D C C O M I C S
Countdown- Okay, let's get it out of the way, I don't think anyone's that happy with Countdown so far. I like to remain relatively positive but even I've had a hard time of it. With regards to plotlines, I'm a huge New Gods fan, and I like how they've been handled so far even if I'm wary of killing them all off. I also really like the Rogues plot- but then, I've loved the Rogues since Johns wrote Flash- and I quite like the Jimmy Olsen one. I frankly couldn't care less about the rest. The art has been pretty poor too, except for the reliable Jesus Saiz. (Greatest... name... ever.) I've already identified the pattern- Palmiotti and Grey write a great issue, Bedard writes a good/okay issue, and every other issue sucks. This series CAN improve but damn it's going slowly and the future seems the same as the present- wallowing in mediocrity.
Flash- Flash is one title where I seem to constantly find myself in the majority. I loved the Johns run. I hated the fill-in. I hated the relaunch. And I loved the Guggenheim stuff. I mean *Loved*. I wish, in retrospect, he had stayed permanently. Just as I was convinced Bart could work, they killed him. But DC lying to their customers was more than made up for, I thought, by MARK FREAKING WAID coming back! Booyah! I love Waid, I love Flash... so why can't I get into his first two issues? Maybe it's that I don't like the kids. Maybe it's the lack of good villains. But really, this is such a radical change of direction it'll take me a while to get used to and bad art doesn't help. I'm not sure what I think of this, and I'm not sure that'll change any time soon. It's no triumphant return of glory, but nor is it a particularly bad one either.
Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps- I do not read GL normally, let alone GLC. I have no particular liking for the Corps, the Guardians or anyone there short of Kilowog. I may have a soft spot for John Stewart, but other than that, nada. I read this solely because of the hype.
Despite this, I think I'm ready to declare the Sinestro Corps War my favourite story of 2007. It's not that other comics are bad, they're not. In some cases, like Cap, they're AWESOME. But this... this is better. Overall, Captain America is a better comic, but for this storyline, this has a better story. Damn, this story kicks more ass than I can say. I don't know how long these two will be on my pull list... but if Johns has his way, they won't be off any time soon.
Justice League of America- Let me get this out of the way, I hate Brad Meltzer. Not the man himself, I'm sure he's lovely, but he writes such painfully godawful pieces of slow moving prose with irritating text boxes and nothing happening that I really really REALLY dislike everything the man writes. It is my firm believe that with the whole DC universe open to it, JLA has the most potential of any title in existence. Meltzer actually made me drop it.
Now in one special, McDuffie's turned that all around. I watched and loved Justice League Unlimited, and I loved everything about the wedding special which surpasses even the great work he's done on FF. I love the Injustice League. I love the light humour. I love the socialising from around the DCU. I love the giant cast. I love the inclusion of John Stewart. I love the Meltzer parody. I love the silver age-esque Hall of Doom and insane Luthor plan. I have a feeling I'm going to really enjoy this run.
Thus endeth the saga of DC books I read. Coming very soon.... Comixforce's very first review! Stay tuned, true believers!