by Michael DeLaney
This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!
DC Nation 0 provides teases for three different types of upcoming books: Tom King’s continuing run on Batman, Brian Michael Bendis’ upcoming turn on the Superman books and the Scott Snyder-helmed Justice League: No Justice series. Different books lead to different teases.
If you’ve been following Batman, then Tom King and Clay Mann’s “Your Big Day” likely has more significance than the other two stories in this book. We get the first look at King’s present-day Joker and he does not disappoint. Joker holds a civilian hostage while he waits for his “invitation to Batman’s wedding.” King’s Joker is delightfully unhinged without being completely bonkers. Mann slowly builds the tension a mesmerizing and creepy 9 panel-layout that evokes works like The Shining.
Brian Michael Bendis and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez’s “Office Space,” on the other hand, is built entirely around the fact that the reader doesn’t have any background information — which might not be the best approach. Lois Lane has been fired for reasons unknown and someone needs to take her office.
Clark doesn’t want to do it, so Perry gives it to new hotshot reporter Robinson Goode — which sounds like two last names that forgot to have a first name. The story ends with the reveal that Goode is working for a mysterious third party. “Office Space” is very much a tease, but there’s not enough substance to provide a firm footing.
Finally we have the “No Justice Prelude,” which showcases the dynamics between the four new Justice League teams comprised of both heroes and villains. The typical team dynamic of the leader, the brain, the powerhouse and the wild card has been applied to each of these four teams. The prelude sets the tone for what lies ahead for the series: big blockbuster action and lots of flashy action pages. Whether that style is met with substance is yet to be seen.
There are no winners and losers here…but I gotta say I am eagerly awaiting The Joker’s inevitable wedding crashing.
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