Thursday, January 1, 2015

Secret Origins Volume 1

Authors:  Peter Tomasi, Jeff Lemire, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Robert Venditti, Scott Lobdell, Jeff Parker, Ray Fawkes, Tony Bedard, Kyle Higgins, Greg Pak

Artists:  Ian Bertram, Bill Sienkiewicz, Denys Cowan, Stephane Roux, Tyler Kirkham, Trevor McCarthy, Martin Coccolo, Jeremy Haun, Tony Parker, Dustin Nguyen, Paolo Siqueira, Doug Mankhe, Lee Weeks

First Publication:  February 2015

Source:  NetGalley

Publisher:  DC Comics

Collects issues 1-4

Graphic Novel Challenge #1

From NetGalley:  At last, the SECRET ORIGINS of the World's Greatest Heroes in The New 52 can be revealed! The beginnings of the most popular characters in the DC Universe are finally told here, in stories that fans have been clamoring for since September 2011. Included here are the origins of The Last Son of Krypton and Kara Zor-El, Supergirl, plus the first Robin, Dick Grayson.

Like most anthology titles, I found that I enjoyed some stories more than others.  On the average I would rate the art as good and the writing as average.

My favorite story was the Superman story written by Greg Pak.  Pak is currently doing a great job on DC's "Aquaman", "Superman/Batman" and "Action Comics".  This story showcases his mastery of characterization with the parallel stories of Lara on Krypton and Martha on Earth.  The handoff of the narrative viewpoint is masterful.

I want to point out that fans of great art will enjoy the skillful rendering done by Lee Weeks.  Weeks has been a quality artist for many years but I found his art in this collection to be his best.

I would recommend this to people who want to get an overview of the DC characters.  Especially newer readers.

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