I’ve recently re-thought about the comics I am buying, and a lot of them no longer fit into the realm of getting a good return of enjoyment.
Avengers (and really any Marvel Comic)
The recent relaunch of the Avengers group of books had me excited, but not at $4 each. Its kind of odd. At $2.99, I would have bought 1 or maybe even 2. At $3.99, I’ll buy none.
Legion of Super-Heroes
I like the Legion of Super-Heroes, the team. I enjoyed seeing them in the JLA/JSA cross-over. I bought the issues of Action Comics which followed up on that story. And I bought the new LSH title. Until I realized I was paying $3.99 an issue. Its kind of easy to miss when you are buying a bunch of comics every week. I know the price will go down, but its the principle of the thing. And then there is the fact that the stories were kind of dull and felt like retreads. Mind controlled Ultra Boy creating random destruction? Boring. Saturn Girl worried about her kidnapped kids? We already did that. One of them was sent back through time and became Validus. Besides, I wanted to read about the Legion, not their kids.
I read this for the Legion of SuperHeroes stories in the back. But this book ticked me off starting with issue 4. Instead of the Superboy story that had been running through issues 1, 2 and 3, we instead got a story of Superboy Prime. And then issue 5 we got Superboy Prime and a Superboy back up. Issue 6 nicely concluded the Superboy story, but with no Legion story. I should have dropped it at this point. I can no longer remember what happened in the book at this point. There was some strange Planet Krypton stuff for a few issues. And some weird back up story which made no point. Felt like a waste of paper (and money). I stayed until the Legion came back. But then they added the Atom feature (how pairing this with the Legion makes sense I don’t know) and the price went up to $3.99. Time to go. Way past time to go. Anyone want to buy issues 7 to whenever?
Justice League of America
The current team just does not feel like the Justice League. Kind of the same way the Detroit era team did not feel like the JLA. To me the League needs to be Superman, Batman, Green Lantern and a bunch of other heroes of their era. Wally and Kyle were fine while Hal and Barry were gone. But now I would expect to see Hal, John, and Barry. Filling the team with nothing but grown up Titans, Infinity Inc and barely heard of characters just does not work for me.
This book has the same problem as the current JLA comic. It features the wrong characters. Sure, Deathstroke and Chesire are villains who fought the Titans, but they are not Titans. And thanks for turning Speedy/Arsenal into a junkie murderer. Why would I want to read this? Anyone?
Speaking of heroes turned murderers, the last run of Green Arrow was awful. It should have been cancelled at issue 14. A year of promoting another character (Cupid) at the expense of the main characters is just plain wrong. So we start the new series with Green Arrow shooting a guy’s nose off. Yeah. Not on my pull list.
Justice League Generation Lost
I was buying this. For 3/4 of its run. Then DC advertised the solicit that Jamie Blue Beetle was going to die. No, that he was dead. And Max killed him. I think they must have thought the parallel of Max killing a 2nd Blue Beetle was good story. I’m tired of writing in deaths of characters for "the good of the story". Recently Dan Didio was quoted in an interview that the new Blue Beetle was an example of a new character that fans have gravitated to. And now he’s dead. You can’t tell me Didio didn’t know that when he made that quote.
What is the point of new versions if they are just killed off? The Atom Ryan Choi is dead. Blue Beetle Jamie Reyes is dead. Aquaman Joseph Curry is MIA. Magog is dead. Why should I care about any of these new characters if they are just going to be cannon fodder?
Speaking of Didio, I hold him personally responsible for the death of Blue Beetle Ted Kord, the awful idea of Max Lord being out to kill all superheroes (instead of control them, which was his goal when introduced in 1987), the death of Rocket Red and any number of crazy moves / deaths in the past 7 or 8 years. So any book he writes is immediately dropped. Why would I support something written by him? I would not.
Birds of Prey
Now this is a book I usually like. I was thrilled to read that the cast was coming back under the writer who gave them such a great backing. Then they decided to do a story called "The Death of Oracle". After Blackest Night, DC needs to give this death thing a rest. After hearing about Jamie’s fate, I just said no to this story.
I usually stay away from Batman books. I know that the body count is going to be higher than I want. But I still remember Batman from my youth where he figured out the criminals next crime before it happened and there were no deaths, so every once in a while I go back in. I liked the idea of Batman working with Catwoman and the Batmen of the World idea. Looking back, I liked the interaction between Batman, Catwoman, and Unknown. The squid was cool too. I liked the new young Mr. Unknown. I think putting him in a Batman costume was weird. The problem is the way the original Mr. Unknown died was unnecessary. And it was right at the beginning of the story which soured the whole tale for me. End of experimenting with this series.
What? One of DCs best selling books. I’ve been reading GL since the Rage of the Red Lanterns. In general, overall, I liked the story of the various lanterns and Blackest Night. I’m bummed we lost Tempest, but overall it was pretty good (Having Donna Troy destroy her own zombie kid was over the top). Reading the story of the entities in Green Lantern, a story that went on too long, made me realize I was reading the title for all the other characters. Hal Jordan is just plain boring as a character. Time to go.
Like Green Lantern, I realized the good stuff in this title was all the new stuff. The good versions of the Rogues from the future. The Rogues themselves. But Barry is dull as a doornail. Can anyone explain to me why we’ve sidelined Wally who is much more interesting? Maybe it depends on the writer. I wasn’t that into John’s run on the Wally Flash title either. In any case, Issue 6 was a fine jumping off point as it ended the first story and I do not care enough about the history of Capt Boomerang to pay to read it.
In general, some are too expensive, some have the wrong cast, some are too gory (I am sick and tired of heroes dying), and some have main characters that I find boring.