A Time of Transition. (Again.)

Despite perceptions to the contrary, comic book fans are pretty good at dealing with change. I mean, given that we pretty much have to stick to the same characters week after week, year after year, decade after decade, we pretty much have to be prepared for everything including the characters changing on a pretty regular basis, you know?

I was in a wardrobe fitting for a commercial last week and I bumped into an actor friend of mine (who, oddly, was going to be appearing in the same same series of spots) who has been a longtime comic book reader, and we had a great discussion of what was going on, specifically with DC and Marvel, and it was really interesting to get his perspective on things, especially since he was really engaged in comics during the time I wasn't reading issues at all–the 90s.  He has been really enjoying what Brian Michael Bendis is doing, and had some pretty strong opinions about DC's efforts over the year and it got me thinking about where we are in comics right now.

Both DC and Marvel seem to be taking a step back and thinking in terms of re-examining what the concept of "hero" means.  DC is taking a hard look at their "big three" and putting Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman into different situations that allow new readers to experience the characters in a new light, while providing regular readers with ruminations on just what these characters mean, not only to the readership, but to the DC Universe as well.  Marvel, after slogging through several events that played with the ideas of the "bad guys" winning, is now emphasizing the good that their heroes bring to their (our?) universe.

It was with no small amount of trepidation that I bought the "01" issues of Wonder Woman and Superman.  I admit it, I have severe misgivings about what J. Michael Straczynski was going to bring to these books, but I wanted, badly, to go in with an open mind.  I know it's early–one issue cannot define a run–but so far, I must say, I am almost offended by the Forrest Gump storyline (or maybe it's "The Swimmer" by John Cheever?) that we are being fed in Superman.  I wait a year for Superman to go back to Earth and all I get is him walking around feeling sorry for himself?

Superman #701 just felt, in every way, like a heavy handed course on the psychology of the hero and, instead of celebrating the return of Superman, seemed like the first day of a what looks to be a very grueling couple of months–remember that feeling in school, where you show up on the first day of class and hear a little voice inside your head going, get out–you are either going to drop this class or get a D! GET OUT!!!? Well, that voice was singing arias in my head as I read this issue. Given what is going on in the DC Universe, it just seems incredible to me that we are being treated, again, to Superman on his own, doing his own thing, just…walking around and being, well, lame.  We get a ham-fisted story about Superman possibly allowing a woman to jump to her death, which I found absolutely, incredibly unbelievable on one hand, and just astoundingly irresponsible on the other. The very notion that Superman would have allowed the woman to jump to her death is repulsive and shows a patent disregard for the very spirit of the character. Superman saves lives, period.  To suggest otherwise is arrogant and shows a deep misunderstanding of what Superman is all about.  This first issue is a misstep in many ways, and I am very concerned–not for the first time–that DC doesn't really understand how to handle the most famous superhero on the planet. Superman's behavior…after the events of the past year, for him to cut out on Lois again, to abandon her after she's lost her adopted son, the loss of her dad and her sister (I mean, she did just lose her dad and her sister, right??)… this is how Superman treats her?  By taking a walk to think about things?  Gimme a break. And my money back.

For me, Wonder Woman #601 was just more prologue than anything else, but still, when I think about details from the story, I remember the sacrifice of Diana's mother and, I think, chewing gum..but that's about it.  Perhaps JMS is working on a more complete reworking of her backstory, but, for the life of me, I just can't seem to get excited about it, perhaps because I just don't…you know how some artists do things that you can get past?  Like, I think it's Billy Tan, he has the super long torsos that really freak me out–well, Don Kramer has this thing–no one has upper lips. I mean, they do, but they are just so thin…I just..I dunno. The art seemed good at times, and at other times, just wonky.  I wonder, sometimes, if there can ever be a Wonder Woman book that can live up to the ideal of the character. You know what I mean? Like, when you see someone, usually a girl, wearing a Wonder Woman shirt, you know what that's all about, right? Power. Strength. Femininity. Independence.  Just as a being, as an icon, she is so powerful, that maybe, just maybe, an ongoing comic book can never do justice to what she represents. I mean, please–please–tell me if I am wrong, point me to some fantastic Wonder Woman trade that will blow me away, because so far? I've never read a Wonder Woman book that wasn't…lacking, somehow. Yes, I get it–this is a new start, but you know that car that you keep having to take to the shop because it has problems starting?  How you feel like an idiot every time you take it back because even if the car gets fixed, you know you're going to be back in the shop again, with more problems?  That's Wonder Woman (and my old Escort) to a "t". 

