New Talent Showcase: 2016 #1
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New Talent Showcase: 2016 #1

7.0Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

In this new one-shot, Wonder Woman unleashes her true god of war against a parade of monsters! Superman discovers a new threat that might be bigger and badder than the joker himself! Hawkgirl solves crimes in the weird weapons unit for the GCPD! Kara Danvers and Kyle Rayner fight about ice cream in space! You’ll find all of this and so much more in NEW TALENT SHOWCASE #1, where recent graduate writers from the inaugural DC Talent Development workshop showcase some of their strongest work yet! See what they’ve learned from masters of the craft Scott Snyder, Jim Lee and Klaus Janson.

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Nov 30, 2016

    If you're a fan of the DC universe you shouldn't miss New Talent Showcase #1. There are plenty of interesting and varying stories to dig into and most end with a tantalizing cliffhanger which will make you want to come back for more. There are many fan favorite appearances with plenty of great art too. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Nov 30, 2016

    More Schultz and Liew Hawkgirl please! is my clarion call for New Talent Showcase #1, but in reality, theres no boners in the bunch. The writers are all fresh, eager, polished, and give their all, backed up with some of DCs finest young artists. If this book is the future of DCs publishing slate, then we havent seen anything yet. The future is bright indeed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Dec 7, 2016

    In conclusion I thought almost all were really good and do show promise. Even the ones I wasn’t the biggest fan of, I recognize some people did, and would be interested to see all of these stories progress. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Nov 30, 2016

    For all its minor flaws, New Talent Showcase #1 succeeds admirably in providing exposure for a new crop of talent. Each of these writers acquit themselves very well, and I'd be interested in seeing what each of them come up with, and a few I'm genuinely excited about seeing what's next. On the art side, it's really great to see such a varied set of styles and approaches on display as well. Not every book has to follow a certain look, and indeed if this kind of variety represents the new art direction for DC, then at the last we'll be getting some books with individuality. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Cat Wyatt Nov 29, 2017

    This story reminded me of a few other works (such as the vault being reminiscent of Warehouse 13), but I mean that in a good way. I like it when an author can blend little details from other worlds that they liked into a new world of their own creation. The close-ups in this were fantastic, though like I've noticed in other Wonder Woman issues the faces do lose a lot of quality the farther away they get (more so than in other series, I think). I'm not sure if this is intentional or not. Regardless, this was a fantastic story and the artwork on the whole really supported it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Nov 30, 2016

    A great idea that delivers generally good results, so by and large this experiment was a success. Not all of the stories worked, be it from shaky dialogue to lazy plotting, but on average the writing was good with a few entries that were outright great. This is certainly a project that should continue in the future, and some of the talent here need to have their own books sometime soon. The DC New Talent Showcase delivers precisely what it promises, and while the $7.99 price tag is definitely a bit too high, this is still a great chance to see where some future stars began. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Nov 30, 2016

    There should be something here that appeals to you, if not one story in particular, then the opportunity to sample the work of numerous creators to see if there’s someone you want to keep an eye on. Not all of the stories come together or conclude in the pages provided, and it would have been preferred that they did, but regardless New Talent Showcase #1 is a tantalizing glimpse at the up-and-comers that DC has been able to scout out thus far with the program that suggests there are some new and bold voices about to make a splash, but need a little more polishing before they’re perfect. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Tyler Harris Dec 1, 2016

    All in all, this was a strong issue featuring a mixed bag of stories that showcased a lot of new talent. If the future of comics is in the hands of these creatives, then we have a bright future to look forward to, indeed. I am hoping that DC might consider making more of these issues in the future, such was the way with the original anthology series back in the 80s, but I guess we will see as time goes on. This is definitely worth picking up; it provided me with an afternoon of delightful reading and I know it will do the same for you. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Nov 30, 2016

    While it's nice to see new faces and mix up the Annuals Week format a bit, this New Talent Showcase falls a little short of the mark.  In general, the art is great, but the compressed nature of the stories doesn't let the writers (or readers) get comfortable with what's going on before they are spirited away to the next one.  It's not a missed opportunity, but it certainly could have been a whole lot better. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Beat - Alexander Lu Nov 30, 2016

    $7.99 is no laughing matter, but you do get 74~ pages of content so there's sure to be something that will catch your eye. This title might be of particular note if you consider yourself a forward thinking reader who wants to get a look at where DC editorial is heading or at the talents you'll likely see representing the creative side of the industry as a whole in the years to come. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerd Church Radio - Ariel DuPey Nov 30, 2016

    Each comic has a very unique looking sense of style. From soft lines to hard line, bright to dull colors It was great seeing each artists' interpretation of the characters. The layout and flow of the pages were seamless and easily to follow. Each story brought a new and exciting aspect that felt new. Overall I would easily follow any of these talents creators as they further their careers in DC! You must pick this book up! Read Full Review

  • 5.1
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Dec 1, 2016

    Ultimately, this book was a bit of a tease: it gave the illusion of new stories, but were really just the equivalent of a Saturday Night Live fake commercial: no matter how hard you laugh at the sketch, or how much you love these stories, you still can't buy the product tomorrow. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Dec 5, 2016

    This is easily the weakest of all the New Talent Showcase #1 stories, and shows a lack of knowledge of the DCU. It may be fun seeing Harley do what Harley does, but there's no reason for the Penguin to be there and even less for the Riddler to take orders from her, and the inmates manage to obtain high explosives and razor blades out of thin air. As for the art, it's unimpressive and some more attention should be paid to Harley's hands, since she seems to have two left ones… Read Full Review

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