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DC Comics: The New 52 Collection - Comic Book Review

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by Paul Lightfoot (subscribe)
I'm a freelance journalist and comic book critic living in the North East of England. You can find my blog at
Published September 9th 2012

When DC Comics relaunched all their titles back to issue one last September, they didn't want to redo all their heroes origins, they wanted to get straight into the action, which makes this collection of all 52 of their new first issues a little curious.

The actual book is impressive, weighing in at over 3kg and 1216 pages which are oversized compared to the usual comic. It really is a work of art and shows off all the work that went into relaunching and redesigning DC's characters for the modern day.

The modern day comic book industry dictates that story lines are split across many individual issues, usually around four or five though sometimes much more, so here we're mostly just seeing the beginnings of 52 different story's develop. The only real connective tissue between the different titles is the mysterious appearance of a character called Pandora somewhere in every issue, so I suppose the book could be used as a sort of 'Where's Pandora?' type exercise.

The individual issues are in a rough order with similar titles grouped together, however there is no page count, so it can be hard to find particular issues if you want to use the book as reference material.

More realistically the book is much better utilised to get a taste of each series, to see what new titles you'd want to follow monthly. It really is impressive to see how quickly some writers can hook you in to story lines you wouldn't normally be interested in, stand out issues include The Flash, Birds of Prey, Swamp Thing, Batgirl, Batwoman, All-Star Western and Animal Man.

Ultimately this collection is more of a curio than something you can read multiple times, and a reminder of DCs sensational attempt at reviving the comic book business.
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When: Released Dec 13 2011
Where: Local Comic Book Store
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