DC NATION #0
Written by: Tom King, Brian Michael Bendis, Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Joshua Williamson
Art by: Clay Mann, José Luis García-López, Jorge Jimenez, Dexter Vines, Jordie Bellaire, Alex Sinclair, Alejandro Sanchez, Clayton Cowles, Josh Reed, and Andworld Design
Edited by: Jamie S. Rich, Brittany Holzherr, Brian Cunningham, Jessica Chen, Mike Cotton, Rebecca Taylor, and Andrea Shea
Published by: DC Comics
What it’s about…
Just in time for Free Comic Book Day, this special comic priced at just $0.25 US features three brand-new stories from a lineup of superstar talent—and each tale serves as a prelude to some of the biggest DC events of 2018!
First, find out how The Joker reacts when he discovers Catwoman has turned her back on crime and plans to marry his archnemesis. Can the Clown Prince of Crime stand to see Batman happy? Writer Tom King and artist Clay Mann set up the events that lead to BATMAN #50!
Then, DARK NIGHTS: METAL shook the DC Universe to its deepest foundations—now it’s time to rejoin legendary writer Scott Snyder, along with all-star artist Jorge Jimenez and co-writers James Tynion IV and Joshua Williamson, for the prelude to JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE! Discover what universe-shattering mysteries have emerged from the most wondrous and chaotic corners of the cosmos to hunt the Justice League in DC’s summer blockbuster event!
And get your first glimpse at Superman’s new world in this exclusive preview of the upcoming six-issue miniseries MAN OF STEEL, written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by José Luis García-López. With Truth, Justice and the American Way all under attack, both Superman and Clark Kent find there’s never been a more important time to stand up for what they believe in.
What I thought about it…
In DC Nation #0, DC Comics presents three stories from some of their superstar creators. The three stories serve as preludes to events that will unfold over the next few of months in various Dc books. And with a cost of only 25 cents, DC Nation #0 is the best bargain comics has seen in years!
Out of the three stories, I only loved the one about the Joker. Tom King wrote a funny and scary tale where the Joker terrorizes some random guy as he waits for an invitation to the wedding of Batman and Catwoman. This short story made me want to read what happens next in the Batman title, so well done Tom King and Clay Mann.
The other two stories in DC Nation #0 weren’t awful, but I don’t know that either made me want to read what comes next in Superman or Justice League. The Superman story by Brian Michael Bendis started well, but like most of his stuff, it felt padded to fill in more pages.
However, I did enjoy his take on Perry White and the Daily Planet. And come on, you can’t go wrong with art by José Luis García-López (praise be his name), he should be on a monthly book!
Meanwhile, the Justice League story leads right into the “No Justice” event. But after reading the short story in DC Nation #0, I have no clue what is going on. Unless I missed it, I don’t think we learn why the Justice League has split into different teams. I’m not even sure what they were after or were trying to stop. Guess the answers to all my questions will appear during “No Justice.”
At the end of the day, DC Nation #0 is a good book with one great story and two so-so tales. The art however, is gorgeous throughout. Also, DC Nation does a good job previewing what’s to come in the next few months from DC Comics. And for 25 cents, I can’t complain too much.
DC Nation #0 score: B