Justice League International #1 – So, the big news this week is the first wave of new titles in the apparently unified DC/Vertigo/Wildstorm timeline they’re calling The New 52. JLI begins with a man named Andre Briggs who is empowered to form a Justice League that operates under UN Authority. The team, composed of Booster Gold, Fire, Ice, Rocket Red (Gavril), Vixen, Godiva (from Flashpoint), August General in Iron (from the Chinese Super-team the Great Ten) and Guy Gardner, who promptly bolts. The team is sent on its first mission, joined by Batman replacing Guy Gardner, at least for the mission. Of course, this being the JLI, the team butts heads and Booster Gold actually acting competent. All in all a promising first issue if not a bit heavy-handed with the team butting heads.
Stormwatch #1 – As part of the merged timeline, Martian Manhunter joins Stormwatch (basically The Authority for those more familiar with the old timeline) but they’re seeking Apollo, apparently as powerful as Superman. Far from the public heroes they were as the Authority, Stormwatch is more low-key and apparently handles big-concept threats like the Authority does. This was the best book out of the New 52 issues I’ve read so far. Let’s see how this goes.
Spider-Island: The Avengers (One Shot) – Spider-Island has been a pretty fun crossover, and it brought us this very fun issue. Frog-Man joins Power Woman (that’s Jessica Jones for the uninitiated), Hawkeye and Ms. Marvel for a fun romp as the UN building is threatened by the Flag-Smasher and ULTIMATUM (who reminds you that they stand for Underground Liberated Totally Integrated Mobile Army To Unite Mankind) who have gained Spider-Powers. Unfortunately for them, Hawkeye has Spider-Powers, too. Too bad he can’t use them well. Overall a very fun issue from Chris Yost. I wouldn’t mind him writing more Avenger-y stuff now and again.
Thunderbolts #163 – We find ourselves in a new direction for the series as Mr. Hyde, Satana, Boomerang, Centurius, Troll, Man-Thing, Fixer and Moonstone escape from the Raft with the Thunderbolts Tower…into the Past. Oops. At least they’re fighting Nazis. And who else is there in the Swiss Alps with all the Nazis? Why, the Invaders, of course. It’s an old-fashioned team-up! This can only end well.
Pick of the Week: Casanova: Avaritia #1 – Say what you will about Fraction’s work on Thor, X-Men and Fear Itself, Casanova has always been his best work. The first issue of Avaritia is no different. We learn that Cass has been eradicating entire dimensions, and pretty much, he’s tired of it. There are a lot of bombshells dropped, and the issue is a nonstop ride. Far and away this week’s best book.