This Wednesday sees the beginning of DC Comics’ New 52 "Second Wave"! Four new titles are being released, with a couple more still to come, and they will be replacing the six cancelled titles (Men of War, Mister Terrific, OMAC, Static Shock, Hawk and Dove and Blackhawks). Some titles and creative talent you’ve definitely heard of, while some you may not have heard of. We’ll start with what is possibly the most anticipated one of the group — Earth 2 #1 — and then move on from there!
EARTH TWO #1
Written by James Robinson
Art by Nicola Scott, Trevor Scott
First issue of an ongoing series from writer James Robinson and artist Nicola Scott! Who are the heroes of Earth 2 – and what befell them? Starring Alan Scott, Jay Garrick and many others! You may think you know Earth 2… but this is DC Comics – The New 52, where anything can happen! Don’t miss the extra-sized debut issue!
One of the biggest buzz books of the Second Wave, this is a complete reboot of the Earth 2 concept by writer James Robinson! But, for those of you are are expecting the Justice Society, Robinson warns: this ain’t that! It’s Earth Two, with a whole different cast of characters.
WORLDS FINEST #1
Written by Paul Levitz
Art by George Perez & Various
New ongoing series featuring Power Girl and Huntress of Earth 2! Paul Levitz teams with amazing artists George Perez and Kevin Maguire. Discover why these two heroes are stranded on our Earth – and what it means for the heroes of the DC Universe.
Speaking of Earth 2, looks like the main DCU Earth will have a couple guests from there in World’s Finest in the form of Power Girl and Huntress! I didn’t know this until a few moments ago but apparently writer (and former DC Comics President) Paul Levitz actually created Huntress many years ago. And, though she appears to have a costume I’m not familiar with, it’s always nice to see Power Girl.
DIAL H #1
Written by China Mieville
Art by Mateus Santolouco
A brand new series by bestselling and Hugo award winning novelist China Mieville! What would happen if you discovered the H Dial, an unbelievably powerful artifact that turned you into a super hero? And what if you found out that the world is threatened by this very device that’s become your uncontrollable obsession? These are just the first questions asked in this thrilling and inventive storyline that introduces the strangest super heroes and super villains in the DCU while exploring the boundaries of reality!
Dial H is an old school DC series, which detailed the adventures of a guy who could get superpowers simply by dialing H-E-R-O on a mysterious phone dial. We’ve seen it come and go in various forms — most recently in J. Michael Straczynski’s Brave and the Bold — and bringing it to the New 52 is science fiction writer China Mieville. I’ve read one of his books (Embassytown), and if that’s any indication this will definitely be one of the more unusual titles in the DC lineup.
GI COMBAT #1
Written by JT Krul & Various
Art by Ariel Olivetti, Dan Panosian
First issue of an ongoing series! Featuring the first chapter of "War That Time Forgot" written by JT Krul and with art by Ariel Olivetti… and dinosaurs! Plus: The first chapter of "Unknown Soldier" by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti and artist Dan Panosian focuses on all-out war in Afghanistan!
Honestly, I have no idea what to make of this one! Let me direct you to a piece writer JT Krul wrote for DC Comics, in which he said: "Primal. That’s the best way to describe working on The War That Time Forgot because, in writing a story about modern-day soldiers fighting dinosaurs that have mysteriously reappeared on the planet, it’s all about survival."
DC Comics’ New 52 "Second Wave" comes out this Wednesday!