So DC has announced the first ten of its 52 planned new #1s. I've little doubt most of you will have seen the list, noted the creative teams and eyeballed the images, so how about some drive-by gut reactions, based on precious little? I'll start, please join in.
Wonder Woman #1 by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang I've not read many Brian Azzarello comics. His Superman run is my least-favourite approach to the character ever, and his use of Wonder Woman there was terrible - sword-wielding bint behoven to some upstart goddess. His Hellblazer run didn't 'get' John Constantine. His story in last week's Strange Adventures was really not my cup of tea. But I enjoyed his Dr Thirteen: Architecture and Morality tale, and his Flashpoint: Batman this very week (reviews of Strange Adventures and Batman are accessible at right). Who knows, he may surprise us with a heretorefore unsuspected whimsical side, though it's unlikely, based on what I've seen so far … his stuff is awfully serious. And the bloody sword bodes ill, I'm not a fan of Diana as armed warrior. 'Kick ass' is fine, 'slice ass off with sword', less so. Cliff Chiang, I love. He did a fine job with traditional Diana in Brave and Bold #33 last year. It's just a shame he's having to draw that dire, joyless new costume. I'll be buying the first issue. But if anyone notices me moaning hugely, point out that I should stop there, tell me it's not worth the pain of reading a once-favourite character in yet another revamp that's entirely inappropriate to Diana. You remember her, don't you? Tall girl, superheroine, not one to grab a pointy weapon at the first sign of trouble. A symbol of hope. As well as being a superheroine, she had a private life, with friends and home and everything. I miss that lady.