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Praise for DC Comics--The New 52:
"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

About the Author

Award-winning Canadian cartoonist Jeff Lemire is the creator of the acclaimed monthly comic book series SWEET TOOTH published by DC/Vertigo and the award winning graphic novel ESSEX COUNTY published by Top Shelf. He also writes ANIMAL MAN, FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. and SUPERBOY for DC Comics. In 2008 Jeff won the Schuster Award for Best Canadian Cartoonist, and The Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent. He also won the American Library Association's prestigious Alex Award, recognizing books for adults with specific teen appeal. In 2010 Essex County was named as one of the five Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade. In 2013 Lemire published the graphic novel THE UNDERWATER WELDER (Top Shelf). He currently lives and works in Toronto with his wife and son.
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Product Details

  • Series: New 52
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (February 17, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401250491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401250492
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Scott Knight on February 17, 2015
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Secret Origins, by a host of writers, is a book that does indeed chronicle the origins of a variety of DC’s heroes/villains. This collection of the first four issues focuses several of the big guns (Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, and Aquaman), the Bat-family (Nightwing, Robin, Red Robin, Batwoman, and Harley Quinn), and several other assorted characters (Supergirl and Stargirl). As a long time reader of DC Comics, I was pretty familiar with most of these stories, even in their New 52 form. Not a whole lot has changed, but it was nice to see it fleshed out. I think this series may actually pay-off better when it deals with characters whose backgrounds have changed significantly.

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.
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Collects Secret Origins issues #1-4

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:

Superman
Dick Grayson
Supergirl
Batman
Aquaman
Starfire
Hal Jordan
Batwoman
Tim Drake
Harley Quinn
Green Arrow
Damien Wayne

I READ A COUPLE OF THESE ISSUES IN COMIC FORM. HERE ARE MY SPOILER-FILLED REACTIONS TO EACH OF THOSE SHORT STORIES:

Issue #1:

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.
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Was super enjoyable and presented new interesting takes on some of the characters. I have to say I was surprised on how well The Batman origin was written, even though that batman's origin is basic common knowledge at this point, the writer injects his take on the dark knights beginnings with fantastic writing structure,
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When the New 52 launched in September 2011, I expected the line-wide reboot to begin with the character’s origin stories as DC were aiming to familiarise new readers who perhaps didn’t know much about them; it didn’t. Justice League started five years in the past for some reason, and DC’s big cheeses, Batman and Superman, carried on, business as usual with their numbering back to #1 being the only change. In fact hardly any characters got origin stories!

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!!
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