DC Zero Month, Week Four Reviews: 'Red Lanterns,' 'Hawkman,' And 'Superman'

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 Peter Milligan, Art By Adrian Syaf

WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Before Atrocitus was a blood-vomiting rage monster, he was just a regular guy named Atty who loved eating his wife's blue balls.

BEST BIT: Adrian Syaf draws some amazing looking, weird monsters here.

WORST BIT: The two biggest transitions in Atty's life that happen in short panels each, while we spend a lot more time on the stuff in between. It leads to an unevenly paced issue.

ANY BIG REVELATIONS/TEASES? We finally learn the whole history of the Red Lanterns, and how that came to be. That's pretty big.

ARE WE BACK FOR ISSUE #13? This is a solid issue, but we've never been totally enamored about the Red Lanterns. If you're interested in the title, this is a great test issue to pick up; if not, then, well, not.


Written by Rob Liefeld & Mark Poulton, Art By Joe Bennett

WHAT’S IT ABOUT? This is the full story of how Carter Hall came to Earth, how he got his Nth metal armor, and how the past still haunts him!

BEST BIT: There's a plague that targets Hawkmen. That's pretty cool.

WORST BIT: There is nothing likable about Hawkman in this issue. Not that he's a jerk - that's par for the course - but he's a whiny loser who seems to keep making the wrong decisions. Somehow, we're supposed to find him heroic for this?

ANY BIG REVELATIONS/TEASES? Hawkman's entire history! Every continuity Hawkie has ever had, jammed into one issue! Good luck!

ARE WE BACK FOR ISSUE #13? No. We honestly don't understand how, given the chance to smooth out one of the most overly complicated continuities in comics with the New 52, DC managed to make things even more complicated than ever before. There's an entire year's worth of plot points here, and not in a "Wow, that was a lot of cool stuff!" way, but in a "Wow, what just happened?" way. The narration is a mess, the characters are inconsistent... At least the art is solid.


Written by Scott Lobdell, Art By Kenneth Rocafort

WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Did you know that Krypton got blown up? And that only Jor-El, Superman's father, believed it was going to happen? WELL YOU WERE WRONG! Because there's also a Doomsday cult who's pushing the event along.

BEST BIT: Like in Supergirl, there's a pretty surprising character who shows up here (and is narrating the issue) that should have pretty huge repercussions for the year to come.

WORST BIT: Mostly, Lobdell keeps with a stilted English, but there's one or two times he sneaks in modern colloquialisms into Jor-El's speech that are clearly not the character's voice.

ANY BIG REVELATIONS/TEASES? Let's just say if you've been reading any of the rumors about the new Superman movie, you'll probably want to read this issue. There's also the promise of an event that will potentially get comics fans talking in the same way as when Marvel sold Spider-Man's marriage to the devil. It's that big.

ARE WE BACK FOR ISSUE #13? Maybe. Next to Action Comics, this has always felt like the secondary Superman book. If events play out the way we think they will, this might be essential reading for the next year.

"Red Lanterns #0," "The Savage Hawkman #0," and "Superman #0" all hit comic book stores on September 26th from DC Comics!