Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Things The New 52 Needs

As much as I'm loving many things right now at DC, I think there are a few things that the New 52 really needs to have in order to keep things interesting.

1. A New Name

It is going on three years now since DC Comics - The New 52 premiered. Honestly, how "new" is it anymore? Plus, lately there haven't even been 52 series released every month! But seriously, how much longer can they call it "The New 52" anymore?

2. Booster Gold in a Bigger Role

Booster Gold saved the Multiverse in 52. Since then, he has been one of my favorite superheroes ever. In the New 52, he started off by leading the Justice League International team that ultimately fell apart after 12 issues and an annual. He has only appeared on a few-issue-stint in All-Star Western since he and his future-self disappeared at the end of the JLI Annual. His presence in the teaser-image for Futures End implies that he will have a relatively large role in the series. Hopefully!

3. Justice League/Justice League United Getting More/New Members

Supergirl, Adam Strange, Lex Luthor, Captain Cold, Shazam, and a new Cree superheroine Equinox are all joining Justice League teams for the first time in the New 52 starting sometime in the next month. But that doesn't mean that there can't be other heroes that join the teams soon. As obviously important it is that Batman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman are on Justice League teams, it is important to note that Superman, Green Lantern, and the Flash are now no longer on any Justice League line-ups.
Anyhow, it would be cool in my opinion to see some other heroes joining the League(s) in the near-future. Kyle Rayner and John Stewart haven't been part of any Justice League teams in the New 52 (Jordan on the main Justice League, Gardner on the JLI, and Baz on JLA), so it'd be interesting to see one of them join a team. We know that Baz will be training Jessica Cruz, the "first female human Green Lantern" (most likely the new host of the Power Ring from Earth-3 coming soon in Justice League), so he will likely be playing a bigger part sometime soon. Ray Palmer finally put on an Atom suit in last week's Batman/Superman #10, Firestorm and Element Woman aren't doing anything post-Forever Evil, Black Lightning and Blue Devil haven't been seen in an issue of a comic for almost a year, Plastic Man was created in Forever Evil (if I remember correctly), Steel has been seriously underappreciated in the New 52, Metamorpho (at least to my knowledge) hasn't been seen, Blue Beetle (Ted Kord) has been teased during Forever Evil, Captain Atom isn't doing much of anything, Elongated Man hasn't been seen yet, and so much more. There is sooooo much untapped potential here in the New 52.

Stay tuned for more...