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Top 5 Favorite Titles of the DC New 52

Granted, I haven't read every title DC's released thus far. I probably haven't even read a significant percentage of them at this point so this list is likely to change as I get a couple more titles under my belt, but there are also honestly some titles that I just won't read, either.

Regardless, these are my top 5 favorite titles of the DC New 52.

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  • Aquaman was never a joke character to me. I always had respect for the actual abilities of the character, and I've always wished Arthur Curry - as one of the most classic DC heroes - would emerge at some point as a fan favorite. I've never felt so strongly that that dream may actually become a reality than with this title by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis.

  • Yet another character that I'm certain many people wish didn't get his own series, Batwing was the book that heralded the true arrival of the New 52 to me and absolutely blew me away. Time will only tell if Judd Winick and Ben Oliver can keep the quality up, but this book is evidence that new characters are deserving of attention just as much as established ones.

  • "Dr. Manhattan"- light is drastically underselling this book. This is a character completely aware of the great power he possesses and is frightened by it, but as a dutiful military man is going to use it to the most beneficial ends he can. JT Krul and Freddie Williams II have me intrigued.

  • Amid a sea of questionable female characterization is Voodoo, a book that makes cheesecake work FOR it. Unapologetic, but steeped in layers of realism, intrigue, and horror, Voodoo #1 has left me more satisfyingly puzzled than any other in the New 52. I await what Ron Marz and Sami Basri have in store for this underdog title.

  • I was never going to dislike the effort put forth by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, and indeed I enjoyed The Flash #1 very much. However, this is the only "Top 5" book I was actually disappointed with, if only because of my affection for the character and some pretty ridiculous expectations on my part. This is a solid book with amazing artwork, and I can only assume it'll get better from here.