Batman's return to form has been the topic of discussion many times and is seemingly the story that DC is really committing to, given all the various titles and editorial machinations we're seeing them use to make the stories tie in together.  From what we know from Comic-Con, Bruce Wayne's role will be more complex and very different from the street level crime fighting that Dick will continue to be doing with Damien, and, at the end of the day, will truly be true status-quo change for his character within the DC Universe. Even though Batman #701, a flashback issue, was a bit of a tease, it did provide a very real joy in just giving a hint of having Bruce Wayne back, and this joy was exactly what I was missing when I got back to Supermope, er, Superman. Finally he was back on Earth, finally he was going to be the star of his own book again, and, well, pfft. 

What's interesting is that, so far, the re-tooling of DC's "Big Three" has been completely isolated from what I thought was supposed to be the heartbeat of the current timeline, the whole Brightest Day storyline. I guess it makes sense to keep things on their own, perhaps it is an acknowledgment that not everything can be a part of Brightest Day despite the logo being on seemingly every DC book out there.  This is fine, this isolation, but I find it an easy out–I think it would be fantastic to see an issue where Superman and Green Arrow discuss what's been going on, they both seem to be at a crossroads, rethinking about what they want to do with their lives.  The books associated with Brightest Day, while good so far, just seem to be stretching and creaking to keep this whole story going–I'm just getting a little tired of it, to be honest. It seems like DC is pushing their luck by keep this thing going, but hey, if people like it, and the stories are good, great, fine–but I am getting tired of everything constantly keeping the Day so damn Bright all the time.

On the flipside, I think about what Marvel is doing and realize that to give it full credit will require a separate article, but that being said, I think that they are doing an admirable job of propelling beloved characters in new situations (I am a Thunderbolts reader now, who knew?) while inspiring my own confidence as they hint of changes to come in various titles, including Fantastic Four and, as you will read below, inspiring me to return to books I have left months and months ago.

One thing that I am noticing is that, right now, Marvel is absolutely killing it when it comes to exposing readers to some truly incredible art.  I am curious as to what you think, but aside from Francis Manapul, Frazier Irving, Neal Adams and (most of) Doug Mahnke's work, DC's art just has not been nearly as dynamic and exciting as what I am seeing coming out of Marvel. From Kev Walker on Thunderbolts to Chris Samnee on Thor: Mighty Avenger to Adam Kubert on Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine to Pablo Rivera on Amazing Spider-Man, so many of Marvel's books are just beautiful and inspiring to look at. Yes, there are exceptions, but somehow, Marvel's books just seem more fresh these days, with deliberate efforts to surprise even the most jaded of readers.  Suddenly, thanks to Shadowland, I am buying Daredevil again! And while I am nervous about this–I feel like I am coming back to a mildly abusive relationship–I am curious to see what is happening and whether or not Marvel can patch things up between me and one of my all time favorite heroes (of course, maybe this relationship doomed–check Ron's article about Daredevil's possible–and close–end here). Yes, I could use 1 or 2 fewer Avengers titles, but, for the most part, I think Marvel is doing some really fantastic work (seriously, you have to check out Thor: Mighty Avenger — this book exemplifies the sense of optimism that Marvel's come to represent in my weekly stack).

While waiting for the director to check out our wardrobe, I listened to my friend Andrew explain that he felt that DC was getting more conservative with their heroes, that they were pulling back into a more "old fashioned" view of what these books were all about, retreating to a more classical concept of superhero comics.  He was saying how he thought Barry Allen and Hal Jordan just totally didn't speak to him, that they felt old and grumpy to him when he compared them to Wally and Kyle.  I thought this was really interesting feedback, because, of course, I grew up with Barry and Hal and have been thrilled, just thrilled to have these guys back (especially Barry) and, for the most part, don't really have that much history with Wally and Kyle. I am curious to see if this tension exists in the broader DC readership and whether or not DC will choose to make the return of Barry and Hal a source of contention, somehow, with the other characters.  


Whether or not I fully agree with my friend, it does feel like DC is getting a bit stodgy. Yes, there are standout books–I like Batman and Robin, Brightest Day, Batman: Return of Bruce Wayne and others–but it feels like DC is walking into some kind of quicksand, some kind of sullen malaise, which is not inspiring.  Maybe I am reacting to Superman too much–I think JMS' story could have been a miniseries, something not dominating the main continuity–but I think when Superman is really good, the rest of the books lift to its level. A grounded Supeman…not good.  Not good.  

