In artist Jim Lee's character design, Graves has the faces of his children on his chest and forearm.
2 The Trench
Introduced in the Aquaman series during the New 52 relaunch, The Trench became a menacing threat ready to disrupt the calm aquatic life. Attacking the waterfronts out of desperation, the Trench is a carnivorous race of underwater creatures. Aquaman discovers that they are also a dying race seeking food for their starving children, but they are too dangerous to remain near human civilization.
After making themselves known in live-action form in the blockbuster Aquaman movie, starring Jason Momoa and Amber Heard, the infamous Trench is rumored to be getting a cinematic spinoff of their own.
1 Daniel Weaver
In the shocking aftermath of Alan Moore's The Killing Joke, Barbara Gordon suffered a brutal blow at the hands of the clown prince of crime. The Joker fired a bullet into Barbara at point-blank range, severing her spinal cord, and left her permanently crippled. Though the New 52 erased continuity and Barbara could walk again, she still remembered what happened that very night when the Joker shot her.
Returning as Batgirl, Barbara hunted down Daniel "The Weasel" Weaver, the same man who broke into her room. The Joker's henchman, Daniel Weaver, stood over Barbara as she lied on the floor bleeding from her gunshot wound.