52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.
Dialing 4376 (HERO) at a mysterious phone booth transforms Nelson Jent into a new superhero every single time. He begins to use his new gifts to help his friend Darren who has gotten in deep with the local criminals, but Nelson is about to get in way over his head.
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Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.
by Scott Snyder and Becky Cloonan
Batman #12 is unlike any Batman comic I have ever read before, and I could not be happier. Scott Snyder tells an amazing story about a young woman who is inspired by Batman to change her life for the better, and in doing so he may have just created a new favorite Bat character. What really stands out about this book thoughout is the amazing art by Becky Cloonan. Her style is fresh, vibrant, and, unlike a lot of the darker art we're used to in Batman books, a lot of fun. Even better, Snyder writes to her strengths, so that her style fits this story perfectly. You will definitely want to pick up this book, as it may be the standout issue of the year, and you definitely don't want to miss the introduction of Harper Row, the coolest new DC character.
Nathan Edmondson writes the best action/thriller comics today. He has killed it with books like The Activity, Who is Jake Ellis?, and Grifter. So, there was no doubt in my mind that Dancer, his latest creation would be just as awesome. Even though I highly enjoy his work, I've been especially impressed with Dancer. What makes Nathan's work especially poignant are the characters he crafts and the relationships he builds for them. Between all the intrigue, violence, and mystery, he manages to fit very realistic human moments in all of his books. Without giving away too much about this series' unique twist, let's just say that Dancer has one of the more unique hero/villain relationships and that really shines through in this issue.
Creator-Owned Heroes is the coolest concept for a book ever. It's an anthology and each month the reader gets 2 comic stories, interviews with the creators, articles on writing and art, and how-to segemnts that break down the comic creation process. Astoundingly, all this is packed in a 50-page color comic that only costs $3.99. Mind blown yet? We're just getting started.
In The Massive #3, Brian Wood asks the reader, what is the mission of a world-saving environmentalist group after the world has ended? This is a big story told in a very small, personal way. Wood intercuts splash pages showing the various disasters that have befallen the world with the story of a ship full of environmentalists who think that just because the world is ending, it doesn't mean that their mission is over. In fact, it may just be the beginning.
It can sometimes be confusing to distinguish, "it" from "I.T." when written and read. Since the advent of the Information Technology department at any company that uses computers, it's been a pain. Luckily for those already in the know of characters created by Mike Allred, you may have an idea of whom I speak.
Wizzywig is an in-depth look at the incredible life of a computer hacker that draws readers in with its wonderfully thoughtout characters and deceptively simple art. Ed Piskor has crafted an engaging tale that asks big questions about government, security, and the role technology plays in our lives, but in the end is really about two best friends who refuse to give up. The book is massive for a graphic novel, clocking at almost 300 pages, but with the use of dynamic layouts, incredible art, and great character work, Piskor makes sure the book is a delightful read from cover to cover.
Fleeing his checkered past with a desire to atone for his crimes in some fashion, Kaine finds himself in Space City, caught up in a new problem. Unsure of his right to wear the spider emblem, Kaine reluctantly helps to take care of Houston to the point that he’s asked to stay by some concerned citizens. Hesitantly, and almost as though against his will, he stays and becomes the superhero that The Big Heart desperately needs—now he just needs to become that superhero in his heart.
Parents worry. A very short sentence, but one that rings true everytime. Parents are always concerned about the well being of their children, be they 5 or 50. This is the main ingredient in the stew that is John Saul's novel, The God Project. Written in 1982, Saul was interestingly prolific about his use of technology in his novel, technology that has come to exist on one level or another. The story of the death and disappearance of children, parental woe and inquiry, cover-ups, subterfuge, and medical miracles are what make up this story . . . so far. This is based on the graphic novelization published by Bluewater Comics, written by David McIntee, based on the work of John Saul, and penciled by Federico De Luca.
The To Read List:
Moriarty: the Dark Chamber by Daniel Corey, Anthony Diecidue, Perry Freeze, and Dave Lanphear
Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba
The Light by Nathan Edmondson and Brett Weldele
Lost Dogs by Jeff Lemire
The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire
Skullkickers Vol. 1 & 2 by Jim Zub, Edwin Huang, and Misty Coats