This September, DC Comics is turning it all the way back to zero, taking a look at what went on in the DCU before the New 52. Like we did a year ago with the first month of DC’s new universe, we’re going to give you some looks at all the “Zero Month” titles coming out over the next few weeks.
So here we go:
Written by Michael Green & Mike Johnson, Art By Mahmud Asrar
WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Krypton is dying. A scientist is ready to send his only child out of orbit to save them. That girl is Supergirl, and the story is not as happy as the one about her cousin.
BEST BIT: The ending is pretty epically emotional.
WORST BIT: If what happens to Kara is supposed to be a twist, it’s really not.
ANY BIG REVELATIONS/TEASES? There’s a character who shows up a key moment who should not, under any circumstances, be on Krypton at that time. We’ll probably be seeing a lot more about that soon.
ARE WE BACK FOR ISSUE #13? Maybe, given the emotional weight of this story. The first few issues of this comic were solid, and gorgeous to look at, but boiled down to a non-stop punch-fest. If Green & Johnson have figured out a way to balance character growth with Asrar’s excellent grasp of action, we may be back on board.
SWORD OF SORCERY FEATURING AMETHYST #0
Written by Christy Marx & Tony Bedard, Art By Aaron Lopestri & Jesus Saiz
WHAT’S IT ABOUT? In the first story, Amy Winston is a regular teenager who finds out she’s actually the heir to gemworld. In the second, the alien cyborg Beowulf goes to battle the Grendel.
BEST BIT: Amy’s joke about her new powers is pretty great; and the new twist on Beowulf in general in fascinating in design and execution.
WORST BIT: I wish they didn’t show anything of Gemworld until Amy got there, it would have made the sequence much, much more powerful. It’s not like you don’t know it’s coming, given the title and cover, but two short scenes in Gemworld diffuse the shock a bit.
ANY BIG REVELATIONS/TEASES? The last three panels of the Amythyst story should get people talking.
ARE WE BACK FOR ISSUE #1? Yes! Marx doesn’t necessarily break new ground in the “disaffected teen finds out they’re the savior of a mystical world” genre, but it’s pretty fun throughout. The Beowulf story is so weird, we can’t wait to read more.
WONDER WOMAN #0
Written by Brian Azzarello, Art By Cliff Chiang
WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Young Wonder Woman trains on the isle of Themyscira, learning to hone her warrior’s instincts… Ad her compassion.
BEST BIT: Pretty much everything from the first page on. Azzarello frames the whole piece as a fill-in tale from the Silver Age adventures of Diana, and Cliff Chiang follows suit with his brilliant framing and panel structure. What’s even more incredible is how this works beautifully as a nostalgia piece, and with the themes and ideas the duo have developed in the ongoing series.
WORST BIT: I don’t know that the CCA would have approved of Brian “Kiss My” Azzarello, but that’s the only thing that stuck out in an otherwise perfect issue.
ANY BIG REVELATIONS/TEASES? War looks less like Brian Azzarello in the past, and there’s a character who may be important later on. But mostly, this is just about reiterating why Wonder Woman is such an enduring character.
ARE WE BACK FOR ISSUE #13? Absolutely, though I would also gladly read the ongoing adventures of Teen Wonder Woman from this team… Or if DC can snag some similarly nostalgia friendly duo to do a companion series.
Supergirl #0, Sword of Sorcery #0, and Wonder Woman #0 all hit comic book stores on September 19th from DC Comics!