Archive for October, 2011

My Legion name would probably be Cries-About-Superheroes Lass

A fairly small week, but then again, it’s the end of the month. Five books, plus the things I forgot to say about Justice League last week.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t read Justice League issue #2 until about ten minutes ago. The first issue, while not entirely disappointing, just didn’t hook me enough to make me want to read the second. Then, while at the Tate’s tent sale this weekend, someone said something to me that changed my entire attitude: “I think they’re trying to make Flash and Green Lantern to be like, the new Blue and Gold.” Wait, what? There’s going to be snark in this ocean of manliness and grimacing? Sign me up! Well, I read the second issue, and I’m still not impressed. Hal is still an idiot, Batman is essentially useless because no one will let him be smart, Superman is…I want to say big and stupid, but he comes off more as simple, rather than all-out idiot. I mean, Batman pointed out the lack of mask/lack of identity thing pretty quickly. As for the snark, it’s there, but it reminds me more of the interaction between Kyle and Wally than Ted and Booster. Also, Jim Lee draws a beautiful Flash. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to say otherwise, he’s just fantastic. Supposedly Wonder Woman appears next issue, not to mention the first appearance of Cyborg, rather than Vic Stone, so I’ll keep reading. Oh god, speaking of the Stones, his fucking dad. I swear, I just wanted to slap that guy. Father of the year, much?

The second issue of Justice League Dark is…well, it’s a magic book. What more can I say. It’s odd, to the point of almost nonsensical bizarreness, but I like it anyway. The meat of this issue focuses on Dove and Deadman, and their relationship problems. Throughout their story, we also get snatches of John Constantine and Zatanna, both of whom are looking for Enchantress. And Madame Xanadu…well. I won’t spoil it for you, I’ll just say that her role isn’t what it seemed to be.

I’m officially pissed. No, seriously, get my red ring. I was expecting New Guardians to be a Wonder of Kyle book, but Jesus. So not only did he manage to get away from every Lantern Corps member that came after him unscathed, but all of the rings they were after officially “chose” him, and now he’s a rainbow lantern dressed in black. What. I think my least favorite thing about this issue is how you see everyone flying together majestically on the front, but inside, they’re beating the shit out of each other. Oh, and remember Ganthet, the only really cool Guardian? Glad you do, because his fellow Guardians lobotomized the feelings out of him. Classy, DC.

Okay, despite my occasional bouts of “what the fuck are you doing, Paul Levitz?!” in regards to the Legion, I have to say, this Secret Origin series is pretty good. Certainly the best Legion thing put out in a while, at least. The story is even centering around your favorite Legionnaire and mine, Brainiac 5. Can I just say that I love Colu? Every time something new is published in regards to that planet, I can’t read and absorb it fast enough. If any fictional planet deserved more airtime, it would be Colu. Oh, and for those of you planning on buying the issue, guess what? You formally join the Legion! Well, not really, though you do get a plastic copy of the Legion flight ring, and it looks pretty darn cool to boot!

I said “Tim, just stop it” out loud way too many times while reading this issue of Teen Titans. I’m going to be completely honest here: Teen Titans is like my abusive ex-boyfriend. I love this title so much, because of the history I have with it. So much that even when it has terrible issues, ideas, arcs, character interactions, I stay with it. Because I love it so much. So even though Skitter is basically a ringless Bleez, Scott Lobdell ships Cassie/Tim so hard it’s literally painful for me, and Solstice is now a naked shadow-encased monster with breasts almost as big as her head, I can’t stop reading. Teen Titans will treat me right eventually, I know it.

Yeah, it was Geoff Johns. He was the issue. Because so far? The Flash has rocked out loud. Iris is still present, and possibly still interested in Barry, if the number of times she’s hit on him mean anything. Then there’s Patty Spivot and how dang awesome she’s turning out to be. Nothing better than a book with two smart blondes, I say. Then there’s the story itself. Barry’s friend was part of the CIA, and they were apparently either cloning him, or giving him powers akin to Jamie Madrox. This is an amazing second issue, and the best way to finish my week.

That was this week in comics, and the second month of the reboot. For the most part, we’re settling into our stories. Villains have been revealed, heroes have been tested, and Hawk and Dove is still a terrible book. I’ll see you here next week.

Oh, before I forget. South Florida readers take notice, Florida Supercon’s Mini-Con is this Saturday at the Davie PAL center. It’s $8 a head to go in, and is set to have some really fun people attending, including yours truly. Hope to see you there!

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Who has two thumbs and didn’t flip a table in rage this week?!

