Andrea Sorrentino, Charles Soule, China Mieville, Count Vertigo, Dale Eaglesham, Dan Didio, Dial H for Hero, Harley Quinn, Jeff Lemire, Jeremy Haun, Justin Gray, Lex Luthor, Lobo, Matt Kindt, Metallo, Mr. Freeze, Scott Snyder, Shadow Thief, Sinestro, The Creeper, The Riddler, Tom DeFalco, Will Conrad
BATMAN #23.2: THE RIDDLER by SCOTT SNYDER, RAY FAWKES, and JEREMY HAUN
Thankfully, there is no real attempt to reboot the Riddler, but just to provide a slice of his life and create a relationship between him and Bruce Wayne. But imagine this was your first Riddler comic. There’s nothing here to make you want more of this character.
JUSTICE LEAGUE #23.4: DIAL E by CHINA MIEVILLE and 20 ARTISTS (including MATEUS SANTOLOUCO, JOCK, JEFF LEMIRE and DAVID LAPHAM)
This boiled down to Mieville taking the one really cool thing about the series and beating it to death with a different artist every page. However, it was more lucid than the series had been, so it ended up feeling more satisfying than the usual Dial H issue.
DETECTIVE COMICS #23.2: HARLEY QUINN by MATT KINDT and NEIL GOOGE
They tried to split the difference between Harley Quinn revisions. Look, she’s smart, but she plays dumb! (Like a reverse Jenny McCarthy!) Look, she’s funny, but she’s actually deadly! But instead of making her look like a wild card, it seems like indecision.
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #23.2: MR. FREEZE by JUSTIN GRAY, JIMMY PALMIOTTI and JASON MASTERS
This comic was doomed mostly because the Batman annual did it better. It tries to insert a twist that you can a mile away, but I can’t blame Gray and Palmiotti, because there’s no much else they can do.
ACTION COMICS #23.3: LEX LUTHOR by CHARLES SOULE and TBA
This is a forgettable issue with the same Lex we’ve seen before and his ridiculous giant green suits. Didn’t Grant Morrison show people how to write Lex Luthor?
ACTION COMICS #23.4: METALLO by SHOLLY FISCH and WILL CONRAD
This is not a bad comic, and it’s an attempt to do something new. It’s just not particularly memorable.
JUSTICE LEAGUE #23.2: LOBO by MARGUERITE BENNETT and BEN OLIVER
This is not as objectionable a new character as I was prepared to read, although some of the dialogue in the end is a little dodgy. I wanted to this was awful, but it really isn’t. But he shouldn’t be named Lobo, as he is clearly something else.
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7.3: SHADOW THIEF by TOM DeFALCO and CHAD HARDIN
They made the Shadow Thief a superspy. No one explained why we should care.
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #23.1: THE CREEPER by DAN DIDIO and CRISSCROSS
It breaks my heart to put this here, because the idea behind the character is actually really creative. Instead of being Jack Ryder, pretending to be a ghost, The Creeper is now a murderous Japanese Oni, formerly imprisoned in Katana’s sword and now possessing Jack Ryder’s body without his knowledge. But the execution of the comic falls apart at the end. It’s worth working further, though.
GREEN LANTERN #23.4: SINESTRO by MATT KINDT and DALE EAGLESHAM
For the 10,000th time we retell the Sinestro story. It’s a nice try to do it from a different angle, but did we need a Sinestro origin?
GREEN ARROW #23.1: COUNT VERTIGO by JEFF LEMIRE and ANDREA SORRENTINO
The work by artist Andrea Sorrentino is wonderful. But the original Count Vertigo was a bi-polar suicidal royal who was wrapped up in a Civil War. And THAT’S who they rebooted. Now he’s a Scanner with Mommy issues.