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Secret Origins Vol. 1 (The New 52) Paperback – February 17, 2015
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Batman comics and crossovers
Legendary tales of the Dark Knight, including solo adventures and team-ups. Learn more
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"DC gets an A for effort in producing, as promised, a more diverse universe."--The New York Times
"A very inviting way to reinvest in some of the most familiar superheroes ever created."--Entertainment Weekly
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As far as the storytelling goes, it was pretty simplistic. Because there wasn’t any new ground to break, the writers played it straight. In fact, most of the stories were full of narration rather than dialogue. This style was effective for telling the story, but didn’t really draw me in.
I would recommend Secret Origins as a great starting point for new readers, but it is not worth it to those familiar with the characters, at least those presented in this collection.
I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This collection was a mixture of "I've read this story a thousand times" and "Oh, I never knew their origin story before."
With only four issues in this collection, it was a quick read, however it wasn't easy to notice that there were only four issues because each issue contained three origin stories. Here are the 12 total origin stories included in this collection:
I READ A COUPLE OF THESE ISSUES IN COMIC FORM. HERE ARE MY SPOILER-FILLED REACTIONS TO EACH OF THOSE SHORT STORIES:
Superman: We’ve all read or seen this story a million times. The only interesting twist is that his Earth parents, Martha and John, were murdered in this origin. It seemed very similar to how Batman’s parents were killed. This story is narrated by his two mothers, Lara (who looks like Wonder Woman) and Martha. Greg Pak wrote this origin story.
Dick Grayson’s Robin: I feel like I read practically this exact story in a volume of Nightwing, also by Kyle Higgins. The only thing I took away from this is that Bruce tells Dick that the Robin is a symbol of rebirth and hope, and that it could be a sort of growing up for him.
Supergirl: I liked Supergirl’s story the best, but that may be because this is the first time that I’ve read any of Supergirl in the New 52. This origin story was written by Tony Bedard. The story starts on Krypton. Her dad is Zor-El, brother of Jor-El (Superman’s dad). Both of these brothers worked as scientists, while their wives were more aggressive.Read more ›
In September 2012 DC half-heartedly attempted each character’s origins with a series of #0 issues which pretty much did the job. Now - well over three years after the New 52 launched! - we have Secret Origins, a series dedicated to the origin stories of DC’s characters. Perfect timing, guys! Now we can finally discover what Batman’s deal is and where Superman came from...
The origin stories in this book are: Superman, Dick Grayson/Robin #1, Supergirl, Batman, Aquaman, Starfire, Green Lantern, Batwoman, Tim Drake/Red Robin, Harley Quinn, Green Arrow, Damian Wayne/Robin #5.
The only demographic I can imagine this series appealing to would be readers completely new to DC Comics. Because who doesn’t know Batman or Superman’s origins? Even people who don’t read comics know these guys’ origin stories! It’s not like the New 52 altered them in any way, it’s still the same “gunned down outside theatre showing Zorro/Yes Father, I shall become a bat”, and “sent from doomed planet/raised by kindly farm couple in Smallville, Kansas”.
As if retelling Batman’s origins weren’t redundant enough, Scott Snyder just got done telling Batman’s New 52 origin story in Zero Year!!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is more useful for readers new to the DC superheroes. For more experienced readers you won't learn as much of the tales of how these people all became superheroes.Published 3 months ago by MISTER SJEM
The spine was crunched and it was shipped in a flimsy envelope with no fragile warnings on the package.Published 9 months ago by Aaron Hillis
Say what you will about it, but DC’s New 52 relaunch has opened a whole new world to comic novices like me. Read morePublished 14 months ago by J. Sherman
A couple of years ago DC comics rebooted its entire universe. This means it needed to update the origins of all the superheroes who made the transition to that universe. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Art Belliveau
Great origin telling of each character. It has great detail for being so short. Can't wait for vol.2. Terrible packaging though.Published 17 months ago by Danny