Ow, my aching wallet. How did I end up with nine books this week?! DC, you’re a tricky, tricky company. Anyway, we have our third round of #2’s today, plus a crossover between DC and IDW. Star Trek meets the Legion!

Not a lot of people are aware of this, but I’m a pretty big Star Trek fan. Next Gen, specifically. My dad and I used to watch all the Star Trek shows together when I was a kid. Heck, he was the one who got me into science fiction in the first place. Though I will admit, I never really got into the Star Trek comics. Still, Spock meeting Brainiac 5 had better be awesome, or I’m flipping a table. Huh. I think the story here is that they switched universes, but only the crew of the Enterprise and select members of the Legion. Well. Okay then.

In almost complete opposition to Legion Lost, Legion of Superheroes is turning into a damn good read. On one side of the story, Brainy, Glorinth, Professor Li, and Dream Girl are trying to see if they can reach the 21st century via time bubble, though that era is seemingly blocked by the events of Flashpoint. On the other side of the story, Daxamites gone wild. The art is fantastic, too, which is always a good sell for me. I feel like it’s a bit too soon to say that this is going to be one of my regularly bought issues, but I’ll wait and see.

Birds of Prey is now an official pass for me. There will be no review. Sorry. It’s just not worth it.

There’s a lot about Catwoman that I can’t stand. The opening pages have all been awful so far, and the art is horrific. But there’s a solid story in there, underneath all the terrible, so I can’t help but respect that Judd Winick is trying. He’s failing, but damnit, he’s trying.

After the shaky start Red Hood and the Outlaws had, I was pleasantly surprised by the second issue. It was funny, it had a good amount of action, and as always, it’s got amazing art. The story behind the…ancient ninja clan that Jason was trained by finally sees the light, and of course Talia was the one behind their introduction. Good to see that Death in the Family and Under the Hood are still canon storylines, by the way. Roy and Kory don’t feature a lot this issue, but when they do, I sort of find Roy to be incredibly irritating. Kory is much better this issue, both in term of natural-looking movements, and in terms of clothes. Seriously, that outfit when she met Jason and Roy at the airport? Kory was channeling a businesswoman from the 80’s. Outstanding. I’m going to keep buying this book for now, it seems to be getting better.

Nightwing is consistently fantastic. Two issues, both great. I’m smiling so hard, I can’t even tell you. This month’s issue picks up right where the last one left off, with Dick fighting the masked assassin. But that’s not what has me hooked. After losing his opponent in order to save a carload of people, Dick returns home, only to be ‘awoken’ by Raya, his old friend from Haly’s Circus, who needs him to take her to Atlantic City as quickly as possible. Why? Mr. Haly, the owner of the circus, is dying, and he plans to leave the circus to Dick. Why? Why not. Guilt, maybe. The knowledge that if his parents had never died, Dick would have never become Nightwing (yes, the old man had figured it out). Either way, it basically kicks off the plot of the next few issues. There’s a secret at the heart of Haly’s Circus, and it’s Dick’s secret now.

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a fan of Supergirl. I’ve always liked the character, loved how she was treated less like Superman’s side kick and more like his equal. And I think Michael Green feels the same way. It’s pretty obvious, after she stops punching him through things, that Clark wants to talk to Kara as a fellow Kryptonian, as well as a family member. He wants to explain, not talk down to her. And their conversation is executed beautifully. This may not be my favorite female-lead book, but it’s definitely in my top 5 favorite series’ of the new 52.

The second issue of Green Lantern Corps is a frackton of exposition and action sequences, and people yelling. I don’t really know what else to say about it. I read it, but nothing really jumped out at me and stuck to my consciousness. It’s like the book exists to exist, and that’s all. Hm. Not pleased about that.

I know a lot of people have had problems with the Blue Beetle book, but truthfully? I like it. Then again, don’t trust my judgement, I also like Ace of Bass and the remake of The Haunting non-ironically. This is the first issue we get to see the rebooted Scarab in action. Like before, Jaime is learning as he goes along, though it’s good to see that he still opts for non-lethal attacks and worries about Paco’s safety above all else. The art is…questionable at times,”Translated from Spanglish” moments, so that’s good. This is a solid second issue and while the solicits for later issues have worked me into a bit of a rage frenzy, I’m just going to enjoy this book for now.

That was this week in comics. Right now, it’s raining, and I can’t quite figure out how I’m going to get home. Also, I’m very hungry. So with those distractions on my mind, I leave you.

