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The Best of… DC’s ‘The New 52’

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Each week I will look at the best of all things comics. This week sees Forever Evil and Villains Month begin and The New 52’s second anniversary has just passed, with that in mind I wondered what the teams favourite ‘The New 52′ arcs are.

I want to say that I won’t be revealing too much about the plot lines for each arc, I’d rather you went away and read them if you haven’t already done so.

3. Green Arrow: The Kill Machine (Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino)

It all started with issue #17. Jeff Lemire (Justice League Dark, Sweet Tooth, Trillium) and Andrea Sorrentino (I, Vampire, God of War) came on to Green Arrow, a book that had dwindling sales figures, and they completely turned it around. Green Arrow has recently become many readers favourite DC book. Especially the people here at All-Comic, we can’t get enough of Lemire and Sorrentino! From Lemire’s ability to create a wonderful and engrossing story, to Sorrentino’s fantastic and unique art, this is a dream creative team. This really has rebooted Green Arrow back to where he belongs, the top.

2. Swamp Thing: Raise Them Bones (Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette)

Scott Snyder (Batman, Superman Unchained, The Wake) and Yanick Paquette (Batman Inc, Ultimate X-Men) were given the job of creating Swamp Thing for The New 52. Snyder has the ability to create stories that make waiting a month for the next issue excruciatingly painful, just check out his work on Batman! This follows the story of Dr. Alec Holland who comes back from the dead as Swamp Thing, but the story is way more complex and intriguing than that! Does he want to be Swamp Thing? Maybe not, but he might have to. I’d urge you to read this if you haven’t, it’s wonderful.

1. Batman: Court of Owls (Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo)

Court of Owls is the first Batman arc from Scott Snyder (American Vampire) and Greg Capullo (Spawn, X-Force). I’ll be fairly surprised if you have not read this, surely everyone has? It really is the most memorable arc from The New 52. Snyder and Capullo, much like Lemire and Sorrentino, make a perfect creative team and it’s great knowing that they will be writing Batman for many issues to come. It’s hard to image Batman without them. Snyder creates a fascinating story of organised crime and hidden secrets. It’s not until #5 that we really see the true evil that are the Court of Owls. Batman #5 has to go down as one of the best single issues of Batman in many years. From the detailed story, to the wonderful art that has to turning pages (literally). Spinning out of this story is the stand alone Talon title, which I also recommend!

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