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Comic Countdown #34: Rebooted

Posted on September 2, 2012 AT 07:09am

Welcome to the Comic Countdown, your place for comic book topics in list form! This week, with the upcoming Marvel NOW! relaunch, as well as the second wave of DC Comics’ New 52, the topic will focus on the books that have most benefited (or will benefit) from a relaunch or reboot. There have been quite a few of them recently, many of which have drawn rave reviews. Now, onto the countdown!

#10: The Darkness (Top Cow Productions)

While The Darkness didn’t exactly reboot itself,  the aftermath of the Top Cow: Rebirth initiative that culminated in the Artifacts series definitely helped Jackie Estacado and all the characters for the book take a new turn, especially with the parting of the Darkness and Jackie from one another for the first time in the series. While many of the things stayed the same, Jackie’s influence on the rebirth and his crafting of his own perfect world make for an interesting new run.

#9: Fantastic Four (Marvel Comics)

While not going through a full reboot, the upcoming new Fantastic Four title for the Marvel NOW! campaign will be very interesting. With writer Matt Fraction taking over duties from longtime writer of the series Jonathan Hickman, things will definitely be different for comic’s First Family. Fraction has a distinct way of writing that differs from Hickman, and it will be interesting to see where the new creative team takes this legendary franchise.

#8: Harbinger (Valiant Comics)

When Valiant Entertainment relaunched their major titles a while back, little buzz was generated for the new looks of these classic characters. But with the debut of these titles, Harbinger being one of them, Valiant made a huge impact, with these titles being tabbed as some of the best on the market. With Omega Harbinger Toyo Harada at the helm of the title, Harbinger takes his amazing abilities and creates an incredible landscape for what can be a classic all on its own.

#7: I, Vampire (DC Comics)

With the launch of The New 52, DC Comics released 52 brand new titles. One of the titles that really took on a mind of its own was I, Vampire. Andrew Bennett and the legion of vampires have really come into their own, working their way into major plots with appearances in Justice League Dark, with Batman, and becoming a major force in the DC Universe.

#6: Iron Man (Marvel Comics)

With Keiron Gillen taking over for Matt Fraction in the new incarnation of the Iron Man franchise, Tony Stark will be having a bit of a philosophical dilemma as he tries to figure out the inner-workings of the universe and his part in it. While this is a departure from the general perception of Stark, this kind of plot could really take one of the most legendary characters in the Marvel Universe on a new and exciting path.

#5: Witchblade (Top Cow Productions)

Along with The Darkness, the other major Top Cow series Witchblade benefited greatly from Top Cow: Rebirth. It allowed protagonist Sara Pezzini to move to an unfamiliar place, with new faces, new problems, while keeping some of the things that made the series great. With Sara still at the helm after the effects of Artifacts, it’ll be interesting to see how the Top Cow Universe and Pezzini handle the challenges ahead. So far, it’s been a great ride.

#4: Deadpool (Marvel Comics)

He’s in everything now, but the funniest homicidal maniac in the Marvel Universe has grown a bit stale lately, especially to many fans of his current solo series. While writer Daniel Way has done a lot of fun, wacky things for Deadpool during his run, it got to be a bit much for many readers. With Way’s run ending, a new series has been announced for Marvel NOW!, with writers Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan taking over duties. With a lot of projects on the way for Deadpool, this one is making fans interested once again in the character.

#3: Batwoman (DC Comics)

The return of Kate Kane in the newestBatwoman series has been a breath of fresh air in the DC Universe, bringing a unique style to a universe full of legends and comic book mainstays. While she’s not the most popular Bat in DC, with Bruce Wayne taking that title, Kane shows she can hang with the best of them, and her new series is full of mysticism, breathtaking art, and wonderful storytelling. Her series may be one of the best in the New 52.

#2: X-O Manowar (Valiant Comics)

No series has gained more ground since the relaunch of the Valiant library than Aric Dacia and the X-O Manowar series. Since its debut, the series has been incredibly well received, gaining more fans and sales with each issue. The series originally made Valiant a force, and he’s seeming to do so once again with an incredible new run.

#1: Aquaman (DC Comics)

No one has done more with a fresh start than Aquaman. A running joke of the DC Universe for years, Aquaman has established himself as a true leader, a key member of the Justice League, and a powerhouse of aquatic glory. No longer is he the ridiculous character whose power is to talk to fish, but now he is the great King of the Sea, with powerful allies, incredible skill, and a title that is one of the most popular books in the entire New 52.

That’s it for the countdown this week! Leave any questions of comments below. Until next week!


Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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