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I’m not going to lie, I may have licked my copy of The Shade #1

Another round of second issues this week, as well as the first issue in a mini I’ve been looking forward to, The Shade. I have nothing else to add as an opening statement this week, so let’s just dive right in.

Okay, let me just be frank here: I’m not that into Babsgirl. Sorry, Gail. It’s just not a compelling story, the characters feel flat and we still haven’t discovered what this ‘miracle’ was that got Babs out of the chair. I’m relegating this book to read-only until further notice.

Nothing happened in Batman and Robin this month, and yet I’m still raging. Bruce Wayne is the stuffiest stuffed shirt on the face of the planet, with absolutely no sense of fatherly duty within him. As Alfred said, he considers himself to be more along the lines of Damian’s mechanic than his father. And it’s this arrogance that just makes me want to slap the shit out of him. He keeps questioning what would happen to Damian if he were to ever die. Um, he would partner up with Dick. Damian was able to curb his rage issues pretty well when he was the Robin to Dick’s Batman. You never saw him killing bats while Dick was in the Batsuit. Fuck you, Bruce Wayne, you thoughtless prick.

You know, I’ve read a lot of dreck in my time and…Suicide Squad isn’t part of it. I’m embarrassed to admit how much I actually enjoyed this book. It’s about a group of deplorable people who will do anything for immunity from the government, even kill their own, and it’s fantastic. Plus, this issue had zombies! Who doesn’t love zombies?

Speaking of dreck, Legion Lost is still fabulously terrible. Seriously, why is it that the worst writers possible are working on my favorite team? This entire book seems like it’s going to be like the first few seasons of Smallville, super-people chasing down infected super-people and fighting them. I didn’t like the concept then, I don’t like it now.

What the fuck was that?! This month’s issue of Deathstroke was just…explosions! A shit-ton of explosions! Kyle Higgins essentially wrote a twenty page Michael Bay film. Ugh. Nothing more to say.

You know what? I think it’s just canon that Bruce Wayne is a dick. Honestly, why the hell would he need to put the fear in Kate over her “sidekick” getting killed, then coming back as a supervillain?! Jason isn’t a villain anymore, Bruce. He’s a good, morally grey, hero. And you should either get off his ass or hunt him down and give him the hug he’s always wanted. But, bitching about Bruce aside, I loved this issue. Not as much as I loved the first (because of Bruce being a dick and Kate smearing her daddy issues all over Bette), but it was still great. Once again, Williams manages to seamlessly intertwine Kate’s personal and professional lives without anything looking fake. It’s a great second issue, and a great book altogether, so far.

I can’t be the only person reading the new Green Lantern issue and yelling “Just have sex already!” at it. I can’t be. This entire issue is just about how much control Sinestro has over Hal’s position as a Green Lantern. The theme of sadomasochism is so thick, Rihanna should be singing about it. Actually, no. Not sadomasochism. More like ownership. Thaal is like, “You are mine so long as you wear this ring, because I made it and I can shut it off at any time. Now get on your knees and suck.” It’s crazy, and it makes me wonder if Geoff Johns is working out some personal issues through this title. Last issue was all about Hal feeling worthless, and now he’s the plaything of Sinestro. Either way, at least now we know that one of DC’s shining stars is actually a huge shipper, so whatever.

Okay, how do women like Donna Troy and Linda Park get the big pointy shoe of DC, yet the Body Doubles are the main villain of the first arc of Resurrection Man? Can someone explain that to me? Man, and people threw a shit-fit over Kory. Everything these women do is completely unnatural, visually. Though I have to say, the pages without them in it are pretty nice. Fernando Dagnino draws a hell of an attractive, scruffy man.

I don’t know what it is about the new Superboy series, but I like it. For one thing, I really enjoy the interaction between Rose and Caitlin. They’re polar opposites when it comes to mindset, and they’re both going to play a large part in Superboy’s development. Caitlin actually reminds me quite a bit of Dr. Serling Roquette, from the old Superboy series. She has the kid’s best interests in mind, or so she claims. Rose was a bit difficult for me to like…until the fight scene. Good to see she hasn’t lost any of her usual badassery. Wow, for a review about Superboy, I sure haven’t mentioned him much. Truthfully, he’s not in the book that much. This issue is much more focused on the women in his life, in a good way. Though there was a moment when I was pretty much forced to grin, when Superboy explained how his TTK worked. Man, I hope that becomes a running gag again.

