Wednesday, May 2, 2018

DC NATION #0 by Brian Michael Bendis, Joshua Williamson, James T Tynion IV, Scott Snyder - Book Review

From the publisher: Just in time for Free Comic Book Day, this special comic priced at just $0.25 US features three brand-new stories from a lineup of superstar talent—and each tale serves as a prelude to some of the biggest DC events of 2018!

First, find out how The Joker reacts when he discovers Catwoman has turned her back on crime and plans to marry his archnemesis. Can the Clown Prince of Crime stand to see Batman happy? Writer Tom King and artist Clay Mann set up the events that lead to BATMAN #50!

Then, DARK NIGHTS: METAL shook the DC Universe to its deepest foundations—now it’s time to rejoin legendary writer Scott Snyder, along with all-star artist Jorge Jimenez and co-writers James Tynion IV and Joshua Williamson, for the prelude to JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE! Discover what universe-shattering mysteries have emerged from the most wondrous and chaotic corners of the cosmos to hunt the Justice League in DC’s summer blockbuster event!

And get your first glimpse at Superman’s new world in this exclusive preview of the upcoming six-issue miniseries MAN OF STEEL, written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by José Luis García-López. With Truth, Justice and the American Way all under attack, both Superman and Clark Kent find there’s never been a more important time to stand up for what they believe in.

DC Nation #0 functions as a preview of upcoming storylines for three DC Comics: Batman, Justice League: No Justice, and Man of Steel.

The story I am most interested in is the upcoming wedding between Batman and Catwoman in Batman #50. This preview story focuses on the Joker and his reaction to the wedding. As Joker waits for his invitation, the story takes a twist in typical Joker fashion. Tom King has done a fine job with this story, giving readers a different take on the pending nuptials.

Justice League: No Justice spins out of the events of Dark Nights: Metal. The wall between the known universe and the unknown has been broken, and unspeakable creatures are preparing to enter our universe. It's up to Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and the rest of the Justice League to stop them. But new threats require a new approach, and the heroes have decided to create teams that wouldn't be expected, including having several villains as teammates. Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Joshua Williamson lead this new take on an old favorite.

Finally, Man of Steel is Brian Michael Bendis's foray into DC Comics. This preview gives us a peek into Superman/Clark Kent's new status quo. And everyone's wondering, Where is Lois Lane? Check out Man of Steel to find out.

Overall, DC Nation #0 accomplishes what it sets out to do; it gives the reader a glimpse into where some of DC's biggest heroes are headed in 2018. The standout for me is Tom King's Batman, but this book will appeal to any fans of DC's mainstream titles.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

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