I feel like we are in a very interesting time for comic books. There seem to be more comics in my stack than ever, and the issues seem to be more expensive than before, too.  I am noticing several more one-shots and miniseries, too (loving the Black Cat mini!). There is a lot going on, with so many books featuring a ton of a characters, old and new (can I just give a whoop whoop to that Ghost character in Thunderbolts? I really like him.), that now, more than ever, the true icons have to be sturdy and reliable books to come back to.  I hope we'll soon see a return to form for Daredevil, and I am very curious to see what happens with Spider-Man, who seems to be taking a little bit of a break with this whole "One Moment in Time" interlude, which has been both painful and interesting, but mostly just kind of an easy and welcome respite from the manic happenings of the past few months.  Speaking of returning to form, I am stunned to find myself excited to read X-Men again.  I really enjoyed the Death of Dracula one shot, and am fully engaged with this new X-Men book. 

It seems, honestly, that DC seems to be weighted down the redefining of their three icons and keeping Brightest Day going, while Marvel is energized with smaller events (Shadowland, X-Men's new arc) and bringing in new readers with some fun oneshots and minis while bringing in some really compelling artists.

I don't know. These are just my feelings and opinions, of course, but one thing is for sure, there is a lot to talk about with comics right now. Like, I have been a little overwhelmed with sheer volume of books and my checking account is looking a little wan, but I am having a great time with comics. Even with my frustrations with Superman, like, there is so much going on with other titles that I can't really be bothered by it.  And, I mean, these are just DC and Marvel books I am talking about. There are so many good Vertigo titles out there, Image has some great books…it's a good kind of overwhelming, like when there are two ice cream cakes at the party, not just one.

How about you? As these new books, events and paradigms get put into place, what are you look enjoying?  Are you coming back to any books you dropped before?

 


Mike Romo is an actor in LA who was going to re-read all of the Scott Pilgrim books before seeing the movie, but realizes now that it probably won't happen. He can be email here or follow him on twitter for his thoughts on comics, computers, acting and other flights of fancy.

 

Comments

  1. I’m right with you on Superman and Wonder Woman, but I’m tentatively hopeful for this Batman, Inc. stuff coming out and I’m going to be giving Detective Comics a shot again when Jock comes on.

    Aside from that I’m really enjoying the Flash, Green Lantern, and the two bi-weekly books going on.

     

    Marvel has been doing a better job with their main titles I think, the Avengers books are all strong, with Remender and Gillen starting new X-men ongoings I’m extremely excited about (most of) the x-books, Parker and Pak handling hte Hulk universe sounds great, they’re really firing on all cylinders.

    A year ago or so I would have said DC were in the creative lead but Marvel seems to be swinging back (for now at least)

     

  2. I’m not sure I totally agree. I do see what you’re saying about DC in regards to Brightest Day, but remember, Marvel itself is stretching The Heroic Age a bit thin. Marvel is just as guilty of trying to redefine their heroes in obsurd ways as DC is. It all boils down to preference.

    I’m admittedly a DC guy, but over the past couple of years I have checked out some Marvel titles. Some I’ve enjoyed like Captain Britain and the MI-13 and S.W.O.R.D (sadly both were cancelled), some I was with until they hit a certain point (Captain America and Daredevil, though I hear Cap’s gotten so much better since Zemo’s entered the picture), some I’m still frothing at the mouth to try like Invincible Iron Man. But there were some I didn’t enjoy, mostly the mini-series that they put out…that and a lot of Deadpool stuff that my friends try to lend me…sorry Deadpool fans, for me he works in small doses and he’s getting over exposed. 

    Marvel and DC are pretty much on the same levels right now. While Bucky-Cap is struggling with what to do next, Dick-Batman (not the best name, I know) has his own problems to deal with. Superman’s walking the earth figuring out what it is to be a hero while Spider-Man’s dealing with Retcon-itis (odd how they switched on that one). While Wonder Woman is going through a change… you know, I don’t have a Marvel Analogue for Wonder Woman, just look at what’s going on with the Hulk.