A little bit of history before I get to this last title. I got into comics in 1997, and by that time, James Robinson’s Starman had been running for about 3 years. Through word of mouth and borrowing various key issues from a fellow fan, I managed to piece together the basic plot of this series, and fell in love with it. In more recent times, I’ve started collecting the Omnibus editions. I also managed to find a copy of the first Shade mini-series. Needless to say, I’m a big James Robinson fan. That’s why Cry for Justice and the last arc of Justice League were so painful for me to read. He’s such a great writer and those stories just weren’t any good at all. Still, I have hope. The Shade was a classic Flash villain from Jay Garrick’s time who Mr. Robinson took and remodeled into an immortal with skewed morals. This version of the Shade has always been my personal favorite. Let’s see if he’s still got that charm.
He’s back!!!

Oh James, how could I have ever doubted you? This issue has everything that made me fall in love with Starman in the first place. Vibrant detailing, fanciful, wordy conversations, word squares out the wazoo. So much exposition, I could go mad with it, if I wasn’t already mad for it. And Hope! Mikaal! I could just puke with joy, but I won’t. No, I think I’ll just take this as a victory for team Robinson, and hope that the next eleven issues keep up the standard of quality.

I apologize for the lateness of this posting, but I must confess to being absolutely in love with the new show American Horror Story on FX. It’s a great watch, if you haven’t seen it.

Attention readers in the South Florida area! Broward County specifically. West Regional Library in Plantation is having its annual Manga-Comic Mini-Convention this Saturday, 1 pm to 5 pm, and yours truly has a table! Stop by, say hi, maybe even buy some of my wares.

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Jennie Breeden got engaged during the kilt blowing at Dragon*Con.

I’ve been reading her webcomic, www.thedevilspanties.com, since I was in high school. 2006 or 2007, if you want an exact year. I hope she and Obby have a joyful life. I know I’ll certainly enjoy reading about it.

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We’re number 2! We’re number 2!

So begins the second month of the reboot. Oh, and look! Our first mini since the reboot began, and it’s dealing with our favorite Mafia princess, Huntress. I have six books to address this week, may as well get started.

You know what? Hawk and Dove was so spectacularly terrible this month, I’m not even going to address it. Congrats, series. You are officially off my radar forever and for always.

How can a series with such beautiful art be so badly written? Huntress is being portrayed as a lot more bloodthirsty this time around, but that’s not really what bugs me. Paul Levitz just…is not that good a writer. He had his time, it passed, and now he is on far too many books for his own good. Marcus To, however, is right on the level. His expressions and action lines are flawless, and I’m so glad to see that he chose to put Helena back in her cross uniform, that was always one of my favorites. Story-wise, this book is a pass. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before.

Red Lanterns is probably my favorite of the Lantern books out right now, if only because Atrocitus is looking at his life and going, “What am I doing?”, a question that many people are asking right now. Unsatisfied with his current level of rage, Atrocitus decides to become some kind of crimson avenger to those who have lost loved ones, and are, themselves, full of rage. Though the cover is a total fake-out. Spoiler alert: the kid doesn’t join the Corps. Which is actually a real pity, she’s so cute, she could have been their mascot or something.

This book isn’t the JLI, it’s the Fang and Gavril show. Even when falling to his possible doom, August General in Iron takes potshots at Rocket Red. I just want to pinch their ridiculous iron faces. And while they decided to turn tail because a member of their party was injured, it was still nice to see that, yes, Guy and Ice are still together. Well, that theory just got shot in the ass. Damn it, Jurgens. What are you even doing? Why are you using Ice’s Generation Lost personality?! Are you going to use that backstory, too? Ugh. Hey, look! Booster has a backbone! And…AG and Batman are happy to follow him?! Oh, my heart. Can I just say one thing and not be judged? I don’t like Godiva. She’s seriously the worst example of a man trying to write a ‘sexy’ woman, and failing. Badly. Holy shit please tell me that’s Manga Khan’s redesign. Okay, hi, I am officially on board with this book. C’mon next issue!

The second issue of Static Shock answers a couple of questions, but raises a few more. Why is Static fighting the evil Power Rangers? Who is the Joker-like figure talking to Piranha? On the up side, we learn that Sharon has a…clone? Doppleganger? Well, whatever it is she has, it either thinks it is her or wants to be her, and refuses to give up the rights to her life. Aside from the questions both asked and answered, this issue also introduces us to a completely unnecessary checking-out scene in which we meet what may be Virgil’s series love interest. I know it was drawn through the eyes of teenagers, but random cleavage really wasn’t needed, okay? Overall, though, a good issue. I’m digging this series so far.

