I picked up six titles yesterday from the comic book shop. Every Wednesday I go to pick up the week's new comics, and this was the first time in a while that my satisfaction with my purchases was literally split right down the middle.
I'll talk about the three I really didn't like first...
I have finally lost interest in The Warlord. I gave the artwork a chance because it was a little unusual, but in this latest issue I finally couldn't handle it anymore. Stick figures? A comic book by a huge company actually has stick figures passing for a crowd? Not to mention the writing is trying way too hard to be "fantasy."
The newest issue of Hawkgirl got on my nerves, too. I've been giving the new mystery storyarc a try, but the pacing has been so slow as of late and the artwork just makes me mad. Not to mention the sheer ridiculousness of Hawkgirl going into battle wearing effing lingerie under her costume? Give me a break. I'm going to stick this one out because I'm a big fan of Hawkman and Hawkgirl, and I hope things turn around in this series soon.
I haven't really been enjoying the Amazing Spider-Man lately, ever since that pointless "The Other" storyarc, and I'm enjoying the Civil War tie-ins even less. I guess it doesn't help that I don't like Civil War to begin with. The last six issues or so have just been a lot of standing around and talking. A lot. Nothing really happens. I honestly don't know how much longer I'm gonna stick with Spidey.
And now for the good stuff...
Amazing Spider-Man may be losing favor with me, but the charmingly addictive Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane never fails to provide me with a guilty pleasure every month. Yeah, there's always a lot of standing around and talking about stuff, but there's just something about the writing, the dialogue, the pacing and the charm that keeps me hooked. Not to mention "Dr. Spidey" made me chuckle.
The newest Action Comics! provided me with my healthy dose of Superman this week. I can always count on Superman's adventures to take me away to that special comic booky place in my heart. This month he's up against a global threat of aliens who seem quite good at theft and... merchandising. I'm very eager to see where this goes.
And finally, and this should be no surprise to anyone who's been reading my comic book reviews, but week twelve of the superb 52 was the best thing I read. Black Adam is featured in this issue and he's quickly becoming one of the more fascinating characters in this series. Even Captain Marvel (one of my favorite superheroes these days) makes a particularly memorable appearance. "Stop snoring, Sloth!" *snicker* If you're not reading this, you're really missing out on some excellent comic bookery.