Written by: Tom King, Brian Michael Bendis, Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Joshua Williamson
Art by: Clay Mann, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Jorge Jimenez,
Cover by: Jorge Jimenez
Variant Covers by: Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez and Clay Mann
Colors by: Jordie Bellaire, Alex Sinclair, Alejandro Sanchez
Letters by: Clayton Cowles, Josh Reed, Andworld Design
DC Nation lays out an ambitious series of stories for the future of the DC line.
What Just Happened:
- Your Big Day
Batman’s big day might be coming up, but it’s the worst day of Roger Martello’s life when the Joker shows up at his door. The Joker enters Roger’s house and declares that since Batman is getting married, he knows that Batman will want to share the day with him. The Joker forces Roger to sit with him at the front door waiting while he waits for his wedding invitation in the mail. When Roger questions why an invitation would be sent to his home Joker replies, “He has to send it somewhere. And sometime. This is somewhere. This is sometime.” Roger tries to appeal to Joker by telling him details about his young daughter and begging for his life, but Joker assures Roger that he kills people when he’s upset. When the mail finally does come, the story closes with the answer to the question: Does Joker kill people when he’s not upset?
Man of Steel Prequel
The story opens with Perry White making a booming speech to the staff of The Daily Planet about how he will no longer accept stories that talk about the nefarious things Superman could do and generally spread unease about the Man of Steel. He says that The Daily Planet will maintain journalistic integrity and report on what Superman does do, but says,“I’m done selling fear.” Clark enters and gives a brief report on Superman and quietly goes to his desk. Perry makes a public spectacle about the fact that Lois Lane has quit the paper and mysteriously disappeared to write a book. And in Lois’s absence, he introduces her “replacement” Robinson Goode. Pleasantries are exchanged, but Clark cuts it short. Perry then tries to offer a visiblly-depressed Clark Lois’s former office he morosely refuses. Later, Robinson meets a mysterious stranger at a bar and she may not be what we think she is.
No Justice Prelude
The Justice League is spread thin. Very thin. The League has already broken into their announced teams: Entropy, Mystery, Wonder, and Wisdom. The teams are seen locked in separate, but equally ferocious battles on the planet Colu, far from Earth. Back on Earth, there is a surprising conversation with Earth’s remaining defenders: Green Arrow and Supergirl. Kara express her faith in the Justice League to save Colu, but Oliver is much more cautious and urges Kara to stay put rather than leave the planet. Not listening, Kara flies out into the atmosphere to seemingly join the fight, but ends up staring down a much larger threat that the Justice League seems not to have detained.
- Your Big Day
Holy. Crap. Clay Mann delivers one frightening visual in the story. Every expression of the Joker, no matter how small, is absolutely unnerving. King delivers a truly detached and psychotic Joker. I’m not usually a fan of this representation, but I will eat my words because the two of them legitimately teamed up to creep us out and, boy howdy, that’s exactly what they do.
2. Man of Steel Prequel
You’ll have to excuse my skepticism about this one. Bendis is really hit or miss for me, but I thought Perry was done really well. He’s tough, respects the Man of Steel, but maintains journalistic integrity and professionalism. I do not like the idea of Lois just running off and quitting the Planet. I know it will be revealed later, but I hate the idea that we have to remove one female character to introduce another. Again, Bendis is hit or miss for me, but I’m sticking on to see where this goes. JLGL is absolutely perfect and I am physically incapable of disliking anything he does.
3. No Justice Prelude
This is really just a brief introduction to what the teams are and who is on them. They really pack in the action and give us a look at how well the teams work together.