Animal Man is going to be our ‘what the fuck?!’ series, I see that now. Maxine Baker is turning into a horror movie child, the kind that is so young, yet so much more knowledgeable of the situation at hand than the adults are. And while the art is…actually really fucked up looking at times(the hippos…the hippos…), the faces of the Baker family are all very expressive and powerful. Traveling through the ‘life web’ to the ‘red place’ is the main focus of this issue, once Maxine and Buddy leave home, but I’m more interested in the villains. What are they? Where did they come from? No, seriously, what the fuck are they? Buddy saw them in his nightmare last issue, and obviously the hippos birthed them this issue, and then they took on the forms of the zookeepers they killed…but what are they? Hopefully, the next issue will shed some light on them.

That was this week in comics. Just a warning: Second issues are being snapped up as quickly as the first. If you want to get yours right away, try either calling your LCS to reserve them before they come in, or go pick them up yourselves as quickly as possible. I’m Touch of Grey, and there is some pasta on the stove that needs my assistance.

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An overview of the 26 titles in the new 52 I’ve read: I promise it’s not as dull as the title would suggest.

I know, I’m a day late and a dollar short on this, but I had a lot going on over the weekend, so bear with me.

Tomorrow begins the second month of the DC reboot. Over the course of September, I personally read 26 of the 52 new titles and, for the most part, enjoyed them. The point of this particular post is to outline the books I liked and will be buying, the books I will continue to read to torture myself, and the books I will be avoiding. One, two, ready, go!

The Good: The books I will be buying, until quality ceases.

The Flash: I liked the first issue. I was so ready to hate it, too. It was a Barry book, Wally didn’t exist, Bart probably wasn’t going to be in it, and Iris wasn’t the main female. But you know what? It held its own. It’s a Barry book that we haven’t seen before; focusing more on his life as police scientist Barry Allen rather than his superpowered alter-ego, the Flash. The art didn’t hurt, either. If he’s able to pull this book off, Francis Manapul will officially be my favorite professional writer/artist, next to Ross Campbell.

Justice League International: This was another title I wasn’t expecting to like. I mean, my favorite character quit the team in the preview pages, not to mention that blatant dig at fans who had been bitching about the new 52 both online and at conventions. But…it has Guy and Ice being friendly again. Gavril is still ridiculously adorable. Also, August General in Iron. He’s there. DC remembers that he exists. This is basically one of those books I’m going to be getting for character interaction rather than content. Yes, the first arc is going to be about fighting giant monsters, but I’d rather just see Gavril and August General argue some more.

Green Lantern: It’s a Sinestro book, and Hal Jordan is miserable and living a terrible life without his ring. As vindictive as this sounds, this is everything I’ve ever wanted in a Green Lantern book. Oh, and the end of the first issue looks suspiciously like the beginning of a really hardcore slashfic. That’s enough of a reason to keep reading.

Green Lantern Corps: It’s a Guy and John book that isn’t set in the DCnU. That is reason enough for me to buy it.

Green Lantern: New Guardians: Pros: Multi-Lantern book. Written by Tony Bedard. Pretty, pretty art. Cons: Seems to be a ‘wonder of Kyle’ book. Might be set in the DCnU. I’m split on this book, but the first issue was more of a set up than anything. Once we get some plot going in issue 2, then I’ll make my decision.

Red Lanterns: Great writing, terrible art. Seriously, how do neither Ed Benes nor Rob Hunter know how to draw a cat? But moving away from the bad, I’ve always had a fondness for the Red Lantern Corps. I’m looking forward to getting to know the rest of the Corps members’ stories as time goes on.

Batwoman: This title could only improve if Greg Rucka was also working on it. Batwoman is amazing and beautiful and not set in the DCnU, plus Maggie Sawyer. I have no words to describe this book to you all other than a resounding yes.

Nightwing: I love Dick Grayson. I love time travel plots. Therefor, the first arc of the new Nightwing series appeals to me greatly, personally. Also is not apparently set in the DCnU, which is nice.

Animal Man: There is nothing about this book that I don’t love. The writing, the art, the twist ending of the first issue that sets up the rest of the arc. This is the surprise hit for me. Batwoman, I expected to like. Animal Man, I never expected to love.

Justice League Dark: Man, talk about an unexpected hit. I don’t really like magic books (Zatanna being an obvious exception), but this one spoke to me. Maybe it was because a character that had died in Flashpoint was once again alive and it gave me hope, maybe it was all the Vertigo characters showing up in one book had me convinced that the mysterious woman in red was actually an entity like the Endless, who knows. But I liked it, and I can’t wait to read more.

