The Best and Worst Things About the New 52

With Convergence on the horizon, the DC Comic line “New 52” will be significantly revamped. Here’s a list of the news and what’s ahead for the DC line. With that said, I think some reflection is needed. For all the good and the bad, here’s what we can take away from the New 52!

1. Accessibility

Good: New Jumping Points…

Never read DC before 2011? No worries! The whole point was to usher in a new wave of comics that maintain the spirit of the tried and true characters in a way new readers can understand and old readers can appreciate!

Headlining warrior Amazon? Yes, please.
Headlining warrior Amazon? Yes, please.

Bad: … not so safe jumping on points.

There were some books that lived in a existing universe that did not fully feel accessible. Batman’s Bat-family retained a lot of the long-standing characters, which begs countless questions. Green Lantern #1 premiered with Sinestro as the lead, which was more of an extension of the pre-New 52 story than a new comic altogether. Not so accessible.

How is this #1?
How is this issue #1?

2. Facelifts

Good: Aquaman!

New 52 was the chance for many characters to reach a new audience with truly fresh stories. Aquaman was one of the standouts, as writer Geoff Johns tackled the Aquaman criticisms head on. After he left his mark on the character, Arthur made apperances in Injustice: Gods Among Us, Young Justice, and is set for movie success. Aquaman led the recent Justice League: Throne of Atlantis animated movie, will appear in the Man of Steel: Dawn of Justice movie in 2016, and will headline his own movie in 2018 (and not starring Vincent Chase)

Bad: Consistency

Many heroes got some well-needed changes to their canon and became wholly new books, but not everyone had the full support for long. Green Arrow suffered from shifting creative teams; even Jeff Lemire leaving his incredible impact on Oliver would not stay constant. Superman Unchained was set to be the dream book, with Scott Snyder and Jim Lee leading this incredibly extravagant title. However, scheduling, pacing, and plenty more problems plagued this book’s success.

3. Longevity

Good: Batman.

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have been with the dark knight since day 1 and everyone loves everything about the current Batman. Capullo’s unique style perfect captures Batman’s movement, character redesigns have kept true to the rich history of Gotham, and every panel in the books can be top-selling posters. Coupled with Snyder’s experience with horror (The Black Mirror, The Wake, Wytches, American Vampire, etc.), Batman has been enveloped in the genre, which has perfectly nestled its way into readers hearts worldwide. It’s a fantastic Batman book that won’t quit, and we can’t be happier.


 Bad: Give it a chance, man!

If you take a look at the New 52, you’ll see what began with such optimism and what’s left. 52 titles was incredibly ambitious and unfortunately, many books fell to the wayside. While many were re-branded and joined together (Trinity of Sin and Justice League United, for example), some titles just drifted off. I hope this new shift will lead to more dedicated teams and audiences.

With Convergence taking over all the new 52 in the meantime (April), I’ll miss parts of New 52 and be welcoming in a new age of DC comics! For more on the big DC shift, stick with Nerdswole as we cover the upcoming summer changes in comics! And don’t forget to check out our Amazon store, including our New 52 picks!

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