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Thursday, June 9, 2011

2011 DC Reboot: More New #1s Featuring Old-School Western Heroes, High-Tech Military Teams, Blue Beetle, Harley Quinn and Agent Provocateurs! *UPDATED*

Here's another set of new number ones from The Source, with a few familiar characters like Jonah Hex and Deathstroke, and a lot of old characters from Wildstorm comics.

Update: added Blue Beetle #1 and Suicide Squad #1 to the list, via CBR and Comics Alliance

  • Blue Beetle #1 by Tony Bedard with artist Ig Guara

It's not easy being Jaime Reyes. He has to deal with high school, family and all the drama that comes with being a teenager. Also, he's linked to a powerful scarab created by an alien race who seek to subjugate planets – or annihilate them. It's up to one teen hero to turn this instrument of destruction into a force for good in BLUE BEETLE #1

The list continues after the jump:

  • Suicide Squad #1 by Adam Glass and artist Marco Rudy

Harley Quinn! Deadshot! King Shark! They're a team of death-row super villains recruited by the government to take on missions so dangerous – they're sheer suicide! Who will be the first to crack under the pressure? Find out in SUICIDE SQUAD #1.

  • OMAC #1 by Dan DiDio with art by Keith Giffen and Scott Koblish

A man loses control of his life as the omnipresent Brother Eye transforms him against his will into a powerful killing machine in OMAC #1.

  • Grifter #1 by Nathan Edmondson with art by CAFU and BIT

Ex-black ops agent Cole Cash is a charming grifter that few can resist. And yet he’s about to be branded a serial killer when he begins hunting and exterminating inhuman creatures hidden in human form – creatures only he can see. Can the biggest sweet talker of all time talk his way out of this one when even his brother thinks he’s gone over the edge? 

    This is sweet. Grifter happens to be my favorite character in Jim Lee's superhero team W.I.L.D.C.A.T., and is gonna get his own  title. Wow. Its long over due i know, but I'm glad a Grifter-centric series is happening.

    • Deathstroke #1 by Kyle Higgins with artists Joe Bennett and Art Thibert.

    A metahuman mercenary who made a living taking out the toughest targets, Deathstroke will reclaim his fearsome legacy by any means necessary in DEATHSTROKE #1.

    Slade Wilson is all about action, strategic thinking and piling up tons of dead bodies.  And everybody loves him for that.

    • All Star Western #1 written by the team of Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and illustrated by Moritat.

    Even when Gotham City was just a one-horse town, crime was rampant – and things only get worse when bounty hunter Jonah Hex comes to town. Can Amadeus Arkham, a pioneer in criminal psychology, enlist Hex’s special brand of justice to help the Gotham Police Department track down a vicious serial killer?

    Interesting. Its like the old school cowboy version of the tandem of Batman and Comissioner Jim Gordon. Palmiotti and Grey should have no problems with this.

    • Sgt. Rock and the Men of War #1 by Ivan Brandon and illustrated by Tom Derenick.

    The grandson of the original Sgt. Rock assumes the command of Easy Company, a team of crack ex-military men financed by a covert military contractor, as they brave the battle-scarred landscape carved by the DC Universe’s super-villains. 

    Easy Company rocks. I dunno about Sgt. Rock's son though.

    • Blackhawks #1 written by Mike Costa and illustrated by Ken Lashley.

    Blackhawk is an elite group of mercenaries made up of brave men from around the world equipped with the latest in cutting-edge hardware and vehicles. Their mission: Kill the bad guys before they kill us.

    Why am I thinking that this somehow a DCU version of Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D?

    and finally...

    • Stormwatch #1 written by Paul Cornell with art by Miguel Sepulveda.

    Stormwatch is a dangerous super human strike force whose existence is kept secret from the world. Jack Hawksmoor and the rest of the crew look to recruit two of the deadliest super humans on the planet: Midnighter and Apollo. And if they say no? Perhaps the Martian Manhunter can change their minds.

    Hmm... will these guys be protecting the world from extra-terrestrial threats? Like.... S.W.O.R.D, maybe?

    DC is really segregating all of their heroes basing on their common elements which results in more diversity and more engaging stories for fans to choose.

    What do you think with these new batch? What titles caught your interest?

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