Marc Alan Fishman: The New 52 Report Card

Marc Alan Fishman

Marc Alan Fishman is a graphic designer, digital artist, writer, and most importantly a native born Chicagoan. When he's not making websites, drawing and writing for his indie company Unshaven Comics, or rooting for the Bears... he's a dedicated husband and father. When you're not enjoying his column here on ComicMix, feel free to catch his comic book reviews weekly at MichaelDavisWorld, and check out his books and cartoons at Unshaven Comics.

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  1. Eric Garneau says:

    There are a lot of good points here, but I want to say that I don’t think anyone at DC, or anyone anywhere, would have thought that the New 52 would hold the media’s attention for more than a few months. The fact that it was such a huge story for about a third of last year speaks really well for DC, in fact, and in the end I’m pretty sure this reboot was a net win for them. Most people I know are reading more DC books than ever, and those books seem better and more important (you already mentioned Action, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Batman, and Green Lantern; let’s add All-Star Western, Wonder Woman, and Batwoman to the list of books that can’t be missed… and I’m probably forgetting a few).

    Further, minimizing the announcement of Alan Scott’s homosexuality as a publicity stunt kind of downplays its importance. Yes, obviously it generates good press. But regardless of the intent, it’s a nice gesture towards our friends in the LGBT community.

    And actually, Before Watchmen is pretty good.

    • All-Star Western is astonishingly good, probably the best of all the New 52. And this is coming from someone who’s never been a fan of westerns, Jonah Hex, or Palmiotti and Gray. But they (and, especially, Moritat) are just hitting it out of the park every month.

  2. Doug Abramson says:

    Yeah, DC is getting really bad about shoving unwanted books down our throats. Why just the other day, Bob Wayne kicked down my front door and…

  3. Suicide Squad, abysmal? Quite the contrary, it’s actually one of the best books they’re putting out. Fun character-driven stuff with some of the blackest humor I’ve ever seen from DC.

    And Justice League International started out poorly but has grown into one of the more enjoyable titles (while Justice League had the opposite trajectory).

    “Who did you decide to make gay this week?”

    Really? They make one character gay and you’re going to turn it into a thing, like it’s a bad thing? Really mature there.

    • Just stirring the pot Robert. I actually think James Robinson handled the “outing” appropriately. How DC and the press spun it? Not so much. It’s great to show the LGBT community support… But it’s not enough to just say “oh, and this character is now gay.” It’s REALLY about the context of it, which was severely underplayed.

      I’d fight with you on Suicide Squad though. Just can’t stand it, at all. In comparison to Simone’s Secret Six? Night and day to me. Again, this is strictly personal opinion.

      By the looks of it though, I think I should look up All-Star Western.

      Thanks for the feedback, everyone!