With the end of "Convergence" a new era of DC Comics has begun: the era of "DC You." The new umbrella features 24 new series, brand new status quos for multiple continuing titles and promotions of being both more accessible to readers and more diverse, in terms of the types of stories being told, the creators involved and the characters represented.
This week, the third set of comics from the "DC You" arrived in stores and gave readers a new Justice League of America title, an all-new costume for Wonder Woman and much, much more. Here's a recap of the major occurrences went on during the third week of DC Comics' brand-new era.
"Justice League of America" #1
Benefiting in some part by not being beholden to current continuity -- Superman is fully powered, Batman remains Bruce Wayne, etc. -- Bryan Hitch's inaugural "Justice League of America" story starts off with a bang, as multiple Supermen are being pulled from the future into the League's present. Of course, they're all arriving dead, killed as the result of some unknown event which involves the end of the Earth. A mysterious organization is revealed to be pulling the entire team's strings, and the issue's end is the sort of cliffhanger that company-wide events are built on, as the Kryptonian god Rao appears in the sky above Metropolis, promising to save the planet.
"Wonder Woman" #41
Let's cut to the chase: In this issue, Wonder Woman debuts her all-new costume and it's... something. The rational for the new costume -- both in how it's presented in the book and addressed by creators David and Meredith Finch -- certainly makes sense. We've all gotten to that point where our lives have changed so much and we've grown as people and our look and style changes with it.
This isn't a new #1, and it doesn't read like one, but it doesn't leave you confused and lost either. It's a very quiet, character-driven issue, and it reads really well because of that. Diana has taken on a lot of roles lately (it's sort of the theme of the issue) and we see her in each of those roles as the issue plays out. However, it's all done in a way that doesn't hit you over the head with the parallels. Plus, there's a lot of set up for things to come, including the ultimate fate of Donna Troy and the Amazons and a brand-new villain looking to kill a god.
"Black Canary" #1
DC's new "Black Canary" series got so much advance hype for being a "music" comic -- the premise sees Black Canary as the lead singer of a rock band, thus giving an actual grounded reason for her to be wearing fishnet stockings in 2015 -- that series writer Brenden Fletcher made it clear in advance interviews that the series from he and artist Annie Wu would indeed feature plenty of action. Issue #1 delivers on both -- the opening told through an interview with Black Canary (or "D.D.," her band alias) on her music career, before her superhero instincts kick in, with some very creepy bad guys crashing the party (and sneaking onto her tour bus).
"Doctor Fate" #1
Paul Levitz is a comics veteran with decades of history at DC, but he's telling the story of a brand-new Dr. Fate in this series -- specifically, Egyptian-American med student Khalid Nassour. Joined by "The Shadow Hero" artist Sonny Liew,the issue further tells the origin of the new hero, which started in the previously released eight-page introductory story -- and ends with the promise of further mystery to be unraveled.
"Martian Manhunter" #1
While last month's 8-page preview story offered readers a taste of what to expect from Rob Williams and Eddy Barrows take on the classic Justice Leaguer, the breadth of the story being told -- Martians are invading Earth via precisely timed attacks around the globe -- is rather surprising. And while Williams and Barrows' use of J'onn's powers are imaginative and refreshing, it's the introduction of all-new character Mr. Biscuits that stands out. Hero or villain? We don't know yet, but his introduction is one that's going to stick with readers for a while.
For the most part, Cullen Bunn's story picks up right where it left off before "Convergence" rolled through the DCU. However, the sequence on the final few pages is a bit of a shock, with Sinestro stripping his daughter, Soranik, of her Green Lantern ring and uniform and replacing them with an unwanted position in the Yellow Lantern Corps.
"Superman/Wonder Woman" #18
The jig is up! The news is out! Everyone knows that Clark Kent is Superman! That can only spell trouble for Smallville's resident Man of Steel -- and he isn't the only one in danger. In the latest issue of the "Truth" arc, anyone and anything connected to Clark's past in Smallville has started to go missing, including Lana Lang. Previous issues have extricated him from his Kryptonian heritage, but this issue focuses more on the removal of his human history, from his friends and acquaintances to his childhood home to his parents' very graves. Despite all this, his hometown still loves him, even if they are wary of what it means to be friendly with him. Wonder Woman also gets to show off her new uniform and learns about Lana's existence for the first time.
"Robin: Son of Batman" #1
Damian Wayne strikes out on his own in his very own series, choosing a new path for himself: redemption. After a Year of Blood, in which his mother Talia al Ghul trained him to be an assassin, Damian has collected roughly a hundred tokens from the kills he made. Having learned the error of his ways from his father, he chooses to make up for that. However, nothing is ever that simple, especially when your parents are Batman and the daughter of Ra's al Ghul. Alongside his man-bat (but don't call him that!) Goliath, Damian will not only pursue redemption, but be pursued as well -- by none other than Morgan "Nobody" Ducard's daughter (or, at least, someone who refers to him as "Daddy"). This introduces someone around Damian's own age who appears to be a worthy adversary for him. Likewise, Damian will likely come face-to-face with the Lu'un Darga -- whatever that may be.
"Secret Six" #1
Gail Simone and Dale Eaglesham's long delayed Issue #3 arrives, as the newly-freed group of villains attempt to fit into the wilds of suburbia. Filled with genuinely funny, often raunchy humor, the issue basically picks up where the second left off, but manages to come off as mostly-accessible to newcomers. Meanwhile, the last page -- last panel, really -- revelation of the mysterious Mockingbird's identity as the Riddler is a genuine surprise, and one that opens up a raft of storytelling possibilities as the series rolls forward.
Told almost entirely via flashback, the first issue of "Doomed" by Scott Lobdell and Javier Fernandez introduces us to series protagonist Reisner (whether that's a first or last name we never do find out) and spends much of the time getting the reader up to speed on who he is and how exactly he became the thing known as Doomed (a name which it's almost impossible not to say in a long, drawn out, dramatic way). The series has been hyped as a take on the Peter Parker-style hero, and you certainly get that sort of vibe from Reiser. He's young, eager and intelligent -- although, on that last point, the way in which he might have contracted the Doomsday Disease brings into question exactly how smart he is. He takes his helmet off in an area he knows to be contaminated. I mean, come on. Regardless of all that, the first issue reads as your standard, classic superhero origin story and definitely invokes the old Marvel-of-the-60s style while still staying somewhat fresh and modern.
"Harley Quinn/Power Girl" #1
We're going to be sort of honest here: nothing major technically happens in this issue. There's no massive revelations (sort of). There's no big tie-ins to other things going on. However, when it comes to the "DC You's" idea of fresh stories, continuity free with a touch of fun, this book exemplifies that. There's all of about five caption boxes at the beginning that recap exactly how Power Girl and Harley Quinn are hanging out and jaunting through space, but even that's sort of unnecessary. The book kind of throws you right into it. "Harley Quinn" is known for not being bogged down by continuity and existing in its own space -- not to mention consistently fun, and this spinoff series continues in that tradition. Even though there are tons of references for hardcore fans (Vartox's first appearance really was actually in "Superman" in 1974), anyone can pick up this book and not feel lost.
CBR Senior Editor Stephen Gerding, Managing Editor Albert Ching, Assistant Editor Meagan Damore and Reporter Kevin Mahadeo contributed to this article.