Whether you are a DC reader or not, one thing is for certain: Convergence is coming to an end. What does this mean for you? It means new DC titles are going to be hitting your local comic book shop. If you are like me and struggle to jump into DC books, there is no better time than now to dip your toe in and test that water. DC is even putting up some lengthy previews on Comixology, providing you a sneak peek of what is to come. To even further aid in your decision making, I have compiled a list below of the previews that excite me.
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a Garth Ennis comic, let alone one published by DC Comics. Seeing him writing anything at the BIg 2, let alone 2 different mini-series at each company is surprising but hopefully a taste of more to come.
The story opens with the team on par with the Justice League, the one we the readers never knew (and if you’re like me and didn’t read Ennis’ Hit-Man you really don’t know them). After that the book switches to a charming art curator in Gotham City, who then falls off the AA wagon and reawakens as a pudgy superhero called Six-Pac. He decides that a great threat is about to envelope the world and must reassemble Section 8 to combat it. He calls in 7 people who were previously rejected, but struggles to find an 8th member. Seeing Batman across the street, he begs him to join before he angrily refuses and drives off.
The art by John McCrea is dirty, dark, detailed, and a perfect fit for Ennis’ writing style. One of my favorite parts of the issue was McCrea paying homage to famous Batman artists by recreating them on the page for absolutely no reason at all. Batman literally changes costume 6-8 times, all to play up the joke. McCrea also captures that classic Vertigo-esque style.
As funny and off-beat as the jokes were (it’s nice to know the “Not You People” bit is still funny after 2012), there wasn’t much story to follow. Usually that isn’t a problem and if Ennis wants to lampoon DC characters for 6 issues that’s perfectly fine, but I’m not clear on if that is the case. Nonetheless, there’s enough here to bring me back next month to see where Ennis is going with the next 5 issues and the roster of Section 8.
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