This Week's Must Have Comics EXTRA! DC's The New 52: Second Wave

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We already served you with our normal Must Have Comics list for this week, but your Wednesday trip to your local comic store will be especially exciting on May 2, as that's when DC Comics releases their second wave of New 52 titles.  With four new books packed full of fresh and tried-and-true heroes, BF is here to fill you in.

Dial H #1
China Mieville (W), Mateus Santolouco (A), DC Comics, $2.99

This week marks the release of the second wave of DC’s New 52 titles.  DC’s unwavering commitment to the total 52 books brought the end of several lower performing titles, including O.M.A.C., Blackhawks, and Hawk & Dove.  Novelist China Mieville’s new rendition of Dial H is the first new release to stands, and if solicit text holds true, will continue to spotlight DC’s “dark and the edge” characters. 

The H Dial, a mysterious and ancient artifact, has fallen into the hands of a young teen who is about to tumble into an endless and obsessive rabbit hole that will challenge the very rules of reality.  The strangest of DC’s heroes and villains will be calling Dial H home, and when written by the Hugo Award Winning novelist, Dial H just may prove to another worthy addition to the New 52.


Earth 2 #1
James Robinson (W), Nicola Scott (A), DC Comics, $2.99

Jay Garrick, Alan Scott, and the entire Justice Society of America have been sorely missed from the first few months of the New 52.  Now, along with Earth 2’s Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and more, the JSA is finally set to blast DC’s alternate universes wide open. 

Readers will finally be reintroduced to several of DC’s legacy heroes, as well as fresh takes on Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman if they find the heroes' current New 52 demeanor less than agreeable.  James Robinson’s recent work with The Shade has proven the writer is still capable of creating fun, clever, and thoughtful titles, which will hopefully be translated to Earth 2.


GI Combat #1
JT Krull (W), Ariel Olivetti (A), DC Comics, $3.99

DC has revealed little about their new war title, GI Comabt, but if issue #1’s cover is evidence of anything, GI Combat will be one crazy ride.  In this 40 page introduction (including Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti’s Unknown Soldier backup), GI Combat will toss its characters into the brutal War That Time Forgot, where dinosaurs and other giants terrorize the landscape.  GI Combat will surely be a far cry from DC’s first war title, Men of War, making this not only a rebranding, but a complete fresh start.


Worlds’ Finest #1
Paul Levitz (W), George Perez and Kevin Maguire (A), DC Comics, $ 2.99

Paul Levitz and George Perez, both of whom have moved on from their initial New 52 titles, join forces to bring another “Earth 2” title to stands.  Featuring two of DC’s most popular female characters, Huntress and (a now fully clothed) Power Girl, Worlds’ Finest will reveal how these two female leads survived the DC universe’s restructuring, and their move to calling Earth 1. 

Paul Levitz is an outstanding character writer, and along with George Perez’s legendary art talents, Worlds’ Finest will surely be a companion title to Earth 2, as both continue to explore DC’s vast lineup of beloved characters.

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  • Andy Oliver

    Andy Oliver Apr 30, 2012 at 12:27pm

    I'm a very rare visitor to the DCU now since the reboot but I will give China Mieville's take on DIAL H a look. Anyone who can speak with such respect for the work of classic Brit comics artist Ken Reid, as he did at last Autumn's BD Passion Festival in London, deserves to have his comics work checked out!

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