REVIEW: DC Nation #0

REVIEW: DC Nation #0

DC Nation #0

Pros

  • Well written stories
  • Beautiful art
  • Stories are just long enough to make you want more
  • DC’s Top Talent is on display
  • New content by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Tom King, and Brian Michael Bendis for only 25 cents

Cons

  • Abbreviated nature of the stories means that there is no backstory available
  • The Superman story is a little light on action

Summary

DC Nation #0 Tom King, Brian Michael Bendis, Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Clay Mann, Jordie Bellaire, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez and Jorge Jimenez

      It is shaping up to be a packed Summer for DC, and it all starts here. This special issue, priced at only 25 cents, is the jumping off point for the three major initiatives from DC this Summer: the Wedding of Batman and Catwoman, the new Justice League status-quo following the events of Metal, and the new Superman status quo as Brian Michael Bendis takes over the reins. There is one story for each of these initiatives in the title, so let’s take them one at a time.

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     The first story, Your Big Day, is the Batman Story, by writer Tom King and artist Clay Mann. The plot is simple, Joker breaks into some random guy’s house and waits for the mail to come. He is expecting an invitation to Batman and Catwoman’s Wedding. But, the simplistic circumstance is used brilliantly by Tom King to show over the varying levels of the Joker’s insanity. There is no doubt about the fate of this poor unfortunate from the beginning, but the journey there, through the Joker’s made up reality is a fascinating one. Joker’s delusions get more and more fanciful and, in the end, he sees what he wants to see, believing himself invited to the wedding. Of course, he kills the poor soul in the end, but he says he did it out out of “happiness”. In any case, we are told that the Joker’s involvement with the wedding will continue in Batman #48, so it won’t be long now.

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     Next up, we have the Superman story, Office Space, which is a different kind of Superman story, in that it really revolves more around Clark Kent and the staff of the Daily Planet. It really explores the relationship between Clark and Perry White, and establishes the new status quo going forward. We find out the Lois is no longer working at the Planet and we are introduced to a new character named Robinson Goode, who, from the scene at the end of this story, seems to have less than noble intentions. The main takeaway from this story is that this story serves as a great example of the type of character development Superman fans are hoping for from Brian Michael Bendis. In any case, we will all find out when The Man of Steel #1 hits at the end of May.

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     Finally, Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV reunite to present No Justice Prelude, which is the Justice League story. This is the follow-up to Metal, picking up exactly where that story ends. The Justice League have broken the Source Wall, and there is a new, major intergalactic threat on the horizon. Superman has been summoned by Brainiac to his homeworld of Colu. Four Justice League teams, Team Entropy, Team Mystery, Team Wonder and Team Wisdom. Their mission is to stop the threat on Colu before it reaches Earth. But, as the end of the issue reveals, they have failed, as Supergirl comes face-to-face with their enormous new adversaries. This is the type of white knuckle ride that Metal has taught us to expect from Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV, and it looks like Metal may have been just the beginning. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait long to find out, as Justice League: No Justice #1 is out next week.

     This book is a no brainer purchase at 25 cents. The stories are well written and look beautiful. And, you will be all set for the wild ride that DC plans to take everyone on this Summer. Go get it now!

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