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 Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV, Art By Guillem March
WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Calvin Rose is the only man to ever escape the Court Of Owls. Here's how he did it.
BEST BIT: There's a lot of superb details about this origin story, but the first page, in particular, is a brilliant way of laying out everything about the character, and his journey in one fell swoop. Owl pun!
WORST BIT: According to the mythology, the Talons are all killed, resurrected, and then become the tools of the Court of Owls. Maybe that happened after Rose screwed 'em over? It's not a "worst bit" so much as, perhaps, a question to address later.
ANY BIG REVELATIONS/TEASES? Yeah. We were worried about over-exposure for the Court after the Night of the Owls crossover, but they retain all of their menace and mystery here. We're going to learn a lot more about them and their methods as the series continues.
ARE WE BACK FOR ISSUE #1? Absolutely. Tynion, along with Snyder on the plot have found a brilliant, unique way of adding a new character to the Bat-mythos. It's only been one issue, but Calvin Rose feels as part of that world as Dick Grayson or Damian Wayne. This is going to be a wild ride.
TEEN TITANS #0
Written by Scott Lobdell, Art By Brett Booth
WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Here's the origin of Tim Drake, and how he became Red Robin... Answering all those pesky, "Wait, was he Robin or not?" questions you've been having.
BEST BIT: Tim's Dad is always a nice, complex character.
WORST BIT: Batman wears an old man costume over his Batman costume. "Who's that gigantic, lumpy old man?" asked everybody in real life.
ANY BIG REVELATIONS/TEASES? Yeah, this is a completely revised origin for Drake, hitting some key points, while tweaking others. The biggest bummer for us? This finally answers the question of how a teen boy could out-smart Batman and discover his identity with, "He can't."
ARE WE BACK FOR ISSUE #13? No. We really, really want to love Teen Titans, but this issue is endemic of how to overly complicate a simple character. Drake went from one of our favorite characters, ever, to an overly confident, unlikable jerk. It's not a change for the better.
Written by Joshua Williamson, Art By Sami Basri
WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Who is Voodoo? How did she become an intergalactic stripper? And what do the evil Daemonites want with her? Answers inside!
BEST BIT: Sami Basri's Daemonites look awesome, and his art is crisp and clean throughout. This is a good looking book.
WORST BIT: Those are also some very dumb Daemonites. Their intelligence is at about "Saturday Morning Cartoon Henchmen" level, at best.
ANY BIG REVELATIONS/TEASES? Yup. we learn Voodoo's whole origin here, as well as a lot more on the Daemonite plot that's soon going to overwhelm the entire DCU. Plus, the last page leads right into the next issue of Grifter.
ARE WE BACK FOR ISSUE #13? Well, no, because it's cancelled. But for the record, Williamson does some really solid work here, with clear action and characterization throughout. He's tasked with a lot of tidying up in this issue, never an enviable job, but he does it simply and with aplomb. If there was a next issue, we'd try it out.
Talon #0, Teen Titans #0, and Voodoo #0 all hit comic book stores on September 26th from DC Comics!