DC Nation #0 Review – Three stories for the price of one
Gee, I wonder if you’ve read this issue. How could you not? It’s 25 cents. Apparently, this issue hit one million pre-sales, so you’re probably either about to read it, are currently reading it or just read it and want to see some opinions. As such, since the book is composed of three different short stories (more like trailers to future events, really), I’m going to discuss each of them individually and try to be as light on spoilers as I can. Let’s get to it.
Batman: Your Big Day
Written by: Tom King
Drawn by: Clay Mann
The Joker waits for the invitation to Batman’s wedding in a random man’s house.
This was… surprisingly good for Tom King’s Batman writing. Granted, the only other time he wrote the Joker, was when he wasn’t acting like himself in “War of Jokes and Riddles” but still he really hits on the concept I have of the character. He’s this crazed maniac who applies twisted logic to everything he does, but still needs that logic. Like, he clearly knows Batman couldn’t possibly know the man he’s threatening and that the invitation isn’t coming. He just wants an excuse to kill a random person but he still NEEDS the excuse. “It’s not my fault you died, it’s Batman’s fault”. That’s a very Joker thing to do. So, good on you Tom King.
The art by Clay Mann was phenomenal, particulatly one panel which might just be the creepiest Joker panel ever. I legitimately flinched when I saw it. Good on you, Mann.
Overall, much better than I expected.
Superman: Office Space
Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Drawn by: José Luis García-López
I want to give Bendis the benefit of the doubt, really I do, but this story was kinda crap. It was really weird and confusing and I think that comes from the fact that we still don’t know what the “Man of Steel” miniseries is. Is it a prequel to current Superman? A new origin? The first arc of Bendis’s run but given its own miniseries? And this story falls in the same category. Clark is acting like his older, bumbling self, so is this story set in the past? Perry seems to support this theory when he talks about how the Daily Planet needs to print good stories about Superman, but the only time anyone printed bad stories about Superman was when he first appeared. Is Bendis mistaking Perry White for J. Jonah Jameson? Is that what’s going on? I’m so confused! The only thing of note here is the new character that was introduced, who looks like she’ll be causing some trouble in the Planet. Apart from that… Man what a dud.
The art by García-López was very meh. It wasn’t bad but I don’t think he had the best colorist and inker to help him. Compare his work here to AC #1000 and you notice the difference.
I wasn’t a big fan of this one, but I’m still hopeful Bendis can do something good with his Superman run. Please. Anything at all would be nice.
Justice League: “No Justice” Prelude
Written by: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV and Joshua Williamson
Drawn by: Jorge Jimenez
And the award for MVP goes to… No, but for real this was the best part of the book. The biggest problem was honestly that it didn’t really register as a preview. It’s more like the opening pages of issue 2 or 3 of No Justice or something, like it’s mentioning events we’ve already read. Apart from that, it was strong. I was afraid of how Snyder would handle the crazier parts of the DC Universe, since he didn’t do too hot with them in Metal, but he seems to have a good grasp on how the characters interact (probably because of his co-writers but still) and that’s about all I needed. Not much happens but not much needs to happen right now. It’s a taste and I definitely want more.
It’s Jorge Jimenez. What else do I have to say?
It was a lot of fun and I want more of it now.
Overall, DC Nation #0 was a mixed bag but most of it was really solid. It’s clearly a sort of “trailer” for what’s happening in the DC Universe but it does its function of getting you intrigued for what’s going to happen. Also it’s 25 cents. You really don’t have any excuse for picking it up. I recommend this issue wholeheartedly.