DC NATION #0 BY TOM KING, CLAY MANN, BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, JOSÉ LUIS GARCÍA-LÓPEZ, SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, JOSHUA WILLIAMSON, AND JORGE JIMÉNEZ
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If the price point of twenty-five cents isn't enough to entice you, here's more! This book has some great standalone stories that also give a preview of the biggest events of the summer from DC. Overall, there's no weak link in this book; each story is phenomenal.
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DC NATION #0 gives readers a look at three greatly anticipated DC events. The first preview, a BATMAN story from Tom King and Clay Mann, is darkly humorous while also remaining tense and dramatic. It shows the Joker’s way of coping with Batman’s upcoming nuptials. The second story, by Brian Michael Bendis and José Luis García-López, previews the upcoming MAN OF STEEL miniseries.

Bendis manages to tell an uplifting tale about the spirit of newspaper journalism in this day and age, as well as Perry White’s way of dealing with loss, in the matter of eight pages. The final story, a JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE preview from Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson and Jorge Jiménez shows all of the various Justice League teams in action against a new threat. For ¢0.25, how can you go wrong?

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DC NATION #0 Previews: BATMAN

In our first preview, the Joker terrorizes a random Gotham resident named Roger in order to get his mail. The Joker thinks Batman is sending out an invitation to his wedding with Catwoman. Since Batman doesn’t know the Joker’s address, he believes that Batman will send it to this random house by sheer chance. While waiting for the mail, Joker tells Roger terrible jokes and makes cryptic comments. Finally, the mail comes. To find out what happens next, pick up DC NATION #0!

King, as usual, does a brilliant job mixing the mundane with the fantastic. It seems to be his calling card, as it’s the basis of series like THE VISION and MISTER MIRACLE. This eight-page preview feels more like a self-contained story than a look at things to come, which I greatly appreciated. It’s both chilling and darkly hilarious seeing Joker interact with a frightened, normal person. I really didn’t know what was going to happen by the end of the story.

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DC NATION #0 page 4. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Now, I want to know more. Mann’s art fits the tone perfectly. With his psychotic glare and Cheshire grin, the Joker looks appropriately insane and threatening. Color artist Jordie Bellaire makes the juxtaposition between Joker and his surroundings even more vivid, with his garishly purple coat, wild green hair, and chalk-white skin. This story is worth the price of the book alone!

DC NATION #0 Previews: MAN OF STEEL

In the next tale, Perry White addresses the Daily Planet newsroom with an urgent message. He no longer wants to print any story about Superman without a firm foundation in truth. He doesn’t want to sell a fearmongering rag, but rather a wholly accurate, facts-based newspaper. Then, Clark Kent enters the newsroom and talks about a story where he happened to be in the same Costa Rican arms dealer stronghold as Superman and got a good scoop on the illegal sale of old LexCorp merchandise.

When Perry gives Clark commendations for this story, he also reveals that Lois Lane left the Daily Planet, seemingly to write a book. Perry’s taking it pretty hard, thus his doubling down on truth-telling. Bendis characterizes the Daily Planet perfectly in this story. It shouldn’t be a Daily Bugle-like paper, fermenting fear of superheroes in the public.

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DC NATION #0 pages 11-12. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

It should be a bastion of truth and justice, much like Superman. This simple sentiment resonates especially in this day and age of supposed “fake news,” especially as some outlets preach fear and hatred toward anyone not like them. Bendis is clearly equating Perry’s order to modern society. If this continues in MAN OF STEEL and the SUPERMAN books, it could lead to great things. After all, Superman himself began deeply rooted in the social issues of his time.

Art-wise, García-López, at this point, can do no wrong. He may be getting older, but his art is staying just as beautifully expressive as it was in the ‘70s. Every character looks distinctive. Perry’s wrinkles and grizzled look can tell stories on their own. Not to mention the fact that García-López’ Clark Kent and Superman might be the most definitive look for the character.

DC NATION #0 Previews JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE

The last tale in DC NATION #0 shows various new Justice League teams fighting the forces of the planet Colu. Each team is made up of some wild combinations, like Deathstroke and Beast Boy on one or Superman and Sinestro on another. I’m sure we’ll find out why the pairings are so wild in JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE but, for now, it’s fun to see the team members interact with one another.

As for why they’re battling these forces? It looks like there’s a cosmic force that’s exploiting the heroes’ destruction of the Source Wall in DARK NIGHTS: METAL. What does this mean for the heroes of Earth? We’ll have to wait until next week to know for sure. For now, this preview gives a more than sufficient look at things to come.

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DC NATION #0 pages 22-23. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Snyder, Tynion, and Williamson tell a tale which really piqued my interest. Before reading this, I wasn’t too curious about JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE, but now I truly want to know more. It left many unanswered questions that I’m eager to find the answers to. However, this story felt more like an enticing preview than a stand-alone story, which is fine for a preview comic like DC NATION #0, but I was still expecting a little more. That being said, it wasn’t enough to let me down, since I want to find out what happens next.

Jiménez’ art is suitably epic for such a big event. His multiple dual-page spreads look stunning. Even the single page battles are outstanding. I’m eager to see his work in the event series itself.

Final Thoughts: DC NATION #0

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If you’re even somewhat interested in this year’s big DC events, you owe it to yourself to pick up DC NATION #0. It only costs a quarter. The art is nearly flawless in the book, especially in the Superman section. In all three stories, every character feels authentic.

No one feels out of place, which is great for a short preview since it shows that the writers know what they’re doing. Thus, it made me want to read their respective series when they’re released. You’re getting not only some enticing previews but also some great standalone stories on top of it.

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