"Good stories" is pretty subjective. I read a bunch of "must read" comics and thought they were just terrible. :hmlol:
I'm tired of events, especially the Marvel's Avenger's related events. Bendis' Avengers titles are one big event after another.
6 issues here - TPB that may or may not lead up to event
6 issues there - TBP with side stories that happen during the major event
That being said, I don't mind the X-Men events, Green Lantern events or DC major events, as the build up on those books are usually much better done. With mutants being reduced down to 200 members, I'd expect lots of shakeups. The Green Lantern Corps having all these new Lanterns to worry about also makes those titles very uneven ground.
I miss the old days. Where DC would give us a JLA/JSA crossover once a year, but it was rare to have a big company-wide event. Like when CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS came out, it was like the biggest deal EVER. Even before the ramifications of major players dying, it still felt like this HUGE event that was special. And then it was years again until the next big event - then they started coming faster and faster.
And Marvel used to do their big crossovers in the summer annuals. They'd have a story that might affect 10-15 books, but it was contained ONLY in the annuals, so it didn't hurt the individual books.
Linkara talks about some of his impressions of the new books
Frankenstein - liked it
Batwoman - so-so
Legion Lost - WTH? Unless you like Legion of Superheroes. And still. WTH?
Batman & Robin - liked it
Deathstroke - pretentious
Demon Knights - Great book doesn't think it'll last due to second stringers
Mr. Terriffic - Awesome story. Uneven art
Suicide Squad - meh
Superboy - so-so
Grifter - so-so
Resurrection Man - liked it
Deadpool - Fun
A Dark Horse
Buffy - liked it
I mean, it's okay when other comics briefly mention some story events...but when they take control over the story of other comics...it's annoying.
My point is I don;t see them going back to the old model. We'll just get 3 massive DCnU crossovers every year - just like before the reboot.
Its like when DC finally wised up and gave Justice League to Dwayne McDuffie. But then with all the events going on, every story he wanted to write had to be drastically altered AND he ended up getting stuck with an entire roster that he didn't want.
So far, the post-Crisis DC reboots of the 80's were much better in terms of both quality & being new reader friendly than what the New 52 has delivered in its first 2 weeks. While I never thought this recent relaunch was going to bring in more than a few new readers to comics, I thought it could at least be good for DC's sales(maybe sponge off some of Marvel's readers along with those who don't read any superhero comics). Seeing as how some of these books are difficult for me to get into(I've been reading DC comic since I could read and am pretty well informed on even the franchises I don't read) as well as the fact that so many of the decisions seem either poorly thought out(both in terms of costume designs stuck in the 90's, creative teams unready for "prime time", and the uneven mix of old & new continuity) or made by the seat of their pants, I'm expecting DC might be in worse shape at the end of 2012 than they were in 2010. I hope I'm wrong and I haven't given up all hope yet, but I'm getting very nervous.
The new DCnU was clearly a scramble - lots of editorial mandated content, and writers and artists who were brought in because they could meet the hurried deadlines. Unfortunately that's resulted in a lot of mediocre comics.
It really feels like a ball has been dropped.
Can someone fill me in on what happened in this book? It was all sold out before I could read it? Thanks. :)
I think your question is somewhat answered on page 25 of the DC Reboot thread :mogrin:
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My reviews of Batwoman and Superboy are up at Sciencefiction.com. Mr. Terrific is pending.
We are introduced to a new villain, The Mirror, whose MO is he hunts down and kills people he believes should have already died. (Barbara Gordon is on that list.)
We see Batgirl take down a gang of serial killers on her first case since getting the use of her legs back. We aren't told how Batgirl is walking again. We are told by Barbara it was a miracle, and them the subject is glossed over and saved for a later issue.
We see Barbara living with Jim Gordon, but by the end of the issue she's moved out and has a roommate. This version of Barbara doesn't have the deep pockets that Oracle had, so she shares her new place with a roommate who doesn't know she's Batgirl.
The Mirror attacks again, this time in a hospital, killing a guard and cop on the way to his intended victim: the leader of the serial-killer gang (who is in the hospital because Batgirl slashed his hand with a batarang). Because Batgirl routes all her dad's texts to her phone, she gets an alert of the attack and unveils a cool new Batgirl cycle.
Batgirl gets to the hospital in time to save a cop The Mirror is about to kill, but when the villain turns the gun on Barbara, she freezes in fear -- presumably because of PTSD. The villain acts swiftly, throwing his victim out the window as Batgirl watches, frozen. The cop screams at Batgirl for letting him kill the maan, and The Mirror turns to leave as Batgirl thinks "What have I done?!".
It's a good comic. Solid action with good characters and themes. I hope you enjoy it!
SUPERBOY: I liked this a lot more than I expected. I'm not a big Lobdell fan, but I thought this was a very solid set-up - and one that would actually appeal to a new reader. You don't have to know who Rose Wilson or Caitlin Fairchild are, but for long-time readers, it'll be interesting to watch their paths. Art by RB Silva was quite nice. He strikes me as someone still learning what they're doing, but has the potential to be very good. Although I wouldn't mind if Eric Canete drew the whole book instead of just the cover.
SUICIDE SQUAD: Hated this. Dull story, no characters to care about. Ugly art with worse costume redesigns. And the switch in inkers was so drastic it looked like the book was drawn by 2 different people. And I hate, hate, hate what they've done to Waller. As a HUGE fan of the Ostrander run (and JLU), Amanda Waller is one of my favorite characters in DC. Her size and physical presence is part of what made her "The Wall". Was DC worried that not enough boys were ****ing off to the character, so they had to make her hot?
GRIFTER: How about if instead of a merc, he really is a grifter? Wouldn't that be awesome, because, y'know, that's his name! His name is Grifter, and he's a grifter. Genius reinterpretation of the character! It kinda sucked. Horrid dialogue, unrecognizable lead character, vague story. I have no idea why anyone would be bothered to read issue #2.
For example Watchmen was a well constructed story, but that doesn't mean you have to like it. But then at the same time it doesn't mean every comic writer needs to recreate the tone and ideas in the story because that isn't good writing. Sadly that is what many current comic writers and artists are doing they are mimics often focusing on circumstances, and not telling their own story. OOOOH this story is awesome because it's so dark and gritty and that's why people like it, must make my stories dark and gritty and people will love it. A great story teller can captivate you with recreating their morning restroom visit.
Most of the comics I have for the new DC haven't even had likeable characters, note it isn't about being relateable or some one I think would be cool to hang out with. You can hate a likeable character.
Which really that's the case of most entertainment today.
Preview of GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1:
More proof that DC thinks 'more gore' is the best way to attract a new audience....