The new Batman titles are not completely rebooted. They have kept some of the continuity from before, as we see inBatman and Robin. Bruce Wayne has just returned as Gotham City’s Batman (Dick Grayson did a year-long stint as caped crusader), and this is the first time Bruce has worked as Batman and Robin with his son Damian. I thought it was a solid start. I’ve been dying to see these two work together, and I wasn’t disappointed. Damian is a cocky brat—some people hate that, I think he’s hilarious. He and Bruce don’t completely understand each other, but they’re both making an effort. This issue is mostly setup: introducing Damian and Bruce’s relationship, and revealing a new villain, “Nobody.” I felt that the action and dialogue were well balanced, and I especially enjoyed the creative way Batman saved a pool full of people. The art is very good, with lots of black and nice detail. As I said, this is a solid start. Not too groundbreaking, but putting Damian and Bruce together looks very promising! Good if you're into that stuff--I love it!
You are welcome to hate me, but I have to admit that I find Dick Grayson more interesting than Bruce Wayne. I relate better to him and his problems, and Dick’s personality is more fun and lighthearted. In fact, Nightwing’s return is what I most looked forward to with this reboot. Nightwing begins as Dick has just finished his time as Batman and has returned to his former identity of Nightwing. His costume redesign is subtle, but awesome (although I still prefer the color blue over red). Some may find Dick’s return to Nightwing as a step backwards, but as Nightwing he has a chance to really be himself and make his own way in the world. The circus that Dick’s family worked at when his parents died has finally returned to Gotham. This presents a quick reminder of who Dick Grayson is and where he has been. The circus also provides some friendly faces for Dick’s new life. The art is great, though things get a bit bloody. This is a setup issue, but has decent action and good narration by Dick. The new villain is out to get Dick Grayson, and even as Nightwing, Dick is struggling to defeat this guy. There’s not a lot of new yet, but I think Nightwing has potential. Good if you're into that stuff--and you should be!
I am a huge Ultimate Spider-Man fan, so I just about cried when I heard they were killing off Ultimate Peter Parker. I still hope he returns, but Miles Morales—the new Ultimate Spider-Man—has got my attention. The new costume is fine, but what is really different is a Spider-Man that has nothing to do with Peter Parker. Miles is a young, African-American kid, with living parents and a fairly normal life. The only connection Miles has with Peter is that they both gain powers from one of Norman Osborn’s genetically modified spiders (Peter’s was 00, and Miles’s is 42). I won’t spoil how it all goes down, but Miles seems to have slightly different powers from Peter, which I also found very interesting. The art is beautiful; to me it combines the best elements of all previous Ultimate Spidey artists. The writing is great as usual, though this issue just gets us started with Miles and his transformation. Now I’m anxiously awaiting more information about Miles and his powers. Despite being a continuation of a previous story, Ultimate Spider-Man has a lot more new than some of the new DC titles. It’s a fresh start for a fresh Spider-Man—which I didn’t think I needed, but now I want more! Definitely worth checking out!