Title: DC Nation (2018-) #0
Words: Brian Michael Bendis, Tom King, Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson
Art: Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Jorge Jimenez, Clay Mann
Publication Date: May 2, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: Just in time for Free Comic Book Day, this special comic 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! Plus, 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.
I don’t know about you, but that’s one of the longest and, after having read the comic, most accurate publisher’s summary I’ve ever read…regardless, let’s get to talking about DC Nation #0.
Anyone interested in keeping current with DC’s lineup of comics, or, for that matter, anyone interested in jumping back in, or in for the first time, needs to read this comic book. Not only does DC Nation #0 provide readers with a preview of what’s to come by offering them a taste of Batman, Man of Steel, and Justice League: No Justice, but it also works to showcase DC’s talent in a way that benefits readers and fans new and old.
There are three short stories packed into this issue, and while they all work to do generate some interest in the series to which they belong, only two out of the three stories left me eager to continue reading. It surprises me to say that Brian Michael Bendis’ story left me somewhat concerned that the Man of Steel mini-series will be bogged down by drama…but, only time will tell.
Again, most of DC’s top-talent has been assembled here to produce an issue that is very well-written and very well-illustrated, and really, there’s no reason not to pick this one up and give it a read.
The Bottom Line:
Written and illustrated by some of DC’s best, DC Nation #0 offers a taste of what’s to come in coming months and should be read by newcomers and long-time fans alike.