DC Nation #0 - I feel like the three stories in this free give away gave a bit of a taste of the upcoming books they were teasing but not much else.
First up was the Joker tale by King and Mann. I’m not a huge Joker fan and honestly wish they would put him on the shelf for a few years to let him rest. To me, he’s just over-saturated and every writer seems to want to do their own spin on him which only multiplies the schizophrenia of the character. I do like Mann’s design. It feels like he’s used a familiar actor as a model but I can’t quite put my finger on who it is.
Next is Bendis and Garcia-Lopez’s Superman story. I really like this but admit it does give me some concern. The big spread of Garcia-Lopez’s Superman put a big smile on my face. Interestingly, his work felt a little bit different here inked by Dexter Vines than the story in Action Comics #1000 inked by Kevin Nowlan. I suspect that Nowlan did something more akin to finishes than traditional inks. The things I have some trepidation about are the double page spreads with tons of dialog. It’s something Bendis likes to do and is one of the few things that doesn’t translate well to digital (and sometimes trade). The other is I hope they’re not messing with Clark and Lois’ relationship too much. It was one of the things I loved most about the Rebirth era and would hate to see it go away so quickly.
Lastly was the Justice League story by Snyder and Manapul. I love Manapuls are and think it will be great here. Of the three stories, this is the one that probably gave the smallest tasting. I’m not too worried as Justice League: No Justice #1 debuts next week. It does feel like this is going to be a similar level of insanity that Metal was. I hope they stick the ending this time or at least give a worthwhile transition into Snyder’s Justice League run.