    The point is, while some people say Marvel is so-called "killing it" it has just as much flops as successes. You’re totally right, though, there is a lot to talk about with comics no matter which company you’re reading. I’m loving the hell out Brighest Day because whenever I hit a point where I’m wondering "Okay, where is this going" they go and do something that makes me stand up and take note. It’s also reminding me of 52 in that unlike Countdown and Trinity where it seemed like every issue they were just making it up as they went along, here there is a set story and right now we’re in the early phases before all the threads will come together. 

    I did not enjoy the Death of Dracula one-shot. In fact, the only thing I like about this vampire invasion story so far was the idea of the suicide bomber vampires who purposefully expose themselves to sunlight so they explode and their blood is all over civilians. 

    I love Secret Avengers but dropped Avengers. Secret Avengers has a great mix of writing and art. Avengers is all about Bendis and Romita but a poor story (come on, the Avengers are listening to Kang? Haven’t we been down this road before? It never ends well) but because they’re big names, it’s getting all the attention. It’s kind of like my feelings about Superman getting more attention than Action Comics or Supergirl, both of which are sporting fantastic creative teams but don’t get enough attention.

     

    When it comes to comics, we can talk all day! 

  3. Green Arrow is one title I expected to hate 5000X over. As ridiculous as Green Arrow & Black Canary was, and the Fall of Arsenal, and Olliver Queen: Murderer, I had the lowest of the low in terms of expectations for yet another GA reboot. Sure it’s only two issues in, but I’m impressed.

    I’ve been reading Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams’ Green Lantern/Green Arrow run from the 70s. I find it to be especially poignant right now, considering its parallels with Superman. GL & GA went traveling across America so that Hal could get reconnected to his home world after working as a space cop for so long. And wow, are those books good. Heroes who care! Hal’s eye-opening experiences! Relevant sociopolitical commentary!

    Today in Superman, we have Stracynzski doing a knock-off of that concept that is – thus far – an epic failure. I agree with you. We waited too long to have Superman back on Earth to not get Superman the icon, the leader, the role model. 

    I also agree that Wonder Woman has a long history of mismanagement. I still have faith in this new direction. Did you not enjoy Greg Rucka’s run on WW? It was the first and only time I could say WW was my favorite comic book series. 

  4. Blah, blah, the (comic) times are a changin’, blah.

    This article is really about what’s cranking our gears at the moment.  So, I am going to indulge.  

    Books I am enjoying A LOT: Brightest Day, Generation Lost, Flash, Zatana, GI Joe, Booster Gold, Atom one-shot, Brave and the Bold, anything by Chris Eliopoulos that involves the Pet Avengers

    Books I am merely enjoying: Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corp, GI Joe Origins, ASM, Green Arrow

    Books that I have cooled on: Invincible Iron Man, Chew, Birds of Prey

    Books that I have dropped like a bad habit: New Avengers, Avengers, Daredevil, Justice League of America, JLA All-Stars

    Books that make me wish I had more money: Adventure Comics, Superman, Wonder Woman, Secret Avengers, Avengers Academy, Batgirl, Batman, Batman:ROBW, Supergirl, Power Girl, Hawkeye & Mockingbird, Avengers Prime.

     

  5. I’m a huge DC guy, but I don’t like JMS, so I’ll continue to ignore the goings on in that part of the DCU, and just stick with the Johnsverse (Brightest Day, GL books, Flash),and the Morrison/Batverse. I’ve also been enjoying Batgirl a whole lot, as well as Rebels and Booster Gold.

     Over at Marvel, it’s just Amazing Spider-Man for me, though I might start on Thor: Mighty Avenger and am trying to catch up on FF.

  6. JMS’ handling of Superman and Wonder Woman so far aside, I am absolutely loving DC more than Marvel nowadays.  It really boils down to the way Geoff Johns and Grant Morrison are handling the top-tier characters of the DCU and how they’ve streamlined them to help make more sense out of any of their outdated and/or convoluted continuity.  That being said, it is dangerous for DC to totally rely on them for everything and risking burnout, but I also have been exposed to a lot of the mid-tier DC stuff that has been tearing it up too (Secret Six, Birds of Prey, Red Robin, Batgirl, Jonah Hex, etc.).

    This is not to say Marvel has not been doing a great job too – loved X-Men Second Coming and am currently enjoying Thanos Imperative.  I just think it’s a combination of them trying so hard to force feed us Avengers nowadays and how mediocre the titles have become that it’s caused some rebellion from its consumers (at least the people I know and talk to on my site and Twitter).   I felt that way when Siege was wrapping up – it didn’t seem too satisfying of a conclusion especially since Marvel tried to force Sentry so much as a true threat and it didn’t really live up to those expectations.  Then we get into Heroic Age and none of the Avengers books (though I hear Prime is picking up a bit) have really showed me much of what the new teams can do.  Maybe I’m asking for too much, but I just feel like a changing of the guard (i.e. get new writers on these books) is in order if Marvel really wants us to keep thinking that Avengers is their flagship book.

