What am I talking about this time: DC NATION #0
Written By: Brian Michael Bendis, Joshua Williamson, James T Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, tom King
Art by: Jorge Jimenez, José Luis García-López
Cover by: Jorge Jimenez
Variant cover by: Clay Mann, Jorge Jimenez, José Luis García-López
Overall Review: 4 out of 5 Johnny DCs
Is it worth 25cents? Yes. Very little isn’t, especially on laundry day. But even at full price, this comic is quite good.
Spoiler Free Review: DC Nation #0 lays the ground for some of the biggest storylines coming down the comics pipe with three short stories about Batman’s upcoming nuptials, a new stress for Superman, and the Justice League(s) working together to fight something bigger than anything they’ve faced before. The Joker story is the best of the three and quite a good characterization about how Joker sees ol’ Bats getting hitched. It’s mostly a good, gruesome, and great take on the psyche of one of the worst killers in DC. The art kills it as well. The Superman story is less so, it marginally stands on it’s own as a story, just kind of setting the stage and introducing a seemingly important new character. Finally, our first glimpse(s) at the new Justice League(s) working together is an exciting and wonderful little take on small victories.
“Your Big day” Well, tom King continues his domination of comics with an amazingly character driven story of the joker breaking into a normal civilian’s home and waiting there for his invite to Batman’s wedding. While waiting he babbles to the sobbing father who is about to die about it all. A letter comes and the joker is ecstatic to receive his invite and in true joker style, the letter is actually about the man’s daughter being tardy for school. Also, he kills the guy cause he’s the fucking Joker. I’m simplifying a simply terrifying story about the joker’s relationship to the Batman.
“Office Space” is Bendis’s second foray into superman. While this chapter isn’t as action packed as his story from Action comics #1000, it’s more of an attempt at a day in the life of Clark Kent reporting on what Superman did. It’s not bad, but not great. The crux here is that Lois is missing and Perry is giving away her office. Also, we are introduced to Robinson Goode as an up and coming reporter who seems to have plans to run the Daily Planet soon. I kinda shrugged at the end and that about sums it up. My only thought here is she is wearing an old school short cloak and if she turns out to be an re-incarnation of Granny Goodness, I’m gonna have to get eye drops for the size of this eyeroll.
Finally, we get to “No Justice: Prelude”. The art and writing here is spot on. Batman is apparently captured by some old school looking Brainiac types on Colu… but oh! It was a trap, cause here comes a F’d up Bat-smile and his back up, Justice League : Team Entropy, consisting of, Beast Boy, Lobo , Lex Luthor, and Deathstroke to beat the snot out of everyone. Also, Beast Boys T-Rex panel is terrifying!
Meanwhile Superman and Team Mystery (Martian Manhunter, Starfire, Starro, and Sinestro) are tossing Starro at a giant brain. Finally, Team Wonder is Wonder Woman, Raven, Dr. Fate, Zatanna, and Etrigan. And they are burning the place down. Finally, Team Wisdom: Cyborg, Flash, Atom, Damian Wayne, and Harley Quinn are doing damage of their own. There’s a lot of banter about fighting alongside their enemies and explaining how the source wall broke during the Metal series and now they are fighting something bigger than ever. Than, back on Earth Green Arrow and supergirl discover that oops… the 4 gods the JLs are trying to get to… are there. Dum, dum duuuuuuum!!! It’s pretty great.
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