In this latest installment of our look at DC’s Brand New #1’s I think I’m going to tackle DC’s stable of Teen heroes. Up until a few years ago this was the main difference between Marvel and DC, as Marvel was not known for its teen heroes after the death of Bucky in the 40’s. Things of course change as the years go on, but DC has always been the front-runner when it comes to the teen heroes. All series descriptions are from CBR.
Teen Titans #1
Tim Drake is forced to step out from behind his keyboard when an international organization seeks to capture or kill super-powered teenagers. As Red Robin, he must team up with the mysterious and belligerent powerhouse thief known as Wonder Girl and a hyperactive speedster calling himself Kid Flash in TEEN TITANS #1, by Scott Lobdell and artists Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund.
So we find out where Tim Drake stands in the DC Nu, as well as a decidedly new look for one of my favorite characters. They of course all get a pretty drastic makeover, as well as some new characters I can’t place. I’m not sure how I feel about Tim’s wings, Superboy’s barcode tattoo, or Wonder Girl being referred to as a thief, but we’ll have to see how it plays out.
Legion of Superheroes #1
In the 31st century, the Legion of Superheroes is reeling from the loss of seven of their finest — and trying desperately to keep their youngest recruits alive against a series of terrible new threats. LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #1 will be written by fan-favorite Legion writer Paul Levitz and illustrated by Francis Portela.
Legion Lost #1
Seven heroes from the 31st century have traveled back to the present day. Their mission: Save their future from total annihilation. When the future tech they brought with them fails, they find themselves trapped in a nightmarish world and an ultimate struggle to survive. LEGION LOST #1 will be written by Fabian Nicieza and illustrated by Pete Woods, fresh off an acclaimed run of Action Comics.
I can say I’ve never been a huge fan of the Legion, so having a new set of #1’s released just may be the starting point I need to get into each series. Especially with the Legion’s Lost team stranded in the present, that opens up a huge amount of story potential.
They thought he was just a failed experiment, grown from a combination of Kryptonian and human DNA. But when the scope of his stunning powers was revealed, he became a deadly weapon. SUPERBOY #1 will be written by Scott Lobdell with art by R.B. Silva and Rob Lean.
I am a huge fan of Superboy, who I’ve been reading since his debut back during The Death of Superman storyline in the 90’s. He’s gone through a ton of changes already in his ‘short’ career, so one more doesn’t really bother me. I hope they don’t retcon his lineage, because the half Superman half Lex Luthor theme was a great addition to the character.
Supergirl’s got the unpredictable behavior of a teenager, the same powers as Superman and none of his affection for the people of Earth. Writers Michael Green and Mike Johnson (Smallville, SUPERMAN/BATMAN) will team up with artist Mahmud Asrar to give a new take on the teenager from Krypton in SUPERGIRL #1
Another character I’ve followed since her arrival in Superman/Batman, I had lost interest a little as the series moved on. I like the new costume, it seems very regal, more Kryptonian in nature than her previous outfits. It seems like a bit of a step backwards as well, as I seem to remember a huge thing about making sure she had shorts on under her skirt, they’ve seemingly removes the shorts and the skirt in favor of a one piece type thingy. But the boots are higher, so that makes it ok?
Blue Beetle #1
It’s not easy being Jaime Reyes. He has to deal with high school, family and all the drama that comes with being a teenager. Also, he’s linked to a powerful scarab created by an alien race who seek to subjugate planets – or annihilate them. It’s up to one teen hero to turn this instrument of destruction into a force for good in BLUE BEETLE #1, written by Tony Bedard (GREEN LANTERN CORPS) and illustrated by Ig Guara (FLASHPOINT: GRODD OF WAR) and Ruy Jose.
I loved the redesign of this classic character when it first came out, so I’m glad to see they are sticking to that. Jaime Reyes is a refreshing character and I definitely look forward to reading more about him.
Static Shock #1
Virgil Hawkins has been gifted with incredible electrical powers. Adopting the persona of Static, he faces super-powered street gangs, raging hormones, homework, and girls in STATIC SHOCK #1, co-written by John Rozum and Scott McDaniel, with McDaniel also illustrating along with Jonathan Glapion.
Static was easily one of my favorite heroes to come out of the Milestone Universe. Also one of the most popular, as he even received his own animated series, as well as briefly being a member of the Teen Titans, before the don’t-call-it-a-reboot reboot. I hope that Static getting his own DC series might bring some of the other Milestone characters back into the fold.
And that wraps up this edition of Grizzly Bomb’s look at the DC Nu. More coming from myself and Darth Saeris, as we’ve teamed up to try to bring you full coverage of this huge event. Lot’s more to come, such as the new Justice Leagues (did I just say Leagues?), a look at the Western and War themed books of the DCU, plus a new supernatural series of comics.