    Either way, I agree this is a great time to talk comics and I know the tides can turn in either company’s favor.  That’s what makes this fun…

  7. I agree with you on Superman and Wonder Woman. The forrest gump thing just isn’t for me and i’ve found that its a great time to go back and discover great Superman stories in trade than deal with a grounded Kryptonian who seems to be a completely different, unsympathetic person. Part of me thinks that they are just making all of these big changes to the trinity just to make them….because they don’t know how to increase sales or get people excited in these characters again, the default move is to "change everything!" My cynical side sees publicity stunt and its tough to get excited about those. My big fear is that DC is going to take these core characters so far away from what made them great that its going to ruin them. 

    I’ve become interested in DD again even though it may not be his best time and I’m still trying to figure out which Avengers title is worth giving a shot…to many options…too much confusion.  

  8. I think the few smudges on DC’s otherwise stellar titles have been JMS’ run on Superman (seriously, when we heard it we ALL rolled our eyes. New Krypton isn’t looking as bad now, is it?) and Wonder Woman.

    But, because they’re the high profile characters (along with Batman, but for the most part Batman titles have been able to keep a consistency) they get the most attention and people assume if they fail, the entire company is failing despite the fact there are so many stellar DC titles out there right now. 

    It’s why I don’t judge Marvel too harshly. If Spider-Man sucks, that doesn’t mean every Marvel comic sucks right now. Look at the work of Jonathan Hickman and Matt Fraction amongst the many other writers who are doing fantastic work on Fantastic Four and Invincible Iron Man. Every company has their blights. It’s only when people start making comparisons on who is better that I get annoyed.

  9. I liked the Wonder Woman story…

  10. I think Superman knew that if he just grabbed the suicidal girl first thing, she would just be back up there later and have one more person to resent in this life. He knew the only way to really save her was to make her realize that she wanted to get down herself. Also, it’s unclear at the end of that part on wether she was stepping off the ledge to die or to grab Supes. Of course he grabbed her anyway and wether She wanted to die or not, as soon as she was in Supermans superhug, she wanted to live.

    I think this was a great example of a superhero thinking before acting. I equate it to those horrible half issues where the heros fight before teaming up with each other. “maybe this guy is here to help us and NOT fight us. let’s use our words instead of violence” is a rare thing in comics. He could have grabbed her immediately, taken her home and as soon as he left she puts a gun in her mouth. I think He knew exactly what he was doing.

    Later in the issue he just shoo’s off the drug dealers because he understands bad people are just gonna be bad and all we can do is not let them be bad near us. Everyone has to get together to really stop these creeps. The only way nonstop them is to I’ve them no safe harbor.

    Granted Supes did seem a bit out of character at times, but I think JMS knows what he’s doing and it will all work out.

  11. I’m reading WW now due to JMS. In my 30 yrs of comic reading I have about 10 WW singles in all. Character never interested me enough. Visually appealing, yes. But, not appealing to read.

  12. Frankly, I’m simply overwhelmed by all the books being published by the Big 2 and it’s pretty much making me give up single issues except for a few titles each month, and that isn’t nearly enough to be part of the conversation when it comes to "what’s going on" with DC and Marvel. I just can’t afford to keep up with all this stuff anymore, especially with twins on the way. Maybe I’ll be back someday, but for now it’s going to be grabbing a few trades whenever I find myself in a comic shop.

  13. i don’t get the superman is walking around feeling sorry for help perpective on the grounded story.

     

    i don’t see brooding and contemplating if he should be a hero. where is he saying he cannot save everyone. he is acting not sitting on his ass talk to lois or batman talk god i say. 

  14. A Cheever "The Swimmer" reference AND a problematic old Ford Escort in your past? Once again, Mike, you’re proving that we live weird parallel lives. 😉

    I am totally bypassing Superman from what I’ve read thus far, and while intrigued by some elements of Wonder Woman, I’m close to dropping it as well. My issue with Wonder Woman is that it’s not really justifying its "new reality," and this version of WW isn’t really much more than a generic action heroine (thus far). And while JMS claims he’s pruning the mythos, all he’s doing is covering it with new growth. Case in point: there’s a momentt where the oracle tells Wonder Woman about the past, giving us all kinds of exposition, and then, after a beat, she has to add, "[paraphrasing] Oh that that’s the way things were… now… but not the way they always were." well, okay then. It’s not hard to understand, but it feels needlessly complicated rather than streamlined.

