Oh thank the maker it’s the final week! I didn’t even get through all of last weeks titles because this whole reboot has been a big disappointment.
HAWKMAN – From reading the solicitations it really sounded like this book was going to be a full reboot of Hawkman which is greatly needed. Did they do that? Of course fucking not! He’s even more confusing than ever. Ugh, terrible.
FIRESTORM – Here’s a book that is a full reboot and didn’t need it! Not only that, it has bullshit forced racial issues and makes whitey look bad. I’m sick of it. Jason Rausch (black) use to have an abusive father. Now in Post New 52, he’s this nice fatherly type. Ronnie Raymond (white) asks his mother why they have no black friends because Jason bitched to Ronnie that the school didn’t have any black quarterbacks. Huh? Besides that, the origin was muddled and an all around terrible book.
ALL-STAR WESTERN – Ahh! So refreshing! This book was amazing! It had a great narrative, buddy cop feel, action, mystery and a great setup of what’s to come. Palmiotti and Gray knocked this out of the park. This and Animal Man are tied for my top choices of all the New 52 books.
AQUAMAN – I didn’t expect much from this but Geoff Johns always delivers a solid story. It addresses all the memes regarding Aquaman and was pretty humorous in doing so. I will be checking this one out.
FLASH – Wally West is, and always will be, my Flash. This was a solid superhero book and was a fun read. I loved te ring/costume combo but still nothing really jumped out and grabbed me. I will be following it for a few more issues to see if it goes anywhere.
GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS – I see the direction they are going with this and like it. I’ve never been a big Hal Jordan fan and when Kyle was introduced I started following Green lantern. I’m glad he’s back and not stuck as a second stringer. My one complaint is the flashback sequence wasn’t really identified and (of course) more continuity issues. Allegedly Emerald Twilight was written out of continuity (which is what introduced Kyle) but the way Kyle gets his ring is exactly how it happened in pre-Flashpoint continuity.
I, VAMPIRE –
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK –
SUPERMAN – This book should be titled ANGRY SUPERMAN. It was also very wordy for a comic book and was the longest read of all the New 52 issues. It’s pretty typical Superman fare and nothing really makes it jump out.
TEEN TITANS – Another full on reboot book that didn’t need it. It was a decent read but I just absolutely hate the changes they made. Also it fucks up continuity as some of the other books do. I can’t see myself reading many more issues.