Resurrection Man: Unlike Animal Man, whom I’ve fairly familiar with, Resurrection Man is new for me. All I know about him is that he can’t die permanently, and every time he’s killed, he comes back to life with a new power. It’s a cool, slightly depressing concept, and I like it. Who knows, maybe the new series will make me want to seek out backissues of the old, to see how they differ.

Static Shock: No contest, this is hands-down my favorite ‘teen’ book in the new 52. I loved the Milestone series, and Rebirth of the Cool is never dusty on my shelf (when I’m not lending it out to people). Scott McDaniel nails Virgil’s personality head-on. And he really, really makes me want to know why the hell there are two Sharons.

Deathstroke: He is the badass’s badass, and I believe I am quoting an actual line from the first issue. I haven’t got all the issues of the first Deathstroke series anymore due to some crappy relationship managing skills (never let a guy claim your books, you will lose them and be sad), but I’m looking forward to seeing what the supporting cast in this series is going to be like. Seriously, that was pretty much my favorite part of his last series, so we need to get some badass women in this title stat.

Blue Beetle: No offense to Tony Bedard, but Jaime’s second series is nowhere near as good as his first, so far. So far. I have hope, however, that the ‘defective evil alien device’ angle he’s going for plays out well. That being said, the art is nice, and this book immediately gets merits for seemingly keeping 90% of the original cast. Now if only we could somehow work in the ‘yes, he is actually a legacy character’ angle somewhere…

Superboy: Put the tomatoes away. I like this book for a lot of the reasons I see people hating on it; no, the main character isn’t Kon-El or Conner Kent. His name is Superboy. He hasn’t got another name yet. He hasn’t really got any memories yet. Unlike Kon, who was cloned to believe he was Superman and Conner, who was cloned to replace Superman, Superboy doesn’t really have any connection to Big Blue yet, other than bearing his DNA. Like it or not, this is a brand new character with an old name. He has a lot to live up to, let’s see if he can manage. Just, give the poor kid a chance first.

Supergirl: I’m conflicted. From the way the series is described in interviews, I feel like I should hate it. But then I read the first issue and, Kara is just a scared teenager on a strange world, trying to figure out what’s going on. Maybe my feelings will change as the issues go on, but for right now, I like this book.

The Bad: The books I will be reading in-store and verbally ripping apart for your pleasure.

Birds of Prey: I want to know why the guy exploded, that’s all.

Red Hood and the Outlaws: I just want to see how bad this gets, honestly.

Batgirl: Babsgirl gets one more shot to not suck, then she’s gone.

Hawk and Dove: I’m in it for the hilariously bad art and cliched soap opera substory okay.

Batman and Robin: If Bruce doesn’t get his shit together, I will just drop this title and be done with it.

Legion of Superheroes: Paul Levitz is basically just continuing from where he left off, here. Okay, whatever. Wasn’t too fond of the Legion book pre-reboot, either, so, I can roll with it.

Teen Titans: I’m sort of obligated to keep reading this because it’s a Teen Titans book. Who knows, it could get better.

Suicide Squad: I promised a friend of mine that I would read the first arc for him. I am sincerely regretting that promise.

The Ugly: Fuck you, you can’t have my time or my money.

Catwoman: Bad writing, bad art. Off my pull list, you.

Legion Lost: This was dreck. I literally can’t even. Paul Levitz should not we writing both Legion titles.

Justice League: Pretty art, terrible, terrible writing. The worst intro to the new 52 possible.

And well, that’s about all I have to say about that. I didn’t pick up any of the more anticipated titles, like Action Comics, Superman, Detective Comics, Batman, any other title exclusively starring Bruce Wayne, Batwing, Mister Terrific, or Firestorm. I’m not all that fond of the characters and, despite Firestorm being written by Gail Simone, I refuse to throw money at series’ starring characters I never really liked all that much. Or, as was the case with Batwing, I couldn’t get into the art. Despite what I may lead you to believe, I’m actually very visually distracted by art I don’t like. It’s the main reason I’ve never read Justice or, well, anything else drawn by Alex Ross.

Anyway, these are my opinions on things. Feel free to ignore the ones that you don’t agree with, or leave a comment about how I should so give Catwoman a second chance. Or, hey, recommend a book I didn’t look at! Let’s get some interaction going, ladies and gents. I’m Touch of Grey, and according to my Tumblr feed, I have fifteen new messages. Later days.

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