    That said, I love what Morrison’s doing with the Batman concept. The whole Batman, Inc. thing really does seem to be a fresh use of the icon, and not something that’s trying to pave over anything else. So, for me, the Batman corner of the DCU is really what holds the most interest for me these days. 

  15. Any love for the Ultimate Universe? Ultimate Spiderman continues to be great, Ultimate X is an interesting spin, and Ultimate Mystery also has been good.

  16. I have been a Marvel Zombie for 20+ years.  That being said I have dropped half of my Marvel books as of late.  Thunderbolts, Cap, Incredible Hulk, Secret Avengers, Iron Man Legacy ect….  On the flip side I have been loving DC. I have tried out many new titles and have replaced my Marvel books with them.  I guess everyone has their own wants an needs from their books. I still love Marvel but I think the Heroic age is a huge flop.

  17. I think the Super title everyone should be picking up is Action Comics. In two issues, I’ve been impressed and am dying to see where this goes. I have a genuine excitement to see where the story goes. I would also reccomend Supergirl because Sterling Gates is doing an amazing job writing Kara and Jamal Igle’s pencils really remind of me of the great artists I had growing up.

     

    On the Marvel side, please pick up S.H.I.E.L.D. by Jonathan Hickman. The bi-monthly schedule is annoying but he’s doing some interesting things there with Marvel history. I’ve been introduced to Hickman’s work through this podcast so I can honestly say it was one of the most pleasant times I ever gave a comic a try. 

  18. Since the article focused entirely on what DC characthers to fix and nothing Marvel needs to do here is what I would like to see Marvel address: (1) Avengers – lots of books I have to buy that are not interesting which is why I am dropping New Avengers, Avengers & Secret Avengers.  I am keeping Avengers Prime because it’s really good due to it’s FOCUS on a set number of characters.  (2) Daredevil – Also dropping this one I don’t like what Diggle is doing here at all.  I am not on the Shadowland band wagon and what no part in whatever is coming because I do not enjoy it.

    Don’t get me wrong I am a massive DC fan but I dislike JMS in almost every outting I run across him and I do NOT like what is happening with Superman.  But Supergirl is still excellent and Action Comics is fantastic so at least there are some decent books out there in the Superman line.

  19. I really hate this JMS Superman bashing. Here and a few other places, people are unequivocally stating that the new run is not good. That JMS’s direction is all wrong for the character. First off, JMS has just started writing the series. Lets give him at least a few issues before completely writing it off. Second, many who are criticizing the new direction are claiming that this isn’t Superman and JMS has him all wrong. That he should be punching stuff and using all of his amazing powers. Much of this criticism is coming from those that aren’t even Superman fans and don’t read Superman on a regular basis. This has me wondering, if these people don’t like the character, how do they know what makes this character great. Maybe we should have a little faith that a man, whose house is a Superman shrine and who for years has talked about the importance of the character to him, knows a little bit about Superman. Knows what makes the character tick. To be honest, I think the Grounded arc is getting at the heart of the character. If Superman was solely about his powers, he would be a boring character because he is essentially unstoppable and this is the complaint that many have about him. But Superman to me is about his moral goodness and how he inspires others to become better versions of themselves. The conflict comes from the fact that the right thing isn’t always clear and that even with his great power there are things he can’t fight with his physical abilities. If you disagree with me then thats fine and you probably won’t like the grounded arc. But that doesn’t mean the grounded arc is unequivocally not good. It just means that its not for you, which is something else entirely. 

  20. I am just going to point out that JMS made a comment at comic con that the whole Superman grounded arc was not the reason he wanted to get his hands on the book so badly all these years. Whatever story he has been excited to tell is coming as soon as Superman is done walking.

  21. Since the increase, I’ve slowly dropped all of my DC, and gone (almost) all Marvel. It’s all I can afford and keep up with, right now. And their books are generally fun, exciting, well written and nice-looking.

  22. I haven’t been interested in DC since Blackest Night ended.

    I seem to be the only X-fan who has *no* interest in the vampire stuff.